September 17th, 2009
11:27 AM ET

Kanye's companion ambushed by press

I covered US Weekly's annual event honoring the 25 most stylish New Yorkers here in Manhattan last night. The magazine honored recording artist Alicia Keys, designer Vera Wang, domestic maven Martha Stewart, models Elle MacPherson and Christie Brinkley and the Real Housewives of New York along with others.

Kayne West

The red carpet was tiny, more like a remnant than a carpet. But plenty of television crews crammed into the less than adequate space allotted to capture footage of the attendees. It was an overcrowded mess at times and especially when one particular honoree, Amber Rose, arrived.

Rose is the woman who has been seen on the arm of Kanye West in recent months. She accompanied West to the MTV Video Music Awards. There they walked the arrival line that evening without speaking to the press - as West carried a bottle of alcohol in one hand.

Last night, the moment Rose, with her signature blonde crew cut appeared out of the darkness the still photographers began their usual screaming match. She obliged for a time posing for photos, and then she tried to make her way down the less than sprawling carpet. Some of the journalists yelled: "How's Kanye? How's Kanye?"

A reporter from another network managed to get close to Rose. He asked her what designer she was wearing, she replied inaudibly, smiled and as the shouts became nearly deafening she managed to quickly make her escape down the carpet and past the press with the help of publicists. Then she was gone. Unscathed.

Do you think Amber Rose should have answered questions about Kanye West's behavior?

September 17th, 2009
11:16 AM ET

Burt Reynolds checks into rehab!

This just in to the "Showbiz Tonight" newsroom– actor Burt Reynolds has checked into rehab! Reynolds' manager, Erik Kritzer just released this statement to "Showbiz Tonight".

"After a recent back surgery, Mr. Reynolds felt like he was going through hell and after a while, realized he was a prisoner of prescription pain pills.  He checked himself into rehab in order to regain control of his life.  Mr. Reynolds hopes his story will help others in a similar situation. He hopes they will not try to solve the problem by themselves, but realize that sometimes it is too tough to do on their own and they should seek help, as he did."  

Reynolds is best known for his performances in the "Smokey and the Bandit" films, his Academy Award nominated role in "Boogie Nights" and for dating a string of Hollywood's leading ladies including Sally Field and his former wife Loni Anderson.

September 17th, 2009
10:58 AM ET

Your pop culture cheat sheet

Here's what's going on in the world of entertainment today:

  • "The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown's latest release "The Lost Symbol," broke a first-day sales record, according to EW.com. It sold more than one million copies in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., while Barnes & Noble says it broke a record for adult fiction.
  • Spike Lee and Robert DeNiro have a new drama series in the works for Showtime, says The Hollywood Reporter. "Alphaville" will focus on New York's Alphabet City district in the 1980s.
  • Newsday reports that David Letterman will have back-to-back presidents on his "Late Show" next week. President Obama is scheduled to appear on Monday, followed by former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday.
  • "Huffington Post" founder Arianna Huffington is working on a sitcom idea which sounds eerily like "Three's Company" (in Washington). Variety reports that Huffington is working on "Freshmen" with "Friends" writer Greg Malins, about three new members of Congress living in the same apartment.
  • Jenna Elfman's new sitcom premiering next week, "Accidentally on Purpose" revolves around her character's unexpected pregnancy. Well, it looks like she won't have much of a problem acting that part, as she just announced that she has a second child on the way, according to People. She told CBS' "The Early Show," "My character's pregnant the whole first season, so I said, 'It's a good time to have another baby, because we won't have to hide it.' "
  • The recent reissues of 14 classic Beatles albums sold a grand total of 626,000 units their first week, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Five of them were in the 10 best-sellers for the week.
September 17th, 2009
08:11 AM ET

'Dance' brings the heat in Phoenix

In the second week of auditions for "So You Think you Can Dance," there were definitely some major talents worth following through to Las Vegas. But Phoenix, Arizona, also provided more than its share of unique (read: strange) characters.

Arizona auditions

First were Demetrio "Biggie" Brogas and Brandon "Shorty" Smallwood. This duo's enthusiasm (and 19-hour drive to get to Phoenix) was definitely worth some points, but let's just say that technique was not their strong point. "Biggie" didn't last long in choreography, sadly, and soon afterward the judges thanked "Shorty" for coming out as well.

Jonathan Noronha didn't make it quite that far, but his routine involving a spelling of the word "disco" (with judge Mary Murphy's head as the "o") came right out of season five alum Tony Bellissimo's book... and I wasn't a fan of it then either.

By the time the judges got to the second day of auditions, the judges had seen one too many bizarre auditions. When Kelsey White answered executive producer Nigel Lythgoe's question, "Have you ever been abducted by aliens?" with "Once," he had had enough and walked backstage, leaving Mary and judge/choreographer Mia Michaels alone.

If not for a certain "B-boy" to be named later, the entire episode would have belonged to Jarvis Johnson, whom host Cat Deeley described as a "ball of energy." Unfortunately, Jarvis suffered an asthma attack during choreography, and Cat, ever the concerned host, tried tending to him when the paramedics arrived. Thankfully Jarvis went home none the worse for wear, and something tells me we haven't seen the last of him.

Yet Phoenix saved the best for last. "B-boy" Jonathan "Legacy" Perez was absolutely phenomenal. The way he walked on the floor wit his hands alone... for what had to be 10 or 15 seconds... wow. From what we've seen so far, he's at least got the potential of season three's trio of Dominic, Hok and Sara.

Now it's your turn. Did "Legacy" impress you as well? Who else would you like to see in the top 20? And would you like to see Jarvis audition again next year, or is once more than enough?

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