Lady Gaga to perform at 1st YouTube awards
NEW YORK — YouTube is launching its own music awards and Lady Gaga will perform at the first-time event.
The Google Inc.-owned company announced Tuesday that Eminem and Arcade Fire also will perform at the YouTube Music Awards on Nov. 3. The awards will be presented at Pier 36 in New York City and will stream live online.
The announcement said the awards show will honor “artists and songs that YouTube fans have turned into global hits over the past year.” Nominees will be announced Oct. 17.
Actor Jason Schwartzman will host the YouTube Music Awards. A press release said the awards show will also feature events from Seoul, South Korea; Moscow; London; and Brazil.
Akerman comedy comes to network
NEW YORK — After roles in films including “27 Dresses,” “Couples Retreat” and “Wanderlust,” Malin Akerman is bringing her comedic chops to network TV with the sitcom “Trophy Wife.”
The show, airing at 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays on ABC, stars Akerman as Kate, a woman newly married to an older man (played by Bradley Whitford) who is twice divorced with three kids. It also stars Marcia Gay Harden and Michaela Watkins as the ex-wives.
In a recent interview, Akerman explained the title is tongue-in-cheek.
“From an outsider’s point of view, people go: ‘Oh, younger, cute woman with an older man. Of course she’s a trophy wife.’ But we learn that Kate is really this lovely woman who is in it for the right reasons. Loves the kids, loves her husband, but just isn’t really good at it yet,” she said with a laugh.
The 35-year-old actress is a new mother in real life, too. She gave birth to a son named Sebastian in April. Akerman says that shortly after she accepted the “Trophy Wife” role, she learned she was pregnant.
NPR’s Dan Zevin wins Thurber humor prize
NEW YORK — The judges have made it official: Essayist and NPR commentator Dan Zevin is funny.
Zevin has been declared the winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He received the $5,000 award for his parenting book “Dan Gets a Mini-Van: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad.”
The other finalists were Shalom Auslander’s “Hope, a Tragedy” and a collaboration between Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel called “Lunatics.”
Danny Aiello’s memoir due out in 2014
NEW YORK — Danny Aiello, the Oscar-nominated character actor, is eager to take on his latest role: author.
The burly, husky-voiced Aiello, who turned 80 in June, has a deal with Gallery Books for a memoir coming out in fall 2014.
The book would cover Aiello’s rise from gang fights in New York City to stardom for such movies as “Moonstruck,” “Do the Right Thing” and “The Purple Rose of Cairo.”
Aiello’s TV credits include the ABC special “Family of Strangers,” for which he won an Emmy in 1981.
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