Michael Jackson's b-day in Indiana
Michael Jackson's mom, Katherine Jackson, is organizing a series of events to mark the 54th birthday of her late son in Gary, Ind., the family's hometown. The fest will include a candlelight vigil on Aug. 29 and a tribute concert. Bands have yet to be announced.
Chastain tears up - a lot
"I have a feeling that very soon I'm going to fail very, very big," Jessica Chastain, 35, tells Vanity Fair. This is the same actor who killed in the 2011 spy flick The Debt and who stars in no fewer than six movies this year? JC says she's filled with self-doubt and she weeps often. We think she's the bee's knees.
Macaulay Culkin: I'm no junkie
A rep for child actor Macaulay Culkin has denied rumors published in the National Enquirer that the 31-year-old Home Alone star is a heroin addict who has been given six months to live (by whom? The Tooth Fairy?). The rep's like, Oh no he's not. The rep tells TMZ, "we beseech the responsible media to consider the source and its reputation." Didn't the Enquirer make the Pulitzer Prize shortlist not too long ago?
Hiding behind Reese's skirts
That'd be boyvamp Robert Pattinson, who ran out of his dream house with his two-timing onetime dream babe Kristen Stewart to hide chez his Water for Elephants costar Reese Witherspoon at the pregnant star's Ojai, Calif., vacation compound.
Sad thing is that before K-Stew's admission she'd done some sort of "indiscretion" with A Hollywood Film Director Guy, named Rupert Sanders, "there was no sign that either [Ro-Pat or K-Stew] was unhappy," Anonymous Source tells People. "He would have done anything for her." Except forgive her?
But Ro-Pat will not shirk his responsibilities, and despite reports he has cleared his entire schedule to mope, his reps tell People the actor will do PR stops for his new pic, Cosmopolis, which opens Aug. 17.
A rose by any other name
What do you do when your product isn't selling? Change the brand name, of course! That's what CNN's Anderson Cooper has decided to do with his syndicated daytime gabshow Anderson, whose title is being changed to . . . drumroll . . . Anderson Live.
Beginning Sept. 10, it will feature rotating cohosts, and it will be filmed live at 9 a.m. before a live studio audience! A-Coop has lined up a roster of celeb guests, including Richard Gere, Emma Watson, Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell, Mindy Kaling, Kerry Washington, Stephen Colbert, and Carol Burnett.
Colbert's StePhest Colbchella '12
Tuesday night on The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert announced his second annual own personal music festival. StePhest Colbchella '012: Rocktaugustfest will take place Aug. 10 on the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier, docked on the west side of Manhattan. All aboard will be Santigold, Grizzly Bear, the Flaming Lips, and fun. Michael Stipe, acting like he was a book, helped Colbert make the announcement. Grandmaster Flash will be the DJ. "We are gonna rock the boat, which won't be easy because the Intrepid displaces 41,434 tons," Colbert said, adding, "Does Bonnaroo have cruise missiles? I think not. . . . It's going to be the greatest thing to ever happen on the Hudson River." Tix: www.colbertnation.com/tickets.
- Dan DeLuca
Zac Brown takes Billboard charts
Atlanta country outfit the Zac Brown Band's LP Uncaged crawls back up one rung in its third week on the Billboard album charts to take the No. 1 spot again, selling 48,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Zac dethrones rapper-actor Nas' Life Is Good, which debuted last week at No. 1. It sold 45,000 copies this week.
New Brunswick, N.J., indie rock export the Gaslight Anthem debuted on the charts at No. 3 with Handwritten with 40,000.
Making money the Olympics way
NBC, which has exclusive rights to air the wonderful events at the London Olympics this month, is making sooo much money off the sports event, it expects to . . . break even. Huh? The network is ecstatic it's not going to come out in the red.
"We are way ahead of where we thought we'd be," NBCUniversal chief executive officer Steve Burke said Wednesday. "We think that is because of the way we promoted the Olympics."
Tidbits 'n' pieces
Vietnam vet and author Tim O'Brien, whose books include the classic '73 memoir If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home, on Wednesday was named the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's lifetime achievement award. . . . The Who has given 10 fans tickets for its "Quadrophenia" tour in February at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., to make up for a 1979 concert at the same venue that the Brit band canceled at the last minute. The lucky 10 still held tix from the first show. . . . Kate Gosselin is not bitter about being passed over for the Dancing With the Stars All-Stars cast.
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