Idina Menzel has let it go.
The “Frozen” star isn’t upset by John Travolta’s “Adele Dazeem” mishap at Sunday’s Oscars, E! News reports.
“She laughed it off,” the source said. “She thought it was so funny. She was like, ‘What are you going to do?’ ”
In fact, Menzel gave Travolta a hug backstage after her “Let It Go” performance.
“The Oscars were a dream come true for Idina,” the source said. “She wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of that.”
In a post-performance tweet, Menzel said, “That was crazy balls. What a night.”
And then Monday, she tweeted, “Still pinching myself over my entire #Oscars experience. Dream come true.”
Menzel returned to the spotlight Monday night on the “Tonight Show,” performing “Let It Go” while host Jimmy Fallon and The Roots played toy instruments.
Another source told E! News Monday that Travolta had no problem with her name during show rehearsal on Saturday.
“He knew how to say her name,” the source said. “No one knows what happened. Maybe nerves just got the best of him.”
Reps for Travolta and Menzel have yet to comment on the controversy.
Courtesy of Slate, people can now “Travoltify” their names using a widget that mocks the actor’s mistake.
Several celebs have tweeted their Travoltified names, including Sarah Michelle Gellar (“Seonaidh Migiller”), Kat Dennings (“Kurt Dorniels”), Zachary Quinto (“Malachy Smotckins”) and Jessica Biel (“Jennifer Borfes”).
From former child stars to young musicians, the 18th season of “Dancing With the Stars” is filled with an eclectic mix of competitors. But the most interesting may be the casting of Meryl Davis and Charlie White, People reports.
Davis, 27, and White, 26, ruled the rink at last month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, winning the gold medal in ice dancing. Now they’ll battle in the ballroom — but against each other for the mirror ball trophy. White will dance with Sharna Burgess, while Davis will shimmy with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Valentin’s brother, who is back after taking last season off.
The 12 new contestants on ABC’s hit show were announced Tuesday morning on “Good Morning America.”
• Amy Purdy, 34, is a former “Amazing Race” contestant and U.S. Paralympic snowboarder who, at 19, contracted Neisseria meningitis and had both legs amputated below the knee. She will dance with last season’s pro champ, Derek Hough.
• Billy Dee Williams, 76, is the singer and actor who played Lando Calrissian in the “Star Wars” films. He will dance with Emma Slater.
• Candace Cameron Bure, 37, a mom to three, is best known for her role as D.J. Tanner on ’90s sitcom “Full House.” The sister of fellow former child star Kirk Cameron, she will dance with Mark Ballas.
• Danica McKellar, 39, is another former child star who will slip on her dancing shoes this season. Now an author of math books, McKellar played adorable brainiac Winnie Cooper in another ’90s hit, “The Wonder Years.”
• Cody Simpson, 17, is an Australian pop singer signed to Justin Bieber manager Scooter Braun’s label. He will dance with newcomer Witney Carson.
• Diana Nyad, 64, is a long-distance swimmer who made Barbara Walters’ list of the most fascinating people of 2013 after remarkably swimming from Cuba to Florida. She will dance with newbie Henry Byalikov.
• Drew Carey, 55, comedian and host of “The Price Is Right,” will pair off with Cheryl Burke.
• James Maslow, 23, is the former star of Nickelodeon’s “Big Time Rush” and a member of the boy band of the same name. He will dance with Peta Murgatroyd.
• NeNe Leakes, 46, a former actress on “The New Normal,” has also lent her famous face to reality TV on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Celebrity Apprentice” and “I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding.” She will partner with Tony Dovolani.
• Sean Avery, 33, is a former NHL player who has also worked in fashion and as a model and restaurateur. He’s employed at creative advertising agency Lipman in New York City. He will dance with Karina Smirnoff.
The new season kicks off March 17 with Erin Andrews as the new co-host with Tom Bergeron.
Teresa Giudice has pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud, People reports.
After arriving hand-in-hand with husband Joe Giudice on Tuesday, the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star stood before the judge in the U.S. District Court in Newark and pleaded guilty to the counts, including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and three counts of bankruptcy fraud.
“Today I took responsibility for a series of mistakes I made several years ago,” said Giudice in a statement given to People by her lawyer.
The Giudices originally pleaded not guilty last November, but both entered guilty pleas Tuesday as part of a reported deal that could still mean prison time for both.
“I am heartbroken that this is affecting my family. Especially my four young daughters, who mean more to me than anything in the world,” Teresa said in the statement.
Although she won’t be sentenced until July 8, Teresa faces 21 to 27 months in federal prison, according to her attorney, while Joe will likely serve between 37 and 46 months. The attorney also says they have the right to ask for probation.
The couple asked for separate trials last month, with the hopes of Teresa walking away free and clear. But now Teresa says she is ready to own up to her involvement and pay the price.
“I have said throughout that I respect the legal process and thus, I intend to address the court directly at sentencing,” she said in her statement. “I will describe the choices I made, continue to take responsibility for my decision and express my remorse to Judge Salas and the public.”
Carl Kasell, the famed voice of NPR News for three decades turned comedy star of “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!,” has announced he’s stepping down this spring after a five-decade career in broadcasting, the network announced Tuesday. Kasell will record his final broadcast for “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” this spring; celebration shows are planned in the show’s home city of Chicago and in Washington, D.C.
In a reversal of a popular show prize, NPR also welcomes fans to leave the Kasell voicemails by calling 1-888-Wait-Wait (1-888-924-8924; select the second option).
After a three-decade career as a signature voice of the network’s newscasts, Kasell became an audience favorite in an unexpected comedy role, as the official judge and scorekeeper of “Wait, Wait …Don’t Tell Me!” Among the program’s most popular quiz segments were those built around Kasell impersonating newsmakers and celebrities from the week’s headlines.
Kasell’s relationship with the NPR audience dates back to his 30 years as the newscaster for NPR’s “Morning Edition,” through 2009.
“My favorite time at NPR has been ‘Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!’ It was loads of fun and gave me a chance to meet and talk in person to the audiences that I felt I had known for so many years on the air,” says Kasell. “I can honestly say I am the luckiest man around to be able to have worked at a job I love for so many years. It’s truly been a joy for me.”
In retirement, Kasell will become scorekeeper emeritus of “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” He will continue to record custom voicemail greetings for the show’s lucky winners and continue to occasionally appear on the program. Thanks to the long-standing and much-coveted prize, more than 2,200 people have Kasell’s voice on their home answering machines and cell phones — where he has performed everything from “What’s New Pussycat” to “Rapper’s Delight.”
We’re calling 2014 the Year of the Pizza Guy.
The world has been introduced to Big Mama and Papa’s Pizzeria, the restaurant Ellen DeGeneres had deliver to the Oscars, but what about the man behind the pizza?
DeGeneres had Big Mama and Papa’s co-owner, Edgar Martirosyan, on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Monday afternoon to speak about his rise from unassuming pizza delivery guy to Oscars star.
He had been told he was delivering to the show’s writers, so it was as much a surprise to him as to anyone else when DeGeneres led him onstage. He said the highlight of the evening was meeting Julia Roberts, the “woman in dreams” of his youth in Moscow.
And DeGeneres had another surprise in store: She pulled out Pharrell’s hat, filled with about $600 she’d collected from the audience. To that, she added $400 from her own pocket and handed the cash to Edgar.
How’s that for a night’s work, Edgar?