I am going to try and find something other than the impending divorce of Jon and Kate Gosselin to write about today. You would think they were Brad and Angelina the way they are talked about. They are just EVERYWHERE these days and it is just such a sad story. The 2 big points that are being discussed are the fact that on the filing papers Kate checked that the two have been living apart for 2 years (which kind of makes you feel like a bit of a chump if you have been watching the show and believing that they were a typical happy family over the last several seasons) and the fact that the show is going to be on hiatus until August. The network says it wants to give the family some time to adjust to the situation as well as TLC just doesn’t have new footage to put on the air. With all the turmoil going on recently the crew was shooting and making changes sometimes up until the day of the show. So far only 6 of the 40 episodes ordered for this season have been taped and have already aired. Kate says the “show must go on” and based on her new status, I am sure she hopes the show will go on. Maybe come August it will “Kate Plus 8” or “Single Mom Single Handedly Raising 8”. The big show last night had a record number of viewers – 10.6 million which broke their last biggest record from the season premiere of 9.8 million viewers. Apparently we cannot get enough of this couple and all the drama. Well, so much for my attempt at not writing about them today….apparently I just can’t get enough of them either.
Cher is finally ready to make a new movie! Cher has committed to the new musical “Burlesque”, which will also star Christina Aguilera. Cher, 63, has not been in a movie for over 10 years. This movie will also mark the first time that she has ever sung in a movie. Cher will play the owner of a burlesque club and Christina will play the small town girl who ends up working there. They should make quite a pairing those two.
Happy news for Sarah Jessica Parker and husband Matthew Broderick, they are the proud parents of newborn twin girls who were born on Monday by surrogate. The good news is although the girls were born early they are doing just fine. The bad news is that the girls were given old fashion family names from the Parker side- Marion Elwell and Tabitha Hodge. Big brother James Wilkie doesn’t know how good he has got it in the name department. Congrats though to the happy couple!! And happy to just be “cool aunts” are Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi who have decided against having any children of their own. They say “It’s a huge responsibility, and I don’t know that that’s something we want to take on. We’re very happily married without children.” More power to them, enjoy each other because you are right being a mom, even if there are two of you, is hard work.
“Tonight Show” sidekick Ed McMahon has passed away at the age of 86. Although nothing official has been released on his cause of death, friends close to the star say he has been sick with a multitude of illness for awhile, including bone cancer. McMahon sat next to Johnny Carson for 30 years, plus he hosted his own talent show, “Star Search”. He was also well known for his Publishers Clearing House commercials. I remember I used to wait for him to show up at my door with balloons and my check for $1 million. In recent years he found himself back in the news with his own financial troubles. He was definitely an icon and will be missed.
It was a close call for “Twilight” heartthrob, Robert Pattison, who had a run in with a New York taxi while fleeing a mob of fans. Pattison has been in New York filming his latest movie “Remember Me” and since his arrival the fans have been going nuts following him everywhere. Luckily the 23 year old was not injured and walked away on his own. It seems that no matter where Pattison goes these days he is attracting a crowd and has even hired his own security guards in addition to the ones the production company has provided for him. His new movie “Remember Me” is a love story starring Emilie de Ravin from “Lost” and 007, Pierce Bronson.
Cher is finally speaking out on Chastity’s sex change. Cher says that although it has been difficult over the years coming to terms with Chaz’s sexuality, “I respect the courage it takes to go through this transition in the glare of public scrutiny and although I may not understand I will strive to be understanding. The one thing that will never change is my abiding love for my child.” I just have to say as difficult it must be for a parent to watch a child go through this, I truly applaud Cher and wish other parents who may not show that respect towards their children, can really learn from Cher and really hear what she is saying. Mary Bono (Sonny Bono’s widow) also is supportive of Chaz and the decision he is making. She says that” Chaz has always been a loving and important part of our family who has supported us through thick and thin. This is a very difficult decision that Chaz has fully vetted, and over the past decade, has discussed the matter thoroughly and consulted therapists and medical experts. As he moves forward, I will be there to support him and love him every step of the way.” Chaz is very lucky to have those two women in his corner.
Oh say it isn’t so…Heidi and Spencer Pratt and actually returning to “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here” for the season finale on June 25th. What is up with those two? Are they just drawn to trouble? The last time they were on the show they had been banished to the “Lost Chamber” for their crazy behavior and then Heidi ended up in the hospital. Well at least the show is almost over. I am sure NBC is thrilled for them to return and are hoping they stir up a little trouble/publicity. And since I am talking about Heidi and Spencer I might as well talk about the Jon and Kate’s big news out today. It seems that”Jon and Kate have an announcement” that they will be sharing with the world on the next new episode, which airs Monday night on TLC. In the new promo for the big one hour special Kate says, “Recently we’ve made some life – changing decisions – decisions that will affect every member of our family, ones that we hope will bring each of us some peace.” My guess is either divorce or ending the show to let them attempt to get their lives back in order and not in front of millions of views each week. The show has quickly been losing viewers and I have to say I am one of those. I have been tuning in and watching bits and pieces but honestly it is too painful to watch the reality of this couple in pain. I used to watch because although they had issues at least they were happy and there was some joking around, now it is just depressing to watch them. Of course I will be tuning in this Monday for the big announcement. Any other ideas of what it could be?
Two new books will be hitting the shelves soon. The first one is a tell all book which includes some not such nice words about a very nice guy, Will Smith. Janet Huber is the author and you might remember her from her stint as Aunt Viv on show “The Fresh Prince of Bel – Air”. Her new book is titled “Perfection Is Not a Sitcom Mom” and will be out in early 2010. She accuses Will of “sabotaging any actor who outshone him.” She also explains in detail about being fired from the show and how painful that was for her. Sounds like something I just will want to run out and read as soon as it hits the book stores – NOT!! Jennifer Love Hewitt, from the " Ghost Whisperer", is also working on a book and hers will be an advice book on dating called “How I Shot Cupid” and will also be out in early 2010. Hewitt is currently dating Jamie Kennedy and has dated a long list of Hollywood guys including, John Mayer, Carson Daly and Joey Lawrence. The book promises to not only be funny but will offer really good and practical dating tips.
Chastity Bono, Cher’s lesbian daughter, is going to undergo a sex change operation!! This is a huge decision and not one that Chastity has taken lightly, it has something she has wanted to do for years and she has her mother’s support. She actually started the process back in March when she turned 40. One of the first changes is the name change; Chastity now goes by the name Chaz. He says that “He is proud of his decision and grateful for the support and respect that has already been shown by his loved ones. It is Chaz’s hope that his choice to transition will open the hearts and minds of the public regarding this issue, just as his coming out did nearly 20 years ago.” That has to be one of the most courageous things for someone to do in order to be true to one’s self. I for one wish Chaz the best of luck and that this transition will bring him the peace and happiness he is looking for.
The Palin /Letterman fight continues with Palin this morning on the “Today Show” saying that Dave does not owe her an apology for the joke against her daughter, but rather to young women all across the world. Dave in turn has admitted that a joke referring to rape and a 14 year old would be in poor taste but it seems that the Letterman people may have had their facts wrong. Dave thought he was referring to Palin’s 18 year old daughter Bristol being at the Yankees game, but it seems that Palin’s 14 year old was the one at the game and perhaps how this whole mishap started. Dave does go on to say that, “I’m not necessarily proud of these jokes. We do stuff all the time and our objective here is to get a laugh and thank God we don’t have to go to The Hague and the World Court to defend them. It’s a joke and that’s all it’s supposed to be.” We do as a society have a hard time letting things go. I wonder how long Sarah Palin is going to be talking about this one. She is only fueling the fire by continuing to talk about it. Dave may have stepped over the line, but let it go and move on!!!
Here are just a few gossip tidbits. Firstly the autopsy findings on the death of actor David Carradine reveal it was not suicide as originally suspected. At this time investigators still need more time to determine the actual cause of death, but this is becoming quite interesting. I mean he was found hanging inside a closet, so what really happened to the star? For some reason people just cannot get enough of Heidi Montag and now you will be able to get a lot more of her. The “celebrity” has posed for “Playboy Magazine” and will be in the September issue. You will be able to see Heidi naked! I am sure that is very exciting new for some.
Aerosmith is trying to stay young and hip and are reaching out to their youngest fans. The group which just stared their summer tour has also teamed up with “Guitar Hero”. Some of the best “Guitar Hero” playing kids will get the chance to rock with the guys on stage and even be able to “open for the band” by playing “Guitar Hero” in front of the crowd. How cool will that be for some lucky winners. A kids (or even adults) dream come true. ZZ Top is the official opening band for the tour but the guys just want to have fun and let the kids have fun too. They are always surprised at the kids who come up to them and ask them about songs form 20 and 30 years ago. Steven Tyler and the guys are going back in the studio to work on their 15th album.
Big honors for the country duo Brooks and Dunn along with Dierks Bentley who were honored in Sydney Australia for promoting their country music abroad. They were honored by the Country Music Association and Bentley actually won the International Artist Achievement Award. So it was a pretty big achievement for all of them. In the past some winners have included Keith Urban, Shania Twain, Dwight Yokam, the Dixie Chicks and Trisha Yearwood. Congratulations guys!
I have to admit this is getting a bit ridiculous. There are new rumors swirling around the Gosselin family of “Jon and Kate Plus 8”. This time the rumors are aimed at Kate saying that she is having a “more – than- platonic” relationship with the body guard that travels with her and her family. How ironic that this is being said right after all the stuff they are dealing with from her husband’s alleged indiscretions. Honestly they are the “it family” at the moment and it seems that the paparazzi just can’t leave them alone. Kate is fighting mad and in an exclusive interview with People Magazine, says these are just complete lies. She does say that yes they are friends with the people around them like their body guards, publicist, managers etc. because that is who they spend a lot of time with and these work relationships naturally evolve into friendships. She is also very upset and scared that they will lose the friends that they do have because the paparazzi are camped out at their houses. Kate feels that, hey we signed up for this, (we may not like it but it was our choice to put ourselves in the public eye) but their friends did not and it’s just not fair to them. I have to say I am a fan of the show and feel bad for Kate. Who knows what is really going on in her marriage but regardless; she is raising 8 kids and doing the best she can under the circumstances. She is just a regular mom so really, give her a break. Can you even imagine having your life – the good, bad, and ugly played out in front of millions? How did this sweet little show about her sweet kids turn into this? I am sure she asking herself the same thing.
Do you remember Shirley Jones from the Partridge Family? Well if you can believe it she is 75 and looks fabulous. In fact yesterday there was some talk that she was in talks with Playboy Magazine to pose nude. However Playboy has said that is not true, she will not be posing nude. If she had she would have been the oldest woman to do so for the magazine. So Nancy Sinatra will still hold that record posing at 54 along with Farrah Fawcett and Joan Collins who did it at the age of 50. And speaking of some of our favorite aging celebrities, Cher performed this weekend in Las Vegas and appeared in a black see through body suit just like the one she wore almost 20 years ago when she did her “Turn Back Time Video”. And it looks like if anyone can turn back time it is Cher…she looked amazing and it was hard to even believe she is 62 years old.
Who do you think is going to be this year’s “American Idol” Winner? Simon Cowell told Oprah Winfrey on Monday that he thinks it will be Adam Lambert. It’s hard to believe the season finale is next week already and along with Simon, Randy Jackson is also predicting that Adam will be the winner. We shall see. Tune in tonight for the semi finals and we will see if these guys are right.