Carrie Underwood Sings for Our Solidiers

Being a big “Jon Plus Kate Plus 8” fan (if you hadn’t noticed), I have to say I find it very difficult to see pictures and read stories that Jon is having a great time enjoying his new life with his new girlfriend. The couple just filed for divorce last month, and he has 8 children at home, so it feels a bit, for lack of a better word, icky. Here is the latest; Jon is vacationing in France on the French Riviera with his 22 year old girlfriend, Hailey Glassman. Jon is 32. There are pictures of the couple, holding hands, drinking champagne and looking quite cozy. I wonder what his kids are going to think years from now when they see these pictures of their dad. I understand Jon and Kate are getting a divorce and things didn’t work out between them but this seems a bit over the top so soon. Here is the irony about his new girlfriend, (did I mention she is just 22???) she is the daughter of the doctor who gave Kate her tummy tuck a few years back. Anyway it is hard to look at him as the devoted father when he is out in France with his new gal pal.

Production of the new fall TV series “Parenthood” based on the movie by the same name, which starred Steve Martin back in 1989, has had a setback. Maura Tierney, from ER, is one of the stars and she is having some medical issues that are not being shared at this time. She has had to take time off to deal with whatever her problems are. The series was supposed to premier the end of September but now will not make its debut until midseason. The previews that I have seen so far for the NBC show look funny. I hope Maura is back soon and that she is going to be ok. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are the executive producers, so with that team you know this show will be a good one.

Carrie Underwood, along with John Rich and Jake Owen will be performing for the troops in an August concert at Fort Campbell Kentucky. The concert will be for both the soldiers as well as their families and is being done to honor the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division. Underwood is only dong a handful of concerts this summer because she has been working hard getting her new album ready which she hopes will be out later this year.

I think in the coming months there is always going to be some Michael Jackson news to report, so here is latest which is actually coming from Michael’s big sister, LaToya. She is saying that she believes that Michael was “murdered” and that it was a conspiracy by the people who he was surrounded by. She feels that Michael was taken advantage of and that the people in his inner circle did everything they could to isolate Michael and to keep him away from his family. LaToya says, “It will all come out. You will be shocked.” She also shares that, “He had needle marks on his neck and on his arms and more will emerge in the next few weeks. I cannot discuss that any further as I may jeopardize the investigation.” LaToya is on a mission to find out who killed her brother by supplying him with the drugs. The other issue that has LaToya all wound up is Debbie Rowe and her wanting custody of the kids. She says this about Debbie Rowe. “These are not Debbie’s kids. They don’t even know she’s their mother. Like everyone else in his life, she was motivated by money. She has always said she’s not their mother. My understanding is that she will now go after the kids. I know a few things about Debbie, and I will prevent that from happening.” Good for you LaToya on all accounts!

Another Hollywood wedding took place this weekend. Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan got married in Malibu at the same place famous couple Fergie and Josh Duhamel wed. Haylie Duff was in the wedding party along with Emmanuelle Chriqui from “Entourage”. Channing stars in the new G.I Joe movie coming out August 7th along with Dennis Quiad and Sienna Miller.

Sex and the City Star Gets Engaged

The big news this morning seems to be that ‘Sex and the City “actress, Cynthia Nixon and her girlfriend of 5 years, Christine Marinoni, got engaged. Nixon has 2 children, Samantha 12 and Charles 6 from a previous relationship with photographer, Danny Mozes. The 2 actually announced their engagement during a gay rights rally that they were attending in New York City. The 2 hope to be able to eventually legalize their marriage in New York and say they will wait for legislation to pass the gay marriage act. A vote is actually set to happen soon, but at this point still needs more support from congress.

Two couples are dispelling rumors of an alleged relationship. First is Natalie Portman is saying that her and Sean Penn are not dating but are just friends and colleagues only. “Star Magazine” has claimed that the two were “making out” and the “New York Post” said that the two are been seen “cavorting”. Penn and his wife of 13 years, Robin Wright Penn are currently separated. I guess we will just have to wait and see. The other couple denying couple rumors are Bradley Cooper, who stars with Heather Graham in the new movie “The Hangover” and Jennifer Aniston.  Cooper says they have met several times but that is all. He does joke that his mom heard the rumors as well and would actually be very happy if they were indeed true. Cooper was married to Jennifer Esposito for 4 months back in 2007. And speaking of dispelling rumors…it looks like LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian were spotted together again this weekend at the Lakes games at the Staples Centre in Los Angles. There were also rumors about these two who are both married to others but it seemed like things had calmed down. Now however it looks like they have resurfaced. Rimes was wearing her wedding ring in the pictures that were taken and Cibrian has said that he wants to focus on his marriage and family. Again we will just have to wait and see what happens.

IT is just 2 days away…the “American Idol” season finale…who will be the winner, Adam Lambert or Kris Allen? There is a star studded group of performers to entertain us while we wait for the final songs during the 2 night finale.  Keith Urban, Carlos Santana, Black Eyed Peas, Lionel Ritchie, Queen Latifah and Cyndi Lauper are all scheduled to perform along with Idol alums, David Cook and Carrie Underwood. It should be an exciting two nights. And that is about it in the world of gossip for today

Pink and Carey Hart Officially Back Together

Holly Madison seems to be another girl we just can’t get enough of. From Hef’s main squeeze, to “Dancing with the Stars”, her next project is going to be to star in “PEEPSHOW” the sexy new burlesque show in Las Vegas. The former “Girl Next Door” star will be replacing Kelly Monaco, when her 3 month contract is up in June. “Dancing with the Stars” seems to be a bit of a stepping stone or prerequisite for the show, since Madison will be the third star from Dancing to join the cast. Monaco was the winner from season 1 and Melanie Brown who is also currently starring in Peepshow was a runner up from season 5. Although the show does feature topless performers the stars themselves are remaining covered up. “Peepshow” is at Planet Hollywood and although it has just been a month is doing well.

Today on the Ellen you can see Pink officially sharing the good news that her and husband, Carey Hart, are back together. She shares with Ellen that luckily Hart has a sense of humor because some of the things she sings about him in her hit song “So What” are not all that nice. For example, at one point in the song she calls him a “tool” as well as some other things. She says it is kind of funny having him sit in the audience while she sings these things about him. Since I am a big Pink fan I am happy that the two are back together.
Delta is throwing a party for its employees and their families in Atlanta and you will never guess who they have gotten to headline their party – the Gin Blossoms. How cool is that? The Gin Blossoms are best known for their hits “Allison Road”, “Hey Jealousy “ and “Found Out about You” The company just really wants to thank it’s employees for all their hard work during these difficult times and to thank them the Gin Blossoms will perform. In addition there will also be a wine presentation and Jeff Francoeur, from the Atlanta Braves, will come for a visit. Delta is not footing the bill though, that thank you can go to their vendors. And just so their Minneapolis employees do not feel left out, they will be getting their own party at the end of the month.  

“American Idol” is bringing back one of their own for the finale next week. Carrie Underwood is going to be performing the farewell song this year, “Home Sweet Home” by Motley Crue. She was just on Idol back in March when she sang with Randy Travis, but really can you ever get enough of Carrie Underwood? After the upset earlier this week, you just never know who will end up the winner. Will it be Adam Lambert (like several of the judges are predicting) or Kris Allen.

And finally this just in…Lou Diamond Phillips is the latest celebrity to join the interesting cast of NBC’s reality show “I’m a Celebrity …Get Me Out of Here”. It is hard to believe that Phillips is 47 years old and has agreed to compete against other celebs (and I use that term loosely)…Heidi and Spencer Pratt, Sanjaya Malakar (yes from American Idol), Stephen Baldwin (who just can’t seem to say no to reality shows) and Janice Dickenson. I am going to tune in just to see Heidi and Janice rough it in the jungles of Costa Rica without breaking a nail. The show airs June 1 on NBC.   

Beatles Reunion

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.