April 5, 2014 in Nation/World

Franco red-faced over his Insta-flirt

From Wire Reports

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James Franco has apologized for his Instagram flirtation with a 17-year-old.

On the morning talk show “Live With Kelly and Michael,” Franco said Friday that he used “bad judgment” and “learned my lesson.”

The 35-year-old actor and filmmaker was caught trying to pick up a Scottish teenage girl named Lucy Clode on the photo-sharing app.

Franco said Friday that he was embarrassed and that he’s “a model of how social media is tricky.” He said the awkward process of meeting someone was made “doubly” embarrassing since it was in the public spotlight because of his celebrity.

Franco is currently starring in a revival of “Of Mice and Men” on Broadway.

Shore enough, ‘Snooki’ pregnant

MTV’s “Jersey Shore” star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is expecting baby No. 2.

The 26-year-old reality star says in an interview Friday with Us Weekly: “I’m due in the fall around my wedding time. Busy year!” The pregnancy was confirmed by her publicist.

Polizzi and her fiance, Jionni LaValle, are the parents of a 19-month-old son, Lorenzo.

SiTV Media buys Fuse network

The Jennifer Lopez-backed company that owns NUVOtv, an English-language cable entertainment network aimed at Latinos, has bought the Fuse music network.

SiTV Media said Friday it had agreed to pay $226 million to Fuse’s owner, the Madison Square Garden Co. SiTV reportedly outbid Revolt, the music network started by Sean Combs.

Fuse is in 73 million homes, more than twice that of NUVOtv.

Lopez is a shareholder and chief creative officer at NUVOtv.

‘Superstar’ to play in 50 cities

The 1970s rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” is being resurrected for a North American tour.

It was revealed Friday that the musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice about the last days of Jesus will start a 50-city tour in New Orleans on June 9.

It will star punk legend John Lydon, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, Brandon Boyd of Incubus and JC Chasez of ’N Sync.

The guitar- and keyboard-driven musical debuted on Broadway in 1971.

The original production earned five Tony Award nominations, including one for Ben Vereen, who played Judas. A film version was released in 1973. The last Broadway revival was staged in 2012.

Birthday bunch

Country singer Tommy Cash is 74. Actor Michael Moriarty is 73. Actress Jane Asher is 68. Singer Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA) is 64. Singer-songwriter Peter Case is 60. Rock musician Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) is 48. Country singer Troy Gentry is 47. Rapper-producer Pharrell Williams is 41. Rapper/producer Juicy J is 39.

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