Names and Faces: Friday, Aug. 21, 2009

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Friday, August 21, 2009

A Pie in Oprah's Sky

Seems like any bakery would love Oprah Winfrey's endorsement, but sometimes it's nice to have a heads-up: A pie shop in Massachusetts has been receiving a deluge of orders since Winfrey's friend Gayle King mentioned the establishment on her radio show.

Centerville Pie Co. owner Kristin Broadley told the Associated Press that she delivered a chicken pot pie to Winfrey's traveling party last week. (They had been on Cape Cod for Eunice Kennedy Shriver's funeral.) Then came two more orders. Broadley said she delivered a total of 20 pies, including chicken, custard and banana cream, to Winfrey's posse.

A rep for Winfrey's production company initially denied the purchases. But on Wednesday, Winfrey personally called the Cape Cod Times. "I am calling," the media mogul said, "to confirm the pie-gate escapade actually did happen."

For her part, King told the Times: "It's a good thing I opened the door. . . . I saw pies and said, 'Let me just take a look-see.' " She recommends the chicken: "It was: Oh. My. Goodness."

Joining a New Team?

Venus and Serena Williams could be the latest celebs to own a stake in the Miami Dolphins.

The tennis superstars, who live in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., have been in preliminary talks with the NFL team, Serena told the AP after a match in Toronto.

"Hopefully, it'll work out. That would be a great opportunity for both of us," Serena said. "Venus and I are always trying to expand our brand."

The Dolphins are expected to make an announcement Tuesday.

New Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is showing himself to be somewhat of a star collector. Musicians Marc Anthony and Gloria Estefan recently bought small shares, and the team recently forged a business partnership with singer Jimmy Buffett.

'Twilight' Author Sued

The fangs are out! A woman who wrote an obscure vampire book as a teenager has sued "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer, accusing Meyer of taking ideas from her work and using them in the fourth book of the "Twilight" series, "Breaking Dawn."

Jordan Scott's lawsuit says that as Scott wrote her book, "The Nocturne," she posted passages online, and she accuses Meyer of stealing from said passages. There are similarities between "The Nocturne" and "Breaking Dawn," the lawsuit says: Both contain wedding passages, as well as an after-wedding scene of sex on a beach.

Meyer's publisher said the "alleged similarities" are "wholly lacking in substance," and claims Meyer based "Breaking Dawn" on an earlier, unpublished sequel to "Twilight."

Whatever the outcome of Scott's court case, we hope she's got a good strategy for dealing with all those Twihards -- Meyer's utterly devoted followers.

End Notes

Married: Actor Jason Schwartzman and fashion designer Brady Cunningham. Schwartzman's rep tells People magazine that the July 11 ceremony, held at the couple's home in California's San Fernando Valley, was small, "with many family members and close friends."

Quoted: "I'm not 20 years old anymore and when they throw your [expletive] down, something is gonna hurt. . . . If they would say they want to make Part 2, I would say, 'No, thank you.' " -- Mickey Rourke, 57, to an audience at the Sarajevo Film Festival. While discussing his film "The Wrestler," Rourke said he had back and knee troubles during filming and "had three MRIs in the first two months."

-- Marissa Newhall, from wire and Web reports


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