Taylor Swift has been named Billboard Woman of the Year! Swift will receive the honor at the 2011 Billboard Women in Music event on December 2nd in New York. She is the youngest artist to receive the honor which last year went to Fergie, of the Blackeyed Peas. Swift’s last album, “Speak Now,” has gone platinum five times and sold over a million copies in its first week. Swift made Billboard history with 11 songs charting on the Hot 100 in a single week.
Chynna Phillips . . . from the band Wilson Phillips . . . was eliminated on “Dancing with the Stars” last night. It came down to Chynna and Rob Kardashian, but Chynna got the boot.
Susan Boyle sang “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers.
Blake Shelton performed “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins.
Monday’s debut of the “The Rosie Show” on the Oprah Winfrey network pretty much bombed. Even comic, Russell Brand, wasn’t able to help bring in any more than 497,000 total viewers. It’s O’Donnell’s first talk show since she left ABC’s “The View” in 2007. “Oprah’s Lifeclass” with Winfrey discussing insights learned over her years as a talk host — opened even worse, with just 333,000 viewers.
Hank Williams Jr. was on “The View” yesterday to talk about comparing Obama to Hitler on Fox News. And when Joy asked him why he went with Hitler instead of someone less controversial, like Stalin or Genghis Khan, he said he’s not smart enough.
Actress and filmmaker Penny Marshall, who starred as the tough-talking Laverne in hit TV show “Laverne and Shirley” and become a pioneering female director, is releasing a memoir about her rise in Hollywood. Marshall, 68, has sold the rights to her autobiography, called “My Mother Was Nuts,” directly to Amazon.com. The book will discuss her former 10-year marriage to fellow director Rob Reiner, her friendships with John Belushi and Art Garfunkel, and her battle with brain and lung cancer in 2009.
Tori Spelling is a mother again! She and her husband, Dean McDermott, welcomed their third child together, a baby girl named Hattie Margaret! The baby was born Monday morning. The couple chose to keep Hattie’s gender a secret until the baby’s birthday, saying they already have a boy (Liam, 4) and a girl (Stella, 3), so it will be a traditional surprise on the day. The couple’s new season of their reality show, “Home Sweet Hollywood” premieres November 29th.
Courtney Cox and her ex but still producing partner, David Arquette, are developing a new ensemble cast comedy called, “Ten Years”. The program will explore the ups and downs of relationships among a group of friends spanning 10 years.
A family went to a corn maze in Danvers, Massachusetts on Monday. (–About 30 minutes north of Boston.) And they had to call 911 when they couldn’t find their way out. They also had a three-week-old baby with them. In the 911 audio the operator tells them to start yelling so police could find them. Then the wife says it was a “nightmare.”
Tom Hanks‘ son Chester . . . who goes by the name Chet Haze . . . just dropped a new music video. The song is called “Hollywood,” and even though Chet is supposedly a rapper, he actually SINGS this one.
Actor, Michael Douglas will play Liberace in a new HBO movie to be directed by Steven Soderbergh. The movie will be called, “Behind The Candelabra” and will explore the relationship between Liberace, the flamboyant pianist, and his live-in lover Scott Thorson, who later filed a palimony suit against him. The film will also star Matt Damon. Liberace’s sexuality was taboo in the days when he was a performer. In those days, if you came out of the closet, you had no career, says producer Jerry Weintraub. The film will begin production next summer.
Javier Bardem, who won an Oscar for portraying Anton Chigurh in “No Country for Old Men,” will return to his evil roots in the new James Bond movie. Bardem’s involvement in the 23rd Bond flick marks the second time an actor with an Oscar on the shelf has portrayed a Bond villain. The first was Christopher Walken as Max Zorin in the 1985 Roger Moore Bond flick “A View to Kill.” The title of the film has not been announced yet.
Mel Gibson allegedly rear-ended another car in Phoenix, Arizona on Monday. The actor was in town visiting his father who is in the hospital there. No one was injured and although cops did come to the scene, no one was cited.
The fifth season of NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” begins filming next week. While the participating celebs are still under wraps, two names have leaked out…one being model Cheryl Tiegs and the other race car driver Marco Andretti, the 24 year old grandson of racing legend, Mario Andretti. Season 5 of “The Celebrity Apprentice” (and the 12th installment in the Apprentice franchise) will premiere in early 2012.
San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow has, after six months, finally been released from the hospital after he was severely beaten in the Dodgers Stadium parking lot. Stow has been able to start talking with family members and friends. Doctors say Stow will continue his treatment at an undisclosed long-term rehabilitation facility. Doctors predict that his recovery will take years. Stow suffered severe brain injuries on March 31st after the Dodger’s regular season opener against the Giants. Two suspects have been charged in the beating — both have plead not guilty.
The convicted felon who played Dr. Evil henchman Random Task in the original “Austin Powers” movie is suspected of murdering his prison cellmate. According to TMZ, prison officials say Joe Son, who’s already serving life in prison for torturing and gang raping a woman in 1990, is the prime suspect in the murder of a 50-year-old sex offender, who was sharing a cell with Son at Wasco State Prison in central California. Officials say the victim’s body was discovered Monday.
OMG! Jack Osbourne is going to be a daddy! The son of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne is expecting his first child with fiancée, Lisa Stelly. That means Sharon is finally going to be a grandmother and Ozzy will have five grandchildren! (four from a previous marriage) Jack broke the news Tuesday during a sit-down with his parents for Piers Morgan Tonight.
For a man with such privacy issues that he often covered his face and the faces of his children when they went out in public, its heartbreaking seeing the photo of a dead, naked Michael Jackson laying on an autopsy table made public on Tuesday at the Dr. Conrad Murray manslaughter trial. The photo, which had blacked out the singer’s genital area, showed the singer’s arm with the remnants of an IV hook-up and medical tape. The images were displayed during the testimony of forensic pathologist Christopher Rogers, who performed the autopsy and determined that Jackson died of a overdose of the anesthetic propofol. Rogers said he determined the cause of death was homicide because of the way Murray used propofol improperly and because it was implausible that Jackson administered the fatal level during the two minutes Murray says he stepped away.
The coroner in the Michael Jackson case . . . forensic pathologist Christopher Rogers . . . testified at Jackson’s manslaughter trial yesterday. And said he believes Dr. Murray administered the fatal dose of propofol, because it was improbable that Michael could have done it in the two minutes Murray was in the bathroom.
The magazine, The Land Report has come out with its’ top 100 land owners of 2011. Ted Turner was ousted from the top spot when Liberty Media chairman, John purchased more than 1 million acres of timberland in Maine and New Hampshire earlier this year. This acquisition pushed Malone into the top spot with holdings totaling 2.2 million acres. Turner has a firm grip on the No. 2 ranking with ownership of more than 2 million acres. (None of the other names are readily recognizable but there is a link to the list in “Website of the Day”)
Sixteen actors dressed as zombies during the filming of a new movie in the “Resident Evil” series were injured Tuesday when they fell from a platform. Toronto emergency medical spokesman Peter Macintyre said the victims’ costumes made it difficult at first for crews to assess the severity of their REAL injuries. “I could see the look on the first paramedic, saying ‘Oh my God,’” laughed Toronto emergency medical services Commander David Ralph. Victims suffered leg, back and arm injuries. Twelve were taken to a hospital. Officials said none of the injuries are considered life-threatening. The accident happened when actors had been filming a scene on a high wheeled platform. The platform moved as they were going to another platform, leaving a gap into which the zombies fell. Lead actress Milla Jovovich was not on set at the time of the accident.