Everybody wants to date Kate. Well, maybe not everybody, but a lot of guys working on Katie Holmes' new flick Mania Days apparently have warm feelings for the fair Kate, the New York Post reports. A source tells the Post that Katie, 34, has received seven offers to step out: "They were crew members and extras just chancing it. It really got on the nerves of director Paul Dalio. Needless to say, she said no to everyone," the source said. Holmes has been unattached since sundering last year from Tom Cruise. The only mushy stuff for Kate has been strictly business, with costar Luke Kirby. They play manic depressives who fall in love in a psychiatric hospital. The film, produced by Spike Lee, is due in 2014.
Another exit from 'Idol'?
It's adios for American Idol judge Nicki Minaj, reports Us Weekly magazine. An insider tells Us that "It's safe to say she isn't coming back to Idol."
The ranks of the Idol judiciary are thinning fast. Randy Jackson, last of the talent fest's original three judges, announced last week that he was leaving after 12 seasons.
The rumor mill has been grinding out speculation that the remaining judges - Minaj, Mariah Carey, and Keith Urban - were going to be shown the door, according to Us.
That insider confides to Us that Minaj, 30, is going to concentrate on her next album, anyway. "She's OK with it. She had a great time but was only going to do one season anyway."
Minaj, Urban, and Carey all ascended to their judgeships this season, and Minaj and Carey quickly started sniping at one another.
Carey has not commented on her Idol future, but Us reported on Monday that she is planning a tour in support of her single with Miguel, "#Beautiful."
No word either from country singer Urban, Nicole Kidman's hub.
Back in the saddle
After trying his hand at baseball in New York, Prince Harry went back Wednesday to a sport he knows better (no pool involved): polo. HRH ended his weeklong visit to the former colonies with a charity match at the Greenwich Polo Club in leafy, lovely, wealthy Greenwich, Conn. Proceeds go to Sentebale, a charity the 28-year-old prince cofounded to help poor kids and AIDS orphans in the African nation of Lesotho. If he wanted to touch the wallets of the wealthy, he was in the right place. Greenwich has a median household income of nearly $100,000. And it's used to hosting royals. The Duke and Duchess of York, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, visited the club in 1987, and Torquhil Campbell, the Scottish Duke of Argyll, came calling in 2012.
Christie a hit with Brits
Gov. Christie, who accompanied Prince Harry on a tour of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday, got some nice words in the British press. The Daily Mail headlined: "Dapper Chris Christie puts his best foot forward during Prince Harry's visit with a slimmer figure, pastels, tan, and . . . are those Wayfarers?" The Daily Telegraph called the prince's visit "a coup for Governor Christie . . . [a] heavyweight politician in every sense."
Hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre, (né Andre Young), and music exec Jimmy Iovine dug deep and came up with $70 million between them to help the University of Southern California educate young innovators, the school has announced. The two appeared Wednesday with USC President C.L. Max Nikias to announce the new program. The top Trojan called the gift the largest ever from the entertainment industry to higher education. "The vision and generosity of Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young will profoundly influence the way all of us perceive and experience artistic media," Nikias said in a statement. The program will accept its first class of 25 students in the fall of 2014.
Iovine is cofounder of Interscope Records. Dr. Dre is a producer, solo rapper, and co-owner of Death Row records.
Weed: The wealth of nations?
Tommy Chong, 74, who built a career on jokes about being stoned, says legalizing marijuana on a federal level would boost the American economy by providing a new source of tax revenue from "the biggest cash crop in the world . . . . Hemp itself is going to save the world." Far out, man.
from Inquirer wire services.