Welcome to the Short List, where you’ll find all the news and entertainment tidbits worth digesting for the day.
In this edition, Aretha’s getting hitched, Rosie’s being dissed, Demi’s playing feminist and so much more!
*Fabulous hat-wearer Aretha Franklin has just announced her engagement to her longtime friend William “Willie” Wilkerson. The 69-year-old gay icon is considering a fabulous summer wedding in Miami. A lady after our own heart! [Daily Mail]
*Demi Moore has joined the cast of Lovelace, a biopic about the life of Deep Throat-er Linda Lovelace. She’ll play Gloria Steinem, the legendary feminist who used Lovelace as the face of an anti-porn crusade. Break out the groovy Aviator glasses and fierce attitude, Dem. [Deadline]
*Rosie O’Donnell was denied entry to Diddy‘s New Years bash in Miami, even though Mr. Combs had personally invited her. The door bitches didn’t seem to appreciate the fact that, like a true lesbian, “she rolled up casually dressed with six people in tow.” Couldn’t Ro’s pretty new fiancee make them play dress-up? [Page Six]
*If that long-rumored biopic ever gets made, Elton John wants Justin Timberlake to play him. Sir Elton also said the only way he’d get on the radio at this point was is if he collaborates with Lady Gaga or Kanye. “As Elton John, my days on pop radio are over, and I know that and I accept it and I’m not unhappy about it. It’s a different time of my life now, and it gives me the freedom to do whatever kind of music I want to do.” [LAT]
*Last night on the first episode of It’s a Brad, Brad World, reality star/stylist Brad Goreski discussed his falling-out with former boss Rachel Zoe and indicated he was sad he hasn’t been allowed to meet her new baby, Skyler. Our future boyfriend also just landed a gig as Kate Spade’s “exclusive brand stylist.” Does that make him rich and famous? Swoon. [HollywoodLife]
*The tragic drag comedy Work It debuts on ABC tonight at 8:30pm and GLAAD, which pushed for the show to be scuttled in a full-page Variety ad, says their meeting with network execs has been scheduled for January 11. By then we figure it’ll be canceled for poor ratings anyway, so maybe instead GLAAD should schedule a meeting with Logo to plan a trans-positive show called Werque!