Criticism over Lohan's White House dinner invite
WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- Meghan McCain, John McCain's daughter, criticized Fox News' Greta Van Susteren for inviting Lindsay Lohan to Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner.
McCain, who said she still plans to attend the event, took to Twitter to voice her frustration over the invitation for Lohan, who has had a checkered past, The Washington Post reported Friday.
"Let me get this straight Greta Van [Susteren] is bringing Lindsay Lohan to the WHC Dinner but has a moral offense to Louie C.K?" she wrote.
McCain was referring to Van Susteren's blog post last month in which she refused to attend the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association Dinner because they hired "the pig, Louis C.K., to be their headliner." Van Susteren took offense to jokes Louis C.K. had made at the expense of Sarah Palin's son Trig, who has Down syndrome.
Meanwhile, Lohan missed her Friday afternoon flight from Los Angeles to Washington, sparking concerns the actress would be unable to attend the event, E! Online reported. She was spotted boarding a red-eye flight, giving her plenty of time to make the Saturday evening dinner.
Lohan "changed her flight; simple as that. No issues [and] she is looking forward to the dinner," her representative told E!
Jazz fest not tripped up by cancellations
NEW ORLEANS, April 28 (UPI) -- Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Buffett and Cee Lo Green were announced as last-minute headliners for the New Orleans Jazz Fest after several cancellations.
John Mayer, Eddie Vedder and Jill Scott all cancelled their appearances at the 43rd New Orleans Jazz Fest, which began Friday and goes through Sunday, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.
Health problems kept Mayer (throat) and Vedder (back) from appearing, while Jill Scott bowed out to film a remake of "Steel Magnolias," the newspaper said.
Happenstance allowed organizers to fill the gaps with the equally big names of Springsteen and the E Street Band, Buffett and Green.
The trio join The Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Foo Fighters, the Beach Boys, Al Green, Florence + the Machine, Bon Iver, Frankie Beverly and Maze, the Zac Brown Band, Bonnie Raitt, and Ne-Yo, in addition to dozens of local New Orleans acts, the newspaper said.
Seacrest NBC contract includes 'Today'
LOS ANGELES, April 28 (UPI) -- U.S. television and radio personality Ryan Seacrest has signed a two-year contract with NBC, extending his duties to the "Today" show and prime time news.
As part of the deal, Seacrest will scale back his presence on E! and become a special correspondent for "Today" and will contribute to NBC prime time news, entertainment programming and Olympics coverage this summer, The Hollywood Reporter said Friday.
"We look forward to his continued role on E! and to having him appear on many new places across NBCUniversal, including the Today show and at the Olympics," said NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke. "This is a great example of how NBCUniversal is able to provide the perfect home for some of the best people in the business."
"I'm especially looking forward to working with all the stellar on-air talents and producing executives involved in NBC's news, entertainment and sports divisions, and I'm eager and excited to take on this broader new role," Seacrest said.
Seacrest last week renewed his contract with "American Idol," signing on for another two years as host for $30 million. The dollar amount on his NBCUniversal contract was not reported.
Cannon, Carey renew vows in Paris
PARIS, April 28 (UPI) -- Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey renewed their wedding vows atop the Eiffel Tower in Paris, People reported.
The couple, who will celebrate their four-year wedding anniversary Monday, flew into France Friday for the ceremony later that night.
"Tonight was an incredible night," Carey Tweeted. "I can't express how amazing it was to renew our vows in Paris at the top of the Eiffel Tower."
Carey wore a white mermaid dress with spaghetti straps and a black bow, and Cannon was in a white suit with a black tie, the magazine reported.
Following the renewal ceremony, the parents of 1-year-old twins were spotted having dinner at Le Jules Verne restaurant at the Eiffel Tower.
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