April 23, 2014

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‘Celebrity Apprentice’ doing all-star season, cast revealed

HollywoodNews.com: Donald Trump’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ is following in the footsteps of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ as it will be doing an all-star season next.
Trump spoke with the ‘Today’ show to reveal the cast of the next, special season of the show, states UsMagazine.com. The cast will include: La Toya Jackson, Omarosa Manigault, Lil’ Jon, Lisa Rinna, Dennis Rodman, Claudia Jordan, Trace Adkins, Brande Roderick, Penn Jillette, Dee Snider, Marilu Henner, Stephen Baldwin, Gary Busey and the only winner, Bret Michaels.
Former winners Joan Rivers, Piers Morgan, Arsenio Hall and John Rich will return as advisors during the season.
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Sean Penn talks about his son’s life-threatening accident

HollywoodNews.com: “She is a ghost to me now,” Sean Penn tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Douglas Brinkley of actress Robin Wright Penn. “We spent all those years together…. Now she’s just gone.”
Brinkley travels to Haiti, where Penn talks about Robin, their son Hopper’s life-threatening skateboarding accident, and what he’s doing to help rebuild the nation post-earthquake. When Penn was presented with a military coin and several honorary certificates of commendation for his service in the Haitian crisis, Lieutenant General P. K. Keen “gave me this look in the eye—a look of pride,” Penn tells Brinkley. “It meant more to me than any movie award.”
When Hopper sustained a head injury in a skateboarding accident, Penn and Robin pulled together at the hospital, praying for their son, Brinkley reports. “He underwent risky surgery due to intense bleeding of the brain,” Penn says, “and he pulled through.” Brinkley reports that Hopper’s brush with disaster was life-changing for his father. Feeling a karmic debt had to be repaid, Penn started the painful process of re-assessing his life’s priorities. He drove out to Palm Springs to spend time with T Bone Burnett, the composer-producer who helped Bob Dyl an find Jesus in the 1970s.
Since January, Penn has lived full-time, with the exception of a couple of brief trips—one to Washington, D.C., to testify on the Hill for more Haitian relief—in a tent not much bigger than an army surplus locker. Penn—along with the organization he started with Sarajevo-born philanthropist Diana Jenkins—was recently made official “camp manager” of Port-au-Prince displaced persons facility that has housed some 50,000 earthquake survivors. “I wanted to give back something more to help struggling people, but I didn’t know how to best do it,” Penn tells Brinkley. “I was for 20 years in a relationship with Robin and 18 years with children. I didn’t have time to commit to anything—for real—in places like Iraq, except to denounce the war. But now I’m single. I can lend a hand.”
Penn had been Hopper’s guardian, he tells Brinkley, and “he had just gone back to being with his mother on an experimental basis. I was putzing around at home, missing Hopper….I had never been to Haiti before. I couldn’t fathom the high death toll. So, like everybody else, I started tracking the news. I saw all those traumatized people getting Civil War medicine on TV. People were being given ibuprofen or alcohol [...]

Prepare yourself for “The Green Room with Paul Provenza”

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: Expect to see plenty of sparks fly on ‘The Green Room With Paul Provenza’ when the Showtime show hits the tube June 10. Among the verbal dustups filmed for the series are a heated political argument between Tommy Smothers and Penn Jillette, and a no-holds-barred conversational melee involving race with Rain Pryor, Bobby Slayton (Richard Pryor’s one-time writing partner), Paul Mooney and Australian comic Jim Jeffries.
‘Nobody is selling a DVD. It really, truly is like comedy jazz’with these greats riffing off each other,’ Provenza wants us to know. The idea for the show grew out of onstage gatherings of comics held by Provenza at the Edinburgh and Montreal comedy festivals. Putting such groups together for the cameras seemed like a natural — but not easy — idea.
‘I was very fortunate. I called a lot of people I knew personally and they came in. If you try to explain a show like this, it’s hard to believe it’s as raw as it is,’ says the long-time stand-up. Knowing his peers as well as he does, he was able to orchestrate likely combinations for interesting exchanges.
To read more go to BeckSmithHollywood.com.