Entertainment News in Brief for Oct. 11
Reynolds hospitalized, cancels appearances
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A publicist said Debbie Reynolds has been hospitalized and is canceling upcoming appearances after suffering an adverse reaction to medication.
Reynolds’ publicist Kevin Sasaki said the singer-actress was hospitalized in Los Angeles after having the bad reaction. She is canceling shows and appearances through the end of the year.
Reynolds is famous for her role in “Singin’ in the Rain” and earned an Oscar nomination for her gutsy character in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”
The 80-year-old performs numerous shows and makes appearances each year. She is scheduled to appear on a float promoting pet adoption in the upcoming Rose Parade.
Last year, Reynolds sold her collection of film memorabilia, including dresses worn by Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, for nearly $23 million.
Bret Michaels opens music room at hospital
PHOENIX (AP) — Former Poison frontman Bret Michaels is showing off a new room for patients and their families at the Phoenix hospital where he was treated for a brain hemorrhage.
The musician officially opened the Bret Michaels Hospitality and Music Room inside St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute on Tuesday.
The room is located near patients’ rooms and features relaxation areas for patients and families. It is decorated with a music theme and features Michaels’ personal music memorabilia.
Michaels said he’s thrilled to give back to a hospital he credits with saving his life.
He was treated at the hospital in April 2010 for a subarachnoid hemorrhage, a life-threatening type of stroke.
He then returned to St. Joseph’s in 2011 to undergo a heart procedure.
Willie Geist joins ‘Today’ show at 9 a.m.
NEW YORK (AP) — Willie Geist will no longer have to be at work way too early.
NBC News on Wednesday appointed Geist to be a host of the 9 a.m. hour of the “Today” show, where he joins Al Roker and Natalie Morales.
Geist has been a regular on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and host of that network’s 5:30 a.m. Eastern newscast, “Way Too Early.” He’ll turn over the early newscast to another host, but still appear on the 6 a.m. hour of “Morning Joe.”
The new job begins Nov. 12. Geist said he’s looking forward to joining the freewheeling discussion of the day that tops the third hour of “Today.”
Lohan, mom in reported dispute at N.Y. home
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Police were called to Lindsay Lohan’s childhood home in suburban New York on Wednesday morning after a report of a fight between the troubled actress and her mother.
It was the third run-in involving the actress and New York police officers in the past several weeks.
Nassau County Police Insp. Kenneth Lack said officers were called around 8 a.m. Wednesday to the Merrick, Long Island, home where the 26-year-old starlet grew up. Her mother Dina lives in the home with some of her other children.
An investigation revealed “no criminality,” according to Lack. Police did not release details on the subject of the argument.
Celebrity website TMZ said mother and daughter left a New York City nightclub at 4 a.m. and headed to Merrick, about, 40 minutes outside Manhattan. The website reported an argument that started in the car became physical when they got home, and police were called.
Lohan publicist Steve Honig declined to comment.
Lohan remains on informal probation for taking a necklace from a jewelry store without permission last year. That means she doesn’t have to check in with a judge or probation officer but could face a jail term if arrested again.
Louis C.K. to delay show’s 4th season
NEW YORK (AP) — FX network said it’s delaying the return of its hit comedy “Louie” until spring 2014.
The network said Tuesday it had granted the request by the series’ Emmy-winning star, Louis C.K., for what he called “a little breathing room.” Along with performing in the show, he serves as producer, writer and editor, and also created it.
“Louie” recently concluded its third season. Until the extended hiatus was announced, its return for a fourth season was expected next summer.
During a teleconference, Louis C.K. said he gets “irritated” when he’s not working but that he sought a break from the show “to feel hungry” again.
But he won’t be idle in the meantime. This fall, he’s continuing a live standup tour.
Soprano Brightman books flight to space
MOSCOW (AP) — Sarah Brightman, the world’s biggest selling soprano, says she has booked a trip to the International Space Station.
Brightman, who had a hit in 1978 with “I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper,” will become the first recording artist in space.
The British singer said Wednesday that after touring the world in 2013 for her new album, Dreamchaser, she will spend six months in Russia’s Star City cosmonaut training center.
Brightman, a UNESCO ambassador, said the trip would also serve as a way to promote the U.N. agency’s message, in particular by encouraging women’s education in the sciences and environmental awareness. She hinted at the possibility of doing a promotional “space concert.”
Brightman teamed up with the private company Space Adventures that organizes trips for private space explorers.
Charlie Brown, ‘Peanuts’ pals head to big-screen
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlie Brown and his “Peanuts” pals are coming to the big-screen.
Charles Schulz’ beloved characters are starring in their own animated film scheduled to hit theaters Nov. 25, 2015. That year marks the 65th anniversary of the “Peanuts” comic strip and the 50th anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” the first of the gang’s many TV specials.
The as-yet-untitled film will be produced by 20th Century Fox and its Blue Sky Studios animation unit, the outfit behind the “Ice Age” flicks and such cartoon hits as “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!”
Schulz’ son Craig and grandson Bryan co-wrote the screenplay with Cornelius Uliano, and the three also are producing the film.
Steve Martino, co-director of “Horton Hears a Who” and “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” will direct the “Peanuts” film.
Bahamas to get ‘Sidney Poitier’ bridge
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — A bridge in the Bahamas is being renamed to honor Sidney Poitier, who spent part of his childhood in the island chain east of Florida.
Prime Minister Perry Christie says the Paradise Island Bridge will be rechristened as part of next month’s 40th anniversary celebration of Bahamian independence. Christie says the 88-year-old film star is being honored because of his life story and diplomacy. Poitier has been Bahamian ambassador to Japan and UNESCO.
The Oscar-winning Poitier was born in the United States but spent much of his childhood on Cat Island, a sparsely populated island in the central Bahamas.
The Paradise Island Bridge is the largest in the Bahamas. It connects the capital to the Atlantis resort, one of the region’s main tourist destinations. The renaming was announced Tuesday.