July 22, 2013 |
Neil Patrick Harris is unsteady about stepping into "Hedwig's" heels. "I'm not a real draggy person," the actor told The Times during a recent video interview. "I love 'RuPaul's Drag [Race].' I watch it a ton, but I watch it like, 'I can't imagine how you would do it .'" Harris will soon get his chance: Producers announced in June that the four-time Tony host will return to Broadway in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," John Cameron Mitchell's tale of a transgender glam-rocker.
September 4, 2012 |
Cable news anchors yell at guests all the time. Guys like Bill O'Reilly, Chris Matthews and Lawrence O'Donnell lose their cool on a regular basis. But there's something about the clip of MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry yelling at guest financial expert Monica Mehta on a program on Saturday that's touching a nerve with viewers. The context was a panel discussion touched off by the book "Why Americans Hate Welfare" by Princeton professor Martin Gilens. In the book, Gilens asserts that the public distaste for welfare is a direct offshoot of the 20-year-old efforts of the media to link welfare to black people.
February 25, 2013 |
Seth MacFarlane may have sung about Oscar's losers, but he wasn't among them. Sunday's movie awards ceremony produced its best ratings in years. An average of 40.3 million viewers tuned in to the Oscar telecast on ABC, according to Nielsen. The ceremony was hosted by MacFarlane, the creator of TV's "Family Guy" and director of the movie comedy "Ted. " The ratings were the best for Oscar since 2010 and were up a modest 2% over last year's show hosted by Billy Crystal. FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2013 | Nominee list | Red carpet | Highlights | Quotes | Best & Worst The choice of MacFarlane represented an effort by Oscar officials to connect with younger viewers, and the strategy appears to have worked.
April 15, 2013 |
How you doin', Broadway? Daytime talk-show host Wendy Williams announced Monday that she'll join the cast of the Tony-winning revival of "Chicago.” Williams will step in as corrupt key-wielding Matron Mama Morton, currently played by Christine Pedi, for a seven-week run starting June 25 at the Ambassador Theatre. Williams showed off her footwork as a short-lived contestant on “Dancing With the Stars" (she was dismissed during Week 2), but viewers have yet to hear her sing.
September 14, 2012 |
When he's not plugging Dos Equis beer, the “most interesting man in the world” has an after-hours gig: stumping for Barack Obama's reelection. Actor Jonathan Goldsmith, who portrays the brew company's mysterious and supremely accomplished spokesman, is hosting a fund-raiser for the president Tuesday in Burlington, Vt., according to the Political Party Time blog . Tickets start at $20 and run up to $500. Vermont Speaker of the House Shap Smith will also attend. If Dos Equis ads are to be believed, the 73-year-old Goldsmith has some great party tricks up his sleeve, including acing the Rorschach test, demonstrating his left and right-handedness and showing off the German shepherd he taught to bark in Spanish.
February 27, 2014 |
Thank you, Jimmy Fallon, for giving the late-night ratings race the kick in the pants it needed. Not even two weeks into his new "Tonight Show" gig, Fallon has dominated viewing in a way that few expected. On Thursday, NBC released Nielsen data that showed Fallon's "Tonight" on NBC gathered 10.4 million total viewers during its first week, including people who watched on their DVRs up to three days after the original broadcast. That makes it the biggest overall audience for the program since the last week that Johnny Carson hosted, in May 1992.
October 16, 2012 |
Score another X for the Kardashian sisters! Kim Kardashian's fame was launched by an X-rated sex tape. Now sister Khloe Kardashian can add an X to her resume: She's just been named as a co-host of Fox's "The X-Factor. " Khloe Kardashian and former "Saved by the Bell" star Mario Lopez will join forces as the hosts of the Fox singing competition when live shows start airing in November. "The worst-kept secret in Hollywood is out," said "X Factor" creator Simon Cowell. "Mario and Khloe are our hosts ... and I couldn't be happier.
May 20, 2013 |
Bad news for those of you eagerly anticipating "We Saw Your Boobs: Part Two. " Seth MacFarlane will not reprise his role as the host of the Academy Awards next March, the comedian announced on his Twitter account Monday. "Traumatized critics exhale: I'm unable to do the Oscars again. Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep," wrote "The Family Guy" creator. "However, I highly recommend the job, as Zadan and Meron are two of the most talented producers in the business.
December 3, 2012
When: 7:30. Where: Pauley Pavilion. On the air: TV - none; Radio - uclabruins.com. Records: UCLA 5-3, Cal State Marcos 7-3. Update: This is an exhibition game, so it won't count in either team's record, but it does provide UCLA a chance to iron out some kinks, largely its porous man-to-man defense. Cal State San Marcos is an NAIA independent program led by second-year Coach Jim Saia, who served as an assistant at UCLA from 1996 to 2003. - Baxter Holmes
August 2, 2013 |
Second time's a charm for Ellen DeGeneres, who announced she's returning to host the 2014 Oscars via her Twitter page Friday morning. “It's official: I'm hosting the #Oscars!” DeGeneres wrote. “I'd like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra.” The Emmy-winning syndicated talk show host of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” hosted the 79 th annual ceremony in 2007. PHOTOS: Oscar hosts throughout the years Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron trumpeted their longstanding ties to the popular comedian in a statement Friday.