New twist for Bettes
The Weather Channel is sending meteorologist Mike Bettes back out to chase tornadoes less than a year after he was hurt when an Oklahoma storm sent his SUV tumbling, but this time from a safer vantage point.
Bettes will hit the road starting Monday for “Tornado Week,” his network’s version of “Shark Week” and is usually its biggest scheduled programming event of the year. So far, this year has been a historically quiet tornado season.
“I was very hesitant as to whether I would get back out there,” Bettes said. “But time has passed, and time heals all wounds. My family has been supportive, my co-workers have been very supportive, and I’ve gotten a lot of messages from our viewers who have said, ‘Mike, get back on that horse. Tornadoes are in your blood.’ ”
A tornado left him bleeding last May 31 in El Reno, Okla., when his chaser vehicle was caught in the wind. One of his cuts required stitches in his left hand, and he swallowed some glass, but his injuries and those of camera operator Brad Reynolds were considered minor.
Meyers gets the Emmys
Looks like Seth Meyers is ready for prime time now.
NBC’s Paul Telegdy, the president of late-night and alternative programming, in a statement called Meyers “the perfect choice” to host the Emmys given his “expertise in front of a live audience during his time at ‘SNL.’”
Meyers, the longtime head writer of “Saturday Night Live” and “Weekend Update” anchor, has never hosted an awards show before, although he has been getting his feet wet on “Late Night,” where he started in February. In 2010, the last time NBC broadcast the Emmys, “Late Night” alum Jimmy Fallon hosted. The Emmys will be held in August this year as to not conflict with NBC’s football schedule.
Oscar worse for wear
Jared Leto says that while his Oscar has led to new opportunities in Hollywood, he isn’t overly concerned with the trophy itself.
The actor-musician took home the gold statuette last month for his supporting role as transgender drug addict Rayon in “Dallas Buyers Club.” It’s sustained a few scrapes since then after circulating among friends. “I damaged it. But then I came home and saw it had another nick on it. So it looks like someone else had fun with it, too,” Leto said in an interview. “My Oscar is a filthy mess. Everybody was pawing that thing. I kind of was just passing it around at parties.”
Warhol images pop up
Cybersleuths have unearthed images that Andy Warhol apparently made on a computer in 1985.
The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh says in a release that the artist had a contract with Commodore International to produce images on one of its Amiga home computers. The old images recently were extracted from disks by members of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University Computer Club in collaboration with museum staff.
The museum says the images vary from doodles and camera shots of a desktop to versions of Warhol’s classic images of a banana, Marilyn Monroe and a Campbell’s soup can.