People And Places


February 08, 2005

Rai center of surprising amount of attention

Bollywood film star Aishwarya Rai says she was taken aback by all the attention she received during the filming of Bride & Prejudice, her first English-language movie, which premieres Friday.

Rai told the New York Daily News that during scenes filmed in Amritsar, a dusty provincial city in northern India, unexpected crowds of locals arrived at the set.

"People just came in throngs and stood around," Rai said in a telephone interview from Bombay. "It was very overwhelming for my co-stars."

Director Gurinder Chadha said more security was necessary. "We thought we'd need a few extra police because of the crowds that wanted to see her," he said. They needed 400.

Wanna go to the Grammys?

A pair of premium seats to Sunday's Grammy Awards will set you back about $8,850 - unless you're a member of the National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences or a nominee, presenter or performer.

The academy has put a couple of tickets up for auction on eBay. The package, now past $8,000 in bids, includes two VIP tickets to the awards, where you'll sit in a Staples Center suite. You'll also get entry to the official Grammy party afterward.

Dennis Rodman in the flesh

Dennis Rodman is revealing all in an ad for PETA.

The 6-foot-8 tattoo-resplendent former NBA star appears nude, in profile, in the celebrity anti-fur ad for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Rodman appears with the slogan, "Think Ink, Not Mink: Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin and Let Animals Keep Theirs."

"I'm very against people mistreating animals in any fashion," Rodman, 43, told the Associated Press yesterday.

The billboard ad - unveiled yesterday at the tents that house invitation-only designer runway shows at Bryant Park this week - will appear in Hollywood, Calif., and New York in the next few weeks.

Elvis Costello announces tour

Elvis Costello & The Imposters have announced a U.S. tour in support of their Grammy-nominated album, The Delivery Man.

The tour begins March 2 at the House of Blues in Orlando, Fla. It winds down at the Beacon Theatre in New York on April 22 and the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J., on April 23.

A limited-edition version of The Delivery Man will be released March 1 to coincide with the tour's kickoff.

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