TWO FOR THE ROAD
Soon-to-depart Late Show host David Letterman took time out on Tuesday night’s show to pay homage to fellow outgoing host Craig Ferguson. Letterman announced last month that he would retire from his late-night duties next year; Ferguson announced Monday that he would step down from CBS’s The Late Late Show when his contract expires next December. Said Dave: “He’s been on that program, the star of the show, since 2005 and he’s going on to do other things, I guess a new show that is in the works for him. But his show was unlike any other late-night show, and I’m telling you, to be unique in the world of television – virtually impossible. So congratulations to Craig on a great run and we all wish him well.” The new show Letterman was referring to is the syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game, which is slated to debut this fall.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
I’ll take really obvious game-show titles for $100, Alex. Sony Pictures has confirmed that their new sports-themed version of the venerable Jeopardy! will be called Sports Jeopardy! The series will be hosted by former ESPN fixture Dan Patrick and will begin airing this fall on Crackle, a Sony-owned digital service that currently broadcasts the Jerry Seinfeld created series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Crackle will also develop an online version of Sports Jeopardy! that will allow users to test their sports knowledge.
Source: New York Daily News
TAKING A DIP
Without getting too specific, Cameron Diaz has admitted that she once made out with another woman. On Monday’s new episode of the Bravo chat series Watch What Happens Live, host Andy Cohen cheekily asked the actress whether she had “ever swam in the lady pond.” Diaz, who was on the show with Leslie Mann to promote their new comedy The Other Woman, paused briefly before responding with, “Yes, I have been with a lady. Yeah.” Soon after, Cohen asked Diaz whether she had been to the lady pond on more than one occasion. Her reply: “You didn’t ask explicitly how I was with a lady, but I have been with a lady.”
Frankie Muniz wants to buy the NBA’s most troubled franchise. The former Malcolm in the Middle star surprised many people on Wednesday with his tweet stating, “I am buying the Los Angeles Clippers” (he was joking). In a more detailed Facebook post, Muniz explained that he’s a longtime fan of the Clippers, whose owner Donald Sterling is making headlines this week for alleged racist comments. Muniz also said that during Malcolm’s original run from 2000 to 2006, he was a devoted season-ticket holder for the Clippers. “I remember begging the producers of Malcolm to move my filming schedule around to make sure I could be out in time to make the games,” he wrote. “Crazy, but I didn’t want to miss a minute of it.”
NAYA NO MORE
Naya Rivera has reportedly been fired from the hit series Glee following a feud with the show’s producers. According to reports, Rivera’s character of Santana Lopez has already been written out of the show and will not appear in the upcoming fifth-season finale episode. Rivera’s dismissal comes two weeks after reports of an on-set feud between her and co-star Lea Michele. Earlier this month, Rivera, 27, called off her engagement to the rapper known as Big Sean.
Source: New York Daily News
YEAH, YEAH, YEAH
If you missed seeing A Hard Day’s Night when it first hit theatres a half-century ago, you now have a second chance. The 1964 film starring The Beatles will receive a theatrical re-release this summer in a digitally-restored edition. Janus Films has remixed and remastered the black-and-white feature starring John, Paul, George and Ringo and the new version will debut at a gala event on July 4 in London, which will be followed by a limited theatrical release in North America. Released at the height of Beatlemania in 1964, A Hard Day’s Night was made for $500,000 (U.S.) and grossed more than $12-million in its original run.