Bits and Pieces - August 17, 2011
August 17, 2011
Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann wished Elvis Presley a happy birthday yesterday when it was the anniversary of his death. When will the media quit picking on Michelle's trivial gaffes and focus on her gaffes on important issues?
RUSSELL ARMSTRONG, the estranged husband THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS' Taylor Armstrong, was found dead in his home Monday night after an apparent suicide. Despite filing for divorce, Taylor had been in touch with Russell and they were supposed to meet Monday afternoon, but he didn't show. She got worried and started calling around, but nobody had heard from him. That evening, Taylor and a friend went to the home where Russell was staying. The owner happened to be there and they peered through Russell's bedroom window and saw his body hanging. In the divorce papers, Taylor claimed he'd physically abused her and they were seen fighting on the show. No suicide note was found, but he had said the pressure of being in the TV spotlight was overwhelming and was said to be upset over the divorce and financial problems. Meanwhile, the Bravo channel has told the cast not to talk to the media about it and they've canceled today's filming in order to hold a cast meeting.
The British tabloids flubbed another one as SARAH JESSICA PARKER'S rep says that story about her bringing "SEX AND THE CITY" back to TV is not true.
- GREEN DAY debuted a number of new songs during a recent concert in California, including an apparent tribute to Amy Winehouse, called Amy. (Hear here) However, Green Day have yet to confirm that the track is about her.
- Rolling Stone has named Eminem as the King of Hip-Hop. He took the title based on album sales, YouTube views, Facebook likes and Twitter followers. He was followed by Lil Wayne, Drake, Kanye West and Jay-Z. The Queen of Hip Hop was Nicki Minaj, who came in at number-six overall.
- SUGARLAND says they're planning a private memorial in Indiana to honor the five people who died when that stage collapsed at the fairgrounds. They say they're giving the families time to hold their own memorials and remembrances before holding theirs. The band added, "We are also addressing our own specific healing."
- Jay Leno: Jason Sudeikis; singer Adam Levine; Ziggy Marley performs
- David Letterman: Bono and the Edge; a performance by the Broadway cast of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."
- Jimmy Kimmel: Actor Joel McHale; actor Joe Mantegna; The Band Perry
- Conan: Paul Rudd; actress Jessica Chastain; Vanessa Carlton performs
- George Lopez: Brittany Snow; Snoop Dogg performs
- Jimmy Fallon: Ryan Gosling; TV personality Andy Cohen; Joseph Arthur
- Craig Ferguson: David Beckham; actress Shohreh Aghdashloo
- Carson Daly: Actors Anders Holm and Adam DeVine; writer Sam Hain; Raphael Saadiq performs
Today's NFL supplemental has been postponed. No word on a new date or whether Ohio State star Terrelle Pryor will be eligible, but the decision on him is likely the cause of the delay.
David Dowling walked into an F.Y.E. store in the Tampa area and kidnapped Justin Bieber! Actually, he stole a life-size cardboard likeness of the Beebs and hit the bricks. Of course, running with an object that size can be difficult and the 23-year-old Dowling was quickly caught. Dowling later said he was just having fun holding Justin Bieber hostage, although it was probably less fun getting jailed for petty theft. Worst of all, he'll have to explain to friends his fascination with Bieber
1961: East Germany completed the construction of the Berlin Wall.
actor Donnie Wahlberg (Righteous Kill, The Sixth Sense, Blue Bloods) 42