What’s the Buzz: Dancing with the Stars, Vivid Entertainment, Oscars
The lineup for the 16th season of “Dancing With the Stars” has been released and there is not one, but two stars representing Baltimore. First Ravens’ wide receiver Jacoby Jones will be proving if his victory dances can actually translate on the ballroom floor. Second, 1976 Olympic gold medalist and Baltimore resident Dorothy Hamill will be trading in her skates for heels. Fellow Olympian Aly Raisman, comedian Andy Dick, country superstar Wynonna Judd and American Idol alumna Kellie Pickler also make the lineup. This season’s professional dancer roster will be missing seven-year alumnus Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Despite the show sometimes receiving the reputation of being a last resort for Hollywood’s “D-List,” the show apparently tends to offer big money. Invitations have been extended to everyone from Ann Romney and Bobby Flay to Lance Armstrong and Jamie Lee Curtis. The new season airs Monday, March 18 at 8 p.m.
Sex Tape Drama
Over the weekend a severe fire broke out at the Vivid Entertainment offices, almost causing the destruction of the original and unedited master version of Kim Kardashian’s sex tape. Apparently Steve Hirsch, CEO of Vivid, was far away at an L.A. Clippers game, but apparently he immediately rushed to the scene to ensure that his vault was unharmed. In the vault are personal tapes starring Kendra Wilkinson, Pam and Tommy Lee, Jimi Hendrix and several other unreleased celebrity tapes.
Meanwhile, Miss Delaware Teen USA Melissa King apparently didn’t learn a lesson from unwanted porn stardom because she has officially given up her crown today after porn that allegedly features the beauty queen surfaced online. The footage was shot four months before she was crowned and despite the girl in the video identifying her age and birth month as the same as King’s, her camp denies the claims.
The Oscars capped off award season Sunday night and the show was actually quite enjoyable despite the lengthy ceremony. Catherine Zeta-Jones performed a throwback of Chicago’s “All That Jazz,” Jennifer Hudson left everyone in awe with her rendition of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” and the entire cast of “Les Misérables” reunited to perform a number on stage. Anne Hathaway finally took home a statue for her supporting actress role in Les Mis, Daniel Day-Lewis won for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln and Ben Affleck took home the night’s biggest award for best picture for Argo. Perhaps the most horrifying moment was Jennifer Lawrence tripping up the stairs in her massive ball gown en route to accept her best actress statue for “Silver Linings Playbook.” Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane hosted, and created quite the controversy with his “boobs song” and inappropriate jokes including one about 9-year-old best actress nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis. When asked on Twitter if he would ever host again, he responded with a solid “no way.”