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February 5, 2016

Feb 05, 2016 -- 10:30am

Earth, Wind, & Fire founder Maurice White died Wednesday at the age of 74.  He'd been suffering from Parkinson's disease.  Maurice revealed that he had Parkinson's in 2000, but he was showing symptoms back in the '80s.  He stopped touring with the band back in 1995.

At the London premiere of "Zoolander 2", Ben Stiller broke the world record for "Longest Selfie Stick".

William Shatner still wants to be in a "Star Trek" movie.  He says, quote, "I would play an old Captain Kirk, absolutely . . . Time goes on, but time bends, as well.  There's so many things you could do."

Rumor has it that Jodie Sweetin from "Fuller House" is going to do "Dancing with the Stars". 

The sketch comedy group The Lonely Island is getting a show on Fox called "Party Over Here".  It'll air on Saturday nights, but it won't conflict with "Saturday Night Live".  Remember, they got their start on "SNL", so it was important to them not to be a competitor.

Seal will play Pontius Pilate in Fox's live musical about Jesus.

At another memorial service for her husband, Celine Dion talked about having to watch sports and "The Price is Right" with him when he was sick.

Peyton Manning reportedly sent private investigators to the home of the key witness in his HGH scandal.

Kendrick Lamar got seven Grammy nominations in 2014, but didn't win anything.  In three major categories, he lost to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.  But he says he didn't mind.  He's up for 11 awards this year, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Rap Album."

Carrie Underwood’s "Storyteller" tour is her biggest ever.  The stage has seven elevator lifts and spans 150 feet across.  There's a sparks-shooting jukebox, lasers, swaying spotlights, and fireworks.   

"American Idol" has revealed its final Top 24.

"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" is out this weekend.  It's up against the Coen Brothers comedy "Hail Caesar!" and the latest in a long line of Nicholas Sparks movies, "The Choice".   

Someone created a "Simpsons" search engine that allows you to type in quotes to find the corresponding screen shots.

Weird Al Yankovic will voice the lead character in a new Disney series called "Milo Murphy's Law".

Zac Efron has been working out pretty hard to get ready for his upcoming movie "Baywatch".

X-Games BMX champ Dave Mirra is dead of an apparent suicide.  He was 41.

 

 

ON TV THIS WEEKEND

Saturday at 8:00 p.m. on ABC:  The New Hampshire "Republican Debate" at Saint Anselm College.

Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on CBS:  "SUPER BOWL 50"!!!  The Denver Broncos face the Carolina Panthers in San Francisco.  Lady Gaga will sing the National Anthem, with actress Marlee Matlin doing the sign language version.   Coldplay is doing the halftime show, with some help from Beyoncé. 

 

February 4, 2016

Feb 04, 2016 -- 10:07am

Nick Jonas may have already moved on from Kate Hudson.  There are rumors that he's dating Lily Collins.  They've been spotted together a few times.

Vin Diesel says there are two more "Fast and Furious" movies coming, in addition to the previously-announced 8th installment.  He said, quote, "2 Decades, 10 Films, 1 Saga."  They're coming out in 2017, 2019, and 2021, respectively.

Harry Styles left One Direction managers, Modest Management, and signed with Jeffery Azoff, Modest Management said in a statement. The move sparked rumors that Styles is working towards a solo career.

Christina Milian is playing the maid Magenta in Fox's remake of the "Rocky Horror Picture Show".  The show will air this fall.  Unlike "Grease", this one will not be live.

Roman Harper of the Carolina Panthers is renting out his house for the Super Bowl.  It costs $5,000 for the night, but the money's going to charity.

Police picked up a guy who was outside Taylor Swift’s house, yelling for her to come out.  Speaking of Taylor Swift, she's launching her own mobile game.

"The People v. O.J. Simpson" pulled in 5.1 million viewers.  That's a record for a series debut on FX.

Larry David hosts "Saturday Night Live" this weekend.

Elton John says he's going to phase out his career over the next few years to spend more time with his kids.

Donald Trump is now implying that Ted Cruz cheated to win the Iowa Caucus.  Meanwhile, someone nominated Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Kevin Smith’s 16-year-old daughter Harley Quinn was almost kidnapped in L.A. on Saturday, when two guys pulled up to her on the sidewalk and claimed they were her Uber drivers.  Her dad later got her a "Sorry Men Suck" cake to make it up to her.

Former One Direction stud Zayn Malik has confirmed that he's dating Gigi Hadid.

Bill Cosby was in court this week trying to get a sexual assault charge dropped.  He failed.

The 200th episode of "The Big Bang Theory" will feature Sara Gilbert and Adam “The one true Batman!” West.

Bob Elliott from the old-school radio duo Bob and Ray passed away yesterday at 92.  Bob was also the father of comedian Chris Elliott and the grandfather of former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Abby Elliott.

 

 

ON TV TONIGHT

"American Idol" at 8:00 p.m. on Fox. 

The conclusion of the two-part "Madoff" miniseries at 8:00 p.m. on ABC. 

"Lip Sync Battle" at 10:00 p.m. on Spike.  

 

February 3, 2016

Feb 03, 2016 -- 11:12am

Lady Gaga will do a musical tribute to David Bowie at the Grammys.  She will cover at least three or four of his songs.  Gaga will also sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Vin Diesel revealed the release dates for Fast and Furious’s 9th and 10th Films. The ninth film in the series will be released April 19, 2019, and the tenth film will be April 2, 2021. "Fast 8" is set for release April 14, 2017.

Rumor has it Dos Equis is retiring its "Most Interesting Man in the World" ad campaign with a Super Bowl commercial.  Supposedly, it'll show the Most Interesting Man in the World getting stranded on Mars. 

Believe it or not, a man in North Carolina has the only known copy of the first Super Bowl.  His father recorded it way back in 1967.  The guy is trying to sell it to the NFL for $1 million, which seems fair.  But they counter-offered a mere $30,000, and threatened to sue him if he sells it to anyone else. 

On Monday, Kim Kardashian asked her Twitter followers to vote on which name for Kanye West’s upcoming album they liked best:  "Swish", "Waves", or "So Help Me God".  More than 439,000 people voted.  That's more than the 356,000 who voted in Monday's Iowa caucuses.

The Kanye West / Kim Kardashian / Amber Rose / Wiz Khalifa beef has been squashed.  On Monday, Kim called Amber and invited her to a sit-down to hash things out.  And Kanye Tweeted that he and Wiz talked, and it was "all positive." 

The nominees for this year's Kids' Choice Awards are out, and there's a lot of love for "Avengers: Age of Ultron", "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", Adele, The Weeknd, and the Nickelodeon show "The Thundermans".  The Kid's Choice Awards will air on Saturday, March 12th.  Blake Shelton is hosting.

"Late Late Show" host James Corden will host this summer's Tony Awards.

Guns N' Roses have added another show to their 2016 reunion, although this one's in Mexico.

Melissa McCarthy says she wasn't invited to come back for the "Gilmore Girls" series revival on Netflix.  But the show's creator says she did contact Melissa's people, and told them that if she had time to drop by the set, she'd write a scene for her.

In "Hail, Caesar", George Clooney plays an actor starring in a movie about ancient Rome.  And his costume was authentic . . . right down to his underwear.  He says, quote, "I had 2,000-year-old underwear . . . you get a little chafing." 

The debate Donald Trump skipped was the most-watched event of the week with 12.5 million viewers, but it was also the second lowest rated Republican debate of the season.  The live version of "Grease" came in second. 

The Vatican is denying a claim that Pope Francis will make his film debut, playing himself in a movie called "Beyond the Sun".

David Beckham bought coffee and tea for a paramedic and an elderly man she was treating on a London sidewalk.

Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie are officially divorced.  She had to pay him $2.4 million.

 

 

ON TV TONIGHT

"American Idol" at 8:00 p.m. on Fox.

"Madoff" at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.  Part 1 of a two-part mini-series about investment expert Bernie Madoff.

 

February 2, 2016

Feb 02, 2016 -- 10:38am

The cops were called to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s house in the Hollywood Hills last week, when their security discovered a suspicious man on the property.  But he turned out to just be a homeless guy who needed to take a leak. 

Every year, EA Sports runs a simulated "Super Bowl" using the latest "Madden" game.  It's been right 9 of the last 12 years.  This year's simulation says the Panthers will beat the Broncos 24-to-20.

A tabloid website claims that Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler is Michael Jordan’s secret, illegitimate son.  Earlier this year he broke Michael's record by scoring 40 points . . . in one half.

Legendary pro wrestler Bret "The Hitman” Hart is battling prostate cancer.  He's 58.

Donald Trump went two-for-three in the world of music yesterday, picking up endorsements from Kid Rock and Azealia Banks, but being asked by Adele to stop using her music at campaign events.

Donald Trump was dealt his first political loss yesterday, coming in second to Ted Cruz in the Iowa caucuses.

Mike Huckabee dropped out of the Republican presidential race.

Fox is bringing back "So You Think You Can Dance", but with a twist.  They're calling it "So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation", and the contestants will be 8 to 13 years old.

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson promoted "Zoolander 2" on Sunday by being live models in the front windows of Rome's Valentino store.

So maybe Cindy Crawford isn't retiring at 50 after all. She said on Instagram, “Every year, I tell my kids I'm retiring. It's a running joke in our family. And yet every year, opportunities pop up that really excite me. While it's true that I'm eager to shift my focus a bit to concentrate on my businesses, friends and family — I'm not making any final statements.”

Guess there's no hard feelings! Kim Kardashian shared a selfie of herself and Amber Rose hanging out in the wake of the model’s x-rated feud with Kanye West.

The Oscars added announced more presenters – Kerry Washington, Quincy Jones, and Olivia Munn.

CBS has ordered a pilot for a movie based on the 2001 movie "Training Day".  The series will take place 15 years after the Ethan Hawke/Denzel Washington movie left off, but it'll be a "re-imagining" of the plot.

"Transformers 5" starts filming in May.

"Grease Live!" did big numbers for Fox.  12.2 million people tuned in. 

Stephen Colbert has added Megyn Kelly to his post-Super Bowl "Late Show".  And James Corden will do "Carpool Karaoke" with Elton John on the "Late Late Show".

Ashley Salter from "The Bachelor" is pregnant.  So is fellow "Bachelor" alum Erica Rose.

 

 

ON TV TONIGHT

"Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2016" at 8:00 p.m. on CBS. 

The premiere of "American Crime Story:  The People vs. O.J. Simpson" at 10:00 p.m. on FX.  

 

February 1, 2016

Feb 01, 2016 -- 10:20am

"Grease: Live" aired last night on FOX.  It starred Julianne Hough as Sandy and Aaron Tveit as Danny. Vanessa Hudgens played Rizzo on "Grease Live" last night, but it couldn't have been easy.  Her father Greg died of cancer the night before.  Earlier yesterday, she Tweeted, quote, "Tonight, I do the show in his honor."

Cindy Crawford turns 50 on the 20th of this month, and she's going to retire from modeling.  She says, quote, "What else do I need to do? . . . I shouldn't have to keep proving myself.  I don't want to."

Tom Hanks is once again America's favorite actor, according to the annual Harris Poll.  It's his fifth time topping the poll.  He's followed by Johnny Depp, Denzel Washington, John Wayne, and Harrison Ford.

David Bowie died with around $100 million to his name, and according to court documents, his wife Iman will inherit half, and the rest will be split between his two children.  Also, his dying wish was to have his remains cremated and scattered in Bali.

Someone spray-painted a Swastika on Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Michael Phelps has been training for the Olympics at Arizona State University.  So the other night he went to their basketball game against Oregon State, and distracted an Oregon free throw shooter by wearing all his gold medals . . . and a Speedo.  It worked.

The grounds crew for the Super Bowl accidentally painted the Denver Broncos' logo on both end zones.  When someone caught the mistake, they erased one of them, and painted the Carolina Panthers' logo over top. 

The SAG Awards were live on Saturday night from Los Angeles.  Brie Larson and Leonardo DiCaprio won for best actress and best actor, and Idris Elba won twice.

Signe Anderson, the original female singer for Jefferson Airplane, died on the same day as guitarist Paul Kantner. 

Black Sabbath had to cancel two Canadian dates because Ozzy Osbourne is reportedly suffering from sinusitis.

Val Chmerkovskiy is being sued for $6 million for reposting a meme that makes fun of a girl with Down's Syndrome.

Netflix's is moving along with their four-part "Gilmore Girls" revival.

More than 48,000 people have signed a petition asking that Snoop Dogg narrate a whole season of the nature documentary "Planet Earth".  It was inspired by a bit he did for "Jimmy Kimmel Live", and Snoop IS up for it.

"Kung Fu Panda" won the box office with ease, taking in $41 million.  "The Finest Hours" came fourth, with $10.3 million.  And "Fifty Shades of Black", the new Marlon Wayans parody, opened in 9th place with $6.2 million.

 

 

ON TV TONIGHT

"The Bachelor" at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.

"The X-Files" at 8:00 p.m. on Fox.  This is the halfway mark of its six-episode run.

 

January 29, 2016

Jan 29, 2016 -- 10:07am

The seventh Republican presidential debate was in Iowa last night, and Donald Trump sat it out because of his beef with Fox News and Megyn Kelly. Instead, Donald Trump was at an event for Veterans.

On Wednesday, Justin Bieber and his posse were bar-hopping when they saw an old woman in the street shouting, so they helped her out.  Justin walked her over to a bench on the sidewalk while his friends called the cops.

The cast for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s season of "Celebrity Apprentice" will include Laila Ali, Boy George, Jon Lovitz, Vince Neil, Snooki, former NFL running back Ricky Williams, and Carnie Wilson. 

Sting is headlining the NBA All-Star halftime show on February 14th. 

Coldplay announced some U.S. dates for this summer.

“Grease: Live!” will air on Fox on Sunday January 31, 2016. Some of the stars include Aaron Tveit, Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens, Keke Palmer, and Carley Rae Jepsen.

The Oscars have announced the first batch of presenters and performers for this year's ceremony, and it's more diverse than the acting nominees.  The list includes Benicio Del Toro, Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Hart, The Weeknd, and Pharrell Williams.

Richard Pryor kicked off the 1977 Oscars by making fun of Hollywood's lack of diversity. Eddie Murphy did something similar at the 1988 Oscars. 

Caitlyn Jenner settled the wrongful death lawsuit against her from that fatal car accident.  TMZ says the two stepchildren of the deceased didn't get much.

Stephen Colber’s guests for his post-Super Bowl "Late Show" will be Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, and Key & Peele.

The Lakers are going to honor Shaquille O’Neal with an awesome statue.

Jennifer Aniston will star in "The Fixer", the real life story of Denise White, a former Miss USA contestant who founded a major sports management firm.

A makeup artist for Taryn Manning from "Orange Is the New Black" filed for a restraining order, claiming Taryn beats her up.  She allegedly headbutted her in the face, sprayed Windex in her eyes and mouth, put her in a headlock, and whipped her with a wet towel. 

Paul Kantner from both Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship has died at the age of 74. He suffered a heart attack earlier in the week, and his body wasn't able to recover.  He also had a heart attack last year.

Kim Basinger has joined the cast of "Fifty Shades Darker".  She'll play Christian Grey's ex.

 

 

ON TV THIS WEEKEND

Saturday at 8:00 p.m. on TBS and TNT:  "The Screen Actors Guild Awards". 

Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN:  "The 2016 NFL Pro Bowl".  The roster includes Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Adrian Peterson, and more.

 

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