Tom Green just can't stop being annoying. While on a cross-country tour of skate parks, the Associated Press reported the comedian made a pit stop at a Des Moines, Iowa dance club--and promptly irritated the crowd to the point of getting himself booed off the stage.
Things started off pleasantly enough, with Green inciting the patrons to chant, "I like to drink beer" and "In Iowa, we like to drink beer, " but then took it one step too far, interrupting the music and yelling into the microphone. Guess it's just in his nature.
Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to help shape the youth of America. The AP reports that at an annual meeting of the California Society of Newspaper Editors and Associated Press News Executives Council Friday, the imposing actor promoted a 2002 state ballot initiative that would give more than $400 million towards extracurricular activities and tutoring for kids in kindergarten through ninth grade.
Rapper Master P's stalker will finally stand trial. Antwan Kevin Baker has been accused of stalking and making criminal threats against Percy Miller, known as Master P, for the last three years and was arrested April 17. Little risky stalking a rapper, don't you think? Those guys can be pretty tough.
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen is not dating "it's-not-my-baby" Steve Bing and she and Leonardo DiCaprio are not on the skids, as previously rumored. According to PageSix.com, Bundchen, at a Victoria's Secret shoot last week, kept pushing her breasts together saying, "Thees ees for Leo…Thees ees for my boyfriend," while posing in lingerie. No doubt Leo's happy to hear it.
The season finale of NBC's Friends, where Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) gave birth to daughter Emma and accepted an unintentional marriage proposal from Joey (Matt LeBlanc), drew the show's second biggest audience ever, at about 34.9 million viewers.
Actor, writer, director and now musician Billy Bob Thornton is rocking with the best of them, including Elvis Costello. On Friday Thornton began his two-week, nine-city tour in Los Angeles, showing off his rockabilly musical roots, and announced he will join Costello on dates in Minnesota, Michigan and Ohio.
Opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti postponed a performance in Britain to rehearse for a Three Tenor concert (joining Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras) at the World Cup tournament in Japan.
Songwriter Sharon Sheeley, best known for her song "Poor Little Fool" that was immortalized by pop icon Ricky Nelson in 1958, died Saturday in Los Angeles of complications following an aneurysm. She was 62.
If Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone's video and DVD sales in London are any indication of demand in the United States, then get ready to camp outside your local video store if you want a copy. Reuters reports that 700 stores across Britain began selling the Warner Home Video atmidnight on Friday, and more than 2.5 million copies are expected to sell in the first week.
Gwyneth Paltrow may be good on the big screen, but Shakespeare would be in love with her if he could see her on the London stage. According to SkyNews.com, a Thursday night preview of the show Proof--in which Paltrow plays the daughter of a mentally troubled mathematical genius--already has critics impressed. The show opens May 15 and is directed by Shakespeare in Love director John Madden.
Attack of the Clones is quickly turning into "Attack of the Internet Pirates." With only four days left until the next Star Wars installment hits theaters, computer hackers are already swapping bootleg copies of the film online. Reuters estimates up to one million people may have already seen the illegal version.
In the Biz
The independent production company behind TV hits like The Sopranos and Just Shoot Me signed a three-year deal with Fox, The Associated Press reports. Brad Grey Television's shows were previously distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Folksy pop singer Jewel will kick off her North American tour in June, and she's taking a bit of fresh talent with her. In hopes of introducing 12 emerging artists to her fans, Jewel has created Soul City Café--a segment of her concert that will allow two musical acts and one spoken word performer to be heard in front of a large audience.
The Pretenders will open for the Rolling Stones' first show of their World Tour on Sept. 5 at CMGI Field in Boston, Launch Music reports. Other opening acts for the tour have not been officially announced, but Mick Jagger told reporters that Sheryl Crow and No Doubt may be on the bill.
Luciano Pavarotti cancelled a concert at the last minute Saturday, announcing he was too sick with the flu to perform at the Metropolitan Opera season finale, AP reports. Italian tenor Salvatore Licitra replaced the 66-year-old opera legend.
Director Spike Lee has been concentrating on domestics and fashions lately--in film, at least. Kmart announced Friday that a new round of 15- and 30-second commercials directed by Lee and starring Martha Stewart and Jaclyn Smith will begin their run today, AP reports.
Honoring All Moms
Tha Row Records mogul Suge Knight and his staff will celebrate Mother's Day at the Regent Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills during his annual Single Mother's Day brunch, Launch Music reports.
Pop beauty Kylie Minogue may be single, but that doesn't mean her maternal instincts aren't kicking in. According to Ananova.com, an upcoming British TV documentary about the star called Kylie: Spinning Around has her admitting, "One day, maybe there will be a family. That will be my greatest achievement in life."
French filmmaker Yves Robert died Friday at age 81, Reuters reports. Known for his idyllic films about rural France, Robert directed My Father's Glory and My Mother's Castle.
With plans to record a fundraising song titled "What More Can I Give?" Michael Jackson has lined up support from today's hottest acts to aid survivors and families of victims of the recent terrorist attacks the United States suffered earlier this month.
The question is: Could Jackson recreate the success of his 1985 tribute tune "We Are the World"? Our answer: Definitely.
With support from Destiny's Child, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake of 'N Sync and Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, Jackson is currently recording "What More Can I Give?" with the goal of raising $50 million for relief efforts, Jackson's spokesman, Howard Rubenstein, told ABCNews.com on Monday.
According to SonicNet.com, a Spanish-language version of the song is also in the works.
On Thursday, however, a spokeswoman for Jive Records told Hollywood.com that neither Spears nor Timberlake had confirmed their involvement in the upcoming Michael Jackson project.
"I believe in my heart that the music community will come together as one and rally to the aid of thousands of innocent victims," Jackson said on a press release. "There is a tremendous need for relief dollars right now and through this effort, each one of us can play an immediate role in helping comfort so many people."
Who would know better than to come up with a project like this than Jackson, who in 1985 co-wrote the tune "We Are the World" with Lionel Richie, a song that would raise $65 million for USA for Africa, a fund that helps victims of starvation in Africa.
The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 on March 23, 1985 at No. 21 and won a Grammy for Song of the Year and Record of the Year.
While some may think that Jackson's effort to record a new song is only intended to increase interest in his comeback efforts, the King of Pop has always been involved in charitable organizations.
In October 1998, tenor Luciano Pavarotti and Jackson's close friend Elizabeth Taylor joined the superstar in a series of concerts Jackson organized and headlined to benefit the World Peace Foundation for Children (WPFC), in hopes of providing aid to needy children and families around the world.
In Jackson's opinion, music is capable of touching people's souls, and it's "time we use that power to help us begin the process of healing immediately," he told ABCNews.com.
Jackson is not alone. Other musicians are doing their part to pay tribute to the victims by donating to different relief funds.
Music producer Phil Ramone and television producer Merv Griffin assembled several of the artists in Los Angeles to attend a fund raising event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sept. 16.
Stacey Wolf, publicist for actor Kevin Spacey, said that the event benefited the American Red Cross and featured a performance of Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" sung by Spacey.
Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen, are some of the confirmed participants at the America: A Tribute to Heroes telethon being put together by the CBS, ABC, Fox and NBC networks. The event will be broadcast live from Los Angeles and New York Friday at 9 p.m. Eastern and Central. The show will be tape-delayed in the Mountain and Pacific time zones.
Singer Whitney Houston is taking a similar approach by planning to re-release her rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," which she originally performed before the Super Bowl XXV in 1991, when the nation had ended the Persian Gulf War. Houston's label, Arista Records, told SonicNet the singer will split the proceeds between the New York Firefighters Disaster Relief Fun and the New York Fraternal Order of Police Fund.
Janet Jackson, James Taylor and R&B singer Maxwell have joined the band Earth, Wind & Fire, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Backstreet Boys, and Sade with $10,000 each in donations to the ClearChannel.com Relief Fund.
Rebecca Allmon, director of public relations for Clear Channel World Wide, told Hollywood.com on Friday that the fund has raised $5.4 million through artist contributions, patron donations, and individuals around the country who can donate money over the phone or online through Clear Channel's official Web site.
"We are so overwhelmed with the generosity of Americans everywhere who are financially participating to express their outrage," Allmon said. "We are deeply fortunate to be in a position to make that happen."
Proceeds from the Clear Channel Relief Fund will benefit organizations including the New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania police, firefighters and emergency workers, the U.S. Military and National Guard personnel, and the national and local chapters of The American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.
By having access to media resources, such as radio stations and public service campaigns, Allmon said, billboards have been created across the nation with messages that read, "In God We Trust. United We Stand."
On Sept. 14 in Birmingham, Ala., Governor Don Siegelman, spoke and led an audience of 7,000 for a candle light vigil, where civil and religious entities had an opportunity to express their feelings on the tragedy, Allmon said.
Britney Spears, along with boyfriend Justin Timberlake of 'N Sync, have created The Giving Back Fund, a charity foundation to aid the families of victims of the attacks, Launch.com reports. The fund is gathering entertainers and athletes for a special event in the near future that will benefit victims.
Spears also plans to give $1 from each ticket sold for her upcoming fall tour, and hopes plans to raise $2 million in merchandise sales and by auctioning front-row seats at her shows, The Associated Press reported.
Janes Addiction's guitarist Dave Navarro had mobile units for blood for his Sept. 12 show in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Charlotte, N.C. show on Sept. 15. "Dave didn't feel comfortable with playing shows without doing something about it," Navarro's publicist, Bobbi Gale, told Hollywood.com on Friday.
Rock band Incubus donated the proceeds from their Sept. 15 and 16 shows in New York to relief efforts. Godsmack also donated their proceeds from the sale of their merchandise to the New York City Public and Private Initiative, a fund benefiting the families of police officers and firefighters.
After canceling her show on Sept. 11, the day of the attack, Madonna led a prayer for peace at her Staples Center performance in Los Angeles on Sept. 14. Other artists such as Aerosmith, Stevie Nicks, Janet Jackson and Cake have canceled shows in the aftermath of the tragedy.
Veteran newsman Dan Rather was visibly shaken during a guest appearance on CBS' Late Show with David Letterman Monday night. The CBS news anchor briefly lost his composure twice during his conversation with the talk show host about last Tuesday's attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. An also choked-up Letterman clasped Rather's hand and told him, "I know you're a great newsman, Dan, but you're also a human being."
Opera singer Luciano Pavarotti told a Milan court Monday that he does not feel guilty for not declaring earnings of $17-$19 million between 1989 and 1995, Reuters reports. Pavarotti delivered a $4.5 million check in person to the Italian treasury in hopes of ending his legal woes with the tax authorities. The criminal proceedings, however, had already started. "I am a citizen who works abroad. I have always believed that a tax evader was someone who earned in Italy and took his earnings abroad," he told the court. "I earn my money abroad and take it into Italy."
The New York Friar's Club Celebrity Roast of Hugh Hefner, which will be held Sept. 29 at the New York Hilton, will feature Drew Carey, Adam Carolla, Gilbert Gottfried, Rob Schneider, Sarah Silverman and Cedric the Entertainer as "roasters." The roast will be shown on Comedy Central at 10 p.m. Nov. 4. The network's previous roasts of entertainers including Carey, Jerry Stiller and Rob Reiner, are Comedy Central's highest rated original special, Variety reports.
A revision by music tracking firm SoundScan has changed the order of US pop album charts. According to Reuters, System of a Down's second album Toxicity originally debuted at No. 2 with sales of 170,000 units for the week ending Sept. 9. SoundScan later adjusted the data by including 50,000 units of a limited-edition enhanced CD of Toxicity which had not originally been included. This moved the Los Angeles band's album to the top of the charts, surpassing Alicia Keys' Songs in A Minor.
Video game makers Activision, Ubi Soft Entertainment, Microsoft Corp. and Electronic Arts are removing images of any destruction involving New York City and Washington. According to The Associated Press, copies of Electronic Arts' war game "Red Alert 2" are being changed because the cover depicts the World Trade Center and the New York skyline in flames. Makers of the game, which came out more than a year ago, are offering retailers the chance to trade in the old covers for new ones.
More films and TV programs are being altered in light of Tuesday's terrorist attacks. Variety reports that a Law and Order miniseries on Gotham terrorism has been canceled. Meanwhile, the first installment of Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect, on which news commentator Barbara Olson was a frequent participant, has been turned into a tribute. Miramax's People I Know starring Al Pacino also contains footage that has been rendered unusable. The World Trade Center is seen throughout the film, including one shot in which the twin towers are seen upright, then turned sideways as the vantage point changes. The shot was meant to convey Pacino's world turned on end.
London Vanishes, a mass-participation interactive Web-based play which was launched last Tuesday, will go on as scheduled, Reuters reports. The play, which is based on the disappearance of a capital city, is a move to get theatergoers to go online and write a collective plot. The complete work will be dedicated to the victims of Tuesday's terrorist attacks.
In New York, theater producers were faced with dismal box office figures.Variety reports that off-Broadway productions were hit the hardest, with business dropping off 80 percent. On Broadway, four shows posted closing notices including A Thousand Clowns, If Ever You Leave Me, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Blast!. For the first time in its four-year run, The Lion King did not sell out.