While much of the chatter surrounding “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert has to do with speculation about his sexuality, the behind-the-scenes talk at many of the stops along Lambert’s publicity tour is how difficult he is to work with.
“He is such a diva. Rude to everyone — from fans right down to the lighting folks,” said one person who worked with Lambert.
“A-list celebrities have come through here and been infinitely more polite,” said another person who worked with Lambert during a stop in New York.
Lambert should change his attitude quickly, according to one music producer. “No one sells that many records these days to be able to get away with that kind of behavior. To be a success you need literally everyone in your corner.”
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Gisele makes stepson ‘feel best’
Supermodel Gisele Bündchen was criticized when she referred to her stepson as “100 percent” hers in Vanity Fair (he’s the son of Bündchen husband Tom Brady and actress Bridget Moynahan).
Now, a friend of Bündchen’s is sticking up for the model.
“We are Brazilian and embrace everyone,” Alessandra Ambrosio told Us Weekly. “It’s not her son, but she will make him feel the best. Brazilians love family.”
Newsweek turns to Colbert
Two weeks after the magazine’s redesign, Stephen Colbert has been asked to become the first guest editor in Newsweek’s 76-year history. He’ll oversee the June 8 issue, because, according to The Observer, editor Jon Meacham was “impressed with the range of (Colbert’s) knowledge,” and “as we think of ways to both inform and surprise readers of the magazine, the notion of having him as a guest editor seemed like a good one.”
“Colbert's audience, like Newsweek’s, is smart and informed, and Stephen Colbert is passionate about Iraq, the subject of this issue,” Newsweek's vice president of communications Frank De Maria said.
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Keeping tabs: Jon & Kate, please abate
For the sixth consecutive week, Us Weekly devotes its cover to Jon and Kate Gosselin. It pains me to report that In Touch, Star and People also dedicate their covers to the “Jon & Kate Plus 8” frenzy. That said, I’m giving this week’s Keeping Tabs cover award to People.
Slideshow: Celebrity Sightings At this point, one has better odds of milking a goat than getting a fresh story out of the Gosselins. People comes closest with their “Enough is Enough: Jon Gosselin talks to People” cover.
Inside the magazine, Jon argues that his children are not exploited. That’s going to be a tough sell for Jon, but an easy one for People.
And as an aside, OK! magazine seems to be abandoning their “we want to look like Elle” experiment. The weekly sold only 220,000 copies with its confounding and irrelevant Ashley Tisdale cover last week.
This week they inch toward timely with a Robert Pattinson “exclusive” on the cover — only it’s the identical cover image that Life & Style uses; so regardless of what’s inside, the “exclusive” doesn’t seem so convincing.
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