Marilyn Manson voted creepiest celeb [Detroit Free Press]
(Detroit Free Press (MI) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 24--Marilyn Manson might not have the shock value he had back in the early 1990s, but he's still king of the creeps, according to a new E-Poll Market Research study.
Following the "Dope Show" singer on this new list of America's creepiest celebrities is Pee-wee Herman actor Paul Reubens, former Detroit Pistons rebounding machine Dennis Rodman, satellite radio king and "America's Got Talent" judge Howard Stern and actor-comedian Andy Dick.
E-Poll Market Research, a consumer research company, says it does an annual survey querying 1,100 people from various income, age, education and geographic demographics to represent a cross-section of the U.S. population.
Some of the other creepy and the kooky include "Anger Management" star Charlie Sheen (No. 6), magic man Criss Angel (No. 10), Lindsay-loving mother Dina Lohan (No. 12) and Lady Gaga (No. 13).
Tom Hardy cast as 'Rocketman' Elton John
Focus Features announced Wednesday that Tom Hardy will play pop star Elton John in an upcoming biopic titled "Rocketman," according to the Associated Press. The film is planned to begin shooting late next year.
Hardy, 36, is a British actor well respected for his wide-ranging talent. But his brawny, tattooed frame --which made him perfect to play Batman nemesis Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises" -- makes him an intriguing choice to play the eccentric John. Hardy has also flexed his acting chops and muscles in films like "Warrior," "Lawless" and "Bronson."
No word yet if "Rocketman" will include Eminem. At the Grammys in 2001, John joined Em on stage for his performance of "Stan," and it's now considered one of the most memorable moments in Grammy history. The two have been friends ever since and Em has said in past interviews that John helped him regain his sobriety.
-- MTV announced Wednesday that Snoop Dogg, Robin Thicke, Afrojack and Imagine Dragons will be performing at the "2013 MTV EMA," which is scheduled to air at 7 p.m. Nov. 10. Previously announced perfromers include Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and the Killers, along with the evening's MC Redfoo of LMFAO, backstage host Ariana Grande and presenter Ron Burgundy of "Anchorman 2" (Will Ferrell).
-- The Jackson-based Michigan Shakespeare Festival announced Wednesday that it will perform "Macbeth" and "Romeo and Juliet" during its 2013-14 touring season, which is scheduled to commence Nov. 4 and conclude May 30. For more: www.michiganshakespearefestival.com. To schedule a performance, contact Hannah Noth at MSFTour@aol.com.
-- The Smiths' 1986 disc "The Queen is Dead" has been named the greatest album of all time, according to NME.com. The British music publication says it had current and former NME critics vote for their favorites when compiling its list ranking 500 albums. NME's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time issue is available now via digital download or on newsstands.
-- According to a new Adweek survey of media buyers about the 2013-14 fall season, 30 seconds of ad time for NBC's "Sunday Night Football" costs $570,000, making it the most expensive show on which to buy advertising. The most expensive non-sports show, CBS's "The Big Bang Theory," runs at $326,230.
-- Sharon Stone, 55, Wednesday received the Nobel Peace Summit Award from the Dalai Lama in Warsaw, Poland, for her work in "fighting against the tragedy of HIV/AIDS," reports the U.K.'s Daily Mail. Previously, the Nobel Peace Summit Award has been given to Sean Penn, Bono, George Clooney and Don Cheadle.
-- Actress Sophia Loren, 79, who once served time in an Italian jail for tax evasion, has been handed a victory in a nearly 40-year-long battle over back taxes, USA Today reports. The Rome-based Court of Cassation ruled Wednesday the movie star and beauty icon was right when calculating tax owed on her 1974 income. Loren's tax experts, applying one of Italy's not-infrequent tax amnesties, calculated that she owed tax on 60% of her income that year, but tax officials insisted she should have paid on 70%. The top court decided that Loren was right.
-- YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley shared a video Wednesday with his new app called MixBit. And lucky us, that video is of Kanye West proposing to Kim Kardashian. West brings his Yeezus tour to the Palace of Auburn Hills on Nov. 10.
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