Kim Kardashian Hosts Rehab At The Hard Rock Hotel
Updated: July 26, 2012 6:22AM
B eyonce found a great way to trash stories she and hubby Jay-Z have banned Kim Kardashian from anything in which they are involved: She sat with the reality TV star at Jay-Z and Kayne West’s “Watch the Throne” concert in Birmingham, England, the other night, and the ladies even busted some moves together.
Beyonce, I’ve learned, actually is a big admirer of Kardashian’s savvy skills at mega-marketing herself and her brand.
SHOULD BE A ‘SMASH’: Our Town’s Jennifer Hudson already owns an Oscar and a Grammy. Could an Emmy be next? The singer and actress will have a multi-episode guest-starring role on NBC’s “Smash,” beginning with the debut of the series’ second season this fall — playing a Tony winner having an impact on the characters portrayed by Megan Hilty and Hudson’s fellow “American Idol” alum Katherine McPhee.
OVER THE TOP: Apparently when John Edwards’ daughter Cate Edwards Upham heard about her dad’s lover Rielle Hunter’s desire to host a talk show about relationships, Upham went ballistic. “The woman has no shame,” she said with a lot of anger in her voice, according to an associate of the ex-presidential candidate’s daughter.
So Upham has to be happy that all the intense publicity for Hunter’s book (excerpts published in People, Chris Cuomo’s “20/20” interview, etc.) hasn’t resulted in great sales. As we went to press, What Really Happened was only No. 122 on Amazon’s list of books sold.
REESE ROLE? Before the dinner for the Gene Siskel Film Center gala Saturday, Chicago publicist Debbie Silverman Krolik told me she thought the evening’s honoree Reese Witherspoon would be perfect for a big-screen remake of “Annie Get Your Gun.” Imagine Krolik’s surprise when her written question about that was the first one chosen by Witherspoon’s “Election” director Alexander Payne for his post-dinner Q&A with Witherspoon. The actress was delighted by the idea, leading Payne to tell Witherspoon’s publicist to jot down that suggestion.
SPORTS SHORT: Among the honorees at Ed Kelly’s 38th annual Giants Awards sports banquet Monday at the White Eagle in Niles will be Bears great Otis Wilson and ex-DePaul and Bulls hoopster Dave Corzine.
A MOMENT OF ‘PRIDE’: The get-well sign held by veteran gay rights activist Rick Garcia Sunday in the Pride Parade was the first signal for many that former Illinois comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch had suffered a recent fall, forcing her rare absence from the popular parade.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: While in town visiting her son, “Boss” star Troy Garity, Jane Fonda became something of a regular at the Pump Room, recalling on her blog, “I last visited the Pump Room many years ago when I was in town making ‘The Dollmaker.’ ” She noted the totally redone Public Chicago eatery even has a photo of the Oscar winner from her “Dollmaker” days. … Speaking of “Boss,” cast members Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen and Sanaa Latham and director Mario Van Peebles made the scene Saturday at Sunda, as did Chicago natives and actors Jesse Williams and Daniel Sunjata. … Babydaddy and Jake Shears, leads of Scissor Sisters, gave a surprise three-song performance Sunday at W Lakeshore at Ben Cohen’s Standup Foundation brunch, raising funds to fight bullying and homophobia.