Celebritology Live

Liz Kelly,Jen Chaney
Thursday, March 25, 2010; 2:00 PM


Liz Kelly: Welcome back. We're here and ready to talk Jesse James, next year's Oscars, "Laverne & Shirley," Comic-Con... whatever you've got. Bring it on.


Jen Chaney: What she said. Let's do this.


Mobile Celebritology: I just got a Palm Pixi. First thing I did was add WAPO to my bookmarks. How do I access Celebritology so I can snark even when not at my computer?EPJD

Liz Kelly: Well, as much as I'd like to claim credit, you can thank Producer Paul for finding us the correct Celebritology mobile link:http://mobile.washingtonpost.com/c.jsp?cid=763971


Love the pig: The pig Emma Thompson has with her in this morning's Celebritology photo is so cute! Is that her pet or is the pig's appearance related to the movie she is promoting?Emma Thompson, pig in tow, arrives at Wednesday's London premiere of 'Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang.' (Reuters)

Liz Kelly: Jen, have you seen the newest "Nanny McPhee" installment yet? Is there indeed a pig involved?I have to confess I was a bit worried after posting that pic at the top of the morning mix because it was directly under a headline about two more alleged Jesse James mistresses surfacing.

Jen Chaney: it's opening this week in the UK, but won't come to the States for a little while yet.I believe there are no only pigs, but synchronized-swimming pigs in the movie, which is why Emma must have brought one along. All in the name of publicity, people.


Hot Tub Time Machine: Should I see it in the theater or wait for the DVD? Money's tight, but I really love John Cusack...

Paul Williams: Your chance to travel back in time, 'Hot Tub'-style

Jen Chaney: Um, see a matinee?Parts of it are funny, but a lot of is clumsy. Though I think that's by design, and that the filmmakers set out to make a goofy '80s movie as a commentary on goofy '80s movies.I will say that anyone with a Cusack crush will be feeling it again; was so happy to see him in a silly comedy again, even if it's just a so-so silly comedy. Reteam him with Cameron Crowe or Savage Steve Holland and let's really get this party started.


Emma Thompson, date-challenged?: Escorted a pig to a movie premiere. Is this a statement on the dearth of hunky Brits available to act as arm candy?

Liz Kelly: Well, at least the pig wasn't mistakenly identified as Kenneth Brannagh (Thompson's ex).


Jesse James: are all of Jesse James' children with his ex-wife porn star?

Liz Kelly: Nope, just five-year-old daughter Sunny. His two older children are from his marriage to first wife Karla James.


Reese Witherspoon: Has wasted no time embarking on another relationship. So, Jake G. is the only one shedding tears over the breakup?

Liz Kelly: I just feel bad for the guy. He spent all that money buying Reese special china in a bid to win her back.If this report is to be believed, the poor sap spent $75K on a set of vintage French dinnerware. Maybe her new boyfriend, agent Jim Toth, is eating his morning eggs off of the stuff.

Jen Chaney: Aw, poor Jake. He's Donnie Darko and therefore, we only want good things for him.


Laverne & Shirley: In case you haven't heard, Garry Marshall said "I don't need the money that bad. I'm not going to put this on the big screen." But on the off-chance he changes his mind, how about Julia Roberts as Laverne and Sarah Palin as Shirley?

Liz Kelly: Okay, this could be a fun exercise: Cast the post-millennial "Laverne & Shirley." I'm thinking to do this right Tina Fey has to be involved somehow. If not as one of the main characters, then at least as screenwriter.Hey, how about "The Office's" Mindy Kaling as one half?

Jen Chaney: We did in fact note in today's Morning Mix that L&S is off the table. But thanks for extra clarification. Perhaps Amys Sedaris and Poehler?What I like most of all, though, is no one doing this at all.


The Hills have eyes: I don't watch The Hills but I see all the gossip and pictures when I check out celebrity gossip websites. Please tell me why Audrina Patridge is always looking up in pictures. I have not seen a single one where she is looking at the camera. It makes her look like she has some sort of eye problem or is acting like she doesn't know she is getting her picture taken.It is very annoying but I can't avoid looking at her pictures sometimes. Perez Hilton calls her ceiling eyes...I guess she didn't get the memo.

Paul Williams: This may require some research.(Dear Post IT -- the first picture of her I clicked on from Google Image Search took me to a Google page with "Warning: visiting this web site may harm your computer!" across the top. Sorry about that.)

Liz Kelly: Hmm, maybe she was once told it was her best look? Honestly, I haven't had time to research this one.By the way, MTV today announced that "The Hills" will be coming to an end after the latest season, which launches April 27. And I'm proud to say that I've never watched more than 10 minutes of the show total.


Team Sandra: Story gets sadder and more sordid every day. (Hopefully the mistress body count won't be in Tiger territory.) Hope she knows how many of us who have followed her career wish her good things and only good things going forward.

Liz Kelly: Just to make sure everyone is up on the latest in Jesse James rumor mill items, the latest:-- Two new alleged mistresses have come forward.-- James apparently settled a sexual harassment suit with a West Coast Choppers employee in 2007.Hey, here's a spin on the "Laverne & Shirley" idea. Cast Jesse James and Tiger Woods as the roomies.

Jen Chaney: Or maybe My Two Dads?I have no idea what is or isn't true at this point. Either way, you have to feel sympathy for Bullock. She strikes me as a pretty smart, tough cookie, though. She'll recover, just will (obviously) take some time.


Oh noes! Error!: I see a bunch of questions but no answers.I'm full of questions, I come to you for answers!

Paul Williams: Refresh the page to see the answers. I have sacrificed a goat to the IT gods an hopefully this will get cleared up soon.


Jesse James, Iron Cross Logo, Neo-Nazi regalia, McGee, etc.: How much does the specter of Nazi fetishism that seems to be swirling around James come back around to tarnish Sandy?

Liz Kelly: Dude, not at all. How in the world could we possibly blame Sandra for her husband's bad taste in gumars?


Hot Tub Time again: Sounds like it isn't even worth the matinee price if it's only so-so.... think I'll wait for it to air on FX. After spending $16.50 to see Alice in Wonderland in 3D, it's safe to say I won't be going to the movies for a loooong time. What's up with those 3D ticket prices anyway?

Jen Chaney: I know, right? As we noted in the mix, the 3D ticket prices are rising even more in some places, ahead of the "How to Train Your Dragon" release that arrives tomorrow.Personally, I think it's outrageous to charge that, especially for those movies that are being converted into 3D in post-production, as opposed to being shot with that in mind from the beginning (like "Avatar").If you want to take a couple of kids with you, and you have the audacity to actually want a Slushie, that's a major amount of cash to drop.


Sandra: Where was Sandra Bullock supposedly "hiding out" in Texas? Does she have a home in TX somewhere?

Liz Kelly: Yep, Sandra owns at least one home in Austin and reportedly spent the past week or so there. But according to RadarOnline, she returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday.There have been some rumblings about both Sandra and Jesse talking to divorce lawyers, but Bullock's rep came out and denied that yesterday.


State College, PA: I'm almost out of my supply of Godiva Dark Chocolate Covered Caramels. I just thought I'd let you know.

Liz Kelly: Thanks for sharing. We'll understand if you need to cut out to make a chocolate run.


Those were the days: Man, whatever happened to Pink Wig Britney and Dead Drunk Lilo (oh wait -- Face/Plant -- nix Lilo).Doesn't it seem the faux paus' by "celebs" are hitting new low notes or what?

Liz Kelly: Are you telling me you miss pink wig Brit? I seem to remember a large portion of readers who were mighty weary of the daily Britney trainwreck reports back in 2006/07.


DWTS: Have any thoughts on the who will be first to go on Dancing with the Stars next week? My guess is it won't be Kate Gosselin, will rather be someone with a lower public profile.

Liz Kelly: My guess is Buzz Aldrin. Sure, he's got the sentimental vote, but I'm not sure it's enough to keep him in the running. And , honestly, not sure he wants to even stay in the running. I'm thinking he just turned up to have some fun. He's had it and now it's time for he and his (possibly surgically enhanced) wife to head back to the golf course.Did anyone notice that Tim Allen was sitting with the Aldrin family during the show? I guess that was some kind of Buzz Aldrin/Buzz Lightyear solidarity showing?

Jen Chaney: I haven't been watching, but there was something freaky to me about Buzz Aldrin doing this. It's one thing to guest star on "The Simpsons"; it's another to dance around when you've already walked on the moon.

Liz Kelly: I believe Aldrin's highly scripted line on that topic was "I"ve walked on the moon and now I'm dancing with the stars."Ick.Also, as some commenters mentioned in the blog earlier this week, he was showing some clear dirty old man tendencies.


Possible Friday poll: If you're still doing them. Liz said, I'm proud to say that I've never watched more than 10 minutes of the show total.What is the tv show/movie you're proudest to say that you've never watched? (for me, Titanic)

Liz Kelly: Good question. I'll put this out there for the group... but let Jen weigh in first.

Jen Chaney: Oh, this is a goodie. We might have to use this as a future Friday list. (Tomorrow, we're doing the one we promised earlier in the week -- what '80s moment you would change if you could go back in time. Still time to comment on that post and, if you're terribly clever, be featured in tomorrow's Friday list.)I am proud to say I have never watched "The Hills," any of the "Saw" movies and "The Tonight Show" since Jay Leno stole it back took over again as host, post-Conan.


John Cusack, underachiever: I think he is smart, articulate and capable of significant acting range. But I walked out of "2012" shaking my head. The Hot Tub thing doesn't sound like he's tapping his full potential either? (unless I've seriously misjudged his potential?)

Jen Chaney: Is he fully tapping his potential? No.But as I said earlier, he is doing a straight-up comedy, and, while he does a fine job with drama, I think his comedic skills are his greatest gift.When I first saw him do that "Don't you want to give me a riiiide?" monologue in "The Sure Thing," which was his first big starring role, I was like, who IS this guy? He does manic and panicky very well.

Liz Kelly: Favorite John Cusack movie?Mine: Grosse Pointe Blank

Jen Chaney: For me, it's a tie between "The Sure Thing" and "Say Anything," with "Say Anything" getting the edge because that movie is about Lloyd. Freaking. Dobler.I'm also a big fan of "Better Off Dead" and "Bullets Over Broadway." "Grosse Pointe" is good, but doesn't rank nearly as high for me as all those others.


Jesse James : Just a comment. It seems hard to believe Sandra Bullock didn't know about the harassment suit that was settled out of court.

Liz Kelly: That thought crossed my mind, too. But we don't know what goes on behind closed doors. It could have been easy for Jesse to explain away as a false charge, but one he'd rather settle.I also wouldn't be surprised to one day learn that Sandy did know about some of Jesse's dalliances and they'd dealt with them privately as a couple. Until, of course, everything exploded in Jesse's face.


Garry Marshall needing money: A questioner quoted Mr. Marshall as saying re a Laverne & Shirley film: "I don't need the money that bad. I'm not going to put this on the big screen." Okay, then, Garry, if you don't need money, how do you explain making "Valentine's Day"?

Jen Chaney: Um, excuse me? "Valentine's Day" was all about art, not commerce.


Chicago. IL: Did you happen to catch how fawning Trump is to the former governor of Illinois on "Celebrity Apprentice"? How will he be able to fire Blago when he's been so reverential ?

Paul Williams: Game recognizes Game.

Liz Kelly: Another show I can say I've never watched!


Laverne and Shirley, the big screen remake: Julia roberts is waaaaaaaaaay too old for either part.Going out on a limb, Anne Hathaway as Laverne and Penelope Cruz as Shirley.

Liz Kelly: I dunno. I always picture Laverne and Shirley as being somewhat ageless characters as portrayed by Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams. I think Julia could get away with it in terms of age, but she's just all wrong for the spirit of the project.First of all, she's drop dead gorgeous and while L & S were cuties, they were neither of them beauty queens. (No doubt, someone will no unearth a photo of L or S wearing a tiara and pageant regalia).


Comic-con: So wha't new with Comic-Con to get included in your intro? I plan to go to San Diego for it this year.

Paul Williams: Why Comic-Con should stay in San Diego

Jen Chaney: I wrote an item earlier today about why Comic-Con should stay in San Diego. There is serious talk about moving it elsewhere, to Anaheim or L.A., so that more visitors can be accommodated.If it moves, it won't happen for a couple of years. So you're fine for this July. But a decision may be made about its future soon. Personally, as my post explains, I think it's best to keep it in SD. That is where it started. That is where it should continue.


want some: it is spring in Florida. this puts me in the mood for Val Kilmer, circa. 1993, in his prime.please advise how I can hook this thing up.

Paul Williams: He's your huckleberry.

Liz Kelly: Ummm... hot tub time machine?


Special china?: Good Lord, Reese didn't give back the china when they broke up? How tacky.

Liz Kelly: Well the china was sent post-breakup.


luvlinsey: jenn, pleaz tell liz to stop picking on my bff linsey lohan and my 2nd mom dinah lohan! they are like the most purfect people and liz alwayz just talks abouut them! do u like linsey like me?

Liz Kelly: luvlinsey! I was wondering what had become of you.Jen, meet one of our longtime Celebritology readers, Lindsay Lohan's biggest fan. I'm sure you two will have lots in common.

Jen Chaney: i can tell tht luvlinsey and me will share loadz of LOLz.


more, more, more infidelity: Not that infidelity hasn't always existed, but there certainly seems to be an upward trend lately--and it also seems that it is the men who trangress most spectacularly (Tiger, Jesse, et al).Is marriage a farce? Are there men who truly believe in fidelity in so-called monogamous relationships? I think I might join a convent--I'm demoralized.

Paul Williams: To be fair, it's a lot harder to get away with now too. It's not like Charlie Chaplin was going to get busted for sexting.

Jen Chaney: If you're purely tracking the culture, I can see why you feel that way. But there are plenty of guys out there who value their marriages and honor their wives.Even in Hollywood, there are a few inspiring relationships that have lasted (see Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan, Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy...)


Buzz: I've met Buzz and he's still really committed to the space program. It was really all he wanted to talk about. Keeping himself in the news keeps the space program in the news.

Paul Williams: Live Q&A with Buzz from last summer:Walk on the Moon: 40th AnniversaryAnd an op-ed he wrote:Time to Boldly Go Once More


11150 Westwood Gateway: TV show I am proudest to have never watched: "Seinfeld."Movie I am proudest to have never watched: "Titanic."

Jen Chaney: "Seinfeld"?? How did you miss "Seinfeld"?

Liz Kelly: I'm with Jen. "Seinfeld?" You need to add season one to your Netflix list ASAP.


Speaking of pink wigs...: They wear it better than Britney:BOOK

Liz Kelly: Well, now Jen knows what to get me for my birthday.

Jen Chaney: That one cat looks an awful lot like Kelly Osbourne.


Paul Williams: Try refreshing the page if you're having trouble seeing answers.


Nosy Parker: Pam Anderson was the first "Tool Time" girl on Tim Allen's sit-com "Home Improvement," so I assumed he was at DWTS in support of Pam. Or did she leave HI on unfriendly terms?

Liz Kelly: That could well be, but he was seated with Mrs. Aldrin and they kept cutting to shots of him during Buzz's perofrmance, not Pammy's. I don't think the producer could bear to cut away from Pam's performance anyway.


Speaking of cats ...: Can we see Andy and Opie today? Or, how about Page? It's been awhile since she's done press.

Liz Kelly: Here's a pic of Page and Opie last night, spooning on Page's dog bed. Not the best quality, but I had to snap it before they moved.


So when are we doing the cupcakes?: It's all I can think about.

Liz Kelly: Mmmm... cupcakes.


Moose Meat for Dinner: It used to be that politics made strange bedfellows, now it seems it's reality TV. Sarah Palin and Mark Burnett -- really ? How can this be ?

Liz Kelly: I heard Burnett -- the man responsible for "Survivor" -- would be producing Palin's TLC show.Though, on the upside it would be cool if he could talk her into a Bear Grylls kind of format. I'd like to see her set down in the tundra with only a toothpick, some string and some kind of insect larvae to eat.


Proud to never have watched ...: A celeb reality show. No Gosselins, no Kardashians, etc.

Liz Kelly: Well sometimes it can be fun. Not the two you mention, though.Speaking of which, earlier this week I tried to watch a little bit of "Pretty Wild" -- E!'s new reality show about three vapid sisters (one of whom was part of the Hollywood Heist gang) and a mother who keeps giving them Aderall. Just horrible. Skip it and catch the "highlights" on "The Soup."


No L&S movie - praise Jesus!: I read your post about a Laverne and Shirley movie this morning while I was eating breakfast at my desk (yes I'm behind), so you have no idea how happy I am to hear that it's not true anymore!I was addicted to that show when it was on and still love the reruns when I'm lucky enough to catch one on TVLand every once in a while. I realize many movies have been remade and all, but has Hollywood lost ALL originality, because it seems that's all they do anymore???

Jen Chaney: There are plenty of original people in Hollywood, or at least with scripts currently circulating in Hollywood. The problem is that the studios don't want to invest money in something unless it seems like a semi-sure thing.And ideas that have already been exposed to the public and caught on -- even if it was 30 years ago -- seem more certain than some completely new idea that hasn't been market-tested yet.Reality sucks, doesn't it?


John Cusack love: Did no one but me see the truly frightening "1408"? Come on, he was REALLY great in what was essentially a one-man show.

Jen Chaney: You know, I have been meaning to see that for ages and never have. Thanks for reminding me that I should.


Poor Sandy: There's a fourth woman coming forward via Gloria Alred claiming to have been involved with Jesse, up till the time that the first revealed their relationship. Was he stupid?

Liz Kelly: He was something, all right.


11100 Westwood Gateway: 11150 Westwood Gateway TV show I am proudest to have never watched: "Seinfeld." Movie I am proudest to have never watched: "Titanic." -----------------------------------------Good to see you again, neighbor!TV Show: tie between Survivor and American IdolMovie: ET

Jen Chaney: "E.T."? GASP!!!!


page and opie: I dont even know which is which (who is who?) but that spooning pic is the first one you've posted that I've clicked on and OMG they are cute!! I love that they are friends! I am doing awwws and squeals in my cube. thanks!

Liz Kelly: Awww, thanks on their behalf. Page is the dog and Opie the kitty. Andy's taking the week off.


11150 Westwood Gateway: Maybe tonight's planned TV watching (via online streams) will give you a hint why I never caught "Seinfeld": March Madness (Butler-Syracuse and Cornell-Kentucky, specifically), and Philadelphia Union at Seattle Sounders FC (MLS First Kick).I am postponing "FlashForward" and "Grey's Anatomy" to tomorrow! :)

Paul Williams: Whoa whoa whoa -- you're going to watch "Grey's" but you've never seen "Seinfeld"?

Liz Kelly: Paul has a point there, Westwood...

Jen Chaney: I watch a lot of college basketball myself. But I've still seen the Junior Mint episode about 80 times.


The Odd Couple: I am still smirking at Jen's suggestion of Tiger and Jesse in the remake. Tiger, in his color-coordinated Nike polo shirts and crisp khakis, obsessing over the color of the bathroom floor mats. Jesse, in the Oscar Madison slob role, rocking the overalls, t-shirt and ball cap he donned this week at the Monster garage. Imagine the possibilities for text messages gone awry or odd wee hours car accidents.

Jen Chaney: I quote directly -- with a few necessary tweaks, but amazingly, not that many -- from the opening narration of the TV version of "The Odd Couple." That request came from his wife. Deep down, he knew she was right, but he also knew that someday, he would return to her. With nowhere else to go, he appeared at the home of his childhood friend another adulterous famous guy, Oscar Madison Jesse James. Sometime earlier, James's wife had thrown him out, requesting that he never return. Can two divorced lowdown dirty cheating men share an apartment without driving each other crazy?"Ba-da-ba-da-ba-DAdut-da-da, dut-da-daaaa DA!Oh, this so could work.


Movies I'm Proud I've Never Seen: Twilight and New Moon!

Jen Chaney: How in the world do you know whether to support Team Jacob or Team Edward then? We love in a democracy, and as a citizen, it really is your responsibility to participate.


ET: I don't know, ET's scary! I don't think I'd recommend it. We had a copy when I was a kid, and we had to get rid of it because it freaked me out so much, I was disturbed by its mere PRESENCE.

Liz Kelly: I wouldn't say it's scary so much as sad. I guess that would depend, though, on the age of the viewer.


Liz Kelly: That's all folks. Thanks for joining us today. Tune into the blog tomorrow for a new Friday List.


Jen Chaney: As always, it's been a blast. Do check into the blog for Friday goodies, including that '80s list we mentioned.And for the love of God, people. Watch a "Seinfeld" rerun. You owe it to yourselves.

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