—Happy birthday to Erykah Badu, who turns 37 today. To celebrate this year, the Grammy-winning soul singer is releasing her fourth album — New Amerykah, Pt. 1 (4th World War) — today.
—Usher has a new single, and it’s gonna be a huge hit. It’s called “Love in the Club” (listen here), and its about, well, making love in the club — which violates so many health codes that even Lil’ Jon is concerned. (BTW, if you recognize the song’s chord progression, that’s because it’s matches the pattern from Alicia Key’s “No One” to a tee.)
—In May of next year, Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins will open with a brand-new star: Christian Bale. Is it just me, or is Chris taking more and more roles where he has to speak less and less?
—In other sure-to-be-huge movie news, Matt Damon has signed on for a fourth Bourne film in light of the third’s success at Sunday’s Academy Awards. Paul Greengrass is set to direct again as well.
—Quarterlife, the new NBC drama about twentysomethings, premiers tonight at 10 and also at 4:30 on MTV. It’s about seven strangers…picked to live in a house…who have their lives taped…to find out what happens when people stop being polite…and start getting real. (I think.)
—Speaking of The Real World, the 21st season might be coming to Washington, D.C. That will make the seven cast members the city’s wildest, most sex-crazed individuals besides anyone working in politics.
—So Diablo Cody didn’t wear those $1.1 million shoes at the Oscars because she realized she was being used for “free publicity.” (Evidently, she’ll only degrade herself by taking shiny things off her body, not putting them on.) She was quoted as saying this on the subject:
“I’m sorry if I sound like a party-pooper, but Jeebus.”
When did Juno start writing Diablo Cody’s lines?
—Yesterday, tonight and Thursday are Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood‘s three charity concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York. I caught the first one last night (review to come), and the two rock all-stars — who haven’t played a full set together in almost four decades — took to each other’s stylings like second nature.
—On yesterday’s The View, Whoopi Goldberg got sad and almost cried because she wasn’t included in Sunday night’s Oscar montage of past hosts. Barbara Walters, in turn, became sad that she wasn’t included in the Oscar montage of dinosaurs.
—And in uterus news, Angelina Jolie is indeed pregnant. This will be her 89th child and will be used purely as live fodder to keep the other ones alive.