Quirks and Perks
Fetch me my echinacea! A Web site reveals the top 40 (and then some) demands of pop stars
Yesterday a Mouse-keteer, today a diva. Christina Aguilera
's recent demands for concerts include echinacea, Flintstones vitamins and, on request, a police escort to the arena, because "under no circumstances are the vehicles to be allowed to encounter any delays due to traffic," according to TheSmokingGun.com, a site that unearths documents. Among other stars' orders:
fines promoters $5,000 if her dressing room phone—for outgoing calls only—gets an incoming call.
•The Wallflowers' lead singer, Jakob Dylan, asks that "absolutely no reference to 'Bob Dylan's son' " be made in his advertising.
•Shania Twain reserves the right to have a bomb-sniffing dog.
•Limp Bizkit's lamps "MUST BE DIMMABLE!!!"
Site cofounder William Bastone was amazed by Aguilera's culinary needs: "It was enough food to feed the Green Bay Packers."
My Favorite Site
Before the Rocky Horror Picture Show star jets off to some faraway movie-shoot locale, he jets over to travel site Fodors.com. While planning a recent trip to Romania, he says, "I went to Fodors.com to research where to behave badly." And though Curry played a technological tycoon in Charlie's Angels and stars in a Scifi.com audio drama, "I don't have the technology gene," he insists. "People have e-mailed me, but I tend to pick up the phone and say, 'I got your e-mail.' "
I got into an argument with a friend, and he wrote me an e-mail telling me all the things he couldn't stand about me. I replied and told him what I couldn't stand about him. We never mentioned the e-mail exchange, but then we argued again and he wrote me another nasty e-mail. I'd like to put the bad stuff behind us. Should I e-mail him? This "friend" turns into a venom-spewing Mr. Hyde when the chips are down and hides behind his keyboard to do it—and you want him back in your life? E-mail isn't a parallel universe you can wall off from the real world, nor is it a good medium for settling spats. To have any chance at a healthy friendship, you two need to have a face-to-face talk—and do some face-to-face apologizing.
Put Another Rat on the Barbie
Only 1 of the 16 contestants on the second Survivor (debuting Jan. 28) will hop out of the Australian outback with the $1 million prize, but Online already has the winners in some important subcategories, based on cast profiles on the show's Web site, cbs.com/survivor.
Baddest Background: Debb Eaton (corrections officer), 45, and Kel Gleason (U.S. Army intelligence officer), 33.
Most Likely to Bring Killer Ratatouille Recipe: Keith Famie, 40, dubbed one of the "10 best new chefs" in Food & Wine in 1989.
Least Likely to Appreciate Keith Famie's Lemon Chicken: Kimmi Kap-penberg, 28, who "will not eat land-dwelling animals, only seafood."
Most Likely to Intimidate: Jeff Varner, 34, who played hockey for 16 years but "admits he spent most of the time in the penalty box."
Best Politician: Rodger Bingham, 53, the only cast member who when asked to list a favorite TV show actually mentioned Survivor.
And the Did-You-Stumble-onto-the-Wrong-Show? Award goes to: Elisabeth Filarski, 23, who "spends her free time creating greeting cards."
Click and Get It
Until Jan. 25, auction addicts can get their fix of items from the drug flick Traffic—including a pink dress worn by Catherine Zeta-Jones
—at amazon.com/ auctions. Also up for grabs: the Spastic Jack doll (right), made of cocaine. In the movie, that is.