WORKERS ASK, “WHERE’S MY CHECK?”

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October 29, 2009

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WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MONEY

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Brian McKnight

A contingent of disgruntled employees has emerged at “The Brian McKnight Show.”
TMZ.com is reporting that more than 20 workers have filed non-payment complaints against the McKnight show to the California Labor Board totaling $86,300.

Reps for the show say the workers will be paid, but there “was mismanagement in the beginning and since then we have gotten new investors and the show is continuing.”

“The Brian McKnight Show” premiered Sept. 21 on MyNetworkTV.


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JACKSON WAS EYEING NEW MANSION

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MICHAEL WAS ATTEMPTING TO PURCHASE A NEW HOME

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TMZ.com is reporting that Michael Jackson was in negotiations to buy a $38 million 15 bedroom, 16.5 bath Bel Air mansion just before his death in June.
Sources said MJ entered into escrow on the 18,020 square foot estate in 2001, but the deal fell through because he ultimately couldn’t afford to close. But recently, the singer was trying to work out a new arrangement with the owners in hopes of making enough money to buy the house after his “This Is It” concert series in England.

A source tells TMZ: “Jackson brought his kids to see the house and they fell in love with it … They begged him to buy it.”

The kids took a particular interest in a secluded area under the house which was nicknamed the “Bat Cave.”

Sources say Jackson was going to use the land to recreate as much of Neverland as he legally could.


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USHER’S EX GOT DIVORCE NEWS ONLINE

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TAMEKA WASN’T TOLD DIRECTLY

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Tameka Foster and Usher

Usher’s soon-to-be ex-wife Tameka Foster said she found out about her divorce the same way everyone else did – via the Internet.
“It was rumored (on the internet), so friends and family called, saying, ‘Are you OK?’ I didn’t really understand why,” Foster told People magazine. “But Usher and I weren’t really speaking then. He was away recording, and I was angry at other things going on. He filed two days later.”

The 38-year-old stylist has an issue with Usher’s new divorce-themed single “Papers,” which appears to focus on their short marriage.

“It’s entertainment. People shouldn’t take it literally,” she said. “(But) given what we’re going through, it’s in poor taste.”

Foster’s interview comes just days after she was forced to deny Usher’s claims the pair’s divorce had been finalized, dismissing them as “a publicity stunt” to promote his new song.

But despite all of Ursh’s alleged cheating, “I still love him very much and I’m sure I always will,” Foster insists. “Do I want to be with him? I don’t know.”

The former couple has two sons together: Usher Raymond V, 23 months, and Naviyd, 10 months.


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MICHELLE IN REAL HOUSEWIVES WEAR??

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October 28, 2009

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WILL FIRST LADY WEAR SHEREE DESIGNS?

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Michelle Obama

Andy Cohen, the network’s Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Development and host of every Bravo reunion show, says he is pushing for Michelle Obama to wear an item from “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Sheree’s clothing line.
The Bravo exec, who hosts the cable channel’s new late night talk show “Watch What Happens: Live!” says he’s done 14 episodes of the program and has asked guests in each program, “Are you wearing She by Sheree?” He’s hoping that an item from the line will make it into the First Lady’s closet.

“I had Michelle Obama’s hairdresser Johnny Wright on last week,” he tells People.com. “And I said, ‘What is it going to take to get the First Lady into a She by Sheree frock?’ And he said that he’s anxiously awaiting what the line presents to see. He said if Sheree creates something great, maybe it will happen. So tonight,” Cohen said. “I’m really pushing for the first lady to wear She by Sheree!’”

She by Sheree debuted last month during New York Fashion Week, and to a television audience last week via the season finale of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”


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GEORGE LOPEZ, “TONIGHT”

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LOPEZ RELEASES GUEST LIST

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George Lopez

George Lopez’s talk show “Lopez Tonight” premieres Monday, Nov. 9 at 11 p.m. on TBS with NBA great Kobe Bryant, Ellen DeGeneres and Eva Longoria-Parker of “Desperate Housewives” among the guests for the first week.
Additional scheduled guests for the first few weeks include Sandra Bullock, Ray Romano, Jamie Foxx, Jessica Alba, Charlie Sheen, Queen Latifah, Marc Anthony, Ted Danson, Andy Garcia, Larry David, Taylor Lautner, Oscar de la Hoya, Kelly Osbourne, Floyd Mayweather, Eva Mendes, Arsenio Hall and Kathy Griffin, among many others.

Additional guests will be announced in the weeks ahead.

“Lopez Tonight” will air on TBS Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. (ET/PT). The show comes to TBS from 2.2 Productions, paraMedia Inc. and Telepictures Productions.


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“THIS IS IT” A WINNER

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THIS IS IS GIVES INTIMATE LOOK AT GREATNESS

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This Is It

When fans go see Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT, they’re going to have Michael back, just for a little while.” – Travis Payne, THIS IS IT choreographer

*Who would have thought it possible that we could be distracted from the gut-wrenching reality that Michael Jackson is, physically, no longer with us? But for one hour and fifty-one minutes, in the shelter of a dark theater, transfixed by the larger-than-life presence on the screen – making all the moves we have come to know so well – delivering the music that remains permanently etched in our psyche, here he is.

The man we so lovingly crowned the “King of Pop” years ago is alive … well … and in all his fantastical glory. Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT is a tangible gift the world can hold on to.

The best “All Access Pass” fans could ever expect to obtain, Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT reveals an MJ we could never otherwise have experienced; in a way we will not soon forget.

And this was just the rehearsal.

Crafted with undeniable love and respect by famed director Kenny Ortega, the film shows that, had the concert become a reality, MJ would most likely have accomplished exactly what he set out to d “Give them something they’ve never seen before.”

When asked why it was so important for him to direct this film, Ortega says:

“It became a responsibility for me. Who else was going to do it? I was there, and I felt that I could protect his ideas and the integrity of his last theatrical work. But the real reason it became so important to me is that I heard an outpouring from fans, people who said, ‘I had tickets to the concert, tell me, what was it going to be like?”

Ortega and Jackson have been friends for more than twenty years. The two first met in the 1980’s when Michael called the directors’ home and was greeted by the screams of Ortega’s niece, who answered the phone. They have always wanted to work together.

Sometimes it can take decades for the right “something” to come along. Jackson was sure that

THIS WAS IT.


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BLACK COMEDY HEADING TO NBC

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October 27, 2009

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POSSIBLE HIT COMEDY COMING TO NBC

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NBC has added an African American comedy to its development slate.
“Ordinary People,” from “America’s Next Top Model” co-developer Kenya Barris, is described as “Mad About You” meets “The Cosby Show,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Inspired by Barris’ real-life experiences, the sitcom revolves around Kevin and Kelsey Whitmore, a married couple in their late 20s who are fast-tracked professionals with four kids. After spending most of his time on the road as a Rolling Stone music reporter, Kevin is promoted to columnist and works from home, a change that requires adjustment for everyone in the family.

Also on NBC’s development slate is the drama “Nola Rising,” which revolves around the pairing of a down-on-his-luck private investigator and a charismatic ex-con capable of being inhabited by ghosts. Together they become unlikely partners to help solve the problems of New Orleans citizens, living or dead.

The project is from writer Diane Ademu-John (“Medium”). Both “Nola Rising” and “Ordinary People” are set up at Universal Media Studios.

As previously reported, NBC has also ordered a comedy from executive producers Don Cheadle and Aaron McGruder. The project revolves around mismatched brothers who reunite to open a private security company.


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