Is Sarah Palin about to get her own TV channel? You betcha! The former Alaskan governor and failed vice-presidential candidate has signed a deal to launch a channel on the U.S. digital video startup service TAPP. Former NBC chairman Jeff Gaspin and ex-CNN president Jon Klein founded TAPP, which is short for “TV App.” The proposed service will feature niche interest channels designed exclusively for Internet-connected TVs and smart phones. Palin’s channel will reportedly be titled “Rogue TV,” in accordance with her bestselling book Going Rogue: An American Life. Palin has previously starred in the TLC reality series Sarah Palin’s Alaska and the hunting-and-fishing program Amazing America on The Sportsman Channel.
Just when you think Jimmy Fallon couldn’t possibly be more precious, he goes and sings a song with Kermit the Frog. In recognition of St. Patrick’s Day, Monday’s edition of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon featured the green Muppets character as lead guest. On the couch, Kermit dished details on his “nude scene” with Tina Fey in the upcoming comedy Muppets Most Wanted and spoke glowingly of British comedian Ricky Gervais and his “incredible, edgy humour.” The highlight: Kermit and Fallon performing the song It’s Not Easy Being Green, with the former hoisting a green beer and wearing a “Kiss Me I’m Irish” T-shirt. Muppets Most Wanted opens in theaters on March 21.
Steve Buscemi has been chosen to deliver a crash course in acting to newly elected New York mayor Bill de Blasio. In a just-released YouTube video, the Boardwalk Empire star puts the mayor through the wringer in preparation for his stage turn at The Inner Circle Show, an annual gathering of New York political journalists. The humorous video shows Buscemi teaching the mayor the fine points of ventriloquism and showing him the proper execution of the dance technique known as “jazz hands.” The Inner Circle show takes place this Saturday at the New York Hilton Midtown.
Chris Brown will spend the next month in jail following his expulsion from rehab. The controversial singer was arrested immediately after getting kicked out of a rehab facility last Friday. Brown was removed from rehab for violating three rules, including one which said he had to stay at least two feet away from every woman in the facility. The judge in the case had ordered the singer to stay in rehab while determining whether or not Brown had violated his probation from the 2009 incident in which he assaulted then-girlfriend Rihanna. Brown will remain in an Los Angeles jail until April 23, after which the judge will hold a probation violation hearing. If Brown is found guilty of violating probation, he could face up to four years in prison.
In other bad-boy news, Kanye West has received probation for assaulting a photographer. A Los Angeles judge has sentenced the hot-tempered rapper to serve two years probation for a misdemeanor battery conviction stemming from his physical attack on photographer Daniel Ramos at Los Angeles International Airport last July. Brown must also attend 24 anger management sessions and perform 250 hours of community service. Video footage of the assault forced West’s lawyer to enter a no-contest plea in the case. Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred has filed a separate civil suit against West on the behalf of Ramos.
BITING THE HAND
Former Two And a Half Men star Angus T. Jones remains no fan of the show that made him rich and famous. The 22-year-old has renewed his negative opinion of the top-rated CBS sitcom, which he left at the end of last season. Now sporting unkempt hair and a shaggy beard, Jones was recently interviewed at the World Harvest Outreach Church in Houston, where he talked about his faith as a Seventh-Day Adventist. Jones says it was “difficult” for him to be part of a show that made light of “topics in our world where there really are problems for a lot of people.” When Jones departed Two And a Half Men last year, he called the show “filth” and urged fans to stop watching.
Source: Toronto Sun