Pop star Debbie Gibson is heading to TV as a judge on new U.S. reality show Sing Your Face Off. Network bosses at ABC recently snapped up the American rights to hit Spanish talent series Your Face Sounds Familiar, where celebrities take on the identity of a legendary singer each week, and now Foolish Beat hitmaker Gibson is set to rate their performances alongside Scary Movie 3 funnyman Darrell Hammond.
Among those slated to compete on the programme are soap star Lisa Rinna, former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach, comedian Jon Lovitz and teenage Disney Channel singer/actress China Anne McClain.
An air date for the show, to be hosted by actor John Barrowman, has not yet been set.
Celebrity Apprentice without Gary Busey is a bit like Donald Trump without his hair. On a whole, it might look better, but it's missing that signature touch that made it terrible. And, though it seems contradictory, Celebrity Apprentice needs to be terrible to be good.
Otherwise we get what we got Sunday night: A handful of semi-intelligent C-listers pulling together a semi-professional presentation for a semi-famous resort. There were, like, no mechanical dogs throughout the episode! I mean, Trump even had to pay the Earth 10,000 gold coins and two escorts to shift its tides and make it snow in New York City in order to give this episode some drama. (Let's give 'em 15 inches. It's gonna be HUGE.)
But there were a handful of ridiculous moments throughout the episode, which saw the contestants hosting a party in a Barclays Center suite for Foxwoods Resort Casino. This is Celebrity Apprentice after all!
Roger Klotz's TV ComebackOr was I the only one to notice Foxwoods executive Scott Butera's uncanny resemblance to Doug's mortal enemy?
Teller Talks!Why Penn Jillette's famed other half couldn't use text messages to relay his difficulty getting into the snow-plagued city is beyond me — especially when Teller insisted on silently staying in character once he arrived to the set. (I suppose Teller can only be seen and not heard, or heard and not seen, which doesn't make him a good candidate for the Milford School.) Still, you have to hand it the magician for helping his showbiz partner — I'd rather swallow a box of needles than deal with connecting to New York via Philadelphia via San Francisco. (And for air travel to get him there on time? That's the real magic trick!)
"If I Do Get Punched in the Mouth, Is It Really a Big Deal?"I can't be the only one who hoped Teller didn't show up to watch future task winner Lisa Rinna attempt a dangerous juggling trick with Penn. And I can't be the only one that hopes NBC spins off this season of Celebrity Apprentice into Working Like Magic: The Penn and Lisa Show. This really is the best duo to hit Celebrity Apprentice since Busey and the alien living inside his soul.
Trace Is One Notch Above DeathMarilu Henner was certainly right in her observation, yet Trace Adkins also happened to be one of the more entertaining things about this ho-hum episode of Celebrity Apprentice. And when you find yourself most entertained by a bored country star talking about breasts, you know it's time to switch to Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Inside the Actor's Studio, Working Like Magic: The Penn and Lisa Show — anything but Celebrity Apprentice.
Not Fit For a King of KrunkWith the exception of the guest appearance from pocket country star Hunter Hayes, Power's suite display — inspired by the word "king" — was only slightly less embarrassing than a zipline trip across the room in an office chair. Between taking the word "king" too literally — Marilu was just a few hours short from ordering her own herd of serfs to the suite — and the rollaway chess boards more fit for a fifth grader with grape juice-stained hands than a professional, Power officially has the monopoly on all things adolescent. (The team's A-list entertainment in next week's task: The Rock-afire Explosion.) Though Marilu certainly deserved to be fired, John Rich's insistence that the Project Manager should have known Lil Jon was nicknamed the King of Krunk is ridiculous as claiming Lil Jon should have known Elaine O'Connor-Nardo holds the employee of the month record at Sunshine Cab Company. Yeah, John Rich. Okay.
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Are you tired? Run-down? Listless? Do you find yourself easily swayed by D-list celebrities on television? Then you'd love the 120-minute infomercial that was Sunday night's Celebrity Apprentice. Yes, life was certainly good for LG — the company at the center of this week's promotional task — but not for Celebrity Apprentice fans who would prefer to watch a reality show episode over an extended commercial for the electronics brand. But it's a surprise the NBC series had a problem filling two hours without excessive product placement from contestants who only care less for their dignity than LG's phones — after all, for the second time this season, Gary Busey climbed out of Vincent D'Onofrio's skin to act as Project Manager.
But, unfortunately for Penn Jillette and Lisa Rinna, Plan B couldn't quite tame their leader this week, who bucked orders to sit and behave (playing dead would be impossible for a man whose soul already died and and was replaced by a rabid horse in 1998) in order to fulfill his dream of humping a table. But let me elaborate with this week's one and only most ridiculous moment…
Gary, The Mechanical DogIt was plain as the crazy on Gary's face that the human set of teeth was going to finally get fired this week. You can point to Trump's patented pre-firing glad-handing (lauding the strengths of a man who knows more about shark farts than his own surroundings) or the fact that the actor was indeed, as he noted, a salmon out of water compared to his more astute team members, but, still, Busey's firing came down to one thing: The Oscar-nominated actor hit a ruff (er, rough) patch when he insisted on portraying a "mechanical dog" in Plan B's 90-second LG ad.
The whole bit was so bizarre, it could have been straight out of a modern art exhibit at the MOMA — and by MOMA, I mean the marijuana-and-Cheetos laced fantasy of a teenage burnout. The premise: A technology-illiterate father, played by Gary, learns about LG products from his wife, who appears to have a daughter of the exact same age. (It was a "weird Mormon sister-wife thing," Penn noted.) Then, the father asked, "What will LG think of next? A mechanical dog?", a sentence that seemed to trigger a hypnosis transforming the actor into a dog that begins to bark-slash-possibly vomit. Gary's wife-slash-daughter's fiancé calms the father, who realizes with his new LG phone, he no longer needs to be a mechanical dog. Then his wife-slash-daughter said she was going to let nature call to her while watching TV, and suddenly, we got into a territory far more blue than Clint Black's All Detergent masturbation ad. It was absolutely insane, but anyone who ever hoped for a sequel to C.H.O.M.P.S. must have been pleasantly surprised.
So it was clear it was time to say goodbye to Mr. Hang Brain Gary, a true reality artist who, in this episode alone, said several things that made absolutely no sense about bags of hair, farts, and his status as a father of a two-year-old child. It's a sad day for Celebrity Apprentice — one that, no doubt, we'll remember as well as Marilu Henner. Now the series will have to rely on the limited talents of its remaining five cast members instead of Gary's half-naked body for good TV. How will we be tickled now?
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Actress Lisa Rinna has asked fans for their well wishes after her father Frank came down with a nasty case of pneumonia and her dog Lola suffered a seizure over the weekend (26-28Apr13). The former Melrose Place star took to Twitter.com on Saturday (27Apr13) to reveal she made an emergency trip to the vet in the early hours of the morning after her Rottweiler suffered a major health scare in the night.
In a series of posts, she wrote, "We had such a scare last night our Rottie Lola had a seizure and couldn't walk and we rushed her to the emergency room at midnight. She is better today thank god. Waiting to speak with the vet. So scary! We love our Lola so much! How and why does a 5 yr old dog have a seizure our (sic) of the blue? She cried out like she had been hit by a car and then was shaking. Could be fertilizer or snail bait in the yard the vet said... She struggled to regain balance then had another seizure when we got her to the vet. Harry carried her down the stairs all 88 pounds scary!
"Now they are thinking it might be a Spider bite! We just don't know! Lola has blindness from the seizure so please send good thoughts and prayers for her to regain her sight."
The pooch appeared to be recovering on Sunday (28Apr13) as Rinna tweeted, "I haven't slept much in the past 2 days but happy to report Lola is better! Thought she wouldn't make it through the night honestly-She did! Lola came running up the stairs this Am (morning) and I said prayers answered!"
However, Rinna was immediately hit with bad news from her mother Lois, who informed the star her father Frank was ill.
The actress added, "Lois just calls me & says Frank's Dr told him he is lucky 2 B (to be) alive he had the worst case of pneumonia he has evr (ever) seen shld (should) of killed him... I come from some STRONG STOCK that's for sure! FIGHTERS Please say a prayer for Frankie 91 years old and Lola the dog 5 yrs old (sic)."
Charlize Theron, Josh Duhamel and director Wes Craven are among the stars who are urging fans to adopt more environmentally-friendly lifestyles in honour of Earth Day on Monday (22Apr13). A slew of celebrities took to their Twitter.com blogs to celebrate Mother Earth and encourage devotees to follow in their footsteps and go green as they marked the 43rd annual event, which is aimed at highlighting the importance of preserving the planet for future generations.
Oscar winner Theron asked followers to reflect on their own actions, writing, "Happy earth day! Important lesson: always respect and care for your mother. What are you doing to celebrate our amazing home, mother earth?", while horror icon Craven shared a fascinating fact about recycling, revealing: "It only takes about 6 weeks total to manufacture, fill, sell, recycle, and then remanufacture an aluminum (sic) beverage can. HappyEarthDay".
Transformers actor Duhamel offered up signed DVDs of his new environmental documentary Planet Ocean to those who could prove their dedication to the cause by calling on fans to send in photos of themselves conserving the planet, and TV star Melissa Joan Hart offered up her own tips, tweeting: "Don't let your car idle, bring your own bag and bring your own coffee cup! 3 simple ways to help protect Mother Earth!"
Former Melrose Place actress Lisa Rinna revealed she was swapping her car for an electric vehicle in celebration of Earth Day, while Bette Midler shared a touching tweet, writing: "Happy Earth Day! How far we have come since first one; how far to go. Our beautiful blue planet, our heaven, our hell, our home."
Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, singer Paula Abdul and actresses Alyssa Milano, Marlee Matlin, Rashida Jones and Sophia Bush also raised awareness about Earth Day by tweeting about the event.
Kelly Rutherford is touched by a fellow's mum desperate bid to help the actress regain custody of her two children by launching an online petition in her honour in an effort to reverse the ruling. The Gossip Girl star was left devastated in August (12) when a California judge ruled in favour of her ex-husband and allowed her six-year-old son Hermes and three-year-old daughter Helena to remain in France with their father, German businessman Daniel Giersch, following the 2012 summer break. Giersch has been banned from returning to the U.S. after his visa was revoked.
Rutherford, who must fly to Europe each time she wants to see her kids, has been fighting the decision ever since and now Caroline Fina, whose children attended school with Hermes and Helena, has called on U.S. government officials to get involved in the case.
An excerpt of Fina's petition on Change.org reads: "I met Kelly Rutherford three years ago when we'd both arrive early to pick up our children at their nursery school. I saw her every single day: our kids became fast friends, and I got to know Kelly as one of the most loving, dedicated mothers I've ever met. I never could've imagined that a court ruling would separate Kelly from her children and put the Atlantic ocean between them... It's been just devastating for them... Kelly's children have been taken away from their school, their friends, and their doctors. As you can imagine, Kelly is constantly worried about the emotional and psychological toll this is taking on her children, who have done nothing to deserve this chaos.
"I want you to know that Kelly is not your average mother. She is the mom who sews the Spiderman mask back together when it rips, the mom who has lollipops in her purse at all times just in case she comes across a child crying, at school, at the airport, anywhere. She is the mom who will eat the crazy-looking birthday cake her kids made for her, just because it's made of love. Kelly is a caring and generous friend, and most importantly, a truly exceptional mother. To see her now, separated from Hermes and Helena, enduring the worst possible agony a mother can experience, pushes me to reach out for help."
The petition has drawn the support of a handful of celebrities, including former Melrose Place star Lisa Rinna and singer Estelle, and Rutherford admits she's overwhelmed by Fina's willingness to help.
She tells the New York Post, "It's a touching thing to do from mother to mother. We would wait for our kids together and have play dates together. So she saw (the drama) firsthand. A lot of mothers were really shocked by this. I think it would make any mum think, 'If it can happen to her, then it can happen to me.'"
The entire appeal of Celebrity Apprentice is watching D-listers attempt to do things they have absolutely no idea how to do. Create advertising campaigns, balance budgets, maintain dignity. So what a joy it was this week to watch our all-stars attempt the impossible: Do their actual, real-life jobs. That's right! Celebrity Apprentice's contestants were tasked with doing something they've failed at doing for the better half of their lifetimes — acting.
But that's hardly the only reason Sunday's episode — in which the all-stars had to create a short silent film for Australian Gold — was pure gold. Because the episode also marked the first time this season reality TV's favorite living, breathing set of teeth, Gary Busey, was named Project Manager. Even more golden was the fact that Donald Trump so recognizes Gary's entertainment contribution to the series, that he refused to fire the losing Project Manager, despite the fact that the only thing more off-balance than the actor are his glasses. But thank god — like Penn Jillette, we Celebrity Apprentice fans will continue to be ecstatic to be riding the Celebrity Apprentice train with Gary as the engineer. But before we pump the breaks on Sunday's episode, let's get full steam ahead into the night's most ridiculous moments!
9. "You Put a Caveman in a Modern Situation, You've Got Comedy."Says Trace Adkins, winning Project Manager behind Australian Gold's troglodyte-centric commercial and the one person who's donated money to ABC's Cavemen Kickstarter. Still, you've got to love Celebrity Apprentice's most endlessly bored contestant. No, you really have to, because otherwise you'd have to fend with a set of biceps more inflated than Donald Trump's sense of self-worth.
8. Donald Smacks Lisa Rinna's LipsTrump buttered up former Miss America-turned-Australian Gold shiller Katie Stam by insulting Lisa's famously enhanced lips, a move that was about as classy as Trump high-rise. ("Do you like her lips?" the billionaire goaded the former beauty queen.)
7. "We're Gonna Babysit?"Gary's misunderstanding of Lisa's proclamation that Plan B was going to get bathing suits was also the most terrifying threat to children since It.
6. Stephen's Not-So-Funny BusinessSunday night's episode taught us that Stephen is to funny as Daniel Baldwin is to not running around naked in a hotel on a cocaine-fueled bender shouting his own name. Plan B's director's claim that the phrase "Never fear, Australian Gold is here" — which he fought Penn Jillette to include in the team's film — was hysterical was as confounding as the rapid breakdown of the Baldwin bloodline. No wonder Stephen is creeped out by Penn because the magician works in illusions — the actor only works in delusions.
5. "He Reminded Me of a Stripper I Met in Detroit."Said Gary of Trace in full caveman garb.
4. Gary's Caught With His Pants DownLiterally. Blink and you would have missed the split-second shot of Gary nude from the waist down, a Celebrity Apprentice moment wonderfully delivered without any context whatsoever.
3. Stephen Baldwin, DirectorIn his proudest moment since saving the world from Sharks In Venice, Stevie B named himself director of Gary Busey's Australian Gold commercial, an ad whose concept changed from centering on "a vampire with a day pass" to Lisa Rinna mugging in a bathing suit. "I'm not trying to win the Academy Award here," said Stephen, "I'm trying to do something very simple." Interestingly, that's also what Stephen's said about his entire career. ZING!
2. Gary's OWAThat's Obsession With Acronyms. The actor fought his way to safety over Stephen by creating acronyms like PAST (Preoccupation About Spent Time), NOW (No Other Way), and AWE (Always Wacky for our Entertainment). Okay, so the last one isn't quite real, but it's how we should all feel watching Gary progress through the competition despite having any discernable business talent. Perhaps Trump could hand him the victory. After all, YOLO.
1. Stevie B Has No PleaAny Celebrity Apprentice fan could have predicted Power's win. Not only was the losing team badly in need of a victory in order to even the score, but Trump also has a psychological need for approval from the one man on Celebrity Apprentice who could care less about being there, Power team leader Trace. But that also left the series' one remaining source of entertainment, Gary, in jeopardy. But there was a solution — what are Trump's whims, Alex? Instead of firing Project Manager Gary for an ad that showcased Gary's teeth more than Australian Gold's full product line, Trump opted instead to fire director Stephen for no other reason than suggesting Gary is "amazing." Even though Trump himself thinks Gary is amazing. Of course, Stephen's firing made less sense than Gary on Peyote, which led the star of The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas to proclaim upon his exit, "My advice for the remaining contestants is to be like Mr. Trump — be willing to absolutely disregard your morals and your character in order to be successful." And like that, he was gone.
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The former Days of Our Lives star was changing the bedding in her home when she felt pain in her spine, and she turned to her Twitter.com followers for advice on how to treat the injury.
In a series of posts, she writes, "I can't believe I bent down without bending my knees to tuck in the sheet on our bed and Whamo (sic) I pulled my low back out! What do I do besides ice and (pain reliever) aleve??? flat on my back."
The Blade Runner star and Gilbert braved the rain and helped members of the Los Angeles Mission distribute meals to nearly 4,000 people struggling to make ends meet at the Skid Row shelter.
Donning a red apron, kind-hearted Ford told local TV station KTLA, "I wish them all the best. I'm happy that they're here, and I hope they understand that people are concerned about their welfare."
Meanwhile, Gilbert uploaded an image of herself and son Michael at the event on Twitter.com, alongside a caption which read, "My boy Michael at the LA Mission to serve Christmas Dinner."
Actress Lisa Rinna also served but former Boy Meets World star Danielle Fishel, who was due to take part in the festivities, had to pull out when her dog Anna fell sick.
She tweeted, "(I) was supposed to serve food this morning for skidrowChristmas... Taking my baby girl Anna to the vet this morning. I think she had a stroke and the left side of her body won't work."
The Star Wars legend will hand out food and other necessities to thousands of homeless people as part of the organisation's annual Christmas Event from 10.45am (local time) alongside actor Harry Hamlin, former child star Danielle Fishel, TV host Lisa Rinna and actress Melissa Gilbert.
The Los Angeles Mission has also received donations of gifts and toys which will be presented by Santa during the event.