Mayor Rahm Emanuel is to appear on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon, making good on his promise after the host came to Chicago in March and jumped into the icy Lake Michigan, The Associated Press reports.
The mayor’s office and NBC officials said Thursday that Emanuel will appear on the show June 3.
The pair made a deal earlier this year. If Fallon did the “Polar Plunge” on March 2 then Emanuel would appear on Fallon’s show in New York.
Emanuel took the quick, but frigid dip first wearing a T-shirt and shorts. Fallon went next, dressed in a full suit and tie. It was 10 degrees outside and the water temperature was 32.
The annual event drew several thousand plungers, raising more than $1 million for Special Olympics Chicago.
Six Iranians who were jailed May 18 for creating a video of themselves dancing to Pharrell's hit "Happy" have been freed, bringing with them tales of abuse at the hands of police, People reports.
Reihane Taravati, one of the women in the video and the sister of the clip's director Siavash Taravati, announced via Facebook that they had been freed Wednesday. Their account of the time they spent in the Vozara police station in Tehran is rife with instances of alleged abuse: They were not permitted to use toilet facilities, were placed in solitary confinement and were forced to strip naked and perform squats.
Tehran police chief Hossein Sajedinia ordered the arrest of the six for their "obscene video clip that offended the public morals," later forcing the group to repent on state TV.
Pharrell commented on the incident on his Facebook page, posting a photograph of the group and writing, "It is beyond sad that these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness."
Interestingly, Iran President Hassan Rouhani tweeted the following cryptic statement Wednesday.
"#Happiness is our people's right. We shouldn't be too hard on behaviors caused by joy." 29/6/2013
Though presumably not intended to be taken as a political statement, it does suggest that Iran's president is perhaps at odds with Tehran's police force on the group's arrest.
Could Caleb Johnson's victory on “American Idol” take the show in an entirely new direction going forward?
If you ask the newly crowned champion – whose unconventional looks and powerful rock sound ultimately won over the audience this season – his answer is a resounding yes, People reports.
"I think for me, winning opens doors to all types of shapes and sizes and genres to come on the show and kill it," he told reporters Wednesday night shortly after his big win. "I'm probably the antithesis of what American Idols have been."
The Asheville, N.C., native, who emerged victorious despite a vocal cord hemorrhage just before the finals, said his look and sound is so different than most American Idol champions that even eventual runner-up Jena Irene Asciutto's mom doubted he could win.
"It's funny because Jena's mom couldn't picture me as the American Idol, she told me that," he said. "I mean, seriously, look at me, it's so crazy to me!"
"I think this is the first season that a rock singer has won," he also said. "Not just pop rock but actual rock 'n roll. And some of the viewers that watch didn't like it because they are used to the show being very nice-looking people and I think that this is so cool ... and incredibly humbling."
Johnson's win is even sweeter because it comes after two failed attempts on previous seasons.
"After the past seasons, I went home and I busted my butt, wrote music and played out shows and I just worked and worked and worked and worked," he said. "That's why I'm so comfortable now on stage as you see me. It's just a natural thing because all the groundwork I did at home."
Now, Johnson will focus on a new album to be released in August – while mulling over unconventional ideas including a "zombie rock opera" – and will seemingly take the lessons he learned while on the show with him as he attempts to advance his career.
"You have to embrace the people that love you because you're making a difference in people's lives and you're making them feel something with your music," he said. "That I think is the biggest key: to stay grounded and focused and stay true to who you are as a person."
Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett has been released from jail following his arrest at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for refusing to cooperate with police, the AP reports.
Authorities say the 59-year-old network anchor was arrested about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Northern Lights Grill in the main terminal. Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Patrick Hogan says officers reported that Jarrett seemed intoxicated, acted belligerently and refused to follow their orders.
He was booked into the Hennepin County Jail on a preliminary charge of obstructing the legal process by interfering with a peace officer. The jail’s website shows that Jarrett posted $300 bond and was released early Thursday.
A Fox News spokeswoman issued this statement Thursday: "We were made aware late last night that Gregg Jarrett was arrested in Minneapolis yesterday and charged with a misdemeanor. He is dealing with serious personal issues at this time. A date at which Gregg might return to air has yet to be determined."
It seems that 10-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis has found her own Daddy Warbucks — in the form of Giorgio Armani, E! News reports.
The youngest Academy Awards nominee ever can add yet another impressive achievement to her resume: she's new face of Armani Junior. The pint-sized performer appeared in a tailored satin suite accessorized with a pup on her shoulder in the kids brand's latest add, showing off just how adorable high fashion can be.
"I'm so happy to be chosen by Mr. Armani to be his ambassador for Armani Junior," Wallis told The Hollywood Reporter. "I felt the same excitement when I got cast for a major film. Me? Wow!"
And it seems the feelings mutual.
"Quvenzhane is so talented, despite her young age," Armani told THR of his latest casting. "Her kindness, curiosity, and openness towards others really struck me, as they are all traits I admire."
This isn't her first encounter with the exclusive fashion label either. The teacup starlet wore a navy tulle Armani gown and shawl to the Academy Awards back in 2013.
“The Beasts of the Southern Wild“ star recently wrapped a remake of the Broadway-hit-turned-blockbuster ”Annie,” appearing alongside Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz. The film is due in theaters Christmas Day of this year.
Jay Z has called close friend Kanye West to headline his “Budweiser Made in America” festival in Philadelphia.
Kings of Leon, Pharrell and Tiesto will also play the two-day festival over Labor Day weekend on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Jay Z will also hold the festival simultaneously in Los Angeles. Performers will be announced later.
Other artists to take the stage in Philadelphia include the National, De La Soul, Steve Aoki, J. Cole, Girl Talk and Awolnation.
Jay Z launched the festival 2012. Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails were the headliners last year.