December 16, 2008

As I mentioned yesterday on the air, don't believe those reports that Guy Ritchie is walking away from his marriage to STAR Artist Madonna without a penny. Madonna's spokesperson told me that the couple's divorce settlement will have Madonna paying Guy somewhere in the range of $76 to $92 million.

How did STAR Artist Taylor Swift celebrate her 19th birthday over the weekend? Not poppin’ bottles of Cristal and partying in a Vegas nightclub. She celebrated at her home in Tennessee with about 40 friends and a menu consisting of sushi, mini beef Wellingtons and bacon-wrapped scallops. For dessert: two ice cream cakes (one chocolate peppermint and one cookie dough) were served along with Taylor’s favorite dessert, s’mores. She actually didn’t sing at the party but showed off a home video she made of her and her friends. And then there was the wild, crazy and out of control…ping-pong tournament.

I’m always excited to bring you details on new CDs from STAR Artists, especially when it’s one of my favorites: The Fray. Their new CD is out February 3rd and lead singer Isaac tells me it’s “a little more extreme than the last album.” By that he means the quieter stuff is quieter and the harder stuff is harder. Here’s the track listing for the album:
"You Found Me"
"Say When"
"Never Say Never"
"Where the Story Ends"
"Enough for Now"
"Ungodly Hour"
"We Build Then We Break"

Mamma’s Boy, the new reality TV show kinda like the bachelor but with moms watching over their son’s choices, premieres tonight. Are you gonna be watching this? Thirty-two women will try to win over three bachelors...and their mothers. The show has already generated some buzz because of one of the mothers on the show, who has declared she doesn't want her son to date an African-American woman or a Jewish woman. Ryan Seacrest, a producer of the show, admits the show is controversial, "It is not a soft dating show. It is not a sweet, perfect dating show. It's loud and it should get people talking." Check it out. NBC at 9 p.m.

Actor Peter Falk, best known for his role as Columbo, is in need of day-to-day assistance, according to his daughter, who says he is suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia. She has filed legal documents in a Los Angeles court, requesting a conservatorship for her dad because he needs full-time care and can, "easily be deceived into transferring away property." A hearing is scheduled for next month.

It's safe to say that Freddie Prinze Jr. isn't a box office draw anymore. His animated fantasy film Delgo, which also features the voices of Jennifer Love Hewitt and Kelly Ripa and debuted last Friday, earned just $511,920 over the weekend. That's a new record for worst opening for a movie playing at over two thousand locations (average earnings of around $250 per theater). To put this into perspective, the Golden Globe-nominated drama Doubt was playing at only 15 locations, and made over 507 thousand dollars. So that’s pretty bad. Now, imagine how badly it would've done if Kevin Costner was in it.

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