Warner Brothers and CBS shook the media world today by announcing their plan to join forces to create the CW Network. CNN reports plans to cease both the WB and UPN operations, calling into question the future of UPN’s Monday Night stronghold Half and Half.
Some random thoughts that went through my head while watching Skating With Celebrities last night.
- Is that Bob Odenkirk (from Mr. Show) announcing? Oh no… it’s Scott Hamilton… and I think he’s doing an impression of Bob Odenkirk doing an impression of Scott Hamilton. My head already hurts.
- Critics, take note. Skating with Celebrities is nothing like American Idol. Yes, like AI there are 3 judges, and yes there’s a ditzy optimist sitting in the middle, and yes there’s a surly British guy…HOWEVER SwC has a gay dude instead of a black dude. THERE’S your diversity baby.
- My favorite team is the Dave Coulier – Nancy Kerrigan team. Do you think Nancy is just walking around after the show thinking, "Wait a minute. I won 2 Olympic gold medals. I was a national icon. I hosted Saturday Night Live. And the ‘celebrity’ I’m skating with is Uncle Joey from Full House??? What???"
- The theme of tonight’s episode is "The Decade of the 70′s." Coincidentally, that’s the last decade any of these people were actually considered celebrities. Zing!
- I bet this show is big in Canada. (I told you, random thoughts)
- Todd Bridges said he’ll do whatever he has to in order to win. Um… everybody be careful- this dude shot a drug dealer in ’89 after a 4-day coke binge. If he says he’ll do whatever it takes in order to win: duck!
- Everytime they say the words Jillian Barberie and "groin pull" I smile just a little.
- By appearing on the show,
DebbieDeborah Gibson has finally completed the Fallen Star Trilogy: Big in the 80′s—Playboy spread—bad reality TV show. We salute you DebbieDeborah. Tiffany has some catching up to do.
Word on the street is that Ricky Gervais is moving to the U.S. We know you like the British version of Gervais, but the American one is funny, too. You just have to give it a chance.
Without the midgets or the sequined Top Hats, working with newly-incarnated radio dj,David Lee Roth,isn’t as awesome as it originally seemed. (Daily Dish)
Everyone’s pulling for John Stamos (Page Six)
Victim of drug-induced baby-naming, implores celebrities to stop branding their kids with freakish first names. (Msnbc)
Sundance report: Fiji is the new Evian (New York Observer)
Jason Lee’s chicken pox disrupts filming of NBC’s Great White (Trash) Hope (People)
Hey kids, if you want to write a book when you grow up, you’ve got to learn how to blow some serious rails (The Mirror)
On this day in 1938, daredevil, insurance salesman, and minor-league hockey player Evel Knievel was conceived in Butte, Montana. It all started when his father, Robert, told his mother, Ann, that he’d like to "jump the snake river canyon," which he did, crushing his pelvis and femur; fracturing his hip, wrist and both ankles; sustaining a concussion that left in him a coma for a month; and giving life to the greatest popularizer of red, white, and blue since Betsy Ross.
Also conceived today: diet doctor Robert Atkins (1930), One Wolf Michael McKean (1947), Superman paramour Margot Kidder (1948), barstool warmer and gifted comedic actor George Wendt (1948)
According to CNN, Magnum, P.I. is coming to the big screen:
Rawson Marshall Thurber ("Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story") has signed on to write and direct the big-screen adaptation of "Magnum P.I.," the 1980s series that made Tom Selleck a star.
…Thurber is not making a spoof but rather something akin to the tone of the show, which mixed humor and danger. The story line for the Universal Pictures film sees Magnum, with the help of his former military pals, searching for a missing buddy.
If you’re thinking the missing buddy is Steve Guttenberg, you’re wrong (and mean; he’s been great in everything he’s ever been in!). And the missing buddy isn’t his mustache either. The missing buddy is his running shorts.
Yahoo! is providing "Sundance celebrity podcasts." Here’s a partial list of all the amazing celebrities they’ve gotten so far: Justin Long, Susan Choi, Giancarlo Esposito, Shira Lazar, Gregory Smith, Cady Huffman, and Ben Foster. Next up: Terry Kiser.
Move over Marc Jacobs, because there’s a hot new designer in town! Two of them, actually.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (you ever wonder if Ashley gets pissed at always being mentioned second?) have recently announced plans to bring their peculiar style of
dumpster diving haute couture to high-end retailers across the country.
This means that soon you – yes, you! – can also look like a recovering addict who got hosed down with sewer water on your way to the methadone clinic. Provided you’re rich enough to afford to look poor, of course.
The New York Post has the dish on Kate Capshaw’s tipping habits:
A PAGE SIX tattletale claims…that actress Kate Capshaw, wife of Steven Spielberg, brought eight children into the Milky Way restaurant in Los Angeles and was "incredibly demanding. She sent everything back and nothing was done correctly – the tea was too cold, everything. So the waitress was run ragged and at the end she didn’t even leave a tip – and the meal was comped." To make the tale even more embarrassing, the Milky Way is owned by Spielberg’s mother. But Capshaw’s representative, Marvin Levy, insisted that our source’s no-tipping tale was utter hogwash.
To be fair, the meal was free, so fifteen percent of that is zero.
Take an up close and personal look at the fascinating Beth from the Gauntlet 2. The elusive celebrity spills all her secrets about "the industry" and what it’s like to mingle with superstars like Scott Wolff and Michael Rappaport at this year’s Sundance Festival on her very own Yahoo Podcast.