U.S. TV game show veteran Bob Barker is returning to The Price is Right to celebrate his 90th birthday in December (13). His pre-taped, one-day appearance will air during a week-long tribute to the TV icon, which will begin on 9 December (13).
As if that Kanye proposal wasn't weird enough, here's some other weird, though less publicized, entertainment news from this week.
CBS is going to air colorized, festive I Love Lucy episodes. Because colorizing always turns out so well. Read more at The A.V. Club.
Tom Hanks and Ken Burns are recruiting celebs to record audiobooks. Find out what classic war story Bryan Cranston will be reading at The Verge.
The long rumored Beetlejuice sequel is happening. According to Rolling Stone, Tim Burton and Michael Keaton seem to be on board.
Bob Barker gets sentimental about baby elephants. Read the cute story at Hollywood.com.
North West will not stoop to wearing "typical baby pink," says Kim Kardashian. Find out the colors that the budding fashionista does wear at The Huffington Post.
Glee releases awesome/strange promotional photos for an episode that looks to be about both Lady GaGa and Katy Perry. Check them out at MTV.
Apparently, Owl City created some of the iOS7 ringtones. According to Stereogum, Apple decided the cloyingly sweet sounds of Owl City were still relevent.
Beloved U.S. TV star Bob Barker has spent almost $1 million (£666,666) relocating three African elephants from Canada to the warmth of California. The dedicated animal-rights advocate spent two years lobbying local officials in Ontario for the three females - Toka, Thika and Iringa - to be released from Toronto Zoo and moved to a climate more similar to their natural habitat.
Authorities finally agreed and the trio were transferred to a sprawling estate in San Andreas over the weekend (19-20Oct13).
Barker was on hand to welcome the elephants into their new home, and admits he welled up at the sight of the animals enjoying the benefits of the compound.
He tells the New York Daily News, "These three were confined to a barn most of the year, probably as much as 80 per cent of the time, and they were slowly going to die right there in that zoo.
"I had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes when those elephants arrived. I knew their lives were changed forever. I stayed over an extra day and saw them come out of their new barn into a big fenced-in area where there's even a muddle puddle for them to play in. It was wonderful."
The 89 year old former The Price is Right host insists he's happy to spend his own fortune on ensuring animals are treated with respect.
He adds, "I have a will, and I was allocating money for various groups when I thought, 'Why should I do this? Why not give it away now so I can see it in action and enjoy it?'
"I had a wonderful time earning this money, and I'm having just as much fun, if not more, giving it away. I plan to die broke."
2013 Toronto Star
If anyone was wondering what the fantastic Bob Barker has been up to lately, the answer - weirdly enough - is saving zoo elephants.
The former The Price is Right host dipped into the stores of money from his lucrative hosting gig, and paid nearly a million dollars to have a trio of elephants transported from a zoo in Canada to an animal sanctuary in California run by the Performing Animal Welfare Society.
Barker was visibly moved by the relocation of the elephants. "I had a lump in my throat, I had tears in my eyes," said Bob, "I've discovered that the older I get, the easier I cry." Barker also said that he is dedicated to using his wealth for good, saying, "I had a job that I loved. I was very well paid for it, and now I'm spending my money. I intend to die broke."
The elephants, named Iringa, Thika, and Toka, will now enjoy larger pastures to roam around in, and presumably, use the increased space to play animal-sized versions of Plinko.
Rockers Blink-182 are set to mark the 10th anniversary of the release of their self-titled 2003 album by performing the project in its entirety. The pop-punk stars will stage two gigs at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on 6 and 7 November (13), and they will also host a matinee show at the more intimate Red Bull Sound Space.
The afternoon performance will be streamed live online so fans unable to make it to the Hollywood Palladium in person can still celebrate with Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and drummer Travis Barker.
The Blink-182 album was the group's fifth studio release and spawned the singles Feeling This, I Miss You and Down.
Jamie Foxx is attempting to hook up a supergroup to end all supergroups for a new track on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. The Oscar winner and chart-topper, who plays villain Electro in the new Spider-Man movie, has created a new track, called Chasing Spiders, and he wants to get in the studio with Rihanna, Slash and Travis Barker to record it.
He tells Men's Fitness magazine, "Rihanna will sing the hook, Slash will play the guitar and Travis Barker will play the drums. Fingers crossed."
Foxx also has the video worked out - it will feature a 60-piece orchestra of comic book supervillains and superheroes.
He adds, "When it (music) really ramps up, when the orchestra comes in, that's when you see the big fight. Imagine the orchestra playing and then, in slow motion, breaking their instruments and running from everything."
British actor Sir David Jason is set to reprise his role on classic BBC sitcom Open All Hours for a one-off Christmas special, almost 30 years after the show went off air. The series originally starred the late Ronnie Barker as Jason's onscreen uncle and shop owner, and ran for four seasons between 1973 and 1985.
Now Jason, 73, is preparing to return to his TV roots as Granville, alongside former co-stars Lynda Baron as Nurse Gladys Emmanuel and Maggie Ollerenshaw as Mavis.
The Only Fools and Horses star says, "I am sure there is an audience out there who would like to see what Granville has been up to in the corner shop.
"I'm really excited to be bringing back Open All Hours. It will be a great family show for Christmas and a fitting tribute to the legacy of Arkwright."
The new 30-minute episode, which will feature Granville as the new store owner, will air in the U.K. this Christmas (Dec13).
Comedian Barker died in 2005, aged 76.
America — no, the entire world — is in love with Jennifer Lawrence. It's no secret, it's been reported on over and over. So, it's no surprise that in Lawrence's new interview, she once again captures our hearts and our heads when she speaks out against the over-the-top expectations in Hollywood, and how she refuses to conform.
In the November issue of Harper's Bazaar UK, Lawrence says she is still facing pressure from Hollywood to be stick thin. When she was just starting out, the first overweight comments began, but she brushed it off as, "It was just the kind of s**t that actresses have to go through." But Lawrence explains it quickly began to get more personal. "Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn't lose a certain amount of weight. They brought in pictures of me where I was basically naked, and told me to use them as motivations for my diet. They thought that because of the way my career had gone, it wouldn't still hurt me. That somehow, after I won an Oscar, I'm above it all." Lawrence goes on to explain that it doesn't matter what kind of compliments or awards you get, an insult is an insult. Thankfully, Lawrence tries to not let it bother her anymore, instead claiming, "If anybody even tries to whisper the word 'diet,' I'm like, 'You can go f**k yourself.'" Hallelujah Jen.
Lawrence goes to gain our eternal adoration by explaining her love of chips, Cheez-Its and on-set catering. "My bodyguard Gilbert, right before they call 'action,' I’m like, 'If there aren’t Cheez-Its here by the time they call cut, just go home.' And he’ll start running. It cracks me up how seriously he takes it…. It’s not my performance that is motivating me. I want to get the on-set catering."
While Lawrence is arguably the most vocal about her hatred of the Hollywood body standard, other actors have also refused to conform to the unrealistic demands. For instance, Jennifer Love Hewitt got serious backlash in 2007 when she was photographed on vacation looking normal, as opposed to airbrushed to "perfection," in a bikini. Hewitt spoke out saying, "I know what I look like, and so do my friends and family. And like all women out there should, I love my body. To all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini -- put it on and stay strong."
Demi Lovato is another famous face that has publicly dealt with her body issues. At the age of 12, Lovato developed an eating disorder, and after going to rehab, Lovato has returned to the spotlight looking healthy and happy. She says she now knows, "It's OK to love your body the way it is and it's OK to reach out and ask for help."
We seriously hope this this trend of standing up for all body types will continue, and that other Hollywood actors will come forward to criticize the unreleastic Hollywood standards... or at least get photographed eating a burger once in a while. Until then, I'll leave you with this awesome clip of the refreshingly normal J.Law telling Ryan Seacrest she's "starving" on the Oscar red carpet. Check it out below.
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Do you love Top Model? Know your pot ledom from your booty tooch?
Us too. When we think of the life skills and foreign languages we could have mastered instead of watching almost 20 whole seasons (sorry: CYCLES), we’re all, "whatever, pass the nachos."
But like us, are you an America’s Next Top Model fan who’s endured the last five cycles with more than a little ennui? America, are you thinking what we’re thinking? When did Tyra’s super Bankable franchise jump the shark?
We’ve endured All-Stars, a college edition, a plus-size cycle and a short girl season. Tyra’s introduced social media – somewhat hamfistedly – in the form of new judge and fashion blogger Bryanboy, social media votes and Instagram casting. On the judging panel, we have Katy Perry’s stylist Johnny Wujeck, bad New York fashion b**ch Kelly Cutrone AND eye candy in the form of male model Rob Evans (drool!).
But has the cool-over worked? Did the show lose its charm, along with its entire panel of fashion homebodies? Tell us you’re not kind of missing silver (rinsed) Canadian fox Jay Manuel, "sexy" bald guy Nigel Barker, cuddly mother figure Twiggy and, of course, Miss J: the tranny with the size eleven spike heels. Sure, the panel was more Velveeta than Vogue; but Tyra’s desire to roll with fashion’s cool kids highlights, rather than masks, the fact that she was never exactly haute couture herself.
From her alleged tormentor (and bonafide supermodel) Naomi Campbell ignoring her on her own talkshow, to Karl Lagerfeld saying he’s never heard of her, Tyra has always been more eager-to-please cocker spaniel than lithe fashion greyhound.
You can keep the hashtags (and the boys of Cycle 20), Tyra. But when ratings dip despite your most valiant efforts to chase them, maybe it’s time to look under the weave for your show’s perfectly nice, apple pie roots.
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Congratulations, Emily Blunt! The British actress and her husband, John Krasinski, are expecting their first child. The happy news was confirmed Wednesday and the adorable couple — who wed in 2010 in Italy — have often talked about their desire to have children. In 2012, Blunt told Manhattan magazine, "We want to have children; I just don't know when yet. I'm just not sure about the timing of all of that. We're both from big families, so I think it's something we want."
Blunt is next slated to appear as the Baker's Wife in Rob Marshall's Into the Woods, while Krasinski has just finished a long run as Jim Halpert on The Office. His next project is the upcoming film Prophet, which has a projected 2014 release date.
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