There is a little bit of this and a little bit of that going on today in the world of gossip. To start with we are going to be seeing a lot of Mariah Carey in the near future as she gets set to release her new album “Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel” at the end of August. Tonight she will premiere her new video “Obsessed” on “America’s Got Talent”. There is already hubbub about this video, first off it was leaked on the internet, but all copies have been removed. Secondly in the video Mariah is dressed up and looks eerily like Eminem and some are saying this is a response to his song “Bagpipes from Bagdad” where he talks about Mariah and their relationship from years back and why is she obsessed with him. Now Mariah and husband Nick Cannon both deny that the song/video has anything to do with Eminem but really could it be a coincidence? I guess we will just have to wait and see for ourselves once the video is out. You can also see Mariah on the “Today Show” in the Toyota concert series on August 28th. Also performing during the month will be Flo Rida and Natasha Bedingfield.
Renee Zellweger will be reprising her role as Bridget Jones for the third time. Typically Zellweger has gained 30 pounds to play Bridget Jones and this time will be no different. She says although the first two days of eating anything she wants is great the up and down on her body takes its toll and is very difficult. The premise for this 3rd movie sounds fun…Bridget is almost 40 and is in full baby mode and wants to have one before it is too late. You know a lot of good comedy can surely come from that topic. Filming is expected to take place at the end of the year. That should be plenty of time to start packing on the pounds.
Another old time favorite is back and looking fabulous for the release of her new album. Whitney Houston was in London for a party in her honor to unveil her new album, “I Look to You” which will be available September 1. Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music and long time friend was at her side, and played 9 tracks from the album which still is being worked on. Whitney had some big names collaborating with her on this album. She had help from, Alicia Keys, R Kelly, Diane Warren, Stargate and a duet with Akon for the song ”Like I Never Left”.
Brad Paisley is headed to the White House with Alison Krause to perform for the Obama’s, members of Congress and the White House staff. The main reason for their visit is actually to help Michelle Obama with an educational workshop she has put in place for middle school and high school students to help encourage arts and arts education. Last month her focus was on Jazz and in the fall her next workshop will focus on Classical music. The concert is actually just a bonus.
Limp Bizkit fans are in for a special treat from the band. Together for the first time in the states in 8 years the guys are going to be giving tickets away free for a concert event in Las Vegas on July 18th. The concert will take place at the Pearl Concert Theatre which is in the Palms Casino Resort. Fans will receive 2 tickets but it is on a first come first serve basis so you can imagine it is going to be pretty crazy. I wouldn’t be surprised if people are already waiting in line. In addition to the free tickets, fans will get a free t-shirt that was designed exclusively for that show. The band is also allowing fans to design the concert by picking their favorites songs and voting, and the songs that win will be the ones that are sung at the concert. You can vote at pickrset.com/bands/limpbizkit .How cool is that? What an amazing experience if you are one of the chosen few to actually make it in. Good Luck and have fun!!
You just never know where life will take you. Former broken hearted bachelorette, Melissa Rycroft has danced her way to a new job on ABC. Melissa will be a special contributor on “Good Morning America”. Melissa will appear on GMA 8 times throughout the summer “bringing lighthearted, uplifting and fun stories to GMA”. That sounds just perfect for the girl next door who won America’s hearts even if she couldn’t win Jason Mesnick’s from “The Bachelor”.
It seems that its 3 strikes and you’re out for Billy Joel and his third wife, Katie Lee. The two are amicably calling it quits after 5 years of marriage. Katie is 27 and Joel is 60. Katie has been spotted on several occasions with an Israeli fashion designer, Yigal Azrouel who is 36. The final word also seems to be in for T. R. Knight from “Grey’s Anatomy”. His return to the show has been in question and after the shows season finale it looked grim for the doctor who was unrecognizable after being hit by a bus, but anything is possible in TV land. As of this week however, he has been released from his contract. Still unknown though is the fate of Katherine Heigl, and like T.R Knight the finale left her return very questionable as she was unconscious and being resuscitated after her battle with cancer. So we still have to wait and see. I for one will miss George and although I do not love Izzy, she is part of the show and I hate to see her go, and how sad will the show become if everyone is mourning the loss of George and Izzy for the season?
Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift won big at the CMT awards. These awards are based on fan votes and let’s just say they love Brad and 19 year old Taylor. Swift won Video of the Year Award and Female Video of the year for “Love Story” , while Paisley won Male Video of the Year Award, Collaborative Video of the Year award for “Start a Band” with Keith Urban, and CMT Performer of the Year. Rascal Flatts won Group Video of the Year for “Everyday” for the 7th year in a row and Sugarland won Duo Video of the Year for “All I Want To Do” for the 3rd time. Zac Brown Band won the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year for “Chicken Fried” and Kid Rock won Wide Open Country Video of the Year for “All Summer Long”. There were some great performances as you can imagine. Lady Antebellum sang “Lookin’ For A Good Time”, Taylor Swift sang “You Belong With Me”, Brad Paisley sang “Then”, and Dierks Bentley sang “Sideways” and Darius Rucker sang “Alright”. So it was a fun filled night of great music and great winners.
Just wanted to give you and update on the cause of death of Mia Farrow’s brother. The autopsy determined that Patrick Farrow died from a “self inflicted gunshot to the head.” That was quite a shocker to read about. How sad for him and his family.
I have not talked about her for weeks but this cannot go without mention. It is absurd and shocking and I will try to just tell you the story without my soap box. Nadya Suleman is contemplating a new pet…possibly a small PIG!!! Really…does she really need one more mouth do feed or excuse me…but more poop to clean up??? She says that if she did indeed decide on a pig is would live outside and wear a diaper. A pig???? Another possibility is a teacup Pomeranian or some other little dog. Like taking care of 8 newborns plus 6 other children is not enough…but the kids have been asking for a pet for awhile she says. Have you heard the saying…Just Say NO!!!! Nadya has been busy looking for someone to give her a reality show as well as trying to trademark the name, Octo – mom. Nuff said!
Here are few odds and end stories. Jay Leno was admitted to the hospital for undisclosed reasons on Thursday and has been admitted for observation. He had to cancel “The Tonight Show” for Thursday but is expected back to work on Monday. Jay’s people say he is doing ok and has been joking around with the doctors and nurses. And since we can never have enough Lindsay Lohan scoop… it seems that Lindsay and ex girlfriend Samantha Ronson spent about 6 hours together yesterday. Maybe Samantha caught Lindsay on The Ellen show, telling the world that she still loves Samantha. Ronson has actually even changed her Face book status to “complicated”…interesting. Stay tuned – I am sure this will not be the last we hear of these two. Bruce Springsteen’s wife, Patti Scialfa, was not with him at his Wednesday night concert because she fell off her horse. She is bruised up but luckily that is all. She is at home recuperating. Have you seen Susan Boyle recently…she is hardly recognizable. Check her and her new makeover out. She looks 20 years younger – which brings her to her age and not a grandmother. She really does look great. Amazing what a good hair cut and color can do for a woman. So the overnight success named Susan Boyle looks like a million bucks!
And how about those Brits? Two famous British celebrities have decided to donate their brains to help Parkinson’s research and are asking others to do the same. Wows…talk about using your star power for good. Jeremy Paxman is a TV host and Jane Asher is an actress as well as the president of the British Parkinson’s Disease society. Already 1000 people have agreed to do the same. Two of our famous celebrities here in the US suffering from the disease are Michael J. Fox and Muhammad Ali. Let’s end on a lighter note this Friday afternoon…. It has just been announced the Taylor Swift will be performing at the CMT Awards on June 17th in Nashville. Also performing will be Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts and new daddy, Brad Paisley.
It was a very close race but in the end Ashton Kutcher beat out CNN in the race to 1 million Twitter followers. It was so close that only 30 minutes separated the two. Congratulations Ashton that is a pretty amazing feat. Now I wouldn’t want to be the one to say that perhaps Ashton is getting a big head but here is what he had to say about the win. “This is David versus Goliath. This just shows how people want to get information. It is about us. It means that one man can have a voice as loud as a media network.” Well the good news is that not only did Twitter and Ashton break the first 1 million follower goal; Ashton is sticking to his word and will be donating 10,000 mosquito nettings for beds for World Malaria Day. Next up on Twitter is Oprah. She actually started tweeting on Friday. When Oprah speaks people listen…literally. In her first 15 minutes she had 76,000 followers and within her first hour over 125,000 followers. How long until she passes 1 million?
Beyonce is finally ready to bring her World tour to the states starting June 21st in New York. She is out there promoting and singing her heart out for her newest album, “I AM… Sasha Fierce”. Beyonce will be hitting 14 cities and ending her tour in Las Vegas for a 4 night stretch. And get this…at each venue there will be 2000 seats available for only $20 per ticket (except for her Vegas performances). Pretty awesome Beyonce!
Pete Wentz and his group Fall Out Boy have been banned from performing their concert as planned in Mizner Park, in Boca Raton Florida. The boys seem to have a bit of a reputation for causing “disturbances” and Boca didn’t want to have anything to do with them. So instead of paying a lot of extra money for security the boys have moved the concert to the not as stuffy, Pompano Beach Amphitheatre. Ironically however, Pompano Beach is not all that far from Boca Raton. Florida is becoming quite the stickler of a state, the Fox affiliate there is “refusing to air Ozzy Osborne’s variety show because it is not keeping with community standards.” Well I guess that is what happens in a retirement state, they lose all their sense of fun out there.
And here is a little wedding and baby news for you that you know I just cannot resist. First off, congratulations are in order for David Miller, from the international opera group Il Divo, who just got engaged. Simon Cowell from “American Idol” is actually responsible for putting this group together and they are widely successful. In fact they are starting a U.S. tour May 8th. Country star Brad Paisley and wife Kimberly Williams – Paisley finally welcomed their second child a boy, who seemed to be in no hurry to get here. The two have been waiting way past Kimberly’s due date for the little guy to arrive. Mother and baby and doing well and will be joining big brother 2 year old, Huck.
Tonight is Country music’s big night and all the stars are headed to Las Vegas for the 44th Academy of Country Music Awards. The show will air live tonight on CBS at 8:00 so tune in to see all the big winners (and losers.) IT should be a great show with scheduled performances by Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Toby Keith and Taylor Swift, and as I mentioned earlier this week Miley Cyrus will be on stage singing “The Climb” from her new Hannah Montana movie. Reba McEntire will be hosting the event for her 11th time. There is big competition tonight for the Entertainer of the Year award. Carrie Underwood is the sole woman up against 4 men in this category. She is competing against George Strait, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban. I am personally hoping she can do it and beat those 4 men…good luck Carrie; you have had an amazing year!
It looks like 3 year old Mercy James from Malawi will not be going home with Madonna as planned but is going back to the orphanage. First the judge rejected the adoption claim based on the fact that Madonna hadn’t been a resident in Malawi for the 18 -24 months requirement before adopting. As one can imagine Madonna was very upset and has already started the appeal process, but Lourdes as well, was devastated by the turn of events. In addition to that, it seems that the baby’s biological father has stepped forward. James Kambewa is claiming he is the baby’s father and he never knew that she was alive. After getting the baby’s 15 year old mother pregnant he fled. The baby’s mother then died several days after the baby was born and Kambewa said he thought the baby had died as well. So now he is back and claiming that he wants his daughter. HE of course will need to take a DNA test to see if he is indeed that father and then he says he will be ready to meet Mercy. So we will just have to wait and see what happens. All I have to say is regardless of the new information about the father, why would the government make you be a resident for so long? I just feel that if there is better opportunities for these children besides living in the orphanage why make it so difficult? Absolutely, take some time and make sure you have a good family to adopt these children but asking perspective parents to live in the country for almost 2 years seems a lot to ask and who knows what other requirements there are. Hey Madonna can adopt me. Regardless what you think of her and Angelina Jolie they are truly helping these children and giving them a better life then they have in an orphanage. I just think anyone who is willing to bring these children into their lives and try to provide a better life them should be commended.
It was a night to remember at David Lynch’s “Change Begins Within” concert and benefit at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall this weekend. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr both performed solo sets during the night. Paul was actually headline the show and after his set he did what everyone hoped he would….he called up his old friend Ringo and the two performed on stage together for the first time in 6 years. How cool is that?? The two sang “With a Little Help From My Friends”, “Cosmically Conscious” and “I Saw Her Standing There”. I bet that was incredible not only to hear them together but to see them together as well. The event was a bit out there but I guess that is no surprise with David Lynch. He organized the event to increase awareness and funds for his foundation for “Consciousness – Based Education and World Peace, a charity that works to promote the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Transcendental Meditation technique. A lot of stars and performers showed up to show their support including Howard Stern, Jerry Seinfeld, Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Moby.