- - Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sparks to sing anthem at MLB All-Star game

“American Idol” champ Jordin Sparks sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl in 2008 and for President Obama this week, and now she’ll perform it for baseball fans.

According to the Associated Press, Miss Sparks will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” on July 12 at Major League Baseball’s 82nd All-Star game. The game will be held at the Chase Field in Phoenix. It will air at 8 p.m. on Fox.

MLB’s All-Star week also will feature performances from Cee Lo Green, Jason Aldean, Michelle Branch and five-time All-Star and Latin Grammy nominee, Bernie Williams.

Miss Sparks, Mr. Williams and Mr. Aldean, along with Nick Jonas, “Glee” actor Chord Overstreet and others, will participate in a celebrity softball game during the week’s festivities.

Hiaasen novel ‘Skinny Dip’ to be adapted for HBO

HBO is diving into business with author Carl Hiaasen.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the premium cable network confirmed Tuesday that it will develop the author’s 2004 caper novel, “Skinny Dip.” Michael Oates Palmer and Michael Keaton are attached to executive produce the project.

“Skinny Dip,” one of more than a dozen novels written by Mr. Hiaasen, is set in South Florida. It centers on Joey Perrone, a woman who takes revenge on her cheating husband after he attempts to murder her.

Earlier works from Mr. Hiaasen, including Demi Moore’s “Strip Tease,” have been translated to the big screen.

Lip-syncing teen backed up by stars from ‘Glee’

Lip-syncing teen Keenan Cahill is becoming the newest it-guy online and apparently also is a “Gleek,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The Illinois teenager, who has made a name for himself online by lip-syncing to popular songs and attracting A-listers who pop in for cameos in his viral videos, has another hit on his hands. This time it’s with the help of four members of the “Glee” cast.

Stars Harry Shum Jr., Dianna Agron, Darren Criss and Jenna Ushkowitz took a break from their recently wrapped “Glee” concert tour to provide some backup dance help for Keenan’s lip-synced version of Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).”

This isn’t the first time that Keenan, who suffers from Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome, has covered a Perry tune. He previously was joined by the pop star herself for a version of “Teenage Dream.”

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