Dick Clark Has Died
One of the most important men in the history of radio and rock and roll is no more. DICK CLARK . . . a.k.a. AMERICA'S OLDEST TEENAGER . . . died yesterday of a massive heart attack, after having some kind of outpatient medical procedure the night before. He was 82.
--As you probably know, Dick suffered a huge stroke in 2004 . . . but he continued to make brief, annual appearances on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" . . . which he created in 1972.
--RYAN SEACREST . . . who took over the New Year's hosting duties . . . issued a statement yesterday saying, quote, "I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."
--He added, quote, "He was a remarkable host and businessman and left a rich legacy to television audiences around the world. We will all miss him."
--Dick Clark started in radio in the early 1950s . . . as a MAIL ROOM GUY. He got his big break in 1956, getting the hosting gig on a local Philadelphia TV show called "Bob Horn's Bandstand" after Horn was fired.
--As "American Bandstand", the show went national and aired on ABC until 1987. It then aired briefly in syndication and on the USA Network.
--The show launched the careers of everyone from BUDDY HOLLY to the JACKSON 5 to MADONNA.
--Dick's credits also include "The $25,000 Pyramid", "TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes". . . which he hosted with ED MCMAHON. . . and the "American Music Awards".
(--Dick met McMahon during his days in Philly . . . and he was the one who introduced Ed to JOHNNY CARSON.)
--Over his long and storied career, Dick has won five Emmys and a Peabody Award.
--He's in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame . . . and he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Madonna Doesn't Like Her Daughter's Smoking and Admits She Needs to Be a Tougher Parent
Last month, we saw pictures of MADONNA'S 15-year-old daughter LOURDES smoking. And of course everyone took it out on Madonna because, you know, no teenager has ever smoked without parental permission and / or encouragement.
--Well, it turns out Madonna is just like the rest of us parents: She doesn't approve of everything her daughter does, but she can't always be there to stop her.
--Last night on NBC's "Rock Center", Madonna said, quote, "I don't think I'm as tough as I should be. I think I need to be maybe tougher.
--"It's hard though . . . every day is a negotiation. But cigarette smoking I'm not very fond of, for anyone, I don't approve of anyone smoking cigarettes, most of all my daughter."
--Madonna does smoke a cigarette in her "Girl Gone Wild" video, but she said, quote, "I don't smoke. That's just an accessory. There's a difference."
--She added, quote, "[Lourdes] smoked that cigarette before I did that video, so she didn't get that from me, okay?"
--Overall, though, Madonna thinks she's a decent mom . . . quote, "To be a single mother of four and to work as much as I do, with my life in a kind of metaphorical fish bowl, it's pretty challenging. But so far I've survived with sanity and humor intact."
Will the Jackson 5 Reunion Tour Feature a Michael Jackson Hologram?
The performing "hologram" of TUPAC was such a sensation at Coachella last weekend that there's talk of a Tupac virtual tour.
--So now, of course, the floodgates have been opened . . . and everyone's talking about hologram tours featuring all kinds of dead artists.
--Next up: MICHAEL JACKSON.
--JACKIE, JERMAINE, MARLON and TITO JACKSON recently announced a JACKSON 5 summer reunion tour, and now they're suggesting that it could feature a Michael Jackson hologram.
--Jackie says, quote, "It could have Michael, absolutely. Wouldn't that be wonderful? As a matter of fact, we had that idea two years ago for [his] Cirque du Soleil show."
Did Rihanna Do Coke Off Her Bald Bodyguard's Head?
Over the weekend, RIHANNA Tweeted a picture of herself sitting on the shoulders of some bald dude at the Coachella music festival. She called it her "PARTY SPOT".
--And apparently, she really did party while she was up there. Because on Tuesday night, she posted another picture of herself on the guy's shoulders.
--And in this one, she appears to be messing with some kind of WHITE POWDER. Right on the dude's head. (!!!)
--It's hard to tell what she's doing. Some people think she's cutting lines. But it looks like she's got a ROLLING PAPER in her hand . . . which I guess (since I know nothing about drugs. J) is not something you could actually cut lines with.
--And there's another photo where it looks like she's SMOKING something.
--Rihanna has made no comments on the photos.
Wanna Go on a "Saw"-Themed Cruise?
If you were a big fan of the "Saw" movies . . . even the first few . . . you might be into this: You can now embark on a "Saw" CRUISE.
--Some cast members from the movies will be onboard, including Detective Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor), Dan Erickson (Mark Rolston) and Ned Bellamy, the guy from the original movie whose neck was drilled into.
--Obviously, there are a lot of "Saw"-themed events planned . . . but it's also still a cruise. Everyone on the ship will have access to: 22 lounges and bars, nightclubs, gym, shops and restaurants.
--Plus, you can take pictures with the "Saw" stars . . . attend "Saw" screenings . . . participate in a "Saw" trivia contest and, and compete in a "Saw" TATTOO CONTEST.
--It's called Saw at Sea . . . and it travels from New York City up to Nova Scotia, Canada and back. It sets sail on August 11th and returns on the 16th.