Thursday, September 28, 2006

From Today's Post:
THOMAS Pynchon, the legendarily reclusive author of such celebrated novels as "V," "Gravity's Rainbow" and "The Crying of Lot 49," has a XXX-rated skeleton in the family closet - his brainy niece stars in and directs hard-core porn flicks.

Friday, July 28, 2006

I know I'm the only one who cares to notice, but Christina Applegate appears in the news again. Reported on today's Page Six:
WE HEAR . . .
THAT Christina Applegate and Chloe "Big Love" Sevigny will join Heather Graham tomorrow when she launches Gold Peak, a new iced tea from the Coca-Cola Co., at the Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge in Bridgehampton.

Kudos to her. Even if she's not getting work, she's hustling out there in very creative ways. And at the least, she can share her strategies with Heather Graham (Hot Roller Girl one day; host of a beverage product launch the next).

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

I'm so happy that Mr. 8th Face has returned to write about Lance Bass. I preferred him over Justin, JC, FatOne, or that other dude, despite the mocking of my former co-worker ("CA, he looks like a lesbian!").

I actually have a quote pulled from People's article that intrigued me:

Adds Bass’s longtime pal, actress Christina Applegate: "I've always accepted him as who he is. It's about his own serenity at this point."

Who knew Christina Applegate was such good friends with Lance? And not only that, she's pretty good friends with Jessica Simpson, too, for she appears in Jessica's latest music video. Went to Christina's IMDB page and found that her most recent credit was listed as "Customer #1" in 2005. From Kelly Bundy to Tony nominated Musical Lead Actress to Customer #1. Things are looking rough.

But the big mystery, though, is whether she is truly friends with these pop kiddies.. OR is she a Celebrity Friend for hire? The Celebrity Apologist wants to know!

From the Associated Press:
Lance Bass of 'N Sync Reveals He's Gay
Jul 26, 10:37 AM EST

The Associated Press

Lance Bass, band member of 'N Sync, says he's gay and in a "very stable" relationship with a reality show star. Bass, who formed 'N Sync with Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick, tells People magazine that he didn't earlier disclose his sexuality because he didn't want to affect the group's popularity.

"I knew that I was in this popular band and I had four other guys' careers in my hand, and I knew that if I ever acted on it or even said (that I was gay), it would overpower everything," he tells the magazine.

'N Sync is known for a string of hits including "Bye Bye Bye" and "It's Gonna Be Me." The band went on hiatus in 2002. Bass has also found headlines for undertaking astronaut training and failing to raise money for a trip into space.

Bass says he wondered if his coming out could prompt "the end of 'N Sync." He explains, "So I had that weight on me of like, `Wow, if I ever let anyone know, it's bad.' So I just never did."

The singer says he's in a "very stable" relationship with 32-year-old actor Reichen Lehmkuhl, winner of season four of CBS' "Amazing Race."

Bass and Fatone, 29, are developing a sitcom pilot inspired by the screwball comedy "The Odd Couple," in which his character will be gay.

"The thing is, I'm not ashamed — that's the one thing I went to say," Bass says. "I don't think it's wrong, I'm not devastated going through this. I'm more liberated and happy than I've been my whole life. I'm just happy."

I'm so happy for Lance and his Amazing Race boyfriend. Not to be complicit with gay culture's obsession with looks, but I totally wonder what brought doughy Lance and 3% Bodyfat Reichen together? Is celebrity truly the great equalizer? Ask Bruce Vilanch.

Friday, July 14, 2006

From today's NY Daily News:
Stealing a woman's husband is bad enough, but her Oscar vehicle, too? That's cold.

Angelina Jolie will play Mariane Pearl - widow of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl-in a Brad Pitt-produced film originally slated for Jennifer Aniston.

"A Mighty Heart" is Mariane Pearl's agonizing account of her husband's 2002 kidnapping by Pakistani militants, who later broadcast his execution on the Internet.

Pitt kept rights to the film after breaking up Plan B, the production company he founded with Aniston. He took "Heart" and other titles to Paramount, while Aniston remained at Warner Bros. "The film will focus on the deep collaboration between people around the world in search of Daniel in 2002," Pitt said in a statement yesterday. "We hope the film can increase understanding between people of all faiths and portray the story and the people involved as honestly as possible without anger or judgment."

C'mon now -- just say no to girl-on-girl hate. Lest we forget the turd in the middle. Really, any man's blue eyes, dimpled smile, lean physique, six-pack abs, hot hot HOT ass, decent (ahem) seeming bulge, that chisled face with the soft silken locks cascading down around it worth all of this hoopla?

Thursday, July 13, 2006

From today's Page Six:
July 13, 2006 -- ...Chase, who starred in "Caddyshack" and
"Fletch," also relays a weird running joke he shares with his teenage daughter. "My youngest, who's 17, seems to be identical to the way I was in my perception of the world," he told Details. "I mean, I can remember the first time I called her a whore. We just laughed for half an hour. Because she's anything but. But she gets it immediately and laughs. I'd call her every day down at school; she might pick up and say, 'Whoretown!' She said something the other day like, 'Dad,
how much should I charge?' "

I don't think my father and I have ever shared the half hour laughfests that Chevy and his daughter clearly enjoy. Just call me a "ho-bag" once in awhile, Dad. Or throw in a "dirty cunt" when we're on the phone. That way I won't have to tell my therapist that you withheld your affection from me. I envy Chevy's daughter.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

I saw Janeane Garofalo yesterday walking two huge dogs near Cooper Square. If I had stopped her, I would have congratulated her on the 10 year anniversary of "The Truth About Cast & Dogs." So exciting! Siskel & Ebert gave it "Two Thumbs Up!" back in 1996. I'd wager this Janeane Garofalo gem holds up real well in 2006.

Thank you for all the laughs, Janeane! You and Uma were the Abbott and Costello of the mid-90s B-list romantic comedies! Oh, remember when you slathered all that mayo on your face pretending you were really Uma's character with a facial? That had me LMAO. Really.

The Associated Press reports:
Jackie Chan disrupted a concert by Taiwanese singer-songwriter Jonathan Lee and exchanged insults with the audience, a news report said Tuesday.

Ming Pao Daily News quoted the 52-year-old action star as saying onstage that he was drunk.

Chan suddenly jumped on the stage Monday night and demanded a duet with Lee. He then tried to conduct the band but stopped and restarted the music several times, the newspaper reported.

As the awkward interruption dragged on, audience members started to heckle Chan, who replied with an insult, according to the report.

If leaping onstage in a drunken haze and making the night's proceedings all about you is a crime, then aren't we all just a little bit guilty? Stand up for Drunk Uncles and Ex-Girlfriends, everywhere.

Finish the analogy: Jackie Chan is to Soy Bomb as Sacheen Littlefeather is to blank.

From today's Page Six:

SEAN Combs still seems to be agonizing over his nickname. The man previously known as Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy and just Diddy, sharply corrected a heckling pedicab driver he ran into Sunday afternoon on Central Park South. "While Puffy and his posse waited for the light to cross, maybe over to Trump International or Time Warner Center, a pedicab driver wearing a yellow SpongeBob T-shirt, a red and white Santa hat and black bike tights, yelled out, 'Hey, P. Diddy, how about ride, help the working man out?,' " our spy reports. "Puffy replied, 'I always help the working man out. And it's Puff, brother!' " After Combs started crossing the street, the driver yelled, "Yeah, Diddy, how cool is a guy that changes his nickname more than a baby changes diapers?" Our witness reports: "A crowd was laughing at the driver's crack, and some other pedicab drivers started ringing the bells on their bike. I don't know if it was to show solidarity with the driver or what, but it was surreal."

The man's got a right to change his name. It's not your fault you can't keep up. Damn.

Monday, July 10, 2006

The Celebrity Apologist

From the New York Daily News Gossip Section:
Katharine McPhee might not be the sweet All-American girl we've seen on "American Idol." A source tells us that the other contestants, now on a nationwide tour, secretly despise Katharine for her diva-like behavior and the special treatment they feel producers have bestowed on her. She begged off the first three weeks of the tour — supposedly due to bronchitis — and the others are not looking forward to her antics after her return...
I am no stranger to the Kat McPhee hate, having equated her singing to the noisy devouring of children that seems to best please her dark American Idol masters, but if the girl is sick, she's sick!

So she's despised by her peers? It's the American way. What's she got to be ashamed of? Absolutely nothing!