Broadway song-and-dance man - and sometime wolfiedude -
will host the 81st Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Feb. 22, organizers announced yesterday.
Hugh, 40, who reached the pinnacle of his career recently when he was named People's Sexiest Man Alive, is not an obvious choice. The job usually goes to comedians - who go on to make the flattest, most asinine jokes of their careers. (Previous victims include
But Hugh, whose hirsute
character Wolverine has a skeleton fortified with the metal alloy adamantium (
. . .), is no slouch when it comes to kudosfests: He was twice nominated for an Emmy for hosting the Tonys, winning in '05.
, is taking clothing vendor Pardon (
, indeed) to court for marketing bags bearing a b&w image of her in the buff. (The '93 photo doesn't give French President
's wife the image befitting her station.) Carla seeks $165,200 in damages, which she says she will give to charity. Nary a comment - or a
- from Pardon.
never informed the show that
, who auditioned for the show in '05, had stalked her for years. Goodspeed recently was found dead outside Abdul's house, an apparent suicide. Abdul claims producers knew the obsessed fan was potentially dangerous. The
judge claims folks at Fox thought Goodspeed would be perfect bait for
's insults. Meanwhile, rumors persist that Abdul is "as good as gone" from
, to quote MSNBC.com, which cites anon sources who say Abdul wants to quit.
will help celebrate the Academy of Music's 152d anniversary with a concert, dinner and gala ball on Jan. 24. The event will feature performances by the Philadelphia Orchestra, with guest star singer-songwriter
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and his wife,
, on Wednesday welcomed their second son,
Naviyd Ely Raymond
. Their first,
Usher Raymond V
, was born last November. Tameka has three kids from a previous marriage.