Chris Rock is blaming Janet Jackson for the "current atmosphere of censorship."
That's unfair to Janet. Her "wardrobe malfunction" was nothing more than the straw that broke the camel's back. It's not like the camel wasn't sagging under the weight already.
Bottom line: Network television has steadily pushed the boundaries of what it considers acceptable over the public airwaves to rising opposition from parents for years. At some point it was going to come to a head: if you push someone hard enough, eventually they're going to push back. That's what has happened, and the "wardrobe malfunction" was the excuse to start pushing back - but it certainly wasn't the cause.
Posted by Jim at 6:25 PM
Evidently David Duchovny and his wife, Tea Leoni, are thinking about leaving Malibu because Britney Spears has moved in.
David's upset because he had his picture taken by paparazzi waiting for Britney. If that's the extent of the problem, then the real problem seems to be that he was upset because he was an after-thought for the paparazzi rather than their primary target.
There are plenty of famous people living in Malibu, and I've no doubt that the paparazzi are hardly an endangered species in those parts whether Britney is there or not. If he doesn't like paparazzi, why move to such an obvious magnet location like Malibu? This isn't any reflection on Britney, just sour grapes...
Posted by Jim at 4:37 PM
...in the weekly ratings war.
I got a chance to catch the new show featuring an ensemble cast including Katherine Heigl and Sandra Oh. It was engaging. It takes a twist on the standard medical drama by telling its story through the interns' perspective. It made for a slightly younger and hipper ER.
It's definitely worth tuning in and making your own decision about it, but I think you'll be pleasantly surprised...
Posted by Jim at 10:11 PM
This Haitian beauty is playing Nora Gage on ABC's new detective show, Eyes which follows Jennifer Garner's Alias. Reading through the article, it seems that Ms. Beauvais-Nilon has the tools necessary to become a Hollywood star.
We'll be keeping our eyes on this one....
Posted by Jim at 1:54 PM
...with Christina Applegate
After having originally cancelled its Broadway run, Sweet Charity will now open on May 4th with Christina Applegate playing the starring role of Charity Hope Valentine - a far cry from her role as Kelly Bundy on Married With Children.
According to the article, Christina's personal appeals to the producer are one of the key reasons for the change in plans.
This is an important step toward more people respecting her as a "serious" actress. Being able to say she starred on Broadway will definitely be a shining spot on her resume.
Posted by Jim at 1:54 AM
Thought #1: Why do practicing Catholics even pay attention to Madonna's ongoing efforts to tweak them after 20+ years? You know she's going to do it. You know she's doing it because she loves your infuriated reaction and to put her name in the headlines.
Why respond? It seems to me if you really want her to stop tweaking Catholics, then the most intelligent response when asked for comment about her latest anti-Catholic behavior is "Madonna Who?"
Thought #2: What was the point of wearing the Catholic get-ups at a Jewish celebration? There's obviously much more to it than her people are admitting: they were being deliberately provocative. OK. But to what end? Other than purposely offending many Catholics whom she's never met, was there a significant statement being made that would have given the offense a purpose? In my opinion, a better choice could have been made: giving purposeless offense isn't trendy or hot...it's just mean...
Posted by Jim at 10:00 PM
on Ashton Kutcher's wrist
Evidently Ashton Kutcher has taken to wearing the red Kabbalah bracelet first popularized by Madonna and also worn by his girlfriend, Demi Moore, does.
The makers of his new movie, Guess Who had to spend $100,000 to digitally erase the bracelet from his wrist throughout the movie because it annoyed test audiences.
I have to say that unless Ashton's character was supposed to follow Kabbalah and it was appropriate to the story, it didn't belong on his wrist in the first place. Either Ashton should have agreed not to wear it, or the producers should have budgeted from the beginning to have the digital erasure done. It's about the movie-making, not about making personal religious statements...
Posted by Jim at 4:34 PM
...for buying 5.5 million Rascal Flatts albums
That was Jay DeMarcus' joke at the celebration for Rascal Flatts on the occasion of the group having sold 6 million albums.
6 million albums is nothing to sneeze at for sure, but we're also equally sure that it's just a start for this group that has produced such country hits as "Mr. Mom" and "This Everyday Love."
Congrats to the guys of Rascal Flatts on the achievement, and we're looking forward to being invited to the party when they've sold 12 million. ::cough, cough:: ::hint, hint::
Posted by Jim at 2:38 AM
according to Rosanna Arquette...
Oh the irony of it all...Rosanna Arquette is apparently upset that Hollywood caters to "the sexual desires of men." Was this a sudden revelation or has she been studying the subject for some time?
I find it interesting that the very women whose careers once benefitted from being young and attractive women once are suddenly upset to find out that Hollywood prefers young and attractive women. The roles they once played when they were in their 20's are suddenly going to other actresses who are still in their 20's. Shocker! Stop the presses!
I'm sure it's tough aging in such a superficial town as Hollywood, but it shouldn't have been a surprise to anyone that this is the way the town works, and complaining about something after you've spent the last couple of decades benefitting from exactly what you're complaining about just reeks of hypocrisy to me...
Posted by Jim at 9:38 PM
'Closer' oozes intensity
Not knowing much more about Closer than:
1. It has a star-studded cast: Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, and Clive Owen.
2. It features Natalie Portman as a stripper. Now I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure this is going to be your only shot at Natalie Portman starring as a stripper so that puts this movie on the short list right there.
3. I'm generally not a big fan of adjusting my movie viewing based on magazine or newspaper reviews as I find that my favorite movies are often very poorly reviewed, and I absolutely hate some of the best reviewed movies. As a result, a 'B' review is neither a positive or a negative for me. But the review hits some worthy highlights that do pique my interest about the movie, so I'm likely to end up seeing it. What do you think?
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when she's laughing...
I have to be honest here: I think Rosie O'Donnell has lost her mind. A few days ago, she took a couple of cheap shots at Kirstie Alley. Why? Who knows what makes her tick these days?
There was a time when she was America's favorite funny lady, but now I have nothing but pity for her. She's been reduced to incoherent ramblings on her website about other celebrities and telling her fans about her bladder control issues.
Hopefully it's something that she can seek help for or work her way through. Watching someone taking such a severe career nosedive isn't any fun...
Posted by Jim at 12:45 PM
...Disney's Gone, Baby, Gone.
As the article points out, Ben Affleck's career hasn't exactly been stellar of late. But as it also points out, he and Matt Damon won a Best Screenplay Oscar for Good Will Hunting.
Since Gone, Baby, Gone is also his screenplay, we're hoping for Ben's sake that going behind the camera will bring a change in fortune with it...
Posted by Jim at 3:45 AM
Ex-worker sues Madonna, claims harassment...
Not to be toooo flip about it, but let's be honest: if you're employed by Madonna isn't sexual harassment just part of the benefits package?
I could be wrong, but...
Posted by Jim at 10:47 PM
MTVe.COM | News Uncut: Short Stories on Britney Spears, Will Smith, Ozzy, J.Lo & more
The bad news first...Whitney Houston has apparently re-entered rehab...I'm glad to see she's getting help, but ever since she got together with Bobby Brown her life has been one tragedy after another. Both were rising stars when they got together, and it's been sad to watch promising talent wasted like that...I hope she gets herself together this time...How many chances is she going to get?
Good news for Backstreet Boys fans...Apparently they actually played a gig this weekend and plan to release a new album this year...
Posted by Jim at 9:33 PM
It seems that Bit Bit, Britney Spears' tea cup chihuahua is "so much cuter than Tinkerbell," Paris Hilton's pet of the same breed.
Paris' dog has his own book, The Tinkerbell Hilton Diaries: My Life Tailing Paris Hilton while Britney's dog has her own blog.
Even on the red carpet, it turns out that it's a dog-one-ups-dog world after all...
Posted by Jim at 7:48 PM
Over 15 million people voted in the FHM poll that named Angelina Jolie number one.
That doesn't really come as a surprise to many I would think. What's more shocking is that Britney Spears didn't even make the list despite winning last year's poll. Sounds like Britney and her people need to do some brainstorming and figure out what's going on...
Posted by Jim at 9:35 PM
...is the theme of the campaign running in support of Mariah Carey's latest album.
I, for one, am looking forward to hearing from Mariah Carey. After some serious personal setbacks, hopefully she's got everything back on track again. She's got one of the greatest voices in the music business, and her personal troubles at least temporarily sidelined an extraordinarily promising career.
The new album drops April 4th and is titled The Emancipation of Mimi.
Posted by Jim at 4:59 PM
Yahoo! News - Aniston Files for Divorce From Pitt
I guess Jennifer Aniston finally got tired of watching the tabloids making up stories about what was going on with her relationship with Brad Pitt.
The general consensus in Hollywood at the time of their marriage was that Jennifer really "cleaned Brad up," and that her influence on him was a very positive one. Now that things appear to be over for good between them, we'll have to keep our eyes on Brad in the future to see how much truth there was to that...
Posted by Jim at 12:41 AM
After several years of constant filming, and constant fame, Renee Zellweger has decided to take a year off. She would like to go back to being herself for a while, not playing the role of someone else. Hopefully, she will be able to gain the career focus that she needs to take the next big step in her career. Maybe it is time for her to move behind the camera on a few projects, or accept some very different roles that really show off not just her great looks and personality, but also her great acting talent. Maybe the year will also give her and Damien Rice some time to make some personal decisions as well.
Posted by Kat at 8:49 PM
Recent reports that Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt are working to save their marriage have proven false. The two have decided that their personal goals are too different, and they will not be getting back together any time soon. It looks like a divorce is imminent.
Posted by Kat at 12:37 PM
While I am not a huge fan of Celine Dion, the fact is that she is the type of performer who can get up on stage, and people will come just to hear her sing. This is why she is able to pull off shows several nights per week in Las Vegas.
Britney Spears, on the other hand, just isn't that type of performer. She may like Celine's set up, but Britney doesn't belong in Las Vegas. She has covered up her lack of vocal talent with dance routines, tons of backup singers and performers, and audio feed. How is she going to pull off a move to Vegas? Her teen fans won't be following her out there. Basically, she is going to end up with a bunch of guys coming to her show for the same reasons they would go to any other strip club in the city- not for music, but for ass. Even if that doesn't bother her, there is no way that she can pull off her type of show night after night.
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Evidently, Britney Spears managed to marry not only a man with no money, but also a man with no respect for basic hygiene. It sounds like Britney needs to call in the Queer Eye team for Kevin or at least douse him in cologne and tic-tacs.
Posted by Kat at 5:59 PM
Actress Nicole Huff, died from pneumonia complications on Feb. 16 after having previously visited the hospital twice and being sent home on both occassions. You may remember Nicole from Meet the Parents where she played the engaged sister who took the volleyball to the face on the eve of her wedding. She also appeared on several other series, and she just finished her new movie, Unbeatable Harold, in which she had the starring role.
DeHuff is survived by her husband, her parents, and her sister and brother-in-law, Gretchen and Marty Leahy of Ponchatoula, La.
Memorial donations can be made to The Nicole DeHuff Scholarship Fund, care of Altman, Greenfield and Selvaggi, 200 Park Avenue South, 8th Floor, New York, N.Y., 10003.
Posted by Kat at 8:30 PM
So, everybody thought it was great that Demi Moore is dating Ashton Kutcher...what about her ex-husband, Bruce Willis, dating teen-idol, Lindsay Lohan? No, it may be disturbing, but it's not a joke. The 50 year old and 18 year old have been spotted together and not in a father-daughter way.
Posted by Kat at 1:49 PM
Angelina Jolie revealed the details of her current sex life with OK! Magazine. She talks about her bisexuality, her two current lovers, and the fact that she doesn't sleep with married men, especially not Brad Pitt.
Posted by Kat at 1:37 PM
Eva Longoria recently revealed how her stardom has affected her life. She feels like her private life has been invaded by the press and even her own friends, one of whom recently sold pictures of her 30th birthday party. It sounds like she needs to increase her security and keep a good eye on friends who are looking to cash in.
Posted by Kat at 1:23 PM
After all the hipe about Tara Reid's breast ordeal on the red carpet, someone finally tried to make money off of her "bad fortune." A condo firm, Sky Las Vegas, ran an add that referred to Tara and said "Come let it all hang out." Tara wasn't pleased and she has brought out her lawyers- if she is going to bare her breasts, then she is darn well going to be the only one to make money off of them.
Posted by Kat at 1:11 PM
It looks like Cameron Diaz needs to stop climbing on the furniture before she ends up hurting herself when Justin Timberlake isn't around to take her to the hospital! The next time she wants to do some housecleaning, she really should let Justin take care of the higher shelves.
Posted by Kat at 12:56 PM
Evidently, al-Qaeda made threats against Russell Crowe in 2001! He received FBI protection, and while they were protecting him they seem to have inflated his head a little more too. Read his comments about the "star" treatment, and you will see what I mean.
Posted by Kat at 11:21 PM
See the details on Kirstie Alley's new show that addresses the scarlet letter in Hollywood - F for FAT. Kirstie explains how the show got started and what it's all about. The show premiers next Monday with scenes of Kirstie and her actual friends such as John Travolta.
Posted by Kat at 11:11 PM
Today begins PETA's attack on Jennifer Lopez for her use of real fur in her new clothing line, Sweetface. While Lopez is inside the Virgin Records in Manhattan signing copies of her new album, Rebirth, PETA protesters will be outside showing clips of animals in China being skinned alive for their fur interspersed with shots of Jennifer parading around in her furs in her latest video.
Posted by Kat at 3:37 PM