Hannah's arrest, singers' feud make news
BY BRAVETTA HASSELL World Scene Writer
Saturday, October 06, 2012
10/06/12 at 5:02 AM
Actress Daryl Hannah was arrested Thursday in east Texas while protesting the creation of an oil pipeline, making this the second time the "Kill Bill" star has had a run-in with the law over the issue.
Thursday, the 51-year-old actress and landowner Eleanor Fairchild, 78, reportedly stood on equipment at Fairchild's Winnsboro, Texas, farm to stop attempts to build the Keystone XL pipeline, People reports.
"It is unfortunate Ms. Hannah and other out-of-state activists have chosen to break the law by illegally trespassing on private property," said David Dodson, a spokesman for TransCanada, the company behind the pipeline, in an email to the Associated Press.
Hannah, who was charged with criminal trespassing and resisting arrest, paid a $1,000 and $3,000 bond, respectively, before being released around midnight, People reports.
In August 2011, Hannah and others were arrested in D.C. after holding a sit-in protest outside the White House in opposition to the oil pipeline's expansion.
Said Hannah to KLTV about Thursday's arrest: "I was peacefully protesting the unwanted advances of TransCanada on Eleanor Fairchild's land. She has stated very clearly that she doesn't want them there and they insist on bullying her and taking away her land through eminent domain."
Nicki vs. Mimi feud continues
After this week's video leak of rapper Nicki Minaj going off on Mariah Carey during "American Idol" auditions, sources close to the "Idol" judges say the fallout was just waiting to happen.
While the "will Nicki and Mariah get along?" question seemed like contrived drama to get viewers, sources told E! that Mariah supposedly wanted to be the only woman on the judging panel, and Nicki "felt like (Carey) was being passive-aggressive."
And somewhere in the midst of all this, Barbara Walters called MC and was told that after Minaj's rant, the 29-year-old said while walking off set she'd shoot Carey if she had a gun.
Minaj has in so many words denied she said this, and E! reports that after the video was leaked, "Idol" producers held a meeting - Mariah and Nicki were there - and everyone agreed to move on.
Whatever. I haven't seen a blowup like the one leaked this week since high school, and I don't want to see one like it again.
Get it together, Nicki, or find another project. Please.
"American Idol" has a sort of preeminence to it among the reality singing/talent competition shows out there right now.
It'd be nice to keep it that way.
In other news
While Big Bird, the unexpected star of this week's presidential debate, is said to be keeping his beak out of grown-up business, he, for the moment at least, is at the center of it. Especially after GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney mentioned the famous yellow bird after stating one of his proposals.
And moving completely away from the red, blue ... and yellow ...
Bidding for Girls' writer/actress Lena Dunham's new book "Not That Kind of Girl: Advice by Lena Dunham" soared to $3.6 million Wednesday, Deadline.com reported.
And that amount might go higher, said Deadline's Mike Fleming.
"The numbers for the book of advice and anecdotes from the 26-year old creator of the HBO series Girls should go even higher as publishers see her as an influential creative voice for young women."
The advice book features a collection of essays. ...
By the looks of it, Chris Brown and Rihanna might be getting back together, but we'll leave that alone. ...
Grammy-winning singer Adele confirmed via Twitter this week that she indeed recorded the "Skyfall" theme to the upcoming Bond film of the same name before announcing the release of the single, which as of today, is available for purchase. ...
And for all you Hanson.net fans out there, Wilhelmina Jane, born Tuesday to Taylor and Natalie Hanson, is doing just fine.
This from Hanson's Twitter feed:
"@alyankovic: Congrats to my pal Taylor Hanson, who just had his 43rd kid! #HansonFactory @hansonmusic"
thanks sir, #43 is doing great! - HANSON (@hansonmusic)
Wilhelmina Jane is the couple's fifth child.
“American Idol” judge Mariah Carey (left) told Barbara Walters her fellow judge Nicki Minaj (right) threatened to
shoot her, Walters reported on ABC’s “The View” Thursday morning. Keith Urban (center) has had the pleasure of sitting
between the two at tryouts. MICHAEL BECKER/FOX/AP
Big Bird was thrust into the center of the presidential election when GOP
candidate Mitt Romney mentioned the famous yellow bird after stating one of
his proposals in Wednesday’s debate with President Barack Obama.
Associated Press file
Taylor Hanson (center) and his wife
had their fifth child this week. Courtesy