Oops, that should be Megan Fox is THE man - keepin' 'em down.
"I never call them guys," the sultry brunette said. "I always called them boys. Maybe it's a superiority complex -- my needing to keep them down," she said.
This will probably get me condemned all over the blogosphere, but here goes: I have serious doubts about Tila Tequila's accusations against Shawne Merriman.
Yep, I said it, a woman claims to have been abused and I am questioning the veracity of her story. She just has so little credibility, and has shown a willingness to try ANYTHING to get press coverage in her quest for fame. If you are on Twitter you may very well have seen her tweets about a month ago (several in a dialog with @McCainBlogette) about having to deal with a "stalker", which got her no traction in the media. Before that she had the Playboy spread, the desperate for the spotlight reality shows...she started her 'career' by claiming the title of "most friended" on MySpace, mainly by being as provocative and sleazy as she could get away with on the site.
Now, not so long after a pop star was beaten by her boyfriend, leading to an outpouring of sympathy, support & good will (and the accompanying press) tiny little Tila claims that a mountain of a man, with no prior record of such behavior, snapped and choked her (and some other unclear bodily injury) at a party with other people in attendance. After said attack by the 6'4", 265 lb Merriman, she was OK to go to the police department to swear out a citizen arrest warrant (wouldn't she just file a complaint?)...before heading to the hospital. I really find it hard to believe she isn't seeking another moment in the spotlight - no matter who she needs to damage in the process.
Readers of this blog know how I feel about the thugs currently playing in the NFL, and Merriman had his issues with steroids in the past. You also know that I have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to domestic violence of any kind.
This story, however, seems a bit off - and I have a feeling that, like the Roethlisberger accusation earlier this year, there will be more to this story than she wants us to know.
Maybe it will turn out that she is telling the truth, and I will be apologizing down the road. Maybe she will learn that when you present a specific persona to the public, you shouldn't be surprised (or angry) when they believe it.
UPDATE: It appears that she did call 911 from his house and the police & an ambulance came. It also appears that, other than that detail, the facts are lining up much as I originally thought. The fact that she appears to have spent several days tweeting about a relationship that he doesn't seem to have been involved in (her tweets were suggestive & targeted, he doesn't appear to have answered in that time-frame) is a huge red flag. The fact that the police didn't feel the need to press charges and there were witnesses to back his story but not hers kind of puts a cap on it.
I was never a huge Farrah fan, despite my obsession with Charlie's Angels. It always seemed that she left because she thought she was too hot for the show that launched her career (perhaps bad advice from her management) The whole "leaving her husband for his best friend" kind of grated on me as well.
Through the years though, she managed to maintain her relationship with Ryan O'Neal - making it seem less tawdry & slightly more 'romantic'. She also did some good work, even going outside her "babe" comfort zone.
Most recently we've watched her wage her battle with cancer with more grace than many of us could muster. She and Ryan had just decided to marry, sadly she passed before he could make that happen.
She was an icon (of a very iconic time) - she will be missed.
I love having such quick & easy access to the Wall Street Journal, especially at the Kindle price (much more affordable than the dead tree version) One of the best parts is the letters to the editor; whether our locals are not as articulate, or our paper just chooses not to print the good letters, we see nothing of this quality (in humor, in depth) in the AZ Repugnant. This one is even written by an Arizonan:
Time to Cap Pay of Subsidized Actors
I'm outraged after reading about actors making millions of dollars for movies that lose money ("Hollywood Squeezes Stars' Pay in Slump," page one, April 2), and this, after the studios receive taxpayer subsidies from film locations in the form of tax waivers, among other things. They're allowed to walk away with millions from a failed movie. Where was the oversight?
I hope Congress reacts with another 90% tax on anything actors make over $250,000. That would only be fair.
It would only be fair, after all. Most of the celebs seem to be in favor of increased taxes, anyway...though it seems they would prefer not to pay them themselves (much like Obama's intended appointees)
Here is Ron Howard's daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard
Looking an awful lot like his TV mom, Marion Ross. Guess that proves they were on the ball casting-wise.
Or - they all came out of some Hollywood backlot actor-factory.
Could be happening (see Megan Fox, Jennifer Connolly, Monica Bellucci- from the unnatural beauty wing), you can't prove it doesn't.
Thanks for the memories, Mr Hope. You were one of the great ones.
Leno: In my neighborhood, people are more afraid of plumbers than terrorists. ha ha
Biden: ha ha
Leno: The terrorists you don't have to let in, the plumber you have to let in
Biden: ha ha ha
Leno: How much are they gonna charge? Arrgh!
Biden: hoo hoo hoo
Biden: In my neighborhood we hire plumbers that go by their real name and are actually licensed - hee hee hee
Obama and his supporters think Joe is laughable, too.
It seems the spin that is being floated is that JtP was a plant. So, some guy
at a rally playing catch in his yard asks a candidate about his tax plan and that seems like a set-up to these guys? And, even if it was (which seems ridiculously unlikely, since Obama was going door-to-door), how did they trick Obama into giving such a socialist answer? Hypnosis? "Really, Obama would never have willingly told the truth about that unless he was set up" Get a grip.
...Another empty threat.
Those Baldwin boys like to promise they will change their country of residence based on election results. However, since Alec never left despite saying he would if Bush won in 2000, and again if Bush won in 2004 - I doubt Stephen will have to leave if Obama wins this time.
Seeing as how Sarah Palin is a Van Halen fan (making her a rocker chick), I doubt missing a Madonna concert will cause her any grief.
Especially the older, extra sleazy Madonna currently on tour.
(I love the fact that she says it's "nothing personal" - really, then what is it? And the sound of Todd Palin's snowmobile crashing - nice.)
Laughing out loud while listening to this on headphones will get you strange looks from your office mates.
Totally worth it
I've been thinking lately about early in the campaign when Obama and his people were trying to pull the race card by claiming that his opponents thought he was "uppity" and didn't "know his place".
Funny thing is, that is exactly the argument they have been using against Sarah Palin.
Just listen to their barbs; small town, small state, 'nothing' college, PTA member, hockey mom.... What right does she have to be running for such a high office? Doesn't she know her place?
I wasn't really sure what more I had to say about it, then I saw this - which just reinforces my view. Matt Damon: "I know she was the mayor of a really..really small town"
BTW: Matt Damon thinks it is scary, he moves on to 'terrifying' about half way through, that she might be president (why is everyone so sure McCain is going to die?) because he doesn't know anything about her, and he doesn't think in 8 weeks he is going to know anything about her. That says more about you, doofus, than it does about her. Big surprise, Matt Damon hasn't paid any attention to Republican politicians - certainly no reason he would know about one in Alaska.
There are a lot of people out there, however, who do know who she is. Even D, who is not into politics at all knew who she was. Doesn't matter, she slipped under the radar of the MSM and the Hollywood idiots, therefore "nobody has ever heard of her" "nobody knows anything about her"
BTW 2: "I think this pick was made for political reasons" Duh! You think Obama picked Biden for his charming dinner conversation?
BTW 3: No, she didn't try to ban books. By the time he filmed this clip, that was common knowledge, having been disproved almost immediately. If he was really interested (as he says, "I need to know, I really need to know"), it would have been very simple to find out. Idiot.
Geez, look who is Ms Ranty McRantypants now!
I am not happy about the Bristol Palin revelation, but it isn't that surprising in this day and age.
I certainly hope that the left, particularly the Hollywood left, take a moment to think before launching an attack. After all, they nurture and glamorize the culture that encourages these types of things.
Occasionally, an out-of-wedlock pregnancy leads a celebrity to do the right thing. Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz got married before announcing her condition, Jessica Alba married Cash Warren prior to the birth of their daughter, Jamie Lynn Spears claims that she will be marrying the father of her child.
But, for all of those stories, there are plenty more that follow the finger in the eye to convention route. The Nicole Richie, Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie model of behavior. Heck Goldie Hawn was doing it ages ago.
I have to whole-heartedly agree with Rachel, I have never understood the people who say Brad Pitt is a great actor. Well, maybe not wholeheartedly, because I can't think of a time when I ever found him attractive. I am amazed at how much money people are willing to pay him to suck.
I would have to add to the list of overrated actors by throwing in Tom Cruise. And I agree with the commenter who brought up Leonardo DiCaprio - he was one of the worst parts of Titanic. I have also never thought either of them were the least bit attractive. At least in the case of Pitt, he has managed at times to have a rockin' body - not that it saved his abysmal performance in Troy.
In Interview with a Vampire, we get both Pitt & Cruise to stink up the joint - awful.
There is no performance by Pitt or Cruise that could not have been done better by someone else (not on this list).
UPDATE: From her comments, "Brad Pitt doing a 60-page monologue sounds like my own personal Hell.
Could be worse…could be Ben Affleck." LOL
I occasionally monitor celebrity gossip; I find it amusing and depressing at the same time. Recently a broken romance caught my attention, but I am too lazy to find the links.
The gist is this: George Clooney was dating a cocktail waitress for about a year. Apparently she got a boob job of which he disapproved, or perhaps she was just past her sell-by date (long-term is not in his make up) She found out he had dumped her by reading it in a newspaper. Nice guy that Clooney.
What piqued my interest, however, was what she has been up to. Or who, anyway. Reports have her dating Jason Statham.
Girlfriend went from soggy quiche to prime rib*. Clooney may have more cash, but Statham has more of everything else.
Nice upgrade, Sara.
* I use prime rib rather than filet because, though Statham is all kinds of fine, he just strikes me as much more beefy and masculine than filet.
Time to add another name to my girl crush list.
Roselyn Sanchez - She's been called the Latino Sandra Bullock. I can see the similarity, but it seems to work better on Sanchez (not that Bullock is a slouch). I am not even sure what it is about her, but I have been known to sit through stupid movies in their entirety just to watch her.
Normally, I side with the folks who say Americans are over-medicated.
Rosie O'Donnell, however, is clearly off her meds - someone needs to refill her prescription.
And nothing new for Oprah, who's now so wildly wealthy that shes exceeded literally any famous person she might interview. Parade magazine puts her 2007 income at $260 million, the most of any celebrity and $150 million more than Steven Spielberg, the most successful filmmaker of all time. So what can she do besides anoint presidential candidates or start a religion?
A classic case of wanting instant gratification, without bothering to think about the possible long-term consequences.
...thanks to Monroe's own estate claiming that she was a New Yorker, there's no longer a right of publicity for Monroe, and photographers who own Monroe photographs shouldn't have to pay her estate (as they've done since her death).
C'mon, people - it's "first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage"
"People are turning to the scientologists for help" "We are the authorities" "You are either in or you're out!" niiice.
It is too bad they don't have an acting course in their catalog.....
UPDATE: A response video - heh heh.
My nephew has been voted by People Magazine as the Sexiest Man Alive
OK, Matt Damon isn't actually my nephew, but my nephew is the spitting image of Matt Damon. Even their mannerisms are very similar.
I'll track down a picture - you'll see ;-)
She was the original Roxanne, uttering the line that always brings the tears: "All my life I have loved but one man, and now I must lose him a second time." [sigh]
I purchased Cyrano de Bergerac on VHS several years back but the quality was poor - and the film cuts out right before she says that line! It starts up again after. A conspiracy, I'm sure. I may have to rent it soon, it has been too long.
I just heard that Paris Hilton has been dropped by her talent agent.
Paris Hilton has a talent agent?
Paris Hilton has a talent?
The tributes for Kitty Carlisle Hart continue.
Too far for me to go, unfortunately. That should be quite a gathering.
UPDATE: Apparently, it was quite a gathering
Althouse posts an obit, complete with youtube video.
The obit I posted here lacked the multimedia punch.
I am so sorry that I missed posting this earlier, but only just saw the article.
Some of you may remember that I was the fortunate recipient of tickets to see her in concert here in Phoenix last year. She was unbelievably elegant, and very entertaining. They really don't make them like that anymore.
As if the poor girl's life wasn't tough enough with him as a father, this is the voicemail he leaves for her?
Not a clue how old she is, no concern for her feeling and/or self esteem, scary and plausible threats. Yep, it just warms the heart.
UPDATE: More on the saga. Typical man, more upset that the information got out, than that he was such an @$$ in the first place.
Not to take anything away from the guy, I'm sure he is a fine attorney, but notice the two American Idol clients they mention by name are sort of.....nowhere.
BTW: I agree, Jordin was amazing last night.
Another good one is gone as Pat Buckley passed away Sunday. She was 80 years old.
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr passed away Wednesday at the age of 84.
His Welcome to the Monkey House collection introduced me to several ideas that still ring true. I remember clearly the message I perceived from Harrison Bergeron, about a society that tries to ensure complete equality by handicapping in some way those who are stronger and/or brighter. I remember the sweetness of the patient romance in Who Am I This Time? The silliness of Tom Edison's Shaggy Dog....
And who can forget him as Kurt Vonnegut in Back to School? ;-)
UPDATE: From the New York Times obit, a quote from "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater"
Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — ‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.’
One of my favorite Brit actors, John Inman, has passed away at 71.
I am disinclined to believe anything her lawyers say, but this seems legit.
Such a tragic, wasted life.
I definitely think K-Fed is coming out looking much better than ex-wife Brit-Brit. The fact that he is not taking himself too seriously helps a lot
I just turned to channel 12 to watch the 10 O'Clock news (leads right into Leno)
The Golden Globes were still on and they introduced the Governator to present the last award. As he made his way out on crutches, they showed audience members applauding - except they also caught Alec Baldwin. He did a very obvious, very deliberate golf-ish clap and made a little "ooooh" pussy face.
Sorry to use this graphic graphic twice in one day, but it fits.
Alec Baldwin is an -hat
What is wrong with people? I mean, I didn't really see these two living happily ever after, but if they didn't even have enough going for them to last 4 months, why did they get married in the first place?
Remember in the old days, when they used to have tutors on set for child actors. Apparently, Lindsay Lohan didn't get one - or she was a very bad student.
Click here for her nearly incoherent statement re: the death of Robert Altman
One of my pet peeves right off the bat - " am lucky enough to of been able ". Just because you mispronounce it when you are speaking does not make it correct when you write it. It is "to have" have, have, have.
The rest of it is just ridiculous, including where she says "The fighting, the anger, the drama is tedious" and then heads out for some hard core partying drama.
Rest in peace.
...realizes shes a celebrity, dumps the baggage.
It was too long coming, and I feel bad for those kids, but this may be the best chance they have at a reasonable life.
This is too funny, Faith Hill is apparently not ready to lose the Female Vocalist award to newcomer Carrie Underwood.
I am surprised that Carrie won because she is such a newcomer - but she really is a great singer and a versatile performer. Faith Hill, on the other hand, has released a bunch of songs recently that ran the gamut from boring to bad - no reason for her to expect it this year. Her reaction, though - priceless!
Found via Perez
Bill Maher, showing what a pile of excrement he is.
Yes, Bono supports the forcible redistribution of wealth - as long as it's not his wealth.
A familiar paradox about leftist celebrities in the entertainment industry is that their embrace of progressivism almost never includes a wholehearted embrace of progressive taxation, i.e., the principle that the richer you get, the larger the percentage of your income you ought to pay in taxes.
I can't deny it anymore - my secret celebrity crush, Phil Gordon.
SG teased me about it, and I pretended it wasn't true. But it is I can't help it.
I mean, c'mon; he's wicked smart, he's funny, he's tall, he's handsome, he's good looking, he's generous, he's fun loving....
Ah, I feel so much better now that it is out there
Bono and Alicia Keys were on Oprah today promoting their African relief charities. Noble work, indeed.
But Oprah just introduced them doing "their" new song, Don't Give Up, Africa
Except it isn't their song, it is the old Peter Gabriel song (backed up by Kate Bush)
After hearing them sing it, I have to say - Bono is no Peter Gabriel.
Here is a better clip of Peter Gabriel's Don't Give Up
I love the Suri is Chris Klein's baby theory for a number of reasons, mostly because it covers the necessary bases. All the strange facets of the Cruise/Holmes story and Suri's birth are explained away. Brilliant!
Even better, though, is the Josh Harnett is Suri's daddy theory.
remember she dated him briefly between chris and tom. if it were chris' she might be inclined to go back to him because of their relationship, but she hardly new josh. [sic]Especially when you look at the pictures - she looks nothing like Cruise, could "conceivably" be Klein's with those eyes - but check out her little Hartnett nose.
Glitterati Gossip has the snaps - awwwww
She's adorable, too bad her parents(?) are nuts.
Perez has the pic, too - she looks like she is wearing a toupe
Steve Irwin, the Australian television personality and environmentalist known as the "Crocodile Hunter," was killed Monday by a stingray during a diving expedition, Australian media said. He was 44.He leaves behind a wife and two young children.
One of Irwin's quotes
"If something ever happens to me, people are gonna be like 'we knew a croc would get him!'"
Add to the list of gorgeous women whose men apparently think they can do better and cheat:
I know I had posted about this before, and had a list, but I can't find it in my archives... Found it
Continuing with all things celebrity here on Vox (and a Hat Tip to Macker), there has been a monumental shift in the cosmos. Several Hollywood heavyweights call out Hamas and Hezbollah for the terrorists for they are.
In yet more stupid celebrity news, country singer Troy Gentry pays big bucks to shoot Cubby, a tame bear in an enclosure, and pretends he is a big game hunter. He then claims to be completely unaware he did anything wrong, despite slapping fake tags on the dead animal. Because he is a celebrity, I doubt he will see any jail time, though, if this charge is true, I certainly think he should (and I really like a lot of Montgomery Gentry's music).
For the record, I have no problem with hunting. There are, however, many reasons for the laws that are in place - and stopping moronic behavior is one of them.
(Not that I am the worlds biggest Taylor Hicks fan, but...) Justin Timberlake, proving once again what a pompous schmuck he is, has the gall to suggest that Taylor Hicks "can't carry a tune in a bucket". Justin Timberlake, who wouldn't know the tune if it smacked him upside the head, criticizing someone elses singing ability. You should back up and remember how much you rely on the folks in post production, JT. Seriously.
Also from the mouth of the clueless one
"I wanted (the album) to look to a time when everything was really sexy,"he says."Maybe everybody was coked up, but who cares? It was hot. It was all about sex."
...realizes she is good looking and famous, splits with freaky husband.
Yeah, Rob, like that had an ice cubes chance of happening in the first place.
* Yep, he was in that stinker.
I saw United 93 and found it to be a well done, and agenda free, accounting of that day. It doesn't flinch from the mistakes we made, yet it doesn't flinch from the truth of the matter - that several Muslim extremist terrorists killed several thousand people that day, mostly Americans.
I have no intention of seeing World Trade Center when it comes out because I know it is impossible for Oliver Stone to make an agenda free movie. It is impossible for him to find the truth in a story and stick to it. He takes a grain of fact and twists it and turns it and pulls it and stretches it and covers it in so much crap it is unrecognizable and then releases it as "a true story" and people believe it.
Jeff Jarvis knows Stone has an agenda to sell, as well. His take:
And so it occurred to me: Here is Oliver Stone, the conspiracy theorists to beat all conspiracy theorist, facing the biggest conspiracy he could imagine — bin Laden terrorists with Saudi money plotting right under our noses to a devastating outcome. But this conspiracy, he’s ignoring. I shake my head.I imagine there will be a lot of head shaking after this movie.
A nutshell seems an appropriate vessel for the likes of Tom Cruise.
Scientology, by L. Ron Hubbard Jr.
I was fortunate to be the recipient of a pair of tickets to this show - Kitty Carlise Hart. It was fairly last minute so I was worried I would be going alone. Fortunately, Michelle is spontaneous and, with just a few hours notice, was able to join me.
I want to write about it - because it was AMAZING! However, I am very tired and having trouble putting my thoughts down.
For now, suffice it to say that she is one incredible 95 year old.
Ivanka Trump was on the Tonight Show tonight, and nearly every sentence contained the modifier "Ultimately"
As in, "Ultimately, he made a lot but we know that we have to earn it if we want it" - "Ultimately, the hair has worked for him, its a lucky look, I'm not going to ask him to change it" - "Ultimately, blah blah blah...."
Ultimately, it was like fingernails on a chalkboard to me.
I mean, even if the baby dropped, this is a bizarre bump configuration. Was she not really pregnant? Did she have the baby and is trying to deflect the press coverage for a while? Is it really an alien baby after all?
Yeah, he and J-Lo seem well suited - what a piece of work.
GOP Vixen watched the Oscars, too. She seems to give Clooney about as much regard as I do....
One of my fondest memories from my teen years is of Don Knotts. He was in a play, "The Mind With The Dirty Man", that was presented at the Celebrity Theater, where I worked. It also featured Rue McClanahan, Randy Mantooth, some blond soap star whose name escapes me, and Don Knotts' daughter, Karen. It was an amusing play, that had Knotts delivering the line, "I'm an a$$ man! You knew it all along, God, but now I'm telling the world. I'm an a$$ man!" Funny to hear those words from Barney Fife.
We had the opportunity to meet and greet with the cast during their run, and he was utterly and completely charming - just as you would expect him to be. He was also quite the generous performer, constantly praising the rest of the cast. A real gentleman who will be missed.
BTW: Not sure what year it was, but Mantooth was married to some witch named Rose at the time (she was SO incredibly rude to everyone who worked at the theater) so it was after '78. Since I left Phoenix in '87 it was prior to that.
UPDATE: I remembered the blond - Shelly Taylor Morgan - I knew it would come to me.
I've gotta say, he's got something here:
"I could be with whoever to get my rocks off. Or I could be with this person who is giving and caring, who values me as I really am and believes in me more than I believe in myself. You could fu!k around like a man-ho. Or you could be about something real. I'd rather go for that something real."
Don't stare directly at the alien baby.
I got sucked into watching Lisa Loeb, #1 Single - hard to turn away, like a smash up on the interstate.
On this episode, Lisa meets a writer on an airplane and is intrigued. They go out again and she plans to take her gal pals to his book party.
Then a snippet appears on Page Six about her dating him, and includes a quote from him. She and the girls are appalled, appalled I say! She even tells him that she dated someone famous for years and they worked very hard to stay out of the gossip columns. How dare he use her to advance his career?
Of course I only know all this because she filmed her meeting with him, her dates with him, her emailing him, her confronting him, put it into her new show - and broadcast it on the Entertainment Channel.
Need proof? Here it is.
Nothing says "I love you" like your resume.
In other Tom Cruise news, a fellow sufferer.
Howard Stern - what a guy. Guess he forgot she was famous before she met Rod, she managed to continue as a super model and covergirl, even after having babies. I suppose he would have more respect for her if she was famous for saying f***, like him. "That's his accomplishment?!?" BTW: This is the woman he says is "too fat to be a model"
Lori isn't losing any love for big mouthed celebs today, either.
This news surprises me, and not because I saw the show and liked it. I actually meant to watch it and forgot.
What surprises me is that they felt the show was worthy of a pilot, but not worthy of a second show. Either it was so bad it should never have gotten the green, or it deserved a decent shot at getting some footing.
Of course, I do like to watch Heather Graham on screen, so maybe it's just sour grapes.
Nerds (like me) definitely have too much time on their hands :-)
She has just always rubbed me the wrong way, and every time she opens her mouth it gets worse. She is minimally talented and just mediocre looking - and she is freakin' everywhere - commercials, magazines. I don't get the appeal at all.
This chick has always grated on me - stuff like this just makes it worse.
Never thought I would be the one defending Oprah.....
Felicity Huffman was on the Tonight Show last night, plugging both a new movie and a new book. The book is a how-to designed to help men be better as boyfriends, so Jay asked if she had any dating horror stories. She decided to tell one that she attributed to her husband, William H Macy, claiming that it happened to him in high school.
Except it was this story.
Had she simply said she had heard about it happening to someone, you could chalk it up to it being an urban legend - lots of people tell it so there is a good chance she heard it. However, the extra element of "this happened to Bill..." removes the wiggle room and makes it a lie. Right?
Is her life so boring she couldn't come up with a real story?
Did he tell her that story and she believed it?
OK, I know it is petty, but it really bothers me that she went on there and lied - and it makes me doubt all the other stories she has told. I mean, why would you lie about something so stupid?
Come on, if we really buckle down we can come up with $900,000...can't we? She's on her own for transport and accommodations.
He may be a moonbat, but he is still yummy.
In any case, the accident is the latest example of high-end cars with lots of horsepower wasted on the young, rich and famous.Truly, it was no way to treat a Bentley. The guy ran into a parked vehicle. A large, parked vehicle. A freakin' delvery truck.
But I guess it is hard to see where you are going - with a jacket over your head. Do you think their parents are proud to have raised such fine, upstanding citizens?
Just waiting for Lawren's update on this one.....
I am having a bit of a disagreement with SG, who insists that Simon Cowell is dating
Vanessa Marcil Marsha Thomason, the chick from Las Vegas. (That makes more sense, she looks more like Terry Seymour) Vanessa Marcil, previously married to Cory Feldman (!?), has been dating Brian Austin Green for several years and they had a baby a couple of years ago. They appear to still be engaged. Never mind that bit.
He (and his friends, BTW) says he's seen pictures of Cowell &
Marcil Thomason together. Anybody else ever get the impression those two dated? Give me the scoop.
UPDATE: OK, I misunderstood who he was talking about. I still think he is wrong, but I can see where he would get that impression - they do look similar. Mystery solved. And, yeah, we having boring arguments - I prefer those.
She should have run away while she still had the chance - now she will be connected to him for the rest of her life. Bad move, Katie
And, just as an aside, wasn't Katie still claiming to be saving herself for marriage? Is this an immaculate conception? Artificial insemination? (that would play into the "Tom is gay" rumors)
In other celebrity baby news, Chris Cagle got screwed. Women like that should be smacked.
Oh, yeah - he makes a good point, too. You build your image as a gangster, don't be surprised if that is how people see you. If you embrace the music as a fan, don't be surprised if people suspect you of being a hoodlum.
Financier and real-estate developer Michael Wittenberg, the husband of Tony Award-winning theater star Bernadette Peters, died in a horrifying helicopter crash in Montenegro on Monday
Bernadette Peters is one of my favorite actresses, which may surprise those of you who have only seen her movie work. Though there were a few gems, she mostly played mediocre roles in mediocre films. But on Broadway she is incandescent.
My first Broadway show, on my first trip to New York, was Song & Dance. She was phenomenal. I predicted a Tony award for her, and I was right. I have since heard the soundtrack done by others and it descends into just another Andrew Lloyd Weber show - it was Peters who made it special. Since then I have seen her do, mostly on video; Sunday in the Park with George, Into The Woods... Her concerts are equally entertaining. She never disappoints.
She and her husband had a great "meet cute" story, and too little time together. I can't begin to imagine what she is going through, but my heart goes out to her.
Tonight is the Dancing With The Stars dance off - I have money on John O'Hurley so vote early, vote often :-D
I seriously suspect some rinky-dink scoring going on. Kelly Monaco was the worst dancer (yeah, Evander was bad, but he was fun) and she was such a be-yoch, there is no way she had enough of a following to win. However, she is an ABC star, and it is an ABC show... I'm just saying.
She does also have a nice body, but I doubt that would get her enough votes. Lets face it, the crowd that would be impressed with her body wasn't likely to be watching ~ SG sure wasn't setting the timer to remind us it was on. She did a spread for Playboy a few years ago and, based on the publicity from the show, they are rerunning it. It comes out next month, but they show a sneak peek in the back of this months issue which may get her some more votes.
So, I repeat - I have money riding on a John O'Hurley win. Vote, Vote, Vote!
Renee Zellweger & Kenny Chesney are annulling their marriage.
Hip Hop artist Nick Cannon goes out on a limb with this song, apparently written about his mother's decision not to abort him when she was 17 because she heard a voice asking "Can I Live?" Bet she's glad she listened.
The song seems to be a hit, and he hasn't been attacked for the message...curious.
Apparently, the take over of Katie Holmes' mind is nearly complete.
I really hope this stops soon. When I see pictures of the two of them, it already looks like she is pulling back a bit - I definitely think that when this sinks it will be Holmes who launches the torpedo. She has got to wake up and say, "OK, childhood fantasy realized. Now I know some things are better left in the wish column, time to split"
On Friday we lost Paul Winchell, voice of Tigger since 1968.
Saturday we lost John Fiedler, voice of Piglet, also since 1968.
John Fiedler had a much larger career than 'just' the voice of a cartoon character, but the character he brought to life was so special and so loved by generations that it will probably be his strongest public legacy.
Paul Winchell's face is not one you would probably recognize, but reading his biography you certainly see his impact was also greater than a few animated movies (he invented an early artificial heart and a car that runs on battery power, among other things) though the cartoons may be his biggest 'hit'. BTW: Tigger has always been my favorite - he's bouncy, bouncy, bouncy, bouncy, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun - and the wonderful thing about Tiggers is, he's the only one!
Odd that Tigger and Piglet's voices would die so close together...they will be missed.
To quote The Smoking Gun:
Tom Cruise, what an insufferable load
Brad Pitt supposedly opens up about what happened to cause his divorce from Jennifer Aniston. There isn't much info there, but it does include this gem:
''It's talked about like it failed. I guess because it wasn't flawless,'' he said. ''Me, I embrace the messiness of life. I find it so beautiful, actually. The idea that marriage has to be for all time -- that I don't understand.''
That doesn't exactly say why it failed (yes FAILED) but it does give you an indication of why it never had a chance. The looney left and their newfangled definitions of marriage - for Brad, apparently, it is no more a long term commitment than a cellular calling plan would be. They are truly people different from me.
SG and I were watching The Rookie last night and he commented, "How could you be married to Denise Richards and not be satisfied?"
Which led to a list of famous women who were not enough for the men in their lives:
I don't think there is any doubt of my feelings about Keanu Reeves acting ability - that is to say, he has none. It is captured quite well hereIn the words of
Not that I'm cynical....OK, I am. But how can you not be; they met in January and got married in May. Yeah, I'd say they know each other well enough to make that commitment.
Let's start a pool
I say 18 months - 'cause c'mon,let's be realistic
and yes - 'cause he is gaga over Tim and Faith's babies and she said she was feeling her biological clock
I am not very familiar with this actress, though I did see her in Meet The Parents. I just can't believe people still die from this - especially someone young and seemingly otherwise healthy. So tragic for her family, and so sobering to realize that there are no guarantees. Tell your loved ones that you love them - every chance you get.
I find this oddly fascinating - I don't quite know why. There are even a couple of pics I would actually hang on my wall.
(Hat Tip to yayaempress)
One of my faves, from Broadway to Law & Order, passed away yesterday.
Jerry Orbach, who played Lenny Briscoe (one of my two favorite L&O characters) for 12 years, recently left the original franchise to work on a new spin off. I have missed him on the origianl show, but have been looking forward to seeing him return with the inaugural season of "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" He was very talented and he will definitely be missed.
CNN gives us a list of notables in the arts who passed in 2004
For a less reverant list, you can't beat Stiffs.com ~ warning, they have a joke for every celebrity death. Don't go there if you are easily offended. Sample that cracked me up:
We begin embalming in five minutes.
One of my all time favorite musical theater performers has passed away. Howard Keel died yesterday at the age of 85. Such a loss of a great talent
He was so sexy and romantic in shows such as Showboat, Kiss Me Kate, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Kismet and many more. I'm sure he and Harve Presnell played a big part in my weakness for a tall man with a deep voice....mmmm.
Those celebrities who made such a fuss over getting you to "Vote or Die" apparently didn't take that slogan to heart:
"...the spokesmodel for Sean Combs' Vote or Die campaign didn't make it to the polls Tuesday. Probably because she wasn't registered to vote.Now, I have no problem with people not voting - if you don't understand the issues or the candidates, don't vote - but I do have a problem with hypocrites. Especially hypocrites of this magnitude.
The News' checks of voting records in California, New York and Georgia - where Hilton and rappers 50 Cent and Ludacris have homes - indicated that the three youth-votemongers weren't registered."
I know most of you aren't Country Music fans, so the name Gary Allan may not ring a bell.
Gary's wife took her own life this morning, leaving 6 children behind. Apparently, she woke him up and asked him to get something from the kitchen and while he was out of the room she shot herself. I can't imagine how twisted up you must be inside to do that, especially when you have children. I can't imagine what he, and they, are going through right now. I'm sure your prayers would be appreciated.
Boy, didn't see this coming
You know the rules. My 5, in no particular order:
I have a step sister, Piper Pack, who has been pursuing a career as a professional opera singer for several years. Her dedication, determination and guts are a constant source of amazement to me. She moved to New York a couple of years ago, on her own, because that is where the auditions are. And audition she does and does and does. I can't imagine a life that involves constantly putting yourself out there for critique and possible rejection. She lives it and, literally, makes it sing.
She has an interview online this month at Operaworks.
And some swag for sale from a concert she did before she moved to NY.
Janet Leigh has done her final scene. The actress passed away at the age of 77. I had no idea she was sick - 77 just seems too young to go. Though I thouroughly enjoyed her work in Psycho, I always thought it a shame that her other roles didn't garner her more recognition - despite everything else she did, she will always be the girl in the shower.
I often hear people running Oprah down for her conspicuous consumption or her lifestyle or, in this case, not understanding the concerns of the 'regular' people. I can't believe that any of these people would actually have the nerve to complain about receiving a free car - because they have to pay the taxes on it.
A car that:
1) they can refuse
2) they can sell
3) they can consider themselves lucky to have gotten for over $20,000 less than anyone else would have paid.
I don't really think it is the audience members, but the press trying to manufacture a story. "How horrible that Oprah didn't consider the consequences of her actions" puh-leez!
But it goes beyond that. Oprah is worth millions (has she reached billions yet?) and she earned it. She made a fortune talking to people. The woman found a niche and exploited the hell out of it. Good for her. That is what our system is all about, folks. She is the American dream - up from poverty to the lap of luxury on her own devices. Then she turns around and gives away lots of her own money, starts foundations that encourage giving in others, makes it hip to make charitable donations.... You don't have to agree with her to respect that.
Yet, when she turned fifty and celebrated like the incredibly wealthy chick she is, people were complaining "think how much good could have been done with that money" "I can't believe she would waste her money on something like that" It's her money people - she has every right to spend it how she wants. She doesn't have to give any of it to charity. How much of your income have you donated? Do you want someone telling you you can't buy that new pair of shoes because it is an extravagance and that money could feed a poor family? NO. It's your money, you worked for it, you get to enjoy it. Why is it the American people hate the rich so much? Is it just envy, "I can't spend like that so she shouldn't either"?
If it helps you feel better; those parties employed a lot of people, many goods and services were purchased, money was flowing into the economy and into the pockets of many people who are not as well off as Oprah.
I have seen the cars/tax story posted all over the blogosphere - I have meant to comment on it sooner. Uptown Girl just happened to post it when I had time to write so she gets credit/blame for my rant.
As an actor he is top-notch.
As a person, though, he is a bit...off. A bit out there. A bit loop-de-loop.
And now his latest business venture - Cumming: the fragrance. (not much there yet)
Sample conversation at a bar: "you smell great. what's that you're wearing?" "Cumming"
It should sell like hotcakes - it's all in the name.
I don't agree with him politically.
I always enjoy his style - even when he is wrong.
James Wolcott gets a blog. Give it a look see, it will infuriate or amuse you - but it won't bore you.
Amazing to watch, will post thoughts as they occur to me.
:: It must be an amazing honor to be one of the servicemen chosen to carry the casket. Does anyone know how they are selected? I know there are rigorous guidelines for the color guard at every base, must be very intense standards for men who will carry a Presidential casket.
:: Nancy looks amazingly composed - she is a very dignified lady, a treasure.
:: Someone just shouted out "God bless you, Nancy!" Not sure whether that is sweet or completely inappropriate. It is too somber of an occasion for random shouts from the peanut gallery...but isn't it what we are all feeling?
:: The riderless horse just makes me cry; seeing Reagan's boots in the stirrups, the sword on the saddle, knowing how much he had loved to ride....
:: There are so many people lining the streets, such an outpouring of love and respect. Such a great man.
:: The announcers are talking about the grandeur of the ceremony, all the pomp and circumstance, almost sounds disapproving. Noting that Ron & Nancy planned and signed off on all events. Mention that Nixon elected not to do the Presidential funeral. I can't imagine them trying to skip these important public events - the office is too substantial, he was too important to our country, too many people want the opportunity to pay their respects as demonstrated by the volume of people who passed through the library in Simi Valley and are currently lining the streets in D.C.
:: There will be a fly over soon - that should be very impressive
:: Announcer telling the story of a military pilot taking pains to express the love he and other soldiers feel for Ronald Reagan. Comments that Reagan was a friend of the military
:: Watching channel 3 - lousy coverage of the fly over, hope you guys got a better view
:: John McCain appears to be quite jovial - which seems quite inappropriate.
:: Still think the Air Force dress uniform looks the nicest - might be biased there, as well
:: People in the office talking too loud so I can't hear the TV :-( They are right next to each other - and practically shouting.
:: Anyone hear who the officer is who is escorting Nancy? What an important job, that would be another one you'll remember for the rest of your life.
:: Kind of interfers with the gravity of the situation to see that photographer there chomping his gum :-|
:: Comment in the office re: Nancy "That a really classy lady"
:: T.S Elliot quote?
:: Props to Nancy in the speech for her strength and loyalty
:: "A man who appealed to our best hopes instead of our worst fears"
:: "he actually brought freedom to hundreds of thousands of people around the globe"
:: "an unparallelled leader and an exceptional man"
:: "it is our turn to thank Ronald Reagan for making us believe in that shining city"
:: "when others weakened, President Reagan stood tall"
:: "Knowing this moment would come has not made it any easier"
:: "his largeness of spirit"
:: I can't see a flag draped coffin without tears, because I know what it means.
:: The choir sings - wow! They are great.
:: The Reverend has an amazing voice
:: I can't begin to imagine how hard this is for Nancy to have to say good-bye to him over and over again, in public, all week. I hope she gathers some comfort in seeing how many people love him and want to show that love and respect.
:: Announcer debating the fact that Reagan ended the Cold War - idiot. Not only is he wrong, his timing is wrong as well.
:: Now discussing how much this funeral is costing the U.S. - bah!
:: All in all it was a ceremony befitting the man. I am glad he and Nancy decided to allow the full breadth of tribute.
There will be a gathering at Republican Party headquarters Friday at 8:30 a.m. They will have the funeral broadcast on so we can all watch together.
Arizona Republican Party
3501 North 24th Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
Words fail me, again, this was my President - the first one I ever voted for, the one who proved it was good and right to be proud of America, the one who told us the American dream was still alive we just had to be willing to go for it. He made a lasting impact, not just on the world but on individuals in all parts of it. There have been several times in my life I have cried when I thought of Ronald Reagan; when I realized how grateful I was that he came along and truly brought us "Morning in America", when I wish we had another leader like him, when I thought of what his family was going through losing him bit by bit....and now, when I see that the man is gone but he has left us such a legacy that I know his spirit remains.
Ronald Reagan won America's respect with his greatness, and won its love with his goodness. He had the confidence that comes with conviction, the strength that comes with character, the grace that comes with humility, and the humor that comes with wisdom. He leaves behind a nation he restored and a world he helped save.From President Bush's remarks on the passing of one of our greatest ever American leaders, transcript at MaroonBlog
Take the time to read the whole page, the place has turned into Reagan Central with many great posts and much information.
UPDATE: Some of Reagan's greatest speeches at GeorgeWBush.com.
This is an old story that shows there are some movie stars who get it and deserve our respect - like Ann-Margret
Got this info from ArcaMax Entertainment News today:
Tanning Mistake Almost Cost Alec His EyesightHow much of an idiot do you have to be to watch the lights in a tanning bed? (OK, he was trying to watch himself by staring at the lights in the tanning bed) How much lower does your IQ have to be in order to admit to the world you are that vain & stupid?
Cat In The Hat star Alec Baldwin almost lost his sight when he lay staring at himself on a tanning bed.
The movie star, 46, *had no idea* about the damaging effects linked to getting a fake tan when a friend bought him a voucher, and he went to a salon for the first time.
He recalls how he set his tanning goggles aside because he thought they were an option not a must.
He says, "I thought they weren't serious about that. As the lights were baking me, I was looking at myself in the reflective surface burning my eyeballs. I almost went blind from that." (KL/TG/CPT)
(c) 2004 World Entertainment News Network
WHY WE LIKE IT: I came to terms a long time ago with the fact that I will never be mistaken for a Hollywood starlet. Even with a skilled surgeon, a dedicated personal trainer, a celebrity stylist and all the money on the planet, I will never look like Meg Ryan. But that's OK because, as AwfulPlasticSurgery.com helpfully points out, even Meg Ryan doesn't look like Meg Ryan any more. And while I may never have her fame, fortune or memories of passionate nights spent in the arms of Russell Crowe, I also don't have "trout lips." It may be small consolation, but with swimsuit season looming, I'll take whatever self-esteem boosters I can find.Can't say I'd want the memories of Russell Crowe (I would much prefer Dennis Quaid) but I think this writer got snarky just right.
Maybe it's petty and mean-spirited, but I don't care. The way I look at it, I spent $8 and two hours of my life sitting through "In the Cut." Meg and her trout lips owe me.
The site is fun, but not well organized and no categories to follow so you can't just look at bad noses, say, or everything Sarah Jessica Parker had done.
Ugh! Nothing like being a bit full of yourself, is there?
She apparently thinks she should get the Oscar this year, as a consolation for losing last year. Too bad she is up against some serious competition.
(Hat Tip to Downtown Chick Chat)
When I saw the end of the half-time show, all of which was well below par, I was unsure about what I saw. "Did that really just happen?"
I did, however, think that CBS handled it appropriately. Quick cut from the action and not a word about it for the rest of the game. Perfect, don't give them the press they are so desperate for.
Then they blew it - everyone releasing 'statements' to the press. They are appalled, they are shocked - they are feeding the fire. (yes, so am I - but how many readers do I have?)
So, here is my statement: It was obviously planned. Janet Jackson's career is nowhere (why did they even book her?) Justin Timberlake is so very "yawn". They hoped for an increase in press. They got it. Now let's let them continue their pathetic slide into the "where are they now" file.
Or is it a ploy to throw the press off so they can get married in peace?
To paraphrase someone (if you know who, let me know), "I was hoping they'd get married. I was looking forward to not hearing about them for the three weeks until they get divorced"
A great loss for us.
OK, you take two of the worst, most cardboard actors currently working and put them in a movie together - and you expect it to somehow not suck?! I'm only surprised they managed to get any decent actors to appear in the same movie - though somehow they always do.
Society for the Preservation of a Clue has put together a list of humorous reviews. As Dever says "But did anyone actually think it would suck so bad that the reviews are more entertaining than the movie itself?"
OK, you all know how I feel about displaying the bodies of Oday & Qusay.
Now Jay Leno has used one of the pictures (the reconstructed face) in his monologue. Those of you who supported showing the pictures: can we agree that this is over the line?
The world is slightly less warm today with the passing of Bob Hope.
A man who dedicated so much of his life to entertaining and comforting American troops around the world. I don't know if there was ever a more true and generous heart in the movie biz - he'll be missed.
Update: Please, please go read these testimonies to Hope. Written mostly by serviceman, most posted before his death - they show how Bobo Hope not only made people laugh, he also made them smile.
Update: It's hard to get a grasp on the life he led, but Susanna does a nice job.
Update: Right we are has a nice list of Bob Hope links.
Update: From the Yahoo Obit "...comedian Jay Leno (news - Y! TV) summed up Hope this way: 'He was a true American hero and a comedy legend who made the entire world his stage. He possessed all the gifts I, and all other comedians, could ever ask for or want: impeccable comic timing, an encyclopedic memory of jokes, and an effortless ability with quips.' "
I received this announcement from ArcaMax Entertainment News today:
JAMES BROLIN TO PLAY REAGAN**********************
Barbra Streisand's husband, actor James Brolin, has been cast as Ronald Reagan in a CBS miniseries set to air in November, FOX News reports.
Brolin will play Reagan, a Republican, as he moves from his film career to California governor to president.
"We haven't asked Streisand for her opinion, and it took us a minute to digest it," CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves admits, but the veteran producers "were convinced that he was the right guy for it, and we back them."
Last September, Streisand headlined a Hollywood gala that raised about $6 million for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Fox says.
I received an email today from Border's Books (not gonna miss an opportunity for deals) and the subject line was: Spike your DVD collection with Buffy the Vampire Slayer [emphasis mine]
Do you think they were taking the opportunity to weigh in on the SpikeTV debate?
We've lost a unique and incandescent individual. A great beauty above others from a time full of great beauties. Katharine Hepburn 1907-2003.
For a nice tribute see the Greatest Jeneration
She chose a life for herself that I would not have chosen, but she met it head on and without regrets. She blazed a trail for the women who would come later, and left a legacy which remains unmatched.
Top 5 things that come to mind when I hear the word Spike:
Not even in the top 10
What do you think? Any chance you would have confused SpikeTV with School Daze?