Amy left her heart with Tony Bennett
:Daybreak’s afternoon walk through the world of pop culture finds a really cool duet, a star’s return to her sudsy roots, Country Hank, and more.
APPEAL FOR ALL AGES: Should be a keeper. Per the AP, “Amy Winehouse's final recording, a duet with Tony Bennett, will be released as a charity single for a foundation set up in her name, her family said Thursday. "Body and Soul" will go on sale in September, with proceeds going to the newly established Amy Winehouse Foundation.
The two singers recorded the pop standard in March at London's Abbey Road Studios for Bennett's forthcoming "Duets II" album. Winehouse, who had struggled for years with drug and alcohol addiction, was found dead at her London home on July 23, aged 27.” http://apne.ws/qeIm7G
BACKGROUND: On the Jerry Lewis ouster as host of the MDA telethon, per the L.A. Times, “The 85-year old Lewis has hosted the telethon since it began in 1966, turning a generic fund-raising event into a fixture of the entertainment calendar and raising more than $2 billion for the disease. But his involvement hasn't been without controversy in recent years. In 2007, Lewis nearly let slip a homophobic epithet. In the last few months the question of his relationship with the telethon has grown more complicated. In May, news surfaced that Lewis would host his last telethon in 2011. Lewis denied the report. At TCA, he reportedly said to journalists that "it's none of your business" when they asked about his future association with the event.” http://lat.ms/qV1ZUp
HEY, AREN’T YOU. . ?: Per People, “Shopping brings joy to most ladies and Angelina Jolie is no exception. She was spotted on Thursday in one of the world's largest toy shops, Hamleys on Regent Street in London, with daughter Zahara, 6½. Perhaps the duo were picking out the perfect gift for big brother Maddox, who turns 10 Friday. "It was a very private visit," the Hamleys spokesperson told PEOPLE.” http://bit.ly/qSHlsC
BECAUSE YOU CARE: Per E!, “Kate Bosworth had a man by her side last night—and it wasn't Alexander Skarsgård. Amid recent reports that the blond starlet and the True Blood hunk have called it quits, Bosworth raised eyebrows when she hit Coldplay's Samsung AT&T Summer Krush concert in Los Angeles with Michael Polish, director and screenwriter of her upcoming flick Big Sur. "During the show, they were very cuddly," a fellow concertgoer tells us.” http://eonli.ne/prVOGn
ICK, ICK and ICK: Per Radar, “Thylane Loubry Blondeau is the most talked about model in France these days -- even if she's not quite finished with elementary school. Yes Blondeau, only 10-years-old, is drawing tons of attention for her role in the French Vogue’s feature pictorial "Quel maquillage à quel âge?" -- or in English, “What makeup at what age?” -- in which she's fully made up, preening and posing in a sultry, seductive manner befitting of adults, along with two other preteens.” http://bit.ly/qhm2Gs
POLITICO BLINK: “There's more overlap between Tim Pawlenty's Iowa-based consultant and an outside group that'll have a presence at the Ames Straw Poll. The ONE Campaign, a global nonprofit led by U2 frontman Bono, will be setting up a booth in Ames to raise awareness about eliminating poverty and preventable disease. Special GOP guests include Rich Galen, Tony Fratto and Alex Vogel.” http://politi.co/pMLTOO
AH, PIERS? We really need to talk. Per the AP, “CNN's star interviewer Piers Morgan, a former tabloid newspaper editor, faced calls Thursday to return to Britain to explain what he knows about the country's phone hacking scandal - though a key Parliamentary committee said it won't formally demand that he testify.” http://apne.ws/qh5CL5
BACK TO HER ROOTS: “Buffy” gets sudsy one last time, but briefly. Per Deadline, “Sarah Michelle Gellar confirmed this morning at TCA while promoting her new CW series Ringer that she'll be going back to the soap opera on which she cut her acting teeth, All My Children, before the canceled ABC soap departs the air.” http://bit.ly/mVbbB0
TWANG & CROON: Per Rolling Stone, “The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams, a new collection of previously unheard songs by the country great recorded by artists such as Bob Dylan, Jack White, Norah Jones and Levon Helm, will be released on October 4th. The set, which will be issued on Dylan's imprint Egyptian Records, was originally conceived by veteran A&R executive Mary Martin as a Dylan-centric project, but eventually evolved into a multi-artist tribute to the late singer-songwriter.” http://bit.ly/rfB6IV