By Bill Zwecker May 21, 2013 7:37PM
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 19: Singer Justin Bieber performs onstage during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 167011895
Updated: May 21, 2013 7:44PM
W hile Justin Bieber’ s career certainly is not tanking — not in the least — it is interesting that the 19-year-old pop superstar seems to be catching flak from some key players in the world of the music biz.
Explaining those somewhat surprising boos hurled at Bieber at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night, a veteran industry pro said, “A lot of people are just tired of Bieber and his antics. He’s such a whiner and is always acting up. … I know he’s still a teenager, but come on! He’s been in the business for years now. He should know how to act.”
Another sore point cited: The “stupid” comments and photos Bieber sends out on Twitter.
“I think those boos were just some folks letting off steam,” added the source, noting that the Billboard awards crowd was mostly made up of music industry professionals.
† On the heels of the Billboard boos, Bieber was blasted by Jon Bon Jovi. Speaking to the London Evening Standard, the rocker said Bieber risked becoming “an a–hole” thanks to recent stunts like showing up late for a concert in London.
“Every generation has guys that do that, none of that is new,” said Bon Jovi. “They run the risk of disrespecting their audience members who have worked hard to pay for their ticket. … Do it once, you can be forgiven. Do it enough times and shame on you. They won’t have you back.”
† The ongoing saga of Bieber’s monkey ended Tuesday as the singer lost ownership of his capuchin named Mally — having not fulfilled the proper paperwork with the German customs authorities, who took ownership of him. The young simian was seized March 28 when Bieber entered Germany on his European tour, lacking a vaccination certificate and other documents.
SCARY MOMENT: Rhea Perlman shared a frightening experience with me Tuesday from her recent opening night of the world premiere of “Stella & Lou” at Northlight Theatre.“I had been nervous enough all day,” said the actress. “Not only was it opening night, plus [husband]
Danny [DeVito] and my family were all here for it. So I went to the theater about an hour and a half early, because I had gifts for other members of the cast, and the crew.” While the four-time “Cheers” Emmy winner was on the theater’s freight elevator heading to her dressing room, the elevator got stuck between floors.
“It really pushed me over the edge,” said Perlman, now seeing the humor of it all. But she has nothing but, uh, cheers for the Skokie fire crews who quickly responded to the emergency call. “After all, who doesn’t love having a handsome fireman tell you to jump into their arms?” laughed Perlman, explaining her exit from that stuck elevator cab.
COUNTRY CROONING: Not only was Trace Adkins the big winner on the first “All Star Celebrity Apprentice” Sunday night, but the country superstar’s charity, the American Red Cross, won more than $564,000 — a timely contribution, given the tornado tragedy in Oklahoma this week.
† Adkins’ fans should know his only Chicago-area concert stop this summer will be July 13 at the new RiverEdge Park, making its debut this summer on the banks of the Fox River in Aurora.
ON STAGE: A pair of Oscar winners will hit the iO Theatre stge Monday as the evening’s guest monologists. The talented duo will be Nat Faxon, star the canceled Fox sitcom “Ben & Kate,” plus Jim Rash (“Community”). The two won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay in 2012 for “The Descendants,” starring George Clooney and Shailene Woodley — herself currently in Chicago filming “Divergent.”
BOOK BEAT: Congrats to the Sun-Times’ Lake County editor, Robert K. Elder, on the upcoming June 1 publication of his sixth book, “The Best Film You’ve Never Seen” — with 35 noted directors championing the forgotten or critically panned movies they happen to adore. Among the filmmakers weighing in on their picks are Neil LaBute (“Blume in Love”), John Waters (“Boom!”), Richard Curtis (“Breaking Away”), Danny Boyle (“Eureka”), Bill Condon (“Sweet Charity”) and Peter Bogdanovich (“Trouble in Paradise”). Before his recent death,
Roger Eber t gave Elder’s new book a wonderful thumbs-up.
“How necessary this book is! And how well judged and written! Some of the best films ever made, as Robert K. Elder proves, are lamentably all but unknown,” wrote our late, great critic — himself the creator of the annual Ebertfest Film Festival that showcases these kinds of motion pictures.
SPECIAL TRIBUTE: To commemorate the life of Chicago native and musical innovator Ray Manzarek of the Doors, who died Monday, the Smithsonian Channel will rebroadcast “The Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin’ — The Story of L.A. Woman” the one-hour 1971 documentary about the making of “L.A. Woman,” what would be the iconic band’s final album together.
The film will be aired at 7 nd 10 p.m. Thursday and 9 p.m. and midnight Sunday.
IRISH AYES: In case you missed the premiere of Mike Houlihan’s “Our Irish Cousins” movie at the Gene Siskel Film Center back in March, there’s another opportunity to see the documentary at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Beverly Arts Center.
SHAPING UP: Katie Cassidy, the star of “Arrow” on the CW, will be the official celebrity guest at Self magazine’s “Workout in the Park,” taking place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 1 in Grant Park’s Butler Field.
Cassidy, who previously appeared in “Melrose Place” and “Gossip Girl, as well as the films “Taken” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” — when she shot scenes in Chicago — will be joining the event’s emcee
Kelli Zink of CelebTV.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: The Hawks’ captain, Jonathan Toews, caught fans’ attention when he dined at the Boarding House the other night, joined by his girlfriend and his parents.