Britney angers Brits...
Britney Spears has raised some hackles in Hackney.
Officials in the east London borough, which was scarred by last month's riots, are miffed that the singer filmed a video in the area that shows her robbing a store and brandishing a gun.
Spears shot the clip for her upcoming single, "Criminal," while she was on tour in Britain this month. The singer's public relations firm says the video depicts Spears and boyfriend Jason Trawick "in a Bonnie and Clyde-style setup, holding shops up while on the run as armed robbers."
For the Hackney Council, that was in poor taste. It said Monday that officials had approved the video shoot but "did not agree that a replica gun could be used on location."
The Council is "taking this up with the production company."
Sly on the streets....
Soul music legend Sly Stone, best known as the frontman of Sly and the Family Stone, has squandered his fortune and is living homeless on the streets of Los Angeles.
"I like my small camper," Stone told the New York Post in an article co-written by William Alkema, director of a documentary about the band. "I just do not want to return to a fixed home. I cannot stand being in one place. I must keep moving."
Stone once lived in a Beverly Hills mansion and a Napa Valley compound. But the Post reported that his fortune was stolen "by a lethal combination of excess, substance abuse and financial mismanagement."
He lives now in a white camper that he parks in L.A.'s Crenshaw neighborhood. A retired couple feeds him daily and allows him to shower in their home, the newspaper reported.
Stone said he has been recording new music on his laptop.
Bam! a new series...
After more than 2,000 shows, Emeril Lagasse is hoping fans are still hungry for more Bam!-worthy cooking.
The chef known for Creole cooking and yelling "Bam!" as he throws seasoning into a sizzling pan this week launches his eighth television series -- and 52 more episodes to the tally. "Emeril's Table," part of the Hallmark Channel's daytime lineup, will feature Lagasse cooking while five guests -- from newlyweds and busy moms to firefighters and vegetarians -- sit in his kitchen asking culinary questions, trading tips and recipes, and, of course, eating.
"Food brings us all a little closer together and I hope that as we're gathering around my table each day everyone will invite us into their kitchens and be inspired to cook along," Lagasse says.
Mom-to-be is mum...
French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy says she hasn't spoken much publicly about her pregnancy because she's been superstitious about it, and it's not interesting to the French anyway.
In an interview with British radio, the 43-year-old former supermodel-turned-singer says the pregnancy is "something very banal" -- even if "great news" for her personally.
"I'm superstitious, so yes, I've been very careful," she told BBC. "But there isn't much to say. So many women are expecting children and giving birth, and it's so uninteresting for French people."
President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is potentially facing a tough campaign in France's presidential election next spring, married Bruni in 2008, less than a year after he took office. She has a son from a prior relationship, and he has three sons from two previous marriages.