JOE VS. THE VOLCANO
A former Jeopardy! contestant is standing his ground for incorrectly answering a no-brainer sports question on the game show. Last week, a contestant named Joe made Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek break his composure by offering the question “Who is Magic Johnson?” to the answer, “100+ assists in an NHL season has been accomplished only 13 times, 11 by this player.” The answer, as any hockey fan knows, should have been: “Who is Wayne Gretzky?” (Magic Johnson was a legendary NBA player). Trebek’s response: “Oh, no!” As it turned out, Joe won the overall round of Jeopardy! and went on to post the video of his gaffe on YouTube under the subject line, “So apparently my terrible Jeopardy! response from last Friday’s episode has gone mildly viral on sports blog today. I refuse to be ashamed.” Joe also hosted a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, in which he admitted, “Totally missed the NHL part and focused on the assists… Just a terribly embarrassing answer all around.”
A new collection of songs by Michael Jackson will be released nearly six years after his death. Epic Record and the former King of Pop’s estate have announced the upcoming release of Xscape, an eight-song album of previously unreleased recordings that will go on sale May 13. “We are extremely proud and honoured to present this music to the world,” said Epic CEO L.A. Reid. The album’s title song was written and co-produced by Jackson and singer-producer Rodney Jenkins, who also performs on the track.
Elton John and his longtime partner David Furnish will have a low-profile wedding in Britain next month. The British pop star and his Canadian-born companion, who have been in a civil partnership since 2005, will walk down the aisle following a recent change in British law that allows gay marriage. John recently told NBC’s Today Show, “We shouldn’t just say, ‘Oh, well, we have a civil partnership, we’re not going to get married.’ We will get married.” John and Furnish have two sons, both born by surrogate.
Nobody can ever accuse George R.R. Martin of not having a sense of humour. The Game of Thrones creator happily voiced an action-figure version himself on the new season of the Cartoon Network series Robot Chicken. Executive producer Eric Towner recently revealed the voice-casting coup to the website zap2it.com: “We’ve got George R.R. Martin playing himself,” said Towner. “He came to the studio and recorded himself, so there’s some Game of Thrones stuff. That’s pretty exciting.” Also slated for voice duty on Chicken’s upcoming seventh season: former Chuck star Zachary Levi, who will appear in a parody of Les Miserables.
Chelsea Handler is already planning her departure from her E! talk series Chelsea Lately. The acerbic comedian, who reportedly earns $9-million (U.S.) per annum, will step down from the show when her current contract expires at the end of 2014, according to her manager. “Chelsea intends to leave when her contract expires,” said Irving Azoff. “She hired me to figure out her life after E! We have at least seven suitors and many ideas.” During a recent appearance on The Howard Stern Show, Handler told the host that E! “is a sad, sad place to live. … They don’t know what they’re doing. They have no ideas. It’s a failure.”