Bieber gets inked on flight
Justin Bieber’s latest stunt is just “plane” out there.
The pop star was inked with two new tattoos while flying 40,000 feet above the ground in his private plane, according to TMZ.com.
New York tattoo artist Bang Bang created the tats – a large cross in the center of his chest and the word “Forgive” on his stomach – during a turbulent flight to Canada from Miami Beach following Bieber’s Florida arrest in January.
“[It was] the most difficult tattoo I’ve ever done for sure,” the artist told TMZ.
It also may be the tattoo created farthest from the earth. Bang Bang said he thinks he set a record for highest-altitude inking.
Bang Bang told TMZ that Bieber sent him a text afterward that explained his choice of tattoo: “Forgiveness is powerful, forgive as Jesus died on the cross to forgive our sins.”
A ‘Mystery Science’ reprise
It’s been a few years since “Mystery Science Theater 3000” went off the air, but on April Fool’s Day, the “MST3K” trio of Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett will be back on TV. But instead of mocking cheesy old genre films, they’ll be tackling National Geographic Channel’s own programming.
“Total Riff Off” is NatGeo’s April 1 special event featuring three hours of clips from their shows, including “Honey Badgers,” “Unlikely Animal Friends,” “Man v. Monster,” “Swamp Men” and “Alpha Dogs” among others. Nelson, Murphy and Corbett will provide the wisecracks.
The event has been broken up into three hour-long episodes, titled “Killer Shrimp N’ Friends,” “Demon Bat” and “Guy and a Goose.”
“Mystery Science Theater 3000” ended in 1999, but in 2006, Nelson began RiffTrax, an online source of commentaries on a wide variety of films. Murphy and Corbett soon joined him.
Bartiromo’s Fox show to debut
Maria Bartiromo’s new Sunday morning show debuts this weekend on Fox News Channel.
Bartiromo joined Fox last month after 20 years at rival CNBC. As part of the multimillion-dollar deal to woo Bartiromo to Fox News, the network offered her a Monday-Friday stock market show on the Fox Business Network and an hour-long Sunday business program on the juggernaut Fox News Channel.
Fox on Monday said that “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo,” would air Sundays at 10 a.m.
Plimpton’s English problem
Martha Plimpton is an American in London, grappling with all that ails the United States.
The Emmy Award-winning star of hit TV sitcom “Raising Hope” is making her West End stage debut in Jon Robin Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities,” an excoriating family drama about a clan of Reaganesque California Republicans.
Plimpton said being the only American in a British production “has its particular challenges.”
“For one, you’ve got to adjust your ear a little bit,” Plimpton said. “Rhythms are different here, the way lines are spoken are different. What’s the expression? We’re separated by a common language.”