April 4, 2013 |
Roger Ebert's last review published before he died Thursday was on Andrew Niccol's "The Host. " It makes you wish the final words of the beloved critic could have been spent on a film that was far better -- or far worse. The 70-year-old critic wrote a mere six paragraphs about the adaptation of the Stephenie Meyer bestseller, giving the film 2 1/2 stars. "The Host" centers on a tough-minded teenager, played by Saoirse Ronan, whose body is invaded by an alien soul, yet she retains her own identity.
August 22, 2012 |
It's been nine months since Regis Philbin retired from the "Live with Regis and Kelly" show and Kelly Ripa is finally getting a new co-host. Ex NFL player Michael Strahan has signed on as Ripa's new partner and is slated to appear on the show Sept. 4. [USA Today] Rumors are swirling around that Niki Minaj may join Mariah Carey as a judge on the next season of "American Idol. " Minaj is known for her bold fashion choices and colored hair and could definitely give the show a boost, sartorially.
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.
February 27, 2014 |
Jim Lange has died, and for some of us that conjures the image of a man with sideburns, a big, easy smile and a TV set dotted with a far-out floral design. Lange, original host of "The Dating Game," appeared in living rooms in the '60s with turtleneck, loud ties and that trademark line "And heeeeere they are!" Later, Lange hosted game shows including "$100,000 Name That Tune," "The New Newlywed Game," but it was "The Dating Game" that brought him fame. The show -- with its question-and-answer format -- was intended to titillate, but now it seems just endearingly goofy.
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.
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.
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.
August 20, 2012 |
More than nine months after Regis Philbin retired from the syndicated weekday talk show “Live!,” Kelly Ripa finally has a new co-host, the show announced Monday. But don't get too excited just yet: Viewers will have to wait until Sept. 4 to find out who got the coveted job. On Sept. 3, Ripa will kick off the new season of “Live!” by herself. The next day, the show will end months of frenzied speculation when Ripa's new partner finally joins her onstage. While we don't know yet who'll be sitting beside Ripa, the guests that morning will include “Homeland” actress Claire Danes and "American Idol's" Phillip Phillips.
November 11, 2012
LOOKING AHEAD Minnesota at Dallas, Monday, 5:30 p.m. PST This wasn't a game anyone had circled on their calendar heading into the season. Minnesota is without stars Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. Dallas is completely retooled and without Dirk Nowitzki, its best offensive player. None of it has mattered for two of the league's early surprises. Former USC star O.J. Mayo is experiencing a breakthrough in his first season with the Mavericks, scoring 62 points on 22-for-35 shooting in two recent victories.
October 30, 2013 |
Maybe Jay Leno has a case of senioritis, because the soon-to-be-departing "Tonight Show" host appears to be slacking off in the joke-writing department. Leno - who will vacate his "Tonight" role in February after more than 20 years behind the desk - was caught this week recycling one of his own jokes about President Obama and Joe Biden. "Remember the old days when President Obama's worst embarrassment was Joe Biden?" Leno joked Tuesday, in reference to the tech-plagued Obamacare rollout.