Early-evening talk show in works
Craig Ferguson is close to a deal to launch an early-evening talk show starting in fall 2015.
The outgoing host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show” would introduce his half-hour syndicated series on stations in a slot just before prime time, according to a source with knowledge of the deal who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Ferguson is expected to bring along his robot skeleton “sidekick,” Geoff, as well as producer Michael Naidus.
Ferguson, who has held a late-night berth on CBS for a decade, will step down in December. In a separate venture, he will host a new syndicated game show, “Celebrity Name Game,” beginning next month.
Aguilera’s baby is Summer Rain
How seasonally appropos.
Christina Aguilera and fiancé Matt Rutler have named their baby girl Summer Rain, they announced early Monday, less than two days after welcoming their first child together.
“So proud to welcome our beautiful daughter Summer Rain Rutler into the world,” Aguilera tweeted.
The Grammy-winning songstress gave birth by C-section in Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Saturday, according to Us Weekly.
The 33-year-old is already mom to 6-year-old son Max with ex-husband Jordan Bratman.
Aguilera and Rutler, who met on the set of the 2010 flick “Burlesque,” got engaged this past Valentine’s Day.
Potter character details posted
J.K. Rowling has posted new details about a minor character from her Harry Potter books on the fan website Pottermore.com.
The author has written a short biography of Celestina Warbeck, a glamorous singing sorceress resembling Shirley Bassey and a favorite of Mrs. Weasley’s.
The new backstory for the character, who was only mentioned briefly in the series about a boy wizard, was posted online Monday along with one of her songs, recorded by a singer at the Harry Potter theme park at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida.
Rowling calls her one of her favorite “offstage” characters in the whole series. She writes that Warbeck’s special abilities include tap-dancing and an extraordinary voice that can “drown out a chorus of banshees.”
Roles open for Estefan musical
The musical about Gloria Estefan and her husband, Emilio, is dancing to Broadway, and you could earn a part in it – even playing Gloria.
Producers of “On Your Feet!” said Monday they will offer performers around the world a chance to audition for all the roles in the Broadway-bound cast by submitting audition videos online.
There also will be two open casting calls – at Pearl Studios in New York City on Sept. 9 and at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami on Sept. 21.
The musical is due to begin previews in New York at the Marquis Theatre on October 2015 after a summer stop in Chicago. Jerry Mitchell, who directed “Kinky Boots,” will helm the show, with Sergio Trujillo choreographing.
– From News wire services