* Sunday night was a busy one on both US coasts – in Los Angeles, the CNN Heroes ceremony took place, where celebs like 50 Cent handed real-life heroes like South Africa’s Thulani Madondo awards for their efforts to make the world a better place…
* …while across the country, in Washington DC, President Barack Obama handed out Kennedy Center Honors, to more-than-deserving recipients like Led Zeppelin, David Letterman and Dustin Hoffman.
* DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg was given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which was presented to Oprah last year, as part of the honorary Oscars handed out this weekend. Katzenberg may head up what is arguably the biggest animation company around, but his heart seems to be just as large – given his intense fundraising abilities and role in setting up a telethon in the days after the 9/11 attacks. I would have given him the award just for helping to bring The Little Mermaid to life!
* At the box office, Brad Pitt’s Killing Them Softly, which premiered at Cannes earlier this year, has not fared well against the current crop of movies on circuit like Lincoln, Skyfall and the final Twilight installment.
* Lady Gaga did what most new visitors to South Africa do – she went on “safari” (although we usually call it a game drive) and took lots of pictures. This was before playing a 2-hour show in Joburg, and visiting a primary school, ahead of her second Born This Way Ball in Cape Town on Monday night.
[P.S The Prodigy also played SA this weekend. See, it really is the place to be!]
* Pink! is the new face of CoverGirl makeup – and a great one at that. She joins the likes of Sofia Vergara, Queen Latifah, Drew Barrymore, Ellen DeGeneres and Team USA Olympic athletes Jennifer Kessy and Marlen Esparza.
* Lady Gaga has revealed the title of her new album – ARTPOP. In capital letters, yes. No word yet on a release date, but some fans have already heard some new material through sneak previews and car stereos.
* Baz Luhrmann’s highly-anticipated film The Great Gatsby has been moved to release next year.
* The first pics of Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg’s historical drama Lincoln are out.
* Mercury Prize winners The xx ended their US tour with an intimate set on Staten Island on Monday night. They also released two more new songs into the music ether.
* The highly acclaimed documentary Searching for Sugar Man opens in the US today – giving musician Rodriguez a new lease on his music life.
* Lady Gaga will make her movie debut , in no less than Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills, due out next year.
* Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle will bring the opening ceremony of London 2012 Olympic Games to life today. Expect lots of sheep, Paul McCartney and a short film starring Daniel Craig.
* McSteamy, aka Eric Dane, won’t be back for Season 9 of Grey’s Anatomy. Guess that gives away a bit of what happens after that last cliffhanger of an episode…
* And it seems even Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong isn’t immune to reality TV – he’s joined The Voice as a mentor.
* Looper, the sci-fi thriller starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, will open this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
* Steven Tyler and J-Lo are out, Mariah Carey is in for Season 12 of American Idol.
* Warner Bros, the studio behind The Dark Knight Rises, is making a ‘substantial’ donation to those who were affected by the theater shooting in Aurora.
* Bruce Springsteen has admitted, in an extensive piece in the New Yorker, that he battled depression in the 80s.
* Lady Gaga previewed a new song for a few New York fans by playing it out of her car stereo.
It’s beginning to look a lot like…Gaga! This holiday season it’s all about little monsters, chocolate McQueen shoes and claw pendants. Lady Gaga is taking over Christmas.
At least, she’s taking over Barney’s in New York. Take the lift down to the fifth floor of the men’s department and you’ll find Gaga’s Workshop – an array of items conceived by Gaga and collaborator Nicola Formichetti. Continue reading