Oprah Forces Audience to go to Australia

... In a sickening display of power, Oprah Winfrey has demanded that the entire audience for the taping of her 25th season opener fly to Australia. And that's not all. They'll be flown by a Scientologist! Oprah has given approximately 450 people (crew included) a 10-day vacation to the Land Down Under, with—get this—John Travolta flying the plane. You may remember when Oprah gave her studio audience cars back in 2004, but today's vacation bonanza is just ridiculous. (Yes, we're very jealous.) [Radar Online]

... Jennifer Lopez has reportedly signed a deal to become the next American Idol judge for $12 million, but had asked for $15 million AND film and TV commitments from Fox. Apparently she didn't get any solid TV or film deals, but the door is open for the two to work out something. I really don't understand this. Jennifer Lopez is more washed up than a dying whale, what the heck is Fox shelling out all this money for? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Joaquin Phoenix and his beard will return to Late Show with David Letterman, the scene of one of the most talked-about late-show guest appearances in recent memory. Phoenix has booked a September 22 appearance on Dave's show, the first since his wacky space cadet showing that went on to become an internet sensation. [Associated Press]

... A&E; has renewed The Glades for a second season. Okay then. [Deadline Hollywood]

... CBS' upcoming The Defenders might reunite the Blues Brothers, but without reanimating John Belushi. Dan Akroyd is being eyed to guest star on The Defenders, which stars replacement Blues Brother Jim Belushi as a lawyer who helps out the "little guy." Akroyd, I know it's been a while since you've had good work, but you might want to think twice before rejuvenating your career through Jim Belushi. [THR]

... Fox has ordered the comedy pilot Outnumbered, a family laugher about how kids ruin parents' lives. Or at least that's how I took it. It's based on a UK show of the same name. [THR]

... James Cameron is shopping a small-screen version of the 1994 spy caper True Lies which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. I didn't like this movie as much as others did, but it sure beats the atrocity known as Avatar. Expect this to be one of the hotter projects coming out in the next few years. [Deadline Hollywood]

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