Josh Duhmel, star of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, has been named host of Nickelodeon’s 26th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards. The show will be broadcast from the Galen Center in Los Angeles on March 23rd. Duhamel himself has been inducted into Nickelodeon’s Arm Fart Hall of Fame and showered in green goo. Last year’s awards, hosted by Will Smith, attracted 6.2 million viewers.
Manti Te’o did an interview this week with Katie Couric that’ll air on her talk show today. But last night they aired some preview clips on ABC News. People want to know if he was in on the hoax, because it helped him become a star. He came in second in the Heisman Trophy voting, and the NFL is about to make him rich. But he says that during the season he only cared about inspiring people . . . and the emotions for Lennay were all real.
When the story about Lennay Kekua first broke, a lot of people thought Manti must have been in on it, because he was on camera talking about Lennay at least twice after he found out she wasn’t real. In his interview with Katie, Manti tried to explain why he did that. He first got the call saying Lennay was alive on December 6th, after believing she was dead for three months. That’s when he started to doubt the whole story. But then someone asked him about her in an interview on the 8th, while he was still trying to make sense of everything. It sounds like he kept the story going because at that point he didn’t know what he believed.
Adele will be performing her Oscar nominated song, “Skyfall” at the upcoming Academy Awards. This will be Adele’s first live performance since the 2012 Grammys almost a year ago. “Skyfall” is also the first Bond theme to be nominated for an Oscar since Sheena Easton “For Your Eyes Only” in 1981. The Oscars will be held on February 24th.
The sixth season of “Mad Men” will launch with a two-hour episode on Sunday, April 7th. The premiere is two hours and the creators and producer say it will lay out the coming season quite nicely.
Over 20 million people watched President Obama’s second inauguration this past Monday. Which sounds pretty good until you compare it to the ratings his FIRST inauguration got four years ago . . . when almost 38 million people watched. CNN won the ratings war, pulling in 3.1 million viewers during the half-hour of the actual swearing in. Meanwhile, MSNBC had 2.3 million, and Fox News managed 1.3 million.
If you’ve tried to get it on with Cameron Diaz and she denied you, blame Gwyneth Paltrow. Because she’s the one who put the sawhorses in front of Cameron’s love tunnel. Britain’s “Sun” tabloid claims that Cameron was having a mid-life crisis after her split from Alex Rodriguez . . . partying and throwing her naughty bits at just about any guy who’d have them. So Gwyneth stepped in. A source says, quote, “Gwyneth’s sorted out everything from finances to hooking her up with her trainer. She has also forced her to swear off sex for a year, saying men distract her focus.”
We know that Lindsay Lohan was reportedly offered over half a million dollars to appear on “Dancing with the Stars” but she turned down the offer. The reason she turned down the much needed cash is that she is scared of participating in a live show. Lindsey doesn’t have much of a track record for showing up on time or handling the pressure that comes with a live show. With two live shows a week, as well as months of daily practices, Lindsay would have to be very disciplined, and her team didn’t think should could make that major commitment to ABC. “Lindsay operates on her own schedule, and there would be no way that anyone could guarantee that she would be on time for rehearsals or the shows, and they’re live so it would be horrible if she didn’t show up!” a source told RadarOnline. “There’s just too much risk involved.”
Prince isn’t exactly thrilled with Maroon 5’s cover of his song “Kiss”. He says he generally doesn’t mind artists covering songs in concert but he doesn’t understand why anyone would RECORD a cover. ”Why do we need to hear another cover of a song someone else did? Art is about building a new foundation, not just laying something on top of what’s already there,” he said. Maroon 5’s version of “Kiss” was released on the deluxe version of their new album, “Overexposed”.
Lance Armstrong is facing another lawsuit over his doping activities. This time readers of his bestselling autobiography, “It’s Not About the Bike” have filed a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of themselves and other readers who paid money for the book believing it to be a work of non-fiction. In the book, Armstrong denies doping claims and positions himself as a legendary athlete who overcame testicular cancer to win the Tour de France. Lance currently faces multiple lawsuits by former corporate sponsors who feel they were also ripped off by Armstrong’s lies.
CBS head, Les Moonves, newsman Bob Schieffer, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” lead announcer Al Michaels, “Law & Order” creator Dick Wolf as well as actor, producer and director Ron Howard have been chosen to be inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame. Inducted posthumously will be Philo T. Farnsworth, credited with inventing all-electronic television transmission. The ceremony will take place March 11th at the Beverly Hilton. “Each of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees is incredibly deserving of this honor and is truly a legend of our industry,” said TV Academy chairman-CEO Bruce Rosenblum. “This will be a spectacular evening, rich with stories and reminiscing.”
TBS has placed a six-episode order to “Bam’s Bad Ass Game Show”, starring Bam Margera. Each half-hour episode will feature competitors who vie for $10,000 by facing off against each other in potentially dangerous and occasionally painful challenges, like answering trivia questions while dangling above a pool of trash-filled water or dropping a watermelon on a target after being shot out of a cannon. The loser of each challenge is eliminated until there’s only one contestant left standing to take home the cash prize. The show will premiere in 2014.