NEW YORK (AP) -- "What a Girl Wants" singer Christina Aguilera knows exactly what to ask for.
The pop star makes sure concert promoters will stock her dressing room with her favorite dairy products.
Aguilera's contracts include a detailed rider listing such favorites as Carnation Instant Breakfast, chocolate Nesquik, organic whole milk, full-fat vanilla soy milk, Soya Kaas soy cheese, a platter of cheddar, Jack, Gouda and Swiss cheese, small-curd cottage cheese and an undetermined number of votive candles.
Aguilera also demands 12 dressing rooms for herself and her entourage, as well as a police escort to and from her concerts.
The contract rider appears on thesmokinggun.com, a Web site that specializes in publishing official documents.
Streisand's son comes out
NEW YORK (AP) -- Barbra Streisand's son says his mother was not surprised when he told her he was gay.
"I think she probably already knew," Jason Gould said in an interview in the latest issue of The Advocate magazine. Gould, 33, said his father, actor Elliott Gould, "did not suspect. It was much more difficult for him."
The younger Gould talked his father into playing one of his parents in "Inside Out," one of five segments of the film "Boys Life 3." Gould wrote, directed and starred in the short, playing the gay son of two famous parents who joins a support group for children of celebrities.
The group's leader is played by actress Joan Crawford's daughter, Christina Crawford, who plays herself.
Van Dyke can relate
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dick Van Dyke says he can relate to being in the doldrums during Christmas.
"I'm a reformed drunk, and I know what it's like to feel like you're never going to get out of the hole," said Van Dyke, clutching a paper foodservice hat as he stood behind a table covered with pie slices at the Midnight Mission Christmas dinner in Los Angeles.
The actor and star of CBS' "Diagnosis Murder" joined Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher and dozens of other volunteers who came to the mission to offer encouragement to the homeless and underprivileged.
"You can go through that terrible despondency of drug and alcohol dependency and not know there's a way out," Van Dyke said. "I'm here to tell them there's a way out."
Volunteers at the Midnight Mission, established in 1914, were expected to serve meals to as many as 2,000 people Monday, mission president Larry L. Adamson said.
Spielberg's planned horse-riding center riles neighbors
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Director Steven Spielberg wants to please his wife by building her a giant five-story horse-riding ring, but in the process he's annoying neighbors.
"It's just astounding and obnoxious," said land-use attorney John Murdock, who has been retained by a half-dozen people who live near the proposed site. "They're cutting out half the hillside to put in this riding ring ... the structure is completely alien to the area."
The planned 27,000-square-foot building would be about six times the size of a typical home in the tony but low-key Brentwood neighborhood. Estimates on the project's cost have exceeded $7 million, on top of the $5.75 million Spielberg spent to buy the land for the building.
Spielberg is planning the facility -- complete with a domed, retractable roof, subterranean stables and a spectator platform -- for his wife, actress and horse lover Kate Capshaw.
The couple lives in another neighborhood near Brentwood, and apparently has no plans to reside on the 2.8-acre site where the construction is planned.
Neighbors say they'll fight the proposal, which would require six zoning variances, unless it's dramatically scaled back.
The city of Los Angeles is scheduled to consider the requested variances at a Jan. 4 zoning administration hearing. Spielberg can appeal any decision to an area planning commission and the City Council.
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