Friends with benefits are disastrous things

Posted: May 23, 2013

BETWEEN natural disasters and man-made disasters (leaving aside the science and politics that some natural disasters are man-made disasters), one day there might be a channel on cable, YouTube or beamed directly into your brain programmed solely with benefit concerts.

Going back to the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971, there have been a lot of these big-name fundraisers over the years, for a variety of causes. The No Nukes Concert (1979) is self-explanatory. A series of Secret Policeman's Other Ball concerts raised money for Amnesty International. Live Aid (1985) touched upon famine relief. Farm Aid (1986, etc.) set out to help family farmers. The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert (1992) was for AIDS victims. The Concert for New York City (2001) followed 9/11. There was the SARS Benefit Concert, in 2003. Live 8 in 2005. Live Earth in 2007. The Concert for Sandy Relief was in December. And now, before we even have time to hold Boston Strong (it's May 30), "Voice" judge Blake Shelton and NBC have announced a benefit for Oklahoma tornado victims.

Shelton told reporters about the fundraising effort after Tuesday night's episode. An Oklahoma native, he paid tribute to the thousands affected by Sunday and Monday's tornadoes by performing an acoustic version of the hit "Over You," with his wife, Miranda Lambert.

He said the benefit would be held soon in nearby Oklahoma City.

Toby Keith, a native of Moore, also is planning a benefit. His sister's house was hit by the tornado.

More details about both fundraising efforts will be released later.

The daily Bieber

According to TMZ.com and the New York Daily News, Justin Bieber is asking anyone who attends a party at his house to sign a "premises waiver" that threatens a $5 million lawsuit if the guest does any kissing and telling.

Or just telling.

The alleged waiver states that "under no circumstances" are guests allowed to say anything about anything to do with Bieber or his house - no texts, no tweets, no Facebook, no social media sites, press interviews or "any media whatsoever."

"It would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to ascertain the monetary damages that would be caused by your breach of the terms," the two-page waiver states. "[You] therefore agree that any breach of [the] foregoing confidentiality provisions shall be compensated by a payment of Five Million Dollars."

Who is he, an inflationary Dr. Evil?

Tattle bookshop

Piers Morgan, host of CNN's "Piers Morgan Live," has a deal with Gallery Books for Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney. Gallery announced yesterday that the book is scheduled to be published in October.

Morgan, in a statement issued by Gallery, promised a "warts and all" account of life at CNN.

He certainly has plenty of warts to choose from.

* Robin Roberts will tell the story of her battle with a life-threatening illness in a new memoir.

Grand Central Publishing says the "Good Morning America" anchor will write the as-yet-untitled book for publication next April.

The publisher announced yesterday that Roberts will write about her rare illness and her recovery, as well as the life lessons she continues to learn since her return to the "GMA" anchor desk.

Robin's first book, From the Heart: 7 Rules to Live By, was a New York Times best-seller in 2007.

TATTBITS

* Busy Jennifer Lopez is branching out again, opening a chain of cellphone stores and a website under the Viva Mobil brand. The aim is to sell Verizon phones and services to Latinos.

The first store will open in New York on June 15. Lopez says the stores will have bilingual staff and provide a "culturally relevant shopping experience."

Isn't that every store in New York?

* The British Library substantially added to its already formidable collection yesterday, with handwritten lyrics to Beatles' classics "Strawberry Fields Forever," "She Said She Said" and "In My Life."

(Not really sure "She Said She Said" is a classic, but . . . )

Although these three songs are legally credited to John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the wistful, evocative lyrics are primarily associated with Lennon. The manuscripts and a number of Lennon's letters were donated by Hunter Davies, a Beatles biographer with longtime connections to the Fab Four.

Could someone donate the lyrics of "I Am the Walrus" . . .

With footnotes?

Catherine Zeta-Jones has been released from a mental-health facility after receiving treatment for her bipolar disorder.

Husband Michael Douglas told "Extra," "She's got herself worked out with her meds, and she's raring to go!"

* H2M, a North Dakota advertising agency, is suing the creators of the Cartoon Network show "Annoying Orange," alleging that they copied a state marketing campaign.

H2M filed the suit against Dane Boedigheimer and Spencer Grove in U.S. District Court in North Dakota on Monday. Boedigheimer and Grove are the creators of the animated series.

H2M alleges that Boedigheimer and Grove ripped off a copyrighted character called The Talking Orange that was created for television commercials for the North Dakota Department of Transportation. The commercials aired in North Dakota and western Minnesota from 2005 to 2010, where Boedigheimer and Grove reportedly grew up and went to school.

H2M is seeking damages, an injunction prohibiting Boedigheimer and Grove from profiting off their product, and attorneys' fees.

Asked for comment, the Orange wasn't talking.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.


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