Chenoweth recovering from injuries, and grateful


NEW YORK — Kristin Chenoweth says she’s still on the mend after suffering injuries in July while filming the CBS legal drama “The Good Wife.”

Appearing on “Live! with Kelly & Michael” on Friday, the pixyish actress offered details of the accident, which happened during a New York location shoot.

An overhead lighting rig collapsed, she said, striking her in the face, slamming her to the ground and knocking her out.

When she woke up, co-star Josh Charles was holding her hand. “He’s my angel,” she said.

Chenoweth, 44, said she continues to recover from a skull fracture and rib, neck and back injuries. But she called herself “blessed” the mishap wasn’t worse.

Although forced to withdraw from her recurring role on “The Good Wife,” she’ll appear on its Sept. 30 season premiere.

‘Twilight’s’ Kristen Stewart back in the spotlight

TORONTO — “Twilight’s” newest vampire re-emerged in public at the Toronto Film Festival.

Kristen Stewart made her first public appearance in nearly two months Thursday night to promote her latest movie. The 22-year star went into lockdown mode after she publicly apologized for having a tryst with the married director of her last film, “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

For her return, hundreds of fans eagerly gathered early in the morning Thursday, awaiting her walk on the red carpet for “On the Road.” It’s based on the classic Jack Kerouac novel, and one of Stewart’s favorite books.

“I’m somebody that has loved the book their whole life,” Stewart said, first reading it at age 14.

Stewart posed for photographers, spoke to a few television crews — while paired with co-star Garret Hedlund — and signed lots of autographs for fans.

Dressed in a slinky, floral Zuhair Murad dress, the young actress held her head high but, at times, showed signs of nervousness. On several occasions, she broke away from the press line to greet fans behind the barricade.

It seemed her fans were providing the support she needed to carry on through the mobbed press event.

In July, Stewart acknowledged having an affair with 41-year old director Rupert Sanders. That announcement had a rippling effect, putting an end to her romantic relationship with “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson.

Ricki Lake brings updated talk show, life to TV

LOS ANGELES — Ricki Lake was a babe in the talk show woods when her syndicated program launched nearly two decades ago.

Looking back at the 24-year-old actress she was then, Lake pronounces the 1993 career move “a little bit presumptuous,” although “Ricki Lake” quickly won over a young-adult audience that wanted a peppy take on life and love from someone like them.

“I didn’t know what I was signing up for. I didn’t know how to host a show. I didn’t know who I was or have a point of view. I basically was grateful to have the job,” recalls Lake. “I thought, ‘Great, I can pay my rent for six months.’”

Lake, who turns 44 this month, has been changed by marriage, children, divorce and remarriage. So have her ambitions for her return to the daytime arena with “The Ricki Lake Show,” debuting Monday (check local listings).

“I have a specific point of view and a vision and a sense of who I am at this point in my life,” she said. “Not that I have it all figured out, but growth comes with age and life experience.”

Cowell trashes ‘The Voice’ for schedule move

LOS ANGELES — Simon Cowell just uncorked some of the most withering criticism of his career. But it wasn’t directed at some hapless contestant on Fox’s “The X Factor” — this time, his ire was pointed at “The Voice,” his main competition in televised singing shows.

Cowell unloaded his scorn after NBC added a third night to “The Voice’s” season premiere, which airs next Monday, Tuesday and now Wednesday. The latter date officially conflicts with “The X Factor’s” season premiere, and Cowell is, shall we say, unhappy about it.

“This is a cynical, cold-hearted, unprofessional way of doing business,” he said to TMZ, citing a previous “gentlemen’s agreement” that kept to the similar shows in different time slots.

He even resuscitated a late ’90s diva rivalry Between “X Factor” judge Britney Spears and “The Voice’s” Christina Aguilera, declaring that “Britney’s not going to appreciate the fact that Christina — who has been a bit of a rival — isn’t allowing Britney to have a night of her own.”

“The reason they’ve done this is they don’t want people to see ‘X Factor’ because they’ve heard how good the series is. They don’t want their audience to see Britney Spears,” he said.

This isn’t the first time Cowell has tussled with “The Voice.” When that show made its British debut, it went up against Cowell’s “Britain’s Got Talent,” and “The Voice” lost in a ratings war.


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