MacFarlane to host SNL
NBC says the big guy behind the cartoon comedy “Family Guy” will guest host the season’s first “Saturday Night Live.”
The network announced Wednesday that Seth MacFarlane will be presiding when “SNL” begins its 38th season Sept. 15. Musical guest will be Frank Ocean.
The multitalented MacFarlane created the Fox series “Family Guy” and serves as writer, producer and voice artist on the show. He recently directed his first feature film, “Ted,” and furnished the voice for its teddy-bear title character.
Future guest hosts on “SNL” this fall include actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Craig.
McBride supports a friend
Country star Martina McBride will appear on “Good Morning America” in support of her friend Robin Roberts.
McBride will visit with the “GMA” host and sing her Grammy-nominated song “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” during the 8 a.m. hour Thursday.
Roberts announced this week that Friday will be her last day before starting an extended medical leave for treatment of MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease once called preleukemia. She will undergo a bone marrow transplant.
She appeared in McBride’s video for “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” last year along with cancer survivors and Hoda Kotb, Katie Couric and Sheryl Crow.
A news release says the singer also will announce a new partnership to help raise breast cancer awareness.
Kardashian settles suit
Kim Kardashian has settled a lawsuit against Old Navy claiming the clothing retailer violated her publicity rights by using a lookalike in an ad.
Kardashian sued over the spot in July 2011, claiming the company’s use of a model who looked like her might confuse consumers about her actual endorsements. The reality TV starlet has her own clothing store and shoe line.
No details about the settlement were filed with the court. Kardashian’s attorney says the lawsuit was settled to the mutual satisfaction of both sides.
A spokesperson for Old Navy parent company The Gap Inc. was not immediately available.
The case was dismissed Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Ono forms anti-fracking group
Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon are launching a coalition of artists, musicians and filmmakers to oppose hydraulic fracturing in New York State.
Ono, Lennon and actor Mark Ruffalo announced the formation of the group at a news conference in Manhattan on Wednesday.
Artists Against Fracking includes big names like Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney and Alec Baldwin.
The group hopes to influence Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as he decides whether to allow shale gas drilling using high-volume hydraulic fracturing, known as hydrofracking.
Ono and Lennon say the drilling can cause oil wells to leak harmful methane into public water supplies. The group is calling on Cuomo to ban the practice in New York. Cuomo is expected to allow drilling to begin on a limited basis near the Pennsylvania border.