Learning how to be a proper celebrity is a fine art. Getting down the right looks, reactions and facial expressions (surgery permitting) is something that no nano-celeb should take lightly. So welcome to the first Celebrity Behavior Clinic 101! In this first class, experienced celebrity Tori Spelling demonstrates the exact reaction when a civilian steps over the line and asks whether you have the correct invitation for this event. Tori’s excellent use of hands, angry eyes and open mouth in Fig. 1 are followed swiftly in Fig. 2 by the frustrated “death-glare to your publicist” look. It’s the “Don’t you know who I am?” reaction in full effect. Congratulations Tori! Wannabes, this is how you do it. [Photos: Splash News Online]
They’ve done a pretty good job of keeping it all secret so far, but the Madonna and Guy Ritchie mud-slinging isn’t over yet, celebrity divorce watchers! The custody agreement that was agreed in private in London courts is to be approved at the New York Supreme Court on March 2, in public.
“The New York hearing will confirm the English proceedings. There will be revelations, but the divorce remains amicable and intelligently handled,” reports the Evening Standard.
Forget intelligently handled, we just want to know the tawdry details, and it looks like we’re going to be able to find out. Yaysers. [Photo: WireImage]
The night before the Oscars, nominees like Mickey Rourke, Taraji P. Henson, and Anne Hathaway may fall asleep at night dreaming of receiving a much-coveted Academy Award. But what is the story behind this 13 and 1/2-inch golden man who is surrounded by so much hype?
The Oscar statuette is officially named the Academy Award of Merit. The award was born in 1928 and depicts a knight holding a crusader’s sword while standing on a reel of film. The reel has five spokes — representing actors, writers, directors, producers and technicians. The award was originally bronze plated with 24-karat gold on a Belgian Black Marble base. It weighed eight and a half pounds.
Currently fifty Oscars are made every year by Chicago manufacturer R.S. Owens. No one knows for certain how the name “Oscar” came about, but one theory is that Margaret Herrick, an Academy librarian who eventually became executive director, believed it looked a lot like her uncle Oscar. The Academy began using the name Oscar in 1939.
In 2000, 55 Oscar statuettes were stolen while being transported from Chicago to Los Angeles, but 52 were recovered in a nearby trash can nine days after the robbery. The remaining three turned up randomly three years later in a drug raid.
Luckily they were found. Making the statuette is no easy feat. It takes 12 people and 20 hours to make one statue! [Source: Oscars.org]
One works on an oil rig, the other is a recent widow. But only on can be your American Idol…or neither, if one of the other ten contestants in the Top 12 wins. While the show is still a singing competition, it never hurts to have a touching story for fans to identify with and admire. The producers know it, and based on Danny Gokey and Michael Sarver‘s comments to the press, they know it too.
Music became important to Sarver when “things were really tough.” And with the state of the economy, we might all need a little music right now. “It’s tough,” says Sarver. “I think real life people can relate to me. In the economy that we live, it’s really hard on a lot of people. You see someone rise out of the ashes. To see someone rise and succeed, people relate to that. It’s special to their hearts.”
“Ashes”? Sounds like someone’s less fond of working class life than they let on. But can Sarver’s blue collar work ethic give people as much hope as Gokey’s triumph over recent loss?
People will think it’s too much, but it’s only been seven months since [my wife] passed. It’s not that I throw it in people’s faces, but I get asked about it all the time. Everyone wants to hear what I have to say. It weighs on my mind. But it’s a story I don’t want. It’s a sob story I don’t want … but it’s also causing hope for a lot of people. I didn’t want to live anymore after she passed. [But] now I have my mission set in stone.
With these two so self-aware about their “message” (“I work on an oil rig” and “a hero lies in you,” respectively), it’s surprising Alexis Grace hasn’t talked about her father allegedly needing money for a heart transplant. Maybe she wants the focus on her talent…or maybe she doesn’t want to blow her sympathy wad too soon.
Despite (or because of) the publicity from his recent self-outing, it looks like Clay Aiken is no longer welcome at RCA Records. According to Faded Youth Blog, RCA has deleted his press materials from their website and removed him from the label’s roster in Grammy-related news releases. Aiken’s last album, 2008′s On My Way Here, debuted at #4 on Billboard, but has yet to even go gold (his 2003 debut sold 3 million copies).
Even if Aiken is off the label, there are still plenty of people who love him. He’ll be a guest judge on America’s Next Top Model this season (participating in an “acting challenge” with the ladies), and someone payed $16,000 for a Spamalot bear signed by Aiken last Friday. This isn’t the last you’ve heard from Clay.
Pamela Andersonwalked stomped in the Richie Rich fashion show this week, flaunting her deteriorating good looks for all the world to see. The catwalk is the perfect place for a cougar like Pam, who still thinks she’s got something to flaunt. If it were 1992, she’d be right. But Pam’s not producing the sexy anymore, all we can see in this pic is awkwardness and extensions. Work it, girl! [Photo: GettyImages]
Welcome to Red Carpet Report Card, where the stars are put to the test on their red carpet fashion choices. In today’s episode, Scandalist‘s Fashion 101 teacher Libby Keatinge grades Renee Zellweger on her red carpet style. How will Renee do on the final fashion exam?
While it’s nice to have suitors on Valentine’s Day, Jennifer Orr of Denton, Texas didn’t appreciate the 50 voicemails and 150 texts she received from men hitting her up for sex last weekend. Orr learned that the deluge was inspired by two photos of her on a Craigslist ad, along with her number and an offer to “moan like Shamu” during sex on the holiday. Orr immediately suspected Sean Kirkland, a fellow former Sears employee who frequently hit her up for dates. The 21-year-old Kirkland admitted to the prank, texting her “Im sorry for posting some add on craigs list” and “it was a joke sorry we did it we won’t do anything again.” Orr filed a report with police, and Kirkland may be up for harrassment if she decides to press charges. Shamu could probably sue this guy for slander as well.
We’d like to thank the ambiguously-aged Keenan for adding some much-needed giddiness to the office. Watch the video in its entirety and be rewarded with 360 spins, unexpected Wii props, and emoting that’ll blow your mind. Need a closer look at the 5 o’clock shadow and magical choreography? Check out his YouTube channel for 70 more home movies. [Source: Videogum]