This Day Last Year



This day last year, January 27th, 2005

Paris Hilton decided that her chihuahua just didn’t do it for her anymore, so the hotel heiress adopted a rottweiler. Meanwhile, a still-imprisoned Martha Stewart started taking line-dancing lessons and Star Jones had all of her shameless plugs edited out of InStyle’s Celebrity Weddings special on ABC. Also, on January 27, 2005 Tara Reid told the NY Post "I’m a very smart girl. People don’t realize that." One year later, thanks to Taradise and a bunch of other poor decisions, sadly people still don’t realize that.

Curly Sumo



From Variety:

Fox has tapped Wedding Crashers scribes Steve Faber and Bob Fisher to pen a comedy about a skinny American competing as a sumo wrestler. Project is being developed as a starring vehicle for Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), with Jimmy Miller producing at Mosaic Media Group. Story’s based on a Joshua Davis’ GQ report (Supersize Me: The Hard-Won Wisdom of a 134-Pound Sumo Warrior) about becoming the lightest man ever to compete at the U.S. Sumo Open two years ago. Davis included that episode along with excursions into bullfighting, arm wrestling, backward running and sauna in his book "The Underdog: How I Survived the World’s Most Outlandish Competitions."

Sounds good. After all, if Jack Black can play a Mexican wrestler, why shouldn’t Jon Heder play a Sumo wrestler?

Rock Star Games Takes One For The Team



The city attorney’s office has sued the makers of "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" for allegedly hiding pornographic material inside the video game, according to The industry board that rates video games gave it a mature rating but would have given it an adults-only rating if it knew of the explicit content," Said LA City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo.

Eternal Confusion of the Comic’s Mind



Check out the new trailer for Michel Gondry’s forthcoming documentary chronicling Dave Chappelle’s Block Party last year in Brooklyn.  Early reports are suggesting that the film starts strong, but then falls apart after Dave inexplicably leaves the party just as it’s getting good.

Today in Celebrity Conception



On this day in 1971, Snoop Doggy Dogg was conceived from the depths of the sea and back to the block. His parents popped, stopped, and hopped like a rabbit, but before that, Snoop’s father cried out, “So bring your friends, all of y’all come inside. We got a world premiere right here, now get live!” adding, “G’s to the bizzack, now ladies here we gizzo.” Let’s all give his parents a big bow wow.

Also conceived today: Bela Lugosi (1882), Jerry Orbach (1935), Tom Petty (1950)

Clay Achin’



Today’s blind item: Which American Idol star is being accused of having unprotected gay sex with a former Army Ranger? Here’s a hint: His screen name is "valleyprettyboy." Here’s another hint: there’s a picture of him right there.

You can find more clues here. Happy investigating!

“Bleak House”: Dickens in Wolf’s Clothing



I finally got a chance to watch the first installment of PBS’s Bleak House, starring Gillian Anderson. They did a really good job bringing the book to the screen, and Anderson is perfect. But, as an astute friend of mine noticed, there are all kinds of hilarious editing and sound effects that are more Dick Wolf than Charles Dickens. I half-expected to see Goren join Mr. Tulkinghorn in putting the squeeze on Lady Dedlock!

Not That I Watched It



Apparently Josie Bissett and Rob Estes are getting a divorce. It seems that he was cheating on her with a crazy woman doctor named Kimberly, whom he now plans to marry. It’s also rumored that he has been sleeping with Bissett’s prostitute/stripper sister Sydney. Her friends Billy and Alison say that she still loves him anyway and would gladly take him back.