A 7-year-old boy taught Alexander stars Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie a lesson over the weekend: Little Achim Kustermann, who is blind, bet on German TV show Wetten dass…? (Wanna Bet?) on Saturday that he could identify any five phone numbers from a list of 100 that he dials regularly just by the sound of dialing. Farrell and Jolie bet against him (it’s all part of the show, folks), but when Achim won, the two stars had to pay penance by doing a stunt of their own. Out came a trainer with two boa constrictors – a brown one for Farrell and a white one for Jolie. Farrell’s curled itself around his shoulders, while Jolie’s got a bit more, well, intimate in her lap – but both stars were good sports and laughed it off. Also on the show was Brazilian soccer great Pele, and when host Thomas Gottschalk asked football-enthusiast Farrell if his father, who once played for the Irish national team, would be excited that his son was sitting so close to one of the sport’s all-time legends, Farrell said: “My dad will s— himself when he finds out I sat next to Pele.”
Exactly how big a fan of your favorite star are you? So much so that you would want a stapler with their autograph on it? If you answered yes, today is your lucky day. Office supply giant Staples is launching an auction of – you guessed it – celebrity-signed staplers, with proceeds going to charities selected by the stars. Just who would participate in such a thing? Adrien Brody (who signed his from the New Zealand set of King Kong), Kate Bosworth and Naomi Watts (who both donated their proceeds to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS foundation), Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Meryl Streep, Cher, Samuel L. Jackson, Liv Tyler, Helen Hunt, Tiger Woods and Heather Graham, among others. The auction, live today and running through Dec. 6, is on Staples’ Web site. Happy stapling …
We asked model Tyra Banks – who just ended her tour for Victoria’s Secret’s Angels Across America fashion show with Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima – for her quick takes on a few hot topics.
• Kirstie Alley’s show Fat Actress: “Work it out, girl. Get that money.”
• Punk’d: “I have been punk’d, and I had editing control, thank the Lord. I was cursing up a storm.”
• The Surreal Life: “I hope I’m never on that and never eligible.”
• $10 million diamond-studded bra: “If I owned it, I’d put it in a safe deposit box and (use) it if I were strapped for cash.”
Frasier As Scrooge
Since the holidays are approaching ever-so-rapidly, we asked Alfie’s Jane Krakowski about her time on the set of the upcoming NBC special A Christmas Carol: The Musical, starring Kelsey Grammer and Jennifer Love Hewitt. “We flew for a lot of the time,” says Krakowski, who plays the ghost of Christmas past. “We were up in the air above everyone else and above the cameras with huge wind machines blowing on us. (Grammer) was quite a good sport because we’d be stuck up there for quite a bit of time. We’d be waiting for them to reset up or reshoot and we’d be like, ‘Can we please come down?’ Kelsey’s got a great sense of humor and would tell lots of jokes during filming, which would make it all easier. I had no idea how much fun he was going to be.” Also in the special, airing Nov. 28, is Seinfeld alum Jason Alexander.
• By KAREN NICKEL ANHALT, VANESSA DIAZ and KC BAKER