Make a pot of hot chocolate and gather the kiddies around the glow of the TV tonight. New York City’s most famous Christmas tree will be lighted during a live, celebrity-studded ceremony airing at 7 p.m. on NBC.
This year’s “Christmas at Rockefeller Center” ceremony boasts entertainment by new “American Idol” judgeMariah Carey
and “The Voice” judgeCee Lo Green
, who just happens to be promoting his new Christmas CD, “Cee Lo’s Magic Moment.”
“American Idol” season 10 winnerScotty McCreery
— where has he been? — will also perform.
And speaking of Christmas music, can we just say that Mariah’s version of “O Holy Night” on her “Merry Christmas” album is spine-tingling.He couldn’t swim?
Fun facts about the new movie “Life of Pi,” based on the 2001Yann Martel
novel about a young boy shipwrecked with a hungry tiger:
• ”Spider-Man”Tobey Maguire
shot several scenes in the role as the writer who interviews the main character, Pi Patel, as an adult. But insiders say that directorAng Lee,
who had directed Tobey in “The Ice Storm,” decided Tobey was too famous in a movie mostly full of no-names (except forGerard Depardieu
) and recast the role.
• Lee chose 17-year-oldSuraj Sharma
out of more than 3,000 young men to play the lead role. With no acting experience, Suraj had to learn how to swim and underwent a dramatic physical transformation, first gaining 17 pounds of muscle and then losing nearly 40 pounds for the starvation scenes.
• Filmmakers built the world’s largest self-generating wave tank in Taiwan to film the shipwreck scenes and the horrific “Storm of God.”Charlie to the rescue Charlie Sheen
has reportedly bailedLindsay Lohan
out of some of her tax problems by cutting her a check for $100,000.
The story, according to TMZ:
The two apparently bonded a few months ago on the set of “Scary Movie 5” and became so close that Lindsay didn’t think anything of sharing the fact that she owes the IRS nearly $234,000 in unpaid taxes.
Sources tell TMZ that Charlie offered to give her money right then and there, but she refused.
But lo, last week, Lindsay’s business manager received a check from Charlie for $100,000, which was sent to Uncle Sam to cover some of her debt.
We take back nearly every bad thing we’ve ever thought about Charlie.Is he in or out?
Even thoughJackie Chan
has announced that he’s retiring from action flicks, his “Rush Hour” co-starChris Tucker
hopes that doesn’t mean an end to their successful on-screen partnership.
“Rush Hour 4”?
“I hope it happens. We need to do one more,” Chris tellsMarc Malkin
of E! News. “I just want us to be free and do our thing. I love working with Jackie, being around Jackie. Stuff just happens when we’re together.”
Jackie announced earlier this year that he’s leaving the business after making 100 movies because he’s getting too old for all those stunts and he doesn’t like how violent movies have become.J.B., phone home
The one that got away from “Lincoln” directorSteven Spielberg
“I went to (Bond producer)Cubby Broccoli
and I asked if I could do one, and he said: ‘No,’ ” Steven recently told London’s Daily Mail. “I’ve never asked again. Instead, I made the ‘Indiana Jones’ series.”Gotta get this
When we saw “Ted” earlier this year, we left the movie theater hoping, praying, that someone would come up with a talking Ted teddy bear, dirty mouth and all.
And they have!
The 16-inch Ted teddy bear ($34.99 at nbcuniversalstore.com) is an R-rated, potty-mouthed little bugger who spews gems from the movie, including “You know what I’d like to do to her? Something I call a Dirty Fozzie.”
Keep him away from your Cabbage Patch Kids.