Friday, March 4, 2011

The Trivial Pursuit: March 3rd Edition

If the Oscar telecast proved nothing else, it successfully put forth an argument for James Franco's inability to master all domains (some may argue Palo Alto already managed this).  If you haven't already heard: Franco's hosting ability was blasted by all who saw it this week, and the gossip has been relentless.  Franco was a no show at his own post-awards bash, prompting a fair amount of discussion.  He also ditched Oprah the next morning.  Anne Hathaway's desperate attempts at overcompensation have led to rumors that she is/was frustrated with him and that the two are now sworn enemies.  Her camp denies this.  Fact?  Fiction?  You be the judge.  My opinion: if he's actually taking his doctoral candidate studies seriously on the other side of the country (Yale), dude is too exhausted to commit to something like this.  Shouldn't have done it, Franco.  Sometimes it's ok to say no....

Christina Aguilera got hit with a misdemeanor public intoxication charge and thrown in the drunk tank earlier this week after downing a little too much while out to dinner with her boyfriend.  The charge follows months of speculation on the pop star's mental state.  Of course, the fact of the matter is that Aguilera wasn't the one driving. Her boyfriend, Matthew Rutler, was the one arrested for driving under the influence.  Bad decision, but probably not hers.  [source]

Designer John Galliano was suspended from fashion mega haus Christian Dior after video surfaced of him harassing a Jewish couple, spewing anti-semitic remarks, and praising Hitler.  Smart, Galliano.  Brilliant.  Needless to say, his tirade has not been taken lightly, least of all by Dior spokesmodel Natalie Portman, who condemned Galliano in a statement released Monday.  [source]

RIP: Gary Winick, director of Bride Wars, 13 Going on 30, Letters to Juliet, and Charlotte's Web, lost his battle to cancer last Sunday night at the age of 49. [source]

94-year old actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was told by doctors this week that she'd have to have her left leg amputated.  Or course, the thing about that is, her right leg was already amputated in January to stop the spread of gangrene. One word: yikes. [source]

In the wake of his Oscar win for the score of The Social Network, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor will be scoring and acting in the film adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  Yes, he will be a vampire.  [source]

Obnoxious reality character Kim Kardashian has released her first single, an autotuned to hell track entitled "Jam (Turn it Up)."  This is obviously symptomatic of all that's wrong with America.  Also, even with production by the Dream, it's making Paris Hilton's pop attempt sound lively.  Turn it off.  Google that on your own time.

For those following the casting of the film adaptation of the massively popular young adult sci-fi series The Hunger Games, some rumors have been floating around about the casting of heroine Katniss Everdeen.  While True Grit's Hailee Steinfeld was previously listed as the age appropriate front runner, it seems fellow Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone) may be sneaking into the lead.  While Lawrence put in a fine performance, I'm not so sure she'd fit the bill for Katniss.  One reason? Well, she's already almost 21. Katniss is 16.  By the time they get to the third novel? Um... [source]

Author Kathryn Stockett has been sued by her brother's longtime nanny Ablene Cooper, claiming that, in essence, the plot of bestselling novel The Help stole too liberally from her life and was "humiliating." [source]

Rihanna and Ryan Phillipe may be banging.  Just think about that for a minute.  Justin Bieber is heartbroken. He curses himself.  He looks up into camera one and says "why must I be so young?" [source]

Glee's Dianna Agron is said to be terrified of her ex-boyfriend (and I Am Number Four) co-star Alex Pettyfer.  He's such a "psycho loose cannon" in fact, that she's taken to staying in a hotel under an alias.  Hmmm. [source]

Also, did you know that Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) has a music career?

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