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Entertainment news: Elton John, Jennifer Lopez and Rachel Maddow
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2011-04-27

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Although neither movie has yet to hit the big screen, sequels for Captain American and Thor have already been confirmed, according to Digital Spy. Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige told D23 Magazine, "Thor will go off into a new adventure, and Captain America will continue to explore the modern world in another film of his own." Thor, with Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, opens April 27; Captain America will debut in July.

In California, singer Christina Aguilera is the first to be honored on the Gay Walk of Fame at the Abbey, a West Hollywood gay nightspot, On Top Magazine reported. The eatery/bar honored Aguilera at its reopening April 20. Aguilera placed her hands and feet in cement outside the establishment.

Sir Elton John is slated to headline Quebec City's Festival d'été de Québec, considered Canada's largest outdoor artistic event. More than 1.5 million people are expected at the event, which runs July 7-17. John will play July 9; other acts that have performed include Placido Domingo, Kanye West, The Black Eyed Peas and Paul McCartney.

Speaking of John, he has signed on for another three-year run of shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas—a show he's calling "The Million Dollar Piano," EW.com reported. He will return in September; tickets for the first 16 shows go on sale April 25. "The show will be a gargantuan feast of music and imagery," John said on his website. John's previous run at Caesars Place was five years long, ending in April 2009.

The cast of Jersey Shore has been given guidelines while filming in Florence, Italy, according to Digital Spy. Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi has drafted several rules that he has ordered the MTV show's stars and producers to follow so that the city is shown in a positive light. Among other things, Renzi noted that Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and her friends are not to be filmed being served alcohol in clubs or drinking alcohol in public places so that Florence isn't shown as being supportive of excessive alcohol intake.

Actor/producer Tyler Perry has taken his feud with director Spike Lee to another level, telling him to "go straight to hell," the Huffington Post reported. Despite Perry's commercial success with his Madea movies, Lee has constantly criticized Perry's works, saying they're filled with "coonery and buffoonery." At a press conference promoting Madea's Big Happy Family, Perry said, "I'm so sick of hearing about damn Spike Lee. Spike can go straight to hell! You can print that. I am sick of him talking about me."

Rosie O'Donnell will stay in the Trump Hotel when she first moves into Chicago, according to Advocate.com . O'Donnell will relocate to the WindyCity for her talk show on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network. In an interview with Howard Stern, O'Donnell said that she considers the situation funny considering the feud she had with the real-estate mogul/potential presidential candidate. She also said that she is again dating girlfriend Tracy, adding, "We didn't really break up. She just has six kids ... and I have four. It's insanity."

Chris Colfer—who plays out student Kurt on TV's Glee—has sold a TV pilot to the Disney Channel, according to Digital Spy. Colfer wrote the project, called The Little Leftover Witch. The pilot is based on a children's book of the same name by writer Florence Laughlin. The book follows a young witch who joins a family after crash-landing outside their house.

The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer's 1985 play about the beginning of the AIDS crisis, will debut on Broadway April 27, according to Advocate.com . Directed by Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe, the production stars Broadway actor-director Joe Mantello as activist Ned Weeks, leading a cast that includes Ellen Barkin, John Benjamin Hickey, Lee Pace, Jim Parsons (from TV's The Big Bang Theory) and Luke Macfarlane (TV's Brothers & Sisters).

Actor Thomas Dekker has told Out Magazine that he is open to dating men, according to Advocate.com . The Kaboom actor said, "I've only really had relationships with women, but I'm certainly not closed to [dating men]. If there are possibilities of being able to do anything in life, why would you say you would never take any up?" Dekker is currently in the movie Cinema Verite playing Lance Loud, who came out of the closet on a '70s "reality-TV" show about his family.

Jennifer Lopez is reportedly set to launch her own reality show, according to Digital Spy. The American Idol judge is teaming with Idol producer Simon Fuller for the proposed project, whose working title is "Que Viva" ("To Live"). The show would follow Lopez and spouse Marc Anthony as they tour Latin America, searching for undiscovered musical talents.

Lynda Carter has indicated that she could be involved in NBC's new Wonder Woman pilot, Digital Spy reported. Carter, who played the superhero on TV in the 1970s, said, "I've talked to [writer and producer] David E. Kelley ... a number of times and we're hoping to plan something, but I cannot reveal [details]." Commenting on the new costume, Carter joked, "I like my costume the best, of course," adding, "They're trying to update [the costume] the way we're all doing leggings now and skinny jeans. I think it's kind of trying to do that."

Ryan Phillippe said he might retire from acting, according to the New York Post. Phillippe, who plays a photojournalist in the movie The Bang Bang Club, said, "I think I'm going to end my acting career. I'm so introverted. I'm ready to be behind the scenes. I'm 36, but I've been doing this for 20 years." (One of his first roles was as gay teen Billy on the soon-to-be-defunct ABC soap One Life to Live.) He also said he's tired of being in tabloids constantly.

Depeche Mode, 30 Seconds to Mars, Pet Shop Boys, Lykke Li, David Bowie and Norah Jones were among the more than 200 artists supporting an online auction sponsored by EMI that raised $940,000 to help people affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, according to a press release. The charity auction, which launched April 5, raised $470,000; EMI will match that total.

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow, an out lesbian, said that it's time for other gay television anchors to come out of the closet, according to Advocate.com . She told The Guardian, "I'm sure other people in the business have considered reasons why they're doing what they're doing, but I do think that if you're gay you have a responsibility to come out." She later denied rumors that she was specifically referring to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

Glee star Matthew Morrison has confirmed that there will be a death on an upcoming episode of the show, Digital Spy reported. Morrison told E! Online, "Somebody's dying. Obviously I'm not going to tell you who it is, but it's no one that you would probably expect." He also teased that his character, Will, and guidance counselor Emma "will get a little closer, and said that Kristin Chenoweth will return to the series.

Movie star Johnny Depp will make a cameo in the film adaptation of 21 Jump Street, according to Digital Spy. Depp starred on the 1987-91 TV series as part of a group of young undercover cops who investigated teenage crime. The film, slated to be released March 16, 2012, stars Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Brie Larson, Rob Riggle and James Franco's brother, Dave.


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