The ‘A' List

Shakira giving growing

Shakira, a longtime activist for Latin America's poor children, plans to make her Colombian children's foundation a global one in the near future.

Shakira said Barefoot, known as Pies Descalzos in her native Colombia, will start focusing on children worldwide later this year.

“We have a model that works. Under less than $2 a day, we can provide a kid with top quality education and the nutrition that they need to be able to function and be able to learn because a kid with an empty stomach cannot learn,” said the singer, a multiplatinum superstar known for hits such as “Hips Don't Lie.”

“So this model that has been so successful in my country, now I want to bring it to other countries in my small way.”


Regis loses award to grandson

Regis Philbin has lost the “Best Regis” award yet again. And this time, it's personal: The winner is Philbin's infant grandson, William Xavier.

The 7-month-old bested Philbin for the honor at the announcement Thursday of the sixth annual Relly Awards – Philbin's version of the Emmys.

“He is cute, but does he REALLY deserve the Relly?” spouted the 77-year-old talk-show host, a loser for the fifth straight year, on “Live With Regis and Kelly.”

William Xavier – affectionately called “Willy X” by Philbin's co-host Kelly Ripa – is the son of the Philbins' daughter J.J. and her husband Michael Schur, a writer for the NBC comedy “The Office.” When Philbin proudly showed the baby off to his show's audience, producers used a split screen to highlight the similarities between Philbin and his tiny doppelganger.


McMahon adds rapping to resume

Ed McMahon has an unexpected new job title: rapper.

The 85-year-old former “Tonight Show” sidekick will star in two viral rap videos for, a financial Web site owned by credit bureau Experian. The videos feature McMahon wearing a tracksuit, being chauffeured around Los Angeles in a Cadillac Escalade golf cart and waxing lyrical about his very public financial troubles.

The videos will appear online in October.


Dangle disappoints magician

Magician-daredevil David Blaine says he's unhappy with how he ended his latest stunt: hanging upside-down without a net high over Central Park for 60 hours.

The 35-year-old endurance artist, who completed the stunt Wednesday night, expressed his disappointment in an appearance Thursday morning on “Live With Regis and Kelly.”

“I had dreamed up the most amazing ending for a stunt ever,” he said.

Blaine said his grand finale – diving from a platform 44 feet to the ground while attached to a harness – didn't go according to plan. He was supposed to jump and, at 10 feet, be swept away by a bunch of helium-filled balloons.

Instead, he dangled awkwardly for a moment before disappearing in an ascent into the night sky.


Spotted …

Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart eating dinner at Morton's uptown on Wednesday.



Singer Olivia Newton-John, 60. Actress Linda Hamilton, 52. TV personality Jillian Barberie, 42. Actor Jim Caviezel, 40. Singer Shawn Stockman, 36. Singer-actress Christina Milian, 27. Tennis player Serena Williams, 27.

This day in history Sept. 26

1892: John Philip Sousa and his newly formed band performed publicly for the first time.