- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 29, 2007

Fun in store at ‘Choice’

Forget who won this year’s Oscars, Grammys and Emmys.

There are millions of movie, music and TV fans out there just dying to learn which celebrity burps the loudest.

And they’ll find out, as well as learn the winners in more than a dozen other categories for film, TV, music, sports, books and video games during tomorrow’s 20th annual Kids Choice Awards (8 p.m. on Nickelodeon).

The event, long the loudest, messiest — and at times, the grossest of Hollywood’s many award shows — has grown into one of the entertainment industry’s most popular presentations as well, notes Associated Press. It’s become a hit not only with the 14-and-under set, but with the celebrities who now attend in droves.

“It’s just one of those things that’s fun to show up at,” says Justin Timberlake, the defending burping champion and host of this year’s show. “Hey, any awards show you can wear jeans and a T-shirt to is kind of cool.”

Jeans and a T-shirt are almost required dress for the honorees. At any moment, any of them could be drenched in green, gooey slime, another hallmark of the show. Mr. Timberlake himself was sprayed with the stuff in 2001 when he was with his former band ‘N Sync.

X Games champion Tony Hawk once skateboarded into a vat of green slime from a platform several stories high. BMX bike champion Mat Hoffman parachuted out of a plane, while on his bicycle, straight into a vat of green goo. Last year, Robin Williams was sprayed with it.

This year’s list of celebrity nominees who are expected to attend includes Oscar nominees Will Smith, Queen Latifah and Johnny Depp and Oscar winners Halle Berry and Julia Roberts. Musical performers include Gwen Stefani and Maroon 5.

New ‘Edition’

TV’s syndicated “Inside Edition” (which begins airing weekdays at 4:30 p.m. on WUSA9 starting Monday) has managed to do something the majority of local single women can’t: find the area’s most eligible bachelors.

While most of us would settle for one Mr. Right, they’ve managed to nab more than 100 men who apparently feel they’ve got the goods to set hearts aflutter. The hotties will be photographed in the District this weekend — at (for obvious reasons) an undisclosed location — before the herd is winnowed down to the top 10. The cream of the crop will then be showcased on an upcoming program slated to air in the next few weeks, show representatives said.

The show, to be hosted by “Inside Edition” anchor Deborah Norville from WUSA9’s Northwest studios on April 9, will also feature several stories of interest to local viewers. Topics include an investigative report on phony wartime “heroes,” fashion tips for congressional staffers and a profile of pop star Mya — a 1996 graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt — as she visits her old neighborhood in Prince George’s County.

‘Bad’ is good for Oxygen

If good girls go to heaven, bad girls can come to Oxygen — and they’ll have more fun.

The cable network on Wednesday announced that it has ordered a second season of “The Bad Girls Club,” the highest-rated original series in its history, reports TVWeek.com. The new season, scheduled to premiere late this year, will consist of 22 episodes.

Oxygen also said it picked up a spinoff of the show, called “Bad Girls Road Trip,” a six episode series featuring three of the women from season one (Will the alcoholic and violent Ripsi be among them, we wonder?) that will debut in June. The road trip will take the women on visits of their hometowns and on casting calls for the cast of season two.

Alive and kicking

Like comedian Sinbad, actor Todd Bridges has been fending off rumors of his death, reports Zap2it.com, citing a story in People magazine.

Could faulty hearing be the problem?

According to published accounts, the confusion started with a story reported by a New York radio station that recounted the tale of a truck driver named Shawn Bridges who had a drug problem and eventually died after a long illness. Soon, rumors began flying on a gossip Web site that Todd Bridges had died of a drug-related death.

“There were all these calls about it, and for a half an hour no one could reach me,” Mr. Bridges says. “I was in [electronics store] Fry’s shopping, and I had my cell phone on silent. I am just glad that my kid never heard it.”

Mr. Bridges, who co-starred on the hit NBC sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes” back in the 1980s, admits that he once had a drug problem, but has been clean and sober for the last 14 years. The 41-year-old actor, in fact, has been enjoying a career revival of sorts. He recently competed on the Fox reality show “Skating With Celebrities” and has a recurring guest role on the CW’s “Everybody Hates Chris.”

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports

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