Art Linkletter, the Emmy-award winning television host best known as the creator of the popular television program Art Linkletter's House Party, passed away today at the age of 97. Mr. Linkletter, who began his entertainment career in radio in the early 1930s, became a pioneer in the television industry. His House Party - one of the longest running variety shows on television - was best known for the segment "Kids Say the Darndest Things," which featured Mr. Linkletter 'interviewing' young children - over 27,000 during the show's eighteen-year run. Instead of relying on scripted bits, Mr. Linkletter allowed the children's answers to provide the segment's comedy.
One of the show's most memorable exchanges occurred when Mr. Linkletter asked a young girl, "What do you think would make a perfect husband, Karen?" "A man that provides a lot of money, loves horses, and will let you have 22 kids and doesn't put up a fight," she replied. "And what do you think you'll be when you grow up?" "A nun."
Mr. Linkletter also hosted the evening show "People Are Funny," on NBC from 1954 to 1961, where contestants were picked from among the studio audience to participate in comedic stunts and challenges. The basic concept, for Mr. Linkletter, was that anyone could be funny on television - and have their fifteen minutes of fame too. The innovative formatting of his programs led him in recent years to remark that he had inadvertently "invented reality TV."
Mr. Linkletter, who was born Arthur Gordon Kelly on July 17, 1912 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, is survived by his wife, Lois, whom he had been married to since 1935, and his daughters, Dawn and Sharon.
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The actress, who is engaged to marry her True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer, has come out as part of a Public Service Announcement (PSA) taped for Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund, which fights for the rights of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community.
The ad features a number of celebrities, including openly gay stars Sir Elton John and Cynthia Nixon, pledging their support to the foundation's Give A Damn campaign for equality.
In the clip, Paquin declares, "I'm Anna Paquin. I'm bisexual, and I give a damn."
She also urges viewers to: "Imagine going to work every day and not being able to share your life with your co-workers out of fear of being let go."
Mya, Jason Mraz, Clay Aiken, Whoopi Goldberg, Sharon and Kelly Osbourne also appear in the PSA on www.wegiveadamn.org.
Jack and Kelly, Sharon's children with former Black Sabbath rocker Ozzy Osbourne, shot to fame as teenagers in the hit reality series The Osbournes - but their sibling Aimee opted out of filming.
And the rock matriarch is grateful the 26 year old has never been interested in the spotlight, because she fears it would have sparked a bitter sibling rivalry.
She tells Britain's Hello magazine, "I'm lucky they've turned out the way they have, because it would have been a horrible situation otherwise. Aimee has never wanted to be a celebrity, it's not in her, so she isn't competing with Kelly on that level. They respect each other's achievements in their own fields. I don't care how much people claim otherwise, showbiz families have to feel resentment on some level when one sibling achieves greater success than the other."
Every few years Hugh Grant comes out of hiding to wince and stammer his way to a paycheck occasionally serving up a pleasant surprise like About a Boy but more often churning out forgettable rom-coms like Music and Lyrics and Two Weeks Notice. His latest film Did You Hear About the Morgans? a fish-out-of-water rom-com co-starring Preakness runner-up Sarah Jessica Parker belongs steadfastly in the latter category -- and it might just be the worst of the lot.
Bearing a perpetually pained expression Grant literally suffers through the film as Paul Morgan a Londoner-turned-Manhattanite whose marriage to Meryl (Parker) a posh high-achieving real-estate agent is set adrift after his recent infidelity. He’s keen on reconciliation; she’s firmly against it. So are we for that matter after witnessing a few minutes of their strained and utterly futile attempts at creating chemistry. But I digress...
Prospects for the Morgans’ marriage appear grim but their destinies abruptly align again when they unwittingly witness a murder of a high-level FBI informant. Fearing for the unhappy couples’ safety the government whisks Paul and Meryl away to a tiny rural town in Wyoming where they’re forced to live under the same roof deprived of the modern conveniences of their upscale New York lifestyle.
The Morgans eventually reunite of course but not before subjecting us to a truly torturous gauntlet of bland bits each involving a predictably disastrous experiment with horseback riding wood chopping cow milking or other stereotypically rural activity. Our suffering is occasionally mitigated by the periodic witty comment from Grant whose ability to deliver wry one-liners with expert precision is still very much intact. After Did You Hear About the Morgans? however his career may not be.
Joe Stone has been battling esophageal cancer since 2002, and doctors recently told the 79 year old he has limited time left, reports the National Enquirer.
The actress had been making regular trips to her parents home in Montana, but sources tell the publication Stone has decided to put her career on hold so Joe and her mother Dorothy can move in with her and her three adopted sons Roan, nine, Laird, four and Quinn, three.
An insider reveals, "Right now it's about making her father comfortable and spending as much time as she can with him and her mother.
"Sharon spent thousands of dollars fixing up a large bedroom in her home with a hospital bed and the special equipment her dad needs. She's tried to make it as much like home as possible for her folks."
The move has also helped end a rift between Stone and her sister Kelly, who fought earlier this year (09) about their charitable organisation Planet Hope.
The source adds, "Kelly saw how Sharon was taking in their parents and helping her dad weather his final days. Her heart went out to her and they made up."
The rock matriarch has a close relationship with her singer daughter and they speak several times a day.
But, with Kelly currently participating on U.S. reality show Dancing With The Stars and Sharon working in London, they're finding it difficult to fit in their daily chats - so the Osbourne mum has finally learned how to text.
Kelly Osbourne tells Britain's Cosmopolitan magazine, "I speak to my mum about 20 times a day. I find any excuse to call her as I just like talking to her.
"She's in London right now and, because of the time difference, I speak to her less. I keep waking her up, which makes me feel guilty. She's recently discovered the art of texting, which makes life easier. I trust my mum's word over anyone else's. We're very close."
Kelly Osbourne was left red-faced after she fell to the floor during her final performance on Dancing with the Stars on Monday.
Ozzy Osbourne's daughter has managed to rumba her way into the final three on the hit TV talent show -- but her last bid for the trophy took a turn for the worst after she lost her footing during a complicated move with her professional dance partner.
The duo was performing a freestyle disco routine to Gloria Gaynor's hit "I Will Survive" when she landed on the floor between Louis van Amstel's legs, instead of gracefully spinning around him.
The 25-year-old grinned and continued with the routine, before later joking to the judges, "One of the lifts, I think it looked more like Louis pooped me out than doing a lift. But I had the best time."
It wasn't the only hitch for Osbourne, who fell out of time with the rest of the dancers during a group performance when van Amstel struggled to pull away her skirt.
She laughed, "I had a little bit of a wardrobe malfunction, but it's the final!"
The star's parents, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, gave her a standing ovation from the audience -- but the judging panel rewarded her with just 76 points after three dances.
Her pop star competitor Mya is leading the way with 87 points, while Donny Osmond scored a respectable 85.
A fan vote will help determine who takes home the trophy in the final show on Wednesday.
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Osbourne was far from complimentary about the Britain's Got Talent runner-up when she took to the airwaves for raucous U.S. radio programme The Opie & Anthony Show earlier this week (beg02Nov09).
She told the hosts, "There’s this great picture of Susan Boyle, smiling, looking like a slapped a** next to Ozzy."
And Osbourne added, "I like everybody to do well, even someone that looks like a slapped a**. It’s, like, God bless her. You go girl. She does look like a hairy a**hole... You just want to say, 'God Bless and here’s a Gillette razor.'
"He (God) hit her with the f**king ugly stick."
Her mocking comments wound up on website YouTube.com, and now Boyle will come face to face with Osbourne's daughter on Dancing With The Stars.
The Scottish singer will perform I Dreamed A Dream, the Les Miserables song that turned her into an overnight Internet sensation, after she wowed talent show judges led by Simon Cowell with her moving rendition.
The daughter of rocker Ozzy Osbourne shot to fame when MTV filmed her famous family's life in Los Angeles while she and brother Jack were in their teens.
The show propelled the entire family - including mum Sharon Osbourne - to fame, and landed them other high-profile roles in the TV and music industries.
And, according to reports in Britain's The Sun newspaper, Kelly was ready to return to reality TV - by allowing cameras into the London home she shares with fiance Luke Worrall.
However, the star has quashed the reports, insisting the only access-all-areas show she has taken part in recently was a one-off special for MTV's In 24 Hours series.
In a post on her Twitter.com blog, she writes, "Luke and I are not doing a reality show for MTV! We only participated in one episode of there (sic) new series In 24 Hours!!.
"MTV has asked us on several occasions to do a new show for them but we respectfully declined!".
The rock offspring shot to fame when she starred alongside her family in The Osbournes - one of the first celebrity reality TV shows on MTV.
The series, which ran from 2002 until 2005, followed the lives of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, his manager-wife Sharon and their kids.
But now, it is partygirl Kelly Osbourne who will take centre stage in her own show - which will co-star her fiance, model Luke Worrall.
A source for the show tells Britain's The Sun, "Kelly is TV gold. We've been wanting to do something with her for ages.
"MTV viewers know her well from her time on The Osbournes with the rest of her family so we know they'll tune in in droves. And obviously we're hoping the rest of her madcap family will get involved with the programme.
The show is expected to run on U.K. channel ITV2, which her brother Jack's series, Celebrity Adrenaline Junkie, also appears.