Cher Coming Back to the Big Screen

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.    

Finally…Project Runway is Coming Back

Good news “Project Runway” fans…..the legal battles are been resolved and the show will finally return and will air this summer on Lifetime. I don’t really care about the details of the legal battle, I am just glad they have resolved their issues and Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, Nina Garcia and Tim Gunn will all be back together again. This season the show has moved from New York to Los Angeles to have more of a Hollywood feel. Some celebrities that will appear on the show this year include, Rebecca Romijn, Christina Aguilera and Evan Longoria Parker. I wonder if she will bring husband Tony Parker, of the San Antonio Spurs, to meet the designers. At this point that is about all we know. There is no information out about the new cast members or even an air date, but at least we know it is coming. Bravo though is fighting back. Having lost “Project Runway” to Lifetime, they are launching a new design competition called “The Fashion Show” that will be hosted by Kelly Rowland (formerly of Destiny’s Child) and designer, Isaac Mizrahi. They have already announced the cast and the show will air May 7th.

A new anti -domestic abuse PSA will be begin airing on April 6th in theatres, but you can see it now on the internet. A British organization, called Women’s Aid, has put together this 2 minute very disturbing clip. The clip shows Kiera Knightley being beaten up by her boyfriend. “The clip is part of the ACT campaign – to Admit domestic abuse is a problem, Call it by its name and Talk to someone.” In light of the Chris Brown – Rihanna situation, people are starting to talk more openly about it. Oprah has dedicated several shows to it and the also put out their own PSA. Everyone who worked on the PSA donated their time including director Joe Wright, who directed Knightly in “Atonement” and “Pride and Prejudice”. One in four women are affected by domestic violence at some point in their life and 2 women die every week from domestic abuse.

Remember super model Kathy Ireland who was a cover girl for the famous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit addtion? Well you have to check out her before and after photos of her recent weight gain and spectacular weight loss. Kathy is a mom of 3 as well as CEO of her billion dollar company, Kathy Ireland World Wide, and before she knew it, like many other moms who are so focused on everyone but themselves, she gained 25 pounds. One of her kids even told her she looked pregnant and that was that. She said, “She didn’t even recognize the person that I saw. I saw someone who looked overwhelmed, overstressed, overweight and over – everything.” So with the help of a friend, who just happened to be a personal trainer and nutritionist, Kathy got her act together and lost her weight and got back in shape, the old fashioned way. She cut calories, made better food choices and worked out 3 times a week. She looks great and feels great and has a new book coming out called “Real Solutions for Busy Moms”. At 46 will she be the next bikini clad woman on the cover of People Magazine? Ireland says absolutely not, she just “wants to be healthy, to be there for my husband and kids.”