POP ROYALTY Janet Jackson will be the new face of Fort Washington-based weight-loss company Nutrisystem.
She'll star in a national campaign hocking the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and also "write" a book about the benefits of healthy living called True You. She'll also participate in Nurtisystem's new charitable arm, Nutribank.
We commend Nutrisystem's choice of spokewoman. It's impossible to forget her name. It's Janet. It also means she's competing with Charles Barkley, who just this week was named spokesman for Weight Watchers for Men. Let the dieting begin.
The trudge to the Oscars picked up the pace with the announcement yesterday of the Golden Globes nominations, and they are a head-scratcher. For instance, while we thought "My Week with Marilyn" was hilarious, we didn't think it was intentionally funny. That's why we're confused that it's nominated for best comedy along with "The Artist" (the movie with the most nods at six), "50/50," "Bridesmaids" and "Midnight in Paris." Best drama wasn't as Huh?!-inducing, but it was still odd to see merely-OK films "The Ides of March" and "The Help" alongside such prestige pics as "War Horse," "Moneyball," "Hugo" and "The Descendants."
Other big winners include George Clooney, who received an acting nomination for his work in the "The Descendants," and writing and directing nods for "The Ides of March"; and Ryan Gosling, nominated for best actor in a drama, for "The Ides of March" and best actor in a comedy, for "Crazy Stupid Love." Alas, these nominations do not make up for the ultimate snub: Gosling's loss to local boy Bradley Cooper as People's Sexiest Man Alive.
Glenn Close is also a double honoree for "Albert Nobbs," in which she plays an Irish woman masquerading as a man. She was nominated for writing the lyrics to the movie's theme and for best actress in a drama, against Viola Davis in "The Help," Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady," Tilda Swinton in "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and Rooney Mara in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."
Like movies, the best TV categories were also full of snubs and surprises. Slots for best TV drama included "American Horror Story," "Boss," "Boardwalk Empire," "Game of Thrones" and "Homeland." AMC's "Breaking Bad," one of the few shows to get better as it ages, was sadly left out in the cold. Best TV comedy led to a surprise nod for HBO's "Enlightened" - a little show not meant for everyone but one that Lady Tattle loves dearly - but also opened up space for "New Girl" (led by comedy-actress nominee Zooey Deschanel), which we think is more mediocre than note-worthy. "Episodes," "Modern Family" and "Glee" rounded out the category.
The Golden Globes air Jan. 15, and will again be hosted by Ricky Gervais, which should be fun, considering he seemed to tick off everyone in the room last year. Velvet-voiced Morgan Freeman will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, although we would prefer he take on the "Narrating Lady Tattle's Life Award" instead.
Nicholas Sparks announced his best-selling book The Notebook will be made into a Broadway musical.
The love story was previously adapted for the big screen, with Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling.
"The Notebook" joins "Rocky," "Austin Powers" and "Newsies" in the category of movies-turned-musicals.
We enjoyed "The Notebook" for its more weepy qualities. But here's the problem:
The movie shifts between old people in present day and their younger counterparts during World War II.