LOS ANGELES – Brad Pitt has donated $100,000 to fight California’s November ballot initiative that would overturn the state Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.
NEW YORK – Meet Carrie Bradshaw, in her teenage years. “Sex and the City” author Candace Bushnell is writing a pair of teen novels, “The Carrie Diaries,” that “takes readers back to Carrie Bradshaw’s formative years in high school, giving an inside look at Carrie’s friendships, romances and how she realized her dream of becoming a writer,” HarperCollins announced Wednesday.
SHAFTER, Calif. – Thomas Jane has pleaded no contest to drunken driving after he was clocked doing 120 mph in a Maserati.
LOS ANGELES – Norman Whitfield, who co-wrote a string of Motown classics including “War” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” has died. He was 67.
Beyoncé and hubby Jay-Z showed their love for the city’s foster kids Tuesday at the New Yorkers for Children Gala. Emcee Jimmy Fallon’s joke about the Lehman bankruptcy drew a few boos from the Wall Street crowd, but the $1.85 million raised was nothing to scoff at.
Former Madonna flame Chris Paciello continues to be haunted by his role in the 1993 murder of a Staten Island woman. The former mobbed-up club king has been trying to make a new start in L.A. with his Murano restaurant. Kevin Connolly, Queen Latifah, Stephon Marbury and Lukas Haas are among his celeb pals who’ve stopped by recently. But then, this week, someone had to spray-paint the word “MURDER” on the restaurant. “Perhaps this is someone’s idea of a joke,” Paciello tells us. “But vandalism is vandalism.” He did catch a break last week when the L.A. D.A. decided not to prosecute Paciello and club impressario Reza Roohi for an altercation with knife-wielding ex-con Will Wright.
Golf, charity, fashion – but for now, no album. “I’m enjoying being able to be in New York and L.A. and not seeing them from the back seat of a sports utility vehicle because I’m on my way to an interview or a show,” says the 27-year-old performer.
Singer Joan Baez, 67, will receive the Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award today at the Americana Music Association’s festival and conference in Nashville. The honor comes as Baez marks 50 years as a performer. A concert tour in support of her album, Day After Tomorrow, begins Oct. 26 in Philadelphia. Other stops: New York, Oct. 28-29; San Francisco, Nov 18-19; and Seattle, Nov. 24.
Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, Joss Stone, Avril Lavigne and My Morning Jacket are among artists featured on Hard Rock International’s SERVE3, an album to benefit World Hunger Year, a group that fights against hunger and poverty. The album ($12) will be available at Hard Rock locations, hardrock.com and iTunes.com (99 cents per track) starting Nov. 4.
Singer Amy Grant has partnered with songwriter Cristina Carlino, founder of the beauty products company called philosophy, as well as the charity Art of Grace, to record the single She Colors My Day, which will be available to buy online at Amazon.com for 99 cents starting Oct. 1. All proceeds will go to the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s women’s cancer research fund.
BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Death Magnetic, the ninth studio album from multi-platinum hard-rock band Metallica, is the best-selling album in the country this week, debuting atop the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at No. 1, making Metallica the only band in chart history to have five albums debut at No. 1.
NEW YORK, NY–(MARKET WIRE)–Sep 17, 2008 — After almost 40 years in the vault, the never before heard or seen multimedia material produced by Jimi Hendrix and the Ghetto Fighters(TM) is being readied for release and licensing through a subsidiary of the we-R-you Corporation, the technology, software and multimedia company.
Bono, Sting set for Pavarotti tribute
ROME — Italian broadcaster Mediaset said it will air a special operatic concert from the historical Jordanian city of Petra in October in order to honor the late Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti on what would have been his 73rd birthday. The concert will be prerecorded and shown in Italy on Mediaset’s Rete4 and will be shown in 40 other countries around the world.
Live DVD Explores Smashing Pumpkins Reunion
Fans will get a behind-the-scenes look at the early days of the Smashing Pumpkins reunion on the mammoth DVD “If All Goes Wrong,” due Nov. 11 via Coming Home Media.
Voegele Debuting New Song On ‘One Tree Hill’
Kate Voegele is gearing up for the release of her next single — which is not on her debut album, “Don’t Look Away.” Rather, the MySpace Records standard-bearer will premiere the Diane Warren-penned “You Can’t Break a Broken Heart” on a November episode of CW’s “One Tree Hill,” in which she has a recurring role as musician Mia, and then release the song on a deluxe edition of “Don’t Look Away” timed to the show.
Pearl Jam’s Gossard Preps Solo Effort, Shows
It’s solo work season in the Pearl Jam camp. Following the recent release of bassist Jeff Ament’s “Tone,” guitarist Stone Gossard plans to release his second solo project in the coming months. Oct. 4: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Warsaw)
Thursday, September 18
David Letterman: Seth Rogen, Fleet Foxes, dock-diving dogs (R 8/4/08)
Jay Leno: Dane Cook, Kristen Bell, Hawthorne Heights
Late Late Show: Jason Segel, Steve Hofstetter
Conan O’Brien: Willie Nelson, Southside Johnny with La Bamba’s Big Band
Last Call: Meghan McCain, Aushua
Daily Show: Tony Blair
Colbert Report: Bernard-Henri Levy
Jimmy Kimmel: Ricky Gervais, Carla Gugino, Good Charlotte
The View: Jason Biggs, Dave Stewart
Regis and Kelly: Dana Delany, Dwayne Wade
Ellen DeGeneres: Benjamin Bratt, Nelly with Akon and Ashanti
Tavis Smiley: 1,000th Episode
Chelsea Lately: Daphne Zuniga, Jason Sklar, Randy Sklar, Michael Yo
George Stroumboulopoulos: Russell Peters, Stephane Dion
Bonnie Hunt: Teri Garr, Cesar Millan, the winner of “Big Brother 10″, Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones
Friday, September 19
David Letterman: Robin Williams, Shannen Doherty, Duffy (R 9/4/08)
Jay Leno: Brooke Shields, Dolly Parton
Late Late Show: Kristen Bell, Josh Radnor
Conan O’Brien: Ice-T, Dwayne Wade, Shane Mauss
Last Call: TBA
Jimmy Kimmel: Danny Devito, Michelle Monaghan, Cold War Kids
The View: Josh Lucas, David Schwimmer, Leighton Meester
Regis and Kelly: Michael Chiklis, Kristy Lee Cook, guest co-host Kyle MacLachlan
Ellen DeGeneres: Neil Patrick Harris, Betty White, 7-year-old boxer Wayne Lawrence
Tavis Smiley: Neil LaBute, Joseph Stiglitz
Chelsea Lately: Bill Engvall, Brody Stevens, Kim Coles, Heather McDonald
George Stroumboulopoulos: Tim Robbins, Ricky Gervais (R 9/15/08)
Bonnie Hunt: Alyson Hannigan, 11-year-old skateboard designer Jacob Brockhoff, Richard King, Elmo
Saturday, September 20
Saturday Night Live JAMES FRANCO /KINGS OF LEON All New
— Chriss Coats