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.
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!
More Speidi drama ensued this weekend. “The Hills” star, Heidi Montag, is in a Costa Rican hospital. After her and husband Spencer Pratt spent some time alone in the Lost Chamber as punishment for their “behavior” upon quitting and returning to the NBC show “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here”, Heidi got sick. Sources are saying that after only receiving rice, beans and water that Heidi started vomiting and has been “diagnosed with a gastric ulcer.” Spencer is currently by her side in the hospital and her family is en route to be with her in Costa Rica. Her sister in law is speaking out and is very upset with NBC and the treatment of Heidi and Spencer. On Twitter Stephanie Pratt says, “I’m really saddened to hear that NBC felt it was OK to punish Speidi so harshly – torture them as if there were criminals – that Heidi was rushed to the hospital and has an IV in her arm after being locked in a dark room for 3 days with no food or water. [Please] pray she will be OK.” I cannot say for sure but 3 days with no food or water – I am thinking she is exaggerating a bit. Most reports say it was just overnight. So does this mean the pair really won’t be back on the show this time??
Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston are both in the news this weekend but for completely different reasons. First off, Bobby Brown is celebrating the birth of his new baby boy, Cassius with his girlfriend Alicia Etheridge. This is Brown’s 5th child. He had one daughter with Whitney Houston and the others with a different woman. Whitney has news of her own. After a 6 year hiatus she is going to be making her comeback with a new album set to be released on September 1. Collaborating with Whitney on the album are R.Kelly, David Foster, Swiss Beatz as well as Akon. Good luck Whitney. You were one of my favs in the old days!
Exciting news for two Olympic medalists, both Sarah Hughes and Michelle Kwan are graduating from college. Kwan earned her degree from the University of Denver with a Bachelors in International Studies. Kwan is planning a possible skating comeback and might try to compete at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver if she can earn herself a spot on the team. Hughes graduated from Yale University getting her Bachelor’s in American Studies with the focus on U.S. politics. Hughes does plan to return to the rink and do some skating exhibitions and shows. She would also like to go to law school as well as write a motivational book. She also devotes time to charity work as well.
The Obama’s were in France this weekend to commemorate D-Day which was 65 years ago. In addition to attending the ceremonies, the Obama’s did a bit of sightseeing, as well had dinner with friends at a French bistro. The Obama’s spent time with the French President and his wife and even celebrated Sasha’s birthday over the weekend. She turned 8 years old.
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.