Tuesday, November 3, 2009



ANDRE AGASSI'S sweet '90s mullet was a WIG!!! In his new autobiography, "Open" . . . (--Which will hit stores next week) . . . Andre says he started losing his hair at an early age . . . so he covered it up with a toupee.

He says, quote, "Every morning I would get up and find another piece of my identity on the pillow, in the wash basin, down the plughole. I asked myself, 'You want to wear a toupee? On the tennis court?' I answered myself: 'What else could I do?'"

The rug caused him a lot of anxiety on the court . . . because he was worried it would fall off. In fact, he claims that fear caused him to lose to Andres Gomez in the finals of the 1990 French Open.

He says, quote, "With each leap, I imagine it falling into the sand. I imagine millions of spectators move closer to their TV sets, their eyes widening and, in dozens of dialects and languages, ask how Andre Agassi's hair has fallen from his head." (--As we've already heard, Andre also admits in the book that he was doing METH in the late '90s.)


After "Marley & Me", OWEN WILSON must have needed a dog movie with a happy ending to cleanse his palate . . . because he just signed on to provide the voice of the dog in a "Marmaduke" movie.

The movie will mix live action and computer animation . . . like those "Garfield" flicks featuring the voice of BILL MURRAY did. (--For those of you who don't know, "Marmaduke" is a comic strip about a Great Dane that's been running since 19-freakin'-54.)

The voice cast will also include Fergie, Emma Stone, George Lopez, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Steve Coogan and Damon and Marlon Wayans. William H. Macy will play one of the human characters.


RIHANNA will talk publicly about CHRIS BROWN . . . for the first time since he assaulted her back in February . . . in an interview airing on ABC's "Good Morning America" this Thursday and on "20/20" this Friday.

In the interview, Rihanna describes Chris as her, quote, "first big love" . . . and says, quote, "This happened to me. It can happen to anyone." (--ABC will undoubtedly let a few more quotes trickle out in the coming days to hype the interview.)

She probably decided to end her silence now . . . so that she can get it out of the way and begin promoting her next album, "Rated R", which hits stores on November 23rd.

(--Here's a promo for the interview, which promises that Rihanna will, quote, "tell her story" . . .)


(--Chris, of course, has spoken publicly about the "incident" several times now. He has apologized for what happened . . . and says it's something that will never happen again. He's currently serving a sentence of 180 DAYS of community service.)

Meanwhile, Rihanna has released a track-list for "Rated R" . . . and it includes a song called "Rockstar 101", which features SLASH on guitar. WILL.I.AM and YOUNG JEEZY will also make appearances on the album.


You have to feel for CONAN O'BRIEN. He waited FIVE years for JAY LENO to retire so that he could take over "The Tonight Show" . . . only Jay didn't retire, he just moved to an earlier timeslot to host, essentially, another "Tonight Show".

And as if that didn't screw Conan enough . . . in a candid new interview with "Broadcasting & Cable", Jay says that he wishes he could've kept his job, and that he'd return to the "Tonight Show" if NBC asked him to.

When Jay was asked if he regretted agreeing to retire back in 2004 . . . and his later decision to do his new show with NBC at 10:00 P.M., he says, quote, "Would I have preferred to stay at 11:30? Yeah, sure. I would have preferred that.

"I think it's too soon to say whether I regret anything or not. My thing is, I did 'The Tonight Show' for 17 years . . . now you try this and you see what happens. Do I enjoy the battle? Yes, I get a certain amount of satisfaction from pounding my head against the wall."

Jay, of course, is referring to the bad press "The Jay Leno Show" has received . . . both for clogging up NBC's 10:00 P.M. timeslot, and not differing enough from his version of "The Tonight Show". And the show's ratings aren't impressing anyone.

Jay says that he doesn't take satisfaction in the fact that Conan's "Tonight Show" numbers are lower than his were . . . but he WOULD retake his old job, if asked to. --He says, quote, "If it were offered to me, would I take it? If that's what they wanted to do, sure. That would be fine if they wanted to."

And when asked if he'd RATHER do that than his new show, he says, quote, "It's not my decision to make . . . it's really not. I don't know. Something makes me think we might be OK [with 'The Jay Leno Show'] for a while. --"It depends how long you're here; by that time I could be 61 [or] 62, I don't know. Personally, I think Conan is doing fine. It's a little too early to tell."

In the same article, Jay also refuses to trash DAVID LETTERMAN over his sex scandal . . . (--Even though he did take some pokes at Dave in his nightly monologues.) --Jay says, quote, "Dave has never set himself up as [a model citizen]. If it were me, it would kill me. I'm the guy who's been married 29 years. But Dave has never pretended to be Mr. Moral America, he's never set himself up that way. He's not a hypocrite.

If you'd like to read more of Jay's comments concerning the challenges of making his new show a success . . . and his feelings about leaving "The Tonight Show" . . . you can find the whole interview, here . . .)http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/366971-Jay_Leno_Talks_Back_An_Exclusive_Interview_With_B_C.php


--"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" - the movie version of the old-school toy franchise about an elite military unit fighting a group called COBRA. The team includes Dennis Quaid, Brendan Fraser, Marlon Wayans (???), and Ray Park . . . a.k.a. Darth Maul . . . playing Snake Eyes.

--"The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" - John Travolta plays the leader of a gang that hijacks a subway train and Denzel Washington is the dispatcher trying to outsmart Travolta's crew and keep them from executing the hostages. (--It's a remake of the 1974 flick that starred "Jaws" superstar Robert Shaw as the hijacker and Walter Matthau as Denzel.)

--"Aliens in the Attic" - A family arrives at their vacation home and finds a friendly alien living in the attic . . . just before his evil buddies invade. It stars "High School Musical" Ashley Tisdale, "Weeds" stud Kevin Nealon and "Everybody Loves Raymond's" Doris Roberts.

--"I Love You, Beth Cooper" - After a nerdy high school senior confesses his love for a popular girl during his valedictorian speech, she decides to show him the best night of his life. "Heroes" Hayden Panettiere plays Beth Cooper and comedian Paul Rust is the lucky geek.

--"Star Wars The Clone Wars: The Complete Season One" . . . a four-disc DVD set.
--"The Shield: The Complete Series" . . . a 28-disc DVD set. (--It ran for seven seasons.)
--"Spin City: Season Three" . . . a four-disc DVD set. (--It ran for six seasons.)
--"Here's Lucy: Season Two" . . . a four-disc DVD set. (--It ran for six seasons.)
--"Zorro - The Complete First Season" AND "Zorro - The Complete Second Season" . . . the classic Walt Disney show starring Guy Williams as Zorro. It ran for three seasons. Each season is a six-disc set.


--"Now That's What I Call Music! 32", Various Artists . . . including Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey, Shakira, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and the Black Eyed Peas . . . plus former "Idols" Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks, Katharine McPhee and Daughtry.

--"Raditude", Weezer (--Lil Wayne guests on the track "Can't Stop Partying".)

--The soundtrack to the first season of "Glee".

--"Play On", Carrie Underwood (--Her 3rd disc includes her hit "Cowboy Casanova".)


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