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Elton to the rescue

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Help for Eminem

For 18 months, British singer Elton John has been helping Eminem overcome an addiction to prescription drugs. In May, Eminem admitted publicly he had a severe addiction to Vicodin and Ambien, popping as many as 20 pills a day.

Eminem went through rehab in 2005, but he almost overdosed after an acquaintance gave him several methadone pills. He turned to John because he had battled a drug problem, too, John told the BBC.

The veteran pop singer "had a substance-abuse problem in the past. So when I first wanted to get sober, I called him, because he's somebody in the business who can relate to the lifestyle and how hectic things can be," Eminem told the British newspaper the Guardian.

The two first met at the 2001 Grammys. Despite several Eminem songs that had been criticized as homophobic, they became friends.

John told the Guardian Eminem is doing fine.

Thanks, but no thanks

A blog published by the Atlantic has obtained a list of bloggers barred from Sarah Palin events. Suspicions surfaced Wednesday during a book signing in Wasilla, Alaska, when two bloggers were denied entry. uncovered the list, which includes bloggers Jesse Griffin and Shannyn Moore and photojournalist Dennis Zaki. A Palin spokeswoman did not respond to TPM's request for comment.

Advice for Tiger

Former Fox News anchor Brit Hume is urging Tiger Woods to overcome his personal problems by converting to Christianity.

"The extent to which he can recover, it seems to me, depends on his faith," said Hume as a panelist on "Fox News Sunday." "He is said to be a Buddhist. I don't think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. So, my message to Tiger would be, 'Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.' "

Beatty bio brouhaha

"Was I one of them, Warren?" Annette Bening might ask her husband after reading an upcoming biography of actor Warren Beatty. The book, "Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America," by Peter Biskind, claims he had flings with approximately 12,775 women, "a figure that does not include daytime quickies, drive-bys, casual gropings, stolen kisses and so on," Biskind told the New York Post on Sunday.

According to the book, Beatty's love interests included Madonna, Joan Collins, Julie Christie and Jane Fonda.

The New York Post says the book was authorized, an assertion Beatty, 72, denies. In a release to the Huffington Post, Beatty's attorney said: "Mr. Biskind's tedious and boring book on Mr. Beatty was not authorized by Mr. Beatty and should not be published as an authorized biography. It contains many false assertions and purportedly quotes Mr. Beatty as saying things he never said. Other media should not repeat things from the book on the assumption that they are true or that the book is an authorized biography."

End notes

Spotted: The six cast members from MTV's "Real World: D.C." were seen around town Dec. 31 before an advance screening at BlackFinn, a restaurant near the White House. Cast members Ashley Lindley, Callie Walker, Emily Schromm and Ty Ruff were seen dining at the restaurant. Josh Colon, the musician of the show, was spotted at Tattoo Bar, on K Street. Mike Manning was spotted at Halo, a club on P Street.

-- Compiled by Timothy R. Smith from Web and wire reports

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