The Entertation Index: January 9
Aladdin – It’s been announced that smash broadway hit Mary Poppins will be leaving its Broadway home on March 3 to make way for the musical stage adaptation of Disney’s animated hit Aladdin later this year. The arabian tale narrowly won out over the revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, which is a shame because the way that theater is rigged would have been awesome for the scene where Ricky Roma flies up and swoops out over the audience after chewing out John Williamson for blowing the big sale.
Link: Mary Poppins to Fly Off as Aladdin Lands on Broadway (NY Times)
Bieber, Justin — The tween pop star is enveloped in a branding fiasco after photos leaked online of the singer smoking marijuana at a party, sending his PR team into overdrive and seeing Bieber himself offer a pseud-apology for the behavior on Twitter. No word yet on where he scored the herb or who brought it to the soiree, but we figure it must be pretty strong stuff because it’s flattened out the brim on all of his hats.
Link: Justin Bieber Counteracts Pot Pics with Apology, Tattoo and a Cancer Patient (VH1)
Clinton, George – The Parliament Funkadelic frontman has been ordered by courts to hand over the musical rights to four of his songs in order to make good on a massive legal he owes the law firm of Hendricks & Lewis: the P-Funk songs “One Nation Under a Groove,” “The Electric Spanking of War Babies,” “Uncle Jam Wants You” and “Hardcore Jollies.” This is not the first time Clinton has bartered his work for goods and services. In 2009 he sold the rights to “Brick House” for an actual brick house and, later, the song “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)” for some emergency roofing work that needed to be done to it.
Link: Funk Classics Seized to Pay Off $1 Million Debt (TMZ)
Fun. — “Some Nights” and “We Are Young” warblers fun. have contibruted a song to Lena Dunham’s HBO hit Girls. Yep, I’d say that sounds about right, as these days Lena Dunham is the comedy equivalent of fun. — super-hipster, kooky, Brooklyn-based, and just about to hit the point where everyone’s sick of hearing about her. We get it. Enough of the Lena Dunham already.
Link: Fun. Share Uber-Upbeat “Girls” Soundtrack Song “Sight of the Sun (SPIN)
Snooki — The pint-sized baby mama and ex-Jersey Shore juggernaut tells reporters that she and fiancee Jionni LaValle are holding off their nuptials until after their new home is built, as the two want to move into their own place together after tying the knot. It makes sense, really; there’s simply not enough room in their current surrounding to accommodate the 300 margarita machines on their wedding registry.
Link: Snooki Puts Wedding On Hold (ContactMusic)
Year’s Eve, New — We’re already a week into the new year, but we’d be remiss as pop culture connoisseurs if we didn’t share this clip and article about the worst live New Year’s Eve coverage we’ve ever seen, out of Los Angeles and featuring Jamie Kennedy and a barrage of revolving goofballs. Enjoy.
Link: L.A. Station KDOC’s All-Time Terrible Party Will Make You Feel Much Better About Your New Year’s Eve (Grantland)