Justin Timberlake in Talks for Blues Movie N'Syncer Justin Timberlake, who probably caught the acting bug from his gal Cameron Diaz, is hoping to land yet another movie role. (Interestingly, his other two movies -- Edison and Alpha Dog -- have yet to be released, so we have no idea if Timberlake even has that big-screen magic.) Timberlake is in discussions to star with Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci in Black Snake Moan. If you're wondering where the strange title comes from, it's a 1920s blues song by Blind Lemon Jefferson. Jackson would play a blues guitarist whose wife has left him, and he would try to redeem the soul of small-town sex addict Ricci. Timberlake would play her boyfriend. Craig Brewer, the hotshot behind Sundance hit Hustle & Flow, would direct. Shooting is set to start in September in Memphis, which also happens to be Timberlake's hometown.
Roger Ebert Gets His Own Star
Film critic Roger Ebert has earned himself a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He may not be on the big screen himself, but Ebert has done so much for movies he's loved over the years that we're ecstatic the industry recognized him in this way. Attendees of the ceremony were a motley crew: actors Virginia Madsen and Tony Danza and famed director Werner Herzog. "When I watch movies, I can feel what it's like to walk in another person's shoes," Ebert told the crowd. "Movies make us more decent people. This is a wonderful day for me." He's been a film critic in Chicago since 1966, and has even won a Pulitzer. Thumbs up, Roger!
Fox Plans Celebrity Idol
Fox is gearing up for its new reality show, Celebrity Idol. The American Idol spinoff will have celebrities competing in a singing competition. 10 celebs will compete for a $1 million prize to the charity of the celeb's choice. Fox will probably broadcast the series in a 10-episode run over two or three weeks. Voters would vote by phone to determine the eliminations. The new show's producers are trying to get Simon Cowell, Paula Adbul, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest to come aboard. A Fox executive said they wanted "the biggest talent possible... We're looking for people who can sing but aren't known for singing." If ABC can have a hit with that ridiculous Dancing with the Stars, we have high hopes for this one.
Hermes has apologized to Oprah Winfrey for not letting her shop in Paris last week, saying the store was closed for a PR event when she arrived. We don't believe it either, Oprah. Liv Tyler, who models for French beauty company Givenchy, has now had a rose named after her. The Liv Tyler Rose, a wee pink one, is one of the sources in the new Very Irresistible Givenchy Sensual Eau de Parfum. If you want to smell for yourself, it will be sold at Macy's starting in August.