Paul and Ringo Come Together For Their 'Rock Band'; Pearl Jam on Target; Em Was In on Joke
Headlines: Meet the surviving members of the Beatles. (And their former bandmates' widows.) Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr made a brief appearance at the E3 video-game trade conference in Los Angeles yesterday to promote "The Beatles: Rock Band," which is due out in September. "Whoever thought we'd end up as androids?" McCartney joked. Said Starr: "The game is good, the graphics are good, and we look great." Macca and Ringo were joined at the event by Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison. ... Jeremy spoke in class today. Know what he said? He said: "Attention Target shoppers; Pearl Jam is on aisle nine." Actually, he said it was kinda surprising that Pearl Jam -- a band that famously stopped making promotional videos and that was known to order promoters to cover advertisements posted around the venues it was playing -- is now making a Cameron Crowe-directed commercial for Target. He also said he never would have guessed that Pearl Jam would strike up a partnership with Target to release its next album, after having spent 18 years under the Sony umbrella. And then he shouted: "I love you, Eddie!!!!!!" ... Eminem was definitely in on the joke when Sascha Baron Cohen's bare butt (and, errr, naughty bits) landed on his face at the MTV Movie Awards. The show's head writer admitted as much online, writing: "Yes, the Bruno/Eminem incident was staged. That's all anyone wants to talk about, so let's get it out of the way. They rehearsed it at dress and yes, it went as far as it did on the live show then." ... Michael Jackson won't actually sing at his comeback concerts, predicts Akon , who is totally going out on a limb since everybody knows that pop stars never lip-sync. ... One girl Katy Perry will not be kissing and liking it: Beth Ditto. The fab Gossip frontchick is more than a little displeased with "I Kissed A Girl," Perry's faux-lesbian hit. "I hate Katy Perry," Ditto says. "She's offensive to gay culture, I'm so offended. She's just riding on the backs of our culture without having to pay any of the dues and not being actually lesbian or anything at all." ... That reality doofus Spencer Pratt continues to threaten the world with a rap album. The world continues to expect the worst while being at least somewhat amused by Pratt's running commentary. His latest thing is that he's over Eminem. "Honestly, I used to be the biggest Eminem fan on the planet, but the difference now is that he's so paid. My hustle is the same as his was when he was 25, coming out with his first flow." I am not. Making. This. Up. ... Meatloaf is working on a new album that is "going to shock people" stylistically, according to its producer, Rob Cavallo. "It's got all of the drama of a Meatloaf record, but it's totally contemporary." ... Remember Sade? The quiet storm balladeer is looking to increase the world's population with her first new album of baby-making music since Y2K's "Lovers Rock."
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