Free Limp Bizkit Show

There is a little bit of this and a little bit of that going on today in the world of gossip. To start with we are going to be seeing a lot of Mariah Carey in the near future as she gets set to release her new album “Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel” at the end of August. Tonight she will premiere her new video “Obsessed” on “America’s Got Talent”. There is already hubbub about this video, first off it was leaked on the internet, but all copies have been removed. Secondly in the video Mariah is dressed up and looks eerily like Eminem and some are saying this is a response to his song “Bagpipes from Bagdad” where he talks about Mariah and their relationship from years back and why is she obsessed with him. Now Mariah and husband Nick Cannon both deny that the song/video has anything to do with Eminem but really could it be a coincidence? I guess we will just have to wait and see for ourselves once the video is out. You can also see Mariah on the “Today Show” in the Toyota concert series on August 28th. Also performing during the month will be Flo Rida and Natasha Bedingfield.

Renee Zellweger will be reprising her role as Bridget Jones for the third time. Typically Zellweger has gained 30 pounds to play Bridget Jones and this time will be no different. She says although the first two days of eating anything she wants is great the up and down on her body takes its toll and is very difficult. The premise for this 3rd movie sounds fun…Bridget is almost 40 and is in full baby mode and wants to have one before it is too late. You know a lot of good comedy can surely come from that topic. Filming is expected to take place at the end of the year. That should be plenty of time to start packing on the pounds.

Another old time favorite is back and looking fabulous for the release of her new album. Whitney Houston was in London for a party in her honor to unveil her new album, “I Look to You” which will be available September 1. Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music and long time friend was at her side, and played 9 tracks from the album which still is being worked on. Whitney had some big names collaborating with her on this album. She had help from, Alicia Keys, R Kelly, Diane Warren, Stargate and a duet with Akon for the song ”Like I Never Left”.

Brad Paisley is headed to the White House with Alison Krause to perform for the Obama’s, members of Congress and the White House staff. The main reason for their visit is actually to help Michelle Obama with an educational workshop she has put in place for middle school and high school students to help encourage arts and arts education. Last month her focus was on Jazz and in the fall her next workshop will focus on Classical music. The concert is actually just a bonus.

Limp Bizkit fans are in for a special treat from the band. Together for the first time in the states in 8 years the guys are going to be giving tickets away free for a concert event in Las Vegas on July 18th. The concert will take place at the Pearl Concert Theatre which is in the Palms Casino Resort. Fans will receive 2 tickets but it is on a first come first serve basis so you can imagine it is going to be pretty crazy. I wouldn’t be surprised if people are already waiting in line. In addition to the free tickets, fans will get a free t-shirt that was designed exclusively for that show. The band is also allowing fans to design the concert by picking their favorites songs and voting, and the songs that win will be the ones that are sung at the concert. You can vote at  .How cool is that? What an amazing experience if you are one of the chosen few to actually make it in. Good Luck and have fun!!           

Dancing with the Stars Has a New Champion

One down and one to go. We now know who won “Dancing with the Stars” and very soon we will know who the big winner is on “American Idol”. Congratulations to the youngest winner ever, 17 year old, Olympic gold medalist, Shawn Johnson. She just barely beat out her French opponent, Gilles Marini, since there was less than 1% of votes that separated the two. So congratulations are definitely due for Gilles as well. Another big winner is Mark Ballas, who is now a two time title winner for ‘DWTS”. Although the show could have easily been done in 1 hour they really milked that second hour and filled it with so much junk… I mean recap…filler stuff.  At least Lady Gaga was good entertainment, not only her two songs “Just Dance” and “Love Game” but the costumes on that woman…whoa!  So that is it for Season 8. Now we will just have to wait patiently to see who the next cast of “stars” will consist of.

You just have to love Ann Curry from the “Today Show”, who was the chosen one that not only got to travel to Cannes, but also got the coveted Brad Pitt interview. And Ann enjoyed every minute of the interview, even going as far as to act like a school girl, giggling and touching Brad at every opportunity. Ann had a 7 minute interview with him and Brad looked like the total superstar today, it would have been hard not to act like that around him, but Ann may have gone too far. Getting down to business, Brad was there to talk about his new Quentin Tarantino movie, “Inglourious Basterds”, which is a World War II movie. Although there have recently been Brangelina trouble in paradise rumors, Brad denies them and says that Angie has been filming her new movie “Salt” while Brad has been the stay at home dad. The two will be reunited in Cannes at the premiere of Brad’s movie this evening.

I think I have to agree with Jennifer Aniston when it comes to John Mayer and his twittering. In fact maybe he should just stick to singing all together. His latest shtick…John is explaining the difference between different kinds of women out there and he doesn’t want the guys to hate him for dating the beautiful women. So here is his explanation of woman…what do you think of this ladies? He breaks them into 3 categories “douches”, “famewhores”, and “showbiz types”. And then he goes on to explain himself. He says the “showbiz types are people who grew up talking to themselves alone in a room for hours until they found some sort of outlet. Once they found that outlet, everything fell into place, except for the fact that they still never worked out why they still talk so much. So you see, though filled with deep emotional voids that can never be filled, Showbiz Types are an important part of your Nations tapestry.” John considers himself a Showbiz type. Thanks for all your twitters and giving us such an in depth look at your theory. Like I said…maybe he should just sing.

Good news for cutie, Chace Crawford from “The Gossip Girl”… he has just been cast as the star of the remake of the hit movie, “Footloose”. This is the movie that jump started Kevin Bacon’s career back when he was just 25. Crawford is 23 and the movie will begin shooting next March.  

Finally…Some Good Lindsay Lohan News

It is ironic that Ryan O’Neal came to fame in the 1970 film, “Love Story”, where he loses the love of his life, and now he is living the story in real life.  Friday night NBC will be airing the Farrah Fawcett documentary that chronicles her battle with cancer, called “Farrah’s Story”. This morning on the “Today Show”, Meredith Vieira talked to Ryan O’Neal, Farrah’s long time love and her best friend, Alana Stewart, who has been filming the documentary for Farrah. Time does seem to be running out for Farrah, and as I watched what has become of my favorite angel from “Charlie’s Angels”, it was hard not to well up this morning while watching this very candid interview. Why document this you might be asking yourself…I know I did. Farrah felt she wanted to share her story and hoped in some way she could help others with her strength and bravery and give them a reason to keep fighting. IN the beginning they thought she would recover, but it has been a hard year for her.  Farrah was diagnosed with cancer back in 2006 and it had gone into remission for a while, but came back in 2007. At the moment, O’Neal is not very optimistic about the future. Alana though is not ready to let her friend go and feels there is still hope for recovery. Alana says it has been very difficult to film but she has done it all for her friend. Farrah has had an amazing support team and you will be able to see all this in the 2 hour special which shows it all.  Ryan O’Neal himself was diagnosed with leukemia back in 2001 and says he has had to just “put it in a drawer” while helping Farrah. The actor is 68 years old and feels that he himself is on borrowed time”. To watch him talk about Farrah is beautiful and heartbreaking all at once. Farrah’s Story will air Friday night at 9:00 (ET/PT).

Well let’s move onto some happier news. Beyonce and T.I are happy this morning. Both have 5 nominations for this year’s BET Awards, which are scheduled to be handed out June 28th. Beyonce has been nominated for female R&B artist, best actress for her role in “Obsessed”, video of the year as well as viewer’s choice award. Beyonce is definitely having a great year. T.I is up for best male hip hop artist, as well as video of the year and viewer choice award. He also is up for his collaborations on the songs “Live Your Life” that he did with Rihanna and “Ain’t I” which he did with Yung L.A and Young Dro.  Jamie Foxx is going to be this year’s host and he is also up for several awards including best male R&B, video of the year and best collaboration with T-Pain for his hit song “Blame It”.

More good news, comedian Wanda Sykes and her wife welcomed twins, a boy Lucas and daughter Olivia on April 27th. Sykes was married to a man for 7 years and just recently came out in November although did marry her partner in October of 2008. And finally some good news for Lindsay Lohan…she got a job!! She is going to be playing a grad student in the film “The Other Side”. She will be starring alongside some other big names including Woody Harrelson, Giovanni Ribisi, Alanis Morissette and Dave Mathews. Shooting doesn’t begin until October so it would be nice for everyone involved if Lindsay can hold it together until then and hopefully she will be on her best behavior once shooting actually begins. Should be interesting.    

The Soft Side of Bono

Bono, from U2, is just full of surprises. In an upcoming broadcast on BBC Radio, on May 13th, Bono will be reading a poem he wrote about Elvis Presley more than 10 years ago. Bono is a huge Elvis fan and truly realizes what a groundbreaker Elvis was in his time. Like many, Bono was influenced by Elvis as a child. In his poem he talks about Elvis’ early years as a truck driver and how he basically revolutionized the music world. In his poem he says, “Elvis was made by America so America could remake itself”, he also writes, “Elvis woke up my heart”. The poem seems really incredible and a wonderful way to honor Elvis during the poetry season on the BBC. It has taken a while to figure out the best venue for the poem and how to present it to people and that is one of the reasons it has basically sat on a shelf for all these years. Along with the poem there will be a 15 minute presentation surrounding it that will include some of Elvis’ music along with other Elvis information to compliment the poem.

Just as Michael Jackson is trying to unbury himself from all his debt, his publicist has decided to sue him for $44 million dollars that she claims he owes her from the past 5 years. Raymone Bain helped Michael though his molestation charges, with the release of the 25th Anniversary edition of his “Thriller” album, worked with him on refinancing his Beatles song catalog and even helped him with his negotiations for his current concerts that is his doing right now in London and she claims she has not been paid. Unfortunately for Michael she is not the only one to claim that Michael owes her money. I am thinking Michael better add some concerts to his schedule to start paying back some of these people.

Oh and like I said yesterday the “Jon and Kate plus 8” saga continues and just gets uglier and crazier. This morning Kate was on the “Today Show” to promote her new book sans hubby, who was at home with the kids. The poor woman looked stressed and miserable and who could blame her. Everywhere she turns this ugly story, true or false is everywhere. The paparazzi are hunting her down and following her everywhere. Kate told Meredith Viera that “she is hesitant to believe” the stories she is hearing about her husband. She said they are trying to “deal with it privately”. John is still vehemently denying the alleged affair and the woman in question; Deanna Hummel is also speaking out. She is saying her brother is a liar and there are issues between them and he is making all of this up to hurt her and get back at her. I may have on my rose colored glasses but I have to say I am still hoping all the stories are not true. It is hard to believe it is not thought with all that is being said and video being shown, but like Kate, I just don’t want to believe it.

What is it about Victoria Beckham and hottie husband David Beckham posing in their underwear? Victoria has a new campaign ad that has just been unveiled and the 34 year old mother of 3 looks amazing. She is literally larger than life in her 20 foot banner that was unveiled yesterday at Macy’s in New York City. The super couple has signed a multimillion dollar deal to do these incredible underwear ads for Armani and I would definitely say the company and the Beckhams are getting their money’s worth. Did I mention she is a mother of 3??? WOW!!!

Jon and Kate Plus 8 Rumors Confirmed

Sadly the Jon & Kate Plus 8 plot thickens…US Magazine is confirming that Jon Gosselin has been having an affair for 3 months, with Deanna Hummel, a 3rd grade teacher. The news comes straight from Deanna’s brother and roommate, Jason. In addition to Jason, the magazine is reporting that they have talked to 5 additional people who are also confirming the story. I have to say I am sitting here shocked, and although I wrote two stories about his late night mishaps, I was really hoping in my heart that his denials were true. The brother gives detailed descriptions of times the two have been together and it seems that they have been able to spend a lot of time together. Wow, pretty shocking…I wonder what this will mean for the Gosselin family and next seasons show. I am sure Kate does not want to be raising that family on her own. Good luck guys. I am sure we will be hearing more on the Jon & Kate saga.

Good news for Kylie Minogue fans, she is finally going to come and do some concerts in the United States and Canada. At this point she is just going to go to 6 cities including New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago and Toronto. Her tour will start at the end of September and you can catch her this Friday with Hoda and Kathie Lee on the “Today Show” .Paula Abdul is finally coming clean and admitting that she has had a dependency on pain medication for years and last Thanksgiving she got clean. Paula’s pain was officially diagnosed as reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, which is basically a very real condition where she was suffering from chronic pain all the time. It all started years ago from all her years as a professional dancer and a back and neck injury from a plane crash back in 1993.  In addition to the pain killers she has also had 15 surgeries over the years to help her. Now with the help of yoga and spiritual workshops she is almost 100% better. At least this finally explains all her weirdness over the years. You knew it had to be something making her act that way. You can read all about Paula’s struggles and recovery in the June issue of “Ladies Home Journal” and you can also hear Paula sing her new single, “I’m Just (Here for the Music)” on “American Idol” tonight.  
Hollywood loses another legend, Dom DeLuise died Monday night at the age of 75. DeLuise was a household name back in the 70’s and 80’s when he appeared in movies like “Blazing Saddles”, “Cannonball Run”, “Smokey and the Bandit ll” and “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”. He leaves behind his wife who he has been married too since 1965 as well as 3 sons who are all actors. On a happier note I have two marriages to report. Drummer, Meg White from the group The White Stripes just got engaged to Jackson Smith, who is the son of the singer Patti Smith. They plan to wed sometime this year. Also a famous actress/Broadway star tied the knot this weekend… Bebe Neuwirth who played Lilith on the hit show “Frasier” married Chris Calkins in Manhattan. Most recently Neuwirth has spent her time on Broadway in shows like “Sweet Charity” and “Chicago” and next year she will join the new musical “The Addams Family” where she will play Morticia. That should be a great show.

American Idol News

American Idol” just keeps on giving. Here is a great story about Chris Sligh who was a finalist from season six. He wrote the new number one country song, “Here Comes Goodbye” for the group Rascal Flatts. So here was the guy who joked about “bringing chubby back” when he was on Idol and he himself claimed not to have the look of a rock star but the guy has found his calling. After “American Idol” he moved to Nashville in 2007 and look at him now. I am sure this is not the last we will hear from him.  What is so ironic though about this story and his writing abilities is that he was brought up a strict fundamentalist Baptist and was not even allowed to listen to pop or rock music. He has not ventured that far from his roots though and has a Christian music album out called “Run to You” which has been successful and in the top 10 on the Christian music charts. He hopes to release his second album soon. He says “we’re trying to make a record that transcends the genre of Christian music and can stand up to U2 or Coldplay or something like that I think it could blow a lot of people away.” And in other Idol news…Condoleezza Rice is a huge Randy Jackson fan and when she was recently in Los Angeles to appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” she had a meeting with Randy Jackson where they hung out and talked for 90 minutes. No love connection however since Randy has been married since 1995. She is totally into music and Randy, and has always wanted to meet him and she got her chance and had a lovely time.

The controversy has not died down yet on the whole Miss California, gay marriage and Perez Hilton question from Sunday night.  This morning on the “Today Show” Miss USA shared what she would have said and you know she was prepared for the question. Kristen Dalton from North Carolina would have said if asked the same question that, “the beautiful thing about America is that we have the right to choose, we have the right to choose what partner we want to love, commit and spend the rest of our lives with. I think all couples should be able to recognize legally, and they should be able to enter into a union. Whether or not that should be defined as marriage…I’ll leave that up to the politicians.” Ok, that was a good answer. She also goes on to say that her and Miss California, Carrie Prejean have become good friends and “I respect her opinion.” Leave it to Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus to get in on the action. Both girls have twittered that they both support gay marriage. Britney says “Love is love” and “People should be able to do whatever makes them happy.” Miley says “Jesus loves you AND your partner and wants you to know how much He cares! Like I said, everyone deserves to be happy.” Thanks girls for sharing your thoughts.

On a lighter note…magic man David Blaine got engaged on April 4th to his French model girlfriend, Alizee Guinochet. He is 36 and she is a young one at 23 years old. On the baby front… Jill Scott welcomed a baby boy, Jett Hamilton on Monday. She is in the new show on HBO, “The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency”. Good show great books.