- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Trump hiring Blago?

Out of work since he was impeached by Illinois lawmakers, Rod Blagojevich is taking his job search to TV’s toughest boss — Donald Trump.

The ousted Illinois governor will appear on Mr. Trump’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” reality television show on NBC, a person close to Mr. Blagojevich’s team who was briefed on the plan told the Associated Press. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because it hadn’t been announced officially, said Mr. Blagojevich would be paid for his appearance. The amount of the payment was not disclosed.

It was unclear whether Mr. Blagojevich would compete or just make an appearance on the show, AP said.

Mr. Blagojevich faces federal corruption charges for reportedly scheming to sell or trade President Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat for campaign money or a high-paying job for his wife or himself. He has pleaded not guilty and says he has done nothing wrong. His trial is scheduled to begin in Chicago on June 3.

Earlier this year, Mr. Blagojevich’s wife, Patti, went into the Costa Rican jungle as a contestant on NBC’s “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!” She lost her chance to win the title “queen of the jungle” when she was tossed after 23 days.

The ninth season of “The Celebrity Apprentice” is scheduled to air in spring 2010.

Page to produce

Ellen Page, just 22 years old, is already an Oscar nominee — and she’s set to add two more titles to her resume.

The “Juno” actress just signed a deal to write and be executive producer of a single-camera comedy for HBO, the Hollywood Reporter says.

“Stitch N’ Bitch” will center on two hip young women who move from Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood to Los Angeles’ Silver Lake in hopes of becoming some kind of artists. Writing and producing the project alongside Miss Page will be two other young actors, Alia Shawkat and Sean Tillmann. All three are on the big screen now in Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, “Whip It.”

The trio also might act in the series, but that decision will be made later.

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

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