While much of Hollywood continues to be shut down due to the ongoing writersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ strike, people like Brittany and Jamie Lynn Spears keep us entertained with their dysfunctional lives. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the trainwreck that you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t look away fromÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ But letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s move on to stars playing poker.
It seems that Mekhi Phifer, currently starring on E.R., likes poker more than the occasional celebrity tournament. He recently held a family Christmas party at his home for 80 people, and a poker game was the big attraction. He even put up the grand prize Ã¢â‚¬â€œ two tickets to the Bahamas. For those not invited (like me, can you believe it?), Phifer can be seen in the recently released film, This Christmas, in which he starred and produced.
Early 2008 is the scheduled air time for a BET special called Black Poker Superstars that was recently filmed at Planet Hollywood in Vegas. Stars like Nelly, Anthony Anderson, Orlando Jones, Eddie Griffin, and Mekhi Phifer played in the poker tournament, and Matt Savage served as the tournament director. Poker pro David Williams also attended and provided commentary for the show. Top finishers donated their prize monies to various charities.
Actor Kevin Hart noted, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I have grown a passion for the game. I would love to get to the point where I can rub elbow with David Williams and Mike Ã¢â‚¬ËœThe GrinderÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ in tournaments, and they can say, Ã¢â‚¬ËœHey, this guy is a good player.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬Â
Recently, Justin Timberlake was bringing sexy back to Australia and wanted to play some real poker during the trip. His management called Crown Casino and requested a game with Joe Hachem, who obliged. In return, Timberlake gave HachemÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s daughters front row tickets to his concert.
Finally, the long-discussed movie about Amarillo Slim is finally in pre-production. Writer Christopher Wilkinson, who also penned Nixon and Ali has secured Nicholas Cage as the lead actor to play Slim. The film is an adaptation of SlimÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s book, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People: The Memoirs of the Greatest Gambler Who Ever LivedÃ¢â‚¬Â and will be titled, strangely enough, Amarillo Slim.