Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Are you kidding me??? It seems that Jon Gosselin needed to get away again and this time he is doing it with another new woman. There is a new Kate in Jon’s life and the two have been in the Hamptons for 3 days together so far. Ironically this Kate is Kate Major, a tabloid reporter for the Star. She must be in heaven with all this good stuff to write about!! The story gets even better; the two are staying in Michael Lohan’s house (yes that is Lindsay Lohan’s dad). The two are said to both be friends with Michael and when they needed a place to stay he opened up his home to them. Hmmm….I wonder what the Hailey Glassman thinks about this arrangement and I don’t even want to know what his soon to be ex wife thinks about the whole thing. Glad he is having such a blast while his 8 kids are at home with mom.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is celebrating its 25th Anniversary! In honor of the celebration there will be two all star concerts held at Madison Square Garden on October 29 and 30. Everyone performing is already an inductee into the Hall of Fame. Some of the performers who will be there are U2, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Metallica, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel will both be there and will perform together and separately. In addition to the big concerts a 9 DVD set which will show highlights from all the induction ceremonies of the last 25 years as well as a book of profiles of all the inductees. Proceeds from the concerts will go to establish an “endowment for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation”.  
A Baldwin files bankruptcy. Stephen Baldwin and his wife Kennya are in way over their heads and owe a lot of money to a lot of people, starting with the banks. They owe $1.2 million on their home, plus $70 thousand in credit card debt and over $1 million in taxes….gulp!! Their home was scheduled for auction today and is valued at $1.1 million and they bought it for $515,000 back in 1997.  The actor most recently appeared on the controversial season of “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here” and was also on “Celebrity Apprentice."

“Project Runway” is finally getting close to returning after a way too long hiatus. Good news though, the season 6 premiere is less than a month away.  In addition to the premiere Lifetime is treating us to a two hour “Project Runway All Star Challenge” airing right before the premiere on August 20. They have just announced who will be competing for the $100,000 prize and it should be a great 2 hours. From season 2, Daniel Vosovic and Santino Rice, and from season 3, Uli Herzner, Mychael Knight,and Jeffrey Sebelia. From season 4 Chris March and Sweet P, and Korto Momolu from season 5.  Joining them will be Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia. I can’t wait!!!

Happy News for the “Millionaire Matchmaker”, Patti Stanger, she is engaged to her boyfriend Andy Friedman. The two met 5 1/2 years ago and were set up by a matchmaker. Singer, Kelis welcomed a baby boy on Tuesday named, Knight. Kelis will be raising the baby herself since her and the baby’s father, rapper Nas are no longer together. The couple filed for divorce when she was 7 months pregnant, “citing verbal abuse, and infidelity.” It is official; Eddie Cibrian’s wife has left him. She says that, “Eddie and Leann (Rimes) deserve each other.” That is just an ugly ugly situation. Eddie has two young children ages 6 and 2.   

A Jonas Brother Gets Engaged

I have some odd and ends to tell you about today that includes some TV and Broadway news but first and foremost I have a big engagement to share with you. Oldest Jonas Brother, Kevin, got engaged this morning to a very surprised and happy girlfriend.  The 21 year old flew to New Jersey after his concert last night in Vancouver. Kevin showed up early this morning and on bended knee asked 22 year old Danielle Deleasa to marry him. “She said yes, yes, yes, like 500 times super fast in a row”. The two met in the Bahamas in 2007. Brothers Nick and Joe are very excited to welcome Danielle to the family as are Mr. and Mrs. Jonas who are also thrilled with the news.

In TV news, Hillary Duff will be joining the cast of “Gossip Girl” in October for several episodes. She will be joining the gang at college and will be roommates with Vanessa. Also spending a little time in a new drama will be Paula Abdul from “American Idol” who will be a special guest star on the new Lifetime series, “Drop Dead Diva”. The concept is not a new one…a beautiful shallow attorney dies and her soul gets inside another attorney who is smart and plus sized. You can imagine how upset the beauty is when she realizes what has happened and cannot quite figure out how do deal with her new figure. Paula will play a Judge”in a case about a store that refuses to carry plus-sized clothing“.  Lifetime has all their favorite lifetime movie stars scheduled to make guest appearance as well. You can see Sharon Lawrence, Delta Burke and Gregory Harrison as well as Rosie O’Donnell, Tim Gunn, Nia Vardalos, Kathy Najimy and Liza Minnelli.  The show premiers on July 12th.

T. R Knight formerly of “Grey’s Anatomy” is going to try his hand at Broadway. He will be staring in “Lend Me a Tenor” starting in February. The production will be directed by actor Stanley Tucci. This will be his first time directing. Also heading to Broadway is Jude Law for a 12 week performance in “Hamlet”. The production will be at the Broadhurst Theatre opening on October 6th. Law has performed on Broadway before but not since 1995 when he did “Indiscretions”.

U2 just kicked off their world tour in Barcelona Spain in front of an audience of 90,000 people.  The band took some time and did a tribute to Michael Jackson and sang “Man in the Mirror” and “Don’t Stop till You Get Enough”. Bono even dedicated their song ‘Angel of Harlem” to Michael who they called “a great talent”.

 Speaking of great talent, Karl Malden died today in his home in Los Angeles at the age of 97. He was in the popular 1970’s show “The Streets of San Francisco with a young Michal Douglas. He was also in the movie, “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “On the Waterfront”. He was the spokesman for American Express for 21 years when he urged travelers not to leave home without their travelers checks. Remember that slogan? He was one of the greats from the old days.

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.”