The Entertation Index: July 26
Carey, Mariah — Upon official news that American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez will be leaving her judge’s chair and not returning for the show’s twelfth season, it’s been announced that twin-bearer and Grammy winner Mariah Carey will be stepping in to fill her shoes. Needless to say, a stunned America was astonished to find out that Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez are, in fact, two different people.
Link: Mariah Carey Joins American Idol as a New Judge (American Idol)
Catwoman — As Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises is a bonafide smash, actress Anne Hathaway — who plays Catwoman in the film — has hinted to reporters that she’d be game for a spin-off film focusing on the female burglar. When reached for comment, both Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry quipped, in unison, “Yeah, good luck with that.”
Link: Anne Hathaway Up For Catwoman Spin-Off (ShortList Magazine)
Hemsley, Sherman — 71 year-old actor Sherman Hemsley, passed away on Tuesday at his home in El Paso, Texas. He will, of course, long be remembered for playing the brash dry cleaner George Jefferson on the long-running Archie Bunker spin-off The Jeffersons. Our thoughts go out to his family as he heads to — say it with me, folks — to that deee-luxe apartment in the sky.
Link: “The Jeffersons” Actor Dies at 74 (HuffPo)
Musical, Ghost: the — I’m not sure how to break this to you, and I hope you’re sitting down, but the poorly reviewed Broadway show Ghost: The Musical — based on the 1990 Patrick Swayze film — will be closing on the Great White Way on August 18 after 136 performances. Inside sources say the producers knew this time was coming; every single person who ever wanted to see a musical based on the movie Ghost has now officially seen it, and there’s just no one else left.
Link: Broadway’s “Ghost the Musical” to Close on August 18 (CBS News)
Normal, The New — Conservative anti-gay group “One Million Moms” is currently attacking NBC’s upcoming fall sitcom The New Normal, which features the premise of a gay couple who use a surrogate to have a child. Poor, poor NBC. They can’t even rip off ABC’s Modern Family right.
Link: Ryan Murphy’s New NBC Sitcom Draws Anti-Gay Protest (EW)
Swift, Taylor — Country-pop juggernaut Taylor Swift has allegedly been banned from staying at the Kennedy Mansion — courtesy of Ted Kennedy’s widow Vicki. Amid rumors that Swift is currently dating Patrick Schwarzenegger (son of Arnold, obviously), an overnight stay at the iconic residence was rumored to have been nixed by Mrs. Kennedy, who reportedly fears the overnight guest would jeopardize the estate’s non-profit status. If this story is true, more notably, it will mark the first time in history that a 5’11”, 22 year-old blonde didn’t have an open invitation at the Kennedy mansion.
Violence — As an addendum this week, TBTS would like to express its heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of the injured and murdered movie-goers of Aurora, Colorado late last week. It is truly a tragedy when even something as escapist as the cinema sees such horrifying moments of such a real world gone so unpredictably wrong. It is a true tragedy, in every sense, and we know we are not alone in keeping the victims in our thoughts.