Barack Obama is rumored to be after CNN’s own hot doc, Sanjay Gupta, for the position of Surgeon General. Apparently the President-elect has offered the neurosurgeon-turned-TV correspondent the job, and Gupta has accepted. Now all that stands in the way of America having the sexiest Surgeon General ever is a little thing called vetting!
The pair apparently met in November to discuss the job, and Gupta has also spoken with Tom Daschle (Obama’s nominee for Health and Human Services secretary) as well as other prominent advisors. While he’s best known for hosting “House Call” on CNN (and, you know, for being the ultimate package of brains and good looks), Gupta’s got a political background in addition to mad medical skills. According to the Washington Post, “he was a White House fellow in the late 1990s, writing speeches and crafting policy for Hillary Clinton.” [Photo: WireImage]
While there’s a long history of using the threat of prison to scare juvenile deliquents on to the straight and narrow, Magistrate Brian Maloney of Sydney, Australia may have crossed a line when lecturing a 19-year-old who drove drunk without a license.
“[In jail,] you’ll find big, ugly, hairy strong men who’ve got faces only a mother could love that will pay a lot of attention to you — and your anatomy,” Maloney told the repeat offender, adding that the teen will “shower with the gorillas in the mist down at Long Bay jail” if he drives again before 2013, or fails to fulfill his community service requirements.
While a newspaper editorial praised the comments as a “vision in clarity,” one should step back and consider what’s being said. Even if “gorillas” wasn’t intended as a racial slur, telling a defendant they can look forward to prison rape calls into question whether authorities have any interest in curbing the amount of sexual and physical assault that occurs in jail. If judges are going to use the threat of forced homosexual sex with “gorillas” on teens, maybe they should give rapist inmates points for good behavior. After all, what would prison be without them?
Hugh Hefner has added yet another gorgeous blonde to his new posse of barely legal ladies. 22-year-old Crystal Harris is the latest tight-bodied hottie to string her tiny arm around Hef’s back, taking her place next to the 82 year old’s other gal pals, twins Karissa and Kristina Shannon. According to her Myspace page, Crystal is a Psychology student at San Diego State, and she’s plastered her site with pictures of Disney World, puppies and sexy snapshots of herself.
She has yet to make it into the pages Playboy, but Crystal did pose nude on Playboy.com as their Co-Ed of the Week last October. She confirmed her position as Hef’s girlfriend on an E! Online message board, telling fans that “Hef gave me permission to fill people in on the new updates as a voice from the mansion.” She also hinted that Hef’s love clique might still be searching for other members. “There are a couple that we have interest in,” she wrote about the possibility of adding more girlfriends to the mix. “… As for now, it is just us three.”
Signing autographs and changing clothes after a Letterman appearance must take a lot out of Kate Hudson, because the Bride Wars actress was in less than peak form responding to the usual inanities at the film’s red carpet premiere. For instance, how does she feel about ex Lance Armstrong knocking up his new girlfriend? “It’s amazing. Congratulations.” To People? OK.
Us asked how her wedding (to ex Chris Robinson) compared to the ones in the movie. “It was such an amazing day—and it should be. Relationships and love should be celebrated.” They should, shouldn’t they! But what Entertainment Tonight wants to know is how she feels about poor Jett Travolta, not that she’s worked with either of his parents. “My blessings go out to that family. You can’t even…They’re going to go through such a difficult time…I wish the family my blessings and prayers.” You wish them your prayers? The underlying sentiment is nice enough that we shouldn’t point out her peculiar word choice, but…anyway, she sure looked great last night!
Jessica Alba may be notorious for her unbecoming perma-frown, but her daughter Honor (with hubby Cash Warren) only makes her mommy’s cuteness factor skyrocket. Suri Cruise, Violet Affleck and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt should all watch their tiny backs – there’s a new top baby in Tinseltown, and she’s winning us over with those big brown eyes! [Photo: Splash News Online]
Ne-Yo fans in the Seattle area are pissed off that the “Closer” singer failed to appear at heavily promoted New Year’s Eve gig. Tickets started at $75, with VIP tables going for $1,200. “At 11:30 they had a pre-recorded message from Ne-Yo,” said an attendee. “He was on a plane from Nigeria and not able to come.” As they grumbled, Ne-Yo could be seen singing and dancing on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, though it is unclear whether the footage was pre-recorded or not.
With the sponsor and the local promoter AWOL, no one has been able to request a refund. Was the show a hoax or did Ne-Yo really prance off to Nigeria after pre-recording a performance for Dick Clark? The flyer for the event features the web address of a fan page rather than Ne-Yo’s official site, and this wouldn’t be the first time a promoter lied about where Ne-Yo was “stuck.” Apparently unfazed by this confusion, Ne-Yo performed in Hawaii on Monday night, with shows in Japan and England planned for the next few weeks. Check out the gallery to see the bumping and grinding Washingtonians missed out on.
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80′s heartthrob Patrick Swayze is finally speaking out about the cancer that has plagued his body since last year. In an interview (his first since his diagnosis) with Barbara Walters, Swayze offers insight on his struggles with pancreatic cancer, and reveals that like anyone else who has faced this disease, he’s scared and unsure of what’s to come. “Yeah, I’m scared. Yeah, I’m angry. Yeah, I’m [asking] why me,” he confesses to the veteran newscaster in a conversation that airs tomorrow night on ABC. “You can bet that I’m going through hell. And I’ve only seen the beginning of it.”
Swayze also revealed for the first time that in addition to having a tumor on his pancreas, the cancer has spread to his liver, making his diagnosis Stage 4. But the veteran actor was undeterred by the grave diagnosis, and described his reaction as, “Watch me! You watch what I pull off.”
So far, he has done just that. Less than 5% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer live past five years, but Swayze attributes his survival thus far to chemo, experimental drugs, and resolve – with some serious help and support from his wife, Lisa. Patrick says, “no matter what’s thrown at me, I can take it. And I can keep going.” [Photo: Splash News Online]
For more info on pancreatic cancer, visit Pancan.org.
In 1968, he got in a knife fight with Dennis Hopper. In 1970, he beat Norman Mailer with a hammer. While Rip Torn has yet to get into any brawls with his co-stars on 30 Rock, he definitely still knows how to party. On Monday, the actor pled “not guilty” for his third DUI arrest in five years. Not bad for a 77 year old.
According to authorities, Torn was driving in the “breakdown” lane on December 14th with a Christmas tree on top of his car. Pulled over by concerned police, he smelled of booze and botched a field sobriety test, which he blamed on the street. No, he would not take a Breathalyzer, thank you very much. And yes, he used a bad word when they arrested him. Torn got off on the 2004 arrest despite causing a scene at the police station, so maybe he can roll past this one too.
Fans of the veteran actor: if you want to see Torn drop his pants and dance around yelling “f— me!” to his on-screen son, rent Freddy Got Fingered. You won’t regret it.
Who would have guessed that Lindsay Lohan’s song “Rumors” was such a prescient masterpiece when it was released in 2004? The tune’s lyrics — “I’m tired of rumors starting, I’m sick of being followed” — have never been more applicable, as Lindsay has started a war with the tabloids via her MySpace blog over rumors that she’s ended things with her elfish, turn tablin’ girlfriend, Samantha Ronson. E! Online reported yesterday that Linds had moved her flannel shirts and Chanel bags out of Sam’s house following numerous fights, and TMZ simply said the pair was “officially history.” ZOMG!
But Lindsay isn’t having it, and the unemployed actress spent some time between shopping sprees getting out her anger on Myspace. “RUMORS,” a short yet poignant piece that targets the tabloid talk, is the title of her finest work of prose yet. We’ll let LiLo (whose writing skills rival that of an 8-year-old Jonas Brothers fan hyped up on Adderall) have the last word.
little piece of TRUE information:
we did NOT break up!
access hollywood, extra, et, every tabloid, page six… AND every GOSSIP website. Get your stories straight please. It’s really annoying to have all of your friends emailing you saying, i saw, i read, etc… NOT TRUE
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