4-1-1 ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 24TH, 2008 from Patty Jackson WDAS FM in Philly
Shout to my girl Sharon Kirkley for this weekly newsletter. This is my fav of all the entertainment eblast i receive. Short and to the point. No pics this time but enjoy and be informed.
Look for changes on The Tyra Banks Show next season. The 5th season kicks off next fall, and the former supermodel will be on a new network. The Tyra Banks Show is moving to the CW network due to low rating and budget cuts. The season will also be shortened to 26 weeks of new shows instead of 34.
In a surprising interview, Beyonce revealed that she has not talked to Jennifer Hudson during her time of tragedy. Beyonce and Hudson starred in the movie musical Dreamgirls, but it was Hudson who walked away with the Oscar. The past few weeks have been rough for Hudson as she deals with the tragic murders of her family: her mother, brother and seven-year old nephew. A suspect is in custody, but as of press time, still no arrests. Beyonce has been on a roll promoting her latest CD, I Am…. Sasha Fierce, but a lot of people have noticed how quiet she has been about the tragedy. Well, Beyonce fessed up and admitted the obvious, but said she is praying for Hudson and her family.
Is Michael Jackson a Muslim? NO! This is just another publicity stunt from the King Of Pop to take attention off of his financial situation and various lawsuits.
Friends and family of Actor/Comedian Katt Williams are speaking out for him. Now that he has committed himself to a mental facility, he is getting the rest he so desperately needed. Friends say he was under a lot of stress. Williams has a lot of people depending on him and many projects under his belt including movies, TV, albums and stand up shows. When he threatened to retire at the end of the year, it was his way of saying he needed a break. Williams was suffering from extreme fatigue, and he was having a hard time dealing with fame. All the groupies with the free flowing alcohol and drugs did not help. What is about our famous comedians that they fall prey to the downside of celebrity and all of its excesses (Martin Lawrence, Richard Pryor, and Dave Chappelle)? Hopefully, once Williams is released he will come out a better, well rested man.
Bobby Brown is determined to get his career back on track, and his girlfriend/manager is helping him. Brown is teaming up with New Edition members Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant to form a new supergroup called Heads Of State. In addition to an album, the trio plans to hit the road. A spinoff group of New Edition is nothing new. Back in the 90’s, Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell, and Ronnie Devoe formed Bell Biv Devoe, and they topped the charts with the song Poison.
The Meaning Of Michelle is the cover of the new issue of Newsweek. The news magazine does a revealing look at our future First Lady Michelle Obama.
Now that we have an African American President, is it time for a black “James Bond?” Jamie Foxx says he is ready to play the role, but in a new opinion poll readers overwhelmingly voted for Will Smith. Who do you think can be the first black “James Bond…maybe Blair Underwood, how about Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Boris Kodjoe or Terrence Howard? Let us know what you think.
Smokey Robinson says he is working on his next CD, and he says it will be all duets. Robinson says there are many people he would like to work with on the project. So far, he has lined up India.Arie and Carlos Santana. Robinson says even though he is approaching 70, he is planning to hit the road next year.
Life after Prophetess Juanita Bynum is proving to be hard for Bishop Thomas Weeks. Weeks is currently on the hunt for a new wife, but first he has to find a new church building. He was recently kicked out of his old building because he owed over $400,000 in back rent.
Last week was a mixed bag for actor Blair Underwood. First, he was named one of the Sexiest Men Alive by People magazine. Then his ABC show, Dirty Sexy Money, was cancelled.
Former Today Show Host Bryant Gumbel is trying to get help for his oldest son Bradley. Bradley Gumbel, 29, was arrested for possible D.U.I. after he was found sleeping in his car reeking of alcohol on the side of the road. Bradley was disoriented, and had no idea he had passed out. The young Gumbel faces heavy fines and jail time if convicted. In the meantime, his father wants him to get counseling.
Our get well wishes go out to David “Pop” Winans. The patriarch of the Winans family has been ill for most of the year. So far this year, he has suffered two strokes, a seizure and a heart attack.
Will there be a second season of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta? Of course the ratings for the Bravo network show were off the hook, so the show will probably return next spring. In the meantime, Playboy is calling and housewife Kim is the first to agree to pose in the magazine. There’s still no word on what Nene, Sheree, Lisa or Deshawn will do.
Is Janet Jackson ready to be a mom? Will this be Miss Jackson’s next step? Her career is in turmoil, and sources say her longtime boyfriend, Jermaine Dupri, wants her to start thinking in a family way. Jackson is 42, and Dupri feels the time is now to start a family.
Now that her TV show, Life On Mars, has been cancelled, a pregnant Lisa Bonet will have time to nurse her boyfriend. Bonet’s boyfriend, Actor Jason Momoa, was attacked by a man with a beer bottle. The handsome actor had to get 140 stitches in his face. He had to undergo reconstructive surgery. The man in questioned was arrested and charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon.
Will Smith has been named one of the Most Fascinating People Of 2008. The Barbara Walters Special airs December 4th on ABC. Tom Cruise, Miley Cyrus, Tina Fey, and Michael Phelps are also featured.
Get ready for the T.D. Jakes talk show. The Bishop is coming to a TV near you next fall. Dr. Phil’s son, Jay McGraw, will be producing the daytime talker. Speaking of the Bishop, his new movie, Not Easily Broken, opens in theatres early next year. The movie stars Morris Chestnut, Taraji P. Henson and Jennifer Lewis.
Toni Braxton will continue with Dancing With The Stars, but not on the small screen. Braxton has joined the touring company, and their Philadelphia stop will be in February.
The new season of American Idol: Season Number 8 kicks off January 13-14th.
For its 50th anniversary, Motown Records is releasing a new box set of songs that the fans have picked. The box set is due December 9th. The 10 disc CD will feature 191 songs from your favorite Motown stars including Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells and Martha & The Vandellas, to name a few.
Queen Latifah will be hosting the 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards to be held January 7th on CBS.
The 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards will take place on February 12th.
Lionel Richie is getting ready to release his new CD next year. Richie will be teaming up with Singer/Songwriter Ne-Yo for his next CD entitled Just Go.
Musiq (Soulchild) returns with his latest CD, On My Radio, on December 9th. The CD features his hit duet with Mary J. Blige, If U Leave.
Lee Daniels latest movie with Mariah Carey, Tennessee, opens in theatres December 19th
Sinbad and Yolanda Adams will be hosting the 21st Annual Stellar Awards. Gospel Sensation Marvin Sapp is leading the pack with nine nominations including song and male vocal. The show is taking place January 17th.
The movie, Notorious, based on the life of Rapper Biggie Smalls, a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G., is gearing up for its release, which is scheduled for January 16th, 2009. Angela Bassett will be playing Biggie’s mom, Volletta Wallace.
The Whispers are coming out with a holiday DVD. The famed singing group has been performing for over 45 years. Christmas With The Whispers features holiday classic and interviews.
Cedric The Entertainer makes his Broadway debut. The stage play, American Buffalo, about small time crooks and co-starring John Leguizamo, is currently running on the Great White Way.
Beyonce teams up with Oscar Winner Adrian Brody and Jeffrey Wright for the movie Cadillac Records. Beyonce is playing the Legendary Etta James. The movie opens in theatres December 5th.
WHAT’S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He is one of the biggest stars of the moment, but his private life is catching up to him. He has to be careful about how he treats people because those same people are ready to cash in on what they know about him and tell the truth for money.
This guy is a Hollywood heartthrob, but he’s having a hard time with the ladies. Apparently, his reputation is caching up to him. He’s a jerk who loves them and leaves them broke.