- - Monday, April 11, 2011

Danson to visit Virginia to support new book

Actor Ted Danson is coming to Norfolk to promote a book co-written with a former Virginia reporter, the Associated Press reports.

The Virginian-Pilot reports Mr. Danson is due at Prince Books on April 23. He will be there to promote “Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them.”

Mr. Danson wrote the book with Norfolk writer Mike D’Orso, a former Virginian-Pilot reporter.

Store owner Sarah Pishko says she’ll need to rent some chairs for her store, which holds about 100 people.

Mr. Danson and Mr. D’Orso are expected to answer questions, but Mr. Danson is signing only copies of the book.

‘Glee,’ ‘Modern Family’ win GLAAD Media Awards

“Glee,” “Modern Family” and “Project Runway” are winners of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s 22nd annual Media Awards, Associated Press reports.

Prizes for outstanding comedy series — “Glee” and “Modern Family” tied for the win — and reality program were among those presented at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday. Actor Sean Hayes presented entertainer Kristin Chenoweth with the Vanguard Award. Dolly Parton presented NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award.

“Fort Worth Speech” on “The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell” was recognized as the year’s outstanding TV journalism segment, and “I Love You Philip Morris” was honored as an outstanding film in limited release.

The GLAAD Media Awards honor media for accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and the issues affecting their lives.

Rutgers students want Springsteen, not Snooki

Some students at New Jersey’s largest university think Bruce Springsteen is their salvation, according to the Associated Press.

They have started a Facebook campaign called “Let’s Bring the Boss to Rutgers!” to counteract fallout from a recent appearance by Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi.

The Rutgers University Programming Association paid the “Jersey Shore” reality-TV star $32,000 to answer questions. That’s $2,000 more than the university will pay Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison to deliver the commencement address.

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