December 31,2008

There will be no "Welcome Matt" update tomorrow. So...Happy New Year!!

Every network will be welcoming 2009 with their own special countdown show, most of the live from New York City. The good thing about all the shows is all the musical guests you can see. Check out a complete rundown of who is performing where and when:
--NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly will feature performances by STAR Artist Katy Perry, T.I., Ludacris and the Ting Tings, as well as a performance by Elton John, live via satellite, from his concert at London's O2 arena.

--On Fox's New Year's Eve Live, STAR Artists David Cook & Daughtry plus Lynyrd Skynyrd and former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland will all be seen performing in Las Vegas. There will also be a death-defying motorcycle jump by Robbie Knievel, son of the late Evel Knievel.

--MTV presents A Miley-Sized Surprise: New Year's Eve 2009, which features Miley Cyrus hosting the show from a fan's bedroom, as well as the gym of a California high school. Also look for performances from Metro Station, Kevin Rudolf, All Time Low and The Academy Is. The Veronicas host from MTV's Times Square studios.

--CNN's Live New Year's Eve, with hosts Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin, promises performances from Lil Wayne, STAR Artists 3 Doors Down, Hinder, Lynyrd Skynyrd and My Morning Jacket.

25 films are being added to the National Film Registry, which is a database designed to preserve movies of historical or cultural significance. Among the new additions: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator, 1967’s In Cold Blood and 1972’s Deliverance. Check out what other movies were deemed important, the full list of additions is here:
* The Asphalt Jungle, 1950
* Deliverance, 1972
* Disneyland Dream, 1956
* A Face in the Crowd, 1957
* Flower Drum Song, 1961
* Foolish Wives, 1922
* Free Radicals, 1979
* Hallelujah, 1929
* In Cold Blood, 1967
* The Invisible Man, 1933
* Johnny Guitar, 1954
* The Killers, 1946
* The March, 1964
* No Lies, 1973
* On the Bowery, 1957
* One Week, 1920
* The Pawnbroker, 1965
* The Perils of Pauline, 1914
* Sergeant York, 1941
* The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, 1958
* So's Your Old Man, 1926
* George Stevens WW2 Footage, 1943-46
* The Terminator, 1984
* Water and Power, 1989
* White Fawn's Devotion, 1910

How will STAR Artist Jordin Sparks be spending her New Year's Eve? Right next to my hometown actually, in Naperville, Illinois, serving as a bridesmaid in the wedding of Gina Glocksen, her fellow American Idol season six finalist. Another season six finalist, Haley Scarnato, will also be a bridesmaid at the ceremony. By the way, Jordin plans to sing at the wedding, and so does Gina.

From hospitalizations to #1 hits, 2008 was a year of ups and downs for Britney Spears, but it helped keep her in the news all year. As a result, she's now topped USA Today's annual Celebrity Heat Index, which measures celebrites' exposure in various entertainment news sources throughout the year. Britney was the #1 most-reported-on celebrity for 11 weeks this year, allowing her to pull ahead of Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, who were numbers two, three and four, respectively.

What's the secret to STAR Artist Fergie's success? Would you believe...hypnosis? Fergie told me she regularly sees a therapist, and at least ten minutes of each session is devoted to hypnotherapy, so she can receive, quote, "the power of positive suggestion. If you're in a negative place, it helps you get out of that and empower yourself."

The suspect in the murders of Jennifer Judson’s mother, brother and nephew was formally indicted yesterday. 27-year-old William Balfour, who is Hudson's estranged brother-in-law, made a court appearance in Illinois but did not speak.

Charles Barkley, former NBA star, took a few too many…”shots” last night and was booked for DUI. The arresting officer told me, "He was cooperative and respectful during the entire incident," And speaking of celebrity arrests actor Matt Dillon felt the need for speed. The Vermont State Police felt the need to bust him for it. The Oscar-nominated, and apparently lead-footed, actor was arrested and cited for excessive speeding in Vermont last night after being clocked at 106 mph in a 65 mph zone.

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