You want proof that everyone loves Michael Caine and his delightful Cockney accent? When he and Quincy Jones were being honored for their respective 80th birthdays April 13 at the 17th annual Power of Love Gala for the Lou Ruvo Center at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Caine not only drew one of the eight men still alive who have walked on the moon, but he also drew the only man to be entombed once in ancient Egypt and yet still roam the earth as one of the living.
That’s right: both Buzz Aldrin and shambling mummy Larry King were at the gala.
Among the living and the terrestrial, Bono came out to sing “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “Fly Me to the Moon,” Chris Tucker did stand-up, and both Arsenio Hall and Whoopi Goldberg worked the crowd. Jennifer Hudson, Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks all sang, Carlos Santana played guitar and Amy Poehler appeared onstage. Her Parks and Recreation co-star Rashida Jones (and, coincidentally, Quincy’s daughter) was in the crowd. Also turning out to fete the pair were Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Cindy Crawford, Snoop Dogg, Will.i.am and Will Smith.
And then there was Stevie Wonder, who led the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” before giving way to, of course, “We Are the World.” Which somehow didn’t include contributions this time from Kim Carnes or John Oates. We’re guessing their invites got lost in the mail or something.
Diplo: Movie star
20th Century Fox is developing an electronic-dance-music-based movie, according to online reports. The plot is going to focus on three teens trying to sneak into a festival headed by XS resident Diplo, because this is Hollywood and under no circumstances will teens ever just buy tickets to a damn concert, according to movie logic.
The movie is being described as “8 Mile meets Project X in tone,” which is, at best, befuddling. Does “something, something, music, I guess?” count as “tone”? Because if not, we’re having a hard time figuring out how battle-rapping could possibly fit into any of this.
Another one for the road
After her April 12 show at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Rihanna ducked over to Marquee’s Boom Box Room, where she hung out with Snoop Dogg and her opening act, A$AP Rocky. Between Rihanna and Miley Cyrus, Snoop is just trying to kick it with every chick singer under 30 at this point, right? The next night, A$AP was at Tao to do a medley of his songs with Will.i.am, Seth Green and Breckin Meyer in the crowd. … Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy tour was in full swing on April 13 for an appearance at the Kardashian Khaos store in The Mirage. Selling whatever goofy stuff she has going now will be excellent practice for her late-career resurgence as a QVC pitchwoman. … Price Is Right host Drew Carey was spotted at Tao on April 11 with models from the show, Marquee on April 12 for Benny Benassi and Marquee Dayclub on April 13 for Dash Berlin. Maybe he’s getting ready for a walk-on role in that Diplo movie.