Friday, December 10, 2010

The Trivial Pursuit: December 10th Edition

Chelsea Handler, in what has become the big non-scandalous scandal of the week, derided Angelina Jolie during a stand-up show in New Jersey.  Handler, who has become friends with Jennifer Aniston and spent the Thanksgiving holiday with her in Mexico, was quoted as saying [about Angelina]: "She's a homewrecker, she is.  She can rescue as many babies from as many countries as she wants to.  I don't fucking believe you.  She gives interviews, 'I don't have a lot of female friends.' Cause you're a fucking cunt. You're a fucking bitch." [via PopEater]   Handler has since followed up negative feedback on her colorful commentary with a defense, saying  "I've been making fun of Angelina Jolie since she made out with her brother." [via CNN]  Wow, does this feel high school or what?

MTV will compete with the the New Year's Eve Times Square ball drop by putting Jersey Shore's Snooki inside a ball of their own and dropping her as the rest of the cast takes on the task of "lead[ing] the crowd in fist pumping to attempt to break a Guinness world record."  Wow.  I mean, I already hate New Year's.  I sense that this year in particular will be one I'm particularly glad not to spend in Times Square.  [via THR]

Newsprint comic icon and fictional journalist Brenda Starr's strip is being retired after 70 years.  I used to try and read those, but I can honestly say I never really got into it.  Ah well.  Brenda, you've had quite the melodramatic career. [via Jezebel]

Frasier's life is pure drama.  Kelsey Grammer, 55, is engaged to marry 29-year old girlfriend Kayte Walsh, and his divorce from his third wife (Real Housewife Camille Donatacci) hasn't even been fully finalized.  Grammer and Donatacci split in July after 13-years.  Really Frasier?  3 wives down and you're ready to jump into a fourth marriage that quickly?  There's this thing called dating.  You could try that for awhile.  Or, you know, see a shrink. [via PopEater]

 Lee Daniels, the man who directed last year's remarkably unpleasant Precious, has been reported by Deadline as being attached to remake Federico Fellini's Nights of Cabiria.  This is, without a doubt, a gigantic, critical error.  Here's an idea:  come up with a new story about prostitutes.  Cabiria already became Sweet Charity, and honestly, that's the only incarnation we need.  No, Lee Daniels.  You're not ready yet. Walk away.

RIP: Elizabeth Edwards, best-selling author and wife of troubled former presidential candidate John Edwards, passed away on Tuesday morning at age 61.  Edwards had, as many are aware, been battling breast cancer since 2004.  [via Reuters]

Bawdy director John Waters met teen dream Justin Bieber backstage at the UK's The Graham Norton Show.  The only reason this is relevant is because apparently the Biebs was a big fan of Waters' trademark pencil-thin mustache.  He is quoted as saying exactly this: "Your 'stache is the jam."  Later, the Biebs was seen out and about with a drawn-on homage to the Waters 'stache, which I personally think considerably more awesome.  Like Kermit the Frog in Muppets Take Manhattan trying to ingratiate himself into Sardi's. [via Baltimore Sun, of course]

There's a rumor going around that Nicole Richie and Joel Madden are secretly getting married this weekend.  The pair already have a child together and have been an item for a couple years, so, I mean, I'm sure if this is true they have at least one ecstatic relative, right?
Katy Perry, who can't see far enough into the future to understand that this will be detrimental to her own personal brand (pun half intended), is actually in the process of having her name changed post-nuptials to comedian/crazy person Russell Brand.  That's right, soon you may have to change the iTunes listing for that secret copy of "Teenage Dream" you keep.   I get that they're married and in love and all, but Katy...if you're famous under one stage name, don't mess with it.  [via HuffPo
Soul legend Aretha Franklin has been diagnosed with what The Enquirer cites as "incurable pancreatic cancer,"  whether this last part is true or not, you should be sad.  So, be sad.  [via Jezebel]
Emma Stone has gone blonde for the role of Gwen Stacy in the Spider-Man reboot.  If we're judging based solely on a compare/contrast of these images, then, um yeah, they're doing it right.
Lady Gaga is experiencing a case of multiplicity after eight different wax figures were created for international Madame Tussauds outposts.  Some look more like Gags than others, if you ask me.  The one commemorating the lightning bolt facepaint just looks like a sloppy dorm party doppelganger.  The telephone hat waxworks is too streamlined in the face.  The conical pink hair option? I don't even know what that's all about.  [via PopEater, images via Getty]
This week in Miley Cyrus news, Miley does a bong hit and TMZ has the video! Big excitement.  It's sure to send folks into a tizzy, but Cyrus isn't pulling a Phelps here.  She's smoking Salvia, a plant that's 100% legal to possess in California.  Also, she's 18.  She does what she wants.  What she wants is to smoke that psychoactive herb.  Remember, she can't be tamed.  [via TMZ]

Some dude who thinks he's clever is watching Julie and Julia every day for a year and blogging about it.  Yeah, sure you're getting loads of attention now, but you're going to come out of this with serious issues.  This sort of stunt journalism will kill all your brain cells.

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