Harvey makes thoughtful move
Steve Harvey thought moving his annual Neighborhood Awards from Las Vegas to Atlanta would be more economically feasible for his loyal radio listeners to attend.
“Probably 90 percent of my radio listeners are east of the Mississippi River,” the actor and comedian said. “Vegas was great to us. But I thought if we moved this to a hot city like Atlanta, economically we could save people a lot of money.”
Harvey, whose “Steve Harvey Morning Show” has 2.1 million listeners, is hosting the 12th annual national convention in Atlanta for the first time. The four-day event will be held in Philips Arena and the Georgia World Congress Center, kicking off today.
Howard video offers tips
Ron Howard is letting aspiring filmmakers in on his secrets – and into his hotel room – in a video released by New York’s Tribeca Film Festival.
The 60-year-old Oscar winner stars in “Leading by Example,” a digital short released Wednesday in conjunction with the festival’s call for submissions.
Howard first appears in pajamas in the four-minute video, inviting the camera into his hotel suite. His first tip? “Salt baths keep your skin baby-soft for decades.”
While wearing a robe, Howard sketches out a mathematical formula for directing that he developed during “A Beautiful Mind.” Finally dressed, he prepares for the challenge of filmmaking by intentionally putting rocks in his shoes to “maintain a steady baseline of discomfort.”
The Tribeca Film Festival runs April 15-26, 2015.
No-contest pleas in theft
Two men have pleaded no contest to stealing part of the Porsche in which “Fast & Furious” actor Paul Walker died.
Los Angeles County prosecutors said Wednesday that 26-year-old Anthony Janow and 18-year-old Jameson Witty each pleaded no contest to grand theft, destroying evidence and obstructing a peace officer.
Neither defendant had a deal with prosecutors. The judge suggested each would receive about six months in jail.
Walker and driver Roger Rodas died Nov. 30 when their Porsche Carrera GT crashed in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita.
Prosecutors say Janow and Witty stole a roof panel from the car while a tow truck was stopped at a red light. Prosecutors say a sheriff’s deputy had told them they could not take any part of the vehicle.
Musical to send up Rob Ford
A Canadian actor with an uncanny resemblance to Rob Ford has landed the role of Toronto’s infamous mayor in an upcoming new musical comedy.
“Rob Ford the Musical: Birth of a Ford Nation” is set to debut in Toronto’s Factory Theatre on Sept. 16, just over a month before Ford seeks re-election Oct. 27. It will run through Sept. 28.
The 90-minute show has 10 original tunes and sees a “spiritual guide” leading Ford through the past year of his tumultuous life – including his admitted drug use and stint in rehab.
Sheldon Bergstrom, a portly 42-year-old Canadian who dyed his hair blond, said he begged the producers to try out. Producers said he won the role over nearly 100 other hopeful actors, including one who is starring on Broadway.