Robert "Joe" Halderman, the former CBS News producer accused of trying to blackmail comedian David Letterman, agreed Tuesday to plead guilty to second-degree grand larceny in exchange for six months in jail, five years probation and 1,000 hours of community service. Formal sentencing is scheduled for May 4, 2010.
Halderman had threatened to expose Letterman's affairs with Late Show staffers if the talk show host did not pay him $2 million to keep quiet. In his statement, Halderman detailed the timeline for the extortion plot, admitting "I knew throughout this time that I was not engaged in a legitimate business transaction with Mr. Letterman and that what I was doing was against New York law."
In a statement, David Letterman thanked the district attorney of Manhattan, Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.; the former district attorney, Robert M. Morgenthau; the Special Prosecutions Bureau in the district attorney's office and the New York City Police Department.
So much for Halderman's attorney claiming there was more to it than meets the eye. - Dr.FB
Ashanti celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the Wizard of Oz by singing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" on the Today Show.
Million Dollar Quartet is a solid gold musical directed by Washington's Eric Schaeffer and based on the legendary 1956 jam session of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, is headed to Broadway.
The show, which has been playing for almost a year in Chicago, will open in the spring, according to the show's producers.
"Quartet" is the story of one night, Dec. 4, 1956, when the four singers came together in the storefront studio of Sun Records in Memphis. Sam Phillips, the music producer and Sun Records' founder, is credited with discovering Cash and Presley, as well as recording the work of many of blues pioneers, such as Howlin' Wolf and B.B. King.
The rare recording session became the stuff of legend. Lewis was in the studio playing for Perkins when in walked Presley, whose hits that year that included "Hound Dog," "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Don't Be Cruel." Phillips called Cash to join them, and the quartet, for the first and last time, played together.
This should be a huge hit on the Broadway scene.
The upcoming Musical 'Nine' stars some of Hollywood's hottest leading ladies. From the looks of it, Penelope Cruz is set to steal the show. Cruz puts on a spicy burlesque performance in 'Nine'.
Penelope, who plays a mistress, slips into full seduction mode for her scenes, in which she struts her stuff in a basque, panties, pull-up thigh high stocking and seductive high heels.
Cruz, Hudson, and Kidman, Fergie, Sophia Loren.... It's gonna be a live one!
'Nine' is set to open November 25, 2009.
Oh la la Ms. Cruz..... Can't wait!
Ahhh Rose, it's always a pleasure to see you.
Rose attended Broadway's "33 Variations" after party on Wednesday night. As always she had sexiness oozing from her caliente frame. She talked about her upcoming role as a red-haired swordstress in the soon-to-be, Robert Rodriguez movie ,"Red Sonja".
She is still just as stunning as "Death Proof" days!
Here is some info on the HOTNESS that starred in Prince's new video, "Crimson and Clover".
Her name is Misty Copeland, and she has been dancing since the tender age of thirteen. Misty has been called the "first" African American female soloist for the American Ballet Theater. She has extraordinary talent and is an exceptionally skilled dancer.
Excellent choice Prince!!
Actor Jeremy Piven was driven to tears during a New York Times interview where he discussed the mercury poisoning caused by "20 years" of eating fish that forced him to drop out of the Broadway play, Speed-the-Plow. Here is an excerpt:
At a closed-door hearing of the Actors’ Equity Association and the Broadway League on Thursday, Jeremy Piven convinced a group of fellow actors that he did not violate his contractual obligations when he dropped out of the Broadway play “Speed-the-Plow” in December, thereby avoiding potential penalties for a high-profile departure that he attributed to mercury poisoning.
In an interview at The Times’s offices after the hearing, Mr. Piven, the Emmy-winning star of HBO’s “Entourage,” twice broke down in tears as he described a health scare that he said made him exhausted and disoriented during some performances of the play and ultimately left him fearing for his life.
With a publicist seated next to him, Mr. Piven at one point cited the Obama administration’s warning about mercury pollution as a grave threat, and at another point quoted the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – “no lie can last forever” — in expressing confidence that his reputation would survive the attack from the producers.