Celebrity-free Twitter, James Franco, a Pink Floyd movie

By Gabriela Melendez Olivera
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 29, 2010

Leslie Nielsen dead at 84

Leslie Nielsen, the actor with matinee-idol looks and a seriously silly side, died Sunday in Florida. He was 84. The star of "Airplane" and "Naked Gun" died from complications from pneumonia. The handsome Canadian spent more than 60 years doing serious roles in movies and on television, but he is probably best known as the bumbling cop Lt. Frank Drebin in the "Naked Gun" spoofs.

Celebrities say goodbye to Twitter

Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Kim Kardashian are among the celebrities who will say goodbye to Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday for World AIDS Day, the Associated Press reports.

The campaign initiative, called the Digital Life Sacrifice, headed by Alicia Keys, aims to put the disease in perspective with celebrities filming their "last tweet and testament" videos and appearing lying in coffins for ads.

"Why do we care so much about the death of one celebrity as opposed to millions and millions of people dying in the place that we're all from?" said Leigh Blake, president and co-founder of the charity Keep a Child Alive.

Entertainers such as Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Ryan Seacrest, Khloe Kardashian and Elijah Wood, who also joined Keys's initiative, won't go back on social media platforms until they raise $1 million for the Keep a Child Alive foundation.

Donations can be made via text messages and through the charity's Buy Life campaign bar-code technology.

Keys says the campaign initiative is not restricted to these celebs and that she hopes more of her famous peers and the public will get involved after its launch.

Let's see how long all these bold-face names have to wait for their next tweet.

James Franco breaks 'Actors Studio' record

James Franco's taping for "Inside the Actors Studio" this weekend in New York City may be one for the books. There was such a high demand for tickets that the show's staffers had to reject a record number of more than 250 fans and industry insiders who wanted to attend, according to the gossip Web site TMZ.com.

Also, so many fans were screaming during the taping that host James Lipton stopped the interview.

Franco hung around the set for about an hour after the interview, signing autographs and talking to fans. "No one has done that since Paul Newman . . . the very first guest that ever appeared on the show," a source told TMZ.

Pink Floyd-inspired movie in the works

Director Andy Harries ("The Queen," "The Damned United") plans to make a movie based on "Another Brick in the Wall" from Pink Floyd's 1979 rock opera album "The Wall," according to the Web site Deadline.com. Don't expect it to be like Alan Parker's famous Pink Floyd movie, "The Wall," though.

The Harries movie will be set in the 1970s and will be based on the true story of London public school music teacher Alan Renshaw, fired for trying to shake things up by having his class sing the chorus to the Pink Floyd song.

- Gabriela Melendez Olivera from Web and wire reports

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