Brooks to partner with hero Strait
Garth Brooks says he’s never seen anything like the reaction he’s gotten since it was announced he will share the stage with George Strait for the first time Sunday during the Academy of Country Music Awards.
Brooks and his early musical hero will sing together for the first time and pay tribute to the show’s late executive producer, Dick Clark.
“Everywhere I go, restaurants, stores, whatever – ‘Hey, you’re gonna be singing with George. Hey, we can’t wait to see you with George,’ ” Brooks said in a phone interview. “It’s so cool. It’s like getting to sing with someone that’s attained a level that you only get if you die. They love him and worship him and I’m in line with everybody else.”
Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will host the show from the MGM Grand.
Craig, Weisz to be couple on Broadway
Real-life husband and wife Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz will play an adulterous stage couple in a Broadway production of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal.”
Weisz will make her Broadway debut in Pinter’s 1978 study in deception, which charts an extramarital affair in reverse.
Her character, Emma, is married to Craig’s Robert, but is having an affair with Jerry, played by rising star Rafe Spall.
Craig has reportedly signed on for at least two more Bond films following “Skyfall,” the first Bond film to rake in more than $1 billion in revenue. It also won two Oscars, including one for the theme song by Adele.
Springer to host ‘Tabloid’ TV show
Jerry Springer is getting another TV show.
The Investigation Discovery network said Thursday that Springer will be host of “Tabloid,” a new weekly series that will look at some of the bizarre stories found in supermarket checkout lines.
The series will debut early next year.
Gosling fights dairy farms by the horns
He’s not milking his fame, but Ryan Gosling is lending his name to the cause of cows.
The 32-year-old actor sent a letter this week to the National Milk Producers Federation urging the group to advocate against removing calves’ horns. He asks that they help stop what he calls a “barbaric practice” by requiring farmers to breed naturally hornless cattle.
The letter was released Wednesday by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Gosling has worked with the group before in its campaign urging KFC to adopt more humane methods of slaughtering chickens.
The birthday bunch
Actor James Garner is 85. Movie director Francis Ford Coppola is 74. TV personality David Frost is 74. Singer John Oates is 64. Actor Jackie Chan is 59. Actor Russell Crowe is 49.