Tony Nominations Announced

Elton John is smiling this morning…his musical “Billy Elliot” was nominated for 15 Tony awards, one of which includes Best Musical. Also up for the top award are “Rock of Ages”, “Shrek the Musical” and “Next to Normal”. The Tony Awards will air on CBS on June 7th at Radio City Music Hall. And in other breaking news…the controversial 4th American Idol judge, Kara DioGuardi, will be back next season. Simon Cowell actually shared the news with Ellen DeGeneres and you can watch it today, Tuesday, on her show.

Eminem has a candid new interview out in the June/ July issue of “Vibe Magazine”. Eminem shares details about his most recent battle with drug addiction. Although he has been clean for about a year he had been “downing as many as 20 Vicodin, Ambien, and Valium a day. He tells the magazine that “the numbers got so high, I don’t even know what I was taking.” Eminem, who is 36, has a new album coming out on May 19th, fittingly called, “Relapse”. He says he has taken care of himself and is ready to get back into the spotlight. He feels if he has his Rap music he won’t’ need the other stuff. Good luck Eminem, I love your new song, “We Made You” and I hope you’re right that Rap is all you need.  Revlon has a new spokeswoman…Jessica Biel is the latest beauty to represent the cosmetic giant. She will be in all the new 2010 advertising campaigns. She is in good company…past beauties include Jessica Alba, Halle Berry and Jennifer Connelly. Just like her busy beau, Justin Timberlake, she is branching out from acting as well.

The octo mom just cannot catch a break. I swear everyday it is something else with her. The latest and greatest issue for the mother of 14 is that Gloria Allred, an attorney, has filed a petition with the Superior Court of Orange County, California requesting that a guardian be appointed to protect the babies if they are filmed for the reality show that their mom is hoping to get. Allred feels that the babies are being exploited and that even child labor laws are being broken because the babies have been filmed late at night and without the presence of a “studio teacher”. In addition to this guardian watching out for the children, she also wants to make sure that any money earned through the show would not be wasted by the mother. Wow, I have never been a big fan of the octo mom because, well maybe she hasn’t  always made the best decisions, but wow, can strangers just get involved in her life and tell her how to spend and how not to spend her hard earned money? Last time I checked this was still America. I think people just need to back off a bit and let her settle in with her kids and let’s see what happens before we try and take away every freedom she has. The hearing is scheduled for June 22, so we will see what the courts have to say, but maybe for now Ms. Allred needs to mind her own business.