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Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, February 10, 2010; 12:00 PM

Washington Post columnists Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts were online Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Noon ET to discuss your favorite gossip, celebrity sightings and their recent columns.

In recent columns: It's a great week to be Scandinavian in Washington! Otherwise, everything was canceled. Did a travel magazine conspire to have a beloved '80s teen icon killed to generate publicity? (We kid, of course.) Hilary Rhoda wears an amazing gold-medallion bikini in Sports Illustrated, but looks ahead to the next thing: sportscasting. Local boy makes bad on "American Idol." The Salahis have fun Down Under. Lil Wayne heads to prison. Jamie Lynn Spears splits from babydaddy. Jenny Sanford's ignored red flags.

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Amy Argetsinger: Good morning everyone! I'm expecting record crowds here in the chat today, especially from you blizzard-bound Washingtonians. How about that snow? We've gone from a lovely James Joycean snow-general-over-Ireland-falling-gently-on-the-central plain, to one of those Little House on the Prairie nightmares of a storm where people get lost 5 feet from their house because they can't see it. But I digress. Bring on your questions!

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Sarasota, Fla.: Did you see Jenny Sanford on The Daily Show? She seemed to be a good sport, but what an odd get for that show. It was awkward at best.

Amy Argetsinger: I missed that. However, I did see Jenny Sanford on "Larry King Live" the other night, and can I just say, flipping between that and "The Bachelor" taught me a lot about relationships. How many red flags did Jenny Sanford miss? It's really very sad.

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D.C.: I know we get snow from time to time here, but does this snow seem different than usual? It's like Hollywood snow, or the snow from ER or something. Am I crazy, or does that make sense?

Amy Argetsinger: Exactly! It's more than just Chicago-quality snow, it's very-special-episode-of-ER quality snow.

It was lovely walking around in the December snowstorm, and the 10-days-ago snowstorm, and the last-weekend snowstorm. But this is just scouring, miserable stuff. Epic, though.

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Kensington, Md.: I read your piece about the Salahis down under. I could not believe my eyes when I read that her profession was listed as a Redskin Cheerleader and his was lawyer. Who tipped you off to this?

Amy Argetsinger: Stupidly, I did not have a Google-News alert set up for our dinner-crashing friends, so it took a tip from a helpful reader who had seen the Australian news coverage.

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Snowed in Bristow!: Hello ladies! Did you make it into work or chatting from home? I bet the streets of D.C. are pretty quiet. I hope you're staying warm and thank you for providing us with daily dose of local entertainment in this not-so-thrilling week. Btw, did you see how our Mr.Playgirl came out? Interesting...

Amy Argetsinger: I am at work. I only live a few blocks away, though. I'm literally one of about a dozen people rattling around in this huge building.

I have no idea where Roxanne is. Hopefully at home. Most people are working from home. The blizzard conditions are so deeply disorienting that it's possible one forgot that it's the day of the Wednesday chat... however, it's also possible that she doesn't have power.

You know, it's funny, I thought the Levi Johnston Playgirl issue had already come out, months ago. But I guess those were just the online photos. Now on newsstands!

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Jenny Sanford: Man, she needed Liz Lemon's book. If your boyfriend doesn't bother to pick you up at the airport, but just leaves a car for you, that you can't drive: THAT'S A DEALBREAKER. If your fiance purposely excludes the part about being faithful in your marriage vows: THAT'S A DEALBREAKER. Poor girl. What was she thinking? She must have been in love...

Amy Argetsinger: Oh, and so many others... Weirdly, though, I get the impression that maybe she wasn't that much in love with him either, but that she thought this was as good as it gets. Which is just as sad.

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Denver, Colo.: While reading celebrity news this morning I found it funny how Jennifer Aniston tells us she is spending her birthday vacationing in Mexico, while Angelina Jolie just so happens to be volunteering her free time to go down to Haiti. Was that done on purpose? It always seems like Jolie one-ups her. But still, I can't really feel for Aniston when lots of Americans won't be taking an exotic vacation this year, or haven't, in a while.

Amy Argetsinger: I just keep thinking, how weird would it be if every time you went somewhere -- whether a foreign country, or a new restaurant, or the dry cleaners -- the entire world took note.

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Enquiring Minds: Do you think the Woods's marriage has a snowball's chance of surviving? I know Elin hates the idea of a divorce since she came from a divorced family, but I have this notion that she forced Tiger into sex rehab to humiliate him and she's going to dump him anyway. Or maybe wait 2 years until the new prenup kicks in and THEN dump him. And what about some of the girlfriends (Rachel U. springs to mind) who claimed he's been in touch since the SUV crash? Just making things up to stay in the headlines?

Amy Argetsinger: I think... we don't have a clue what's going on in that relationship. Which is okay: We don't really know what's going on in most of our friends' relationships. It wouldn't be the weirdest thing if they stayed together. We see that happen all the time, with famous and non-famous couples wracked by infidelity.

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Washingtoon- District of Calamity: Do you think Erwin Gomez's Salon is open today since we all know he has a white Hummer stretch limo at his disposal?

Amy Argetsinger: Ha! Honestly, though, I wouldn't trust a stretch Hummer to navigate the corners very well this week.

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D.C.: Great catch on the Ryan Bingham-Ryan Bingham item. I saw and loved both movies, and their names sounded familiar, though had no idea how. I figured I mush have gone to high school with a Ryan Bingham or something -- never thought to look it up on the Internet.

Amy Argetsinger: I saw the name in the closing credits of "Crazy Heart" and thought, "where have I heard of him?" Googled around, and finally decided I must have just read about him before. And then another sharp reader e-mailed me with the coincidence. (For those of you just catching up, Ryan Bingham is the name of Clooney's character in "Up in the Air"; also the name of the singer-songwriter who wrote the them to "Crazy Heart" and also plays a small role. Link to follow.) Not sure how my tipster made the connection, but maybe he just read it on a blog.

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Snow in D.C.: Given our weather conditions, I am amping up for Vancouver and Winter Olympics. Any good gossip about Olympic participants? Can we expect high drama (a la Harding/Kerrigan) or are the athletes too focused on their sports? Is there anyone in Olympics (handsome, angry, sex-crazed) we should know about?

Amy Argetsinger: Our Sports section put out a fantastic supplement giving you the full low-down on all Olympic sports and Olympians to watch... in today's paper. Which I got. But you probably didn't, huh? Anyway, I'll put out a link...

The Olympics are great. For two weeks we become absolutely fascinated in these people we've never heard of before and will never think of again.

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washingtonpost.com: Ryan Bingham, meet Ryan Bingham. (Reliable Source, Feb. 3)

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Capitol Hll: Still waiting for my paper to be delivered this morning. Could you let circulation know? Thanks.

Amy Argetsinger: Already done.

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washingtonpost.com: Vancouver Olympics

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Silver Spring, Md.: Gee. That Hilary Rhoda, she's um, kinda attractive, um, isn't she?

washingtonpost.com: Quoted: Hilary Rhoda on her second Sports Illustrated swimsuit appearance (Reliable Source, Feb. 9)

Amy Argetsinger: Pretty girl -- she should model!

She does look fantastic, doesn't she? And I kind of love that bikini, even though it would probably sink to the bottom of the pool, with or without you. You should watch the videos on the SI web site where they're interviewing her. Hilary is very polite, but I couldn't help get the impression that she's just a wee bit bored with the modeling thing. Maybe I'm projecting. But her rep says she is indeed looking for her next thing, maybe broadcasting.

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Salahi as cheerleader/down-under: Who writes the stuff for "promo" materials and prints it when it is so obviously untrue? If I read a program/ad featuring celebrity, I expect exaggerated veracity but not complete untruth. Then again, I still believe in fairies.

Amy Argetsinger: No idea. Another Aussie newspaper described the Salahis as having been escorted out of the White House by security, which is also completely untrue.

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Washington, D.C.: Ellen on American Idol -- what did you think? It's early, but I don't miss Paula all too much yet.

Amy Argetsinger: I agree. She was just fine. I feel a little guilty not missing Paula more. We'll see, though, as the season goes on.

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Bethesda, Md.: Have you figured out who will win American Idol yet? I'm totally with the guy who covered Paula Abdul's "Straight Up."

Amy Argetsinger: He was fantastic, wasn't he? Stocky guy with a guitar, who did a sensitive-singer-songwriter treatment to the Paula Abdul classic -- and actually made it sound good!

To me, that's always the test of a true Idol contender: When they start singing a song, and you can't quite recognize it, but you're thinking, "yeah, this is a good song!"... And then they get further into it, and you think, "no, wait, I HATE this song -- but I'm liking it now." Adam Lambert did that a lot (though admittedly he mostly picked good songs)... Carrie Underwood did that with "Islands in the Stream." Taylor Hicks did that with some Michael McDonald songs.

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Amy Argetsinger: Oh, but the winner will probably be one of those two blonde Lillith Fair-type girls we saw in the second half of last night's Hollywood episode.

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Winter fun: Snowball fight in Dupont Circle at 2.

Amy Argetsinger: Really? Only if the snow has stopped. That stuff is scouring.

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Arlington, Va.: I got my paper!!!!! I hope the delivery guy made it home okay.

Amy Argetsinger: Godspeed.

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Playgirl Magazine: Who reads Playgirl magazine? Girls? Guys? Prison inmates? I thought that magazine folded long ago. What's up with that?

Amy Argetsinger: Yes, the print edition -- mostly read by dudes -- folded a couple years ago, but they brought out a special issue just for Levi.

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Alexandria, Va.: What did you think, was The Who awesome or what?

Amy Argetsinger: Or what.

I mean, all due respect, but it was pretty tired. I know they have to stick to the standard songs and the standard arrangements, but bo-ring...

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Upperville, Va.: Roxanne is snowed in out here. She is just a little busy!

Roxanne Roberts: Ta da! I'm am snowed in---and my computer didn't feel like letting me chat. But I made it and expect to dig out by....March.

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Alexandria, Va.: I'm still casting the All the President's Gatecrashers movie and so far it's: Rachel McAdams as Amy, Angelina Jolie as Rox, Cate Blanchette as Ms. Salahi, Kevin Spacey(plus forty pounds) as Mr. Salahi and Will Smith as Gatecrasher #3 (or Obama, take your pick). What do you think?

Amy Argetsinger: Rachel McAdams, really? However: It's Sela Ward for Rox -- same person we've signed to star in the Lifetime movie based on Roxanne's chase for the title in the Gingerbread Nationals. And I kind of liked Kristin Wiig and Bobby Moynihan from Saturday Night Live as the Salahis.

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Washington, D.C.: What are we expected to do with ourselves while Lil Wayne is in jail? Glad to hear he is looking forward to going.

Amy Argetsinger: I don't know. It was hard enough when T.I. was locked up nearly a year.

(Anyone see his "Behind the Music," btw? Like, every commercial break he's going to jail again.)

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More Elton Please!: Hi Amy and Roxanne. Are the American Idol producers really thinking about Howard Stern as a possible Simon replacement?. What about Elton John?, they are both British, sound alike (are they from the same part of the U.K.?) and can be catty and foul if needed?. If Elton wants to be relevant to the kids (Mommy what is a tiny dancer), then this is his place.

Roxanne Roberts: No, no, no! Couldn't bear to watch Howard, and Elton is too rich and too busy to sign for the gig, I think.

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Straight Up cover: Are you saying that you didn't like the original Paula treatment of "Straight Up"? Something against Paula or just that particular song?

Amy Argetsinger: I didn't have loathing for the song. It's just not a particular memorable song. Mediocre. It's one that probably made me flip the stations more than once. But this guy did a treatment of it that made me thing the song has good bones after all.

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Arlington, Va.: This storm has been stressful on many levels. Cars can't get through the streets, tree limbs might blow through our windows, roofs could collapse under all the snow. But my biggest fear is this: if I lose power for several days, how will I know what is happening with the Salahis?

Roxanne Roberts: Are they still Down Under? They did one of their "promotional" appearances for their polo tourney in Australia last weekend.

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Jenny Sanford/The Bachelor: With all due respect to Jenny Sanford, the Bachelor, and Larry King --- who knows more about relationships than anyone -- I was learning about relationships from Jack Bauer. He is so deep and troubled. So much he should teach Freddie Prinze Jr. about relationships.

Amy Argetsinger: That's what I like about Jack. He knows what hurting is all about -- the kind of hurt you feel deep in your heart, and the kind of hurt you feel when someone kneecaps you.

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D.C.: Is Roxanne just a really slow typist today?

Roxanne Roberts: I'm ALWAYS a slow typist. My computer was acting up.

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Pittsburgh, Pa.: A moment of silence, please, for Rep. John Murtha. My favorite story re him was that every week he'd go out to Walter Reed to visit wounded vets.

Amy Argetsinger: Thanks for writing.

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Sunny Hollywood: Does Levi give us the full monty in the mag? Because the pix on the Web didn't show much and I was frankly holding out hope that he was a bigger man than that.

Amy Argetsinger: No, apparently not. Sorry.

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Anonymous: Not to name names, but I see that a well-known former beauty pageant contestant who appears on Fox News programs from time to time, is engaged to an NFL quarterback. I hope they aren't in D.C. today, since when she was photographed topless at the beach she blamed it on a sudden gust of wind, and that wind is really blowing today.

Roxanne Roberts: And it's SO cold. A double-whammy!

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Snowmageddon: How many fancy parties were you supposed to cover this weekend that got canceled? And how much money did they all lose?

Amy Argetsinger: Everything got cancelled. At least three things I was supposed to go to. Have no idea how it works out, especially when you have a big gala that you have to shift to another week.

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Olympics: True, the general public soon forgets the athletes and their Olympic accomplishments. Sad. I remember Bruce Jenner's performance(s). Stunning. Now, my teenage daughter knows him as the hapless dad in "Keeping Up With Kardashians." Sad, in a way. But here's a shout-out to all those who have made the Games whatever they are doing now. Good job.

Amy Argetsinger: It's great entertainment, definitely.

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Cat lover: My cat Buddy who insists on going outside every morning no matter what -- went out and promptly vanished whoosh in a snow drift. I didn't know that cat could jump so high or run back inside so fast!

Roxanne Roberts: Isn't that kind of mean? My cats begged to go outside, so I opened the door and two little paws stepped onto the snow, then they gave me the WTF look, cat version, and backed away from the door.

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Oscar!: Since it's Oscar season, let's talk overrated movies. I'll throw out a few-To Live and Die in L.A., Say Anything and The English Patient.

Amy Argetsinger: To Live and Die in L.A.? I didn't know that was particularly highly rated.

The English Patient is what it is. Swoony, a little pretentious, like so many Best Picture winners, but entertaining.

Say Anything -- I totally agree with you. Are we leading the Cusack/Say Anything backlash (20 years late)?

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New American Idol Judge: There is only one name -- Danza.

Roxanne Roberts: But Tony can't sing. Never really could.

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I can't really feel for Aniston when lots of Americans won't be taking an exotic vacation this year, or haven't, in a while.: That statement is annoying me in so many ways. Why is Aniston singled out by poster and the only comfortable person who should sacrifice her hard-earned vacation simply because 99 percent of the world always has and always will be less comfortable than her. I have NEVER had an exotic vacation, don't expect one! But I don't think JA should cancel hers because of what major I chose in college. Good grief what an idiot. Sorry, but those of us who drove to work BEFORE the late announcement are NOT getting comp time, so I'm. In. A. Cranky. Mood.

Amy Argetsinger: But you articulate your crankiness so well! And make a good point. Thanks for writing. Sorry about the drive.

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In Jennifer Aniston's defense: She made a point of saying she chose to vacation in Mexico (where she has been many times) to help their tourist economy, which has suffered badly from both the economic downturn and the h1n1 outbreak. It was a nice gesture from someone who could have gone anywhere in the world. She can live her own life and not compete with Angelina.

Amy Argetsinger: The backlash against the Aniston backlash is getting some traction now.

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Annapolis, Md.: Assuming The Who were not available, if you were planning a Super Bowl, who would you want to play the halftime show?

Amy Argetsinger: Merle Haggard, Adam Lambert, the reunited Led Zeppelin, Up with People, and Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf.

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Georgetown: Did you catch Sarah Palin at that Tea Party Covention? Her suit with the way too short skirt made me uncomfortable and wasn't even appropriate for a real tea party let alone a political convention. Thought she would have looked better if she had more of a tan too.

Amy Argetsinger: But aren't you one of those Georgetown elitists who made fun of her for having a tanning bed in her home?

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Cheverly, Md.: Amy -- I totally agree with your assessment of The Who. I'm not much of a football fan, but I tuned in to see the half-time show. What was that? I don't mind old geezers who still make music, and the curly-haired gent (horrible that I can't remember his name right now)looked good -- but you're right -- bo-ring! I didn't see any reviews of it. Did you?

Amy Argetsinger: No, I didn't, but I didn't go looking hard. Look, it's got to be hard to be a band that's trading on your 40-year-old hits, where there's a certain thing that's expected of you. But that's why I admire Bob Dylan's live performances -- he's steadfast about mixing up the songs, not just sticking to his greatest hits, and reinterpreting them to the extent that you really can't recognize them until halfway through. It's like, I DARE you to sing along.

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The Salahis Down Under: Can we pretty please not let them back in the U.S.? They'd make such perfect Euro-Trash!

Roxanne Roberts: He should be one of those fake Italian counts with a dubious title and no money, she's his American heiress! Hah!

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Wilmington, N.C.: Why would Letterman pick up Leno off the mat and help him repair his image with that Super Bowl commercial? Funny ad. As a rival publication of yours wrote -- when you're a comedian and your funniest moment was written by your chief rival, you may want to rethink things.

Amy Argetsinger: Well, as Letterman said, his only point was that he thought it would be funny. And doesn't Letterman look like he's Da Man by magnanimously allowing Leno into his commercial? Where Leno is sort of the punch line?

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Pregnant or not?: Let's start a new game, a variation of "dead or not." Say the name of a celebritrix and try to remember if she's pregnant or not because you think you might have read somewhere that she is, but you can't really remember (no fair Googling until after you've guessed). I'll start -- America's Sweetheart, Amy Adams.

Amy Argetsinger: Ha! That's a good game. I think she is pregnant. Anyone remember when Nicole Kidman was pregnant for approximately 14 months?

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Penn Quarter: Is everything in this city closed down? Have to give a lot of credit to Ford's Theater who went through with their performance of The Rivalry even through the blizzard.

Amy Argetsinger: You're lucky if you went last night -- they cancelled tonight's show and tomorrow's matinee.

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Oscars?: What does anyone have against To Live and Die in L.A.? Not a great movie, but very watchable, a tremendous car chase, and Willem Defoe is really creepy.

If we're talking overrated movies, the list must include There Will Be Blood.

Amy Argetsinger: You mean, There Will Be Blood, the finest movie of the decade? You are full of lies and spite.

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Iowa: This may be above your pay grade but can you start a campaign to get people to stop saying the year as "two thousand ten" and begin saying "twenty ten"? It bugs me so much and sometimes I feel like a lone voice in the cornfield on this.

Amy Argetsinger: Why does it bother you when people say "two thousand ten"? It tracks with what we called every year of the past decade. And it's only an extra syllable.

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D.C.: I'm really worried about Jamie Lynn Spears. Anything we can do for her?

Amy Argetsinger: Nothing to worry about! She's already got a new boyfriend. And he's more stable, since he's 10 years older than her. Great news, don't you think?

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White-out in D.C.: What about the "whiteout" in Vanity Fair spread of up-and-coming female star(lets)? Where is ethnicity in Hollywood?

Roxanne Roberts: Maybe it IS in Hollywood but not at Vanity Fair? You'd think one editor at the magazine would have piped up: "Hey, our cover is looking a little pale, guys."

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Partisan Politico: I think it's a good idea that Scott Brown has a trailer for an office because that barely one term wunderkind is gonna be sent packing before he even gets a chance at a real office.

Amy Argetsinger: Hmmm. You think?

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Aniston/Jolie: I have noticed that there is not one story about J. Aniston where there isn't another that same day/week/issue that doesn't include a story about Jolie/Pitt. It's a media thing. A media-generated "competition" if you will. You shameless journalists(!). Keep it up.

Amy Argetsinger: I don't even know that there's media-generated competition so much as there is a tabloid obsession with reporting every single thing that each of these people does.

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HELP: I'm really concerned that Carlos Allen's 15 minutes is tick, tick, ticking away. He is way too entertaining for this to happen. What can we do?

Amy Argetsinger: I'm worried too! I'm bothered that Ryan Seacrest didn't bother to interview him when he popped up on the Grammys red carpet. That's when it all began to slip away.

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Charlotte: So great of John Edwards to spend his free time in Haiti. Assuming the timing is just coincidental?

Roxanne Roberts: Don't known if he's still in Haiti. Maybe he's in Mexico with Jennifer? Which would seriously cheese off Rielle, who still thinks they'll end up together. One of my best friends bet me they will, so what do I know?

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Portland, Ore.: Andrew Young. Just finished his book, "The Politician" about his life with John and Elizabeth Edwards. I found it very disturbing and chilling, not to mention surprisingly well written. My question is: will this stop politicians and the Leona Helmsleys of the world from treating their staff like dirt? You'd think people would learn by now.

Amy Argetsinger: No, I don't think so.

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Anti-backlash backlash: For the love of pete, why can't Jennifer Aniston just go to Mexico because she wants to go to Mexico?

Roxanne Roberts: No. She's Jennifer Freaking Aniston, who left "just" doing anything behind when she became America's Sweetheart and married Brad Pitt. There is no "just" in her life until she retires from acting and moves overseas.

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Pale Palin: The tanning bed for Sarah is cool with me but trying to put it on the taxpayer's dime not so much.

Amy Argetsinger: Supposedly she paid for it herself, I think.

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Over-rated movies: "AI: Artificial Intelligence." Hated that movie. Mostly, I cried all the way through it because it hit all my buttons of being real, whether your mother loves you, abandonment, and stuffed teddy bears. We saw it in a movie theater, and my husband was very sympathetic with my weepiness for the first twenty minutes, but then started digging me with his elbow saying "Stop it, stop it now!" To no avail.

His choice for an over-rated movie would be "The Piano." I lost all movie recommendation rights for about three months after that one.

Cheers, Madrigal

Amy Argetsinger: Hey there, Madrigal! My problem with "A.I." is that it kept winding up for a big ending... and then something ELSE would happen. And then it would feel like it was ending again... and then something ELSE. It was messing with my biorhythms or something.

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wait 2 years until the new prenup kicks in and THEN dump him: That is what I would do. HE set the rules for respect (or lack thereof), so I'd just follow his lead on sticking it to your spouse and take him to the cleaners and spend the rest of my life as a carefree divorcee. He really created his own reality on that one.

Roxanne Roberts: I honestly don't think money (or lack thereof) is going to be the deciding factor. Maybe she still loves the guy. Wouldn't be the first time a wife wanted to stay with her man, no matter what.

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ER snow: I do miss those "very special episodes." Those were the days when NBC had decent programming!

Roxanne Roberts: "ER" was set in Chicago, right? They knew how to do snow.

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Washingtoon -- District of Calamity: How old is Pat Collins on Channel 4 news? Is he older than Jim Vance?

Amy Argetsinger: Jim Vance will turn 70 this year, whereas Pat Collins graduated from college in 1968, so just extrapolating... I'm guessing Vance is about six years older than Collins.

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District of Columbia: I'm a little confused by all the Doppelganger photos on Facebook. Seems everybody I am friends with thinks they look like Molly Ringwald.

Amy Argetsinger: I've noticed this too! And strangely, none of the women who've declared Ringwald as their doppelganger look anything like each other. Do you think there was just a time in the '80s when if you had a bob and dangly earrings and a lot of lip gloss, people told you you looked like Molly Ringwald?

I'm skipping the doppelganger meme and going straight to doppelgangsta.

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Alexandria, Va.: Aren't you worried that all this attention is going to the local meteorologists' heads? I hear Bob Ryan has started demanding a huge bowl of M and Ms in his dressing room and that somebody go through and take out all the brown ones.

Roxanne Roberts: You heard wrong. He hates the green ones because they represent temperate days and therefore less airtime. His favorites are custom-made white M&M because they remind him of snow.

(I am totally making this up. He's, like, the nicest man in the world.)

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Beltway: What's it going to take for John Edwards to realize that it's -over-. He can stop playing to the crowds. Want to marry the mistress? Fine. Want to help poor people? Get your hammer and head to Habitat for Humanity. There's not going to be a comeback, a write-in, a last-ballot nomination. Get your book deal and cash in now.

Amy Argetsinger: Well, in defense of John Edwards -- and there's a phrase I never expected to utter -- it's possible that he has realized that, finally, by now.

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Ourisman Girl's daughter: So Susie Gayley's daughter wants the rape charges dropped against Roman Polanski. It's not all about her, it's about society. Ditto for the Kerrigan family, who don't want Nancy's brother charged with killing their father even though he choked his dad. It's not their call.

Roxanne Roberts: Sad but true. But I understand why they want it all to go away.

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Baltimore, Md.: Is nearly getting killed in Africa the first noteworthy thing Andrew McCarthy has done in the past 20 years? Molly Ringwald really should have ended up with Jon Cryer in Pretty in Pink.

Amy Argetsinger: Well, People magazine referred to him as "Lipstick Jungle star Andrew McCarthy." I think he also did some well-regarded stage work.

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Amy's Super Bowl Show: Is Merle Haggard still alive? Didn't know Andrew McCarthy was either, for that matter.

Amy Argetsinger: Merle Haggard is still alive. You're thinking of Waylon Jennings -- dead.

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Andrew Young: Sorry, I find that guy pretty creepy. I think he only turned on John Edwards once he realized there was no pay off for him. I think he would have been willing to continue his dirty work for the Edwards if he had been gotten what he wanted. The sad thing here for me is poor Bunny Mellon, preyed upon and milked for money by Edwards.

Amy Argetsinger: Oh, don't get me wrong, but it's all really creepy. However: It's creepy in a way that is all too common in politics. That slavish devotion to the boss. I got the impression from the Andrew Young interviews that he really believed at one time that John Edwards was destined to be president, and that this was going to be a fantastic thing for America and for himself. But yes, the Bunny Mellon part is pathetic as well.

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Doppelgangsta: So who would be your doppelgangsta?

Amy Argetsinger: It's so unoriginal, and his career is on such a downturn, but Fiddy's always had such a special place in my heart. And we've kind of got the same teeth.

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Speaking of deal-breakers...: ...if my husband publicly claimed paternity of Rielle Hunter's love-child in order to cover his boss' backside. Did Mrs. Andrew Young agree to that before they went public with the story?

Roxanne Roberts: She did, and now says it was wrong, wrong, wrong....but by the point that Rielle got pregnant, they were in so deep that they were entirely dependent on Edwards and couldn't say no.

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Kensington, Md.: Hey, a favor. Stay on after 1. We have nothing to do out here. We'll talk about anything; cats, wool vs. silk long underwear, the Toyota recalls, Tony Danza's favorite jello shot. Just don't leave us!!!

Amy Argetsinger: Why, look at the time already...

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Yukon, D.C.: My roommate actually, seriously said about the Who playing at the SB: "They must be thrilled."

I looked at roommate with my jaw hanging open and said, "Urrrmmm, no, they're not thrilled. Someone called them at their individual Caribbean island homes and said, 'We'll give you 10 million dollars to play the Super Bowl halftime.' Those guys said, 'eh, make it 20 mil and you got a deal.' They could not care LESS about playing the Super Bowl."

Her take on pop culture and its denizens is a wee bit off sometimes.

Other than that, she's a great roommate.

Amy Argetsinger: Glad you're there to school her.

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Washington, D.C.: I detest Sarah Palin as much as the next liberal girl, but I just can't get worked up about her writing notes on her hand. She saved a tree! That's good!

Roxanne Roberts: Looking on the bright side, aren't you?

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Please don't let this chat end!!!!!: I am trapped at home! We are all sick of each other! Don't go, please don't go.

Amy Argetsinger: Only if you keep the questions coming...

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Fairfax, Va.: The Presidio, with Connery and Mark Harmon: worth my time on a snowy day?

Amy Argetsinger: I saw it in a theater and remember absolutely none of it. There's someone here who can tell you, though. Should Fairfax bother?

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Whoa: Two separate mentions of Molly Ringwald in this chat. What's up with that?

Amy Argetsinger: It's like the Two Ryan Binghams Coincidence. She's just welling up in our Jungian collective unconscious.

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Cleveland Park, Washington, D.C.: re: Facebook doppelganger

I chose Lee Harvey Oswald for mine. Not for how I look today, but there's a picture of me as a kid that one of my sisters calls my "Lee Harvey Oswald look."

Amy Argetsinger: Ha! You're brave.

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Poor Bunny Mellon: Yeah, right she must be down to like her last 50 million or so right ?

Amy Argetsinger: Sob.

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Rielle and Edwards: The National Enquirer is reporting that Edwards has proposed to Rielle and they are buying a house together.

Amy Argetsinger: Well, weirder things have happened.

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Nosy Parker: RIP Ian Carmichael, the definitive Lord Peter Wimsey (socialite and amateur detective par excellence).

Amy Argetsinger: Moment of silence.

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"Wants to marry the mistress? Fine": Any word on whether Mark Sanford is still in love with his Argentinian mistress, and if he's thinking of marrying her?

Roxanne Roberts: Oh, probably. Justifies it all in his mind if he thinks she's his soul mate.

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Oscars: So, who do you guys pick for Best Picture winner? I am slooowly making my way through the nominees...

Amy Argetsinger: I think the large field and complicated new voting process (link to follow, maybe), combined with general sentiment, will push The Hurt Locker past Avatar. And I'm okay with that.

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Metro Center: How did you guys get to work today? It is horrible out there. Took me 90 minutes to get home last night, while it usually takes 25. Of course, the Metro is beyond awful. I assume some Metro officials will be jailed after this week?

Amy Argetsinger: I live only a couple blocks away. Rox is at home, like most of our newsroom pals.

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North Carolina: Quit it with the complaining about the snow already. Those of us transplanted northerners who are here in the south think that there would be nothing lovelier than being at home with our kids, weathering the blizzard, than AT WORK! Seriously, I have terrible blizzard envy. Sledding! Snow men! No work!

Amy Argetsinger: The earlier snowstorms were enviable. This one's just disturbing.

Okay, only a couple more minutes, and then we're wrapping up. We have to make a column from scratch.

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Bored, D.C.: Do you think Dear John will be a good movie? I have not read the book but d_ _ _ Channing Tatum is smoking hot.

Amy Argetsinger: Apparently it's not terrible.

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Hartford, Conn.: We're finally getting some of that snow you all have been hogging. I agree with Roxanne's friend that Rielle will be around at least for a while. I'm sure we will have to hear about them at a party or out to dinner at least once. Then, when they break up, Rielle can make a whole lot of money complaining about the single life to People magazine. Love Wednesdays at noon. Thanks.

Amy Argetsinger: And thank you.

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Best Presidio moment: Sean Connery fights some jerk in a bar using just his thumb...

Amy Argetsinger: Spoiler alert.

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Presidio: A little dated and slightly predictable, when Mark Harmon was the next big star, but entertaining enough. Good chase scenes, and anything with Connery is tremendous. Meg Ryan looked fantastic and Jack Warden played, well, Jack Warden -- which is a good thing. But really, anything filmed in San Francisco on location is generally worth watching. It's snowing -- what else are you going to do?

Amy Argetsinger: Thanks for your wise counsel. You know what's dated? "The Big Chill." Started watching it last night.

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Good snow movie: "Talk Radio". Look at Alec Baldwin.....

Amy Argetsinger: Thanks...

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washingtonpost.com: New vote counting procedure for Best Picture Oscar is hard to follow (Post, Feb. 7)

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Aniston: There is no "just" in her life until she retires from acting and moves overseas: Which, of course, she will be doing to escape the painful memories of her divorce from Brad. She will probably also pick a first or second world country which is FINE it's just that Angelina goes overseas to DO GOOD and visit REFUGEES. And alas, all the oceans in the world won't stop those late night "please make a baby with me, Brad!" phone calls. (Seriously, I dream of a day a young child looks at me and says with wonder in his voice, "Brad Pitt used to be married to Jennifer Aniston?")

Roxanne Roberts: Can't win. The thing is, you're right: People will remember her for the love triangle more than any movie she made.

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Prince Charles/John Edwards: Except for the kid out of wedlock thing, the stories are surprisingly similar. John should talk to Charles about how to marry the mistress after the ex tragically passes away.

Roxanne Roberts: Even the prince is smart enough to steer clear from Edwards.

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Presidio: Not really worth your time unless you think Meg Ryan in thigh-high boots writhing under Harmon on a car hood (as Sean C's wayward daughter) is a good idea. One of the dumbest movies I can remember.

Amy Argetsinger: Huh.

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Thank you for staying late!: You know it's a big snowstorm when the Today Show is preempted by local snow coverage. Thanks for doing your part to keep us from going out of our minds and acting... well, like many of the celebrities we're chatting about!

Amy Argetsinger: You're welcome!

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Wheaton, Md.: "The Big Chill" has one of the greatest movie lines ever. As a journalist, you should love it. Jeff Goldbum, a reporter for People, is asked how he finds stories like the one-armed baton twirler, or something to that effect and he answers "Good investigative journalism".

Amy Argetsinger: Jeff Goldblum has all the good lines in that movie.

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Dear John: The book was AWFUL. I used to like Nicholas Sparks but now he's gone totally formulaic. If you've read one of his books (or seen one of his movies), you know how they all end. Save yourself $10. Please. Go rent "Hurt Locker."

Amy Argetsinger: I am all for encouraging people to see The Hurt Locker.

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Duluth, Minn.: That's where I grew up. Now I'm in D.C. and I'm here to say this is a real snow so feel free to whine and gnash teeth -- it's deserved.

Amy Argetsinger: Thanks -- that means a lot to us here. We've always felt insecure about our storms.

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Sarasota, Fla.: I failed you. Friends attended the Super Bowl (said the half-time show was great). They ran into Kim Kardashian and sat one row in front of WWE's "Edge." We all know the answer for Kim, but I forgot to ask if the wrestling star was taller/shorter.

Roxanne Roberts: You get a pass. We were all distracted by the snow and the Who's uncanny ability to makes everyone over 40 feel ancient. Nice going, guys.

Speaking of snow....we're going to try and write a column, which requires signing off this chat. But you all were superstars to log in and share the fun today. If you happen to spot John Edwards or Carrie Prejean in the snow (especially together), write us at reliablesource@washpost.com. Don't forget your Valentine (this is the year for homemade cards!) and see you next week.

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