July 29, 2011
BEVERLY HILLS , CALIF. - We won't see Season 5 of "Mad Men" until next March - production gets underway a week from Monday - but AMC's already ordered Season 6, according to network programming exec Joel Stillerman. Stillerman also confirmed reports that Jon Hamm, who stars as "Mad Men's" Don Draper, will make his directorial debut in the fifth-season premiere. And while he was confirming things, he also noted the departure of executive producer Frank Darabont from "The Walking Dead" and the elevation of one of the show's writers, Glenn Mazzara, to Darabont's role as showrunner.
June 20, 2011 |
British singer Amy Winehouse is canceling part of her European tour after she was booed for her addled behavior during a Saturday concert in Belgrade, Serbia. No show in Istanbul on Monday or in Athens on Wednesday, says publicity company Outside Organization. Whether she will do the rest of the 12-date tour will be "worked out as soon as possible. " Serbian media described the concert before 20,000 fans as a "disaster. " Winehouse, who struggles with drugs and alcohol, was almost an hour late, stumbled onstage, and appeared unable to remember lyrics.
June 12, 2015 |
McCarthy: Normal clothes Fancy that! A clothing line for women who aren't size zero! That'd be Spy star Melissa McCarthy 's Seven7 line set to launch in August. Available at Lane Bryant and Macy's, plus on HSN and the actor's website, the outfits range from sizes 4 to 28. "I started this line because I wanted to know: 'Where are the normal clothes?' " McCarthy, 44, tells People. "This really is a selfish venture. I wanted to build a better closet for myself. " McCarthy, who has two kids with actor hub Ben Falcone , says the stuff she'll be selling is real.
March 14, 1999 |
Jake Engel won last week's pi memorization contest at South High School in Fargo, N.D., by reciting the never-ending number to 1,001 digits. The number, which equals the circumference of a circle divided by its diameter, is usually rounded off to 3.14. "It really didn't take too much work," said Engel, 16. "I stepped it up a little toward the end and learned 500 digits in the last four days. It kind of became an obsession. It's a wonder I can remember my own phone number. " Arbin Timilsina, recently certified to climb Mount Everest, says he'll make an assault this spring in an attempt to become the youngest person ever to reach the top of the world's tallest mountain.
August 12, 2000 |
The closer that Al Gore and Joe Lieberman get to Los Angeles, the more they back away from Hollywood. The Democratic presidential candidate and his new No. 2 extended the Philadelphia-area run of their faith-and-family-values tour into its second day yesterday. In Montgomery County, Lieberman bashed vulgarity in the mass media even as the uproar over his past Hollywood-bashing, as well as a fund-raiser for Latino Democrats at the Playboy Mansion in Southern California grew more intense.
March 2, 2011 |
All sorts of neat awards are here! President Obama will confer them Wednesday at the White House. National Medal of Arts? Come on up, poet god Donald Hall and sculptor Mark di Suvero ! You there, Meryl Streep , Van Cliburn , Quincy Jones , Sonny Rollins , and James Taylor ! Hey, Harper Lee ( To Kill a Mockingbird )! National Humanities Medals, anyone? How's about you, authors Philip Roth and Joyce Carol Oates ? And you, wonderful poet/conservationist Wendell E. Berry ?
May 12, 2011 |
The Fiesta Bowl will be allowed to remain part of the Bowl Championship Series, though it must pay a $1 million fine for apparent illegal campaign contributions and inappropriate spending. The BCS presidential oversight committee, which made the decision yesterday, also attached several other conditions as it let the Fiesta Bowl remain part of the system for deciding college football's national champion. They included steps to strengthen the Fiesta Bowl's board along with greater supervision of executives to make sure the problems are not repeated.
August 21, 2008 |
FIRST CLAY AIKEN and now this: Ricky Martin is the father of twin boys. The former Latin pop star had the children via a surrogate mother - "She Bangs," but it's still unclear if Martin does - and the babies were born a few weeks ago, according to a statement from his reps. "The children, delivered via gestational surrogacy, are healthy and already under Ricky's full-time care," said the statement. "Ricky is elated to begin this new chapter in his life as a parent and will be spending the remainder of the year out of the public spotlight in order to spend time with his children.
January 9, 2000 |
The following memo was distributed to the Lower Halfwydd School District last Tuesday by Norman Querb, the head of the school board: Dear Fellow Board Members: I don't have to tell you all what a trying period this has been for all of us charged with running the Lower Halfwydd School District. There was that enormous stink over the fact that kindergarten classes were being held in the bus garage in the afternoons. Then came the reports in the Halfwydd Picayune about the Middle School String Ensemble having to use kazoos for half a year.
April 18, 1989 |
No less an authority than Jessica Hahn declared yesterday that religion in this nation is in bed with the government. "You wouldn't believe what I have learned about the political ties with religion," the former church secretary said in Charlotte, N.C., where she gave a closed-door, 2 1/2-hour deposition in a class-action suit against PTL and Jim Bakker. "They have the IRS, the FBI and the CIA all involved. As far as church and state go, there is no separation. That's dead. They work hand-in-hand.