We're gonna rock down to...Electric Avenue
Also in Tattle: "Californication" ending, Heart supports whales in captivity, MTV names Artist of the Year
LEONARDO DiCAPRIO is getting into the electric race-car business.
Leo, soon to be seen in "The Wolf of Wall Street," announced yesterday that he's partnering with Venturi Automobiles and will enter a team in the FIA Formula E Championship, the first series exclusively for electric cars. The DiCaprio-backed entry is the 10th and final entrant for the open-wheel series set to launch next year.
"The future of our planet depends on our ability to embrace fuel-efficient, clean-energy vehicles," DiCaprio said in a statement. "Venturi Grand Prix has shown tremendous foresight in their decision to create an environmentally friendly racing team, and I am happy to be a part of this effort."
Formula E is slated to debut next September and run through June 2015 on street courses that run through the heart of major cities. Beijing, London and Los Angeles are expected to be on the schedule for the one-hour races intended for electric cars capable of reaching speeds of more than 135 mph with zero emissions.
So get ready, racing fans, for the "One Hour at Le Mans."
Producers of "Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella" said yesterday that Fran Drescher ("The Nanny") will make her Broadway debut Feb. 4 in the show, playing Cinderella's evil yente - uh . . . stepmother. Drescher's 10-week run ends April 13.
* Former "Gossip Girl" star Leighton Meester will make her Broadway debut next year as the beautiful rancher's wife who fascinates Lennie in the revival of "Of Mice and Men."
Producers said yesterday that Meester will join James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in the show, which starts performances in March, at the Longacre Theatre.
O'Dowd will play Lennie. Franco is Squiggy.
* Kick Kennedy, the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy will make her New York stage debut next month in the Greek tragedy "Antigone."
Kick will play the title role in Sophocles' timeless play about a woman willing to die to defend her family's honor. Performances at The Storm Theatre Company's stage, at The Church of Notre Dame, on 114th Street, begin Jan. 10.
* Showtime said yesterday that "Californication," which stars David Duchovny as drug-taking, self-absorbed, hypersexual Hollywood writer Hank Moody, will conclude after a 12-episode final season that begins in April. That will be the show's seventh season.
"Californication" has steadily gained in the ratings, and its sixth season was its most-watched. Showtime didn't give any reason for the series ending.
Maybe they ran out of smutty ideas.
* Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill and Darlene Love - the principal subjects of the documentary film "20 Feet from Stardom" - are set to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the 100th Rose Bowl game in Pasadena.
That probably gets them within five feet of stardom.
Rose Bowl media director Gina Chappin said it's the only time in memory that the national anthem will be performed at a Rose Bowl game by musicians other than a team band.
* The rock bands Heart and Barenaked Ladies, along with country singer Willie Nelson, have canceled their planned performances at SeaWorld in Florida, citing the recent documentary "Blackfish," which raised questions about the effects of captivity on whales.
SeaWorld spokesman Nick Gollattscheck said in a statement that marine park officials respect the performers' decisions but added that they were disappointed that "a small group of misinformed individuals" was able to influence them.
"The bands and artists have a standing invitation to visit any of our parks to see firsthand or to speak to any of our animal experts to learn for themselves how we care for animals and how little truth there is to the allegations made by animal extremist groups opposed to the zoological display of marine mammals," Gollattscheck said.
* That great arbiter of art, MTV, has chosen Miley Cyrus as the best artist of the year.
Sheesh, within one week we learn that Barbara Walters doesn't know the meaning of "fascinating" and that MTV doesn't know the meaning of "art."
Tattle has listened to "Bangerz" and it's a relatively catchy pop album (although citing it as the No. 3 album of the year, as Entertainment Weekly did, is ridiculous).
But for pop music to be elevated to art, it requires either context or an ability to stand the test of time. There's nothing in Miley's nearly naked body of work that enhances or enlightens. There's no worldview behind the songs.
She's TWENTY! Can't pop culture let her record silly dance-party pop songs and twerk around like a sex toy as generations of 20-year-olds did before her and determine down the road if she's Michelangelo?
* The head of a Roma youth singing group says her students were attacked in an eastern Czech town.
Ida Kelarova said 19 singers from the Chavorenge group were attacked by about a dozen men Friday evening in Hodonin. She called the incident "shocking."
Kelarova said yesterday that the attackers targeted four singers and kicked them in front of the others, who included 8-year-old children.
Nobody was seriously injured, but, come on, Czechs. Beating up singing children? The day after "The Sound of Music" aired?
The singers came for rehearsals with the local high school to prepare for two December concerts in the city of Brno with its philharmonic orchestra.
Police spokesman Petr Zamecnik said yesterday that the attackers have not been caught, which is a shame because Tattle chose this item to write the Czech was in the jail.
- Daily News wire services contributed to this report.