SEATTLE – TV viewers can return to their favorite programs without fear of seeing Bill Gates shaking his tushie now that Microsoft Corp. has retired a bizarre two-week-old ad campaign featuring the software giant’s chairman with comedian Jerry Seinfeld.
LOS ANGELES – Britney Spears’ trial for driving without a valid California license is all set for next month – and the attorney representing her in the criminal matter isn’t happy about it.
MUMBAI, India – Jon Bon Jovi and Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan will perform at this year’s Live Earth concert, when the music extravaganza aimed at raising awareness of climate change heads to India.
Gary Coleman sued over Utah bowling alley ruckus
PROVO, Utah – Gary Coleman has been sued by a man who claims the actor punched him and ran into him with his truck in a Payson bowling alley parking lot, causing knee, back and neck injuries.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Barack Obama has the Dead on his side again. A Pennsylvania spokeswoman for the campaign says the trio will be joined by a fourth surviving member, Bill Kreutzmann, at the Oct. 13 show in State College. Other rockers expected to attend include members of the Allman Brothers Band.
WACO, Texas – A McLennan County grand jury has indicted country singer Billy Joe Shaver on felony charges for his alleged role in an April 2007 shooting at a Lorena bar.
SOMERVILLE, Mass. – Farm Aid founder Willie Nelson says the organization will give $30,000 to groups that help family farmers in areas of Texas and Louisiana hit hardest by Hurricanes Ike and Gustav.
NEW YORK – Hilary Swank is recovering after a hospital procedure to remove a small, benign growth, a representative for the Oscar-winning actress said Thursday.
Joan Prather – Janet McArthur Bradford on “Eight Is Enough” – was arrested on felony hit-and-run charges over the weekend, after she allegedly dragged an L.A. County Sheriff’s deputy down PCH with her car. The deputy attempted to stop Joan after she drove past barricades and road cones during the Malibu Triathlon. According to the Malibu Surfside News, when Raines extended his arm — motioning for Joan to stop — his watch became entangled in her car. She didn’t stop and Michael had to run alongside the car for 20 feet until other deputies intervened. The cop was treated at a local hospital for a sprained arm. Joan was booked on a felony hit-and-run and released on $50,000 bail. A rep for Prather was not available for comment.
Linda and Hulk Hogan have been battling over a Vegas condo she wants and he doesn’t. Now, they both lose. Before Linda filed for divorce, they plunked down $840,000 as a downpayment on a $4.2 million condo. When she filed, Hulk wanted out of the deal but Linda wanted to seal it. The divorce judge sided with Hulk, but we’re told the seller will only return around $200,000. The rest is being kept as a penalty for not closing — it’s called liquidated damages. We’re not sure if the Hogans will fight to get some of the forfeited money back. We’re hearing Linda and Hulk each wants the other to absorb any loss. Bottom line — the lawyer’s, as always, are gonna win.
The ugly divorce battle that painted Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez as a serial adulterer and “brainwashed” beau of pop icon Madonna is over. Rodriguez and his wife, Cynthia, announced Thursday night they have peacefully settled their multimillion-dollar divorce case.
Gwyneth Paltrow kicked her post-partum depression with the help of exercise – and Madonna. The actress appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” Wednesday, along with a clip of her sweating her way through weight lifting, band pulling and butt-toning leg lifts. Paltrow, 35, told the talk show host that she was surprised to suffer from depression after the birth of her of second child, Moses, now 2, since there wasn’t a problem after her first child was born.
Keanu Reeves and girlfriend Parker Posey are talking babies. Shopping at Petit Tresor in West Hollywood, they spent more than $1,000 on Babycottons gear and two Plainmary.com play mats. But it seems they were outfitting other people’s babies, since neither of their last names corresponded to the monogram order.
Rocker Dave Stewart caused a buzz backstage after playing “The View” Thursday. The Eurythmics icon surprised co-hosts Whoopi, Joy, Sherri and Elisabeth with 14-karat gold vibrators from his Coco De Mer erotic boutique. Pleasure-giving Dave then moved on to the opening of his photo show at the Morrison Hotel Gallery.
YouTube just got a lot more divine. Bette Midler has gone viral, posting a sidesplitting parody of a recent Madonna clip. In the original, Her Madgesty promoted her single “4 Minutes” while vacuuming backstage. And Ms. Midler? She’s hawking her new album, “Jackpot: The Best Bette” (out Wednesday), while wielding an Oreck vac – faux British accent and all.
Rachel Yamagata sings in a broken whisper on her new CD. For three quarters of the disk, she keeps her vocals confined to short exhales and measured breaths, as hushed as speech in a confessional. “I wanted people to feel like they were in the room with me,” says Yamagata. “I had to be totally vulnerable. It’s me spilling my guts.”
The new songs of James gather steam as they go. Starting with just a flutter of guitar or a tentative keyboard, they pick up whiffs of strings, gain greater heft from thicker guitar riffs, take on speed from an advancing beat, only to finally fly on a blast of a trumpet valiant enough to announce the arrival of a king.
MADISON Ave. can now measure how addicted you are to your favorite shows. Turns out that “Survivor,” the long-running reality show heading into its 17th edition, has the highest loyalty rating, according to a new measure called the Emotional Attachment Index (EAI) – indicates the passion viewers have for the shows they watch. It is done, in part, by determining a viewer’s commitment to watch a particular show in the future.
JAN Brady didn’t approve of brother Peter doing reality TV, mom Carol criticized his marriage, sister Marcia has only recently become more “Brady-accepting,” and older brother Greg is the family “proselytizer” for all things Brady. Hey, these Bradys weren’t even a real family, but they sure act like one, according to Christopher Knight, the former child actor who played Peter Brady nearly 40 years ago on “The Brady Bunch.” Knight, 50, is a living, breathing answer to a trivia question, which makes him an appropriate choice to host the new daytime quiz show “Trivial Pursuit: America Plays,” based on the wildly popular board game (and airing weekdays at 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on WWOR/Ch. 9 starting Monday).
Ice pops. “Sugar-free ice pops are an invention of God,” Gene Simmons says in the Celeb Fridge feature in the October issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray magazine. “They hardly have any calories since they’re mostly water. I eat about 15 pops every two days. Instead of smoking or drinking, you should just eat an ice pop.” Frozen dinners take up a lot of space in his freezer. “Shannon [Tweed] and I don’t diet because the tendency is to cheat. I keep Lean Cuisines in the house because I don’t cook very often. Instead, I just pop a meal in the microwave whenever I get hungry.” And his favorite foods? “I worship scones and danishes. If I never had another meal, I wouldn’t care as long as I could eat pastries and jelly doughnuts. Shannon’s the opposite-she likes her food sour. She puts vinegar on everything: french fries, popcorn and even cereal.”
The Dandy Warhols riffled through their entire catalog of songs inspired by 1960s rock, folk-rock jangle and psychedelic haze at Terminal 5 on Wednesday.
ENGLEWOOD, N.J., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Ring the alarm. The Vault is being opened. It holds 12 never-before-released recordings from Grammy Award-winning, platinum-selling R&B songstress Ashanti. The Vault will be released October 14th by AJM Records.
Pink Notches First Solo Hot 100 No. 1
Pink scores her first solo No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with “So What,” thanks to digital sales of 253,000 units. The artist previously topped the chart via a 2001 remake of Labelle’s “Lady Marmalade” with Christina Aguilera, Mya and Lil’ Kim.
Eminem ‘Banging Out Tracks’ For New Album
After years away from the limelight, Eminem may be releasing a new album this year. The MC admitted he’s been producing for his Shady Records artists and himself during a recent appearance on his Sirius satellite radio station, Shade 45, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Delicious Vinyl Records. Eminem also interviewed MC Masta Ace, who he’s long noted as an influence.
Wilco Hitting The Studio Next Month
Wilco will begin recording its next album in October, Billboard has learned. The follow-up to 2007’s “Sky Blue Sky” is expected for a spring release via Nonesuch.
All-American Rejects Take On The ‘World’
The All-American Rejects have wrapped their third album, “When the World Comes Down,” and will release it Nov. 18 via Interscope. First single “Gives You Hell” will debut via a mobile campaign where fans text a special code to obtain it.
Radio Plays Ball With Vedder‘s Cubs Song
Chicago radio stations and sports bars have begun spinning “All the Way,” a Chicago Cubs-themed ditty written by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder at the request of Cubs legend Ernie Banks.
Beatles Cirque du Soliel Doc Coming In October
“All Together Now,” the documentary chronicling the Beatles-based Cirque du Soliel production “Love,” has been set for near-simultaneous release on Oct. 20 and 21 in theaters and on DVD.
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
Monday, September 22
David Letterman: Chris Rock, Bob Woodward, TV on the Radio
Jay Leno: Charlize Theron, Little Britain, My Morning Jacket
Late Late Show: Denis Leary, Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Conan O’Brien: Diane Lane, Patton Oswalt, Little Feat
Last Call: Madeline Zima, Bo Burnham
Daily Show: Rerun TBA
Colbert Report: Rerun TBA
Jimmy Kimmel: Shia LaBeouf, January Jones, Nelly
The View: Former President Bill Clinton
Regis and Kelly: Kevin Dillon, David Blaine, Natasha Bedingfield
Ellen DeGeneres: Dolly Parton
Tavis Smiley: Adm. Michael Mullen, David Zirin
Chelsea Lately: Sanaa Lathan, Brad Wollack, Josh Wolf, Hyla Matthews (R)
George Stroumboulopoulos: Craig Glenday, Spike Lee
Bonnie Hunt: Mark Harmon, Deana Martin, 11-year-old skateboard designer Jacob Brockhoff
Tuesday, September 23
David Letterman: Julianne Moore, Tom Dreesen, Tim Reid, Kings of Leon
Jay Leno: Wanda Sykes, Zach Levi, Glen Campbell
Late Late Show: John Krasinski, Dr. Lisa Masterson
Conan O’Brien: Billy Bob Thornton, Aasif Mandvi
Daily Show: TBA
Colbert Report: Jackson Browne
Jimmy Kimmel: Dane Cook, Dylan & Cole Sprouse, Atmosphere
The View: Robert Wagner, Aaron Eckhart
Regis and Kelly: Diane Lane, Poppy Montgomery
Ellen DeGeneres: Allison Janney, Simon Baker, the Pussycat Dolls
Tavis Smiley: Thomas Frank, Ed Harris
Chelsea Lately: Sugarland, Loni Love, James Aguiar, Shayma Tash
George Stroumboulopoulos: Pink, Declan Hill
Bonnie Hunt: Benjamin Bratt, Mekhi Phifer
Wednesday, September 24
David Letterman: Sen. John McCain, Usain Bolt
Jay Leno: Dr. Phil McGraw, Kevin Farley, Plain White T’s
Late Late Show: Michael Clarke Duncan, Shirley Manson, Jamie Lidell
Conan O’Brien: Jamie Pressly, Little Britain, Lenka
Daily Show: Aaron Eckhart
Colbert Report: Dr. Cornel West
Jimmy Kimmel: Sandra Oh, the first “Dancing with the Stars” castoff, Foals
The View: Alec Baldwin
Regis and Kelly: Richard Gere, America Ferrera
Ellen DeGeneres: Sharon Osbourne, Michelle Monaghan, Wolfgang Puck
Tavis Smiley: Helene Cooper, Charlize Theron, Martin Henderson
Chelsea Lately: Alan Silva, Chris Franjola, Natasha Leggero, Guy Branum
George Stroumboulopoulos: Buzz Hargrove, Greg Kinnear
Bonnie Hunt: Jamie Lee Curtis, 8-year-old golf phenom Elizabeth Wang, Dave Annable
Thursday, September 25
David Letterman: Paris Hilton, Guy Ritchie, Morningwood
Jay Leno: Lisa Lampanelli, the Hives
Late Late Show: Tim Gunn, Elizabeth Reaser
Conan O’Brien: Julianne Moore, Zachary Levi, Jakob Dylan
Daily Show: Bob Schieffer
Colbert Report: Nick Carr
Jimmy Kimmel: Rob Lowe, Chris Bianco
The View: Chandra Wilson
Regis and Kelly: Chris Rock, Vanessa Williams
Ellen DeGeneres: Eric Dane, Kid Rock
Tavis Smiley: Dionne Warwick
Chelsea Lately: Emily Procter, Alex Reymundo, Ben Gleib, Ken Baker
George Stroumboulopoulos: Howard Zinn, Damon Albarn
Bonnie Hunt: Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Ingrid Hoffman, Matt Grant
Friday, September 26
David Letterman: Kristen Wiig
Jay Leno: Jimmy Kimmel, Jennifer Hudson
Late Late Show: Drew Carey, Tony Parker, Lady Antebellum
Conan O’Brien: Brooke Shields, Amos Lee
Jimmy Kimmel: Martin Short, Solange Knowles (R 9/10/08)
The View: Julianne Moore, Candace Bushnell
Regis and Kelly: Victoria Beckham, Usain Bolt, guest co-host Nick Lachey
Ellen DeGeneres: Shia LaBeouf
Tavis Smiley: Geoff Canada, Paul Tough
Chelsea Lately: Finesse Mitchell, Gary Valentine, Erin Foley
George Stroumboulopoulos: Russell Peters, Spike Lee
Bonnie Hunt: Allison Janney, Thom Beers, Michael Clarke Duncan
— Chriss Coats