The Word: Nicki Minaj gets bizarre marriage proposal

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Carly Simon kicked it with Taylor Swift for a duet of “You’re So Vain.” Credit: Getty Images

“And all the girls dreamed that they’d be your partner, they’d be your partner and…”

Carly Simon joined Taylor Swift on stage Saturday for a duet of Simon’s hit, “You’re So Vain,” during the country crooner’s RED tour stop in Foxborough, Mass. Can anyone else picture Swift singing this into her hairbrush in her preteen bedroom, which probably had pictures of John Mayer on the wall? Suddenly, Taylor’s mom calls from downstairs that dinner’s ready. “Coming, mom!” she yells, feverishly adding “perform a duet with Carly Simon” to her bucket list, which exists in the back of her math notebook next to doodles of Drew, the cute boy who sits in front of her.

DJ proposes to Minaj, is a bit of a showoff

Only an emotion as beautiful as love could convince a rapper famous for songs like “Out Here Grindin” to reform his ways and pledge his undying devotion to one very special lady. If you’re DJ Khaled, that special lady is Nicki Minaj, who was on the receiving end of his video marriage proposal over the weekend.

“Nicki Minaj, I’m at MTV, I’m going to be honest with you; I love you. I like you, I want you, I want you to be mine,” he said in a video message to Minaj over the weekend. (Related: These two aren’t dating.)

“We got the same symptoms, we’re both suffering from success,” he added, in reference to his forthcoming album, “Suffering from Success.” Why does this remind me of that time Macy Gray wore a dress to the VMAs that said, “My new album drops September 18. Buy it!”

“[If] you gotta take your time and think about it, I understand, but I know I have to be here today to let you know how serious I am and how serious this is to me,” he added, before asking the million-dollar question.

As of Friday, Minaj had only retweeted the video. But! Khaled’s friend Rick Ross weighed in to Rolling Stone, telling the mag that it was time for Minaj “to sit that ass on his lap.” What’d I tell ya? The power of love.

Tara Reid already cut from ‘Sharknado’ sequel

Well, that career boost was short-lived. TMZ reports that Tara Reid will not return for the sequel to Syfy’s “Sharknado,” the campy made-for-TV flick that blew other shark films out of the water (pun totally, unapologetically, intended). The site says the only major player SyFy wants back for the sequel is “Beverly Hills 90210″ alum Ian Ziering, probably based on his rugged prowess over the ocean tornado beasts. Reid played Ziering’s estranged wife in the film, and though she made it out alive, her career didn’t. Ziering made a cool $50,000 for his role in “Sharknado,” and he’ll probably score more cash on the sequel. On the “maintaining your dignity” scale, I suppose this beats stripping for Chippendales, but not by much.

The latest in Bynes’ sad spiral

We may now have some insight into why Amanda Bynes has become such a troubled star.

RadarOnline did an interview with one of Bynes’ former friends, Ana Rivera, who told the site that Bynes’ mom Lynn has had some serious sway on her daughter’s appearance over the years.

“She told me she wanted to be 100 pounds. When she was in the film ‘Love Wrecked,’ she had just got mononucleosis and lost a load of weight, and her mum told her she’d never looked better,” Rivera told the site.

Amanda’s currently under a psychiatric 5150 hold (which you may recall from Britneygate 2007), and during a hearing on Friday, her mom was denied a temporary conservatorship over her troubled daughter.

Now, I’m not a mother, but I’m pretty sure Amanda was not looking her best while under mono’s spell. If her bout was anything like mine, the complete and utter lack of energy coupled with unkempt hair was nothing to write home about.

Jaws drop as Brad, Jen MIGHT have run-in

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anison, both happily happily engaged to other people eight years after their divorce, MIGHT spot each other at this September’s Toronto International Film Festival, and this is MIGHT be a big deal, because they MIGHT hug hello, and they MIGHT talk, and they MIGHT wish each other well, and this will cause the universe to implode (if the folks at Us Weekly have anything to do with it, that is). A normal, civilized, post-divorce catchup sesh surely is off the table for these two because in American media, civil exes are boring. We want to catch these two either a) in a blowout as big as a “Real Housewives” fight, or b) with their pants down in the bathroom at the Four Seasons Toronto. If they’re anything like normal Americans, though, they’ll just be courteous and chat for a few minutes. Either that or pull the ol’ “Oh, my ex is here? Let me pretend to look very busy on my phone for the next hour and a half.”

The feed

Checking in with some of Hollywood’s biggest names to see what they’ve been up to — in their own words, in 140 characters or fewer.

Today, Lena Dunham is not excited about going to a party, Chris Evans is on the road again, Russell Brand is putting safety first and Tom Arnold is not pleased with his progress.

@lenadunham: If you’d have told 7 year old me that I’d still be expected to attend birthday parties in 20 years I woulda ended it right then and there.

@ChrisEvans: Landed in South Korea to an AMAZING reception. I’m truly touched. Thank you all for making me feel so welcome in your country!

@rustyrockets: I’m in Lake Tahoe about to do a show. I got in the lake, the California part, in the Nevada bit I would’ve used protection.

@TomArnold: Pissed. I’ve lost 40 pounds since Jax was born and I’m still more than fat enough to be the “before” guy.



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