A morning mix of headlines...
More than a month after David Letterman brought his former talk show nemesis Oprah Winfrey to Ball State University for a candid onstage conversation, Letterman will return the favor by appearing on “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” The episode will air Jan. 6 and, based on the preview clip, feature Winfrey asking tough questions about the 2009 extortion plot that led to revelations about Letterman’s affairs with female staffers. Is it just me, or is it really weird to see the reclusive “Late Show” host squirming in an interview like this? (Oprah.com)
Ke$ha apologized for the message inadvertently sent by her song “Die Young” in the wake of the Newtown shootings. She also said on Twitter, according to multiple outlets, that “I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO.” That tweet has since been deleted from her feed. The apologetic tweet issued by the singer — who co-wrote “Die Young,” by the way — still stands. (Gossip Cop)
I’m so so so sorry for anyone who has been effected by this tragedy.and I understand why my song is now inappropriate. words cannot express.— ke$ha(@keshasuxx) December 19, 2012
First the radio rotation for “Die Young” was dialed back in the wake of the Newtown shootings. Now LA’s KIIS-FM has pulled from the airwaves the 2010 hit “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People because its lyrics, based in part on the Columbine shootings, describe a homicidal teen. (TMZ)
Angelina Jolie is close to signing on to direct “Unbroken,” a film about Olympian-turned-World-War-II-captive Lou Zamperini. According to Deadline, the movie will be based on “Seabiscuit” author Laura Hillenbrand’s book about Zamperini’s experiences in a Japanese prison camp. A project based on the now-96-year-old man’s life has been in development at Universal since the 1950s. (Deadline)
The Library of Congress has named 25 new movies to its National Film Registry, a collection of cinematic works deemed historically, culturally or aesthetically significant. Among the titles: “The Matrix,” “A League of Their Own,” “Dirty Harry” “Slacker” and, appropriately for this time of year, 1983’s “A Christmas Story.” (Washington Post)
Mark Wahlberg said in an interview with ComingSoon.net that he thinks his work in Michael Bay’s forthcoming “Transformers 4” may be “the most important role of my career.” Upon reading this comment, Martin Scorsese and David O. Russell looked at each other with puzzled expressions, then shrugged their shoulders and moved on. (ComingSoon.net via Vanity Fair)
Steven Bauer, who played Manny Ribera in the movie “Scarface,” was arrested Tuesday for driving with a suspended license. The actor was pulled over in Miami for making an improper left turn, at which point the officer realized there Bauer had an open, 12-year-old warrant for that offense. He was taken into custody and later released on bond. A female passenger also was arrested for possession of marijuana. (Miami Herald)
So would you like to watch Jimmy Fallon dump multiple glasses of water on Tom Cruise’s head? Honestly, that was just rhetorical because I know you would, which is why this video below has been embedded.