It Just Didn’t Make Sense – Google announces it has stopped censoring search results in China. The announcement came amid speculation that the search giant would pull out of China entirely and sets up a showdown with the Communist leadership there. Google said it stopped running the censored Google.cn service on Monday and was routing its Chinese users to an uncensored version of Google based in Hong Kong.
They Were Expendable – Miley Cyrus’ boyfriend Liam Hemsworth is now dumped – from Sylvester Stallone’s new action movie “The Expendables” after writers decided they had too many characters. Also gone – the late Brittnay Murphy . Hemsworth told London’s Sunday Herald Sun newspaper that at least he got the chance to speak to Stallone over the role: “I was at my friend’s house and I got a phone call from my Australian agent who had sent my tape in a few days before and he said, ‘Stallone is going to call you in a few days,’; and I went back into my buddy’s house and said, ‘Rocky’s gonna give me a call, no big deal.’”
But – better news for Miley as she is now set to appear as a guest mentor on “American Idol” and help the Top 11 finalists prepare for their performances on a Billboard No.1 Hits-themed show airing Tuesday, March 23 on FOX. The Wednesday, March 24 results show will feature Cyrus performing her new hit “When I Look at You,” along with Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato singing their song “Make a Wave.”
Conan Can’t - “American Idol” producer 19 Entertainment, approached Conan O’Brien to participate in its “Idol Gives Back” special on Wednesday, April 21. Unfortunately, O’Brien won’t be able to participate because his agreement with NBC keeps him from making TV appearances until May 1, says The Hollywood Reporter. Word has it that O’Brien is talking to Fox about post May 1 opportunities.
Mr. Pop Archives – This Week In 1976 –
Music news –
Don’t miss The Rutles “All You Need Is Cash” this week on NBC. It’s described as a well-constructed rendition of Beatlemania. Included – a soundtrack that reminds you of Beatles music – sort of Beatles music turned inside-out. Appearing – Eric Idol, Rikki Fataar, John Halsey and Neil Innes. Both Innes and Idol conceived the project.
Andre Previn leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra this week.
Peter Frampton takes a roll on NBC’s “Baa Baa Black Sheep” starring Robert Conrad. His new movie – “Sergeant Pepper” will be released in July. In that film, he has no dialogue and this guest starring role gives him that opportunity.
Television news –
James Garner and Jack Kelly reprise their 1950’s roles in “The New Maverick” – a two-hour TV movie for ABC-TV.
Lorimar is launching a series about a family brimming with hate. Called “Dallas” – CBS is giving it a five week run beginning Sunday of this week. The first episode sees son Bobby, played by Patrick Duffy), bring home a bride played by Victoria Principal.