People & Entertainment

PEOPLE & ENTERTAINMENT

December 09, 2008|By From Sun news services

You don't have to be on 'Idol' to wear 'Idol' jewelry

American Idol contestants who don't win on the Fox reality show don't go home empty-handed.

Each season, Paula Abdul designs and distributes jewelry for the aspiring singers as a keepsake.

Beginning this month, Idol and Abdul fans will be able to buy similar items on HSN.

The new HSN Forever Your Girl line, which makes its debut Saturday, also includes handbags and other accessories, with a price range of $29 to $200.

Among her newest pieces is a beaded leather cuff bracelet that will go to the female participants in the new season inscribed "reach for the stars."

No 'Twilight' sequel for her

Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke won't be back for New Moon, the sequel to the hit teen vampire romance.

Summit Entertainment says the scheduled release of New Moon in late 2009 or early 2010 conflicts with Hardwicke's schedule. The movie, based on the second book in Stephenie Meyer's series, continues the tale of vampire Edward Cullen and high schooler Bella Swan.

Hardwicke (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown) had the highest opening ever for a female director when Twilight made nearly $70 million in its first weekend. It has grossed more than $138 million in three weeks.

Ready to rock

The Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift and Lionel Richie will ring in 2009 from Times Square on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.

They will perform live during the ABC broadcast, joining Dick Clark in New York along with his co-host Ryan Seacrest, the network announced yesterday.

Kellie Pickler will also be on hand in Times Square with live reports on the festivities.

As previously announced, Natasha Bedingfield, Fall Out Boy, Jesse McCartney, Ne-Yo, Pussycat Dolls, Solange and Robin Thicke will perform during the Hollywood Party segments, which will be hosted by Fergie.

Honors for 'Milk'

Director Gus Van Sant's film biography Milk is receiving the Producers Guild of America's Stanley Kramer Award, which honors movies that take on provocative social issues.

The prize, announced yesterday, will be presented at the Guild's awards show Jan. 24.

Milk stars Sean Penn as San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, who in 1977 won a seat on the city's Board Of Supervisors to become the first openly gay man elected to major public office in the United States. The following year, Milk and Mayor George Moscone were fatally shot by Supervisor Dan White.

The award is named after legendary filmmaker Stanley Kramer, whose works include The Defiant Ones, Judgment at Nuremberg and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

No Wolf at the door

CNN's Late Edition is about to get a makeover, with John King taking over next month from Wolf Blitzer, the Sunday newscast's anchor for the past 10 years.

The first hour of the four-hour block will focus on politics, followed by national and world affairs, the network says. It also will include Reliable Sources, the media-oriented discussion program hosted by Howard Kurtz.

Blitzer, CNN's lead anchor for political coverage, will continue to anchor the three-hour Situation Room on weekdays. Both he and King, who retains his title as chief national correspondent, have extended their contracts through 2012.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS

Actor Kirk Douglas, 92.

Actress Judi Dench, 74.

Former Sen. Thomas Daschle, 61.

Actor John Malkovich, 55.

Actress Felicity Huffman, 46.

Rock singer Jakob Dylan, 39.

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