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- Kathleen Parker got stuck in an elevator yesterday at the Thomson Reuters building in Manhattan, but at least she was surrounded by supporters of the since retooled Parker/Spitzer. Parker's liftmates/fellow prisoners were "well-wishers who said they missed seeing her on CNN, even if her former co-host Eliot Spitzer doesn't." Parker departed as co-host in February amidst low ratings and reports of a feud with the former New York governor. Later, after watching Jon Huntsman and Henry Kissinger speak at the Reuters-sponsored lunch, she told friends she still keeps in touch with Spitzer--via the pocket call. "You know," said Parker, I actually still have Eliot on speed dial, and some times I accidentally hit 'E' told him I'm not calling and hanging up." [Page Six]
- More schadenfruede for LeBron James haters: filming has reportedly again delayed production on Ballers, the Miami Heat forward's would-be feature film debut about "five guys who attend the LeBron James Adult Basketball Camp in Las Vegas, but end up dragging the phenom into their myriad life issues." Executive producer Michael Rosenberg said the film (which Brian Grazer is producing for Imagine) is "not shooting this summer" because of script troubles. It was supposed to be filmed last summer, but was delayed so James could explore the free-agent market. [Variety]
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