Shatner's Negotiator is alive! Alive!
The nation wept seven months ago, when the Priceline Negotiator, the moving character played by Star Trek's William Shatner in a series of ads for the online travel shop, was killed off. But the dude who had so recklessly plunged off a cliff returns in a new TV ad! "You've been busy for a dead man," a Priceline rep says when he comes upon Shatner on a lovely beach.
"Surfing is my life now," says Shatner, whose business suit is retrofitted for the waves - the pants legs are rolled up.
The character was resurrected due to popular demand. "We had such a positive response to the ad where we appeared to throw him over a cliff that we wanted to find a creative way to bring him back," said Princeline exec Brett Keller.
How did he survive?! No one is saying, though Shatner, 81, suggests a possible scenario. "A beautiful girl gave me mouth-to-mouth resuscitation," he says.
Britney Spears was hot in court
Britney Spears was in a Lalaland court Wednesday for a routine status hearing on her conservatorship - her finances are still under the control of her da, James Parnell Spears, and her fiance, Jason Trawick. TMZ reports that Brit "looks HOT! . . . [in] a very short cream/peach colored dress."
Kim K.'s world turning upside down
(And who wouldn't, given half a chance?)
Kim Kardashian's entire personal and professional worlds are about to be breached by big, strong, divorce- lawyer-driven bulldozers, all thanks to her estranged husband, Kris Humphries.
Attorneys for the 27-year-old NBA player on Wednesday asked Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephen Moloney to compel the Kardashian Kabal to hand over detailed records about Kim's reality shows and make Kim's mom, Kris Jenner, and Kim's supposed new paramour, Kanye West, give depositions.
Humphries' people say they want to use the material to prove the ballplayer's contention that the star-crossed couple's 72-day marriage was a fraud perpetrated by Kim to gain more money, fame, and power.
Given this latest legal move, the couple's divorce will not conclude any time this year.
Kim's legal gun Laura Wasser greeted the new petition with disdain, accusing Humphries' side of overreaching simply to delay the proceedings and add to Kim's legal fees, which already have topped $250,000. For his part, Humphries' lawyer Marshall Waller said Kim's peeps were using delaying tactics to keep the documents from him. He vowed he would prove that Kim had "no intention of proceeding with this marriage. That it was basically a contrivance for the benefit of her show and to make money."
CBS3 TV special goes worldwide
We the People: The Constitution's 225th, a documentary program produced by Philadelphia's CBS3 (KYW-TV) to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, has been picked up for worldwide distribution, the station announced Wednesday. Coproduced by the National Constitution Center and hosted by CBS3 anchors Chris May and Susan Barnett, the program looks at the "lesser-known moments and behind-the-scenes players at the Constitutional Convention in 1787," says CBS3, which has been airing it since July 4. It has been picked up for distribution by the American Forces Network, which provides programming for U.S. servicemen and women across the world.
Tidbits 'n' pieces
Michael Jackson's father, Joe Jackson, has dropped his wrongful death suit against Dr. Conrad Murray, TMZ says. . . . Queen Elizabeth II's husband of 64 years, Prince Philip, 91, has been hospitalized as a "precautionary measure," stemming from a recurring bladder infection, the palace says.
Shia: Tinseltown hates visionaries
Seems making the high-budget, CGI-drenched Transformers films has left a bad taste in Shia LaBeouf's mouth.
"I'm done" with action pics, he tells the Hollywood Reporter. "There's no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist. . . . You give [ Badlands director] Terrence Malick a movie like Transformers, and he's [undone]. There's no way for him to exist in that world." (Why would anyone force Malick to make that kind of movie?) Shia is devoting his energies to indies, with roles in the Nick Cave-penned Lawless and Lars von Trier's forthcoming Nymphomaniac.
Compilation tops Billboard chart
The formidable album-selling stars Zac Brown, Adele, Rick Ross, and Justin Bieber all have been outplayed and outsold by a mix tape. The 43d volume of the Now That's What I Call Music! compilation album series, which features Carly Rae Jepsen ("Call Me Maybe"), Maroon 5 ("Payphone") and Demi Lovato ("Give Your Heart a Break"), takes No. 1 on Billboard's album chart in its debut week, selling 111,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Sales of Ross' God Forgives, I Don't took a 73 percent weekly drop. It slides a rung to No. 2 with 60,000. Third place belongs to one of history's greatest songmen, Frank Sinatra. Amazon.com heavily promoted the crooner's four-year-old compilation, Nothing but the Best, pushing it to sales of 40,000.
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