Holiday Weekend News Roundup! William and Kate Order Brussels Sprouts; Hookah’s Not Harmless; Naomi Sues Cadbury

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Published May 31, 2011

 

WE’D TAKE NAOMI CAMPBELL’S LAWSUIT SERIOUSLY, IF WE WERE CADBURY. JUST SAYING.
PHOTO BY MERCUS PIGGOTT AND MERT ALAS

 

Happy Tuesday! Here’s our compendium of pop-culture news you may have missed while you were doing more important things over the long weekend.

Vanity Fair‘s July cover story is about Prince William and Duchess Catherine; it features a never-before-seen photo of the couple taken by Mario Testino and apparently includes such revelations as the weird things they requested for their honeymoon suite (Philadelphia cream cheese, Brussels sprouts—real mood-setters). [Daily Mail]

• Snooki crashed into a police car in Florence, sending two police officers to the hospital. No one was arrested, possibly because the car she hit was her own official police escort. [Radar]

• Naomi Campbell is suing Cadbury’s over an ad campaign that used her name in what she considers a racist way. [P6]

• This was the highest-grossing Memorial Day holiday weekend ever, with $280M in at the box office. As expected, The Hangover Part II made an obscene amount of money: it’s grossed $137.4M so far. Proving that Americans will only go see movies with numbers in the titles, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Pirates 4 came in second and third, with $62.2M and $50.4M; Bridesmaids and Thor finished out the top 5 with a still-respectable $21M and $12M, respectively. And The Tree of Life made $489,000, which seems pitiful until you find out it was only playing on four screens. So, dang. [BOM]

• Hookah smoking is not as harmless as that guy at that freshman-year frat party told you; in fact, the smoke inhaled during one hourlong hookah session can equal that of a hundred cigarettes or more.  Other concerns include high levels carbon monoxide, cancer, tuberculosis, and herpes. Now think long and hard about what that guy’s mouth looked like… [NYT]

• Poet and spoken-word artist Gil Scott-Heron, probably best known for “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” died of unknown causes at age 62 on Friday. [NYT]

• “Beautiful Girls” singer Sean Kingston was critically injured after his boat crashed into the Palm Island Bridge in Miami Beach. His condition has stabilized, but he’s still in the hospital. Get well soon, Sean! [CBS News]