NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Some students at New Jersey’s largest university believe Bruce Springsteen is their salvation. They have started a Facebook campaign called “Let’s Bring the Boss to Rutgers!” to counteract fallout from a recent appearance by Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi.

The Rutgers University Programming Association paid the “Jersey Shore” reality TV star $32,000 to answer questions. That’s $2,000 more than Rutgers will pay Nobel-winning novelist Toni Morrison to deliver the commencement address.

Freshman Daniel Oliveto and junior Paul Tranquilli are spearheading the effort. Oliveto told the Asbury Park Press that Polizzi’s message to “study hard, but party harder,” was offensive.

The students hope Springsteen will either perform or have a question-and-answer session similar to Snooki’s sitdown last month.

Springsteen’s publicist has not replied to a request for a response.

Stolen Superman comic found

LOS ANGELES – Police say a rare comic featuring the debut of Superman that resurfaced last week is the same one stolen from Nicolas Cage more than a decade ago.

Detective Don Hrycyk said an investigation into how the comic was stolen and found is under way. It is unclear whether the copy of Action Comics No. 1 will be returned directly to the Oscar-winning actor.

Hrycyk said Cage accepted an insurance payout after the comic’s theft in 2000.

In March 2010, a copy of the 1938 comic sold for $1.5 million.

The Ventura County Star first reported the discovery and said the comic was recently found in a storage locker in the San Fernando Valley, which is north of Los Angeles.

GLAAD presents media awards

 

LOS ANGELES – “Glee,” “Modern Family” and “Project Runway” are winners of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s 22nd annual Media Awards presented at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel on Sunday.

Actor Sean Hayes presented entertainer Kristin Chenoweth with the Vanguard Award. Dolly Parton presented NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award.

“Fort Worth Speech” on “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” was recognized as the year’s outstanding TV journalism segment and “I Love You Phillip Morris” was honored as an outstanding film in limited release.

NBC: Carell out of ‘The Office’ on April 28

NEW YORK – NBC is confirming April 28 as the date for Steve Carell’s final appearance on “The Office.” His farewell episode on the popular comedy will be supersized, the network announced Monday.

That night’s long goodbye will air from 9 to 9:50 p.m. Eastern time, followed by an extended version of “Parks and Recreation” that concludes at 10:30 p.m., NBC said.

Carell said last year that this would be his last season on the series, which premiered in 2005. NBC has made no announcement about who might fill the gap in the cast.

 


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