The Scandalist Scoop: Thursday, Oct. 2

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Hollywood Reporter

Rosie O’Donnell to host ‘Variety Show’

Rosie O’Donnell is returning to television as host of a variety show revival from NBC. NBC will air “Rosie’s Variety Show” as an hourlong live special the night before Thanksgiving, with an eye toward expansion to a full series order should viewers embrace the project. The show’s Nov. 26 premiere date manages to trump Fox’s upcoming Osbourne family variety show, which is expected to debut in the winter or spring.

AP

Obama tells Vibe readers ‘I need you’ in letter

NEW YORK – Barack Obama has a message for the readers of Vibe: “I need you.”

Rapper Bow Wow kicks off voter registration tour

ATLANTA – Bow Wow once thought that politics was only for “old folks,” but the 21-year-old platinum-selling rapper said he’s had a change of heart and wants other young people to vote.

Women’s shelter cuts Bernhard after gang-rape line

BOSTON – A women’s shelter on Wednesday cut headliner Sandra Bernhard from its annual benefit after she said Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin would be gang-raped if she ever visited New York

Mr. Clean actor House Peters Jr. dead at 92

LOS ANGELES – House Peters Jr., a TV actor who became the original Mr. Clean in Proctor & Gamble’s commercials for household cleaners, died Wednesday. He was 92.

Kellie Pickler grows as an artist on 2nd CD

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Although Kellie Pickler’s first album garnered three hits, went gold and made the singer a certified country star, it wasn’t the debut that she would have crafted had she had her way. “Everything in my personal life was crumbling. I’d go out and sing in front of 50,000 people and then get on my tour bus and cry. I was lonely. I just wanted someone to love me,” said Pickler, who had a well-publicized relationship – and breakup – with Jordin Tootoo of the NHL’s Nashville Predators and is now dating one of her co-writers, Kyle Jacobs.

www.tmz.com

The dude who plays guitar for the Grateful Dead — Bob Weir — broke his ribs riding on the band’s tour bus. The good news — he will get by! We’re told by the band’s peeps the Deadmobile was truckin’ along when it had to stop short. Bob was standing and fell when the driver slammed on the brakes. The band’s rep tells us it hurt for Bob “to breathe, hold the guitar, and laugh.” The Dead finished their latest tour, but had to cancel a recent fundraiser because battling broken ribs and a cold was just too much to handle. At least now he’s got an excuse to find some medicinal alternatives…

Daily News

Melissa Etheridge to marry partner Tammy Lynn Michaels

Step aside, Ellen: It’s Melissa Etheridge’s turn to walk down the aisle. The pop singer, 47, plans to tie the knot with her longtime partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels. “We have four children and we’re trying to find the right time,” Etheridge told “Extra.”

Larry Flynt is using the power of porn to express his views on Sarah Palin. The Hustler founder and freedom of speech advocate has produced an X-rated movie using an adult-film actress who resembles the Republican vice presidential candidate.

Robin Thicke says he’s offering a little “Something Else” with his latest CD. “The title has to do with what we’re going through as a country as well as my music, which offers something a little different than what’s out there,” the crooner told us at his Target-sponsored album release party. Thicke also said he never changes the radio station when his own tunes come on. “I don’t sing along,” he laughed, “but I just listen, like, ‘Hey, that’s pretty cool.’”

Paris Hilton and deejay Benji Madden, who recently gave each other chains hung with their diamond-encrusted initials, made out at Touch on W. 52nd St. before Madden’s turn at the tables the other night. But Paris left mid-set, and half the club followed her out.

Pharrell Williams showed up an hour late for the Common Ground Foundation’s “Start the Show n’ Bowl” event in Chicago, but the hip-hopper soon saved face – he bowled a strike in his very first frame.

‘Celebrity Apprentice’s new celeb list

Golfer Natalie Gulbis, basketball wacko Dennis Rodman, former Playboy model Brande Roderick, and Melissa and Joan Rivers are among the cast of the new edition of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” according to www.TMZ.com.

See the trailer for Madonna’s directorial debut, ‘Filth and Wisdom’

The trailer for Madonna’s directorial debut has arrived. “Filth and Wisdom,” an 80-minute comedy based on three flatmates in London, was also co-written and produced by the pop star. The film stars Eugene Hertz, the Ukranian-born lead singer of New York’s punk band Gogol Bordello as a male escort.

BET gives ‘Rap City’ the heave-ho

The beat is ending at BET’s “Rap City,” the longrunning video program that finally helped vault hip-hop music into the popular mainstream.

What’s eating her? Jessica Alba muzzled in new voter registration ad

Voter registration is really eating up Jessica Alba. The sexy “Fantastic Four” star wears a pin-heavy Hannibal Lector-style mask and face full of tears in her second provocative ad for Declare Yourself, a non-profit campaign which urges young people to vote.

New York Post

Britney Spears just swept through town with a familiar face missing from her side. Spears’ cousin and former assistant, Alli Sims, told Page Six she’s still not allowed to be in contact with the pop tart. “I have no idea when I’ll see her again. I miss her every day,” Sims said. Spears has been in the city at meetings for her fragrance line and plugging her new single, “Womanizer.” Although she looks cleaned up, the rules imposed by her father, Jamie Spears, still stand. “When [Britney's] dad gained control, he put some rules down . . . it’s just best for her to not communicate with a lot of people. My main concern is her being OK,” said Sims, who’s in Nashville writing and recording music.

DON’T gag, but the tawdry life of “Deep Throat” star Linda Lovelace is now a musical. Charlotte Caffey of the Go-Go’s and former TV publicist Jeffery Bowman have co-written “Lovelace: A Rock Opera,” which opens Oct. 18 at the Hayworth in Los Angeles. Lovelace – whose oral acrobatics made her the world’s most famous porn star in the 1970s – later claimed she was forced into XXX movies by her abusive husband. Bowman tells avn.com he’d heard that Caffey was a bit of a prude, “and this turned out to be true, but I discovered that she was a prude with a wicked sense of humor.”

NOT every grandson of late billionaire Marvin Davis turned out like Brandon “Greasy Bear” Davis, a moocher with a trail of bad debts. Brandon’s cousin, Nick Davis Raynes, is a well-mannered movie producer who just optioned the rights to “Dark Magus: The Jekyll and Hyde Life of Miles Davis,” by the jazz great’s son, Gregory Davis. “I’m a huge fan of Miles Davis. We plan to tell his true story and preserve his legacy,” Raynes told Page Six. Gregory was the only son who traveled with Miles on tour, but then had to sue his father’s estate because he was left out of his will. Besides the lead role, there will be juicy parts playing Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Jimi Hendrix. “Miles was a huge mentor to Hendrix,” Raynes said.

MUSIC HIKE ON THE DOWNLOAD

Apple, Amazon.com and other music retailers may opt to raise the cost of song downloads to more than 99 cents if music publishers are awarded a big bump in the royalties they receive from the sale of individual tracks.

NO GOLDS FOR FLACCID FOLDS

BEN Folds? Yes he does, in two. At the first of a pair of Terminal 5 gigs, Folds played a divided concert that initially laid an egg with material off his just-released solo record “Way to Normal” – and then soared on the wings of his older material. The show had an awkward quality. Folds was obviously jazzed about getting to do his new songs live, while the audience was bummed that he was force-feeding them those songs.

BIG GUY HITS A HIGH C

THE finale of “America’s Got Talent” ended last night when the fat man sang – and won $1 million. Neal E. Boyd, 32, an unassuming insurance salesman with a voice like Luciano Pavarotti’s, took the NBC show’s grand prize and now is on the verge of realizing his dream of becoming an international opera star.

USA Today

The Allman Brothers Band will receive the Legend of Live award Nov. 20 at the 2008 Billboard Touring Awards in New York. The award honors touring professionals who have had a significant impact on the concert industry. Previous winners include Rolling Stones promoter Michael Cohl, Cellar Door Concerts founder Jack Boyle, Elton John and pioneering agent Frank Barsalona.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will be hosts at the 42nd annual CMA Awards Nov. 12 in Nashville. The ceremony will be broadcast live on ABC (8 p.m. ET/tape-delayed PT). They’ll not only share duties as show hosts: Paisley and Underwood, the current CMA male and female vocalists of the year, also will perform. “In addition to their musical talent, Brad’s quick wit and Carrie’s gracefulness will serve them well in this role,” Tammy Genovese, CMA’s chief executive officer, said in a statement.

Blondes take root in country music – TV gives some a head start

Time was, you couldn’t be a country singer if you didn’t have a cowboy hat. These days, though, the most reliable route to a Nashville record deal seems to be through a reality show. It also helps if you’re a cute blonde.

New York Times

AndrĂ© Benjamin’s Clothing Line Includes Plus Fours and Club Sweaters

By designing under an assumed name, AndrĂ© Benjamin is reflecting the latest trend in celebrity fashion, which is for celebrity designers to masquerade as nobody designers, and thereby appear to be more authentic than opportunistic. “For an African-American guy to be a prep, that’s a dichotomy,” he said. “Prep style comes from mostly affluent families who just wear these cool clothes. But when you come from a background that has more struggle, your take on it will be different. There’s a certain kind of rebel to it.”

Facing Time With Plenty of Swagger

Even at his most exuberant, as he was Tuesday night at the Highline Ballroom, it’s never clear if T.I. is having fun, exactly. Of all hip-hop stars he is the most tightly wound, the most controlled. He is small and sinewy, and when he smiles, it looks as if he might actually be gritting his teeth.

www.billboard.com

Jay-Z Playing Free Shows For Obama

Jay-Z will play two free concerts this weekend in support of voter registration and the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama for the upcoming U.S. presidential election. The first show is set for Saturday (Oct. 4) at Detroit’s Cobo Arena. Jay-Z will play Miami’s Bayfront Park Amphitheatre the following day. Voter registration for the upcoming election ends Monday.

Metallica Scores Third Week Atop Billboard 200

Despite a 61% drop in sales, Metallica’s “Death Magnetic” holds tight at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for a third week. The Warner Bros. set moved 132,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, making it only the second album this year to claim three straight weeks in the penthouse. Jack Johnson’s “Sleep Through the Static” achieved the same in February.

Seal Sings From His ‘Soul’ On New Album

Exactly a year on the heels of his last album, Seal will unveil another new project Nov. 11 via Warner Bros. “Soul,” as its name indicates, features the artist covering 11 vintage soul numbers with production from David Foster.

KEM Explores ‘Intimacy’ On Third Album

R&B singer KEM is working diligently on his third album, which he hopes to release in 2009. But don’t ask him to say exactly when.

All Tomorrow’s Parties Heads To Australia

All Tomorrow’s Parties will launch its first Australian events in January. Native sons Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will curate and perform at the shows, which run from Jan. 8-19 at a variety of venues.

TV Lineup

Thursday, October 2

David Letterman: Calista Flockhart, Bill Hader, Lucinda Williams

Jay Leno: Dennis Miller, Boo Weekley, Jack’s Mannequin

Late Late Show: Lauren Graham, “Driving for Donors” creator Patrick Pedraja, Michael Franti & Spearhead

Conan O’Brien: Tom Arnold, Ben Folds

Last Call: Shirley Manson, Cut Copy

Daily Show: Clint Eastwood

Colbert Report: Naomi Klein

Jimmy Kimmel: Bill Maher, Jennifer Hudson

The View: Greg Kinnear, the latest castoff from “Dancing With the Stars”

Regis and Kelly: Calista Flockhart, Diane Sawyer, Jo Frost

Ellen DeGeneres: George Lopez, Jack Hanna, Jazmine Sullivan

Tavis Smiley: Kerry Kennedy, Don Hewitt

Chelsea Lately: Candis Cayne, Justin Tranter, Scott Thompson, Guy Branum

George Stroumboulopoulos: Daniel Levitin, Lauren Graham

Bonnie Hunt: Jamie Kennedy, Kathryn Morris

Friday, October 3

David Letterman: Brian Williams, Tim Robbins

Jay Leno: Molly Shannon, Warren Sapp, T.I.

Late Late Show: Randy Newman, Margaret Cho

Conan O’Brien: Greg Kinnear, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Last Call: Bear Grylls, Grizzly Bear (R 5/6/08)

Jimmy Kimmel: Lucy Liu, John Slattery, Morgan Murphy

The View: Anne Hathaway, Troy Dunn

Regis and Kelly: Blair Underwood, Robin Thicke, Jon and Kate Gosselin, guest co-host Mark Consuelos

Ellen DeGeneres: Jenny McCarthy, Shemar Moore, Amy Macdonald, “Britain’s Got Talent” runner-up Connie Talbot

Tavis Smiley: Zbigniew Brzezinski

Chelsea Lately: Holly Madison, Heather McDonald, Josh Wolf

Bonnie Hunt: Melissa Joan Hart, Erica Durance, bug expert Zack Lemann

Saturday, October 04

Saturday Night Live Anne Hathaway – The Killers (NEW)

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