A few of the entertainment headlines on my radar this post-Memorial Day weekend morning...
Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi
and another “Jersey Shore” cast
member got in a fender bender in Italy over the weekend. According to People, Deena Nicole Cortese and a member of the show’s production team were also in the crash, during which Snooki ran into the back of a police patrol car that was supposed to act as an escort to protect the group’s personal safety. MTV released a statement Monday that said alcohol was not a factor and no one was arrested or seriously injured as a result of the incident. . (Associated Press; People)
Avril Lavigne dropped some f-bombs at a Tampa Bay Rays game on Saturday night after her microphone failed to work during a performance at Tropicana Field. The profanities prompted Rick Vaughn, a spokesman for the team, to issue an apology Sunday: “The Rays demand profanity-free performances from all of our concert performers and we are extremely disappointed by the language used in last night’s show,” he said. (Tampabay.com)
After being ousted as a judge from the U.S. version of “X Factor,” Cheryl Cole won’t return to the British version of the music show either. Cole reportedly refused to take meeting with or return the calls of the show’s producers, prompting them to replace her with Kelly Rowland. (Popeater)
“Two and a Half Men” was not submitted by CBS for Emmy considersation as best comedy series. The studio does plan to support acting bids for co-stars Jon Cryer, Holland Taylor, Angus T. Jones and Conchata Ferrell. (Deadline)
In an unrelated incident that may or may not help the show’s Emmy chances, a resident of the Bronx threatened to blow up TV station WPIX-ll if they continue airing “Two and a Half Men” reruns. The man was charged with faslsely reporting an incident and aggravated harassment. (Vulture)
Dallas Cowboy (and Jessica Simpson ex) Tony Romo married former beauty queen (and brother of Chace Crawford) Candice Crawford in Dallas over the weekend. Pizza and ribs were among the foods served at the reception. (Daily Mail)
Brad Pitt talks marriage, which is inevitably blown way out of proportion. That and more after the jump.
Brad Pitt notes in a USA Weekend interview that marriage is something he and Angelina Jolie have ”got to look at” because their children ask about it frequently. This minor comment prompts new blogosphere speculation about a Pitt-Jolie wedding, none of which may have any merit. But at least it steals some focus from the sure-to-be lavish Kardashian-Humphries wedding. (USA Weekend)
“ The Hobbit ” movies have officially been given names and release dates; the first film in the “Lord of the Rings” prequels will be called “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and will be released Dec. 14, 2012, while the second has been named “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” and is due out Dec. 13, 2013. (The Hollywood Reporter)