Though Dave Chappelle has performed a number of stand-up dates over the last few years, compared your usual attention-hungry star he’s been astoundingly quiet for the 6 years since he quit Chappelle’s Show in 2006. It looks like the man may be finally ready to return to the limelight, though—The Daily says he’s hard at work on a new show, though he’ll be avoiding the usual channels. “Dave Chappelle’s going back to TV,” says their source. “It’s not for a network. It’s for Netflix or Crackle or some other subscription service.”
It’s a logical move for a guy focused on creative control—compared to networks, subscription services are so hungry for new content that they’ll likely let him do anything he wants as long as he does it for them. So far Chappelle hasn’t given a clue as to what the show would be—maybe a cross between his old show and Louis CK‘s Louie? But you don’t have to be running a streaming service to be curious. Cross your fingers the buzz won’t make him run back to Ohio again.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley may be a new name to a lot of people, but she can rock an old school fashion. The lingerie model turned Transformers actress was spotted outside The Late Show yesterday in a Michael Kors bodysuit more appropriate for the line outside Studio 54 twenty-plus years ago. Are you feeling her retro look? And what about those pants? Get a closer look in the gallery below.
All together now: I know haiku. Keanu Reeves kicked off a new career as an author earlier this year with Ode To Happiness, a “grown-up picture book” revolving around tongue-in-cheek poem about his depression. And he’s already got an idea for book number two. “I’m considering another idea I call Haikus of Hope. Basically like, ‘I want to kill myself’ and go from there. Going into such a dark place that you can somehow surprisingly find the light at the end of the tunnel—but a nice end of the tunnel. Not the end of the tunnel… ‘I hang from a cherry tree… I hang.’” That’s just great, Keanu…that’s great.
Apparently the book won’t just be for people who want Keanu to guide them through the happy end of the sad tunnel. “I’m gonna get deep into haiku, because often times people construe that in English it’s five-seven-five syllables, but that doesn’t have to hold true, so I want to play with the traditional Basho form. I like that: Haikus of Hope.” Whatever keeps you awake between takes, dude.
A romantic comedy starringMelissa McCarthy and Jon Hamm from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig and Judd Apatow? Deadline, who announced that Feig and Apatow made a deal with Universal, may warn us that nothing’s been hashed out and we’re way, way early in the pre-production process but we’re making it official: this has to happen. You can’t let us imagine a film about the funniest guy in Bridesmaids falling for the funniest women in Bridesmaids, and not make it. If either star decides not to do the film, they’ll have to replaced by a robot that gives everyone in the audience candy or we’ll be heartbroken.
Little about the plot has been revealed, aside from that the guy gets “obsessed” with the woman, and that it’s “unconventional.” While normally we’d be worried the film would be full of cheap, monotonous “HIM with HER???” jokes, if anyone can do it right, it’s the guys who made Freaks & Geeks. Hopefully everyone associated with the project will confirm their involvement so we can just relax already.
Looks like The People won’t have the chance to shower Charlie Sheen with the millions he (feels he) rightly deserves. A judge has denied Sheen the public trial he was angling for in his $100 million lawsuit against Warner Bros. after they threw him off Two And A Half Men. Instead, Sheen’s lawyers will have to engage in arbitration as his contract initially stipulated. You don’t have to be a bipolar multi-millionaire sitcom star going through withdrawal to shout “BORING!” between nervous tics at that news.
This loss for Mr. #Winning could be a bad sign for his case, leading the star to take quick settlement for far less than he’s currently asking (though he’d still make more than most of us would in a lifetime). With a new sitcom for Sheen being discussed, it might be in everyone’s best interest to get this whole matter settled anyway. We can’t imagine CBS still wants this story in the headlines when Ashton Kutcher’s debut on the show comes this fall, and Charlie probably just wants a paycheck now.
If you’re skeptical about the motives of a former Playmate who skipped out on marrying Hugh Hefner at the last minute because she realized his “Playboy lifestyle” was not for her…we’re not going to stop you. Runaway bride Crystal Harris tried to explain why she left Hef at the altar on Ryan Seacrest‘s radio show this morning and, well, try to give the benefit of the doubt.”Hef’s lifestyle isn’t the most normal lifestyle,” said the 85-year-old’s girlfriend of almost two and a half years. “This isn’t the lifestyle for me, multiple girls around all the time, the Playboy lifestyle. I don’t know. I just wanted to be true to myself…I’ve been having second thoughts about everything. It all happened so fast, and they were going to air a show on it. It was all happening too fast for me.” The aforementioned show, scheduled to air on Lifetime, has now been canceled.
While Harris says Hef was agreeable to her departure (“He said he was just doing this wedding for me,” she told Seacrest. “He thought that’s what I wanted. And we were both kind of relieved”), the octogenarian has got in at least one barb to his ex, retweeting a fan’s observation that Harris released her single on the same day she left him. Aside from the expense of canceling the marriage, there’s also the issue of Crystal being listed as “Mrs. Crystal Hefner” on the cover of this month’s Playboy. It’s almost enough to make you sorry for an aging multi-millionaire who surrounds himself with young, surgically enhanced women and sells naked photos of them. Almost.
It’s a good thing W Magazine announces “Christina Aguilera Bares All” on the cover their July issue—most people who watch her on The Voice probably wouldn’t realize that de-curved body is supposed to be hers! Joining this transparent photoshopping inside the mag is an interview with Lynn Hirschberg, in which Christina opens up (at least slightly) about her split from husband Jordan Bratman. “At one time or another, we were both not angels. It got to a point where our life at home was reminding me of my own childhood. I will not have my son grow up in a tension-Ã‚Âfilled home.”
Aguilera also sheds a little light on the whole “crashing Jeremy Renner’s birthday party and crawling into his bed” escapade. “[Boyfriend] Matthew [Rutler] was the one who was Ã‚ÂinvitedÃ¢â‚¬â€I went as his girlfriend. It was an open party, and everyone was spread out all over the house. At one point I sat on the edge of a bed. It was a guest room. But it only takes one person to start the negativity, and then everyone wants to hop aboard and continue the story.” Granted, her “National Anthem” flub at the Super Bowl and Rutler’s DUI arrest made that a lot easier to do (“The police knew my recent history and wanted to jump on the bandwagon,” claims Christina. “I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t driving, and I committed no crimes, but they put me in jail. They called me a ‘political hot potato’”). But with The Voice a hit and the charges against Rutler dropped, it looks like there will be plenty of photoshop opportunities to come!
Bono and The Edge may tell the media that Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark is only “90% done,” but that didn’t stop them from rolling the red carpet out for the powerful pals at Tuesday’s opening night performance. Among the celebs on hand for the musical’s first “official” performance (following months of notorious “previews”) were former President Bill Clinton, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, Jay-Z, Cindy Crawford, Spike Lee and Helena Christiansen. Even original director Julie Taymor, fired after refusing to make changes to the critically maligned, accident-prone show was on hand despite her lawsuit against the producers. It’s been a long decade to this moment for the musical’s makers—will staying on Broadway be even harder?
See photos of the red carpet and curtain call in the gallery below.
Weston Cage may have been hospitalized after attacking a trainer reportedly sent by father Nicolas Cage to find him, but as far as dad is in concerned, it’s the 20-year-old’s mother, former girlfriend Christina Fulton, who isn’t well. “I hope Ms. Fulton will come to her senses one day and get some help,” said Nic after learning his ex was seeking conservatorship of Weston. “Weston is a man. I have complete faith he will weather this well.” Weston himself said he wanted “no contact” with his mother, stating. “[I] will never undergo the torment she put me through ever again.” The actress blamed Nic for Weston’s emotional problems when talking the media last week.
Nic’s rebuke not so coincidentally came the same day he settled a lawsuit with Fulton, who sought $13 million from the megastar after he failed to provide the promised title to her and Weston’s home, removing Weston from the property when he turned 18 and evicting her. She also accused the elder Cage of emotional and physical abuse. The details of the settlement have not been disclosed.
Two men were arrested yesterday after traveling over 200 miles from Manchester to rural Devon, England, apparently with plans to rob and murder singer Joss Stone. Police found the duo with swords, rope, a body bag, maps and aerial photos of Stone’s property, after neighbors reported a car cruising slowly around the area. Stone did not appear to be home at the time of their arrest.
Stone, 24, achieved her commercial breakthrough with The Soul Sessions in 2003 and has remained one of the most successful women in British music. A close pal of Prince William & Kate Middleton, Stone was recently announced to be a member of Mick Jagger‘s new group Super Heavy, which also features Eurythmic Dave Stewart, producer A.R. Rahman and Damian Marley. Her next album is scheduled for release in July.