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Lady Gaga, Matthew Morrison and Russell Simmons
Entertainment news: Special to the Online Edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2011-03-09

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Openly gay Bravo exec Andy Cohen was in the middle of a firestorm after he criticized the children's choir that closed out this year's Academy Awards, according to the Huffington Post. The choir from Staten Island's PS 22 ended the event with a rendition of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow." On MSNBC's Morning Joe, Cohen said, "It was the worst. I was looking for a knife to stick in my eyes, it was so terrible." After being roundly criticized by many people—including members of the children's choir—Cohen has apologized.

Lady Gaga has made her runway debut. According to USA Today, the "Born This Way" singer strolled down the catwalk in Paris for the Thierry Mugler show, walking in front of celebrities such as Anna Wintour. Mugler's autumn/winter 2011 collection was shown in a gym complete with black curtains and white arches. Gaga's new song, "Government Hooker," premiered as she modeled.

Beyonce plans to donate money earned from a concert for embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to charity, according to Digital Spy. The "Irreplaceable" singer earned $1 million after giving a private performance in 2009; later, it was discovered that the Gaddafi family commissioned the event. Beyonce's announcement came days after Nelly Furtado said she also plans to give away the $1 million check she received for a Gaddafi show.

Actress/model Liz Hurley will be in the pilot of the upcoming NBC series Wonder Woman, Digital Spy reported. The project, written by David E. Kelley, will feature Adrianne Palicki as the title character. Hurley tweeted, "Thrilled to be doing the NBC pilot Wonder Woman. I'll be playing the evil villain. Can't wait." Hurley's past acting credits include the films Bedazzled and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.

An all-new recording has surfaced of a 911 call Paula Abdul made this past Valentine's DAy in which she pleaded for help in trying to escape her boyfriend's car, according to Entertainment Tonight. Abdul told the 911 operator, "I want out of this car and he won't let me." The audio endrf as Abdul told the operator that her boyfriend complied with her request.

Writers for Charlie Sheen's temporarily cancelled show, Two and a Half Men, had penned an episode in which his character would spend a night on the town with his girlfriend's gay client—only to wake up next to the client without remembering what happened the night before, according to Advocate.com . Producers were reportedlyset to cast the role of Jonathan, "a fortysomething client of Lyndsey's (Courtney Thorne-Smith) who just so happens to be gay," TVLine.com reported.

On a recent episode of his show, Fox commentator Bill O'Reilly aired his furor over the Supreme Court decision that classified the Westboro Baptist Church's military-funeral pickets as protected speech, according to Mediaite.com . In taking on colleague and attorney Megyn Kelly—who stood by the court's ruling—O'Reilly called the church's members "vile idiots" and "animals."

Bruce Cohen, who produced the 2011 Academy Awards, was attacked on his Wikipedia page because of an edit of a kiss between actors Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem at the ceremony, according to Movieline.com . Cohen's Wikipedia bio had been altered to read that he is a "liar who claims he does not partake in the homophobia of the ABC network when clearly he does." Cohen, an Oscar-nominated producer (Milk; American Beauty) who is openly gay himself, has insisted that the cutaway from the kiss was unintentional.

Christina Aguilera will join Adam Levine and Cee-Lo Green as coaches on the upcoming NBC reality-competition show The Voice, according to the Atlantic. During the audition rounds, the coaches sit in rotating chairs with their backs to the contestants, allowing them to only hear them. If they like the performance, they can claim the contestant as one of their students. Aguilera had been in the news lately because she was arrested for public intoxication.

Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's 18-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina, is explaining a National Enquirer spread that shows her snorting what appears to be cocaine—by saying she was set up, according to E! Online. The musical scion posted on Twitter that an unidentified friend took the photo and put Bobbi Kristina in a bad position. Bobbi Kristina tweeted, "Set me up to make it look exactly what it looks like. God will smite them yes..But it's really not what it looks like..People will do anything for money which is extremely sad, and I'm very hurt by this."

Gay fave Kylie Minogue cut an Australian TV interview short after breaking down in tears while discussing cancer, ContactMusic.com reported. The "Chocolate" singer was talking about being cancer-free for five years, and became teary when discussing a children's hospital ward she visited while she was ill. Upon returning to the interview, she said, "The reason that that gets me is ... the humanity of it and there's certain moments where that really cuts through."

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons will be among those feted by GLAAD at its 22nd annual awards ceremony, according to ContactMusic.com . Simmons, who co-founded Def Jam Records, will receive the Excellence in Media Award March 19 in New York City. Simmons wrote former N.Y. Gov. David Paterson in 2009 to praise him for supporting marriage equality. GLAAD will also honor singer Ricky Martin and actress/singer Kristin Chenoweth in ceremonies.

Screen legend Zsa Zsa Gabor, 94, has refused to have part of her left leg amputated, according to ContactMusic.com . Doctors advised Gabor—who lost her right leg below the knee earlier this year—to have the operation after blood flow to the limb stopped. Gabor has decided to take medication instead, and her husband has said that she has a 50-50 change of living another year without the surgery.

Sir Elton John is slated to host and be the musical guest Saturday Night Live April 2, according to AfterElton.com . The booking was revealed at John's Oscar-viewing party, held Feb. 27 at the Pacific Design Center. It will be John's first time performing on SNL in almost three decades, and it will be his first time hosting.

"Summer Rain," the debut single from Glee star Matthew Morrison, has debuted on iTunes and is slated to premiere on radio March 14, according to a press release. Morrison wrote the song with Claude Kelly (who has worked with Bruno Mars, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, to name a a few) and the Norwegian duo Espionage, who produced the track in New York City. Morrison—who plays Mr. Schuester on the Fox show—has been nominated for Tony, Golden Globe and Emmy awards.


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