The first Jones Beach concert of the season at coming up next week--- and we’ve got your tickets! Rascal Flatts playing the beach Friday night- May 31st- and we’ll be giving you another shot at winning tickets tomorrow morning in the Showbiz Buzz.
She was only a runner-up on American Idol’s season 5- -- Side note here, do you remember who did win?? (Taylor Hicks) Or who was the most successful runner up??? (Chris Daughtry) Not that Kellie Pickler’s done so bad--- she’s carved herself out a somewhat successful country music career and she’s managed to stay in the spotlight…. But now she’s a big winner = having been presented with the disco ball trophy as surprise winner on Dancing with the Stars on the season 16 finale last night.
So now what are you going to watch? Well a new reality competition show on FOX fires up tonight- with a two-hour series premier of MasterChef as home cooks audition dishes. And season finales of The Middle, Modern Family, Law & Order: SVU, Criminal Minds, Chicago Fire, Nashville – with Brad Paisley performs with Rayna and Deacon.
A mighty fine show on your computer tonight - as Billy Joel, Emeli Sande Gloria Estefan, Jesse McCartney, James Taylor and Trisha Yearwood take the stage to honor Carole King as she becomes the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress – and yes, she’ll most likely spend some time at the piano as well. President Obama will host the event which streams live tonight and be filmed for the "In Performance at the White House" special that will air next Tuesday night, May 28th, on PBS
Actress and comedienne Carol Burnett will be honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the top award for American comics, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts said on Tuesday. Burnett, 80, whose Emmy-winning sketch comedy program "The Carol Burnett Show" was a mainstay on U.S. television from 1967 to 1978, will receive the award during a ceremony at Washington's Kennedy Center in October. Burnett received her big break in the Broadway musical "Once Upon a Mattress" in 1959, which earned her a Tony Award nomination. She won her first Emmy Award in 1962 for her work on "The Garry Moore Show" sketch comedy TV program, but cemented her comedic reputation by parodying the film "Gone with the Wind" and the TV soap opera "As the World Turns" on her own show. Past recipients of the award, which was first given out in 1998, include Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Bill Cosby and Tina Fey. Television comic and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres won last year.
It's official: SIMON COWELL has chosen three women --DEMI LOVATO, KELLY ROWLAND and PAULINA RUBINO-- to be his fellow judges on "The X Factor." "It’s taken more than a decade, but I’m delighted to finally be on a panel with three girls (I think!)," Simon said.
VH1 is putting their own version of "The View" together which will air daily at 9 am beginning Jun 03. "The Gossip Table" will feature five Hollywood gossip columnists from various publications and sources:
--ROB SHUTER from the “Today Show”
--MARIANNE GARVEY from the NY Daily News
--NOAH LEVY from In Touch magazine
--CHLOE MELAS from Hollywoodlife.com, and
--DELAINA DIXON from DivaGalsDaily.com
"The Show with Vinny" promises to be pretty funny. Star magazine reports that former "Jersey Shore" star VINNY GUADAGNINO will invite the guests on his show to have dinner with his family. MTV has already lined up MARK WAHLBERG, JENNY McCARTHY and KE$HA to enjoy a good Italian dinner and conversation.
FOX is doing a movie based on the "Travis McGee" novels by JOHN McDONALD. There are 21 novels in the series, and LEONARDO DiCAPRIO has been already rumored to be starring in the first one, which is being written by DENNIS LEHANE, the same guy who wrote "Shutter Island." The movie will be based on the book “Deep Blue Good-by,” and reportedly be faithful to the novel, which is about a guy who lives on a 52-foot houseboat in Ft. Lauderdale called The Busted Flush and is a "salvage consultant" who recovers others' property for a fee.
Microsoft unveiled the new Xbox One yesterday. It replaces the X-Box 360, which NPD Group says was the best-selling console device for the 28th month in a row in April. The new version will do everything the old one did, and much more --Microsoft is trying to make the device into a central hub for all forms of entertainment in your living room. Sony is trying to do the same thing with its PlayStation 4, and Nintendo with its new Wii U. The new XBox has a larger hard drive, faster processing power and memory, and includes a live TV tuner, a built-in DVD and Blu-ray player, lets you do Skype video conferencing calls, and also has the ability to stream games over the web.
Microsoft also announced they will be doing a TV version of their popular "Halo" game. STEVEN SPIELBERG will be producing the live-action television series, which will be released as premium content on the new Xbox One. At the press conference, Spielberg admitted to being an XBox fan and said he'd played the game for decades. But --no stars have been announced for the franchise yet.
The regular, sand-colored Levi's that MARK HAMILL wore throughout the original "Star Wars" movie were sold at auction last night by the Nate Sanders auction house. They went for $36-thousand price is a bit less than expected --they were expected to sell for as much as a hundred-thousand bucks.
And a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, with notes by J.K. Rowling, sold for a record 150,000 pounds ($227,421) at a charity auction in London on Tuesday. In a statement auction house Sotheby's said the 1997 edition set a new record for a book by Rowling. The tome includes handwritten notes by the author along with 22 original illustrations and 43-pages of extra "second thought" commentary by Rowling. It was purchased by an unidentified bidder who won the auction over the telephone.