Dion spotlights adoption
CBS says Celine Dion will host a holiday special spotlighting adoption.
The network says Dion also will perform on the 15th annual “A Home for the Holidays,” along with Ne-Yo, Chris Young and others.
The special will introduce families and the children they adopted from foster care. Among them is a Los Angeles couple inspired to act after seeing last year’s program, and a young man who lived in 11 foster homes before a Washington woman adopted him.
The hourlong special airs 8 p.m. Eastern time on Dec. 18.
U.S. dancer quits Bolshoi
An American dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow has quit the renowned institution, claiming that she would have had to pay a bribe in order to secure a solo role. Joy Womack, who hails from Los Angeles, is the first American woman to be hired as a soloist at the Moscow company.
Womack said this week that she resigned her position at the Bolshoi because company leaders were demanding $10,000 from her for a solo role, according to initial reports from the Russian news organization Izvestia. She is reportedly joining the Kremlyovsky Ballet Company in Moscow.
On her Twitter account on Thursday, Womack wrote “No comment.” Her claims of extortion have been met with skepticism by some inside the Bolshoi, according to reports.
Jett’s diet won’t float
Macy’s is moving rocker Joan Jett off the South Dakota tourism float in its Thanksgiving Day parade after ranchers complained about having a vegetarian and animal rights advocate representing their state.
Orlando Veras, Macy’s parade spokesman, said Friday that Jett and her band, the Blackhearts, will be moved to another float. Veras said that the annual parade in New York City is about entertainment, not advocacy, and that Macy’s was making the change “to prevent any further distraction from our entertainment mission.”
“The Parade has never taken on, promoted or otherwise engaged in social commentary, political debate, or other forms of advocacy, no matter how worthy,” Veras said.
A new performer for the South Dakota float will be announced later, Veras said.
‘Anchorman’ in Newseum
While Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” are prize artifacts at the Smithsonian, Ron Burgundy’s burgundy “Anchorman” suit might turn out to be the most popular item at the Newseum.
The museum about news and the First Amendment has opened “Anchorman: The Exhibit,” featuring costumes and props from Will Ferrell’s 2004 movie “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” The story of a fictional news team’s sexist reaction to the arrival of an ambitious female reporter was a parody of real tumult in the 1970s TV business.
For the exhibition created with Paramount Pictures, Newseum curators paired more than 60 costumes and props from the movie with real stories about TV news and the struggle for women to achieve equality in the newsroom.