DreamWorks and Paramount took out a full-page ad in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter to say that Jamie Foxx’s character in Dreamgirls isn’t based on Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. Lindsay Lohan skipped out on “father figure” Robert Altman’s memorial service. Jeffrey Chodorow thinks Frank Bruni’s smackdown of his Kobe Club is personal, and he took out a full-page ad in the Times to say so. Rapper Common bad-mouthed the Duke lacrosse team; now he’s performing at the university. Vogue’s André Leon Tally went on a shopping spree with Jennifer Hudson.
A Hearst heir got engaged to a lawyer. Usher is engaged to girlfriend-stylist Tameka Foster. Pete Wentz wants you to know he is not dating Ashlee Simpson. Penélope Cruz wants you to know she doesn’t diet; she just sleeps eight hours a night and exercises. Designer Tiffany Kouri is pissed at Elle because the magazine won’t return her swimsuits. Nick Cannon is dating Victoria’s Secret model Selita Ebanks. Kathy Griffin’s father died. Japanese restaurant Megu is going global. Liz Smith opines that an exceptionally high number of Oscar nominees this year are British.