Letterman to stay into 2015
David Letterman, already the longest-tenured talk show host on late-night television, has agreed to extend his contract with CBS to remain on the “Late Show” into 2015.
The deal means Letterman will compete directly for at least a year with the two Jimmys – Kimmel, on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and Fallon, who’s taking over at NBC’s “Tonight” show this winter.
Letterman joked Friday that he had a lengthy discussion with CBS Corp. President Leslie Moonves, “and we both agreed that I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground.”
Letterman, 66, has been on the air for 31 years since beginning at NBC in the time slot following Johnny Carson in 1982.
Bieber avoids charges
Justin Bieber won’t face criminal charges for allegedly threatening a neighbor who complained about his driving.
City News Service says Los Angeles County prosecutors decided Wednesday that there’s insufficient evidence to charge the pop star.
A neighbor in Bieber’s gated Calabasas neighborhood told a sheriff’s deputy that Bieber threatened him and spat in his direction when he confronted the 19-year-old about his driving in March.
Prosecutor Alan Yochelson said there’s not enough evidence to charge Bieber over a neighbor’s complaint.
A fictional obit
Some fans of “Breaking Bad,” the AMC series that concluded Sunday night, were inspired to place an obituary for character Walter White.
The notice appeared in Friday’s Albuquerque Journal. It was headlined “White, Walter” and includes a photo of Bryan Cranston, the actor who played the chemistry teacher-turned-drug kingpin.
The obituary says the 52-year-old “founded a meth manufacturing empire,” and he died “after a long battle with lung cancer and a gunshot wound.”
The five-season series was set and filmed in Albuquerque.
Los Lunas science teacher David Layman, one of the members of an unofficial fan group that placed the obit, says many are sad to see the show go. But he says the obit helps provide some closure.
Spielberg marks milestone
It’s been 20 years since Steven Spielberg made his Oscar-winning “Schindler’s List,” but the director says that experience gave him the idea to launch the USC Shoah Foundation that ever since has been collecting, indexing and archiving video testimonies of Holocaust survivors.
Thursday evening, Spielberg and his foundation marked its 20th anniversary – as well as the anniversary of “Schindler’s List” – with a New York gala, honoring a fellow Hollywood heavyweight active in humanitarian work: George Clooney.
“George is the best kind of humanitarian,” Spielberg told the crowd. The director called Clooney “an unparalleled example of action over apathy.”
Also attending was emcee Jon Stewart, the “Daily Show” host, and Sandra Bullock, Clooney’s friend and co-star in the space movie “Gravity.”