Davis, Mirren, others to hit the Walk of Fame
LOS ANGELES — Helen Mirren, Viola Davis, James Franco and the Backstreet Boys are among the folks getting stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 2013.
Actress Marg Helgenberger and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the new 24 inductees recently on Hollywood Boulevard’s star-lined sidewalk.
A committee selects celebrities eligible for a star and those who accept pay $30,000 in costs and fees.
Other entertainers slated for a star next year are Javier Bardem, Jennifer Hudson, Simon Baker, Bryan Cranston, Jane Lynch, Katey Segal, Matthew Perry, Ellen DeGeneres and Olympia Dukakis; performers Penn & Teller; makeup artist Rick Baker; filmmaker Ron Howard; radio personalities Steve Harvey and “Shotgun” Tom Kelly; and musicians Jane’s Addiction, New Kids on the Block, Janis Joplin, Usher, Thalia and Luther Vandross.
Victoria Justice looks to create own sound
NEW YORK — Victoria Justice recently dropped a soundtrack for her hit Nickelodeon series “Victorious,” but she’s also in the process of developing her own sound.
“I want to write music that’s going to appeal to everyone,” Justice said. “As far as production, I don’t think I’ve quite found my sound yet.”
Justice, 19, says she’s unsure when she’ll release her own material, but “Victorious 2.0,” the show’s second soundtrack, debuted at No. 18 on the Billboard charts. Justice co-wrote some of the tracks, which feature her castmates, and said making music for the show is helping her grow as an artist.
Now in its third season, “Victorious” airs Saturdays. She said despite the show’s young nature, the soundtrack is for all ages.
“It’s just not kids’ music. A lot of the lyrics are actually smart and sophisticated,” she said.
The entertainer said her musical influences range from Britney Spears to Carole King. The teen had only six days off last year, and her schedule will get even busier when she launches her tour Aug. 2 in Costa Mesa, Calif. It wraps up Sept. 14 in Allegan, Mich.
“I want my sound to be different from the music that’s been on ‘Victorious,’ ” she said. “I want there to be a distinction between ‘Victorious’ songs and Victoria Justice songs.”
Justice will expand her brand when she appears opposite Chelsea Handler and Johnny Knoxville in the film “Fun Size,” due out Oct. 26.
Online: www.victoria justice.net.
TBS makes rich deal for ‘Two Broke Girls’
LOS ANGELES — “Two Broke Girls” may have to be renamed “Two Rich Girls.”
Cable channel TBS has agreed to acquire reruns of the CBS comedy “Two Broke Girls” at a price tag industry insiders said is between $1.5 million and $1.7 million per episode, believed to be the most paid ever for reruns of a comedy by a cable network.
“Two Broke Girls,” about two Brooklyn diner waitresses struggling to save money to open a cupcake shop, is known for its raunchy humor and sexual innuendo. It was a hit for CBS in its first season.
Despite the early success of “Two Broke Girls,” it is unusual for reruns of a show to be sold after only one season on the air. If the comedy starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs endures a sophomore slump, TBS could end up with buyer’s regret.
Warner Bros., which produces the show for CBS, was able to sell “Two Broke Girls” so early in its run because there is a shortage of strong sitcoms available for reruns.
U.S. author Philip Roth wins Asturias prize
MADRID — Author Philip Roth has been named winner of Spain’s 2012 Prince of Asturias prize for literature in recognition of his formidable contribution to American literatures.
Prize organizers said Roth’s narrative work forms “part of the great American novel, in the tradition of Dos Passos, Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, Bellow and Malamud.”
The 79-year-old Roth, from Newark, N.J., is one of America’s most renowned authors. Among his most popular books are, “Portnoy’s Complaint,” “American Pastoral” and “The Human Stain.”