More cash to be made from Anna Nicole's memorabilia: In a few weeks, an auction house in Dallas will put two of Anna Nicole Smith's diaries -- as well as her old I.D. cards and other random items -- up for sale. The cover of one reads: "This diary belongs to Vickie Smith. Do Not Read!" (Smith's real name was Vickie Lynn Smith.) They are the same diaries a German businessman bought on eBay for more than $500,000 a few weeks ago -- he has secured the publishing rights and now wants to unload the diaries themselves -- and the auction house says that while opening bids will start at $20,000, it expects each diary to go for something in the range of $100,000. (Associated Press)
Fairy-tale weddings for all: Gay marriage is OK in the Magic Kingdom -- gay couples can now participate in Disney's popular Fairy Tale Weddings program. Disney Parks and Resorts spokesman Donn Walker says the move to include gay couples "is consistent with our policy of creating a welcoming, respectful and inclusive environment for all of our guests." Until recently, Disney allowed gay couples to organize their own ceremonies at its resorts, but didn't allow them to buy the Fairy Tale Wedding packages, which start at $8,000 and include a wedding planner, the ceremony, food and beverages, flowers and table decorations. The "Lavish Wedding" option includes a ride to the ceremony in a Cinderella coach, costumed trumpeters heralding the couple's arrival, and attendance by Mickey and Minnie Mouse characters dressed in formal attire. But Disney has predictably incurred the wrath of religious conservatives, including the Southern Baptist Convention, which lifted an eight-year boycott of Disney -- for things like giving health benefits to same-sex partners of employees -- in 2005. (Fox News)
What reality can teach us: If you can get past the fact that the author of the pro-reality-TV story in the new Atlantic Monthly, Michael Hirschorn, is also an executive vice president at VH1, a channel with its fair share of reality programming, the piece does put forward an interesting thesis. Hirschorn calls reality TV "the liveliest genre on the set right now. It has engaged hot-button cultural issues -- class, sex, race -- that respectable television, including the august 'CBS Evening News,' rarely touches. And it has addressed a visceral need for a different kind of television at a time when the Web has made more traditionally produced video seem as stagey as Moliere." ("The Case for Reality TV," Atlantic Monthly)
White noise ... Lindsay Lohan (right) is hoping to someday get the role of Princess Diana in a film: "It would be fantastic to play her," she recently told In Touch. "She gave back a lot and was such an amazing woman." (Hollywood Rag) ... Khristine Eroshevich, the psychiatrist who prescribed all 11 of the drugs found in Anna Nicole Smith's body when she died, is now under investigation by the California State Medical Board. (E Online) ... Real-estate deal: Britney Spears has slashed her Malibu, Calif., home's sale price from $13.5 million to a mere $11.9 million after nearly three months on the market. (People) ... Whitney Houston's divorce from Bobby Brown was finalized on Wednesday, with Houston getting sole custody of their 14-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina. (TMZ)
Double feature: Definitely this weekend's most buzzed-about movie, "Grindhouse" is also coming in for some critical love today. Salon's Stephanie Zacharek lays out what viewers have in store -- "a grand collage of drooling zombies, bounteous breasts, spurting blood and careering cars, a rambunctious and unapologetically disreputable entertainment as well as a comprehensive catalog of B-movie references" -- but also says the film makes for a great moviegoing experience: It's "recklessly joyous and deeply affectionate, a celebration not just of an all-but-lost approach to moviemaking but of the nearly lost experience of communal moviegoing." A.O. Scott, who also thinks the film is good fun, says, "That Mr. Rodriguez and Mr. Tarantino are motivated by a sincere love of the movies they send up can hardly be doubted, but the affection is expressed in different ways. Mr. Rodriguez revels in badness for its own sake ... Mr. Tarantino is another story -- a connoisseur, a scholar and a bit of a highbrow ... He combs through trash in search of art."
- Top story on Reddit: "Bill O'Reilly Flips Out at Geraldo," Oliverwillis.com
- Top story on Technorati: "Pratfall in Damascus," Washington Post
- Most e-mailed story from the New York Times: "A Great Year for Ivy League Schools, but Not So Good for Applicants to Them"
- Top entertainment story on Digg: "Lewis Black to Get His Own Talk Show on Comedy Central," TV Squad
-- Quentin Tarantino on "Grindhouse" star Rose McGowan's dirty mouth. (Rolling Stone)
Winning bids from a recent auction of showbiz memorabilia:
$126,500: The alien costume from "Alien"
$40,250: Wolverine claws worn by Hugh Jackman in "X2: X-Men United"
$115,000: Christopher Reeve's costume from "Superman"
$69,000: Marilyn Monroe's working script from "The Seven Year Itch"
$5,750: James Gandolfini's bloodstained shirt from "The Sopranos"
(The Hot Blog )
This Friday, Stacy London of "What Not to Wear" premieres her very own talk show, "Shut Up! With Stacy London" (TLC, 10 p.m. EDT), and "The Real Mary Magdalene" (National Geographic, 10 p.m. EDT) wonders whether Mary was the victim of a smear campaign. On Sunday, it's the beginning of the last season of "The Sopranos" (HBO, 9 p.m. EDT), followed by a new season of "Entourage" (HBO, 10 p.m. EDT). Plus, there's a live-action adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's classic in "Masterpiece Theatre: The Wind in the Willows" (PBS, check local listings) and the latest from "The Tudors" (Showtime, 10 p.m. EDT).
|Regis and Kelly (ABC, 9 a.m. EDT)||Dean Cain (repeat)|
|The View (ABC, 11 a.m. EDT)||Guest co-host Tony Braxton (repeat)|
|Ellen (Syndicated, check local listings)||The cast of "Entourage," Hilary Duff|
|Oprah (Syndicated, check local listings)||"America Talks to Oprah," featuring Elizabeth Edwards|
|Charlie Rose (PBS, check local listings)||Rev. James A. Forbes Jr., "Reading Judas" coauthors Elaine Pagels and Karen L. King, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera Peter Gelb|
|Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EDT)||TBA|
|David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT)||Richard Gere, exotic-food chef Gene Rurka, Aqualung (repeat)|
|Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT)||Jeremy Piven, Jenna Fischer, John Legend|
|Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT)||Hilary Swank, "Dancing With the Stars" castoff Shandi Finnessey, Hilary Duff (repeat)|
|Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT)||Michael Imperioli, Albert Hammond Jr.|
|Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT)||Carla Gugino, Randy Couture, Redman|
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