Baldwin signing on to MSNBC
MSNBC’s lineup may be getting some serious firepower: Looks like Alec Baldwin is signing up to host a show on the cable news network.
Baldwin, the 55-year-old former costar of NBC’s sitcom “30 Rock,” would bring his famously liberal point of view to a show that would air at 10 p.m. Fridays, according to the site Mediaite, which broke the story.
The cable news wars are heating up again. News of Baldwin’s possible show broke the same day that reports indicated Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly would get the 9 p.m. ET slot currently occupied by Sean Hannity.
Billionaire launches album
What hasn’t Paul Allen done?
The man is a billionaire and a philanthropist. He co-founded Microsoft, and he owns three professional sports teams. And this week, he released a rock album.
“Everywhere at Once,” by Paul Allen and the Underthinkers, a 13-song rock album went on sale this week on iTunes and Amazon.
The album features Allen and his band playing blues guitar songs with numerous rock stars, including Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, Joe Walsh of the Eagles, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart.
Allen wrote or co-wrote all of the songs, including “Devine,” a track that was used in last year’s movie “Magic Mike” starring Channing Tatum.
Judge give Bynes’ mom control
A judge granted the mother of Amanda Bynes a temporary conservatorship on Friday to make decisions about her daughter’s treatment in case the former child actress is released from a facility where she is being treated for mental health issues.
The decision by Ventura County Superior Court Judge Glen M. Reiser came more than two weeks after Bynes, 27, was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital after months of erratic behavior.
The ruling permits Lynn Bynes to control decisions involving the health and finances of her daughter. It will be in effect until Sept. 30.
A psychiatric hold on Bynes has been extended for 30 days but could be ended any time.
The actress did not appear in court. Her court-appointed attorney said Bynes did not feel that a conservatorship was necessary.
Gupta revises pot stance
CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta says he spoke too soon four years ago when he publicly opposed the medical use of marijuana. Now he says he believes the drug can have very real benefits for people with specific health problems.
Gupta, who is a brain surgeon and CNN’s chief medical correspondent, detailed his change of heart in an interview Friday. He will narrate a documentary on the topic Sunday night on CNN.
He wrote in Time magazine in 2009 that smoking marijuana isn’t going to do your health any good. But he said he was persuaded to look more closely at the issue after meeting a 5-year-old girl from Colorado who saw the number of seizures she was suffering from cut down markedly after she used marijuana.