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Congratulations to out director Angela Robinson for becoming one of the new co-executive producers of HBO’s True Blood. I love True Blood! We reached out to Robinson for a comment and she told us, "So psyched to be a part of True Blood and to work with Alan Ball and the other amazing writers. Just started this week. Everybody has been very awesome and welcoming."
Charlie’s Angels and Grey’s Anatomy star Rachael Taylor teams up with Juno’s Olivia Thirlby for the sci-fi horror film The Darkest Hour. Set in Russia, Taylor and Thirlby try to run from an alien invasion. (Yeah, good luck with that!) The invisible aliens arrive on Earth, drain the world of all its electricity and aim to eliminate the human race (and by the look of the trailer, the aliens don’t really like dogs either). The Darkest Hour hits theaters December 23, 2011. Merry Christmas!
Lady Gaga has invested in Turntable.fm. What is turntable.fm? According to the promotional materials, the site “merges free music streaming and chat rooms into a type of game via a Facebook portal. Users can set up different ‘rooms’ where they become ‘DJs’ and select the songs they want played. Listeners can vote that the song is ‘awesome’ or ‘lame,’ and the DJs earn points based on these votes.” Gaga and Kanye West are the newest celebrity investors in the startup website, which is now valued at about $37.5 million. To check out turntable.fm, head over to their website and use your Facebook login to sign in.
In Los Angeles tour buses are sporting photos from Amber Heard’s Guess campaign. Just another reason to love LA! Below is my personal favorite of Heard’s sexy pictures. I love it when a woman carries her own luggage.
EW recently shared their exclusive photo of Kathy Griffin and Margaret Cho on the set of Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva. The two comedians go head to head on their upcoming episode that airs August 14. (My money is on Griffin.) Griffin said of the episode, “I can’t wait to be a total bitch, and punch my good friend Margaret Cho in the face: It was the role I was born to play. Set your DVR.”
On last night’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno, comedian Roseanne Barr made a really big announcement. Barr said, "I am running for President of the United States. I’m totally serious. Cause I want to be part of the debates, because I want to represent the taxpayer."
Leno asked which political party she would represent and Barr quipped, "I’m not for either party because they both suck and they’re both a bunch of criminals. So I made up my own party. It’s the Green Tea Party." Would you vote for Barr as President of the United States? If she legalizes gay marriage for the entire US she’s got my vote!
Speaking of Presidents, Barack Obama turned 50 yesterday and to celebrate his big day, lesbian author Linda Villarosa (Passing for Black) wrote an incredibly thoughtful article, "Obama and Me: Integration Babies." In it Villarosa writes, "My generation was the first to study next to white kids in the newly desegregated classrooms of the late 1960s and early ’70s — and many of us traveled to school by way of court-ordered buses. We were the Integration Babies: When the doors opened, we stepped into an integrated world. But not always comfortably.” To read Villarosa’s entire article, head over to theroot.com.
Yesterday actress Lily Tomlin took part in Showtime’s Web Therapy panel during the TCASummer Press Tour in Beverly Hills. Tomlin’s smile makes me smile. Check back soon for Trish’s interview with Tomlin from the TCA.
Which brings us to our Video of the Day! Emmy winner and soon-to-be Emmy host Jane Lynch guest stars on the Showtime series and plays a high-strung woman named Claire who is required to get therapy. Check out a clip from Web Therapy Episode 4: “Public Relations” which airs on Tuesday, August at 11 p.m. ET/PT.