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Mariah Packs Guns, Not Heat

10/27/2006 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Superdiva Mariah Carey has gotten the 86 in Hong Kong, after an event promoter there said her ticket sales were disappointing and her contractual demands were too outrageous. In a statement, promoter One Events said that Mariah's concert tomorrow night was being cancelled "due to both the poor response of ticket sales and also due to specific last-minute demands which we find wholly unreasonable."

One music industry source tells the New York Daily News that Mariah "was making demands like Streisand," demanding special spring water, furniture, lighting, and armed escorts. Benny Medina, Carey's manager, said that ticket sales were fine, and that One Events were the ones who pulled out because they'd failed to meet their financial commitments. "This promoter is resorting to lies and attacks on Mariah when it's just a result of the fact that he can't pay his bills," says Medina.


Fox to Rush: Don't Want Your Pity


Michael J. Fox struck back at Rush Limbaugh last night and defended his controversial appearance in recent political campaign ads, saying he was in fact on his medication for Parkinson's disease in the ads and that he "could give a damn about Rush Limbaugh's pity or anyone else's pity ... I'm not a victim."

In an interview with Katie Couric on Thursday night's "CBS Evening News," Fox said that, contrary to the speculations of Limbaugh and other right-wing critics who charged that he managed his appearance in political spots supporting stem-cell research to maximize the swaying and jerking effects of his Parkinson's disease, he was actually "too medicated" when he did the spots. "That's funny – the notion that you could calculate it for effect. Would that we could," said the former "Family Ties" star.

In the interview with Couric, Fox jerked so acutely that his microphone became disloged, and he told Couric that his condition while talking to her was the result of "a dearth of medication – not by design. I just take it, and it kicks in when it kicks in." The pill-popping radio host Limbaugh had blasted Fox for being "either off his medication of acting" during the taped ads, and that Fox was "really shameless" in his efforts to raise awareness for embryonic stem cell research.


Snoop -- The White Zone Is Not for Loading Guns


Rapper Snoop Dogg was arrested yesterday at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif. on suspicion of illegal drug and gun possession, according to police. As reported by the Associated Press, airport police officers stopped the rapper, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, at a loading zone for a vehicle code violation. In a subsequent search of the vehicle, the police say they found a gun and marijuana. "There is no basis for this arrest," says the rapper's attorney, Donald Etra. "We believe that once this is cleared up, all charges will be dismissed." As TMZ reported earlier, Snoop already faces the possibility of charges against him after authorities discovered a 21-inch collapsible baton in his bags at John Wayne International Airport last month.


Ivanka: "I Paid for My Own Pad!"


Ivanka Trump wants everyone to know that she paid for her own apartment – the one in the building that has her dad's name on it. In an interview with ABC set to air soon (as previewed by Page Six), the Donald's adult daughter says that she paid the $1.5 million for her Trump Park Avenue place after haggling over the price with her father, and she doesn't like it when people suggest that she got it for free. What's more, Ivanka also tells ABC that any potential suitor better be prepared for her not to take their name after marriage – because she's keeping that Trump for professional reasons. Not a bad idea, Miss Trump.

Party Favors: Jay-Z Dishes on Dash ... Letterman Unloads on O'Reilly ... Ferrell Plays Another Hapless Sports Coach


Jay-Z talks to XXL magazine (via Rush & Molloy) about his split from former Roc-a-Fella co-founder Damon Dash for the first time publicly, and says that he was actually offered $20 million two years before their acrimonious split to ditch Dash, and wouldn't do it. "You're friends," says the rap mogul. "You ain't supposed to do that" ... David Letterman might be the host, but that doesn't mean he's got to be gracious – at least not when the guest is FOX News' Bill O'Reilly. Page Six says that on tonight's show, Letterman peppers O'Reilly with insults and pointed jibes ... Will Ferrell will next play the coach of a hapless semi-pro basketball team in the comedy, "Semi-Pro," after he gets done with "Blades of Glory" and "Step Brothers."

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16.

Gina    

I posted "Shoog"-should have been "Snoop"-but in the long run they are all about the same, aren't they?

2888 days ago
17.

Alix    

Mariah demanded that sh*t. To her surprise the people in Hong Kong said f*ck you!

2888 days ago
18.

Pam    

Post 11, jride, hilarious!!! I am the last person to pick on someone for being overweight, as I don't think I am perfect. But, in all fairness, she can be any size she wants but to still try and wear the same clothes she did 15 or so years ago is just tasteless. She isn't 21 anymore either. Dress your age. She would get a lot more respect. MJF, I have always loved you. You are one of the few people in Hollywood that I have respect for and was so sad when I found out he had Parkinson's. Rush should leave him alone. He is a good guy and with Rush's past he has no right to speak like that.

2888 days ago
19.

RiverRat    

Rush Limbaugh is a disgrace and should have lost his radio and TV show long ago. Everyone knows that Parkinsons causes tremors and I have seen Michael J Fox exhibiting these tremors on many occasions. Rush coming out and criticizing this has had the opposite effect though; making these commercials to be shown on national newscasts instead of just the state venues they were taped for.

Unfortunately, the stem cell bill also contains a directive allowing cloning - or so it was reported. While I support stem cell research, I do not support clonging so this particular bill should be defeated and a new bill that only includes stem cell research drafted.

2888 days ago
20.

kellirc    

If Michael J. Fox is out there in the middle of the political stage then he should know that he may get criticism thrown his way. What's really funny about this is that he says he isn't a victim and the only one who hasn't treated him as a victim is Rush Limbaugh.

2888 days ago
21.

MJ    

#15. Just to clarify - Parkinson's is not a terminal illness. It's effects are devastating as you become more and more unable to control your body movements, but people don't die from Parkinsons

2888 days ago
22.

WHUD UP    

IVANKA SUCK MA WANK, thats what shes good for NOTHING ELSE.
whud up.

2888 days ago
23.

Pieta    

You all are so misinformed about Rush. He never said that Fox was acting. It was never anything personal against Fox. Rush spoke about the issues around the amendment and questioned Fox's appearance as Fox has admitted to not taking his meds when he spoke before Congress so that his symptoms would be exaggerated. Now Fox says that he was overmedicated. Undermedicated, overmedicated.............it makes you wonder what his true motives are. And remember that commercial was not a PSA --- it was a political commercial. A celeb has entered the political arena and Rush has the right to counter anything Fox does. Funny Fox is acting like the victim lying about what Rush said. Rush NEVER made it personal about Fox - Rush attacked the liberals and agrued about using Fox in the commercial. None of you listened to Rush's shows in their entirety. For the record: Rush never said Fox was acting or faking. The liberal media made that up and everyone jumped on it.

Here's a transcript from Rush's show - Make your own Jugements:
RUSH: One of the big issues in the Missouri Senate race -- as you know, we touched on it yesterday -- is the Michael J. Fox commercial which is entirely misleading and which is in itself an attack ad, and it is filled with disinformation about embryonic stem cell research and how Jim Talent wants to criminalize it. Embryonic stem cell research -- and, by the way, Fox is doing similar commercials in Maryland now for Ben Cardin against Michael Steele. But embryonic stem cell research is currently legal and completely unrestricted in both Maryland and Missouri and in the vast majority of other states. It's largely personal and institutional ethics that keep scientists from cloning research.

The debate we're having is almost always about governmental funding or radical measures like the one currently on the ballot in Missouri, which is Amendment 2, which would write a right to cloning into the state constitution of Missouri, and it's one of these cleverly worded things that makes you: if you vote yes, you're voting no, and vice-versa. So we'll talk more about the Michael Fox situation because, as I knew yesterday, the Drive-By Media, including things like Inside Edition, are all panting (panting) to make something out of this that isn't. We will address that, but Michael J. Fox entered the political arena long ago. He became a US citizen in 2000.

He's from Canada. He was active in the Kerry campaign in 2004 and he's entered the political arena again with this series of commercials for Ben Cardin in Maryland and Claire McCaskill in Missouri. One of the tactics the Democrats have -- and they've used this consistently. They bring forth people who they think are victims for the purposes of exploiting them, and when you bring forth -- for example, if you're talking about embryonic stem cell research, and you want to convey the notion that the Republicans are opposed to it, and in effect they're for people having Parkinson's Disease. Make no mistake that's what the intent is.

Then you bring forth a person who's suffering the disease, and you illustrate the disease and the ravages and the suffering on TV to create sympathy and infallibility, because you're not supposed to be able to attack somebody or criticize somebody in any way or in any regard if they suffer from the disease. It's considered cold-hearted and cruel. What's happening here is that Michael Fox has entered the political arena with his attack, which includes false information about Senator Talent and Michael Steele in Maryland. That's fair game, and I am not going to follow the script that says we're not allowed to comment on the things said by participants, "victims," what have you, that the Democrats put forth as infallible in the middle of a political campaign.

I would argue that Mr. Fox is damaging what has traditionally been a bipartisan effort at addressing and curing illnesses, and that is the primary point here. Democrats are politicizing diseases and illnesses. The Breck Girl, John Edwards, promising, if John Kerry is elected, that Christopher Reeve and others with spinal paralysis would walk, when there's no such is evidence that any research into embryonic stem cells will create any immediate cure toward anything. It is irresponsible to mislead victims of people suffering from these horrible diseases in such a fashion. But that's exactly what has happened.


That's what the Democrats are doing, politicizing diseases and illnesses, damaging what has traditionally been a bipartisan effort at addressing and curing illnesses, and the same time they claim if you don't embrace their political and cultural agenda, then you're for Parkinson's disease, and you are for spinal paralysis. It's no different than the way they do it in the environmental movement. They talk about dirty water and dirty air, and if you oppose the environmentalists, why,

2888 days ago
24.

anyways    

I agree with #19 comments, she is soooo full
of sh*t, u know her daddy had something to do with it

2888 days ago
25.

TJ    

to MJ: People die from the effects of Parkinsons which has no cure. My husband was diagnosed in 1997 and died in 2003. Eventually the meds can no longer keep up with the progression of the disease. In extreme cases the patients become unable to talk, swallow or breathe. They can become bed ridden from being unable to walk and that can cause a whole score of other problems such as infected bed sores leading to septic shock which will also kill the patient. One can not imagine how devastating this disease is, not only on the patient, but on his family and loved ones. I can assure you that anyone who is touched by any of these horrendous neurological conditions are certainly going to vote in favor of stem cell research to help find a cure. Rush Limbaugh should take his morality and twisted sense of right and wrong and save it for the ignorant ones. Anyone with half a brain knows that stem cell research is imperative to save millions of suffering around the world and all those who will be afflicted in the years to come.

2888 days ago
26.

Missy    

Rush's transcript doesn't make it any better really. His opinion is that it doesn't matter how much these people are suffering. He's standing by a religious belief and trying to make it political. His religious beliefs, nor any religous belief, for that matter should be allowed into politics and law. We are supposed to have freedom of religion in this country and that includes the choice to not have it in our lives. I see nothing wrong with Michael wanting to show people an honest look at the severity of his illness. So many people make decisions in the country with their heads in the sand...they need to know all sides even if it isn't pretty.

AND...as far as pointing fingers at Democrats for playing dirty pool when it comes to political ads. PUUUUULEASE. I haven't seen a political ad yet from Democrats OR Replublicans that isn't completely manipulative. Most of them are downright lies. Rush's problem is that he's always wagging his finger at one side while never taking a serious look at his own. But hey...isn't that his M.O.? After all...he was addicted to drugs and putting down drug addicts for quite a while. The man has no real sense of character...so his short sightedness doesn't surprsie me in the least.

2888 days ago
27.

sam    

I would be total devastated if my dad didn't give me a deal! But I don't think she needs any help the girl is rich on her own from modeling and her new job as VP of Real Estate Development. Also she's no dummy!

After completing two years at Georgetown University, she transferred to and graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics in 2004, and is currently the Vice President of Real Estate Development at the Trump Organization.

2888 days ago
28.

rapt    

MJF appeared before Congress unmedicated to show them the ACTUAL effects of the disease. When you're not taking medication, you appear AS YOU ACTUALLY ARE. Medication can mask symptoms and medication can exaggerate symptoms. Not taking medication never did either of those things. How can not taking medication cause symptoms to be exaggerated?? That's one of the stupidest things I've ever heard!

Also, as MJF clarified, he supports politicians who support stem cell research. He is APOLITICAL people, that means he supports Democrats AND Republicans so long as they support stem cell research. As he told Katie Couric, he even supports Arlen Specter, who has never been a favorite of mine. Uninformed ignoramuses like Rush who are just so full of hate and bile and sheer evil are deeply disturbing to me. What goes into making someone like that??

2888 days ago
29.

Travis Bickle    

Apt,

MJF is doing CAMPAIGN ads for DEMOCRATS. That makes him political. He not only is doing these ads, he's LYING about the positions of others and what is being voted on in MO. He states that certain people are against STEM CELL research. That's just an out an out lie. The candidates he's targeting are for stem cell research specifically Adult stem, just not the public funding of Embryonic stem cell research that has shown no proof of workign (versus Adult stem cells that have proven to work and has helped actual people).

Fox can say he's apolitical but his actions prove otherwise.

Try boning up on your facts first before posting. It will help you to NOT look like a fool.

2888 days ago
30.

shay    

mariah is a smelly pig!!!!

2888 days ago
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