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Alec Baldwin skipped Emmys for Tony Bennett, not Rupert Murdoch

Alec Baldwin skipped the Emmys to celebrate Tony Bennett's birthday

Alec Baldwin tried on Ricky Gervais' bad-boy shoes regarding this year's Emmy Awards — or at least appeared to, until he cleared things up about choosing Tony Bennett's 85th birthday celebration over a walk down the red carpet in downtown L.A. Sunday.

So here's the dish: Baldwin was presumed to have snubbed the Emmys after a joke he made in an original version of the intro to the show (a crack about Fox honcho Rupert Murdoch and the phone-hacking scandal that brought down News of the World) was nuked by the network when the bit made the approval rounds. Reportedly concerned with flow after the edit was made, he asked to be removed from the skit entirely.

"Fox did kill my NewsCorp hacking joke. Which sucks bc I think it would have made them look better. A little," Baldwin said on Twitter, adding later, "I understand NewsCorp killing that joke. If I were enmeshed in a scandal where I hacked phones of families of innocent crime victims purely 4 profit, I'd want that 2 go away, 2."

So yeah, Leonard Nimoy took over the "president of television" role, addressing Jane Lynch quite logically to get the Emmys broadcast started. And Sunday found Baldwin hanging out at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York at the Bennett benefit concert, working the stage with Elton John as the crowd sang "Happy Birthday."  According to Styleite, he later hosted a gala dinner for the 85-year-old singer's foundation, Exploring the Arts.

It was the benefit commitment that kept him back East, not the axed joke, he told reporters at the event. "I skipped the Emmys because of this," Baldwin said. "Because I wanted to be here." Then Monday found him celebrating the start of "30 Rock" in syndication.

And here we thought it was Ricky Gervais and his Twinkie who'd gotten the most newsworthy editing of the night.

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Photo: Alec Baldwin speaks at Tony Bennett's 85th Birthday Gala Benefit for Exploring the Arts at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City on Sept. 18. Credit: Jemal Countess / Getty Images.



Alec Baldwin books 16th 'SNL' host gig, wraps with Woody in Rome

Alec Baldwin: SNL has him set for a record-breaking 16th host gig

Maybe Alec Baldwin should forget about running for mayor of New York and simply declare himself mayor of "SNL": The actor has been invited to host "Saturday Night Live" for a 16th time, pushing him past Steve Martin as the host who's done the most on NBC's New York-based sketch comedy show.

Baldwin will host the 37th season premiere of "SNL" on Sept. 24, according to Show Tracker. His 15th turn on the show, the 35th-season closer, followed Betty White's grassroots-inspired appearance and featured gentle competitive banter with Martin, who phoned in during the monologue.

Martin, who last hosted "SNL" in January 2009, teamed with Baldwin to host the Academy Awards in March 2010 -- with "meh" results. The upcoming sixth season of "30 Rock," which is maneuvering around a pregnant Tina Fey, will be Baldwin's last.

But back to the mayor thing -- if not New York, the actor might see if he can score some votes in Rome, where he's been getting paparazzi love while filming the Woody Allen film "The Bop Decameron."

"One more day on this film with Woody. Shizz-dang. I'm sad," Baldwin said early Friday, Italian time, on Twitter. "This has been a good one."

The cast of "The Bop Decameron," a romantic comedy made of up four vignettes based on "Decameron," a 14th century collection of bawdy tales by poet Giovanni Boccaccio, also includes Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg and Penélope Cruz, to name but a few. 

It doesn't appear to be a typical rom-com: Two of the vignettes will be in Italian.

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Photos: Alec Baldwin goofs around with a crew member, left, on location July 28 in Rome and works with an unidentified woman July 25 while shooting a scene for "The Bop Decameron" in an outdoor market in Rome. Credits: Remo Casilli / Reuters, left; Tiziana Fabi / AFP / Getty Images, right.



Tom Cruise tweets shirtless 'Rock of Ages' photo

Tomcruisestory Tom Cruise treated fans to a sneak peek of his latest character, Stacee Jaxx in "Rock of Ages," via Twitter on Friday. The shirtless pic proves he’s still got it, even at 48.

With his long flowing hair, bad boy tats, leather boots and seriously toned arms, he could be the envy of every '80s rocker. Better yet, he gets to cover "Wanted Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi.

But can he sing? The answer is yes, according to his wife, Katie Holmes. Tom “is such an amazing performer,” she tells Access Hollywood. “The voice is incredible.”

Of course, Cruise did his research and took in a live performance of the show at the Pantages Theatre in February, before officially signing on. The Broadway musical and the film both follow a small-town girl and a boy from south Detroit who move to L.A. in 1987 to follow their rock 'n' roll dreams.

Adam Shankman is directing the A-list film cast, which also includes Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Mary J. Blige. The movie is set to open June 1, 2012.

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Photo: Tom Cruise on the set of "Rock of Ages." Credit: Adam Shankman / Lockerz.com


Alec Baldwin, mayor of New York? 'I wouldn't rule it out,' rep says [Poll]

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Alec Baldwin as mayor of New York City -- would it be a role tailor-made for the "30 Rock" actor, or simply stunt casting?

With flashy Rep. Anthony Weiner unlikely to pursue the job in the wake of the lewd-photo brouhaha fondly known as "Weinergate," Baldwin's name has been floated as another possible high-profile Democratic candidate for the 2013 race.

"It's a long way till November of 2013," the actor said Wednesday on his recently activated Twitter account, where he had already opined on the Weiner and John Edwards scandals ("Wiener should not resign"; "I lend you my phone to lie to your wife about an affair that could wreck your campaign. Is the phone call a campaign contribution?") as well as offered his political opinions in general.

A Baldwin spokesman told the Daily News that the actor, who has a long-standing interest in politics and seeking a political office, was considering a run. "I wouldn't rule it out," rep Matthew Hiltzik said.

The Emmy-winning actor announced in April that he'd leave "30 Rock" in 2012 when his contract ends. He later clarified comments suggesting that without him, the show couldn't go on.

Weiner announced on Monday that he'd sent racy photos of himself to women who were not his wife, clarifying earlier comments suggesting he was the victim of hacking.

Would either man get your vote?

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Photos: Anthony Weiner, left, and Alec Baldwin. Credits: Bloomberg, left; Associated Press, right.


First Look: Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand picture tweeted from 'Rock of Ages'

First Look at Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin in 'Rock of Ages'

How's this for proof that Alec Baldwin is making beautiful music with "Rock of Ages"?

The on-again-off-again casting of Baldwin in the movie version of the Broadway stage show, finally resolved as "on," has given unto Twitter a first look at Baldwin and costar Russell Brand in character.

And what a couple of characters. There's not a hint of Baldwin's award-winning "30 Rock" persona Jack Donaghy to be found — this Baldwin is windswept hippie with blond hair, 12 o'clock shadow and Navajo denim vest.

The picture was uploaded by "Ages" director Adam Shankman, who said, "First look! World premiere! Russell and Alec making my life heaven on #rockofagesmovie."

Baldwin plays Dennis Dupree, a has-been rock star and owner of a local watering hole. Brand plays narrator Lonny. "Ages" also stars Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Ackerman and Paul Giamatti.

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Photo: Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin take a jaunt through the decades for "Rock of Ages." Credit: Adam Shankman / Lockerz.com


Is Alec Baldwin dropping out of 'Rock of Ages'?

Alec Baldwin 'Rock of Ages' film role questioned Rumors are swirling about whether Alec Baldwin is keeping his role in "Rock of Ages," the big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical centered around a 1980s nightclub.

Director Adam Shankman had enthusiastically confirmed that Baldwin joined his cast in March via Twitter, but the Hollywood Reporter said Tuesday, citing anonymous sources, that the "30 Rock" star will no longer appear in the New Line film written by Chris D'Arienzo.

Baldwin had been set to play nightclub owner Dennis Dupree, an ex-rocker whose Sunset Boulevard-based Bourbon Room is the story's main setting.

Will Ferrell and Steve Carell passed on the role, which makes us wonder, is it the character that's repelling these funnymen?

However, New Line denied rumors that Baldwin pulled out of the film, Deadline reported. The studio said he is expecting to resolve a personal issue in order to do the movie, which begins shooting May 23.

Whoever plays Dupree will share billing with a nearly all-star cast that includes Tom Cruise, Malin Akerman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Bryan Cranston, Mary J. Blige and Diego Boneta. The stage version featured music from Journey, Foreigner, Styx and Bon Jovi, which we’re hoping the cast will jam to on the big screen -– with or without Baldwin.

If he goes, it wouldn't be the first time Baldwin has backpedaled -- the actor insisted that his critically acclaimed NBC show would be ending in 2012 soon after he left the cast, but ate his words just a few days later, saying he hoped that "'30 Rock' goes on forever."

If he stays, we're looking forward to his REO Speedwagon duet with Brand's Lonny.

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Photo: Alec Baldwin. Credit: Ben Gabbe / Getty Images


Tina Fey is pregnant; Alec Baldwin backpedals on '30 Rock' demise

Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin of "30 Rock" Tina Fey is five months pregnant, she revealed Wednesday while taping an interview for "The Oprah Winfrey Show," set to air next week.

Fey, 40, and husband Jeff Richmond married in 2001 and have one daughter together, 5-year-old Alice. Among other things, Richmond is a composer for "30 Rock."

Fey says in her new book "Bossypants," which came out Tuesday and was recently excerpted in the New Yorker, that the second-rudest question you can ask a woman is, "Are you going to have more kids?"

Guess she won't have to answer that one again for a while. Though ... Steve Martin will interview Fey live onstage at the Nokia Theatre on April 19. Someone should warn him not to ask her how she juggles it all.

The "Oprah" episode featuring the "30 Rock" star will air April 12. And speaking of "30 Rock": You know how Alec Baldwin told New York magazine this week that "our show next year is our last year of the show"? Seems that by "our last year" Baldwin actually meant "my last year" -- either that or he was reminded that he really should have said "my last year."

"Gosh," Baldwin wrote Thursday at the Huffington Post. "I want to take the opportunity to state that although my days on network TV may be numbered, I hope '30 Rock' goes on forever. Or at least as long as everyone involved desires."

Sounds as if someone involved definitely desires. Hey, if "The Office" can go on without Fey's "Date Night" costar Steve Carell, "30 Rock" should be just fine without Baldwin, right?

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Photo: Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 30, 2011. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

 

 


Alec Baldwin: '30 Rock' will end in 2012, Tina Fey to direct films

Alec Baldwin in '30 Rock,' says show will end in 2012 Alec Baldwin, the stalwart Jack Donaghy of NBC's "30 Rock," says the hit show will end in 2012.

"I will tell you one thing," Baldwin told New York magazine. "And that is our show next year is our last year of the show."

Baldwin had previously indicated that he plans to leave the show in 2012; however, his comments were the first grumblings that the show itself would end. Questions about his costar and show writer Tina Fey Monday night prompted the knowledge bomb drop.

"Our contracts are expired [in 2012], and Tina is gonna have a big career directing films and writing. She's going to be the next Elaine May. She'll be great."

But sources tell the Hollywood Reporter that there is no truth in the rumors and that there have been no discussions at NBC to cancel the show after its sixth season. "30 Rock," the multi-Emmy winning comedy about running a zany variety show, is currently in its fifth season.

Baldwin, who traveled to Washington Wednesday to introduce the Fair Elections Now Act on Capitol Hill, has recently been cast in the film version of the musical "Rock of Ages" with Tom Cruise. Fey also has a bit of a cushion to fall back on if the show ends, releasing her comedic memoir "Bossypants" this week.

Though with all the "Mad Men" hullabaloo and now "30 Rock," all we can say is: Blerg.

Can you foresee a life without Jack Donaghy and Liz Lemon? Tell us in comments.

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Photo: Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy in "30 Rock." Credit: Ali Goldstein / NBC


Alec Baldwin honored for TV work with star on Hollywood Boulevard

Alec Baldwin gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


Alec Baldwin gets a star in Hollywood Alec Baldwin accepted star No. 2,433 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, sharing the spotlight with Megan Mullally while brother Stephen Baldwin snapped pictures on his cellphone.

The star was pegged to the actor's TV, with his series "30 Rock" having recently passed the 100-episode milestone. He's worked in feature films and on stage and hosted both the Oscars and "Saturday Night Live." Fifteen times, in the case of "SNL."

Baldwin said he was inspired to sign on with the sitcom after working with Mullally on "Will & Grace," E! Online reported

"I'm kind of blown away," Baldwin said of the star, in front of Beso Restaurant on Hollywood Boulevard. "My daughter has the distinction of both of her parents having this. I think it's kind of cool for my kid."

(Actress Kim Basinger, whose star is down the way, is Ireland Baldwin's mom. Eva Longoria is, incidentally, a part owner of Beso. And Anne Heche, the honoree's onetime Broadway costar, was among those who showed up for the ceremony.)

Star No. 2,432 went to "Cops" producer — a.k.a. reality TV pioneer — John Langley on Friday.

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Photos: Alec Baldwin laughs with Megan Mullally, top, and poses at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during his star ceremony on Feb. 14. Credits: Gabriel Buoys / Getty Images, top; Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images, right.

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Jason Schwartzman and wife welcome baby girl Marlowe

Jason Schwartzman baby daughter Jason Schwartzman won't be "Bored to Death" with his new charge -- a baby daughter delivered to the funnyman and wife Brady Cunningham on Dec. 4.

Indeed, Schwartzman and his bride have kept mum about their bundle for nearly a month, but the Ministry confirmed Monday that she's here and named Marlowe Rivers.

A majority of meanings for the name translate to lake or other small body of water. As a surname, it could be a nod to the English poet Christopher Marlowe.

Schwartzman and Cunningham were married in summer 2009. This is the first bambina for both.

Leave your well-wishes for the family in the comments section below.

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Photo: Jason Schwartzman at the September 2010 premiere of "Bored To Death" Season 2. Credit: Jessica Rinaldi/ Reuters

 


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