Saturday, April 5, 2008

Physics in the realm of Hollywoodland!

'Armageddon:' Last by a longshot
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'Armageddon:' Last by a longshot

Oh "Armageddon," where do we begin? Brought to us by master-of-realism Michael Bay, this 1998 film is among cinema's worst physics offenders. Let's try to tackle one of its most hilarious distortions of reality, the one at its core — that a nuclear warhead placed on an asteroid the size of Texas could successfully blow it apart, preventing a catastrophic collision with Earth.

Let's ignore the fact that asteroids don't have fault lines, and if they did, they would not be easily detectable. Let's also put aside the fact that the prescribed 800-foot-deep hole in a Lone Star–size asteroid (Texas is 700 miles wide) would barely even scratch the surfaceonly get you 0.0004 percent of the way to the center. Or that Bruce Willis and friends miss their landing site by 26 miles, presumably putting keeping them away from the "fault line" anyway. Let's just focus on the amount of kinetic energy needed to blow an asteroid apart, and for its two massive halves to move far enough (one Earth-radius perpendicular to the impact trajectory) to miss the Earth in the three hour and 56 minute timeframe that marks this mission's absolute deadline.

Granted, this calculation assumes a ton of ideal conditions, which almost certainly wouldn't exist. But even in a perfect scenario, a certain kinetic energy would be necessary to separate the asteroid halves and propel them at the required 460 m/s. The biggest warhead built to date has a yield of 100 megatons. That's one one-hundred-millionth of the energy Bruce would need to save Earth — making this flick a bomb in more ways than one.

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Gallery: Celebrity D&D Characters, Rolled by Readers

In honor of Gary Gygax, the inventor of Dungeons & Dragons who passed away last month, we've assembled a gallery of famous people as if they were AD&D characters.

At the beginning of an AD&D game, players roll dice to determine the strengths and weaknesses of their characters. If they are a strong, chaotic good fighter (but profoundly unintelligent), it's bad form to use brilliant and honorable tactics on the battlefield. Instead, they should fight dirty and smash everything in sight.

For those unfamiliar with Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, here's a glossary:
Character Class: Fighters, Mages, Thieves and Clerics. We expanded that to include other professions.
Moral Alignment: Lawful characters are very read-only. Those with chaotic leanings will get the job done by any means necessary. Good and evil need no explanation.
Ability Scores: Numbers that reflect how smart, strong, coordinated, wise, charismatic or rugged a character can be. Eighteen is the highest score a new character can attain. It reflects the greatest level of natural prowess.
Special Abilities: Magical powers or talents unique to a character.

Left: Paris Hilton

Chaotic Neutral Human
Strength: 9
Intelligence: 9
Wisdom: 8
Constitution: 10
Dexterity: 14
Charisma: 18
Special Abilities: Wiggling out of jail time for DUI charges, washing cars in an entertaining manner.

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The Craziest Thing Gary Busey Ever Snorted Cocaine Off Of

Sometimes you hear great stories at preview events. Like how at the THQ thing yesterday, I was talking to journalist to the stars Paul Semel right after the Gary Busey videos for Saint's Row 2 aired, and he said something approximating the following:

"I was interviewing him once and asked him, what's the craziest thing you ever snorted cocaine off of? He couldn't think of anything, but afterwards his publicist called me and said, you know that question? And I thought, oh man, they want me to pull the question. But no, they said that Gary remembered he had a better answer for me."

Here's what ran in Maxim:

What was the freakiest thing you ever snorted blow off of when you were a prominent coke fiend?

I came home one day, took off my windbreaker, and three bindles of cocaine fell to the floor. Well, my dog, Chili, who has short hair, came in and laid on her back with her legs in the air, and she rubbed all my cocaine on her back and side. I yelled, "No, Chili! No" So I got a straw, and I started brushing her hair and snorting where I saw cocaine. Back, butt, side -- not a spot was left. It took me 25 minutes to snort all the cocaine the dog had on her coat. The fringe benefits of this were that the fleas, the dog hair, the mud, and the sweat went in my nose, too. It's not a good flavor coming off the dog.

Two more Saint's Row 2 teaser videos starring the legendary actor and former prominent coke fiend can be found all over the Internet today.

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7 Weird Superheros Who Won't Ever Hit the Silver Screen (But Should)

With new superhero movies coming out seemingly every three days, it's tough to maintain an interest when so many of them feel like redundant cash-ins. Because of the sad state of superhero movies, we decided to examine the pros and cons of several neglected characters who could possibly spice up this flailing movie genre. So evil doers beware, as we present "7 Weird Superheros that Won't Ever Hit the Silver Screen (But Should)"

7-Arm-Fall-Off Boy

Reasons for making a movie:
For those of us who are tired of seeing unfamiliar superhero movies and not knowing exactly what each character's powers are, Arm-Fall-Off-Boy would leave little doubt regarding his capabilities. We'd also really like to see that predictable comedic scene when while bowling Arm-Fall-Off Boy forgets to let go of his ball, causing his arm to detach and go tumbling down the lane.

Reasons against making a movie:
Can you really see his name on a movie poster? Or Movie Trailer Guy actually uttering his name? If we ever see this movie, expect it to come with an even stupider title, like Arms/Off.

6-The Black Racer

Reasons for making a movie:
We've got a seriously bad feeling about Speed Racer, and we also happen to think that African-American skiiers have been extremely under-represented on film. We can also hear the incredible soundtrack already, which would be entirely composed of those 3-minute "extreme sports" guitar solo songs.

Reasons against making a movie:
He can only stop criminals who are perpetrating crimes on ski slopes, and after awhile you'd have to wonder why so many valuables were being kept at such a place. People would have a hard time buying the idea that a man could ski that well in a suit of armor.

5-Matter-Eater Lad

Reasons for making a movie:
Think of all the child-friendly, edible merchandising this movie would create--you could make millions alone on consumable ray-guns and jail cells. And we could watch Matter-Eater Lad swallow steel rods all day.

Reasons against making a movie:
Is that pea-green jumpsuit able to stop a bullet? Because his super powers provide him with no defenses while he's chowing down on aluminum siding. There's also the secret Hollywood code that doesn't allow the word "Lad" to appear in an action-film title.

4-Bouncing Boy

Reasons for making a movie:
Often times in movies, the fat characters are funny, and in Bouncing Boy's case you don't have to feel guilty for laughing because his obesity is what makes him super. And you can be sure that when there's a fat, funny character there's going to be a side-splitting fart joke. We can already picture the scene where Bouncing Boy's flatulence accidentally propels him into the villain, knocking the gun from his hand and thus saving the day.

Reasons against making a movie:
There would probably be a couple of parents who would complain about the glorification of portliness in youth. In addition, I think Eddie Murphy and his closet full of fat-suits have probably already tapped all of this genre's potential.

3-Chlorophyll Kid

Reasons for making a movie:
It's so hard to truly get excited about saving the environment when destroying it is so easy, what with all the aerosol cans and the car exhaust. But with the Chlorophyll Kid, we'd finally have that needed inspiration to do the extra work and pay the extra money to recycle. Also, if you've ever watched a tree grow at regular speed you know how exciting it can be, but watching a tree grow once the Chlorophyll Kid has stimulated it will blow your mind.

Reasons against making a movie:
Unless the villain is always that singular plant monster, the Chlorophyll Kid is going to get his ass kicked. And unfortunately, it's probable that Chlorophyll Kid's love interest wouldn't have a pulse.

2-Stilt Man

Reasons for making a movie:
If the special edition DVD release comes packaged with free stilts, we'd take about seven of them. This movie would also make a very easy and very awesome transition into porno.

Reasons against making a movie:
Stilt Man's greatest nemesis is the banana peel, and it would be difficult to watch anyone battle that for more than an hour. We're also afraid of the horrible Inspector Gadget flashbacks Stilt Man would induce.

1- The Color Kid

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NBC unveils fall lineup

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Justin Bruening stars as Mike Tracer in the return of the “Knight Rider” series this fall on NBC.

The network's schedule will include series based on classic tales. Its four broadcast rivals won't present their offerings for six more weeks.

NEW YORK -- NBC got a jump start on its competitors Wednesday, unveiling a 2008-09 prime-time lineup that leans heavily on heroic tropes and classic tales of adventure.

Six weeks before the four other television broadcast networks roll out their schedules, NBC said it was picking up 12 new shows, including dramas based on the stories of King David, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robinson Crusoe, Merlin and the 1980s series "Knight Rider."

"The audience is returning to the familiar right now," said Ben Silverman, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment, during a presentation at Rockefeller Center. "They like the accessible themes. . . . But these are wholly original takes."

The peacock network's schedule offered a glimpse of the contours of the upcoming television season, which will probably be marked by a scattering of premieres throughout the year rather than a front-loaded fall schedule. The shift accelerates a trend that began several years ago at Fox, which successfully rolled out programs such us "American Idol" and "24" mid-season.

NBC presented a 65-week schedule through the summer of 2009 on Wednesday, more than a month before the traditional "upfront" network presentations to media buyers in New York. Executives said the early unveiling was aimed at giving advertisers more time to plan their buying strategies.

NBC laid out a theme for each hour of prime time -- family shows at 8 p.m., action series at 9 p.m. and adult dramas at 10 p.m. The network plans to air four new shows every quarter, an approach that will help it avoid repeats at 10 p.m. most days of the week, network executives said.

The fall offerings include the Jekyll and Hyde drama "My Worst Enemy," starring Christian Slater. Later in the year, NBC will unveil a spinoff of "The Office."

Among the network's 16 returning shows will be "Friday Night Lights," which will be back for its third season through a deal with DirectTV Group Inc., whose subscribers will get the first look when the show airs in the fall on a special channel on the satellite TV service. The 13-episode season will air on NBC in the winter.

NBC executives said this spring's strike-curtailed pilot season didn't hinder their ability to develop new shows because they had already begun ordering programs straight to series.

It's a strategy that's been widely embraced this spring, largely because the writers strike left little time for scripts to be written, much less produced. Just 63 pilots -- 39 dramas and 24 comedies -- are in the works, compared with 112 last year and 120 in 2006.

Some industry veterans hope this season's streamlined approach will persuade networks to forgo the pilot process. The test episodes can cost millions, setting a standard that cannot be sustained throughout the series. (This season, Fox reportedly is spending the most on a pilot: $10 million for a two-hour episode of "Fringe" by J.J. Abrams.) Less than half the pilots made in recent years were picked up as series, and a small fraction became hits.

"We throw away 90% of our research and development -- any other industry would shut down," said Tom Fontana, executive producer of "The Philanthropist," which NBC ordered without a pilot.

Joss Whedon's new Fox show, "Dollhouse," was ordered to series without a first draft. The writer-director said that it might be too soon to expect a complete remaking of the development cycle but added that "the strike was the crisis that will nudge the community toward adapting."

Some believe that year-round development will become the norm, but Suzanne Patmore Gibbs, executive vice president of drama development at ABC, thinks the industry will revert back to the traditional calendar next year.

"Even though it was a dysfunctional system, it worked in large part," she said. "I think there is a merit to a cycle and deadlines and looking at things in some sort of context with one another."

Because many pilots won't be completed in time for upfront week this year, the historically lavish presentations are expected to be less extravagant and more succinct.

CBS has opted to make abbreviated presentations instead of showing pilots for five of its 15 potential new series, executives said.

The CW will showcase its three dramas through presentations as well and make additional pilots this summer for mid-season shows.

"Instead of everybody doing everything at once and everybody competing for the same directors and the same talent, we're doing it into two phases," CW Entertainment President Dawn Ostroff said.

ABC, which has already renewed 14 series for the fall, may not include new shows on its September lineup because of the lack of time to evaluate the 17 projects it has in development, network executives said.

Top-rated Fox is investing heavily in projects by writer-producers such as Shawn Ryan, Ryan Murphy and Brian Grazer but will probably include only two hours of new shows in its fall lineup, Entertainment President Kevin Reilly said. Midseason, the network will use big guns such as "American Idol" and "24" to promote other series.


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Lil Jon Gets Into Winemaking

Lil Jon Gets Into Winemaking

It turns out Lil Jon drinks more than crunk juice _ the larger-than-life producer and rapper has started his own wine label, offering selections including chardonnay and merlot.

"It kind of came out of nowhere," Lil Jon told The Associated Press of his new venture, Little Jonathan Winery. "We were just going to do some private label stuff (for parties) and we did it, and people was like, `Hey, it's pretty nice.'"

Lil Jon acknowledges that he's no wine connoisseur. "I'm not no `drink wine every day' kind of dude," he said in a telephone interview. "I'm not like an expert, so don't ask me no questions ... I just like the taste."

And he knows what he likes, including white wines and dessert wines (winemaker Alison Crowe is responsible for the label, made in California).

Little Jonathan Winery is not Lil Jon's first venture into the drink market: He launched Crunk!!! Energy Drink a few years back: The concoction took its name from the rap style he made famous. But he is treating his venture into winemaking with a more serious approach, which is why he decided against using his stage name for the label.

"My full name is Jonathan," the Atlanta-based artist said. "The wine is more nature: I wanted to not just have a direct connection, but make it just a little bit more upscale than regular 'Lil Jon.' ... This is not no ghetto Boone's Farm; this is some real wine."

Lil Jon has more time on his hands these days for winemaking and other ventures: While he continues to produce hits, he hasn't released an album since 2004's best-selling "Crunk Juice" with the Eastside Boyz. It may be a little while longer before fans hear new music, since his label, TVT Records, recently went bankrupt.

Lil Jon said he has an album ready to go _ he's just waiting for the TVT situation to resolve itself.

"I want to get it out asap, but TVT has to figure out their business, and that's about all I can say," he said with a laugh.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Johnny 5 is Alive - Short Circuit Being Remade!

Johnny 5

Oh no! Now all of you who claim that Wall-E is a "rip off" of Johnny 5 will get your moment in the spotlight, too! The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films have acquired the rights to remake the 1986 family classic Short Circuit. Even the original creators, S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock, who created the characters and wrote both of the original movies, are back on board again writing the script for the remake. No director has been hired yet, but the producers do claim that it will at least be similar in its theme, with technological advances accounted for. Johnny 5 is still alive!

The original film is about a military robot called Number 5 that runs away from the government after it's struck by lightning and develops a conscience and a personality. With the help of a young woman, Number 5 tries to evade capture and convince his creator that he has truly become alive. As Peter at SlashFilm points out, Bob Weinstein probably noticed all of the discussion comparing Wall-E and Johnny 5 and thought that they could capitalize on the renewed interest. Unfortunately I don't think that's going to help turn this into anything good.

Although Short Circuit is undoubtedly a beloved 80's classic, that doesn't mean it's ripe for a remake. In fact, I think just the opposite. I've got a feeling deep down inside that we're going to get Stealth mixed with Wall-E - and that really makes me sick… Thoughts on this remake?

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Top 10 Places You Should Never Visit, According to Hollywood

If Hollywood ran a travel agency, they’d really suck at it. Think of all the places around the world that they have trashed for sake of a good (or even tired) plot point.

With this week’s release of The Ruins, about a bunch of kids that are infested with evil weeds while visiting a Mayan temple in Mexico, we are reminded of the other places that Hollywood has warned us about in the past. You won’t see this stuff on a AAA brochure.

10. Antarctica, as depicted in The March of the Penguins (2005)

Not that the Antarctan Department of Travel and Tourism is making a big push for this any time, but films like Penguins (and, for that matter, Eight Below) remind us that it is as cold as balls on the bottom of the world, and only the majestic Emperor penguins can handle it. (Of course, if you believe Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, this might soon be a new tropical paradise.)

9. Kazakhstan, as depicted in Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

It was a funny movie, and most people with a brain realize that Sacha Baron Cohen was satirizing Americans more than he was people from Kazakhstan. But do we really want to take a chance running into Urkin, the town rapist?

8. Colombia, as depicted in Romancing the Stone (1984) and Collateral Damage (2002)

We’ve all heard that South America is a hotbed of rebel fighting and war atrocities. I’m sure there’s some great places to visit, but if you’re a romance writer trying to find her kidnapped sister or a firefighter bent on revenge, you might want to avoid the place.

7. Texas, as depicted in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

In reality, we know that Ed Gein (whom Leatherface was based on) was from Wisconsin, but the motion picture persona of the chainsaw-wielding psychopath left people terrified to stray from the interstate while driving through the Lone Star State.

6. Brazil, as depicted in Turistas (2006)

Need a kidney? Or a spleen? Why not try the lucrative world of human organ trafficking? Whether or not you believe this concept to be an urban legend, would you blindly follow someone into the jungle of Brazil and not worry they might take your liver?

5. Burma, as depicted in Rambo (2008)

Shock cinema and high-octane action met this January on the movie screen. Sylvester Stallone’s restart of his successful Rambo series came on strong with a tortuous look at the war zone in Burma. The scariest thing is that these atrocities happen every day.

4. New Mexico, as depicted in The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

I’ve driven through the dusty roads, off the beaten path in New Mexico, and when the sun is setting and there’s not another car in sight, you can’t help but think mutants might just come out of the hills for a rape-and-murder rampage.

3. Mexico City, as depicted in Man on Fire (2004) and Secuestro Express (2005)

As we reach the top of the list, more and more of these dangers are real and less of them are manufactured by Hollywood. Kidnapping in Mexico City is a real and dangerous thing. It doesn’t happen to everyone, but if you’re a drunk gringo, stumbling around with your wallet hanging out, you just might make yourself a target.

2. Slovakia, as depicted in Hostel (2005)

This travel terror actually made news when Hostel made it big at the box office. I don’t know if the film impacted the Slovakian tourism market, but it definitely caused some waves between director Eli Roth and the Slovakian parliament. Incidentally, Roth has said he got the idea of people purchasing humans for fun torture from a real web site, but it wasn’t from Slovakia.

1. Sierra Leone, as depicted in Blood Diamond (2006) and Tears of the Sun (2003)

For a while, there were plenty of movies (including The Constant Gardener and Tsotsi) coming out that basically told us to stay away from Africa completely. But it is the civil war and military unrest in Sierra Leone that is really taking place that makes this country the number one choice to avoid in your world tour vacation.

Paris and New York, as depicted in Armageddon (1998) and Deep Impact (1998) – Let’s face it, if Earth is going to be hit with an asteroid or comet, these are the first cities it’s going to take out.

Mexico, as depicted in The Ruins (2008) – We haven’t seen this movie because they didn’t do advanced screenings for critics, but I’m sure it ain’t pretty what goes down.

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Medical high jinks leave Tom Cruise camp fuming

Tom Cruise isn't getting any giggles from a new strain of medical marijuana being marketed as "Tom Cruise Purple."

Word is that the actor's lawyers are taking a serious look at the strong brand of bud after we brought it to their attention.

One of Cruise's friends found it "outrageous" that licensed cannabis clubs in Northern California are selling vials of pot featuring a picture of Cruise laughing hysterically.

Like other followers of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, Cruise is opposed to the use of psychotropic drugs.

Staffers at several California clinics we called said they were forbidden to discuss any of the herbal varieties in their "inventory."

But one weed devotee said, "I heard it's the kind of pot that makes you hallucinate."

Meanwhile, a woman who has been identified as Cruise's former alternative-medicine consultant is due to stand trial in L.A. Superior Court on April 17.

A spokesman for the L.A. City Attorney's office tells us Feline Butcher - aka Feline Kondula - has been charged with 18 counts of unlawfully practicing medicine and one count of grand theft.

The charges stem from Butcher's treatment of Clive McLean, a cancer patient who died in 2005.

McLean's widow, Erica McLean, tells us that Butcher, who's a Scientologist, and another unlicensed practitioner encouraged her husband to abandon chemotherapy in favor of a regimen of "vitamins and 'magic drops.'"

Erica McLean, who was assisted by private investigator Paul Barresi, claims that the couple paid close to $120,000 on useless treatments.

Butcher has pleaded not guilty.

Additionally, Cruise is the unwitting star of a new spoof video in which he's seen cavorting with the bouncing head of Hubbard and dancing Scientologists like Kirstie Alley, Beck and John Travolta.

The video - which you can find at - mocks the controversial church's war with Internet critics, who've come to be known as Anonymous.

A representative for Cruise declined to comment on the video and the "purple" pot, but insisted that Butcher "was not his adviser. He has nothing to do with her."

Despite getting top billing for her first film role in "My Blueberry Nights," Norah Jones isn't interested in pursuing an acting career. "I'm not necessarily going to take another film project. This one was hard!" she told us at the flick's Cinema Society and IWC screening. The singer-turned-actress says she "took only two acting lessons, but [director] Wong [Kar-wai] told me to stop acting and just react to what was around me. I'd like to learn the process [of acting] if I ever do another movie." If producer Harvey Weinstein has a say, it'll be sooner rather than later. "Norah's a natural," he told us at the Soho Grand after-party. "She has a great career ahead of her, if she wants it. I want to find a musical project to put her in. I don't have anything specific yet, but I'll find something."

Farrah Fawcett has been hacked. The "Charlie's Angels" star, who's battling cancer, is the latest celeb to have her medical file leaked at UCLA Medical Center. Since the start of the year, 12 hospital employees have been fired for snooping into Britney Spears' records.

"A great dining room leads to great happiness," Zac Posen told us at DIFFA's Dining By Design charity event to fight AIDS on Tuesday. The joyful accents in his? "Swan chairs at my pea-soup-green, high-lacquered dinner table." The event itself boasted a range of dynamite dining rooms, all by top designers like Marc Blackwell, who offered a purple flower-accented room for Beringer Vineyards. Said Blackwell, "Every dining room should have something live on the table."

Laughing during love-making is allowed - in fact, it was encouraged at the Museum of Sex party for "Sex and Sensibility," the seductive new look at "the lunacy of modern love" by nine female cartoonists. Roz Chast, Barbara Smaller and Julia Suits were among the ink-slingers toasting New Yorker magazine cartoonist Liza Donnelly on the collection that probably would have given the mag's late editor William Shawn a heart attack.

When a shoulder injury sidelined Maria Sharapova from a tournament in Miami this week, Sony's VIP program, Sony Cierge, sent the tennis ace the industry's first organic light-emitting TV so she could watch the action in style. Andy Roddick didn't score one, but he's attending the tourney with something even more luminous - his new fiancée, Sports Illustrated model Brooklyn Decker.

At last count, Everlast has gotten 215,299 plays of his song "Letters Home From the Garden of Stone" - many of them from American soldiers in Iraq. One e-mailed his MySpace page: "You got this song - and very deep video - just right. You really got to me. Everyone needs to watch it."

R&B hottie Ashanti celebrated younger sister Shia's 19th birthday at Jay-Z's 4-0/40 Club, where bartenders served up soft drinks for the underage revelers.

Congrats to Kurt Andersen, former editor of Spy and New York. His "Heyday" picked up the Langum Prize as best American historical novel of 2007 and has been named by the New York Public Library as one of the 25 best books of the year.

Diva alert: Mena Suvari marched around the AX Music Lounge in Miami swilling Belvedere cocktails, making out with her boyfriend and loading up on swag bags valued at more than $1,000 each. But when it was time to pose for a sponsor photo, the actress declined to be snapped with her gifts. Ouch!

Which proud new papa cheated on his fiancée two years ago with a famous starlet? The two were hanging at a private bash in his apartment when the mood turned a little lustful.

Bjork sent hipsters outside Wednesday night's Paper magazine and H&M's Beautiful People party into a twitter, arriving just after Victoria's Secret hottie Selita Ebanks and "Gossip Girl's" Ed Westwick. The Icelandic star gushed over singer Joanna Newsom's performance, but not everyone was so impressed. "Even your band is better than this," one girl joked to Westwick about his punk outfit, the Filthy Youth. The actor feigned heartbreak and gave her a wink.

Shia LaBeouf turned up at a downtown boite Tuesday night looking "haggard," according to a spy. The "Transformers" star "almost didn't get in. Finally, one of the guys he was with told the doorgirl who he was." Despite their hard-earned entry, the trio left after a quick lap. Said the witness: "On his way out, he asked where the 'good parties' were that night."

Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson presided over a karaoke contest with Lydia Hearst and Damien Fahey at Angels & Kings. Simpson was bleary from a red-eye but chatted brightly with a gaggle of boys who cooed over her new red hair.

With Sean Evans and Shallon Lester. Edited by Lance D. Debler

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Naomi Campbell arrested at Terminal 5, say UK media

LONDON, England (AP) -- Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been arrested at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5 for allegedly spitting at a police officer, Sky News television reported Thursday.

Naomi Campbell, 37, seen here at Milan Fashion Week in February.

A London Metropolitan Police spokesman said a woman was arrested at the terminal for an assault on police, but refused to disclose her identity or give her age.

The spokesman spoke on condition of anonymity in line with force policy.

BAA PLC, the company that runs Heathrow, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday.

British Airways PLC, the terminal's sole occupant, referred questions to BAA.

Campbell, a British fashion model, has a history of getting physical with assistants and employees, and has attended an anger management program.

In 2000, Campbell pleaded guilty in Toronto to an assault charge for beating an assistant while making a film in Canada in 1998. Under an agreement with prosecutors, Campbell expressed remorse and was released without punishment or a criminal record.

In January 2007, Campbell pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for throwing her mobile phone at her maid in a dispute over a missing pair of jeans.

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