Tusk, tusk, Bradley Cooper to star as 'Elephant Man'

Posted: January 24, 2014

IT WAS A BIG DAY for Philadelphia on the national gossip scene yesterday.

Entertainment Weekly reported that former Daily News intern Bradley Cooper is going to play "The Elephant Man" on Broadway this fall. He previously played the role two years ago at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. It will be Coop's first time on Broadway since 2006, when he appeared in "Three Days of Rain" with Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd.

Cooper will most likely get all uglied up to play the deformed John Merrick, who lashes out at people who judge him only by his hideous appearance.

The role must resonate with Cooper as some deem him a lightweight because he's so damn handsome.

Bill Cosby must have gotten tired of puttering around the house because the 76-year-old comedy legend has been busy - new stand-up act, new DVD, new TV comedy special and now . . . new sitcom?

NBC confirmed yesterday that the Cos is developing a possible new sitcom in which he would star as the patriarch of a multigenerational family.

That's as much as they've got so far.

Shipshape talent

Jennifer Hudson is going to return to her singing roots and hit the high C's.

Yesterday, she said she would again play a cruise ship, headlining a new concert series on Carnival Cruise Lines called Carnival Live.

"I used to work on a cruise ship, a long time ago," Hudson said before performing at a Carnival news conference in midtown Manhattan. "That's what I did before I did 'American Idol.' "

Her stint aboard a Disney cruise ship was "my test," she said. "Two days later, I went in and auditioned for 'American Idol.' "

Headlining the Carnival series "is like a full circle," she added.

Hudson is scheduled to perform June 18 on Carnival Ecstasy and June 19 on Carnival Breeze, both in Cozumel, Mexico.

Carnival has struggled to restore its image after three ships broke down last year. Images of passengers stranded at sea, ships towed back to port and trip cancellations created a torrent of bad publicity for the company that depressed ticket prices and revenue.

Other performers and bands scheduled to perform in Carnival Live are: Chicago, Daughtry, Foreigner, Gavin DeGraw, Jewel, Kansas, Lady Antebellum, LeAnn Rimes, Martina McBride, Olivia Newton-John, REO Speedwagon, Styx and Trace Adkins.


* According to the Los Angeles Times, NBC announced yesterday that it is renewing "Days of Our Lives" for two more years, taking it into 2016.

Next year will be the show's 50th anniversary.

* Next time you're in Beijing, you won't have to miss "Ellen."

Ellen DeGeneres's happy talk show is is now available on the Chinese video site Sohu, with Chinese subtitles and within 48 hours of its original U.S. broadcast. (Except in Philadelphia, where NBC10 preempts it to alert readers it's snowing.)

"Ellen" is the first daily American talk show to be carried in China, according to a statement Tuesday by distributor Warner Brothers and Sohu.com., which now also carries "Saturday Night Live."

Life & Style magazine says "Bachelor" host Chris Harrison may join the ladies of "The View."


The mag says Harrison is a leading contender in the show's search for another co-host!

"Chris was recently on as a guest co-host and everyone loved him," an unnamed inside source told Life & Style. "They think he'd be a good fit."

So good, Barbara Walters gave him a rose.

The Wanted have parted ways.

It's what they wanted.

* The National Enquirer reports that the Captain & Tennille ("Love Will Keep Us Together") are now singing "Do It to Me No More Times." They're planning to divorce after 39 years.

If 39 years was it, they really should have said so in the song.

* If you were getting all pumped about NBC rebooting "Murder, She Wrote" with Octavia Spencer in a new version of the Angela Lansbury role, we hate to break it to you, but bustle.com reports that it's been shelved.

Lansbury and Spencer will now team up to find out who killed it.

- Staff writer Will Bunch

and Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

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