Louis-Dreyfus the next Lucille Ball
Did you know that Seinfeld alumna Julia Louis-Dreyfus' recent lead actress Emmy nomination, her 13th, ties her with Lucille Ball as the comedic actor with the most noms?
Seems she didn't.
"I'm really rather sort of dumbstruck by it," the star of HBO's Veep tells USA Today. "I didn't know that it was 13. The meaning of that and the history of television - I can get all teary just talking about it, to tell you the truth, because I can't believe it. It's overwhelmingly good."
Dreyfus' HBO sitcom, which features the comic as the vice president of the United States, resumes shooting soon. Dreyfus admits her character isn't exactly cuddly, describing her as "a struggling political animal. She believes she's well-intentioned [but] she's thwarted at - it seems - every step of the way. But she will persevere. You will see her charging ahead next season in a significant kind of way."
No Chateau Marmont for Lohan
Lindsay Lohan, who has been cleared of stealing $100,000 worth of jewels from her pal Sam Magid, seems to be having money problems. She's been banned from celebdom's hottest party pad, the Chateau Marmont hotel, for not paying her $46,350.04 tab.
Sources tell TMZ LiLo expected producers of her TV biopic Liz & Dick to pay her bills.
Bill Cosby is not dead or undead . . .
. . . he's very much alive, folks! Fans of the former Temple University student wept en masse this week when an "R.I.P. Bill Cosby" page popped up on Facebook. Cosby, 73, has been the target of death hoaxes twice this month, says USAToday.com. But he's not the only target. Rihanna was pronounced dead by a French news site, which wrote that the singer had "sunk into an [alcohol-induced] coma before succumbing to a heart attack."
Eddie Murphy got it on Tuesday, with reports claiming he met his maker in a snowboarding accident. Friday star John Witherspoon reacted with resolve when he was hit this month. "I ain't 'DEAD' I'm in Ft Lauderdale at the Hard Rock Cafe," he tweeted.
Taylor Swift sings of love
Taylor Swift was surprised to hear she had planted herself near her 18-year-old sweetheart, Conor Kennedy, buying a manse near the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port.
The idea does appeal to her, she admits in a chat with Rolling Stone mag. "That would be so amazing," she says.
Swift, 22, tells the mag the songs on her new album, Red, are informed by her recent romantic entanglements, most famously with John Mayer. "I went through a few roller coasters," says Swift, who doesn't name names. "Trying to chronicle each step of the way was challenging, because you go to some really dark places with the lyrics."
So what has Swift learned from a lifetime's worth of dating dudes such as Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, and Jake Gyllenhaal? "I know general things about love," she says. "How to treat people well, what you deserve, and when to walk away. Other than that, love is a complete mystery - and that's why I like to write about it."
Made in America to be streamed
The Jay-Z-branded Budweiser Made in America festival, taking place this weekend on what my colleague Karen Heller has dubbed the Bud Franklin Parkway, will be streamed live on both YouTube and Internet radio service Pandora.
Big-time fests like Bonnaroo and Coachella are typically streamed on YouTube, but this marks a first for Pandora. It was unclear whether the whole fest will be available to be seen and heard, or just selected segments, though the streams will begin at 2 p.m. and run till 11 p.m., just as MIA itself will.
The YouTube stream will be at YouTube.com/BudMadeinAmerica and the Pandora at Pandora.com/BudMadeInAmerica.
Meanwhile, Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell says on his Facebook page he won't be able to make the festival "due to a scheduling conflict."
- Dan DeLuca
Très grand song seller, Trey Songz
Virginia rapper-actor Trey Songz this week scored his first No. 1 record ever with his fifth studio LP, Chapter V, which sold 135,000 units in its debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Georgia artist Tauheed Epps, better known as 2 Chainz, takes a plunge to No. 2 with Based on a T.R.U. Story, which debuted last week in the top spot. It's a distant second, having sold only 48,000 copies. The Now 43 compilation is pushed down a rung to No. 3 with 45,000.
There is one shocking development this week: Adele's world-conquering 21 has fallen out of the Top 10 for the first time in its 79-week run. It's at No. 12 with 24,000.
Speaking of Adele . . .
Gossip rags are abuzz with reports not only that the 24-year-old London native has been seen in public sporting a very prominent baby bump (courtesy of fiancé Simon Konecki), but also that she's gone out adorned with a wedding band. Life & Style Weekly cites Unnamed Source, who says Adele married the man because she is really keen on establishing a traditional family unit.
"She's an old-fashioned girl and can't wait to be part of a family unit," Source says. "She just wants to focus on the baby and the man she loves."
MacFarlane, Daniel Craig to host 'SNL'
NBC has released names of some of the guest hosts on the new season of Saturday Night Live. Family Guy mastermind Seth MacFarlane will help kick off the 38th season on Sept. 15. Music will be provided by Frank Ocean. Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be the host on Sept. 22 with musical act Mumford & Sons, and Daniel Craig hosts Oct. 6.
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