Today is the day that the world will get their chance to say their final goodbyes to Michael Jackson. Although it has not been known until just recently Michael Jackson’s body will be at the Staples Center today for the memorial service. In fact it is being reported that the LAPD SWAT team will be part of the motorcade bringing the body from Forest Lawn Cemetery, where the family held a private memorial, to the Staples Center. There is also a helicopter ready to go as well in case any safety issues do develop. The event is going to end up costing the city of Los Angeles around $4 million and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is asking the fans to help cover the costs. There is even a PayPal account that has been set up by the mayor where you can donate money directly. You can visit the mayors Facebook page or even his twitter page if you would like to participate. www.Facebook.com/villaraigosa or www.twitter.com/villaraigosa . The Staples Memorial Service will start at 10:00 a.m. pacific time and Rev. Al Sharpton is set to deliver the eulogy. I have to say I am a bit nervous to watch, I just hope there are no altercations or issues with all those people and fans gathered together. This event is said to be the biggest of all time, even bigger the Obama’s inauguration. Billions of people are going to be watching it on TV and between being streamed live and people Twittering about it this will really be a historic event.
Although Michael Jackson is still the main news there are some other gossip tidbits to share. Starting with Casey Kasem. After 39 years on the radio this iconic DJ hosted his final broadcast on Saturday. Kasem is 77 years old and says he is leaving the show to “free up time I need to focus on a myriad of other projects.” One of those projects is said to be his memoir. Kasem stared the “American Top 40” countdown back in 1970 and back in 2004 handed the reigns over to Ryan Seacrest. Kasem has since been doing a shorter syndicated version of the “American Top 20”. Casey, you and our amazing voice will be missed.
A big career change for a famous actor. Kal Penn, who you probably recognize from the Harold and Kumar films, or more recently his TV career on “House”, is now working at the biggest house of all, the White House. Monday was his first day on his new job as Associate Director in the Office of Public Liaison. Basically what that entails is bringing the Asian- American and Pacific communities together with Barack Obama as well as connecting them all together with the art world. It is a pretty big change from what he was doing, but after working on Obama’s campaign in 2007 he felt “really inspired” and wanted to do more.
In other TV news, Jenna Fischer form the show “The Office” got engaged to her boyfriend during their European vacation at the end of June. Kara DioGuardi, the 4th judge from “American Idol”, got married this weekend during a small ceremony attended by only 30 friends and family members. Kara will be back for season 9 along with Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest.
Brett Michaels and his tour bus were in involved in a 5 car pileup on the 4th of July. Luckily no one was hurt when a car ran into the tour bus causing the 5 car accident. The Poison singer was on his way to St. Paul Minnesota after performing in Toronto when the accident occurred. Between the Tony Awards and now this he has been very lucky to escape serious injury.
Thanks to a little help from his friends, an ugly green ogre, Shrek and pal Donkey, from “Shrek the Musical”, Brett Michaels, from Poison, is doing ok after getting banged up during Sunday nights Tony Awards. After visiting the ER, Michaels received 3 stitches to his lip, and x-rays confirmed a fractured nose. That was quite a finish to his song “Nothin’ But a Good Time” that he sang with the cast of “Rock of Ages”. Brett was a good sport and wasn’t angry about the incident but his reps are denying the fact the Brett “missed his mark” as was being said for the reason of the mishap. Luckily all is fine. Michaels may have to cancel his next performance, but they will just have to wait and see. He is on a solo tour right now.
Congratulations to Madonna and new family member Mercy James. Three judges have decided to allow the Material Girl to adopt the 4 year old Malawian girl after 3 months of deliberation. The holdup had been the 18 month residency ruling but now that has been approved. I wonder if the fact that Madonna has build a day care center in Malawi helped her case at all. Just kidding. It was a good thing that she did for the children there and the courts have ruled that she is a suitable mother. Hey, who wouldn’t want to be adopted by Madonna? Good for her for changing some many lives! Congrats also go out to “Gossip Girl” star Kelly Rutherford, who had her second child, a girl on Monday night. Kelly is currently involved in a nasty divorce from her husband.
And it is a new hairdo for late night talk show host Stephen Colbert. While doing his show for the troops in Iraq and speaking with General Ray Odierno, President Obama appeared in a videotaped message ordering the General to shave Colbert’s head. It was pretty funny and the troops deserve a bit of comedy while they are out there. Colbert is taping 4 shows in Iraq and wants to bring focus back to the war which he feels has lost the attention of the people. A few funny jokes that he shared with the troops went like this “It must be nice here in Iraq because I understand some of you keep coming back again and again.” (Referring to the multiple tours the soldiers have had to endure). “You’ve earned so many frequent flier miles; you’ve earned a free ticket to Afghanistan.” The troops said their favorite part of the show though was the buzz cut Colbert received. When asked why he did it? The response was he had too much hair to be a soldier. And a nice head of hair it was too.
Could it be that love is really in the air again for Lindsay Lohan and gal pal Samantha Ronson? The two were spotted together hanging out in London and Lindsay even Twittered “Leaving London but with my favorite favorite!!” She also says, “Great news to share!!! Maybe… ” The girls stayed at separate hotels and were not seen out together but obviously they were both there. Lindsay is also wearing a diamond ring on her left hand. Could that be the exciting news she was alluding too? The two seem to be happy together and as of yet no big fights to report, so we shall see.
Last but not least, no big surprise here, but it is official…Adam Lambert comes out and says he is gay. He didn’t want to come out while on the show with so much media scrutiny but now he feels he is doing it on his own terms. It is what it is and he is not interested in being an activist or anything. You can learn more about the “American Idol” runner up in his new interview in “Rolling Stone” magazine when it hits the stands on Wednesday.
The Tony Awards were last night and in addition to the excitement of the awards there was also unexpected excitement involving “Rock of Love Star” and Poison band mate, Brett Michaels. He was performing with the cast of “Rock of Ages”, when he missed his mark, and he was hit in the head while some scenery was being moved down from the ceiling area. At first it was thought the hit may have broken his nose but that was not the case. He did make a trip to the ER just to make sure he was fine and thankfully he was; now that was reality TV. It was a big night though for many of the great shows and plays. “Billy Elliot” came out on top as a true shining star winning 10 awards for the night which included, Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor, Best Choreography, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, plus Best Lighting Design of a Musical and a few other categories. “Hair” won Best Revival of a Musical and “God of Carnage” won Best Play. Marcia Gay Harden won Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her performance in “God of Carnage “and Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush won Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for “Exit the King”. “Shrek the Musical” won for Best Costume Design of a Musical. The amazing Angela Lansbury, who is 83 years old, won a Tony for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for “Blithe Spirit”. This was her 5th Tony Award. It was a fun show with some great musical performances and host Neil Patrick Harris from the show “How I Met Your Mother” did a fine job.
There was some frightening news for the sister of Lisa Ling and her friend who were arrested in N. Korea back in March for illegally crossing the border. The two women, Laura Ling and Euna Lee were sentenced to 12 years hard labor “for the grave crime they committed against the Korean nation.” The US government is working hard to get these 2 woman released but with the very poor relations we have with N. Korea it is very difficult. The families are gravely worried, Euna has a 4 year old daughter and husband in the states and Laura may be suffering from an ulcer that has most likely worsened since these events have occurred.
Exciting news for “American Idol” winner Kris Allen – the 23 year old has signed a record deal with Jive records and you can plan to pick that up sometime this fall. Kris currently has his Idol winning song “No Boundaries” at #23 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles. Not bad Kris! The American Idol summer tour starts in Portland on July 15th and Kris will be there.
NBC is not happy about the allegations that they tortured contestants from the show I’m A Celebrity Get Me out of Here”. Yes, I am referring yet again to Heidi and Spencer who have plans to sue NBC for all that they have been put through. ITV studio, which produces the show, had this to say about the torture allegations, “ITV has been producing this format around the world for many years and the health of the celeb participants are of the utmost importance. A medic and a doctor are present at the location at all times for all participants. All allegations of the celebrities being deprived of food and water are completely untrue”. Come on people, of course they are untrue. Although perhaps what Speidi maybe have deserved for all their crazy antics…it’s NBC, they would never do anything so inhumane, even for rating. Where does this stuff come from? Crazy, but all the hoopla does make me want to tune in tonight for a good laugh. Forget reality TV I think this one has turned into a good old fashion comedy!
The Three Stooges are coming back to the big screen and you will never guess who will be playing the 3 funny guys. Sean Penn has already signed on to play Larry, and Jim Carrey could possibly be playing Curly and Benicio del Toro is a possibility to play Moe. Not exactly the 3 men I would have thought to play those guys. Hey, don’t get me wrong, they are all amazing actors and Jim Carrey for sure would make a hilarious Curly, but Sean Penn and Benicio del Toro seems a bit serious to play Moe and Larry. But hey, I am not casting director. The Farrelly brothers who definitely know their comedy have been working on the concept with MGM for awhile now. They feel with the economy the way it is that Americans are ready for a bit of slapstick and who better to deliver just that, then an updated version of the Three Stooges. Production will be starting soon with a release date to hopefully come in 2010.
Good news for 17 year old Shawn Johnson, who has been dancing her heart out on this, seasons Dancing With The Stars. Robert O’Ryan, who has been stalking the young gymnast, was arrested on Tuesday morning. He was found attempting to break onto the set of DWTS. The Los Angeles police said the man was seen “scaling a fence outside CBS studios” just prior to the taping of the show. Thank goodness they caught him when they did because the police found 2 loaded guns in his car as well as duct tape and zip ties which are materials that are typically used for kidnappings. Love letters and other information on Shawn were found, as well as all of O’Ryans belongings which he had all packed up in his car. It seems that he had permantely left his Florida home to find Shawn, who he believed was “speaking to him personally through the television” and ESP. HE is currently being held on $35,000 bail. Like I said that was a close call. I bet Shawn and her family can all sleep a lot easier tonight. Love those happy endings!!
Brett Michael’s fans brace yourself….the cover for his new book as been revealed and I must say it is pretty cool. The new book which is called, Roses and Thorns, will hit bookstores on June 23rd and will chronicle his life of “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.” The book will take the reader through his early years in Harrisburg PA, his time with Poison, as well as the car crashes that changed his life. Of course his VH1 show, Rock of Love, is also discussed. You can catch Brett and Poison on tour this summer along with Def Leppard.