Bits and Pieces - September 27, 2011
September 27, 2011
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has ended the $420,000 film tax credit for the TV show Jersey Shore. They say this is the worst thing that's happened to the cast of Jersey Shore since Hurricane Irene knocked out power to their tanning beds.
The trial of MICHAEL JACKSON'S physician, Dr. Conrad Murray gets underway with opening arguments today. There was a hearing yesterday in which one of Murray's lawyers said that Michael was unconscious backstage before a London news conference for his "This Is It" concert series, and that he appeared drunk during the announcement itself. Murray's defense lawyers wanted to play a video of the news conference during the trial, but the judge in the case ruled against it, saying it was irrelevant because it occurred months before Jackson died. Meanwhile, Jackson's two oldest kids, Prince Michael and Paris, want to testify at the trial, but their grandmother Katherine is against it. The kids say they want to tell the jury what they saw on the day their father died. LaToya is in favor of them testifying, but they both agree that Blanket is too young. However, having the kids testify could backfire because at one time they loved Dr. Murray and they could be asked about their father's drug use and overall health, which wasn't great.
Last night on DANCING WITH THE STARS, Ricki Lake and Derek Hough earned the evening's high score of 23 points for their jive, while Chaz Bono brought up the rear with 17 points. Everyone else scored 21 or 22 points.
- INXS has hired Ciaran Gribbin as their new frontman. Gribbin was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2010 for co-writing Madonna's song "Celebration" and sang backing vocals on Snow Patrol's "Eyes Open" album. He met INXS' Andrew Farriss by chance two years ago at a mutual friend's party in Sydney and wound up sitting on a balcony, singing 'Mystify' with him. After some shows later this year, INXS hopes to hit the studio and record a new album.
- New Jersey Nets co-owner JAY-Z will christen the team's new Brooklyn arena by performing a series of concerts there next September. Jay-Z says the team will be re-named the Brooklyn Nets.
- TAYLOR SWIFT became the first female recording artist to headline a show at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday when she performed in front of a sold-out crowd of 50,000 people. She also performed her song "Superman" for the first time live. It's a cut on the exclusive Target edition of her Speak Now album.
- ABC: Dancing With the Stars and Body of Proof are new
- CBS: NCIS, NCIS Los Angeles and Unforgettable are new
- Fox: Glee, New Girl and Raising Hope are new
- NBC: Biggest Loser and Parenthood are new
- CW: 90210 and Ringer are new
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen asked for and was granted a request to be released from his contract. Guillen will reportedly take a managerial job with the Florida Marlins, following yesterday's retirement of Jack McKeon. The Marlins will send two minor leaguers to the White Sox for Guillen.
El Kabong is alive and well and living in the Florida Keys. The friendship of 42-year-old Eric Tappert and 23-year-old Michael Gray hit a sour note when they began arguing over Tappert's girlfriend. Tappert got in the final lick when he approached Gray from behind and conked him over the head with a guitar. Police caught Tappert red-handed as he was still carrying the damaged guitar when he was arrested for aggravated battery.
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