BARBARA WALTERS TAPES FINAL “THE VIEW”
NEW YORK (AP) — They came — because she was leaving. Oprah Winfrey and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton were among those who turned out for Barbara Walters’ final edition of “The View.” Waters will step away from the on-camera scene after today’s episode, ending a five-decade career on TV. Michael Douglas — a friend and frequent subject of Walters’ interviews was also on hand. Walters is 84. And she says she will continue to do some work for ABC News — just won’t be doing a lot of it on camera.
“AMERICAN IDOL”: JENA VS. CALEB
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thirteen is turning out to be Jena Irene’s number. She makes it to the finale of Season 13 of “American Idol” — and she was a wild card pick for the top 13. She and Caleb Johnson will be singing for the Idol crown next week. He had made it as far as Hollywood Week on two earlier seasons. But Alex Preston doesn’t make it. He was cut last night. However, Preston gets to sing with Jazon Marz for the finale. Johnson and Kiss will perform together, as will Irene and Paramore.
COLUMBUS SHORT PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO BATTERY CHARGE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Columbus Short has pleaded not guilty to a felony battery charge. The former “Scandal” actor is charged in Los Angeles for what authorities say was a fight that seriously injured a man at a West Hollywood restaurant in March. Short was in court for a brief arraignment hearing on the case. The judge agreed with prosecutors that the injuries the man suffered in the case keeps it from being fast-tracked — in other words, settled before a preliminary hearing is held. Short is due back in court June 5 to set a date for the preliminary hearing, in which prosecutors lay out their case against the defendant before a judge, who decides whether the matter should go to trial.
CARRIE FISHER MUM ON “STAR WARS” REPRIEVE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carrie Fisher doesn’t have a lot to say about her return to the “Star Wars” movie series. But she isn’t saying much about it — because she says she’d “get in trouble” for leaking any information about it. Fisher is 57 and was in Los Angeles earlier this week to celebrate her mom, Debbie Reynolds — whose collection of Hollywood memorabilia is being auctioned off this weekend.
“GODZILLA” – AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aaron Taylor-Johnson would have loved to jump out of an airplane for his role in “Godzilla.” It just didn’t work out that way. Taylor-Johnson says he got to jump out of a plane that was still on the landing strip and jokes it was “pretty intense.” Director Gareth Edwards promised to take Taylor-Johnson skydiving for real as a birthday present, but they haven’t done it yet. Taylor-Johnson says Edward couldn’t do it because he was editing “Godzilla,” and then Taylor-Johnson was working on another movie. Taylor-Johnson says the longer they put it off, the more he questions whether he really wants to do it. “Godzilla” opens today.
EDIE FALCO DOING WORK
LOS ANGELES (AP) — You know you may hear women in Hollywood complain that there aren’t as many roles being written for women? Edie Falco, it’s just the opposite. She says at age 50, she is still getting her share of quality work. She says the opportunities she has are getting “better and more rewarding and fuller.” After six seasons of playing mob wife Carmela on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” Falco now plays Jackie Peyton, an ER nurse addicted to prescription drugs, on Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.” Season 6 finds Jackie caught up in a relapse to prescription pills.
DENVER (AP) — A man who lives near Oprah Winfrey says she’s getting in the way of her new neighbors. So, a man who owns the property in Telluride, Colorado, is suing the former talk show host. Charles D. Goodman says Oprah was able to get a deal to close access to roads and paths that cross her property, which she bought for $10.9 back in March.
MICHELLE DOCKERY SELLING GOWN OFF
LONDON (AP) — Some people give the shirts off their back. But “Downton Abbey” star Michelle Dockery is trying to get someone to buy the dress off her back. She is selling off the eye-catching gown she wore to last year’s Emmy Awards — with proceeds to help victims of the Syria civil war. Christie’s auction house says the Prada dress, which features a red halter-style top and burgundy skirt — will be sold off June 20. The gown is expected to fetch between $5,000 and $8,400.