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Gold Derby nuggets: Bret Michaels to 'American Idol'? | Charlie Sheen to jail? | Green Day to Tony Awards

June 2, 2010 |  8:53 am

Bret Michaels American IdolBret Michaels appeared on the finale of "American Idol" last week and says he is in the running to replace Simon Cowell as a judge next season. The curmudgeonly Cowell even endorsed the idea that Michaels, who has battled back from a series of health crises, made mention of during a recent concert. Fox won't comment, but the Poison vocalist certainly has the music cred needed. That star-studded season closer is to be the Emmy submission for "Idol" this year. The songfest has lost the best reality-competition series race to "The Amazing Race" for the last seven years in a row. Among the other possible nominees in that category this year is "The Celebrity Apprentice," which Michaels won last month. Donald Trump is determined to avenge his Emmy losses for "The Apprentice" (2004, 2005) with a win this year for the third edition of the celebrity version of the show.

James Cameron has offered up his private fleet of submersible craft to help BP stop the flow of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. The Oscar champ was part of a group of deep-water experts who met with government officials in the nation's capital Tuesday. Cameron has been interested in oceanography since helming "The Abyss" in 1989. The creator of "Avatar" is also keen on space exploration. In January, he met with Charles Bolden, the head honcho of NASA, to persuade him to include a 3-D camera on Curiosity, a rover headed to Mars next year. PEOPLE

Patrick Stewart has been dubbed a knight of the British empire by Queen Elizabeth II. The respected British stage veteran, best known stateside for his work on TV ("Star Trek: The Next Generation") and film ("X-Men"), received the honor at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. Said Stewart, "My heroes were Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, and Sir Alec Guinness. Being in that company is the grandest thing that has professionally happened to me." AP

Charlie Sheen • "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen could well be behind bars when he finds out if he is an Emmy nominee on July 8. He has reaped a lead actor bid for each of the last four seasons of the CBS Monday night staple, but has yet to win. The actor is reportedly set to plead no contest next week to a misdemeanor charge stemming from a domestic dispute in Aspen, Colo., last Christmas. Reports are that Sheen is set to serve his 30-day sentence during this summer's hiatus for the show, which just wrapped Season 7. After initially vowing to bow out of the hit laffer, he just inked a deal for two more seasons for a reported seven-figure-per-episode payday. BBC

• To celebrate the silver anniversary of "Les Miserables" in the West End, producer Cameron Mackintosh is staging a massive concert version in the O2 Arena on Oct. 3. As Alistair Smith reports, this one-time event will boast "a company of more than 300 actors and musicians, including Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Nick Jonas (from the Jonas Brothers) as Marius, Norm Lewis as Javert, 'Little Britain' star Matt Lucas as Thenardier, Lea Salonga as Fantine, Jenny Galloway as Madame Thenardier, Camilla Kerslake as Cosette and the casts of the original production at the Queen’s Theatre, the new 25th anniversary production at the Barbican and members of the original 1985 London cast." THE STAGE

• Three-time Grammy champ Keith Urban will headline a July 23 benefit concert in Los Angeles for the charitable wing of the music academy. The evening, dubbed Starry Night, will fund the work of the foundation, which includes music programs for students as well as preservation efforts. Held in conjunction with the Farmers Classic tennis tourney, the event will also support tennis programs in Southern California. Said Urban in a statement, "I was so fortunate to have been exposed to music at such a young age. It touched my heart and opened up a world of adventure and possibilities beyond anything I’d ever known. Being a part of this concert, supporting the efforts of the Grammy Foundation and the Southern California Tennis Association Foundation, is something that I feel very strongly about, because I know firsthand what art, music and sport can do for our youth." GRAMMY AWARDS

Tony Awards logo • More details are emerging about the June 13 Tony Awards telecast on CBS. As is the custom, the four nominees for best musical -- "American Idiot," "Fela!," "Memphis" and "Million Dollar Quartet" -- will be showcased, as will the two nominees for best musical revival -- "La Cage aux Folles" and "A Little Night Music" -- that are still running. The Tonycast will also feature excerpts from all of the best play and play revival nominees. Previous attempts to present scenes from plays have fallen flat but the star wattage this year is high, including Tony nominees Denzel Washington and Viola Davis ("Fences") and Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson ("A View From the Bridge"). The Tonycast is slated to open with a musical medley of popular songs featured in Broadway tuners and will include appearances by "Glee" stars Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele as well as "American Idiot" composers Green DayTONY AWARDS

• Veteran columnist Liz Smith is set to host the seventh annual Theater Hall of Fame luncheon on Thursday that is saluting nine-time Tony Award champ Tommy Tune. Celebrating Tune's golden anniversary in show biz at the Friars Club in Gotham will be fellow hall of famers Angela Lansbury, Frances Sternhagen, Estelle Parsons, Dana Ivey, Roger Berlind, Lois Smith and Charles Strouse. PLAYBILL

Upper photo: Bret Michaels on "American Idol." Credit: Fox

Middle photo: Charlie Sheen on "Two and a Half Men." Credit: CBS

Lower photo: Tony Awards logo. Credit: American Theater Wing

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Gold Derby nuggets: 'The Donald' disses 'The Amazing Race' | Stephen Lang livid over 'Avatar' Oscar snub | Sing out, Louise

April 27, 2010 |  4:43 pm

The Amazing Race logo • The winning streak of "The Amazing Race" in the reality competition race at the Emmys stands at a staggering seven years and counting. Indeed the show chronicling a race around the world has never lost this category since it was created in 2003. However, Donald Trump is determined to avenge his  losses for "The Apprentice" (2004, 2005) with a win this year for the third season of the celebrity version of the show. He told Randee Dawn that the Emmys have "lost credibility. Instead of shows that deserve to win, they pick 'Amazing Race.' It's a very sad commentary." As Randee reports, "Perhaps Trump is sore over what happened in 2004, the first year that 'Apprentice' and 'Race' faced off. Ever assured, Trump recalls he was halfway out of his seat when the Emmy presenter began announcing 'Race' as the winner. 'I was standing up to go down there and pick up the Emmy,' he says. 'Incredible. It's a joke. If the Emmys want their ratings back, they have to pick shows that deserve it.' " HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

• The organization behind the prime-time Emmys will salute eight programs that exemplify "television with a conscience" at the third annual Television Academy Honors on May 5. Two-time Emmy champ Dana Delaney ("China Beach") will host the event at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The honorees: episodes from the series "CSI," "Glee," and "Private Practice," the telefilm "Taking Chance," and the news and informational specials "Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am? with Maria Shriver," "Inside Death Row," "The Oxycontin Express," and "Unlocking Autism."

Stephen Lang Avatar • Add Stephen Lang to the list of "Avatar" actors fuming over the academy's snub of the blockbuster in the big Oscar races. Appearing on the British TV show "Live From Studio Five" Lang admitted, "We were kind of prepared for it. I was slightly disgusted, I would say, but I saw every picture that was nominated and they're all marvelous pictures. If I happen to think 'Avatar' is the best of the lot you can forgive me for that." He then added, "I would never want to in any way disrespect another film or director, but having said that, we should have won." Earlier this month, Sigourney Weaver blamed reverse sexism on "Hurt Locker" helmer Kathryn Bigelow winning best director over "Avatar" creator James Cameron. IMDB

Brad Brevet thinks that Pixar's upcoming "Toy Story 3" is not a slam-dunk for the animated feature Academy Award now that Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the domestic rights to Sylvain Chomet's "The Illusionist." The film is based on an unproduced screenplay by Gallic great Jacques Tati ("M.Hulot's Holiday"). As Brad notes, "Sony Classics distributed Chomet's 'The Triplets of Belleville' in 2003 and it then went on to be nominated for two Oscars, including best animated feature and best original song ('Belleville Rendez-Vous'). 'Triplets' ended up losing to 'Finding Nemo' that year setting up an interesting bit of competition." ROPE OF SILICON

• Who knew there were so many "Bosom Buddies" fans? The cast reunion -- led by two-time Oscar champ Tom Hanks -- on the eighth annual TV Land Awards on Sunday helped propel this kudocast to its best numbers since 2004. The cable net reports that 1.7 million people tuned in to watch Tim Allen host this celebration of classic TV, an increase of 53% over last year's show. TV BY THE NUMBERS

Tony Awards logo • The Tony Awards in conjunction with longtime host broadcaster CBS and Macy’s launched an online contest today to find two would-be Broadway belters to walk the red carpet at the 64th annual theater kudos June 13. Winners will be chosen in a two-art process. First, contestants will upload videos of their renditions of selected show tunes. An online vote will determine five finalists who will be flown to Gotham to take part in a sing-off at the flagship Macy's in Herald Square on June 11, where an expert panel will pick the two winners. CBS

• The Royal Shakespeare Company's recent acclaimed production of "Hamlet" with "Doctor Who" star David Tennant in the title role airs on "Great Performances" Wednesday night. Last year, two of the lead actor in a TV movie or mini-series Emmy nominees appeared in taped versions of their theatrical triumphs: Kevin Kline ("Cyrano de Bergerac") and Ian McKellen ("King Lear"). Both lost to Brendan Gleeson, who played Winston Churchill in the WWII biopic "Into the Storm."

Top photo: "The Amazing Race" logo. Credit: CBS.

Middle photo: Stephen Lang in "Avatar." Credit: Fox.

Bottom photo: Tony Awards logo. Credit: American Theater Wing.

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