Producers to fill audiencewith Martha Stewarts
NEW YORK -- Calling all Martha Stewarts. The famous homemaker is scouring the country for those who don't necessarily share her homemaking abilities, but her name. Producers of the hourlong syndicated daytime show "Martha," which premieres Sept. 12, are hoping to fill the studio audience with 150 Martha Stewarts for a special show. Those with the name Martha Stewart or Martha Stuart can find information on the Web site http://www.marthastewart.com/martha. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 1. An air date for the show featuring all the Marthas hasn't been set. The lifestyle guru, who turns 64 today, will also star in a version of the reality show "The Apprentice" on NBC this fall. Her old daytime series, "Martha Stewart Living," lasted 12 years and ended when her case went to court. Stewart has been serving a five-month term at her home in Bedford, N.Y., after completing five months in a West Virginia prison for lying about a stock sale.
Janet's boyfriend offerssome advice for Michael
NEW YORK -- If Michael Jackson took Jermaine Dupri's advice, he'd be on TV flaunting his acquittal instead of retreating from the public eye. "I was him, I would have gone on 'TRL' immediately and said look, 'Everybody who wanna say something about me, good, y'all could say whatever y'all wanna say, there's nothing you can say about me at this point, no more than what just happened," said Dupri, who is dating Jackson's sister Janet. Jackson was acquitted in June on child molestation charges. While other scandal-plagued stars have launched the comeback route with a teary-eyed interview with Oprah Winfrey or Barbara Walters, Dupri scoffed at the suggestion that Jackson should be remorseful. "He don't have to do that, because he didn't do nothing wrong. Everybody else did something wrong but him. What did he do wrong? Why should he come back and cry?" Dupri asked.
Bacall bashes Cruisefor his recent behavior
NEW YORK -- Lauren Bacall has a few unkind words to say about Tom Cruise. In an interview in the Aug. 8 issue of Time magazine, now on newsstands, the 80-year-old actress says, "When you talk about a great actor, you're not talking about Tom Cruise." "His whole behavior is so shocking," she says. "It's inappropriate and vulgar and absolutely unacceptable to use your private life to sell anything commercially, but I think it's kind of a sickness." Bacall was alluding to Cruise's displays of emotion and public courting of Katie Holmes in the weeks leading up to the release of his new film, "War of the Worlds." Cruise and Holmes became engaged in June after he proposed at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Last fall, Bacall made similar remarks about Cruise's ex-wife Nicole Kidman, her co-star in "Birth." While promoting the movie, Bacall became irritated when an interviewer described Kidman as "a legend." "She's not a legend," Bacall said. "She can't be a legend at whatever age she is. ... You have to be older."
Couric mulls job's future
NEW YORK -- Katie Couric says she'll decide this fall whether to continue her long-running morning television partnership with Matt Lauer. The "Today" show co-anchor faces the question because her contract expires next May. "I have, when it's operating on all four cylinders, one of the best jobs in television," she told The New Yorker magazine. "At the same time, everybody needs recharging." Couric, 48, has been approached by CBS News about its evening news anchor job.
LOS ANGELES -- David Shaw, the Los Angeles Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning media critic, died Monday of complications from a brain tumor, the paper reported. He was 62.
ELIZABETH, N.J. -- Al Aronowitz, a pioneer of rock journalism who introduced Bob Dylan to The Beatles, died Monday, his son said. He was 77.
Author P.D. James is 85. Broadway composer Richard Adler is 84. Singer Gordon Stoker (The Jordanaires) is 81. Singer Tony Bennett is 79. Actor Martin Sheen is 65. Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is 64. Singer Beverly Lee (The Shirelles) is 64. Movie director John Landis is 55. Actress JoMarie Payton is 55. Actor Jay North ("Dennis the Menace") is 54. Actor John C. McGinley is 46. Rock singer-musician Lee Rocker (The Stray Cats) is 44. Rock singer James Hetfield (Metallica) is 42. Rock singer-musician Ed Roland (Collective Soul) is 42. Actor Isaiah Washington is 42. Country musician Dean Sams (Lonestar) is 39. Hip-hop artist Spin (Salt-N-Pepa) is 34. Actress Brigid Conley Walsh is 33. Singer Holly Arnstein (Dream) is 20.