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This season may be the last for ’24.’ Fox has yet to renew the series, and Kiefer Sutherland’s contract is up at the end of season 8. Renegotiating Sutherland’s contract could be pricey, and Fox may not want to front the bill. Sutherland claims that his decision to remain with the series has nothing to do with his contract, and everything to do with whether the show will maintain its artistic integrity moving forward. My guess? It’s a little of both. Rumors are swirling that if Fox does not renew the show, it could move to NBC. We will find out soon enough. ’24’ fans are used to biting their nails in anticipation anyways.
The Oscar countdown has begun and so have the red carpet looks. The ‘Hollywood Reporter,’ one of Hollywood’s leading trade publications, hosts a reception honoring Oscar nominees. This year’s reception was co-hosted by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Confused about why the Mayor of Los Angeles would take the time out of his busy deficit plagued schedule to host such an event? So were a lot of people. Regardless, the reception provides a very good excuse for a bunch of celebrities to show up looking pretty. See some of them below.
[Jeremy Renner – and yes he goes on the “pretty” list]
This makes me very happy. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel are planning another U.S. tour. This is a good move for them, considering that their 2003 tour grossed more than 50 million dollars. Here is some Simon and Garfunkel history: The two released their last album together, ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’ in 1970, and Paul Simon wrote the song ‘So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright,’ as a personal goodbye to Art Garfunkel. Simon was admittedly very hurt by Garfunkel’s departure. What’s interesting to me about these two reuniting on tour again, is that I heard through the Hollywood grapevine that they did not get along at all on their 2003 tour, which is a shame since their friendship dates back to grade school. Maybe they worked it out. Listen to ‘So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright’ below.
This story is so crazy that I would almost consider it to be a Hollywood urban legend if Kirk Douglas and Michael Douglas were not around to confirm it. Here is the abridged version: ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ was originally a Broadway play starring Kirk Douglas. Kirk Douglas owned the rights to turn the play into a film, but he couldn’t get a studio to buy it. He then gave the rights to his son, Michael Douglas, hoping that perhaps he could get it made into a movie. Well, Michael Douglas did get it made into a movie, but he chose Jack Nicholson to play the lead instead of his father. Kirk Douglas wasn’t pleased. At 93 three years old, Kirk Douglas still isn’t pleased. Rumor has it that Michael Douglas thought his father was too old to play the lead by the time the film was made. Michael Douglas must have done something right though. The film won 5 Oscars in 1976, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Jack Nicholson.
The internet is abuzz over Rihanna’s interesting performance at the Echo Awards. The Echo Awards is an annual music awards ceremony in Berlin, and it honors artists from all over the world. The winners are determined by the previous year’s sales. See her performance (and red carpet outfit) below. I should warn you though – a robot is involved.
My posts have been a little female oriented lately. I have therefore decided to post a picture of the beautiful Jennifer Love Hewitt at the celebration for the 100th episode of her show, The Ghost Whisperer. So why do television shows always celebrate their 100th episode? Because the 100th episode marks the point where the show can finally be syndicated/sold to individual stations. In short, the show becomes more profitable. The point; however, is that Jennifer Love Hewitt is very pretty.
Details on NPH’s guest starring role on Glee have finally been revealed. NPH will play a high school glee club nemesis of Will Shuester, who now sits on the Board of William McKinley. He wants to cut the art program because he feels that his high school choir gave him false hopes of becoming a star one day. The best part? There will be a singing showdown between NPH and Morrison. I’m very excited! Like many of the stars on Glee, Matthew Morrison and Neil Patrick Harris have musical theater backgrounds. Morrison starred as Link Larkin in Broadway’s Hairspray, and ‘Neil Patrick Harris’ played the Emcee in ‘Caberet.’ This will be some showdown. See a picture of the yummy Matthew Morrison below.
Freida Pinto is reportedly in the running to be the Bond girl in the next Daniel Craig film. If she lands the role, she will be the first Indian Bond Girl. Pinto originally gained fame as Dev Patel’s love interest in Slumdog Millionaire. She also recently signed on for a Woody Allen movie, with Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, and Naomi Watts. Her career is on the upswing, and this would certainly solidify her A-List status.
Remember my post about how I don’t understand why artists in this industry feel the need to bash other artists? Well, here we go again. Ke$ha stated in a recent interview that she is against Britney Spears lip syncing at her shows, and she “would never do that to her fans.” Ironically, Ke$ha sang background vocals on Britney’s 2008 track ‘Lace and Leather.’ I guess she was good enough for you then, huh? First, until you earn your stripes in this industry, keep you mouth shut. Second, until you have even one performance that matches the plethora of untouchable Britney Spears performances, keep your mouth shut. Third, until you take the ridiculous money sign out of your name, keep your mouth shut. Fourth, take your horrible song and shove it. It is fair to say I am angry. To quote Taylor Swift, I have an “unwavering devotion” to Britney Spears. As a tribute to Britney, I have posted some of her incredible performances.
When the Executive Producer of Gossip Girl was asked by Mike Ausiello whether Dan and Blair would hook up, she said “There are only so many combinations [you can explore] on the show, so I think you have to be open to all of them at some point. So, certainly, we have an open mind when it comes to them… Those two are really gold when they’re together. They have great on-screen chemistry.” I’m not quite sure how I feel about this. The good news though, is that she also confirmed that there will be some great Chuck and Blair drama coming up.