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Queen of the nip-slip

NICKI Minaj suffered a major wardrobe malfunction during her appearance on BET's 106 & Park recently. The American Idol judge showed off more than she had planned in her barely-there bralet top -- and it was all caught on live television.

Sure, Minaj isn't one for following trends -- she makes 'em (or at least thinks she does) so could she be trying to make this a new signature look? Maybe. The rapper has been nip-slip prone in the past and has even turned to nipple pasties to help avoid such mishaps, according to the Mirror UK.

Minaj may be the queen of the nip-slips, but she's among many other pop princesses that have shared in the same fashion faux pas, including Miley Cyrus, Courteney Cox, Paris Hilton, Tara Reid, Pamela Anderson, Lindsay Lohan, Anna Lynne McCord, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna -- wow, we could go on all day!

Balls to the wall

JESSICA Biel is currently promoting her role in Hitchcock, and in a recent appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, she was supposed to be talking up the Anthony Hopkins-led film. But the conversation had less to do with Hitchcock, and more to do with balls.

Sweaty, "butt naked," old-man balls. Balls that apparently made a Biel sandwich -- to the actress' discomfort -- during a trip to a spa in the Alps.

We'll let her explain. (And, for the record, Biel says she was dressed in "my bikini and my robe and my towel and my slippers" when the incident occurred.)

"These guys come in, one's sitting over here, one's sitting over here," Biel told Letterman.

"They drop their towels and they're completely naked. Butt naked. Older, husky men."

"They were naked and I'm in the middle of them!" she continued, flustered. "I look over and I realize, yes, it is confirmed, there are balls on wood. Not just naked, but balls on wood, Dave. That's not OK!"

Ahh, Paris

LIL Wayne and Paris Hilton: theirs is a beautiful BFF-ship. In 2011, for instance, Interview magazine got these two together for one of their usual transcribed celebrity Q&As. The duo bonded: turns out they both dig Miami, they've both served time, they both love Lil Wayne records. And it was during that historical meeting of the bank accounts that the origins of this article were born.

Said Wayne: "I was gonna ask you, how are you gonna release an album and don't get me on it?"

Replied Hilton: "Well, if you would be on the album, then I would be honoured."

And today, the world has the result of that proposal: a collaboration titled Last Night, which is -- or was -- meant to be Hilton's new pop single, since Idolator reports the project has been cancelled. (Something to do with Hilton breaking up with the track's producer, Afrojack, according to reports, and another version of the tune turned up on Pitbull's new record, albeit featuring another singer, Havana Brown.)

Remember One Night in Paris? Hilton and Weezy want you to remember One Night in Paris. Because if you didn't already pick up on the title, Lil Wayne name-drops Hilton's star-making sex tape later on in the track.

"Excuse my french, but f the cameras," Weezy raps on his guest verse, "I wanna spend a night in Paris."

Between this and Kanye West's Kim Kardashian: Superstar verse on Clique, it's the birth of a new genre.

The Rihanna rebellion

WHEN Rihanna packed up her Boeing 777 for her 777 tour, she reportedly gave the 150 reporters on board a few things: she gave them some socks with her face on them, and a Moleskine, and some perfume and a conflict-free diamond Rolling Stone describes as being as big as a Q-Tip.

Rihanna -- or at least Team Rihanna -- also gave them a promise: the pop star would stage a few press conferences.

This, according to multiple reports, has not happened.

Rihanna hasn't been seen or heard by 777's coach class since pouring everyone champagne on Day 1 of the trek. Wrote Rolling Stone's Jeff Rosenthal, who's on board: "We haven't seen Rihanna offstage since the first day, unless you count her popping up at baggage claim for a few moments on the morning of the second."

This means mutiny.

Or at least journalists Tweeting about mutiny.

Chants of "Just one quote!" "Occupy 777!" and "Save our jobs!" have reportedly erupted, jokingly (?) instigated by pop blog Idolator in response to their host's disappearance. (Rihanna, reportedly nestled away in her private quarters, was unmoved by the mini-uprising -- though Complex reports her Def Jam reps came out of first class to tell the passengers to simmer down. They then sent out some complementary bottles of Jay-Z's D'Usse Cognac to lubricate the situation.)

Lindsay and Liz like sisters

LINDSAY Lohan's dad discovered he has a 17-year-old daughter while appearing on a TV talk show last week. And it turns out LiLo herself got the news the same way.

Good Morning America host Amy Robach accidentally dropped the truth-bomb on Linds while asking about the long-secret half sister last week.

"I didn't even hear that, so thanks for the news," Lohan said. "I don't pay attention to any of it. I don't really want to get into that because I want to stay on the positive side of things."

Yes, positive. Because apart from that unfortunate dip into Lohan's troubled, and well-reported, personal life, her appearance on GMA was all about giving Lohan the opportunity to re-iterate what a great place she's in now. That and to understandably pitch her new TV movie, Liz & Dick. (It airs on Lifetime Nov. 25.)

Staying "positive" has been the excuse for Lohan's pull-out from another recent TV engagement. Her rep cancelled a Q&A with 20/20's Barbara Walters earlier this month. At issue: Walters may have asked Lohan something "tough," HuffPo reports. (Acceptable questions likely being: 1) Was it awesome to play Elizabeth Taylor? and 2) Just how awesome was it?)

So yes, Lohan touched on playing the late screen legend during the GMA sitdown. She talked about how she related to the Oscar-winning beauty: "Elizabeth Taylor actually went to her mother a lot. She was really close to her mother, and I'm pretty much the same," Lohan told Robach.

Knightley terror

KEIRA Knightley turned up on Ellen DeGeneres's talk show and said that she's finding the prospect of a wedding "terrifying." She got engaged in May, you'll recall, to musician Jim Righton.

"Ever since (the engagement announcement), everyone keeps going, 'So when is it going to happen and what's the dress like?'" she said.

"We haven't planned anything and it's all quite terrifying and I sort of looked it up on the internet: 'If you're getting married, what should you do?' I really don't have a clue."

She didn't comment on the report that Karl Lagefeld has offered to design a dress for her.

No more sex in the pool!

IN Glow mag, Vanessa Hudgens recounted the shooting of her three-person swimming-pool sex scene, with James Franco and starlet Ashley Benson, for the soon-to-be-released movie Spring Breakers:

"It was very nerve-racking for me," she said. "I told my agent that I never want to do it ever again."

In September Franco told E! News that he hadn't minded at all.

The press release says the movie is "a drug and sex-fuelled film about four coeds who find themselves mixed up with a drug dealer."

That's O fpr oops

MICROSOFT is pulling out all the stops to promote its new Surface tablet as a worthy alternative to the iPad. The company is rumored to have dropped $400 million on its marketing campaign for the device. But here's one stop it's probably wishing it hadn't pulled out: getting Oprah Winfrey to tout the device on her Twitter account.

"Gotta say love that SURFACE! Have bought 12 already for Christmas gifts." she tweeted to 14.9 million Twitter followers last Sunday.

There's just one problem. Some Twitter clients display additional metadata, like what kind of device the tweeter is using. And as Zagg, The Next Web, and others noticed, Oprah -- or whoever was tweeting on Oprah's behalf -- was tweeting from an iPad.

-- From the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 25, 2012 ??65524

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