HOW MUCH Kanye West can fit inside Kanye West? No matter what you think of the man's talent, there's no arguing that he's full of himself.
In a recent interview with BBC Radio 1, across the pond, West declared, "Rap is the new rock 'n' roll."
"We the new rock stars, and I'm the biggest of all of them," he said. "I'm the No. 1 rock star on the planet."
Kanye, is anyone at your level?
"I would not be Kanye West if it wasn't for Michael Jackson."
What about Jay Z?
"Jay Z is more realized than me," he said, without explanation. "More of his dreams and aspirations have come true. You don't realize I am so frustrated. Like, I've got so much I want to give. . . . And I've got a million people telling me why I can't do it."
Actually, Kanye, that's just Kim.
Anything else, Kanye?
"I know how to make perfect, but that's not what I'm here to do. I'm here to crack the pavement and make new grounds sonically . . . and culturally."
It's a heavy burden.
* Knowing how to make an exit, Dina Lohan left a suburban New York courthouse in a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce yesterday after entering a not-guilty plea on speeding and drunken-driving charges.
Dina was released without bail. Her next court appearance is Oct. 23. Her license was suspended.
The only apparent family member accompanying Dina to court was her mother, Ann Sullivan.
* Dule Hill, who played an assistant to the president on "The West Wing," got a chance to perform a song for hundreds of world leaders, including President Obama, on Monday night during a reception for U.N. leaders.
Hill and cast members of the upcoming Broadway musical "After Midnight," a musical celebrating Duke Ellington's years at the famous Cotton Club, in Harlem, sang a few numbers at the Waldorf Astoria. Hill sang "I've Got the World on a String," and other cast members sang the songs "Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" and "Creole Love Call."
* The only known copy of a Mary Pickford movie that marked an important turning point in the silent-film star's career is being shown in New Hampshire next month, seven years after it was discovered in an old barn.
And 102 years after it was made.
A contractor found the film, titled "Their First Misunderstanding," and six others while cleaning out a barn ahead of its demolition. He and the property owner donated it to the film department at nearby Keene State College, which has been working to identify and restore the movies.
Pickford was known as "America's Sweetheart." She also helped found United Artists.
* TMZ.com reports that Geraldo (a/k/a Geraldo Rivera) is being sued by the William Morris Endeavour Agency for allegedly stiffing his longtime agent there after that agent negotiated his rich deal with Fox News.
WME claims in its suit that it handled Geraldo's career for nearly a quarter of a century, guiding him "as he rose from news correspondent to a household name."
The agency alleges that Geraldo stopped paying its commission two years before his deal ended.
* For everyone who told Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog to "get a room," they finally have.
And it's at the Smithsonian.
Jim Henson's daughter, Cheryl Henson, donated more than 20 puppets and props yesterday to the National Museum of American History. The donation included Miss Piggy and some of her co-stars from "The Muppet Show," including Fozzie Bear, Scooter and the Swedish Chef. Henson also donated a number of Muppets from "Sesame Street" including Bert and Ernie, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover and Count Von Count.
The donation also included Boober Fraggle and Traveling Matt, from "Fraggle Rock."
The museum says that Miss Piggy will go on display in March in the museum's "American Stories" exhibit. The original Kermit and Cookie Monster will go on view in November in a special display case.
Oh, if only they could take over Congress.
* Sony Pictures will make a raunchy, R-rated animated film written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg titled "Sausage Party."
Gee, what could that be about?
Writing partners Rogen and Goldberg penned the script, along with Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir.
"Sausage Party" is described as "one sausage's quest to discover the truth about his existence." After falling out of a shopping cart, the sausage journeys through a supermarket.
And winds up running for mayor of New York?
"Sausage Party" is planned for release in 2015.
* The Metropolitan Opera's Russian-themed opening-night gala was disrupted by a protester critical of that country's anti-gay law.
It happened Monday night as the lights dimmed for Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin." The protester shouted that President Vladimir Putin should end, in his words, his "war on Russian gays."
The New York Times reported that the man then turned his attention to the evening's Russian stars - Anna Netrebko and Valery Gergiev. He shouted that their "silence is killing Russian gays."
Hey, if you want to lead a protest for gay rights, the opera seems a good place to start.
- Daily News wire services
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