People And Entertainment

PEOPLE AND ENTERTAINMENT

August 14, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Pitt laughs over New Orleans mayor T-shirt push

The idea of Brad Pitt running for New Orleans mayor has generated a lot of buzz around the city even though he isn't eligible. It also generated some laughs for the actor in a Thursday television interview. Many residents have been sporting "Brad Pitt for Mayor" T-shirts since mid-June, when a Tulane University professor and two brothers who own a New Orleans T-shirt shop joined forces to launch a quasi-campaign to persuade Pitt to run. The actor founded the Make It Right organization in 2007 to build houses for low-income residents who lost their homes during Hurricane Katrina. "He's a family man, and you won't have to worry about him being corrupt," said Drew Cambre, 26, who works at a New Orleans pastry shop and has a "Brad Pitt for Mayor" sticker on his laptop computer. "Plus, he'll help the movie industry here in New Orleans and keep a light on the city." Pitt said on NBC's "Today" that he's noticed the shirts but laughed off the idea of running: "I don't have a chance."

Dan Tyminski Band leads bluegrass nominees

Dan Tyminski sure made the most of his time off from Alison Krauss' group Union Station. Tyminski, a guitarist and singer, and his band are the top nominees for this year International Bluegrass Music Awards with nine, including entertainer of the year. The nominations were announced Thursday in Nashville. The duo Dailey & Vincent have seven and comedian-actor Steve Martin got six. A longtime banjo picker, Martin burst onto the bluegrass scene with his first music album this year. With Krauss busy working with Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, Tyminski and two other Union Station members - Adam Steffey and Barry Bales - released an album last year and toured as the Dan Tyminski Band. "Wheels" is nominated for album of the year and the title track for song of the year. The group's other nominations are for instrumental group and male vocalist. Band members Ron Stewart, Bales and Steffey are also nominated for individual instrumental skills, with Stewart nominated both in the banjo and fiddle categories.

Kourtney Kardashian expecting a child in December

Kourtney Kardashian has a baby on the way. The 30-year-old reality TV star said in an appearance Thursday on NBC's "Today" show that she's due in December. Kardashian says the father is her on-again boyfriend Scott Disick, who appeared on the E! series "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." Kardashian says she and Disick are "really happy" being together again. They broke up last year on the show. Kardashian appears with her family on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." She and her sister Khloe co-star in the E! spinoff show, "Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami."

Kate Gosselin says her marriage is definitely over

Kate Gosselin says she and her estranged husband, Jon, definitely won't be getting back together. Gosselin said during an appearance on "Live With Regis and Kelly" that her marriage is over forever. Host Regis Philbin pressed Gosselin on what she'd do if Jon asked her to try again, but she declined to answer. Philbin said he had a sense the marriage could be saved. Replied Gosselin: "I can't say that I think you're right, at all." She announced her separation from Jon Gosselin in June on the couple's TLC network reality show, "Jon & Kate Plus 8." Both parents are continuing with the show, which documents the challenges of raising their twins and sextuplets.

Victoria Beckham adding more 'Spice' to 'Idol'

Victoria Beckham seems to be getting used to filling a fourth judge's chair on "American Idol," left vacant by Paula Abdul's departure. The former Spice Girl - Posh - was in Boston Thursday to help judge callbacks for contestants who tried out and were invited back for another round, Fox publicist Alex Gillespie said. Beckham was a guest judge last Friday for auditions in Denver, and it was originally described as a one-time appearance. This is the point of the show where judges give singers a golden ticket to advance to the Hollywood round. Last week in Denver, Beckham told Fox News she was a huge fan of "American Idol" and nervous about being a judge. "My heart is about to jump out my throat," she said. She also said she was looking forward to any criticisms Simon Cowell may have for her. "American Idol" returns for its ninth season in January.

Michael Jackson's glittery glove up for auction

The glittery glove that Michael Jackson wore when he unveiled his moonwalk on TV in 1983 is hitting the auction block. This one isn't like his other glittery gloves, which were made for the right hand and adorned with hand-sewn crystals. This left-handed glove, which accompanied Jackson's fedora and dance moves on Motown's 25th-anniversary TV special, is a modified store-bought glove covered with a mesh of rhinestones. The glove, which Darren Julien of Julien's Auctions called "the Holy Grail of Michael Jackson memorabilia," will be featured alongside other one-of-a-kind items - such as an early Madonna demo tape and unreleased Jimi Hendrix lyrics - at the Nov. 21 "Music Icons" auction at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City's Times Square.

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