In Hollywood, there’s a contingent of talented actors for whom awards and endless praise from the film community are expected. Meryl Streep competes for her fourth Academy Award on Sunday night, and it’s been scientifically proven that she gets thanked more than God at these things. Each year some permutation of the same crew is expected to receive nominations and each year we rack our brains trying to figure out which one is more deserving of the coveted golden statue. Except when there are wildcards.
Flame wars happen all the time on the internet, but things are getting scarily real in the Twitter feud between one-man controversy machine Chris Brown and writer Jenny Johnson. The social media beef on the Sunday resulted in Brown deleting his account after dishing out a barrage of misogynistic, offensive and frankly pretty gross insults directed toward the comedian. But now some members of Team Breezy are apparently not happy, and they’re making their displeasure known by making death threats against Johnson.
But the Texas-based writer is taking it all in stride. “We are doing a bit of investigating… to see who are writing them and if they should be taken seriously, or just something we need to ignore,” she told Celebuzz. “We are trying to discover if it’s just a bunch of kids goofing off or something else. I’m just letting it go right now.” She admitted to being surprised that the beef with the celeb went as far as it did. “I was surprised to wake up and read about it and find my name on The View and CNN.”
What was in the water when these ladies were growing up? ‘Cause we’ll have some! The 2011 TONY Awards took place yesterday at the Beacon Theatre in New York City and we’re in awe of the slew of all the “older” actresses that walked the carpet. We’re not being derogatory about age at all. We genuinely think that the so called young Hollywood lot could learn a thing or two from ladies like Edie Falco (aged 47), Ellen Barkin (57), Brooke Shields (46) and Marg Helgenberger (52) because they looked incredible. Christie Brinkley looked pretty damn fine too, but we didn’t like the strapless blue gown she wore. And God Bless her soul, we love you Whoopi Goldberg, but what the hell were you wearing? She had some bizarre hat and an outfit that looked like it was made from cheap curtains on, which you’ll able to see in our gallery below.
A word about the gentlemen during the evening. Could Neil Patrick Harris (he was the host of the show) and partner David Burtka get any more handsome? Al Pacino could have taken a couple of styling tips considering he wore a weird headband, but his girlfriend, gorgeous Lucila Sola (who is 40 years younger than him) didn’t seem to mind. Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Rock, Matthew Broderick, Don Cheadle all suited up too, so take a look at the pictures and tell us what you think.
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Whoopi Goldberg has never been shy about her past drug use, but TMZ has unearthed a recording of Goldberg from 1992 admitting that she smoked a “wonderful joint” just before the Oscar ceremony where she won for Best Supporting Actress in 1991 for Ghost.
During a recording session for he 1992 film The Pagemaster, Whoopi talked about how she smoked her own homegrown weed just before heading to the ceremony. “Honey, when he said my name and I popped up, I though ‘Oh, f—!” Whoopi explained. While Whoopi’s acceptance speech didn’t seem all that unusual, it was obvious to at least one person that she has been under the influence. “My mother called me and said ‘You smoked, didn’t you? Your eyes were just glistening.’” Whoopi said. The full recording and Whoopi’s acceptance speech are over on TMZ. We’re sure Elisabeth Hasselbeck is all out of sorts over this today.
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Looks like someone didn’t like what she was hearing…namely, herself. Susan Boyle gave up on a live performance of “O Holy Night” on the View today, waving for the music to be stop right before the song reached its memorable high notes. As the facial expression above suggests, she had already cracked a note or two before abandoning the song entirely. That didn’t stop Sherri Shepherd from declaring the abbreviated performance “beautiful” and “amazing” as she came onstage to support the embarrassed singer. “There is something of an angel that comes out of your mouth,” continued the oblivious host. “This amazingly pure sound.” Things not to say when a singer’s just bombed on live TV for $400, Alex.
Thankfully, Susan should be able to rest her voice and lose the “frog in her throat” Whoopi blamed for the misfire (yes, Whoopi was actually paying attention). Oh wait, no she can’t—TMZ reports that Susan will reshoot the performance for the West Coast airing and she’s scheduled to take part in the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting tonight. Will she still make it out or is this frog going to pull a Scrooge on her?
See the oh-so-awkward moment after the jump.
So by now you know that these Salahi people are whiny crybabies who are becoming universally loathed, first for being national security risks and second for pissing off the ladies of The View. And it’s all in the name of drumming up publicity for the Real Housewives Of D.C., which premiered last night and which we can’t bring ourselves to watch. Michaele Salahi is slowly inching toward being the Gwen Stefani of this group, and this ”Whoopi-Hit-Me-No-She-Didn’t-Gate” is her “Don’t Speak.” She’s overshadowed her castmates one too many times and the show has barely gotten off he ground.
Since this whole View non-troversy began, the rest of the Housewives have been feeling a little left out and they aren’t shy about their feelings. After being interviewed yesterday, it was clear they are not psyched to be associated with Cuckoo-Barbie. Their reactions are slowly leading us to believe that the extensions-pulling antics of the Jersey contingent is nothing – someone on this show is going to get a Diplomat’s license plate to the jugular pretty soon. Here are some quotes that lead us to believe that World War III just may begin at a D.C. country club.
Housewife Stacie Turner: “I guess it’s good for ratings…[but] the show really is not ‘The Salahi Show’”
Housewife Mary Schmift Amons: “We’re so tired of hearing this and talking about this. This is a show about five people, not one couple.”
Amons, again: “Awk-ward! And given what’s happened yesterday on The View it’s now changed the energy completely between the five of us.”
And then there’s Lynda Erikiletian who claimed on The View that Michaele was anorexic and her husband Tareq abused women and threw a drink on her.
Chugga-chugga-chugga-chugga- CHOO CHOO! What’s that? Oh, just the sound of a train wreck approaching.
Oh, Lawd. The View, and Whoopi Goldberg in particular, are at the center of another sh*tstorm today. This one is brought on by White House party-crasher Michaele Salahi, who is a member of the cast of The Real Housewives Of D.C. and was brought on the talk show along with the other housewives to promote their Bravo series. Not only did they barely discuss the show, but Salahi was grilled by hosts Joy Behar and Sherri Shepherd about her alleged invitation to the White House which, let’s face it, no one believes exists.
Things didn’t get crazy though until Whoopi Goldberg ran out from backstage, touched Salahi’s back and said “‘Excuse me, can you get back to the White House, please?” Salahi appeared confused but obviously not injured by Goldberg’s appearance, but when she went backstage after the segment, she allegedly accused Goldberg of hitting her. An ABC statement, released yesterday afternoon, said “After the show, Ms. Salahi and her husband accused Whoopi of hitting Ms. Salahi. As the broadcast clearly shows, the accusation was completely unfounded and erroneous. After the show and after being told she was being accused of hitting Ms. Salahi, Whoopi proceeded to defend herself verbally from this baseless claim in a heated exchange with the Salahis.”
So Whoopi dropped some F-bombs on the Salahis , which no doubt she learned from her buddy Mel Gibson, and they got upset. We found it far more insulting that Sherri told Michaele straight to her face that she should be in jail for her White House stunt, but whatever. You don’t get publicity if you start a fight with Sherri Shepherd, you go for the big guns with Whoopi, obviously. The Salahis hoped to give their side of the story on the Today Show this morning. We’ll keep you posted on what new and fabulous fabrications they come up with.
It’s funny, usually the person most likely to make us smack our forehead and scream at the TV while we’re watching The View is Elisabeth Hasselbeck, but Whoopi Goldberg, of all people, is starting to take her place as the person who says the dumbest things these days. Yesterday, Whoopi chose to defend Mel Gibson who, if you’ve heard his rants toward Oksana Grigorieva, does not deserve any sort of defense at all. “Having spent time with him in my house, with my kids, I can’t say he’s a racist. I don’t like what he’s done, make no mistake,” Whoopi told her co-hosts, and then said that alcohol makes people say stupid things, but then after that, she says she doesn’t think Mel was drunk while he was making all his racist, threatening statements. So…you figure out that logic, folks. Whether he was a charming houseguest or not, it’s pretty hard for us to imagine anyone who could forgive Mel for his crazy breakdown. Scarier still is how much we agree with Joy Behar these days.
André Leon Talley is a force to be reckoned with. The former Vogue editor-at-large lives up to his name in both size and stature and he arrived at the Costume Institute Gala last night looking like a cross between a Jedi knight, the world’s most stylish boxer, and a feudal Japanese warrior. The imposing fashion guru was escorted by his friend Whoopi Goldberg whose white ensemble would have been, under any other circumstances, the most karate-formalwear look of the night. It’s hard to compete though when your date is a fashion sensei. Talley dons the look often though, that is, when he’s not in his furs. Check out some of his best (and most insane) looks in our gallery.
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Oh, Whoopi. Whoopi, Whoopi, Whoopi. The outspoken actress discussed Jesse James‘ wanton ways on The View this morning. And unlike most daytime TV hosts, she wasn’t out to crucify the fetish-model enthusiast. “I know it’s really wrong to say…but it’s nobody’s fault,” she told her co-hosts. “Maybe he was looking for something different…hey, I did it five or six times. Yes, I screwed around. Yes, while I was married. I made those mistakes, too, yeah.” She can even identity with the Dead Man‘s fondness for tattoos. “I have seven…wouldn’t you like to know where!”
“I’m not excusing,” she clarified. “[But] as opposed to saying ‘he’s a bonehead,’ maybe he wanted something wonderful in his life but couldn’t deal with it. That’s awfully gracious of Ms. Goldberg, but if the rumors about James sex tapes are true—some gossipmongers say they involve wife Sandra Bullock, some say they star other women, all say they involve Nazi paraphernalia—Whoopi might wish she’d chosen a better phrase than “something wonderful.” Unless she’s into fascist-themed scatplay, too (and if you are, Whoopi…please keep it to yourself).
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