September 25th, 2009
03:23 PM ET

The Black Eyed Peas mile high club

It sounds salacious, doesn't it?

The Black Eyed Peas are going to try and break a couple of world records: highest live performance and highest recorded track. Don't let the "high" part fool you either, it doesn't refer to illicit substances, merely distance from the earth's surface.

If you want to be a part of this record breaking attempt you can actually bid on packages to join the band. They're auctioning them off on eBay www.ebay.com/blackeyedpeas . The auction starts Saturday (9/26) and runs through October 3rd.  Winning bidders and guests will fly from Los Angeles to Australia (hotel and transfers included). The Peas record breaking attempt will happen October 9th on a flight from Melbourne to Perth.  The money raised from the auction will go towards supporting children's health initiatives through the University of Western Australia.

September 25th, 2009
12:48 PM ET

Your pop culture cheat sheet

Here's what's happening in the world of entertainment today:

Stars of two TV dramas are saying good-bye: Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe, and Eric Bogosian are all leaving "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jeff Goldblum, who joined the show last season, will be the show's new lead detective. D'Onofrio and Erbe were original cast members.

Jennifer Morrison

Meanwhile, EW.com reported yesterday that Jennifer Morrison is leaving "House" after being on the show from the beginning. Executive producer Katie Jacobs spoke to TV Guide, who would only describe it as a leave of absence, so we may not have seen the last of her character, Cameron.

Uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer's latest TV project is a pilot for ABC called "Hopscotch," a police drama, Variety reports.

ABC's attempt at building up a new Wednesday night comedy block appears to have succeeded thus far. Ratings for the premieres of "Modern Family" and "Cougar Town" were impressive, according to Variety.

In theaters today: sci-fi thriller "Surrogates," starring Bruce Willis; the remake of "Fame;" "Pandorum," with Dennis Quaid; and Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" (New York and Los Angeles only for now).

September 25th, 2009
11:49 AM ET

Finding the good ... everywhere!

Look what you've started!  Not only has your response to our little "TMZ antidote" been overwhelming (and heartwarming), but suddenly do-gooding celebs are coming out of the woodwork!

Thursday, the Clinton Global Initiative honored Brad Pitt for helping to rebuild hurricane-ravaged New Orleans.  So far, Pitt's "Make It Right" project has completed 13 eco-friendly single-family houses in the city's Ninth Ward, all with such features as "green roofs" which dramatically reduce heating and cooling costs.  Pitt says the project's goal is to build 150 such houses.

Meanwhile, the Hollywood trade paper Variety hosted a "Power of Women" luncheon in Beverly Hills, and I don't know whether it was a coincidence, or they were just sucking up to you Find The Good readers, but it seemed everyone wanted to discuss their charitable work:

  • Christina Aguilera was honored for her role in the World Hunger Relief program.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis talked about her involvement with Starlight Starbright, which she says helped her young son when he landed in the hospital with a ruptured spleen a few years back.
  • "Mad Men" star and shark lover January Jones told us about her work to save the world's oceans with Oceana.
  • One of my favorite actresses, Maria Bello, discussed being an active member of the Save Darfur Coalition.
  • And perhaps most apropos to this blog, Anne Hathaway is one of many celebs working with Service Nation, which is trying to "inspire a new era of voluntary citizen service."

Because reading about all of these worthy causes is great, but at some point, you do want to get involved, right?

September 25th, 2009
01:35 AM ET

What you talkin' 'bout, Bruce Willis?

I get the feeling that Bruce Willis has hit a mental wall. After so many years in the business, the man has simply run out of patience when it comes to promoting his movies. And I totally get it. Being asked the same questions over and over again must make you a little loopy. But to paraphrase the famous line in “The Godfather II,” “This is the life you have chosen.”

Before heading out to cover the Hollywood premiere of his latest effort, the sci-fi flick, “Surrogates,” I had heard that a few producers and reporters had left in tears after talking to him at the press junket for the film. He was apparently super cranky and squeezing a stress ball repeatedly through the interviews.

Here's an interview Willis did with CNN's JD Cargill:

So I was expecting Russell Crowe-ian levels of testiness. When the moment came though, it was clear his approach this time was: keep grinning, keep walking briskly through the line of reporters, and throw out a few odd thoughts. Here’s our exchange, in its entirety.

Willis: (walking away from the Associated Press reporter on the line before us) “Is this the real AP?” (referring to his microphone insignia) “This looks like it just got glued on someone else’s. Doesn't it? Can we get a shot of this?? You peel it off it says WJ-whatever. ‘I'm from KLOS.’ Last question? (walks away before poor guy can answer) (to CNN)  “That's the brightest light I've seen. Like staring into the sun. Let's go over here, it wasn't that bright over here.”

CNN: “When I think of great sci-fi films with big ideas I think of  Blade Runner and  12 Monkeys.”

Willis: “Yeah, me too.”

CNN: “What’s the big thought provoking idea swirling around this one?”

Willis: “Well, that we should blow the whole world up and start over again, really. And don't you think that's a good idea right now? And while we're talking about it, (to AP guy again) you might want to hold up the mic for this one, while we're talking about it…

CNN: (thinking to myself, “Why do I get the feeling he’s about to go off on a political rant like some feisty, opinionated uncle at Thanksgiving dinner?”)

Willis: “…can someone, any politician, working in Washington today tell any of us American citizens, the taxpayers, over 200 million people, what happened to the 780 billion dollars, because we don't think we're going to get any of it. We now return you to 'Surrogates' already in progress.”

CNN: “This film was based on a graphic novel, what was it about this story that made you want to be involved?”

Willis: “Sex, sex, sex, ‘course they don't have any of that in this film, it’s rated PG-13.”

CNN: “ I know like most of us, you’re a big movie buff, a movie lover. We’re doing a piece on the 70th Anniversary of the Wizard of Oz. Do you have a favorite scene?

Willis: “Yes, many of them”

CNN: “Any one in particular?”

Willis: “I like it when they find the Tin Man, give him a little bit of oil. That's how I feel right now.” (walks away)

Then Willis posed for pics with the producers of the film and after a short while returns to the line to talk to Fox News and Canal Plus from France.

Reporter: What was it about the script that made you want to be involved with this film?

Willis: “This was a very weird script, very strange. It actually holds the premise that we should all get together and blow the place up and start over. And it’s never been a more popular idea. Just clear out all the politicians and bankers and start over. Right now I think it's like the fall of Rome. Like three years from now after all the bees are dead, you've heard that story, there's a movie coming out about it. You know what it's called? (pregnant pause) ‘The Bees.’ (walks off to laughter of reporters)

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