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Names in the news, Aug. 8

The Associated Press

Now that’s more like it. Mick Jagger has dropped by Olympic Stadium to watch some track and field, providing relief to celebrity-watchers who worried that the world’s biggest sporting event has been a little lacking in star power — off the field, that is. The Rolling Stones singer, who was photographed Monday chatting with London organizing committee chief Sebastian Coe at the stadium, is not the only A-lister to take in the games. But most are keeping a low profile. The London Games have played to huge crowds, dozens of dignitaries and a healthy sprinkling of royalty, with Prince William, his wife Kate and Prince Harry popping up at everything from swimming to sailing to gymnastics to cheer on the British team. Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was spotted at the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday, and actress Susan Sarandon watched men’s water polo alongside gold medalist Carl Lewis on Monday. Billionaire Bill Gates has attended events including table tennis and beach volleyball.

But megastars have been few and far between. Nicole Kidman went to the opening ceremony — “Wow!” was the reaction posted on her official Facebook page — and attended a party at the Omega House hospitality venue as a face of the watch brand. Paul McCartney, who closed the opening ceremony with “Hey Jude,” has shown up several times at the Olympic Stadium and the Velodrome. But Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, both filming in Britain this summer, have so far gone undetected both at the games and in London nightspots — to the regret of the world’s paparazzi. Samuel L. Jackson has been the most prolific tweeter, live-tweeting nearly every event and cheering on competitors from around the world in a riot of capital letters and creative language. Swimmer Michael Phelps and gymnast Gabby Douglas were hailed by everyone from Lil Wayne to Michelle Obama, while 17-year-old American gold medal swimmer Missy Franklin received a special tweet from her celebrity crush, Justin Bieber.

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