Blair’s Animal Sanctuary Saved By Cowell
Actress Linda Blair has music mogul Simon Cowell to thank for saving her cash-strapped animal shelter after he donated $30, 000 ( £20, 000) to keep the centre open.
In recent years, the Exorcist star has dedicated her life to her non-profit WorldHeart Foundation, which cares for up to 50 abandoned dogs at a time.
The pet care home was in danger of closing down earlier this year after running out of funds, but Blair reveals Cowell stepped in at the last minute to save the day.
She tells the National Enquirer, “I really thought I’d reached the end of my rope. But then, from out of the blue, came a miracle named Simon Cowell.”
Carrie Underwood’s Web Site Gets a Makeover
She’s gorgeous. She can sing. She’s smart. And I’ll be damned, Carrie Underwood has got some Web savvy, too. Her Web site has had a bit of a makeover, and now you can do things like buy the “Cowboy Casanova” video, shop for CDs and digital music. And the new site will reportedly be bringing her countless fans even closer to Underwood.
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Kris Allen Fans Weigh In With More Bad Album Titles
Yesterday, we posted a silly blog entry about what we hoped Kris Allen wouldn’t name his major label debut (which comes out on November 17). And you guys showed up in droves to make your own suggestions. Some of your comments made me giggle, some of them made me shake my head, and all of them were appreciated.
Since “Idol” album news is fairly dry today (aside from Allison Iraheta’s first single becoming available for download), I thought it’d be fun to count down my favorite fan suggestions for album titles Kris Allen should avoid.
Will Jennifer Hudson’s Baby Really Take After David Otunga?
The world will get its first glimpse of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson’s nearly 2-month-old son, David Jr., in an upcoming issue of People magazine. After keeping her pregnancy a virtual secret over the past year, the R&B opens up for the cover story, discussing her joy at being a mom and revealing that the little one is already taking after his dad.
For fans of reality TV, it might be hard to imagine an infant taking after David Otunga, who’s built quite an interesting resume in his 29 years.
Guys, dolls and, maybe, another ‘Idol’
Dubbed ‘Glambert’ by legions of fans, the guyliner-wearing singer grabbed the national spotlight this year on the eighth season of ‘American Idol, ‘ finishing second behind winner Kris Allen. But Cabrillo audiences saw him first, playing the decidedly non-glam role of Lt. Shaw in the 2001 production of ‘The Secret Garden.’ Lambert’s now in the studio, recording his debut album, due in stores Nov. 24 on RCA.
In 2005, a year before she would finish second to Taylor Hicks during the fifth season of ‘American Idol, ‘ Katharine McPhee scored a bull’s-eye as Annie Oakley in Cabrillo’s production of ‘Annie Get Your Gun.’ In a review of the show, The Star’s Rita Moran said that ‘McPhee has it all: a voice fit for beguiling or bellowing, a naturally amiable presence and fresh good looks.’
Bo Bice hasn’t let fame go to his head
Bo Bice may have sold more than 500, 000 copies of his debut record and he may have nearly taken the crown on “American Idol, ” but the Southern rocker hasn’t let fame go to his head.
“I don’t see me as a celebrity, ” Bice said in a recent telephone interview. “I see me as a redneck done good.”
The singer still gets starstruck sometimes, admitting it as he related stories of getting starry-eyed seeing Sugar Ray Leonard in person, performing with Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and his ultimate moment with Willie Nelson.
Nelson invited Bice onto his tour bus and then invited him to sit in on “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”
“We live the dream, ” Bice said.
Five Questions with Kimberly Caldwell
Kimberly Caldwell talks about life after American Idol and hosting P. Diddy’s Starmaker.
TELL US ABOUT LIFE AFTER AMERICAN IDOL!
“Life after Idol has been great! I feel like it was a lifetime ago, it’s crazy. But all of the opportunities that have stemmed from it have been absolutely wonderful and I thank God every day for them. If it wasn’t for Idol, I’d still be sitting on my couch in Katy, Texas!”
The ‘Idol’ is back ‘â€ but did he ever leave?
Justin Guarini is back. And he’s extremely busy.
Recently, Guarini has been recording his third album, working on launching a new Web show called ‘Sketched Out’ (which is absolutely hilarious ‘â€ I watched it and was laughing out loud) and has been preparing for his Oct. 10 show at the Sellersville Theater with the jazz band Drivetime, with whom he recently recorded a cover of Bobby Caldwell’s ‘What You Won’t Do’ for its new CD.
‘This is my opportunity to show my hometown people how much they mean to me, ‘ he says, ‘and what their support has given me over the years.’
Celebrity Watch: Simon Cowell embroiled in party wars
Simon Cowell’s 50th birthday party, held last Saturday, was the party to end all parties. Like, seriously ‘â€ CW believes the point might actually have been to end all parties ever. For who could top what future generations will surely come to refer to as ‘Cowellageddon’ ? Philip Green of Topshop ‘hosted’ the £1 million event ‘â€ a nebulous phrase that, we can assume, probably didn’t involve Green taking all the coats, then chucking them on the bed.
Sorry, Perez ‘ you just don’t get it
Celebrity is not the same as popularity: that was the lesson Perez Hilton should have learned, but almost certainly didn’t, last week. Maybe he thought his name would be enough to make the Perez Hilton Presents US package tour of hip up-and-coming acts ‘ including Ladyhawke and Little Boots ‘ a hit. After all, he’s the ubiquitous gossip blogger, friend-to-the-stars and self-proclaimed “queen of all media” who has become an A-lister himself in the last few years. Nevertheless, ticket sales for his tour have been so poor that prices have had to be slashed ‘ in some cases to nothing ‘ for the remaining dates.
‘Dancing with the Stars” Chuck Liddell Gets Ready to Two Step
“The Iceman” cometh to the country two step on this week’s “Dancing with the Stars, ” and only ET is inside the private rehearsal when Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and Anna Trebunskaya get ready for the hoedown!
“It is more fun walking out for a fight [than on ‘Dancing with the Stars’], because I am totally relaxed, ” the former Ultimate Fighting Champion tells ET. “Coming out here, I am a little nervous. When I get the first steps out of the way, I relax. Maybe I will relax more once we get going.”
Everyone’s Crazy For ‘Glee’
There’s one little ray of sunshine that comes our way every Wednesday: Glee. Each week, the kids (and, sometimes, teachers) at McKinley High come together to produce catchy little numbers that are worthy of a download.
In fact, a quick look at the iTunes charts shows that people love these musical performances–and these aren’t jazzy little teenybopper ditties: Last night’s boys-versus-girls mashup episode featured “It’s My Life/Confessions” and “Halo/Walking On Sunshine, ” which are ranked Nos. 9 and 12, respectively, on iTunes this afternoon, and seven other songs are in the top 100. Below, the Hulu Team looks at some of our favorite hits spawned by Glee: