Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel and “Transformers” director, Michael Bay will be the Grand Marshals of NASCAR!
The stars of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”– Josh Duhamel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and director Michael Bay – will serve as the Grand Marshals for 53rd running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, airing at 12 p.m. ET on FOX.
As Grand Marshals, the “Transformers” cast will deliver the four most famous words in motorsports – “Gentlemen, start your engines.”
In addition, the modified NASCAR stock cars of drivers Jimmie Johnson, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. — featured as characters in the film — will make their first public appearance by leading the 43-car field during the pace laps of “The Great American Race,” the kick-off event to the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
The Daytona 500 will not be Bay or “Transformers” first introduction to the NASCAR world.
In 2009, Bay piloted the official pace car at a NASCAR Sprint Cup race to promote the DVD release of “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”
NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman also took part, racing with branded images of opposing AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS on their cars and uniforms.
Bay credits his vision to include NASCAR stock cars in the new “Transformers” film to this experience.
Eminem usually wouldn’t want to be lumped in with Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, but today, those two are some of his closest peers. Eminem joined Bieber and Gaga yesterday as one of three people to receive one billion views on YouTube.
The news broke when Famecount, a site that tracks social media presence for the world’s most influential people, announced the milestone. From the press release:
The US rapper is only the third individual in history to make this key digital milestone. Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber each achieved 1bn views in a close fought race at the end of last year. Since overtaking Lady Gaga at the end of last year, Justin Bieber remains the world’s top YouTube star with over 1.3bn views on his main official YouTube channel.
Eminem, who has seen his social media fame rocket following the release of Recovery last year, remains the third most popular star on YouTube, just ahead of Rihanna – who herself is set to break the billion view milestone within the next two weeks. Eminem is also the second most popular living star in Facebook, where he is in currently battling to dethrone Lady Gaga. However, Lady Gaga retains a clear lead over all rivals on Twitter.
Congratulations to Mr. Mathers on the achievement. Can he dethrone Lady Gaga? Presently, all signs point to yes.
This icon of the 80′s and 90′s reminds all that we’re growing up!
In the March issue of Details, Christian Slater opens up about sobriety, Lindsay Lohan, and his new series on Fox. With a half decade of sobriety under his belt, the 41-year-old actor has finally put his bad-boy days behind him. The only drug he fiends for now? Nicorette gum!
DETAILS: Back in the day, you had a reputation for dating some of the hottest women in town—Samantha Mathis, Christy Turlington, Winona.
Christian Slater: I don’t know what to say about that. Shit, I don’t know what to say about that. It’s a crazy town, and actors are nuts. It falls under the category of addictive behavior. I was just transferring that to women. Now I transfer it to Nicorette gum—I’ve been chewing that for six years.