“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” Reboot Gets A New Name -
Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway are facing a challenge head on.
The pair are tasked with taking on a reboot of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and making the roles originated by Steve Martin and Michael Cainetheir own. A good place to start is renaming the film.
“The Hustle” will hit theaters on June 29 and yes, by all accounts, the actresses have conquered the reboot concerns. Wilson shared the tidbits about the movie online and said “The CON is ON.”
Prince’s Heirs Are Panicking About Money -
It’s pretty costly to run a celebrity estate. That’s what Prince’s heirs are quickly learning.
While the value of the estate is about 250 million bucks, between Comerica Bank managing things and lawyers being hired, about 600 thousand dollars a month is being drained from Prince’s stash.
The Purple One’s family believes at this rate, at the time of distribution, there will be very little if any money left.
They may be right…
Alex Trebek Gets Political -
Trebek is going from host to moderator.
Alex Trebek is stepping into the world of politics. The "Jeopardy" host has been chosen to moderate a debate for Pennsylvania's governors race in October. He will also serve as the keynote speaker for the event. Democratic Governor Tom Wolf has been invited to participate alongside the winner of the Republican primary election.
Organizers say the candidates will be discussing their perspectives on topics like fiscal policy and job creation.
Moderating a debate has been a longtime dream of the “Jeopardy” host.
*A wrench was just thrown into the Spice Girls reunion tour
NBC announced that Melanie Brown a/k/a Scary Spice will return this summer to judge America's Got Talent. The show starts in July and the finals occur the last week in September.
Suddenly, Mel B’s schedule became crowded. TMZ reported the reunion tour would kickoff in Europe this summer. Either the Spice Girls have to push back the tour, or Mel B will earn a gazillion airline miles.
America's Got Talent re-signed the whole team: Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Mel B and host Tyra Banks. Auditions begin in three weeks.
Talk About It:
- TMZ teased the possibility of Queen Latifah replacing Mel B.
- Victoria Beckham has repeatedly said she’s not touring. Maybe she’s always known Mel B wouldn’t be available most of this year.
- Seems totally weird that all four judges for America’s Got Talent were born outside the United States.
*Wendy Williams has been sidelined by Graves' Disease, an immune system disorder that has some nasty repercussions, including, as she noted, "making [her] eyeballs twitch." She will take some off from her show to deal with it.
Speaking directly to the audience on Wednesday's show, Wendy said she'd be back on the air sometime in March, saying "My doctor has prescribed ... are you ready? As of today, three weeks of vacation. What? Who are you? I was [mad]."
Williams canceled several shows last week after announcing on social media that she was experiencing flu-like symptoms as a side effect of the disease, which can also lead to puffy eyes, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia and elevated blood pressure.
*Two weeks before show time and American Idol has put the final touches on the reboot.
Nashville’s country radio host Bobby Bones has been tapped to lend his advice. He tweeted Wednesday morning, (quote) “I’m joining American Idolthis season. I will be the mentor to all the top 24 contestants.”
American Idol returns March 11th on ABC. The judges are Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie with host Ryan Seacrest. He tweeted, (quote) “Congrats @MrBobbyBones – This is going to be fun! You’re a great mentor to the #Bteam, can’t wait to see what you bring to the #Ateam!”
Talk About It:
- With Bobby Bones and Luke Bryan, this reboot of Idol has two whizzes to find the next Carrie Underwood.
- Bones has worked on ABC before. He appeared on Nashville before the show moved to cable.
- Bobby Bones tours with the band called Raging Idiots.
- Like Ryan Seacrest, Bobby Bones got his first radio gig as a teenager.
#GeorgeWashington was born on this day in 1732.
It's #BeHumbleDay, #WalkingTheDogDay & #InternationalWorldThinkingDay.
On this day in 1980 the U.S. hockey team beat the Soviets in "the miracle on ice" at the Winter #Olympics. Best Olympic moment ever?
Raise a glass to Ryan Reynolds, who just bought a majority stake in the Oregon-based small-batch booze company Aviation Gin. Ryan praises the taste, but it could be a good investment -- just ask George Clooney, whose tequila distillery investment grew to be worth a billion dollars.
Rebel Wilson has revealed that her female-fronted Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake with Anne Hathawaywill be called The Hustle, a title that replaces the original Nasty Women.
Variety reports that Jessica Chastain will star in a sequel to It, playing the adult version of Beverly. The original covered the first half of the Stephen King novel, while this one will pick up the story at the halfway point.
To celebrate the Black Panther film phenomenon, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta is now (jokingly) offering flights to Wakanda, the fictional African nation featured in the Marvel movie. There's a gate where folks can pose for photos and a way to print out fake tickets.
Olympic gold-medal gymnast Laurie Hernandez is taking on a new project beyond perfecting her flips and tumbles -- she’s become a designer, and will team with JC Penney for her new Ob.sess line for girls and tweens sizes 7 to 20.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but producers already have a sequel planned. Jurassic World 3 will be released in June 2021.
Mark Hamill, who rose to fame as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars series, will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 8th.
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