There's one other career possibility: rock-and-roll.
"I took up guitar after reading Keith Richards' Life," she says. "Not so much about what he wrote about his life, but it was the way he felt about music and how it transports you." How good is she? "I'm just a clumper."
New gig for Eskin
Longtime Philly sports guy Howard Eskin has been named sports anchor at Fox29, returning to a station where he worked the 10 p.m. newscast 21 years ago. Howard takes up his new duties Sept. 4. He'll be on the 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 10 p.m. newscasts, as well as Fox29 Sports Sunday and Game Day Live, and he will contribute to Good Day Philadelphia. Current sports anchor John Anderson will take on other reporting and anchoring responsibilities for various Fox29 newscasts. "There is nothing like getting a chance to return to Fox29, where my heart has always been," Eskin said in a statement released by Fox. "It's great to be back."
Bob Hoskins ill, retires from acting
Renowned British thesp Bob Hoskins, 69, announced Wednesday that he was ending his "wonderful career." Hoskins, celebrated for his masterful turns in Mona Lisa and The Long Good Friday, said he was diagnosed in the fall with Parkinson's disease. "Bob is now looking forward to his retirement with his family," says his rep, "and would greatly appreciate that his privacy be respected at this time."
Hemsley died of lung cancer
Sherman Hemsley, who died July 24 at his home in his El Paso, Texas, succumbed to lung cancer, the El Paso Medical Examiner's Office announced Wednesday.
The report says a tumor from The Jeffersons star's condition caused an obstruction of the major vein called the superior vena cava.
Hemsley's doctors had advised him to begin a course of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, the report says.
Gillian Anderson back on market
X-Files FBI agent turned Anglophile Dickensian thesp Gillian Anderson ( Bleak House, Great Expectations) and her Anglo-beau Mark Griffiths have split up after six years, her rep tells Us Weekly. The duo, who have "amicably separated," have two sons: Oscar, 5, and Felix, 3. Anderson, 43, was previously married to filmmakers Clyde Klotz, with whom she has a 17-year-old daughter, and Julian Ozanne.
Jimmy Fallon won't host Oscars
Jimmy Fallon is too good for the Oscars, we always said. He agrees. The Saturday Night Live alum and late-night-gabshow host told Matt Lauer of Today on Wednesday that the Academy had approached him about hosting the 85th Academy Awards in 2013.
"It's an honor to be asked by the academy," he said, "but it's not my year." USAToday.com says Lauer was genuinely "bummed about the news."
Rick Ross leads album charts
Maybach Music Group founder Rick Ross' new solo LP, God Forgives, I Don't, this week became the rapper's fourth album to top the Billboard album charts, selling 218,000 units in its first week. (Maybach Music Group, by the by, will perform at Jay-Z's Made in America Labor Day concert on the Parkway in Philly.)
Zac Brown Band's Uncaged is at a very, very distant No. 2, with 39,000 - that's 179,000 fewer sales than Ross' album. Canadian youngster Justin Bieber's Believe is third with 35,000. Adele's 21, by the way, is still in the Top 10, a million weeks after it was released: It sold an additional 29,000 copies this week to take the No. 8 slot.
Tidbits 'n' pieces
The 2012 London Olympics gave NBC a real boost last week: The network's Olympic coverage drew an average of 32.2 mil viewers, helping it to own the ratings for the week, according to Nielsen figures. . . . National Geographic Channel
has defended its portrayal of the life and beliefs of a Hutterite colony in Montana as being accurate after leaders of the community demanded it apologize for airing the documentary, American Colony: Meet the Hutterites, charging it is filled with reality-TV sensationalism. . . . The three surviving members of the made-for-TV pop group The Monkees are going on tour for the first time since singer Davy Jones died in February. Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork will start the tour Nov. 8 in Escondido, Calif. . . . Reality star Kristin Cavallari, 25, and fiance, NFL star Jay Cutler, 29, on Wednesday welcomed their first child, a son, Camden Jack Cutler.
Two chances to cry for Pattinson
Robert Pattinson is set to unload his vampiric heartbreak (that awful vixen Kristen Stewart!) all over Jon Stewart on The Daily Show on Monday, GossipCop.com reports. Good Morning America has falsely touted that it would air RoPat's first TV chat since KStew's sell-by date expired: They won't have him until Wednesday. (Don't expect Rob to discuss his personal life. He never does.)
A baby worth a million bucks
Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick premiere their latest consumer product, one-month-old baby Penelope Scotland Disick, on the cover of Us Weekly.
"Nothing could prepare me for how hard I fell in love with her," Kourtney tells the mag about the baby. Wonder how much love she feels for the hundreds of thousands ( millions?) of dollars she made off her baby's back for giving Us the exclusive.
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