- - Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Service for Whitney Houston slated for Saturday in N.J.

Whitney Houston’s funeral service will be held Saturday in the church where she first showcased her singing talents as a child.

The owner of the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark said Tuesday that Miss Houston’s funeral will be held at noon at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, the Associated Press reports. The funeral home said no wake would be held and that there would be no public memorial at Newark’s Prudential Center, the sports arena the family had discussed as a possible venue.

The 48-year-old Houston died Saturday at a hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., just hours before she was set to perform at producer Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy Awards bash. Her body was returned to New Jersey late Monday.

Miss Houston was born in Newark and was raised in nearby East Orange. She began singing as a child at New Hope Baptist Church, where her mother, Grammy-winning gospel singer Cissy Houston, led the music program for many years. Her cousin, singer Dionne Warwick, also sang in its choir.

On Monday, mourners left flowers, balloons and candles for Miss Houston at the wrought-iron fence around the tall brick church, which sits near the edge of an abandoned housing project near the train line leading to New York City.

“She was an inspiration to everybody,” said Gregory Hanks, an actor who grew up in the neighborhood and who dropped off a bouquet. He saw Miss Houston perform in New Jersey years ago. “I grew up listening to her as a little boy, and to hear her sing, you knew she was special.”

‘The Artist’s‘ Uggie wins inaugural Golden Collar prize

Even dog actors can get awards in Tinseltown, and six pooches collected prizes at the inaugural Golden Collar Awards.

The ceremony Monday at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles proceeded like a traditional Hollywood-style awards show, with actors including “NCIS” star Pauley Perrette and “Hot in Cleveland” star Wendie Malick presenting trophies for the best dog performances on the big and small screens.

Uggie, the four-legged star of “The Artist,” was named top dog in a movie. His owner-trainer, Omar Von Muller, was on hand to accept the award.

Mr. Von Muller said the Jack Russell terrier, who stole hearts in the silent film that’s up for 10 Academy Awards, is a “great performer, but he’s also a great family member.”

The Golden Collar Awards, dreamed up by Alan Siskind of the website dognewsdaily.com, drew other stars of “The Artist,” including James Cromwell and Missi Pyle, as well as studio representatives and media outlets from around the world.

“I’m delighted to be here because I owe my career to a pig,” said Mr. Cromwell, who played the farmer in “Babe.”

The ceremony walked a fine line between being a farce of an awards show and a meaningful recognition of dog and trainer achievements. Proceedings were broadcast online by the Hollywood Reporter, and Mr. Siskind said he expects the ceremony to be televised next year.

Martin Scorsese, who wrote an editorial in the Los Angeles Times that inspired a write-in campaign for the Doberman in his Oscar-nominated movie “Hugo,” appeared at the ceremony by video. His star dog, Blackie, lost out to Uggie, who was nominated twice in his category (for both “The Artist” and “Water for Elephants.”)

Other winners included French bulldog Brigitte, who plays Stella on TV’s “Modern Family,” and Hercules of “Pit Boss,” who tied with Giggy of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” for best dog in a reality television series.

Florida model chosen for Sports Illustrated cover

She’s a Florida girl who’s comfortable in a bikini, and now 19-year-old model Kate Upton is on the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

She wears a tiny red-and-brown, sparkle-covered string bikini with a view of the waters of Australia behind her as she poses for the magazine cover, which was unveiled on Monday night on “Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS.

“That was one of the first photos from the first shoot,” she said in a telephone interview before the big reveal. “It was my favorite swimsuit. … I felt sexy in it but confident.”

Miss Upton, 5 feet 10, was born in Michigan but raised in Florida. Her hometown is Melbourne, on the state’s east coast.

“In Florida, people walk around in their flip-flops, bikinis and jean shorts, so I’m very comfortable in a bathing suit,” she said.

The 2012 magazine cover is her second time appearing in the annual SI issue that’s the equivalent of the Super Bowl for models. Last year, when Irina Shayk was on the cover, Miss Upton was chosen as rookie of the year.

Bonnaroo acts to include Radiohead, Chili Peppers, Phish

The reunited Beach Boys will celebrate sunshine and summer at the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival with Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish and Bon Iver.

The always eclectic four-day festival also will include Skrillex, Foster the People, the Avett Brothers, the Shins, the Roots and Alice Cooper on the 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn, according to the Associated Press. Bonnaroo will be held June 7 through 10.

The lineup has something of a ripped-from-the-headlines feel. Several acts had notable nights Sunday at the Grammy Awards. The reunited Beach Boys lineup of Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks made their live debut at the awards, joined on stage by Foster the People.

Bon Iver won best new artist, Skrillex took home three trophies and two-time Grammy winners the Civil Wars are scheduled to play just a few weeks before singer Joy Williams’ baby is due.

The Chili Peppers will play Bonnaroo as new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members.

About half of the lineup was announced Tuesday and additions will be made later. Bonnaroo will feature about 125 music acts and 30 comedians. Tickets go on sale Saturday

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