ROCK IT OUT
As if Nickelodeon wasn’t already a school of rock with its many teen stars turned pop stars, the network announced it has given a straight-to-series order to a small-screen adaptation of the 2003 film School of Rock. Like the film, the show will follow the adventures of a rocker-turned-substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. The film starred Jack Black and featured Miranda Cosgrove as one of his pupils before she went on to star on Nickelodeon in iCarly. Casting will be announced soon.
Care what the King has been up to since defecting? LeBron James and his two sons are getting their hands dirty in helping to rehab a house in the NBA star’s Akron hometown. James took the controls of a backhoe this week to help fix up a crumbling house for the family of a sixth-grader in his Wheels for Education mentoring program. His sons — LeBron Jr. and Bryce — pitched in to help remove the front steps, a retaining wall and some porch railings under the direction of reality TV show host Nicole Curtis. Work on the house will be featured later on Rehab Addict on HGTV.
More health issues are plaguing Kristen Chenoweth. In March the Tony award winner revealed that she was suffering from asthma, which began sometime after the 9/11 terror attacks on lower Manhattan. Chenoweth, 46, tweeted on Sunday that she was waiting on MRI results after experiencing “numbness and tingling” in her arm. “Unable to move.” She thanked her followers for their “Good vibes.” The petite blond was photographed about a week ago looking frail.
How we do know whom Kate Upton is dating? It was pretty obvious at Monday’s NY Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers game when Motor City pitcher Justin Verlander tossed a baseball to the grinning 22-year-old model, who was sitting behind the dugout. His romantic gesture didn’t bring the team luck though: The Yanks took the home game 2-1.
A WOMAN SCORNED?
So celeb watchers are left wondering what caused Nicole Murphy to call off her engagement to Mr. Nice Guy Michael Strahan. Probably the oldest reason in the book. A source tells TMZ amother woman is to blame. To really get back at her allegedly two-timing man, Eddie Murphy’s ex announced the split right before the ex-New York Giants great was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame over the weekend.
The two began dating in 2007; Nicole has five children with the Beverly Hills Cop star; the twice divorced LIVE! cohost has two grown kids from his first marriage.
DOWN TO BUSINESS
No more karbs for this lady. Kim Kardashian is fed up with carrying around her baby weight more than a year after giving birth. On Tuesday, the reality star, 33, tweeted her displeasure with her shape and says she is having serious problems shedding the last 15-20 pounds. “[O]ff to an intense workout,” posted Kardashian, who asked her fans for their support. She does change a pretty mean diaper, as evidenced on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday. Doesn’t that burn at least a few calories?