James Corden has been dismissed as just a "tubby kid" from Britain by U.S. TV veteran David Letterman in a scathing attack ahead of the actor's late night talk show debut later this year (15). The British sitcom star has been tapped to replace Craig Ferguson as host of The Late Late Show and is due to begin his new job at the end of March (15).
Ferguson left the show in December (14) and a number of guest hosts have been filling the vacant slot before Corden takes over.
Letterman made an appearance on the show this week (beg26Jan15) and discussed Corden's absence with guest host Regis Philbin, blasting the British newcomer and questioning his commitment to the job.
The veteran TV star, who has been a late night regular for more than 30 years, told Philbin, "Did they give you this show? I thought it was that chubby guy that got the show, from Great Britain, from England... Why isn't he ready? Well, let me ask you a question. When they said to you: 'Regis, come to New York and do a show?', did you say: 'Meh, I need four to five months to put my things in order'? No. You were here. You were here Monday, right?... They call you Friday, you're here Monday. Where's the tubby kid who's taking over the show?... How bad does he want to do a show? Where is he? Why are we talking to you?... Where is he?...
"I'm just saying, if I've invested my money in a guy to do a show and he says: 'I'm going to need a couple of months', I think that's a flag... This guy... Is he even in this country? Don't you think that's a question that should be answered - where is the guy? I do... Let me tell you this, and God forbid, I don't wish ill on anyone but I think something's gone wrong or he'd be here."
Corden, who was announced as the new host in September (14), is due to make his debut on 23 March (15).
The son of late movie icon John Wayne received a visit from police on Friday night (23Jan15) after becoming embroiled in a heated domestic dispute with his wife. Misha Anderson called the cops on actor Patrick Wayne, 75, during a fight at their U.S. home after allegedly falling out over a new Mercedes-Benz.
No arrests were made and officers were able to leave after calming both parties down.
Reports suggest the couple, which wed in 1999, is in the process of separating, according to TMZ.com.
Anderson is the Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger star's second wife - he was previously married to Peggy Hunt from 1965 until 1978.
Rocker Ryan Adams hit the stage without his wedding ring during an appearance on America's The Late Late Show on Friday night (23Jan15). The singer taped a performance of his new song Gimme Something Good hours before the news broke of his split from Mandy Moore, his wife of six years.
British comedian James Corden made an early appearance on America's The Late Late Show on Friday night (23Jan15) to learn from guest presenter Judd Apatow's "mistakes". Scottish funnyman Craig Ferguson stepped down as show host after nine years last month (Dec14), and a number of stars, including the Knocked Up director, have been invited to take charge of the programme until Into The Woods actor Corden officially takes over for good in March (15). Interrupting Apatow's opening monologue, Corden quipped, "I've been sent down to just shadow you while you're doing this. CBS (network bosses) said it'd be good to learn from your mistakes... I'm learning a lot."
Director Lee Daniels is helping supermodel Naomi Campbell make her big screen acting return by casting her in his upcoming Richard Pryor biopic. The filmmaker recently recruited the British beauty for a recurring role in his new TV drama series Empire, alongside Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, and now Campbell will have a role in his next project, too.
She revealed the news during an interview on U.S. breakfast show Today on Friday (23Jan15) as she discussed her appearance on Empire, saying, "I'm grateful to Lee Daniels (for casting her in Empire)... and also Richard Pryor, his new film, with Oprah (Winfrey), Mike Epps, Kate Hudson."
Campbell stopped short of sharing any further details about her part.
The Hangover funnyman Epps will portray the late comic legend in the new biopic, with Hudson taking on the role of his wife, Jennifer Lee Pryor, and Selma star Oprah Winfrey as his grandmother.
Production is expected to begin at the end of March (15).
Pryor died in 2005, aged 65, after suffering a heart attack.
Campbell last featured on the movie screen in 2009 Bollywood film Karma, Confessions and Holi, while she also previously appeared in 1999 comedy Trippin'.
Correspondence about soul man James Brown's secret documents is set to be made public after a South Carolina judge ordered officials to release emails. Circuit Judge Eugene Griffith, Jr. gave the state Attorney General's Office 10 days to produce the documents on Friday (16Jan15), as lawyers for the officials argued the records should be kept under wraps.
Reports suggest the correspondence includes emails about the diary of James Brown's widow and other documents linked to the ongoing fight over the late soul singer's estate.
A freelance journalist sued for access to the correspondence, according to Billboard.com.
Brown died on Christmas Day, 2006.
Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin was arrested at an American airport for allegedly taking a "joy ride" on the baggage carousel just hours before he was due on stage, according to a U.S. report. The band started a gig in Denver, Colorado late on Friday (16Jan15), and it has now emerged that troubled singer Scantlin was reportedly arrested at Denver International Airport in the hours before the show.
A statement posted online by Rock Panther Presents, the promoters behind the gig at Casselmans Bar & Venue Denver, suggests Scantlin fell foul of airport security services by taking a ride on the luggage carousel and ended up in jail.
The message, posted on Facebook.com before the gig, reads, "So if you haven't heard yet Wes the lead signer from Puddle Of Mudd decided to take a joy ride on the carousel at the airport this morning thru (through) restricted access and got arrested. We have been on this all day and he is just about to be release (sic) from jail and will head straight to the venue. The show will go on but that is why we are running late."
The band started the gig late and Scantlin thanked fans for waiting in a post on the band's Facebook page, writing, "I'm here Denver! Thanks for your patience - Wes."
The promoters suggest a local fan helped bail Scantlin out of jail in time for the concert.
Scantlin, 42, has suffered numerous personal problems in recent years, including losing his home to foreclosure and a legal battle for allegedly failing to pay his credit card bill.
Editors of a newspaper in China have issued an apology over pictures taken of late singer Yao Beina as her body lay in a hospital morgue. The 33-year-old star passed away on Friday (16Jan15) following a three-year battle with breast cancer, and her family later lodged a complaint with The Shenzhen Evening News after photographs were taken of her dead body at a local medical facility.
The pictures were allegedly snapped by undercover reporters during a procedure to remove the star's corneas for donation, and the story caused a storm of controversy on social media.
Editors of the newspaper have now issued an apology and insisted the images have been deleted.
The statement, which was posted on one of the publication's official social media accounts, reads, "We sincerely apologise for the disturbance and discomfort we have caused to Yao's family, fans and (online supporters)."
Mick Jagger has honoured his late designer girlfriend L'Wren Scott by establishing a fashion scholarship in her name. The three-year fund at London's Central Saint Martins school will begin in October (15).
Announcing the scholarship from the Rolling Stones star on Friday (16Jan15), Saint Martins spokesman Fabio Piras tells WWD.com, "I am very grateful to receive this extremely generous scholarship package, gifted by Mick Jagger in L'Wren Scott's name.
"Our students sacrifice much to take up this course and work extremely hard when they are here."
Scott, who dressed stars like Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicole Kidman, committed suicide in March (14), aged 49.
Grateful Dead stars Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann are reuniting to celebrate the iconic rock band's 50th anniversary. The quartet will headline three mega-gigs at Chicago, Illinois' soldier Field in early July (15) with guests including the group's former touring member Bruce Hornsby and Phish star Trey Anastasio.
Announcing the news via an online video on Friday (16Jan15), Trixie Garcia, the daughter of the band's late leader Jerry Garcia, says, "This year is the 50th anniversary of the band we all know and love - the Grateful Dead. There's going to be a celebration.
"This is an amazing American rock band, being celebrated on America's birthday. It's so significant that they're doing the shows in Chicago, a central location for all Deadheads (fans) to gather, and it's also the last place the Grateful Dead played together in 1995."
But Weir reveals there will be a bittersweet element to the reunion concerts, telling Billboard.com, "These will be the last shows with the four of us together."
And Lesh adds, "It is with respect and gratitude that we reconvene the Dead one last time to celebrate not merely the band's legacy, but also the community that we've been playing to, and with, for 50 years."