On the Radar but Under the Weather

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Friday, March 30, 2007

Has Jamie Foxx been working a little too much overtime?

On a dozen stops during his 50-city "Unpredictable" tour, the actor-singer has clocked late-night shifts in the clubs as the featured draw for post-concert parties -- emceeing, grooving on the dance floor and pouring Belvedere Vodka cocktails (why yes, that is his sponsor) down the willing throats of lady fans.

More of the same was expected in D.C. Wednesday -- until he canceled his sold-out DAR Constitution Hall show hours before he was to take the stage. "Bronchitis with a touch of pneumonia," said local tour promoter Darryll Brooks of CD Enterprises. "We might have partied him out, I'm not sure," said Belvedere rep Sara Miller.

Still, publicists held out hope that the Oscar winner might, just might, get to his after-party at Love, which was expensively decked out for the occasion. Some 2,800 people mingled and danced on the club's four levels, including Wizards Roger Mason and Brendan Haywood and, of course, Marion Barry. But around midnight, owner Marc Barnes told us the guest of honor wouldn't make it, following a doctor's house call to the Mandarin Oriental: "He told him if he wants to make his shows in Atlanta this weekend, he has to stay in bed tonight." (And maybe it doesn't look right to show up at a club after canceling a concert.) Though the concert will be rescheduled, the party probably will not.

Were revelers disappointed Jamie didn't make it? "He wasn't here?" said a barrel-chested guy in a sharp blazer wandering out after 1 a.m. "I saw his groupies, though."

Karl Rove: A Stand-Up Guy

Take our word for it: You had to be there. If you've seen the video clips of Karl Rove rapping with improv comics Brad Sherwood and Colin Mochrie at Wednesday's Radio & Television Correspondents' dinner, you probably wondered, "What's so funny?" But if you watched the whole scene unfold -- Rove plucked from the audience, right in front of President Bush, flapping his arms, shouting "I'm MC Rove!". . . Okay, maybe the pre-dinner cocktails helped.

Cringe moment: Rove joking that his name was Patrick Fitzgerald and his hobby is tearing the heads off small animals. Except he blew the gag by saying "Peter Fitzgerald" and "tearing the tops off small animals."

Good gag from POTUS: "I'd like to thank the Radio and TV correspondents for providing dinner tonight. I'd like to thank Senator Webb for providing security."

Better gag from POTUS: "A year ago, my approval ratings were in the 30s, my nominee for the Supreme Court had just withdrawn, my vice president had shot someone. [Two-beat pause] Ah, those were the good ol' days."

Most daring joke: In the video song parody about the dumbing-down of news, sung to the tune of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" (and yes, Dubya and Laura were in the room): "Now only 3 percent can point to Kabul on a map. But 96 percent can claim they've seen Brit's puddy-tat."

HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?

Diane Kruger, Jon Voight and Nicolas Cage, in town yesterday filming
Diane Kruger, Jon Voight and Nicolas Cage, in town yesterday filming "National Treasure: Book of Secrets."(Korin Miller - The Washington Post)
Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight and Diane Kruger in Lafayette Square yesterday filming "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," doing repeat takes of rushing to a Land Rover and staring at a book inside the vehicle. Cage wore a stacked-heel shoe that made him taller than Kruger. Voight towered over both of them, and got all the love from a crowd of schoolkids watching the action: "Look!" one shouted. "It's Angelina Jolie's dad!"

  • Scooter Libby, free until his sentencing in June, and his wife enjoying a night out on the town Wednesday: dinner at Austin Grill near Verizon Center, then cheering on the Wizards to victory over Philly.
  • Quote

    "You have permission to call me anything you want -- except 'sir,' all right? Lord of Lords, Your Demigodness, that'll do."

    -- U2's Bono, telling reporters about being made a knight commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire yesterday. Since the Irish rocker isn't a citizen of the U.K., he's not entitled to the customary "sir."

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