- The Washington Times - Friday, September 4, 2009

Boss on NFL network

Legendary singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen will narrate a Labor Day documentary for the NFL Network chronicling his halftime performance in Super Bowl XLIII earlier this year, Multichannel.com reports.

The hourlong program, “Working on a Dream: A Super Bowl Journal,” will take viewers behind the scenes of Mr. Springsteen and the E Street Band’s 12-minute performance during halftime of the NBC-televised Pittsburgh Steelers-Arizona Cardinals NFL championship game.

The Feb. 1 game, won by the Steelers, drew a record 98.7 million viewers.

In the documentary, Mr. Springsteen takes viewers inside the band’s trailer before the performance and relays the sights and sounds he experienced from center stage.

“The NFL threw us an anniversary party the likes of which we’d never throw for ourselves with fireworks and everything,” the Boss says. “I love playing long and hard, but it was the 35 years in 12 minutes … that was the trick. You start here; you end here; that’s it.”

Charles Coplin, NFL vice president of programming, says the documentary will give fans an inside look at the halftime performance from Mr. Springsteen’s perspective.

“This documentary is a dream combination of football and music that will bring fans back to that most memorable of halftime shows,” Mr. Coplin says.

Cube has ESPN doc

Continuing on the subject of musicians and football, Ice Cube, the gangsta-rap-pioneer-turned-actor, will team with cable’s ESPN to create a documentary about the controversial Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, TVWeek.com says, citing a report from AllHipHop.com.

The project, “Straight Outta L.A.” — seemingly taking its name from “Straight Outta Compton,” Ice Cube’s hit 1988 album with N.W.A — will focus on the 1980s, when owner Al Davis defied the NFL and moved the team from the Bay Area to Los Angeles, the Web site says.

As an actor, Ice Cube, 40, whose real name is O’Shea Jackson, has appeared in the big-screen dramas “Boyz N the Hood” and “Three Kings” and the family comedy “Are We There Yet?”

More sports and stars

In still another sports/celebrity story, actor Tom Cruise will narrate an upcoming documentary about the history of Hendrick Motorsports, the Hollywood Reporter says.

“Together: The Hendrick Motorsports Story” will air Oct. 11 on ABC before the network begins its coverage of the Sprint Cup Series race in California.

Mr. Cruise will provide the narration during never-before-seen footage and family photographs that chronicle Rick Hendrick’s 25 years in NASCAR.

The actor became friendly with Mr. Hendrick when the car owner did some consulting for Mr. Cruise’s 1990 racing film “Days of Thunder.”

Mr. Cruise and his family periodically have been Mr. Hendrick’s guests at races during the past several years, and the actor sat at an HMS table during last year’s championship celebration.

O on MJ bandwagon

Talk-show host Oprah Winfrey plans to dedicate an upcoming episode of her eponymous talk show to Michael Jackson, Associated Press reports.

The episode, announced Wednesday by Harpo Productions, will air Sept. 16 and feature excerpts from Miss Winfrey’s 1993 interview with Mr. Jackson.

Mr. Jackson died June 25 in Los Angeles. His death has been ruled a homicide.

A release from Harpo Productions says Miss Winfrey will remember “the King of Pop with never-before-revealed personal details” from the interview.

The 24th season of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” premieres Sept. 14 and 15 with a two-part interview with Whitney Houston.

Weekend watch

What Would Brian Boitano Make? (6:30 p.m. Saturday, Food Network) — The former Olympic skating champ, now a cable-network cooking-show host, rustles up some post-game chow for an all-female roller-derby squad, using the team’s favorite ingredient — bacon. On the menu: bacon-apple tarts, bacon cups with sweet-potato hash and, yes, bacon martinis.

The Secret Life of Bees (8 p.m. Saturday, HBO) — The 2008 film adaptation of the best-selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd makes its premium-cable debut. Set in the South in 1964, the film stars Queen Latifah as the matronly honey-maker who opens her home — and her heart — to two desperate young women (Dakota Fanning and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson) who are on the run from a life of abuse and racism. Alicia Keys and Sophie Okonedo co-star. Written for the screen and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood.

The 2009 Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon (9 p.m. Sunday, the DC CW50) — It’s that time again. The traditional galaxy of stars will turn out around the clock to drum up funds to help combat muscular dystrophy. Among the celebrities taking the stage: Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Tony Orlando, Charo, Wynonna, Train, Bo Bice, Terry Fator, comedian George Wallace, Lee Greenwood, Joshua Bell accompanied by Frankie Moreno, Three Dog Night and many more. Also scheduled: a tribute to longtime MDA Telethon host Ed McMahon, who died in June. Mr. McMahon’s last appearance, his 41st, was on the 2008 telethon, the MDA notes on its Web site.

HGTV Design Star (10 p.m. Sunday, HGTV) — The three finalists — Dan Vickery, Antonio Ballatore and Lonni Paul — design rooms for three very different celebrities: Kathy Griffin, Jason Priestley and Tiffani Thiessen.

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

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