Month: August 2010

ABC Announces the Celebrity and Professional Pairings for Season 11 of ‘Dancing with the Stars‘

The Season 11 star-studded cast and their professional partners get ready to break in their dancing shoes on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” for the long awaited two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
In alphabetical order, and with their professional partners, the 12 stars making their dancing debut are:
·       MICHAEL BOLTON, Grammy ® Award-winning singer, teams up with CHELSIE HIGHTOWER, who returns for her fourth season.
·       BRANDY, actress and singer, joins MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY, who is back for his ninth season.
·       MARGARET CHO, comedienne and actress, partners with LOUIS VAN AMSTEL, who returns for his seventh season.
·       RICK FOX, former NBA champion, teams up with two-time champ CHERYL BURKE, who is back for her tenth season.
·       JENNIFER GREY, beloved film and television actress, joins two-time mirror ball champion DEREK HOUGH for his seventh season.
·       DAVID HASSELHOFF, international superstar, teams up with Season 9 champion KYM JOHNSON, who returns to “Dancing with the Stars” for her eighth season.
·       FLORENCE HENDERSON, America’s favorite mom, joins CORKY BALLAS for his second season on the show.
·       KYLE MASSEY, television teen star, partners up with LACEY SCHWIMMER, who is back for her third season.
·       BRISTOL PALIN, teen advocate and Alaska’s first daughter, teams up with two-time champ MARK BALLAS, who returns for his seventh season.
·       AUDRINA PATRIDGE, MTV reality star, joins TONY DOVOLANI, who is back for his tenth season.
·       MICHAEL “THE SITUATION” SORRENTINO, Jersey Shore ab-man, teams up with KARINA SMIRNOFF, who returns for her eighth season of “Dancing with the Stars.”

·       KURT WARNER, former pro-NFL quarterback, joins ANNA TREBUNSKAYA, who returns for her sixth season.
All 12 teams will showcase their fancy footwork for the first time on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). The first elimination will take place in week one with a two-hour show, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show.” Music legend Santana and rock band Daughtry are set to perform.
Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke (“Dancing with the Stars” Season 7 champion), the celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.
Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday night during and up to 30 minutes after the “Dancing with the Stars” performance shows. AT&T customers may also text message their votes by texting the word “VOTE” and entering the number that corresponds to the team they want to support (message and data rates may apply). Viewers may also vote online at starting from the opening of each episode on the East Coast.
“Dancing with the Stars” is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, “Strictly Come Dancing.” This version is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Rob Wade is co-executive producer. Alex Rudzinski directs. “Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.


George Clooney in Bed With Modern Family

We knew that George Clooney was planning to show at the Emmys to receive his humanitarian award, but it came as a total surprise when he popped up with the gang from Modern Family! In a cute video with the cast, Clooney romances Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, and both Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet.

I Love You Phillip Morris" gets December 3 Release

Jim Carrey’s much awaited “I Love You Phillip Morris” has finally got a new U.S. distributor and the movie has been set for a December 3 release date. Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment have acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to “I Love You Phillip Morris”.

The movies original distributor, Consolidated Pictures Group, missed the original February 12 release date, and two other slots–March 26 and April 30–were also scratched. After that it was planned to be released on July 30, but Besson and producers Andrew Lazar and Far Shariat had seen enough and searched for a new distributor.

The new release can be good, just in time for Oscars.


A Traveling, High-Tech Theater Showcasing a Totally New Way of Experiencing New York Laucnhes September 16 From New York Marriot in Times Square

Following the unveiling of the first of its fleet of custom-built $1.3 million vehicles in Times Square today, tickets are now on sale for THE RIDE, a spectacular new immersive and interactive entertainment experience that moves guests through midtown Manhattan, as an ever-changing show featuring actors, performers, and everyday citizens unfolds on the streets before them.
THE RIDE features vehicles so extensively equipped with advanced technology and other amenities that they had to be super-sized: they’re the largest allowed by law on the streets of New York and guaranteed to turn heads. Performers aboard THE RIDE – and posted along its 4.2-mile route – hail from the world of stand-up and improvisational comedy, ensuring a uniquely hilarious experience every trip, as they comment on New  York’s history, iconic sites, and street life. Some of the fun for riders is figuring out what’s part of the show and what’s everyday life in New York City, as THE RIDE provides a wry, satirical and loving look at the city in all its glory.
Created by Brooklyn-based director and entertainment entrepreneur Michael Counts, THE RIDE features a script by award-winning comedy-writer and producer John Bobey, who also serves as director, and veteran comedy-writers Kim Gamble and Jack Helmuth.  Each of THE RIDE’s vehicles is specially designed with more than 3,000 LED lights, 40 video screens, an IMAX Theater’s worth of audio equipment, cutting-edge wireless and directional speakers to connect with sidewalk performers and “floor-shaker” sound system technology that emulates everything from passing subway to a thumping nightclub.  Three rows of stadium-style seating – facing the vehicle’s floor-to-ceiling side windows – orient riders to view the streets of Manhattan as if they were the biggest, most elaborate sets in the world.

Paris Hilton To Face Felony Drug Charge – Report

Paris Hilton will be charged with felony possession of a controlled subst ance following her Friday night (27Aug10) arrest on suspicious of cocaine possession, according to legal documents obtained by
The socialite and her boyfriend Cy Waits were driving along the Las Veg as strip when their car was pulled over by cops.
Waits was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and Hilt on was booked for alleged felony drug possession after a police officer f ound a suspicious-looking white powder in her purse.
Hilton was checked into the Clark County Detention Center, but was free d in less than three hours.
According to a police report released on Monday (30Aug10) by, .
8 grams of cocaine were allegedly found in Hilton’s bag.
The website claims the hotel heiress will be officially charged by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office on Monday.
According to Nevada law, Hilton could face up a $5,000  fine and up to four years in prison if convicted.

Ozzy Osbourne Tells Of Flight Tragedy

Rock wildman Ozzy Osbourne once had a nasty shock on a trip to the U.S. – a passenger sitting next to him on the plane died after suffering a seve re allergic reaction to his in-flight peanuts.
The former Black Sabbath frontman was travelling to the States when a fellow flier began struggling for breath as he munched on his snack.
The rocker was stunned when he realised the man had died – and he was faced with explaining the tragedy to shocked flight attendants.
In his column for Britain’s Sunday Times Magazine, Osbourne writes, “I was on a plane once to America and the bloke next to me began making funny noises while eating his nuts. Next thing, I was sitting next to a corpse.
“The worst thing was having to press the buzzer to call for a flight at tendant, then explain why a bloke who’d been alive a few minutes earlier was suddenly face-down on his tray table. In the end they put a blanket over him and moved me to a seat in first class with champagne.”

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Glee’ Cast Kicks Off Emmys With Rocking Opening Number

The cast of hit show Glee kicked off the 2010 Primetime Emmy wards with a rocking opening number on Sunday night (29Aug10) – teaming up with TV s tars TINA FEY, BETTY WHITE and host JIMMY FALLON for a star-studded song and dance routine.
The Glee cast started the night poised to be the toast of the 62nd Annu al Primetime Emmy Awards, after landing a massive 19 nominations, includi ng bids for Best Comedy Series and nominations for cast members Matthew M orrison, Lea Michele, Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer.
And the show’s leading stars joined Fallon to kick off the evening with a musical sketch, based on the idea of raising money for the cast to aff ord tickets to the show.
Along the way, Betty White surfaced as a dance instructor, while 30 Rock‘s Fey joined the performance as the group took to the stage for a rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run, which featured Fallon on guitar and American Idol judge Randy Jackson on bass.
Mad Men star Jon Hamm and Betty White handed out the night’s first awar d, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, to Eric Stonestreet for Modern Family.
And the actor used his time on stage to pay tribute to his co-stars and encourage young hopefuls to follow their dreams.
Stonestreet said, “All I wanted to be was a clown in the circus when I was a kid growing up, from the age that I can remember. And to be in this industry and working with such incredible people. A lot of people say do n’t pursue this as a career because it’s difficult, and it is. But I’m mo st proud of all the people I’ve met in this business, our crews, and the people I get to go to work with and act with every day. I get to work wit h Ed O’Neill everyday. I get to work with Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferg uson and Julie Bowen, it’s incredible.”

‘Dancing With The Stars’ Official Dancers List To Make Its Way On Aug 30 ‘Bachelor Pad’

For the last few weeks many speculations were made on who will be the ones that will finally dance this season and show-off their skills on the stage at the ‘Dancing with the Stars’. Finally all rumours, assumptions will be put to rest on August 30 at the reality show ‘Bachelor Pad’. On Monday night the official list of the stars who will grace this season’s dancing reality show will be announced.

Any reality show wants to increase its viewership and Dancing with the Stars is no different. So almost all major names of one time celebs or starlets have been mentioned in this season’s list, it ranged from Paris Hilton to Mel Gibson’s ex-wife Robyn Gibson.

Even Kirstie Alley was mentioned but she tweeted that she is “too chicken” to put on her dancing shoes and be on the display. ‘People’ has said that they have the list of this year’s contestants. The names included were David Hasselholf, Audrina Patridge, Bristol Palin, Brandy, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Michael Bolton. Recently it went on to add the names like Jennifer Grey of ‘Dirty Dancing’ fame, Kurt Wagner and Troy Aikman and even Lindsay Lohan.

Troy made a slip-up last week in front of the paparazzi by saying he wishes to joint the team of ‘DWTS’ this season. Some wish lists were also played around with.

But it will be tonight all the wish list and the alleged rumoured names will be addressed for this season. So stay tuned at 8 pm on ABC to know the official list of the dancers of ‘DWTS’. It will go on air from September 20 at 8 pm on ABC

John Lennon’s Lavatory Sells For $14,000 In Auction

A toilet which once belonged to late Beatles legend John Lennon has sold for over $14,000 ( at an auction on Saturday (28Aug10).
The blue and white porcelain bowl was once installed at Tittenhurst Par k, Lennon’s luxury mansion in Berkshire, England, where he lived until mo ving to New York with Yoko Ono in 1971.
Organisers at the auction in Liverpool, England were stunned by the hig h price of $14,740 paid by the unnamed lucky winner – becau se the item was only expected to fetch up to $1,500.
Anne-Marie Trace, who works at the Beatles Shop which organised the sal e, tells Reuters, “I think it’s the most unusual item we’ve ever had in o ur auction.” Other lots that went under the hammer included a mono copy of Lennon an d Ono’s Two Virgins album and a black-and-white photo of Sir Paul McCartn ey outside his home in Liverpool when he was aged 21.

Series Premiere Photos of Hellcats

The CW is giving fans a new cheerleading based drama with Hellcats, which makes its debut on September 8 at 9pm. Set within the Southern campus of Lancer University amid a powerful college football program, Hellcats will take viewers deep into the world of cheerleading to show how life can be for the girls and guys connected to The Hellcats squad.

Ahead of the series premiere of Hellcats, The CW released new photos of the debut episode, “A World Full of Strangers”.

Hellcats is a coming-of-age story about Marti Perkins, a young, pre-law student at Lancer University in Memphis, Tennessee. Marti is cool, hip and alt, but her world flips upside down, literally and figuratively, when she loses her scholarship, and realizes the only way she can stay in school is by reigniting her dormant teen gymnastic skills to win a place on Lancer’s legendary cheerleading team, The Hellcats. Against her every instinct, Marti goes for it and makes the squad, and is thrust into a world of camaraderie, backstabbing and the intersection of sports, backroom academia and big money. Marti’s new roommate, Savannah Monroe, a petite, peppy Texan, is among the diverse cast of athletes, undergrads, family and friends, all set on the sprawling campus of a powerhousecollege football program in the deep South.

The series stars Aly Michalka as Marti Perkins, Ashley Tisdale as Savannah Monroe, Heather Hemmens as Alice Verdura, Robbie Jones as Lewis Flynn, Matt Barr as Dan Patch, with Sharon Leal as Vanessa Lodge and Gail O’Grady as Wanda Perkins. HELLCATS is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Tom Welling Productions, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios with executive producers Kevin Murphy (“Desperate Housewives”), Tom Welling (“Smallville”) and Allan Arkush (“Heroes,” “Crossing Jordan”). The pilot was directed by Allan Arkush.

Photos: Jack Rowand / The CW © 2010 The CW Network