Filming of Bret Michaels' documentary series, titled "Life As I Know It" was halted when the Poison icon suffered a near fatal brain hemorrhage in April. Since emerging from the hospital on May 5th, Michaels has made a stunning recovery, of which the world has watched in awe. Still in the recuperative stages, Michales has twice-daily rehabilitative sessions and spends most of his time with his family, including young daughters Raine and Jorja Bleu.
But through it all, Michaels never forgot about his documentary series that would give viewers an honest glimpse into the life he lives when he isn't touring or filming his VH1 reality show, "Rock of Love." Now that the docu-series is back up and running, it will premiere sometime this fall. But fans will get a chance to see a snippet or two of the show when a half-hour special airs in the U.S. on May 31st.
Also on Michaels' plate is the chance to win this season's "Celebrity Apprentice." According to a recent poll, 70% of the viewing public are rooting for him to beat out the other finalist, Holly Robinson-Peete this Sunday. But even if the "21 Jump Street" alum snags the win from the bandanna-wearing vocalist, it seems to be general knowledge that Bret Michaels isn't going to let his (very serious) hiccup push him out of the business. He will return to the musical stage on May 28th in Mississippi, but before that, he'll have a sit-down with Oprah on May 19th where he'll recall the hardships of his past few months. Of the pressure of continuing to heal while pursuing his career, network executive Jeff Olde said of Michaels, "If anyone can fight off illness and get back on his feet, it's Bret." And that's exactly the kind of thing we like to hear.
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Five nights ago, Betty White dominated when she hosted "Saturday Night Live." She brought wonderful ratings, and she was so unspeakably good that you're buying muffins in the morning. That's how good she was -- you eat muffins now because Betty White talked about them. Your mother isn't even that powerful. The question on everyone's mind is if this week's episode - which happens to be the season finale -- will explode in hilarity, too. Chances are it will not, because Betty's off training for a triathlon by carrying boulders across the ocean floor. But Lorne Michaels knows we're all going to be watching and looking for the first opportunity to point out how drastically disappointing the finale is compared to Betty's appearance.
So Michaels gave hosting duties to NBC's biggest ally that isn't Tina Fey: Alec Baldwin. This will be his 15th time on the show and the preview (below) seems to indicate he's confident he can surpass Betty's shenanigans. (Jack Donaghy certainly could.)
Source: The Orlando Sentinal, People
He's gone from rock star to reality star while fighting diabetes and more, but after a much publicized decline in his health due to a life-threatening brain hemorrhage, Bret Michaels may be back on his feet and ready for more Celebrity Apprentice, says the Orlando Sentinal.
“I’m lucky to be alive,” Michaels says in the headline decorating People magazine's latest issue. He'll take that positive attitude into the May 23rd finale on NBC. On the networks morning program “Today,” special contributor Maria Menounos said she was willing to predict that Michaels would be on the finale.
Anne Marie Cruz, who wrote People’s cover story, said that Michaels sounded “amazingly articulate” by phone and “used words like excoriate.” Cruz also predicted that Michaels would be on the “Celebrity Apprentice” finale “if he has any shot being there.”
“If he sets his mind to it, he’s going to do it,” Cruz added.
The screenwriter penned One Night With You with Lohan partly in mind and now believes the comedy could be her comeback film - if she'll agree to have a little fun at her own expense.
The script revolves around a former child star, whose reputation is ruined by a series of public scandals. She books a gig on a reality dating show to keep her career afloat and hopefully clean up her image.
A source close to the film says, "Basically the character is Lindsay Lohan. Wouldn't it be funny if Lindsay herself was cast? The thinking being, 'Hey, look what The Wrestler did for Mickey Rourke'."
O'Sullivan tells WENN, "It is ready-made for Lindsay. If it happens, it could be her Mickey Rourke comeback. But we're proceeding with extreme caution while the Lohan family sorts through their issues during a very trying time.
"We want to put an official offer on the table but we want to make sure that the timing is right and that we don't add to any of Lindsay's current stress. That said though, we're pulling for Lindsay, and we're pulling for that whole family. They've been demonized from all sides, but let's get real. Families get crazy with each other. They love each other, they hate each other. The only difference is that the Lohans have to do it with cameras watching them.
"We believe in Lindsay's talent and hope to put an offer on the table and work with her when she's ready."
Lindsay and her estranged father Michael are currently embroiled in a war of words after he organised a police-led raid on her Hollywood apartment last week (ends23Apr10) and then appeared on TV insisting the actress was a bad role model for her teenage sister Ali, who lives with her.
Claiming his eldest daughter is hooked on prescription drugs, Michael Lohan is seeking a court order to force the actress into rehab and a conservatorship ruling that will give him control of the troubled star's finances.
Lohan's film career took another hit last week (ends23Apr10) when she was dropped from new movie The Other Side.
Writer/director David Michaels confirmed the Mean Girls star won't be moving forward with the project, explaining, "Our team simply chose to move on from Lindsay and we'll soon be announcing a replacement."
Lindsay Lohan has been dropped from the upcoming film The Other Side -- reportedly because she’s no longer “bankable.”
The actress was set to play a key role in the desert-island movie, but, according to its writer/director David Michaels, producers "simply chose to move on from Lindsay and we'll soon be announcing a replacement."
However, the real story, reports TMZ via sources connected to the film, is that The Other Side’s financiers had serious reservations about Lindsay and her bankability -- or lack thereof.
Stars still attached to appear in the film include Woody Harrelson, Giovanni Ribisi, and musicians Dave Matthews and Alanis Morissette.
The actress was slated to star alongside Woody Harrelson and Giovanni Ribisi in upcoming adventure comedy The Other Side, about a graduate student working on a deserted island.
But writer/director David Michaels confirms the Mean Girls star won't be moving forward with the project.
He tells TMZ.com, "Our team simply chose to move on from Lindsay and we'll soon be announcing a replacement."
Lohan's last big-screen outing was the flop Labor Pains, which aired on U.S. TV in 2009 before going straight to DVD.
The news caps the end of a very bad week for Lohan - on Thursday (22Apr10), her dad Michael led a raid on her apartment in a desperate bid to convince her to seek help for alleged substance abuse issues. She was then named a suspect in the theft of a luxury watch.
Matthew Broderick is joining forces with Lorne Michaels. According to the trades, the actor will star in an NBC sitcom exec produced by Michaels and Marci Klein.
Beach Lane sees Broderick as a celebrity author brought in by an irresponsible millionaire to run his struggling small-town Hamptons newspaper.
Paul Simms wrote the script and will exec produce, along with Michaels and Klein.
Beach Lane would be Broderick's first TV series (his late father, of course, was the patriarch on the 1970s drama series Family while Broderick’s wife, Sarah Jessica Parker, starred in a little HBO series called Sex and the City once upon a time).
Broderick has, however, guested on Michaels' 30 Rock and will be seen on NBC's upcoming reality entry Who Do You Think You Are.
Today marked a sunny day for The Dark Knight.
Also for a guy who grows younger as he gets older and a kid who beats all odds to win Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
The Producers Guild of America has announced its nominations for best movies, documentaries and TV shows. Nods in this movie category often foreshadow what’s to come by way of Oscar later on.
The 20th Annual PGA Awards will take place Jan. 24 at the Hollywood Paladium.
The complete list of nominees is as follows. First, for theatrical movies:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall
The Dark Knight
And for documenaries:
Man on Wire
Standard Operating Procedure
Julie Bilson Ahlberg
Trouble the Water
And for animation:
Kung Fu Panda
And for episodic TV/comedy:
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Lori Jo Nemhauser
And for episodic TV/drama:
David E. Kelley
Mark A. Baker
Todd A. Kessler
Robert Lloyd Lewis
Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
And for "nonfiction" TV:
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List
Lisa M. Tucker
This American Life
And for "live and competition" TV:
Bertram van Munster
Hayma “Screech” Washington
The Colbert Report
Stephen T. Colbert, DFA
Real Time with Bill Maher
And for "long-form" TV"
Bernard and Doris
A Raisin in the Sun
Finally, honorary awards and recipients:
Brian Grazer and Ron Howard
David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures
Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television
MySpace founders Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson
The Stanley Kramer Award
Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen
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“Story” is a pejorative term when applied to The Comebacks. The entire concept of the film is basically an excuse to string together and spoof famous scenes from a variety of sports movies including Field of Dreams Bend It Like Beckham Seabiscuit Remember the Titans Rudy Invincible Stick It Drumline et al. David Koechner stars as Lambeau Fields the worst coach in the history of sports who takes one more stab at gridiron glory when he agrees to coach Heartland State University’s luckless football squad. Needless to say this assemblage of losers misfits and malcontents is turned into a winning team under Coach’s somewhat unorthodox tutelage. Unlike most coaches Fields encourages his players to cut class take drugs drink to excess and behave as badly as he does. It all culminates in the championship game (“The Toilet Bowl”) between Coach Fields’ Comebacks and the mighty Invincibles coached by Fields’ one-time friend-turned-rival Freddie Wiseman (Carl Weathers). Despite being down 35-0 at halftime the Comebacks...well you can guess the rest. The collective enthusiasm of the cast goes a long way toward keeping The Comebacks watchable. Koechner enjoying his first big-screen lead has a likable lunk-headed quality that makes Coach Fields an endearing idiot. Melora Hardin scores too as his neglected wife and Brooke Nevin is a looker as their rebellious teenage daughter who also happens to be a gymnastics wiz (Stick It anyone?). Weathers a one-time pro-football player before stardom (in Rocky beckoned) has a good time playing the duplicitous Coach Wiseman and some of the more memorable members of the Comebacks include Matthew Lawrence Jackie Long Noureen DeWulf and Robert Ri’chard. A lot of familiar faces turn up in cameo roles: Will Arnett Dax Shepard Jonathan Gries Kerri Kenney Jillian Grace Eric Christian Olsen Stacy Kiebler Frank Caliendo (doing his impressions of John Madden and Al Michaels) and Andy Dick whose role as the referee during the climactic football game isn’t big enough for him to be as truly annoying as he can be. (That’s a good thing.) Not surprisingly a number of real-life sports personalities turn up in cameos as well: Dennis Rodman (as a prison warden no less!) Michael Irvin Eric Dickerson Lawrence Taylor John Salley Chris Rose and Bill Buckner (reprising his infamous error from the 1986 World Series). Director Tom Brady not to be mistaken for the New England Patriots quarterback previously directed the 2002 Rob Schneider vehicle The Hot Chick. This is unquestionably an improvement. The Comebacks may be dumb--intentionally so--but it’s never dull. There are a good number of groans along with laughs but the film never really runs out of steam. The football scenes are surprisingly well-rendered and are realistic enough that they could easily have come from a straightforward football movie--without the punch lines of course. There’s a pretty even ratio between the gags that work and the ones that don’t and the film’s formula seems to be: When all else fails hit below the belt with repeated crotch jokes. Those looking for a sophisticated highbrow comedy should look elsewhere.
Simpson and Lachey report happy marriage; Jessica defends sister Ashlee's recent lip-sync performance
In a recent interview with People magazine, pop star couple Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey claimed they are happily married, despite new tabloid reports that he has threatened to walk out. "Our relationship is better than it's ever been. We are absolutely not breaking up," Simpson said. The couple admits they have arguments like every other couple, but say communication is the key to success. "What married couple doesn't [fight]?" said the 24-year-old singer. "You don't want to marry somebody who's just like you. So there are always going to be conflicts. That's what compromise is all about. It means that we're communicating." The couple, who celebrated their second wedding anniversary on Oct. 26, is keeping busy taping the upcoming season for their hit MTV reality show, Newlyweds, as well as an ABC variety show expecting to air in December. Jessica is also starring as Daisy Duke in the upcoming Dukes of Hazzard movie expected to hit theatres in July of 2005. When asked about younger sister Ashlee Simpson's latest lip-synch fiasco on Saturday Night Live, Jessica said, "Ashlee is an amazingly talented person. She's already sold 3 million records, which is more than I sold in two years. She's proven herself."
P. Diddy plans his 35th birthday bash
Rapper turned actor Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is planning to end his busy year with an outrageous 35th birthday bash tonight, the AP reports. The "Royal Birthday Ball" will be held at downtown Los Angeles' Cipriani's restaurant. This ultra-exclusive, A-list-only celebrity guest list includes Mariah Carey, Vivica A. Fox, Spike Lee, Sarah Jessica Parker, Chris Rock and Stevie Wonder. P. Diddy admits that he will not officially be able to rest until tonight when the party's over. "In this one year, I've run a marathon, I did Broadway, signed on to do Carlito's Way: The Beginning, won the "men's designer of the year" award, opened up a store on Fifth Avenue, got the youth vote out--and now it's my birthday," Combs said. "It's been a great year but it's been hard work. I'm gonna lay down for a week, watch TV, eat a turkey sandwich ... (and) watch old reruns of Good Times."
Shatner's The Transformed Man album to be re-released
Actor William Shatner is working with Geffen records to re-release his 1968 album The Transformed Man, Reuters reports. Best known for his role as Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek, Shatner's album featured the former Captain reading poetry over the music of contemporary classics like Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man." Although the original album never reached the Billboard top 200 list, Geffen records is hoping that re-mastering the album will encourage more people to buy it when it is released on Dec. 7.
Hollywood studios cracking down on bootleggers
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Motion Picture Assn. of America (MPAA) is planning to sue individuals who are caught distributing copyrighted works without permission on the Internet. MPAA president and CEO Dan Glickman is already concerned about the $3.5 billion in loses from piracy alone, not including the Internet. The MPAA is not alone in their fight to stop illegal activity in the entertainment industry. The Recording Industry Assn. of America (RIAA), which represents the major U.S. labels, has already sued over 3,000 people for making music available on the Internet. U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft recently vowed that he would use the Justice Department and the FBI to prosecute those offenders who are illegally sharing files in the United States and abroad. The MPAA has not stated when and how they will begin their crackdown.
Jeopardy! champ wins the most game show money ever
During his 66th consecutive appearance on Jeopardy!, quiz-show champ Ken Jennings won $2,197,000, breaking all records to become the new top TV game show winner. According to the Associated Press, the 30-year-old software engineer from Utah began his 75-game streak in June, which lasted until September. Former top game show winner Kevin Olmstead won $2,180,000 dollars on ABC's Who Wants to be a Millionaire? back in 2001. With nine more shows still to air, ABC admits the Jeopardy! champ finally loses on the 75th show.
Elton John to appear in upcoming TV comedy
At age 57, musician Elton John is planning to make his television debut in an upcoming show about aging rock musicians, reports Daily Variety magazine. John explains that the show will not be based on himself, but on the lives of fellow aging pop icons like Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger, and David Bowie. "It's not about me, but about everybody we've encountered over the past 30 years," said John. "We've met every star and seen every misbehavior. And it's about the people around the star, who have to put up with them." John and his business manager, Bob Halley, came up with the concept of the comedy show about three years ago. John has already written a song for the project titled, "Him and Us," which will appear on his 43rd album "Peachtree Road," due in stores on Tuesday.
CBS narrows search for The Late Late Show replacement
The producers of the CBS late night talk show, The Late Late Show have narrowed the talk show host search down to four contenders, Reuters reports. Former ABC sitcom stars D.L. Hughley and Craig Ferguson, comic Michael Ian Black and MTV's Total Request Live host Damien Fahey have all been welcomed back for more guest appearances on the talk show. Former The Late Late Show host, Craig Kilborn left the show in September and CBS and the Worldwide Pants Inc., have been searching for a replacement since his departure. CBS and the show's producers promise that the permanent host "will be announced shortly."
Saturday Night Live to join reality TV buzz
Landing a spot as a Saturday Night Live comic will soon be the coveted prize of an upcoming reality show, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Contestants will go head-to-head in competitions that are meant to test their inner comedian. The idea of an SNL reality show was fronted by Saturday Night Live's creator/executive producer, Lorne Michaels, after NBC's track record of turning up successful comics in The Last Comic Standing turned into a success.