October 31, 2008 - HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

What have/are your favorite STAR Artists being for Halloween this year?
STAR Artist Sara Bareilles had a great idea for a costume last year. She was gonna be Tippi Hedren, star of Hitchcock’s The Birds. She had a suit coat covered in blood with fake birds attached. Sadly she got so sick she couldn’t use it so maybe she’ll trot it out this year.
• Last year, STAR Artist Lifehouse showed their devotion to 80s movies and dressed up as characters in a scene from Karate Kid – the scene where member from the evil Cobra Kai beat up Ralph Macchio’s character on Halloween dressed as skeletons
STAR Artist Taylor Swift plans to dress up as a “Hollywood celebrity” – much different than what she did last year: she and her friend dressed up as Chewbacca. “Nobody knew it was us. It was awesome.”
• The sax player from STAR Artist O.A.R. always dresses up as Kenny G. His bandmates tell me, “It’s a problem to deal with. Nothing’s wrong with Kenny G, but he’s really funny looking.”

Movies opening this Halloween Weekend:
* Zack and Miri Make a Porno -- The title pretty much sums it up. Two cash-strapped roommates -- Seth Rogen's Zack and Elizabeth Banks' Miri -- decide to film an amateur porn movie to raise money. Of course, they eventually realize they have feelings for one another. Kevin Smith directs this very raunchy comedy. Rated R.

* The Haunting of Molly Hartley -- The title character is a teenage girl who survived an attack by her mom and is now bothered by devilish visions. Haley Bennett and Gossip Girl actor Chace Crawford star. Rated PG-13.

And expanding into additional theaters:
* Changeling -- Inspired by a true story and set in the 1920s, Angelina Joli plays the mother of a young boy who is kidnapped. When a child is returned to her months later, she challenges the authorities by insisting that he's not her son. CLINT EASTWOOD directs the film, which also stars John Malkovich and Amy Ryan. Rated R.

* RockNRolla -- The action flick has received its fair share of publicity because of its director: Madonna's soon-to-be ex-husband, Guy Ritchie. The movie's complicated plot centers around a real estate scam and a painting given to a London crime boss by a Russian mobster. Rated R.

I mentioned this last week – Thursday a whole bunch of dancers got together in New York City to break the world record for most people doing the "Thriller" dance in one place. Well they did it. 73 fans performed the dance near Michael Jackson’s wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Times Square.

STAR Artists Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani (are married) welcomed a second child into the world recently so what will the 2 kids be for Halloween? Gavin tells me Kingston will probably be a rhino and Zuma will be “a sandwich or something.” Gavin also mentioned he might not be around to take the kids trick-or-treating, something that has put him in the doghouse with Gwen.

One Halloween tradition will continue this Sunday: the annual Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror. In one segment Milhouse awaits the arrival of The Grand Pumpkin (a la Charlie Brown and The Great Pumpkin). The other segments include the invasion of Transformers-like creatures and Homer becoming a hit man who kills celebrities for profit. That’s Sunday at 7 p.m. on Fox (which we have again now on Time Warner Cable!)

A private memorial service for Jennifer Hudson's slain mother, brother and nephew will be held at Chicago's Apostolic Church of God on Monday morning. Today, the family is expected to announce whether there will be a public service. In lieu of flowers, the Hudson family has asked for contributions to the newly created Hudson-King Domestic Violence Protection Fund.

John McCain and Barack Obama are ready for some football. The presidential candidates will appear in separate one-on-one interviews with Chris Berman during halftime of Monday Night Football this Election Eve.

STAR Artist David Cook is performing on Saturday Night Live – his first ever post-Idol live performance with his new band. He’ll be doing two new songs from his upcoming self-titled album and you can bet one of them will be the first single, “Light On.”

Fox has finally called it quits on King of the Hill, the second longest-running animated primetime show. After this season, it's done.

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