Prez Obama to screen sitcom
Wednesday night, President Obama was due to watch former White House speechwriter Jon Lovett's new NBC sitcom 1600 Penn, a satire about a dysfunctional first family. The show's cast, which includes Bill Pullman as the prez and Jenna Elfman as his trophy wife, will watch with Obama. What if he doesn't laugh? Awkward . . .
Justin & Selena really over. Really!
This time it's really for real: Youngsters Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, who have broken up and reconciled more times than I can count (seriously, I failed math) are in Splitsville. Again. But this time it's for good, Unnamed Sources assure Us Weekly. No, really! Really? Yeah, right.
Justin's new love: Miss Cannabis
The Bieb, however, isn't alone: He reportedly is having a deep, meaningful affair with Ganja. He's so happy with the stuff, says TMZ, that he told Saturday Night Live's writers they can mock anything about him, including his alleged drug use, when he hosts the show Feb. 9.
The truth about Miranda
She projects a "tough-girl image," but inside, where her heart touched the darkness, Miranda Lambert is all gooey. She tells Redbook she cries whenever she sings "The House That Built Me." Another song, "Over You," really takes it out of her. Cowritten in 2011 with hubby Blake Shelton, it's about Blake's brother Richie, who died when Blake was 14. The song was out a few months when Blake's dad, Rick, 71, and Miranda's childhood friend, Mark "Tex" Adams, died within the space of two weeks. "It was really hard to [perform] after we had been to [the] funerals," says Miranda. "I wasn't ready, but the crowd just embraced me."
Oliver Stone on Wall Street
He's made two movies about Wall Street over the course of 23 years - 1987's Wall Street and its 2010 sequel, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps - so you'd think Oliver Stone would have a few friends from that most surreal part of the American landscape. Nope.
Stone is no fan of the super-rich. "I've been around many rich people in my life - I don't think I've learned anything from them," Stone, 66, says in a video interview made for the Yahoo! Finance-CNBC production Off the Cuff.
"I had relationships with people on Wall Street when I was making the two movies," says Stone. "Which is sort of like the film business: Friendships come and go with money."
Outrage over 'Django' action figures
A group of African American community leaders are outraged by a line of Django Unchained action dolls by toymaker NECA and the Weinstein Co. The effigies are of characters in the Quentin Tarantino film, including the titular hero, a runaway slave played by Jamie Foxx. "We feel that it trivializes the horrors of slavery," says Najee Ali, director of Project Islamic Hope. No comment from NECA or the studio.
Roots' July 4 Jam to go national
We're in the big leagues now: In a deal with VH1, Philly's Roots-hosted Fourth of July Jam will be shown nationally on VH1, competing with the Boston Pops on CBS and PBS's broadcast of the Washington, D.C., fireworks show.
As Mayor Nutter put it last year, such a deal will send a message across the country that Philly "is the place to come and celebrate the 4th of July." The Philly Jam will be shown on hi-def musical channel Palladia and on VH1 and streamed live on VH1.com.
- Dan DeLuca
Prize for trio of local restaurateurs
Restaurateurs Marc Vetri, Jeff Michaud, and Jeff Benjamin, who have extensive stemware at their four restaurants, will pick up the Alex Scott Crystal Cup on Saturday at the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation's seventh annual Lemon Ball at the Marriott hotel in Center City. The trio's annual Great Chefs Event raised more than $1 mil in 2012 to help the juvenile cancer group.
Album chart belongs to 'Les Miz'
Misery does love company: The Les Misérables soundtrack tops Billboard's album chart this week, moving 92,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Mumford & Sons' Babel moves up six rungs to No. 2 with 91,000. Inimitable man's lady Taylor Swift, whose new LP, Red, dominated the chart for weeks, has been cast down to No. 3 with 69,000.
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Doping-scandal poster boy Lance Armstrong will do a "no holds barred" interview with Oprah Jan. 17 on OWN. . . . Michael Lohan says he'll sue Dina Lohan, mom of Lindsay, for defamation. The New York Daily News quoted Dina as saying he raped her in 1990 when she refused to take him back.
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