Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Peas Please But Christina Goofs, Prince Skips, Celebs Flood Super Bowl

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What a Super Bowl weekend. Prince did what he always does, and canceled a concert at the last minute, leaving everyone high, wet, mad in the Dallas snow. Maybe he checked the two existing federal tax filings for the Goss-Michael Foundation, for which he was supposed to play: the George Michael (the singer) charity finished in the red both in 2007 and 2008. So Prince skipped playing for $1,500 a ticket. Music stars fared unevenly at the Super Bowl. The Black Eyed Peas, Slash, and Usher were all terrific, I thought, during the halftime show. Fergie and Slash were exciting on “Sweet Child O Mine”; she really the greatest voice and has to sing more, not rap. On the other hand, Christina Aguilera looked nuts and sounded worse as she mangled “The Star Spangled Banner.” It was more like the Star-Splattered Banner as she forgot a key line, mashed two others together, and screeched all over the place. Just sing the song, Christina. it doesn’t require a triple somersault!

And then there were the celebs. everyone from Randy Jackson, Ron Howard, and John Travolta to Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher–the latter was spotted sitting just above George W. and Laura Bush. Our spy on the scene, Norah Lawlor, ran into the Yankees’ Mark Texiera, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones, Owen Wilson, Steve Bing, Condoleeza Rice, and Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart. And everyone in the world got to see Cameron Diaz stuffing something into the mouth of boyfriend Alex Rodriguez. Let’s hope it was fat free–we’re just a few weeks from spring training.

Sony had all three of its stars from the almost-released “Just Go with It” there to plug the movie–Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler, and Brooklyn Dekker.

There are lists everywhere on the web of other, more shall we say B listers. Fox imported its “Glee” cast, and Ryan Seacrest with girlfriend Julianne Hough. Also, “X Men” star Hugh Jackman with wife Debra Lee–in pictures, Hugh–who’s bulking up for his next film–is straining through his sport jacket. The best news: that Michael Douglas looked so fit in his commercial and in person. Good work, Michael. Keep getting better!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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