Regis Philbin hosting Fox Sports 1 talk show
NEW YORK — Regis Philbin’s new sports talk show premieres Aug. 19 with the launch of cable channel Fox Sports 1.
Befitting a program debuting in 2013, “Crowd Goes Wild” will weave back-and-forths with viewers into the broadcast. Producers even hired a social media correspondent.
And hosting all this is Philbin, who turns 82 six days after the premiere.
Executive producer Michael Davies, who worked with Philbin on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” insists the octogenarian fits in just fine with a company known for attracting younger audiences.
Film academy invites 276 to join its ranks
LOS ANGELES — Jennifer Lopez, Lena Dunham, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lucy Liu have received one of the most exclusive invitations in Hollywood.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it has invited them, and 272 others, to join its ranks.
Other invitees include Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, “Machete” star Danny Trejo, “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig and “Before Midnight” writer-star Julie Delpy.
All 16 branches of the film academy extended invitations to new members, from hairstylists and sound engineers to producers and publicists.
Those who accept the invitations will be able to vote on the recipients of the next Academy Awards, set for March 2, 2014.
Aretha cancels hometown show
CLARKSTON, Mich. — Aretha Franklin has canceled a Detroit-area performance set for July 27, citing ongoing medical treatment.
The show at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston initially had been scheduled for June 22, but Franklin postponed it to later this month.
Then, in a letter written by the Grammy-winning singer by her publicist, Franklin says she was canceling the show “one last time” due to an unspecified ongoing treatment.
The 71-year-old Queen of Soul had announced in May that she was putting off scheduled performances in Chicago and Connecticut to undergo medical treatment.