Heiress and one-time homegrown porn star Paris Hilton is going to have a lot of people at the phone company working overtime today. It seems that some computer hacker broke into her Blackberry and published her address book on the Internet.
The result was a rapid dissemination of private information and phone numbers all over the Web. One number belonging to a famous actor already has a message that says the caller is in violation of a Federal Communications Commission code. It's unclear whether this is just bravado.
Among the people whose e-mail addresses and numbers were publicized: Academy Award-winner Adrien Brody, Ashley Olsen, tennis greats Andy Roddick and Mark Philippoussis, model Amber Valletta, Jay-Z (under his real name Shawn Carter and actor Luke Wilson.
Paris' Blackberry also includes her sister, parents, best friend Nicole Richie, Jermaine Dupri, Vin Diesel, Eminem, Shannon Elizabeth, Frankie "Malcolm in the Middle" Muniz, Miami party girl Ingrid Casares, tennis beauty Anna Kournikova, rocker Fred Durst, Christina Aguilera, Avril Lavigne, Lindsay Lohan and her mother, Victoria Gotti, hip-hop star Pharrell Williams, rock heiress Bijou Phillips, lip-syncher Ashlee Simpson, heir Brandon Davis, singer Blu Cantrell, "Boston Legal" actress Rhona Mitra, singer Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas, actress Peta Wilson, Leelee Sobieski, Cher's son Elijah Blue Allman and Yoko Ono flack Elliot Mintz.
There are also numbers stored for the kind of restaurants and hotels only Paris might frequent: Mr. Chow, La Scala, The Soho Grand, Koi, plus New York's Prive hair salon.
There are the kind of odd friends with whom you might not associate with Paris: criminal defense attorney Robert Shapiro, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, the daughter of Pocket Fisherman inventor Ron Popeil and the son of director Ivan Reitman.
There's also rap and fashion entrepreneur Russell Simmons, rocker Matt Sorum of Velvet Revolver, the daughter of Rod and Alana Stewart, Anders Eisner (son of Disney chief Michael), Warner Music's Lyor Cohen (misspelled "Leore"), actor Kevin Connolly from "Entourage," Las Vegas hotelier George Maloof, Super Dave Osbourne and Donald Trump competitor Mark Cuban.
In addition, there are some clues to Paris' personality and education in the notations that came along with this stuff. She spells a foreign country "jermeny." She has a number for a tattoo-removing dermatologist in Beverly Hills. She wants to do business with music exec Andre Harrell and is interested in a "hive movie" at Miramax.
On October 8, 2004, she text messaged a friend named Naomi (Campbell perhaps?): "Do you wanna leave soon, ill pretend I hsve (sic) 2 go pee and u wait 3 mins than come by yourself to the back entrance."
And don't think that Paris isn't clever enough to have connections at the tabloids or entertainment TV shows. She has the private instant messaging addresses for Pat O'Brien at "The Insider," Ken Baker at US Weekly and Smokey Fontaine, editor of the hip-hop fashion monthly America magazine.
Since we're heading off to the Academy Awards this week and expected to be on our best behavior, here are some anecdotes from the awards season so far.
I'm impressed by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett. They are either putting on an Oscar-worthy act or truly they're happy, polite and pleasant. I'm guessing it's the latter. No two stars could have been any more affable than they were at the premiere of "Hitch."
Smith is really levelheaded. He remembers the name of everyone he's met and is quick to embrace strangers. Among the box-office stars of his caliber, Smith is also the most versatile. He can do comedy and drama, sing and rap. The amazing success of "Hitch" demonstrates that he has a big future outside of action flicks, too.
I'm curious about Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson. They came to Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party with her dad and manager Joe. I know they posed for paparazzi, but it's unclear if they stayed. Despite the constant tabloid rumors, Nick and Jessica remain stuck together with no visible complaints. But they're thrilled to be done with their reality show.
"We have three days of shooting left and that's it, thank God," he said.
He just signed with Jive Records and will have his own show on MTV. She just wrapped playing Daisy in "The Dukes of Hazard" movie.
I'm thrilled for Martin Scorsese. We just saw "Raging Bull" at the Ziegfeld and "Goodfellas" on DVD. How is it possible this guy doesn't possess an Oscar for Best Director? It's a scandal.
"The Aviator" is his best movie in 14 years and light years beyond the work of almost all his peers. The real proof is that you never once feel the film is long and at the end you want to hear more stories about Howard Hughes. The plane crash in Beverly Hills is worth the price of admission alone.
It doesn't hurt that Scorsese is accessible, articulate and endlessly gracious. Let's hope he is finally rewarded.
I'm happy to see Cuba Gooding Sr. You know Cuba Jr., the Oscar-winning movie star, is also a good son. He stopped in for a few minutes the other night in Los Angeles to support his dad at an event for the R&B Foundation in Los Angeles. Gooding Sr. was the lead singer of The Main Ingredient, sang the hits "Everybody Plays the Fool," "Just Don't Want to Be Lonely" and is heard as a sample on Alicia Keys' "You Don't Know My Name." Hopefully, he's been paid handsomely for it, too.
Congratulations to Pierre Cossette. He produced the best Grammy show in many years as a swan song after 34 glorious years at the helm. I cannot remember so many people raving about Melissa Etheridge, James Brown, Alicia Keys, etc. Except for the screwy Mark Anthony-Jennifer Lopez duet — beautifully spoofed on "Saturday Night Live" — this was a triumphant way for Cossette to exit. But don't fear: He'll be back with a Broadway show in the next year.
I think Chad Lowe is a nice guy. He's Hilary Swank's husband and Rob Lowe's brother, but doesn't get enough credit for being himself. It's hard enough to be a working actor and have a famous brother ahead of you in line. Then he gets married, his wife wins one Oscar and may take home another.
Lowe is a fine actor, director and writer in his own right who seems to have a good head on his shoulders. So far he and Swank have managed to walk through the minefields of fame. When Lowe gets his own directorial debut off the ground this year, he'll soon be in the big time, too
I "disco-vered" a remastered version of a legendary 1973 Atlantic Records album by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway. Anyone who digs what is now called "Smooth Soul" should try this or Smokey Robinson's "Quiet Storm" to see where the genre began.
Roberta and Donny always made magic, but never so much as they did on Carole King's "You've Got a Friend" and their hit "Where Is the Love?" The remastered version brightens what was a muddy original transfer from analog to digital.
Our favorite contemporary singer, Julia Fordham, has released her first live album. It is called "That's Live" and it features a smattering of her hits like "Happy Ever After" and "Manhattan Skyline" as well as the hard to find "Stay." The latter is Fordham's signature closing number and a real tour de force. At 42, she's the best singer of this generation in any genre, but you'll have to do a little work to find her.
Sad news from show biz: Bonnie Raitt's dad, the great musical and stage performer John Raitt, has passed away at age 88. His biggest Broadway hit was "The Pajama Game" in 1957, but Raitt was well known all over the country for his many shows. He will be missed.
Sandra Dee died yesterday at age 63. Maybe you're too young to know her name, but she was the biggest American movie star in 1961, a blonde ingénue who was like Renée Zellweger and Jennifer Aniston rolled into one. She was also married to singer Bobby Darin for a time and was portrayed in the recent movie by Kate Bosworth. Hollywood and fame were too much for Dee, but she remains an icon from a more innocent time.