Tony Nominations Announced

Elton John is smiling this morning…his musical “Billy Elliot” was nominated for 15 Tony awards, one of which includes Best Musical. Also up for the top award are “Rock of Ages”, “Shrek the Musical” and “Next to Normal”. The Tony Awards will air on CBS on June 7th at Radio City Music Hall. And in other breaking news…the controversial 4th American Idol judge, Kara DioGuardi, will be back next season. Simon Cowell actually shared the news with Ellen DeGeneres and you can watch it today, Tuesday, on her show.

Eminem has a candid new interview out in the June/ July issue of “Vibe Magazine”. Eminem shares details about his most recent battle with drug addiction. Although he has been clean for about a year he had been “downing as many as 20 Vicodin, Ambien, and Valium a day. He tells the magazine that “the numbers got so high, I don’t even know what I was taking.” Eminem, who is 36, has a new album coming out on May 19th, fittingly called, “Relapse”. He says he has taken care of himself and is ready to get back into the spotlight. He feels if he has his Rap music he won’t’ need the other stuff. Good luck Eminem, I love your new song, “We Made You” and I hope you’re right that Rap is all you need.  Revlon has a new spokeswoman…Jessica Biel is the latest beauty to represent the cosmetic giant. She will be in all the new 2010 advertising campaigns. She is in good company…past beauties include Jessica Alba, Halle Berry and Jennifer Connelly. Just like her busy beau, Justin Timberlake, she is branching out from acting as well.

The octo mom just cannot catch a break. I swear everyday it is something else with her. The latest and greatest issue for the mother of 14 is that Gloria Allred, an attorney, has filed a petition with the Superior Court of Orange County, California requesting that a guardian be appointed to protect the babies if they are filmed for the reality show that their mom is hoping to get. Allred feels that the babies are being exploited and that even child labor laws are being broken because the babies have been filmed late at night and without the presence of a “studio teacher”. In addition to this guardian watching out for the children, she also wants to make sure that any money earned through the show would not be wasted by the mother. Wow, I have never been a big fan of the octo mom because, well maybe she hasn’t  always made the best decisions, but wow, can strangers just get involved in her life and tell her how to spend and how not to spend her hard earned money? Last time I checked this was still America. I think people just need to back off a bit and let her settle in with her kids and let’s see what happens before we try and take away every freedom she has. The hearing is scheduled for June 22, so we will see what the courts have to say, but maybe for now Ms. Allred needs to mind her own business.  

Octo Mom and Lindsay Lohan in the News

I have not talked about her for weeks but this cannot go without mention. It is absurd and shocking and I will try to just tell you the story without my soap box. Nadya Suleman is contemplating a new pet…possibly a small PIG!!! Really…does she really need one more mouth do feed or excuse me…but more poop to clean up??? She says that if she did indeed decide on a pig is would live outside and wear a diaper. A pig????  Another possibility is a teacup Pomeranian or some other little dog. Like taking care of 8 newborns plus 6 other children is not enough…but the kids have been asking for a pet for awhile she says.  Have you heard the saying…Just Say NO!!!! Nadya has been busy looking for someone to give her a reality show as well as trying to trademark the name, Octo – mom. Nuff said!

Here are few odds and end stories. Jay Leno was admitted to the hospital for undisclosed reasons on Thursday and has been admitted for observation. He had to cancel “The Tonight Show” for Thursday but is expected back to work on Monday. Jay’s people say he is doing ok and has been joking around with the doctors and nurses. And since we can never have enough Lindsay Lohan scoop… it seems that Lindsay and ex girlfriend Samantha Ronson spent about 6 hours together yesterday. Maybe Samantha caught Lindsay on The Ellen show, telling the world that she still loves Samantha. Ronson has actually even changed her Face book status to “complicated”…interesting. Stay tuned – I am sure this will not be the last we hear of these two.   Bruce Springsteen’s wife, Patti Scialfa, was not with him at his Wednesday night concert because she fell off her horse. She is bruised up but luckily that is all. She is at home recuperating.  Have you seen Susan Boyle recently…she is hardly recognizable. Check her and her new makeover out. She looks 20 years younger – which brings her to her age and not a grandmother. She really does look great. Amazing what a good hair cut and color can do for a woman. So the overnight success named Susan Boyle looks like a million bucks!

And how about those Brits? Two famous British celebrities have decided to donate their brains to help Parkinson’s research and are asking others to do the same. Wows…talk about using your star power for good. Jeremy Paxman is a TV host and Jane Asher is an actress as well as the president of the British Parkinson’s Disease society. Already 1000 people have agreed to do the same. Two of our famous celebrities here in the US suffering from the disease are Michael J. Fox and Muhammad Ali.  Let’s end on a lighter note this Friday afternoon…. It has just been announced the Taylor Swift will be performing at the CMT Awards on June 17th in Nashville.  Also performing will be Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts and new daddy, Brad Paisley.