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Dish, Dirt and Drivel - Paula Shops

Dish, dirt and drivel

Celeb Talk: "American Idol" judge and ex-diva Paula Abdul did some holiday shopping when she blew through town late last week. Abdul hit up stores in Little Five Points and Virginia-Highland, dropping over $4,000 at the Bill Hallman on Highland Avenue. The former pop star, once a mainstay on various celeb mags' "worst dressed" lists, purchased some markedly tasteful dresses from the Recollection Vintage collection housed inside Bill Hallman — one a gothic velvet and the other a mod gold. Abdul also popped into Aurora coffee on her shopping spree. She didn't order a drink (she just had to pee), but still left a nice chunk of change for the barista. ... Dish also hears that OutKast's Big Boi did some heavy-duty buying at the Apple store at Lenox over the holidays. According to an employee, the hip-hop star came in twice last week, racking up his plastic with iPod purchases.

Movie Talk: Speaking of Big Boi, the date finally has been set for the release of OutKast's feature film, Idlewild. The musical drama is scheduled to open March 10. Still no word on the release date of the film's long-awaited accompanying soundtrack that was supposed to hit stores Dec. 6.

Restaurant Talk: With its framed photos of celebrities and local notables lining the walls, Touch of India has been a Midtown draw for 23 years. But New Year's Eve was the last hoorah for the beloved restaurant. With a prime location at 11th and Peachtree streets, and with mega-nightclub Vision likely relocating to the commercial strip, it appears to have been an inevitable time for Touch of India to retire.

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