Archive for the ‘Celebrity News’ Category

George Carlin dies at age 71

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Comedian George Carlin, whose off-color comedy caused him to run afoul of the FCC and led to a landmark Supreme Court case on decency and broadcasting, passed away from heart failure on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Man-crush 101

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Who’s your man crush? (Hat tip: BK.)

Calling all moral celebrities!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

I asked this question of a few friends, in relation to something that I’m writing about fatherhood, and I’ve been getting some fun answers, so I thought it might be entertaining to ask the wider blog audience:

What female celebrity or celebrities do you consider to have "good morals," in the sense that you might say of your (real or hypothetical) daughter, "I hope she grows up to have good morals like _______"? (The implicit, unspoken end to that sentence, of course, being "…and not like Britney Spears, Lindsey Lohan," etc. etc.) And why?

No questioning the premise of the question, please. :) I know all individuals are unique, and I cherish my daughter’s uniqueness; and further, I know that celebrity hero-worship can be toxic, especially for girls, and I’m not actually hoping Loyette grows up to be just like some celebrity or other. I’m simply trying, for analogical purposes really, to come up with a list of celebrities who people consider to be "moral," whatever that means to each of you.

P.S. Feel free to define the term "celebrity" however you like.

Breaking news!

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Britney Spears’s 16-year-old sister is pregnant… with John Edwards’s baby!!

Okay, I made that last part up. Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant, though.

All I want for Christmas is Ma Spears’s parenting book

Today’s entry from the “WTF?” file

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

The most bizarre Associated Press correction ever:

GAUHATI, India (AP) – In a Nov. 13 story, The Associated Press incorrectly reported that Paris Hilton was praised by conservationists for highlighting the problem of binge-drinking elephants in northeastern India. Lori Berk, a publicist for Hilton, said she never made any comments about helping drunken elephants in India.


UPDATE: Here is the original story.

Britney loses custody of kids

Monday, October 1st, 2007

CNN Breaking News: "A court has ordered pop singer Britney Spears to give up custody of her
children effective Wednesday at noon, according to court papers."

Leave Steve Jobs alone!

Monday, September 24th, 2007

For those of you who’ve already seen the Britney breakdown of Chris Crocker on YouTube, here’s one for the straight male Mac enthusiast.


Mike Patrick’s important question

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

If you’re a college-football announcer, what better time could there possibly be to start randomly talking about Britney Spears — confusing the hell out of everyone else in the broadcasting booth — than in overtime of the Georgia-Alabama game, right before the game-winning touchdown?

Thanks to Georgia QB Matthew Stafford and WR Mikey Henderson, I guess we’ll never know to answer to the question, "What is Britney doing with her life?" (Hat tip: Stewart Mandel.)

Also thanks to Stafford and Henderson, Alabama is no longer among the ranks of the unbeaten… and somewhere, some crazed Crimson Tide fan is thinking about registering :)

Anyway, the Thrilling Thirty-One is down to a Terrific Twenty-Three. After the jump, a look at how all 31 teams that entered the week undefeated fared.


Oops, she made a fool of herself again

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Britney Spears is embarrassed. Meanwhile, TMZ is issuing an R.I.P. for her career. More here.

Meanwhile, the AP looks at the catty commentary about Britney’s figure and asks:

Did Spears, lest we forget a mother of two, deserve to be held up against the standard of her once fantastically toned abs, sculpted by sessions of 1,000 tummy crunches? Or was she asking for it by choosing that unforgiving black-sequined bikini?

More profoundly, in an age where skinny models and skeletal actresses are under scrutiny for the message they’re sending young girls, what does it say that we’re excoriating a young woman for a little thickness in her middle?

I’ll admit, some of the commentary on her appearance did make me squirm. That she would be called "fat," or "lard," or "like a house" — I don’t know if I’d call it "unfair," I’d just say its inaccurate. Utterly factually inaccurate. She’s not "fat." Good grief! … That said, whether she can pull off that particular outfit is an entirely different question, to which I daresay the correct answer would be a resounding "no."

The more pertinent issue, IMHO, is that she sucked. Sucked monkey balls, in fact (as the Loy family’s resident Britneyologist, Becky, would say).

Britney’s back

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

…and skankier than ever. (Not to mention, lip-sync-ier than ever.)

If you’re watching the VMAs on MTV, you know what I’m talking about. If not, I’m sure it’ll be on YouTube in like 5 seconds.

UPDATE: Here we go. Umm, NSFW? [UPDATE 2: The video has been yanked offline, presumably for copyright reasons. TMZ has a shorter clip; dunno how long it’ll last.]

Here’s a photo and some commentary.

Rove spars with Crow; Spitzer hearts Sanjaya

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

It seems Karl Rove had a rather confrontational encounter with Sheryl Crow and Inconvenient Truth producer Laurie David at the White House Correspondents Dinner last night. Like a bunch of third-graders, all participants in the snit claim that somebody else started it.

But nevermind global warming-fueled hissy fits, the real news from the dinner is that Sanjaya Malakar was there (as People magazine’s guest), and New York governor Eliot Spitzer got his autograph! Is this a tacit acknowledgement by Gov. Spitzer that he, too, only succeeded because the electorate decided to “vote for the worst“? ;)

Speaking of which, the erstwhile Sanjaya-backers at VFTW have decided to endorse Phil Stacey this week. Though Sanjaya claims they had nothing to do with his success — it was his own genuine fan base, not the “haters,” that kept him alive. Riiiight. Regardless, don’t cry for Sanjaya. It seems that Britney Spears wants to hitch her wagon to his star. Heh. Hooray for Hollywood!

UPDATE: Reggie Bush was there, too, as a guest of Condi Rice.

Britney, K-Fed reach divorce settlement

Friday, March 30th, 2007

America, you can finally breathe a sigh of relief: there will be no Britney vs. K-Fed divorce battle. I know we’ll all sleep better at night now.

UPDATE: Details here:

Britney Spears has reached a $1 million divorce settlement with her ex-husband Kevin Federline. …

Federline will walk away with much less money than expected because of the airtight pre-nup Spears’s lawyer devised. The final deal also means Spears, 25, and Federline, 28, will have joint custody of their sons – Sean Preston, 18 months, and six-month-old Jayden James.

Bald Britney breakdown

Monday, February 19th, 2007

Britney Spears appars to be pretty much falling apart.

Britney goes bald

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

No, really. More here (be patient; site loading slowly due to link from Drudge).

Irwin death tape destroyed

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

All copies of the video of Steve Irwin’s death have been destroyed, according to his widow Terri. (You can read the full interview here.)

So much for the reports that Irwin’s family was planning to “respect his last wishes and allow the harrowing footage to be broadcast.” (The Daily Star, which initially got that rumor rolling, quoted Irwin as once saying, “My number one rule is to keep that camera rolling. … Even if a big old alligator is chewing me up I want to go down and go, ‘Crikey!’ just before I die. That would be the ultimate for me.”)

One video that will air is Irwin’s final documentary, “Ocean’s Deadliest,” which he was in the midst of filming when he died. It will debut next Sunday at 8pm, simulcast on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel.

Anyway, the discussion of the death video reminds me of a poll question I’ve wanted to ask on the blog for a while… but I haven’t, because, well, it’s in extremely poor taste. But, what the heck, I’ll ask it after the jump. Taste doesn’t matter, so long as it’s after the jump, right? :) Like I said, though: extremely poor taste. Seriously. Don’t click the “more…” link if you’re easily offended!