Entertainment News in Brief for Jan. 31
Barr to guest star on NBC’s ‘The Office’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roseanne Barr is dropping into NBC’s “The Office.”
The network said Barr will guest star as a talent agent named Carla Fern in scenes set to tape Wednesday. The agent agrees to help office manager Andy Barnard realize his show business dream. Series regular Ed Helms plays Andy.
Barr is taking a break from her stand-up comedy act in Las Vegas for “The Office” visit. The workplace comedy is in its final season, and producer Greg Daniels has promised a memorable end after nine years.
“The Office,” adapted from the British series of the same name, ranks among NBC’s most popular shows. Barr knows something about bringing a long-running hit to an end: Her sitcom “Roseanne” aired from 1988 to 1997.
Ke$ha to debut MTV reality series in April
NEW YORK (AP) — “Jersey Shore” might have ended, but another partygoer is lending her wild life to MTV: Ke$ha.
MTV announced late Tuesday that the pop singer will debut a documentary series, “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life,” in April.
The show highlights Ke$ha’s life over the last two years, including recording music and traveling. MTV says the footage was shot by the singer’s brother, Lagan Sebert.
The performer says in a statement that she’s “revealing a more complete picture of what my life is really like” in the series. She says her life is “not all glamorous, but it’s all real.”
Ke$ha has released a number of Top 10 hits since she debuted in 2009, including pop smashes like “TiK ToK,” “We R Who We R” and “Die Young.”
Oscar hits road to visit more than 10 cities
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar is going on a road trip.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says one of the golden statuettes handed out at the Academy Awards will visit at least 10 cities as part of Oscar’s first national tour.
Beginning Monday in New York City, the golden guy’s journey will be chronicled online. Fans can follow the statue’s progress and even make suggestions for stops along the way.
The statuette will make appearances in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Mo., Houston, Dallas and Phoenix before arriving in Hollywood for the Academy Awards on Feb. 24. Fans in those cities will have a chance to pose for photos with the Oscar trophy.
Kid Rock: Harley deal ‘just makes sense’
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Kid Rock says his new partnership with Harley-Davidson is a dream deal, and as the owner of multiple Harley bikes, he didn’t feel like he was compromising his integrity or risking a backlash from fans.
The Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker is sponsoring Kid Rock’s upcoming tour, named for his most recent release, “Rebel Soul.” The partnership announced Monday includes an exclusive line of limited-edition, cobranded “Rebel Soul” merchandise featuring a line from the song: “I can’t hear you over the rumble of my freedom.”
Kid Rock said Tuesday the deal “just makes sense” because Harley is “something I’ve used that I’ve loved for a long time before this deal came about.”
The tour begins Friday in Kansas City and will end Aug. 31 at Harley’s 110th anniversary celebration in Milwaukee.