Pompeo pans Emmys show
Ellen Pompeo wasn’t a fan of this year’s Emmy Awards show.
The 43-year-old actress says she “was really disappointed” by Sunday’s telecast.
“I didn’t see any diversity in the Emmys at all. The Emmys felt so dated to me,” she said in an interview Monday. “... That dance number was embarrassing. Did you see one person of color in that dance number?”
“Grey’s Anatomy” is one of the more diverse shows on television, which Pompeo says is one of her favorite things about the series.
“I’m extremely proud of our very, very diverse cast,” she said. “Grey’s Anatomy” is now in its 10th season on ABC.
Aguilera’s welcome break
Christina Aguilera said a season away from “The Voice” was the break that she needed to get reinvigorated.
Aguilera and CeeLo took time off from the show last season and were replaced by Usher and Shakira. But they were back in their signature red chairs Monday night when the hit talent competition premiered on NBC.
Speaking to a small group of reporters last week at the tony Soho House, Aguilera said the show, now in its fifth season, was taking a bit of a toll on her – coupled with her demanding life outside of it – including being a mother to 5-year-old son Max.
Aguilera’s search for balance between life and career is something she’s teaching this year’s crop of “Voice”hopefuls.
“It’s learning how to better care and protect and nurture yourself,” she said. “I’m giving these kids that coaching advice on my team this year, and I’m trying to get them to step, sometimes away from, sorry, the competition of it and just live and breathe into music and remember why you’re up there on that stage.”
It may be one of the most boring lines ever – “Leave a message after the beep.” But what if you managed to jazz up your phone’s outgoing message with a celebrity?
The advocacy group Autism Speaks is offering just that: custom-recorded messages from “Batman” star Adam West, “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston, singer Cher, actors Jack Black, Peter Dinklage, Jim Parsons, “Star Wars” star Mark Hamill, “Star Trek” actors Michael Dorn and Zachary Quinto, and broadcaster Vin Scully.
“We got a good mix and match,” Ed Asner, the Emmy Award winner who dreamed up the unusual fundraiser with one of his sons, Matt, who works for Autism Speaks.
From Oct. 7 to Oct. 13, a limited number of MP3 messages you write will be recorded, for $299, by each celebrity on a first-come, first-served basis. Last year’s inaugural campaign raised $100,000.
Charles to appear on stamp
The U.S. Postal Service is adding soul singer Ray Charles to its “Music Icons Forever” stamp series. It released a stamp featuring the Albany, Ga., native Monday.Charles pioneered the soul and rhythm-and-blues genres. He died in 2004.
The U.S. Postal Service honors music legends each year with a stamp.