Gossip boy Chace Crawford and Julia Roberts’ niece Emma are two of the stars rounding out director Joel Schumacher’s return to independent film, “Twelve,” the teenage drama that will close out the Sundance Film Festival this week.
In the movie, based on the bestselling novel by wunderkind author Nick McDonell, Crawford plays a high school dropout who starts dealing drugs after his mother dies of cancer. Unlike his pretty-boy alter-ego on the CW network, Crawford's character in this film is the outsider looking in on the Upper East Side teenage debauchery. “Twelve” could be retitled, “Gossip Girl: Raw.” FULL POST
Maybe NBC Universal Television Entertainment Chairman Jeff Gaspin didn’t get the memo about how NBC was spinning the creation of "The Jay Leno Show."
According to the Los Angeles Times, Gaspin told reporters at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference that the decision to create “The Jay Leno Show” wasn’t wholly financial, as NBC President and CEO Jeff Zucker has previously stated. (By creating a talk show five nights a week, NBC didn’t have to shell out for pricier hour-long dramas.)
“The primary focus,” Gaspin said, was to keep Leno from going to ABC. FULL POST
Who knows how long it’s been since Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan have reached out to one another, but in light of the tragedy that has struck Kerrigan’s family, Harding told her former rival in a statement that she understands how she feels.
“Tonya extends her deepest sympathy and condolences to Nancy and her family,” Harding’s representative, Linda Lewis, told CNN.
“Tonya's beloved dad, Al Harding, passed away this past April, so she understands the grief Nancy and her family are experiencing at this difficult time,” Lewis said. FULL POST
Former Milli Vanilli singer Fabrice Morvan is probably the last person you'd expect to criticize the "authenticity" of today's music.
“It’s not about being authentic anymore, it’s about being entertaining,” he told USA Today. Morvan added that he and fellow Vanilli member Rob Pilatus were "scapegoats" in the whole lip-syncing controversy.
Back in 1990, after winning the Grammy award for best new artist, the group and then producer Frank Farian admitted that the pair weren't actually singing on their Grammy-winning album, which caused The Recording Academy to strip them of the honor. FULL POST
The studio behind the record-breaking box office hit “Avatar” attributes the film’s enormous success to moviegoers embracing director James Cameron’s message of respect for life and a hope for a peaceful planet.
“Its success results from the efforts of literally thousands of people, who over the course of several years worked to bring James Cameron’s vision of Pandora to life. The themes of protecting the environment, respecting life, and yearning for a peaceful planet have united moviegoers worldwide,” said 20th Century Fox spokesperson Natalie Johnson in a statement.
“Avatar” is now the highest-grossing movie of all time. James Cameron’s 3-D epic adventure eclipsed worldwide box office sales of the previous top-selling flick, Cameron's “Titanic,” on Monday, making $1.859 billion at the box office compared to “Titanic’s” $1.843 billion. The difference between the two? A mere $16 million. And “Avatar” will only continue to bring in cash. The film has only been in theaters for 6 weeks. FULL POST
The "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon had more than 83 million people glued to TVs on Friday, as more than 100 celebrities banded together to raise money for Haitian relief.
The global telethon aired commercial free on more than 25 networks and was also streamed live online, making it the most widely distributed telethon in history. So far, "Hope for Haiti Now" has raised an estimated $61 million in donations from around the world.
On Sunday, "Hope for Haiti" set a new record for donations contributed by the general public during a disaster relief telethon when it hit $57 million, and the “Hope for Haiti Now” album on iTunes had the biggest one-day pre-sale order in the history of iTunes.
If you somehow missed the telethon – perhaps you were watching one of the few networks that didn't air it – and you still want to give, head to hopeforhaitinow.org to donate.
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