Michael Jackson received another tribute yesterday… this time having his hand and footprints immortalized outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. It is the first time a posthumous print ceremony has been held since the tradition began in 1920. Justin Bieber, Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, Jackson’s three children, plus Jackson’s brothers Tito, Marlon and Jackie were all there. Prince, Paris and Blanket were the ones to make the impressions in the cement, using Jackson’s sequined glove and a pair of his shoes. An awestruck 13 year old Paris introduced the dreamy Justin Bieber who said Michael was his inspiration and always looked up to him. He then went on to sing “Rockin’ Robin.”
Robert Hegyes, who played Sweathog Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein Epstein in the 1970s comedy “Welcome Back, Kotter” died Thursday (Jan. 26) of an apparent heart attack. He was 60 years old. He starred, with John Travolta and Gabe Kaplan in the Emmy-nominated comedy for 92 episodes. The series was canceled in 1979. In the years following, Hegyes appeared in nearly 40 episodes of the 1980s cop drama “Cagney & Lacey.” He also had guest spots on “NewsRadio” and “Diagnosis Murder.” Hegyes is survived by three siblings, two children and two step-children.
David Letterman will celebrate his 30th anniversary in late-night with Howard Stern. “Late Night with David Letterman” premiered on February 1, 1982, and Wednesday marks his 30th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Howard Stern will make his 41st appearance as a guest on Letterman’s shows.
Jimmy Kimmel talked about “Jimmy Kimmel Live” being in its ninth year, and explained all the landmarks they’ve gone through
Will.I.am says that LMFAO will make a guest appearance during Madonna’s performance at the Super Bowl next weekend. Before Will.I.am spilled the beans, the only guests rumored for Madonna’s halftime show were Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.. Madonna and her representatives have not yet confirmed LMFAO as a guest for the performance.
The NFL says they will permit Pro Bowl players to post Twitter messages during the game. (so I guess no one really takes this game seriously) Each sideline will have a computer station where the players will be able to communicate with their fans. Ordinarily, the league prohibits players from posting messages on Twitter and other social media beginning 90 minutes before kickoff and extending through the post-game media availability.
Rapper 50 Cent has backed out of a Super Bowl bet that would have him posting a photo of his penis if he lost. He made the outrageous bet while celebrating the NY Giants NFC Championship win. Thursday, however, he took to twitter to say he changed his mind and won’t be betting at all on the game saying “I’m gonna promote street king and focus on making a difference 4 the less fortunate.” Street King is the rapper’s energy drink. Considering 50 Cent’s track record with beverages (he reportedly made $100 million when Vitamin Water was sold to Coca-Cola), that’s probably a good idea.
Drew Barrymore was on “The Colbert Report” last night to talk up her new movie, “Big Miracle.” But she and Stephen Colbert spent quite a bit of time trying to hash out the plot of an “ET” prequel.
Snoop Dogg gives his take on the whole Kardashian marriage situation in a YouTube video, and it’s pretty brutal.
It’s becoming crystal clear why Drew Carey suddenly broke off his four year engagement from Nicole Jaracz…he’s got a new girlfriend…a young girlfriend. Drew, 53, has been seeing 31-year-old Kelley Whilden and the two were photographed together on January 21st at the soccer match between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Venezuela. Jaracz, a culinary graduate is credited with helping Drew lose 80 pounds and her son because so close to him that he called “The Price Is Right” host, “Dad”.
Members of Monty Python’s Flying Circus will be reuniting for a new science fiction farce called, “Absolutely Anything,” Terry Jones will direct. Filming will begin in the UK this spring. The Python crew will voice key roles as a group of aliens who endow an earthling with the power to do “absolutely anything” to see what a mess he’ll make of things. Robin Williams will voice a talking dog named Dennis. While it’s not a Monty Python movie, it has that sensibility says Jones. Jones co-directed 1974’s “Monty and the Holy Grail” with Terry Gilliam and was the sole director on “Life of Brian” and “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.” He said Python members John Cleese and Michael Palin have agreed to perform and added that producers are attempting to sign Eric Idle.
Bebe Neuwirth, who played Dr. Lilith Sternin on the long-running comedy, “Cheers”, and “Fraiser” has been signed for a recurring role on “The Good Wife.” The actress will play Judge Friend, described as a sexy woman with a stern manner and little patience for joking around.
Fran Drescher, the nanny we all wish we could have had, says she was once abducted by aliens. She says that both her and her ex husband Peter saw aliens before they knew each other. Fran, who is not joking about this says they even have the exact same scar in the exact same spot. Her ex, Peter Marc Jacobson says Fran got the small scar on her hand from a drill bit or burning herself holding a hot cup of water. But Fran says, no way. “I said to him, that’s what the aliens programmed us to think,” Fran explains. “But really, that’s where the chip is.”
Kim Kardashian will join the cast of Lifetime’s series “Drop Dead Diva” for several episodes beginning with the show’s 4th season premiere sometime this summer. Filming for the program begins in February. Kardashian will play Nikki, Fred’s new love interest who partners with his ex Stacy in a new business venture. Kardashian joins an impressive list of guest stars who have appeared on “Drop Dead Diva” including Liza Minnelli, Rosie O’Donnell, Paula Abdul, Brandy Norwood, LeAnn Rimes, Elliott Gould, Kathy Griffin and Tim Gunn.
Singer Jimmy Buffett isn’t done merchandising the word “Margaretaville” yet. He’s got bars and restaurants and even a Margaritaville casino in Vegas. Now comes Margaritaville, the online video game. You create a persona and complete tasks, such as shooting pirates with a slingshot, helping “Captain Frank” clean up hurricane damage on a beach, etc. You can play the game for free using “energy” given you or coins you have earned, and you can buy “beach bucks” to jazz up your outfit or get certain rewards. You can get beach bucks by playing eight consecutive days or by signing up for credit cards, Netflix and other commercial opportunities. “With Margaritaville Online”, Buffet says, “fans across the globe can party together any time and any place.”
Country singer Glen Campbell, 75, who announced in June he’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, will perform at the Grammy Awards this year. He’ll join fellow country stars, The Band Perry and Blake Shelton for a special performance during the show on February 12th. Campbell, a five-time Grammy winner, is currently traveling across the US on his “Goodbye Tour.” His wife says he’s still a great guitar player and singer, but if he should flub a lyric or gets confused, please don’t think he’s drunk. Campbell, a2005 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame, has recorded more than 50 albums over the past 50 years.
The Lifetime Channel is spinning off “Dance Moms” to a show set on the ice. The show, “Ice Moms” will focus on the world of competitive figure skating as it unfolds in Dearborn, Michigan. That is the home of the figure skating coaching duo of Laurie Vigilante and Adam Schmidt who rule the rink and inspire their skaters to be champions.
Tony Alleyne, the over the top Star Trek fan who remodeled his apartment to look like the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, is getting a divorce…and it looks like he’s going to lose the bridge in its course. His ex owns the apartment and wants to sell it as “a conventional dwelling.” It’s reportedly going to cost her $150,000 to totally destroy him….and the room. “To say I’m gutted is an understatement. It is my life’s work. I admit there were tears” he told a British tabloid.