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Bieber flies high

IN the good old days, rock stars threw TV sets into hotel swimming pools, bit the heads off live chickens, choked to death on their own vomit and generally knew how to party. And maybe that heroic age is not over:

On a private flight to the New York area last week, NBC News reports, Justin Bieber and his posse filled their leased Gulfstream IV with so much marijuana smoke, the pilots needed oxygen masks to avoid a contact high.

Beebs, his father, and 10 friends were heading to Teeterboro, N.J., "from Canada," says NBC. (As all Americans know, Canada has only one airport. But I digress.)

Also, Justin and his dad were so rude to their flight attendant, she hid out in the cockpit, the story says.

Bieber grounded

THE N.Y. Daily News reports gleefully that a growing number of Big Apple nightclubs are refusing admission to Justin Bieber. The paper even printed a map of these places, saying "if you want to enjoy a night out in New York City, it's very simple: check out our map to find out where Bieber WON'T be."

The list includes that joint 1OAK, where Ryan Philippe got plastered the other night and a Meatpacking District place called the VIP room and Sapphire Gentleman's Club, and more. I think JB needs a good lawyer. Surely discrimination and prior restraint is unconstitutional down there, even for terminally annoying Canadian teen punks.

Anger management

TAYLOR Swift tells Glamour mag she knows it's best to keep quiet when she's angry: "Silence speaks so much louder than screaming tantrums. Never give anyone an excuse to say that you're crazy."

Mind you, if you really get her mad she'll write a song about you.

Apparently, only white guys are funny

JERRY Seinfeld put the cat among the pigeons with his comments the other day about diversity in comedy.

During a Buzzfeed interview, Jerry was asked why pretty much everybody in his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is white and male.

He was candid: Such a question "really pisses me off," he said. "People think [comedy] is the census or something, it's gotta represent the actual pie chart of America. Who cares?"

There was more: "Funny is the world that I live in. You're funny, I'm interested. You're not funny, I'm not interested.

"I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that."

He'll pay for that.

Kim and Gwyn

YOU know the adage that if you compare your opponent to Hitler, you lose the argument? Well, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter is offering us a fine chance to update it:

For many months he's been feuding with Gwyneth Paltrow, in one of those celebrity knife-fights that just by coincidence keeps both their Q-scores up.

But this feud is real, sort of: Carter keeps promising a tell-all profile of Gwynnie -- somebody called it an "epic takedown" -- so she asked her friends to refuse to talk to the mag. She seems to be winning: there's been no article yet.

Now Carter, in his editor's letter in the annual Hollywood edition, complains that Paltrow's decree to her friends was extreme: North Korean dictator "Kim Jong-un couldn't have issued a more blanket demand."

Before any article ever runs, I'd say he needs to get it really, really carefully lawyered.

Relationship on cruise

WOULD you believe Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx? The N.Y. Post says they've been dating since last summer, and "recently spent time together at his mansion in California" and at the Super Bowl.

The two were spotted dancing together at some party in August, the paper recalls, but insisted that they were, you know, just friends. Holmes is still denying any romantic involvement; Foxx isn't commenting.

The reason the two are being furtive, the paper's nameless source claims, is that Foxx is friends with Katie's ex Tom Cruise, and nobody wants to ruffle any feathers.

Katie is 35. Jamie is 46.

Damon damaged

MATT Damon, settled back in Hollywood with his family after living in New York, may now be regretting the move. He broke his collarbone in a bicycle accident near his house, the told the Telegraph.

"Apparently, I'm not a very good mountain-biker. I was going pretty fast and what I didn't see was some boulders buried under leaves, until it was too late. I hardly had time to think 'Oh (rude word)!' before my front tire hit the rocks and I went right over the handlebars... landed on my back and shattered my collarbone ... I was lucky it wasn't my neck."

It's her destiny

BEYONCé has fired her manager, and will run her career herself.

You'll recall that in 2011 she pushed her father Matthew out of the same job. Now she has dumped Faisal Durrani, her guy at Live Nation, the concert-promotion company.

You have to wonder about this move: her new album was at number one for a while, and is still number four, on the Billboard charts. What does she want?

Here's a clue: her husband Jay-Z "has been heavily involved in Beyoncé's career for years, and was instrumental in organizing the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. But he isn't officially regarded as her manager -- she really is independent," according to this quote in England's Daily Mail. The speaker wasn't named but I'll bet he wears Jay-Z's clothes.

Moss goes green

STRANGE report from Istanbul, where Kate Moss and her pal Sadie Frost were on vacation lately. Somebody else who was also staying at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel, name not given, told the Telegraph that these two were acting oddly:

"They were preoccupied with eating as much broccoli as they possibly could. It was heaped on their plates at meal times, and, between meal times, it was the key ingredient in lurid-looking smoothies they drank around the hotel."

Yuk. I'm with George H. Bush: never liked the stuff, never will. But I digress.

Just when you thought it was safe...

PRODUCTION starts this month on Sharknado 2. No doubt you're as excited as I am.

I am told the first one, last year, went past "so bad its good" to reach "so bad it's awful."

And yet... and yet. So great is the creative team's devotion to this concept that there will indeed be a sequel, again with Anthony Ferrante directing, and Tara Reid and Ian Ziering starring (if that's the word). This one will be not on the big screen but on Syfy, a U.S. cable channel.

Wondering how seriously the producers take all this? The catchline is "Sharknado 2: The Second One."

Doritos hustle

A Jennifer Lawrence anecdote from Vanity Fair's piece with American Hustle costume designer Michael Wilkinson: You know that sleek white dress she wears in the movie? She kept getting yellow Doritos dust on it.

"Jennifer Lawrence is a very... let's say... raw and intuitive young lady," Wilkinson told the mag, "and she's not against eating Doritos and snack food in her costume."

Fortunately the costume people had spare copies of the dress, as is the industry norm. And Wilkinson said the fabric cost just $3.99 a yard.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 9, 2014 ??65524

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