May 17, 2012 |
IT'S BEEN QUITE a week for gays: "The New Normal" was picked up by NBC; the "E! True Hollywood Story" for Joan and Melissa Rivers aired on Mother's Day; the president came out in favor of gay marriage; and Ellen DeGeneres was named the winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Ellen is being honored for her stand-up work, daytime show, activism and books. According to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in D.C., recipients of the Mark Twain Prize are "people who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th-century novelist and essayist Samuel Clemens.
February 9, 2012 |
CNN has suspended Roland Martin for tweeting "offensive" remarks demeaning gays on Sunday. Shocking: The cable news network finally decided to do something after taking a demure three-day time-out. "Roland Martin's tweets were regrettable and offensive," CNN says in a statement. "Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated. We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland will not be appearing on our air for the time being.
November 2, 2011
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) Actor Matthew Broderick; Paul Simon performs; from N.Y.'s Beacon Theater. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) Condoleezza Rice; actress Amy Sedaris. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) Taylor Lautner; Martha Stewart; Daughtry performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live Ellen DeGeneres; Gabourey Sidibe; Chris Isaak performs.
February 13, 2011 |
Insurance salesmen . . . the Midwest . . . can movies get any more glamorous and exciting? Well, in Cedar Rapids , there may not be much in the way of glamour, but things do get wild: backroom bribes, swimming-pool sex, drugs, debauchery, boozy revelations. And Anne Heche , in a nicely turned performance, is one of the guys, so to speak: a saleswoman who uses the annual insurance convention as an excuse to escape her married-with-kids existence and cut loose, go crazy. Directed by Miguel Arteta , with Ed Helms as a naive and earnest milquetoast, John C. Reilly as a loose cannon, and Isiah Whitlock Jr . as a straight-arrow insurance rep, Cedar Rapids is half deadpan and half dead-on in its depiction of industry veterans meeting, greeting, and competing - and racking up big bar tabs.
December 25, 2010 |
They already give so freely of their essence, their soul, their very Geist . Yet, some entertainers even give to charity, a heartwarming thought in these days of giving. Just ask givers Lady Gaga and Alicia Keys , who gave so much support to charitable causes this year, they are No. 1 and No. 2 respectively on an annual list of the most charitable stars released by national do-gooder dot.org, DoSomething.org. Her Gagaship is recognized for her work on gay-rights issues, while Keep a Child Alive founder Keys has concentrated on the fight against HIV/AIDS.
September 25, 2010
BROOKE SHIELDS recently told talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres that she could still fit in the Calvin Klein jeans she wore in the 1980s commercial that rocketed her to stardom. You remember the commercial. It starts with Shields whistling "Oh, My Darling Clementine" as the camera slowly pans her 15-year-old, denim-clad legs. It ends with Shields looking into the camera and purring, "You know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing. " Since I'm only three years younger than the 45-year-old Shields, I can remember what it was like to be young, childless, and in great shape.
September 15, 2010 |
REMEMBER WHEN Jennifer Lopez was cool? When her Versace dress at the Grammys rocked the fashion world? When she could hold her own on-screen with stars like George Clooney ? When she had a street name? "American Idol" remembers. To the tune of $12 million, the Fox talent show has nabbed Lopez to fill a seat at the judges' table for the 10th season, sources told People.com. Kara DioGuardi was forced out after one limp season, and the mighty Simon Cowell has moved on. Lopez, like the also-departed Ellen DeGeneres , signed on just for a year, so if things don't work out, there's a graceful exit clause.
August 24, 2010 |
Fantasia Barrino , 26, says the overdose that sent her to the emergency room on Aug. 9 was a suicide attempt, not an accident. "I didn't have any fight in me. I didn't care about anything. I just wanted out," the American Idol winner tells VH1 in an interview set to air Tuesday, the same day her new CD, Back to Me , is due out. "At that moment, I wanted out. I wanted it to be over with. " In the chat, which has been excerpted by People.com, Fantasia says she was driven to despair after Paula Cook , the wife of her former lover Antwaun Cook , accused her of destroying the Cooks' marriage.
August 3, 2010 |
Inquirer television critic Jonathan Storm is reporting this week from the television critics' press tour in Beverly Hills. These items originally appeared in his blog, "Eye of the Storm," at www.philly.com/ philly/blogs/storm . No deals, no speculation. That was the refrain from Fox Entertainment Chairman Peter Rice Monday morning on the question of who would be sitting in the American Idol judges' chairs next winter. After a long intro, Rice ducked - oh, I don't know, about 326 questions from members of the Television Critics Association gathered for their summer press tour.