March 21, 2008

People – Matt Lauer Braces for Mean Jokes

Matt Lauer must have really thick skin.

The "Today" show co-anchor will be the center of attention - and the target of insults and general humiliation - at an upcoming Friars Club celebrity roast. Things could get ugly: The Roastmaster is Lauer's longtime colleague and friend Al Roker , who knows him as well as anyone.

"I fully plan to, like, bring an iPod in my sport jacket and run the headsets up to where they can't see it into my ears so I won't even hear half of it," Lauer told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

Lauer, 50, joked: "From what I understand, you basically go in, you pad yourself, you take medication and you sit there and you just kind of brace for the worst."

Lauer said there will be no TV broadcast of the roast, which will be presented Oct. 24 at the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan.

Dick Van Dyke keeps moving

Dick Van Dyke may be 82, but he can still get 14 syllables into a single word.

Van Dyke sang "Supercalifragilisticexpialido cious" earlier this week at the Geffen Playhouse during a tribute to actress Annette Bening and studio chief Robert A. Iger . The ceremony honored their efforts to support the arts - live theater in particular.

Van Dyke even recreated bit of the choreography from "Mary Poppins" with the current Broadway stars of "Poppins" and "Mermaid," Ashley Brown and Sierra Boggess .

"The secret to keeping moving," Van Dyke said, "is keeping moving."

Not coincidentally, Julie Andrews , 72, served as co-chair of the tribute with Van Dyke.

Shia LaBeouf charge dismissed

Shia LaBeouf has pleaded not guilty to an unlawful smoking charge.

Attorney Michael Norris entered the plea on behalf of the 21- year-old actor Wednesday, a day after a judge issued a $1,000 bench warrant for LaBeouf's arrest. The bench warrant, which didn't contain details on the circumstances or the location of the offense, was dismissed.

LaBeouf, who was cited last month, was scheduled to be arraigned on the misdemeanor charge but he failed to appear at Tuesday's hearing.

A hearing is set for April 24. If convicted, the "Transformers" star faces a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.

- From Our Press Services


Today's birthdays

Actor Al Freeman Jr. , 74; actress Kathleen Widdoes ("As the World Turns"), 69; singer Solomon Burke , 68; keyboardist Rose Stone of Sly and the Family Stone, 63; actor Timothy Dalton , 62; actor Matthew Broderick , 46; guitarist Andrew Copeland of Sister Hazel, 40; DJ Premier of Gang Starr, 39.

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