After 15 years, we're down to the last week. July 12, 2013 will be the last show for John & Michele in the Morning. There's nothing scandalous to report...sorry!
John will continue his reign as Springfield's morning show king, but he'll just be doing it with someone new.
Michele is moving on to a new phase of her career in the radio business. She'll still be in Springfield and still with Neuhoff Media, however instead of being on the air she's going to be focusing on all things digital. It's been a great 15 years, and John & Michele plan to spend this last week reminiscing with guests and playing some of the best moments of the past.
Michele would LOVE to hear from you this week. Write on the John & Michele Facebook page, email her, or tweet.
"X Factor" Stars Jumping Ship?
There's a shakeup coming for "X Factor." E! News is reporting Nicole Scherzinger will be leaving after just one season. The source says she wants to focus on her music career. Scherzinger is not the only leaving the show. It looks like host Steve Jones will be replaced before the second season airs.
***This just in!*** According to Deadline.com, a Simon Cowell insider says Paula Abdul will be leaving the show as well.
"Idol" Trying to Get The President
"American Idol" has had a lot of great guests on the show, but they've never had a president perform. Not yet, anyway. The producer of "Idol" recently invited Barak Obama to come on the show and perform "Let's Stay Together" with Al Green. So far no word from the White House.
Super Bowl Commercial Preview
Ferris Bueller is back, and he's in a Super Bowl commercial. There was a tease that came out last week, and Monday the full add came out. Make sure you watch until the very end, so you don't miss a little extra.
It looks like Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld are teaming up for a Super Bowl ad for Acura. Why wait for the Super Bowl? Watch it now...
"The Help" Owns the SAG Awards
Could this be a preview of the Oscars? I'm sure the cast of "The Help" hopes so. Sunday at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards the film won three big awards: Outstanding Lead Actress for Viola Davis, Outstanding Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer, and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Winners on the TV side included Alec Baldwin, Betty White, "Modern Family," and "Boardwalk Empire."
Fran Drescher Was Abducted By Aliens
I guess this isn't a joke, but it sure sounds like one. Actress Fran Drescher says when she was a teenager she was abducted by aliens. She tells "The Huffington Post" her abductors implanted a chip in her hand. If that wasn't strange enough she says her ex-husband was also abducted and implanted and they have the same scar on their hands to prove it. She says they were programmed to meet.
Liam Neeson #1
"The Grey" took the stop spot at the box office over the weekend with $20-million. It was followed by "Underworld Awakening" with $12.5-million and "One for the Money" with $11.8-million.
Lady Antebellum/Darius Rucker/Thompson Square: Sunday at 7:00pm at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. Tickets on sale at www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Country Mega Tickets On Sale: On sale Friday at 10:00am for all country shows at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis. This includes...
Brad Paisley/Band Perry Friday, May 18
Miranda Lambert/Jerrod Niemann Saturday, June 16
Lady A/Darius Rucker/Thompson Square Friday, June 29
Rascal Flatts/Little Big Town/Edens Edge Friday, July 27
Toby Keith/Brantley Gilbert Saturday, Septmeber 1
Jason Aldean/Luke Bryan Friday, September 14
All details at www.megaticket.com
Theatre in the Park Trivia Night: Saturday at PORTA high school in Petersburg. Doors open at 6pm, game starts at 7pm. John Spalding will be your emcee.
Ain't Misbehavin': Friday at Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. $18 for adults, $17 for senior citizens and students. Call 523-2787 or visit www.hcfta.org for tickets.
The E Buzz for January 27, 2012
The Return of Ferris Bueller???
I LOVE Ferris Bueller! So the thought of Ferris coming back in any form makes me pretty excited! And it looks like it's going to happen if you watch this teaser that hit the internet Thursday. I guess we'll have to wait until the Super Bowl to see what it's all about.
Pat Sajack Hosted "Wheel of Fortune" While Drunk
Thursday in an interview on ESPN2 Pat Sajack admitted that in the early days of hosting "Wheel of Fortune" he and Vanna would go to a bar across from their studio and "have two or three of six then come and do the last shows and have trouble recognizing the alphabet. They are really good tapes to get a hold of." Sajack says his drinking days are behind him now.
"Welcome Back Kotter" Cast Member Dead at 60
Robert Hegyes was in many TV shows like "The Love Boat," "NewsRadio, and "Cagney & Lacey," but he was best known as Juan Epstein on "Welcome Back Kotter." Hegyes died of an apparent heart attack Thursday morning in his New Jersey home.
A "Hangover 3?" Do We Have To??
I'm sure it will be awful and make tons of money. Warner Bros. wants to make another "Hangover" movie, and it looks like each of the three main stars: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms may get $15-million each to be in it. The Hollywood Reporter's sources say the stars are likely to get it! That's quite a raise from the first fim when the three were each paid under $1-million.
Tracy Morgan Back to Work
Comedian Tracy Morgan says he'll be back to work on the set of "30 Rock" today following a collapse at the Sundance Film Festival. Morgan blamed exhaustion and the high altitutde for his collapse tweeting "Superman ran into a little kryptonite."
Martha Stewart Gets Sued By Macy's
Macy's department store is suing Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. They say Stewart's company has an agreement to start selling certain products to J.C. Penney, which is a no-no according to their contract. According to the papers filed Monday, Macy's says it has the exclusive rights to manufacture and sell certain Martha Stewart products until 2018. Martha Stewart Living has not commented.
Movies Out Today on DVD/Blu-Ray
Paranormal Activity 3
"The Voice" Preview
If you just can't wait until February 5th after the Super Bowl for the premiere of "The Voice," here's a preview.
Heidi Klum and Seal Divorcing
Over the weekend rumors started flying that Heidi Klum and Seal were splitting up. Then they weren't....then they were. But now we know for sure. The couple has issued a statement to People.com confirming that they are splitting up after almost seven years. They have four kids aged 2 to 7.
Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler Expecting
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and reality TV star Kristin Cavallari are expecting a little bundle of joy. The couple was engaged but broke it off in July. They then got back together in November.
Tracy Morgan Collaspes at Sundance
Comedian and "30 Rock" cast member, Tracy Morgan, was rushed to a hospital in Park City, Utah Sunday. Morgan collasped unconscious after an awards dinner. There were reports the actor had been drinking heavily, however a spokeswoman for the hospital said no drugs or alcohol were found in his system.
Steven Tyler Gets Slammed for Anthem
Prior to the Patriots game Sunday, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler sand the National Anthem. Well some say he screeched it, but it's Steven Tyler. That's how he sings! Anyway, decide for yourself...
"Underworld: Awakening" Wins Weekend
Another vampire film opens at the top this weekend. "Underworld: Awakening" made $25.4-million at the box office followed by "Red Tails" and "Contraband."
Weekend Marquee Behind the Hits: Songwriters for St. Jude Tickets On Sale: Tickets on sale Friday at 9am at www.hcfta.org, 523-2787 or in person at the Hoogland Center box office. Show is Sunday, February 12 at 7pm with cocktails and hors d/oeuvres at 6pm. Tickets are $15 each. All seats reserved. For more details click here.
Tony Potmesil: Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm at Donnie B's Comedy Club. Call 391-JOKE or visit www.donniebsofspringfield.com for tickets.
City Tournament: Friday and Saturday at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. All the details at www.channel1450.com
Chess: Presented by the Springfield Theatre Centre at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for senior citizens/children. Call 523-2787 or visit www.hcfta.org
Mixed Martial Arts Event: Saturday 6pm - 11pm at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in the Illinois Building.
The E Buzz
William Shatner To Die Don't freak out, he's just dying in the Priceline.com commercials. After more than ten years Shatner's "Negotiator" character will be killed off during an ad in which he saves vacationers who are on a bus teetering over the edge of a bridge. His character goes down with the bus.
"American Idol" Ratings Down for Premiere Everyone's been predicting the "beginning of the end" for "Idol" for about four years now, but this is the first time the show has seen a significant drop in viewers from season-to-season. The premiere of the show tuesday night was down nearly 5-million viewers from last season's opener. However, the show still dominated the night with ratings bigger than the other network's ratings combined.
Johnny Depp is Tops Again Every year since 1994 The Harris Poll asks America who their favorite movie star is. For the second year in a row Johnny Depp got the top spot. Here's the rest of the list...
1. Johnny Depp
2. TIE between Denzel Washington and Clint Eastwood
4. Tom Hanks
5. John Wayne
6. George Clooney
7. Sandra Bullock
8. Harrison Ford
9. Will Smith
10. Adam Sandler
ABC Wants Tebow Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow seems to guarantee big ratings whatever he's going, so naturally ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" has him on top of their wish list. HollywoodLife.com says Tebow's the one the show most wants for the next season. Also on the wish list for the show: Paula Deen, and one of the failed Republican presidential hopefuls like Hermain Cain or Michele Bachmann.
Grammys Get a Host for the First Time in Seven Years The Grammys are the biggest night in music, but for the last seven years the show hasn't had a host. That will change February 12th on CBS when LL Cool J, rapper and "NCIS: Los Angeles" cast member, takes on the job.
Sundance Film Festival Starts Today Park City, Utah will be crawling with celebs for the next ten days. 117 films will be screen during the Sundance Film Festival. One of the most anticipated films is "West of Memphis" about the the overturned murder convictions of the West Memphis Three. The film was directed by "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson.
Jennifer Aniston's Pregnant...Again Can you imagine how many children Jennifer Aniston would have if she's been pregnant every time the tabloids said she was? Well here we go again. Britain's "Look" magazine says that not only is Jennifer Aniston pregnant, but she's six months pregnant. I guess we'll find out in about three months.
Survivor Cast Announced A new season of Suvivor starts February 15, and this season features some new twists for the show.
- Number one on the list of changes includes both tribes living together at the same camp.
- The show will also have a battle of the sexes split to the tribes. - - Redemption Island is going bye-bye after two seasons on the show.
- The way immunity idols can be used will change. Contestants can't use them to save themselves. They must give the idol to someone else...on the other tribe.
- Another twist this season is the inclusion of the first little person contestant.
Season 11 of "American Idol" Starts Tonight After a rough season 9, ratings were up for season 10 with three new judges. Can season 11 continue the trend? Tonight Ryan, Randy, Jennifer, and Steven will be back with the auditions from Savannah, Aspen, Galveston, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego, and St. Louis.
Paula Deen Has Diabetes
After speculation for years by tabloids, celebrity chef Paula Deen is confirming that she has Type 2 Diabetes. In making her announcement she's also launching "Diabetes in a New Light" to help folks find simple ways to manage the disease.
Golden Globe Ratings Slightly Down Over all it was a very good night for NBC. "The Hollywood Reporter" is reporting 16.8-million people tuned in for the the Golden Globes. That's down just slightly from last year's 17-million.
Out on DVD/Blu-Ray Today Ides of March
"American Idol" Returns This Week With "The Voice" and "X Factor", it doesn't feel like we've really had a break from singing reality shows lately. So I hope you're ready for "American Idol." Randy, Steven, and Jennifer are back as judges, and the first audtions kick off Wednesday on FOX. Here's a preview from the judges themselves.
Meryl Streep Wins Again The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards awards George Clooney and Meryl Streep the top acting awards during Sunday's ceremony. Clooney took the award for his role in "The Descendants," while Streep won for "The Iron Lady." "The Descendants" also won Best Motion Picture Drama while it was "The Artist" for Best Motion Picture Comedy/Musical. On the TV side Showtime's "Homeland" won Best Drama while "Modern Family" was Best TV Comedy.
Mark Wahlberg Surprises At the Box Office Most expected the re-release of "Beauty and the Beast" would come out on top over the weekend, but "Contraband" managed to pull in $24.1-million to come in first. "Beauty and the Beast came in stecond with $18.5-million, and "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" rounds out the top 3 with $11.5-million.
Kelsey Grammer To Be a Dad Again Kelsey Grammer has a lot to be happy about. He picked up a Golden Globe Sunday for Dramatic Actor on his series "The Boss," and he's going to be a dad again. A rep for the actor confirmed to "People" that Grammer has his wife are expecting twins.
Miss America Crowned Laura Kaeppeler is the new Miss America. Kaeppeler, Miss Wisconsin, had a platform advocating support and mentorship of children of incarcerated adults. She had been the child of an incarcerated parent herself. Miss Oklahoma was runner-up followed by Miss New York.
Treasured Stories by Eric Carle: Part of the Family Series at Sangamon Auditorium on the campus of UIS. Friday at 7:00pm with pre-show events in the lobby at 6:00pm. Tickets available at 206-6160 or www.sangamonauditorium.org
Blake Shelton/Justin Moore/Dia Frampton: Friday at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis. Tickets available at www.metrotix.com or call 800-293-5949.
Greater Springfield Home & Builders Show: Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10am - 6pm, and Sunday Noon - 5pm in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. $5 admission for adults, children 12 and under are free. More info at www.jacksonexpogroup.com/springfield_home.html
Winterfreeze Regional Chili Cookoff: Sunday at the KC Hall at Iles & Meadowbrook Roads. Doors open at Noon, Seeing Daylight plays starting at 1pm. $5 admission per person, proceeds go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Free Skating: Saturday at the Nelson Center 9am - 9:50am and 10:20am - 11:20am. Sessions are limited to the first 75 skaters.
The E Buzz for January 13, 2012 Hospitalized Celebs Heather Locklear is in the hospital, and TMZ is reporting that it's the result of drugs and alcohol. According to law enforcement sources, Locklear's sister called 9-1-1 Thursday. A rep for Locklear says she's "conscious and stable."
Toni Braxton was also in the hospital this week. She told TMZ she was there because of flare ups from her battle with Lupus but that she's fine now.
Miss America Kris Jenner, Mark Ballas, and Teri Polo are three of the judges who will help crown a new Miss American Saturday in Las Vegas. The event will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino and will air on ABC at 8pm.
Beyonce Clothing for Obama The celebrities don't seem to be out in full force for Obama like they were in 2008, however he still has some celebrity support. In fact, new mom Beyonce has designed some clothes to support Obama. She and her mother have designed t-shirts with phrases like "Yes we can" and "I'm in." The items will go on sale online February 7th.
Kelly Clarkson To Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl While it's not official, sources are reporting "American Idol" season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson will sing the National Anthem before the Super Bowl Sunday, February 5th. The National Football League has not made the official announcement. In other Super Bowl news husband and wife Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert will sing "America the Beautiful."
Katy Perry Big Winner at People's Choice Awards She wasn't there to pick up her awards, but Katy Perry won five of them at last night's People's Choice AWards. The cast of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" was also a no-show when the film won several awards including Favorite Movie. Other winners included the cast of "Bridesmaids" for Favorite Comedy Movie who accepted by singing Wilson Phillips' "Hold On." On the TV side "How I Met Your Mother" won two awards, and Betty White received a standing ovation when her show, "Hot in Cleveland," won for Favorite Cable TV Comedy.
Third Time's a Charm for Halle Berry? She's going for it again! Actress Halle Berry is engaged and planning to marry for the third time. Her fiance, French actor Oliver Martinez, gave her an emerald and diamond engagement ring, according to People.com. Berry hasn't commented yet, but previously she vowed never to marry again after her previous failed marriages to David Justice and Eric Benet.
People's Choice Awards Tonight Award season officially kicks off tonight when CBS airs the People's Choice Awards. Kaley Cuoco of "The Big Bang Theory" is the host, and the show starts at 8pm.
"Police Academy" Returning The original "Police Academy" came out in 1984 and spawned several sequels and even an animated TV show. Now the franchise is getting a reboot. "The Hollywood Reporter" says the original producer of the films is involved and wants to completely recast the film.
Olympics in 3D NBC has announced it will present this year's summer Olympic games in 3D. You'll have to have a 3D TV and service from one of the carriers of the special coverage. Comcast and DirecTV are expected to among the carriers.
Charlie Sheen Says He's Not Crazy Anymore Well as long as he says so. Sunday night Charlie Sheen told TV critics "I'm not crazy anymore." The actor is making the rounds to promote his new FX series that's in development. Sheen says he's spending more time with his kids and family, no longer hanging out with the goddesses, and would like to someday patch things up with Chuck Lorre, "Two and a Half Men" co-creator.
"Mad Men" Returning Soon Finally! Don Draper returns when AMC premieres the fifth season of "Mad Men" Sunday, March 25th. This is according to TheWrap.com. AMC has not officially confirmed the date.
Disney Taking On Nickelodeon There's a new cable and satellite TV channel coming. Disney is debuting Disney Junior in March aimed at 2-7 year-old kids. The channel will be carried by Comcast and Time Warner among others.
Movies Out Today Killer Elite
What's Your Number
"The Devil Inside" Takes the Top Spot The reign of "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" is over. The new horror flick "The Devil Inside" took the number one spot at the box office over the weekend with $34.5-million. "Mission Impossible" came in second with "Sherlock Holmes" third.
Beyonce's a Mommy Beyonce and Jay-Z welcomed their first child into the world Saturday night...a little girl named Blue Ivy Carter.
Kathy Griffin Gets a Talk Show Comedian Kathy Griffin already has a successful reality show, and now she's adding a talk show to her resume. The show will premiere on Bravo later this year and will be called "Kathy."
Is Rob Lowe the New Regis? Regis Philbin retired from "Live with Regis & Kelly" back in November, and there's still hasn't been a replacement announced. Now TMZ is quoting sources from ABC that say Rob Lowe is being seriously considered for the job. Lowe tells TMZ.com while he loves New York, it would definitely be a change of pace for a "California Boy" like himself.
Harlem Globetrotters: Friday at 7pm at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. Seats range from $18 - $88 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000, or the Center box office.
John Roy: At Donnie B's Comedy Club Friday at and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Call 391-JOKE for tickets or visit www.donniebsofspringfield.com.
The E Buzz for January 6, 2012
Another Celebrity Engagement Everybody's getting engaged these days. Now add Drew Barrymore to the list. A source tells People.com that she and her art consultant boyfrield, Will Kopelman, got engaged in Sun Valley, Idaho recently. Barrymore's had two previous marriages, and neither one lasted even half a year.
Brad Pitt's Walking With a Cane Why is Brad Pitt walking with a cane? He was spotted in Beverly Hills Thursday, and a source says Pitt tore his MCL. No word on how he got the injury or if he'll need surgery.
New Movies Out On DVD Contagion
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
I Don't Know How She Does It
Justin Timberlake Engaged Congrats go out to Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel. "Us Weekly" is reporting the long-time couple got engaged recently in Wyoming.
"America's Got Talent" Host Hospitalized Nick Cannon is in the hospital in Colorado. His wife, Mariah Carey, says it's due to "mild kidney failure."
"Jersey Shore" Back Tonight MTV kicks off the fifth season of "Jersey Shore" tonight, and the cast will be returning to New Jersey after shooting season four in Italy.
Movie Attendance Down, Album Sales Up Album sales have consistently declined since 2004...until last year! "Billboard" says album sales were up 1.4% to 330-million albums in 2011. The number one seller? Adele's "21."
Another Celebrity Split They made it over a year, but it's over for Katy Perry and Russell Brand. Now the big news...reports says the couple did NOT have a pre-nup. That means, according to California law, they must split their earnings 50/50. Perry is estimated to be worth about $44-million, while Brand is worth about $15-million.
Celebrity Week on "Price is Right" Snoop Dogg loves the "Price is Right"? Yep. The rapper kicked off Celebrity Week on the game show Monday. MTV's "Rapfix" says the show was one of Snoop Dogg's favorite things to watch while he was skipping school as a kid. Snoop was Drew Carey's assistant on the show. The rest of the week includes Jenny McCarthy, Neil Patrick Harris, Chris Daughtry, and Heidi Klum.
Aretha Engaged 69-year-old Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is getting ready to tie the knot. According to Franklin's spokesperson, she's engaged to "longtime friend and confidant, William Wilkerson. The couple is looking to get married in June or July.