Monthly Archive: May 2008

McClellan on Countdown

The Baltimore Sun has the complete (and lengthy) transcript of Scott McClellan’s interview with Keith Olbermann on the MSNBC show Countdown last night.

Harvey Korman, 1927-2008

Rough week for stars of the 1960s. First it was Dick Martin and Sydney Pollack; now Harvey Korman has died at age 81.The LA Times, quoting Korman’s daughter, says the actor died of “complications from an abdominal aortic aneurysm that ruptured four months ago.”

Siegried and Roy and Cindy

Gossipeuse Cindy Adams can be insufferable, but she has a touching report today after flying Austrian Airlines (first class, she points out) with entertainers Siegfried and Roy.

McClellan Likes, Admires, Hammers Bush

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan has a new book coming out Monday, titled What Happened.The website Politico got its hands on an accidental early copy, and broke the story yesterday that McClellan’s book has some not-so-nice things to say about George W. Bush.

Stone to China: Bad Karma

Sharon Stone has a way of keeping herself interesting. Sometimes it’s by wearing a leopard-print dress, and sometimes it’s by insulting China.

Obituary First Lines: Dick Martin

TV comedy star Dick Martin has died at age 83. Here’s how some major news outlets are summing up his life.”Dick Martin, co-host of ‘Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In,’ which popularized the phrase, ‘Sock it to me’…” -Bloomberg News “Dick Martin, the zany half of the comedy team whose ‘Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In’ took television by storm in the 1960s…” -The Associated Press

Sydney Pollack Dies of Cancer

Whoa! Film director Sydney Pollack has died of cancer. He was a very young 73.Pollack won Oscars for directing and producing Out of Africa in 1985. And he made the comedy hit Tootsie (with Dustin Hoffman dressed as a woman) in 1982.

The Naked Cowboy

The Naked Cowboy is in Ohio this weekend, appearing at the Taste of Cincinnati festival.He seems to be a complex figure. We can report from personal observation that the Cowboy has tattoos on each shoulder: Jesus on the left and Satan on the right.

Laugh-In’s Dick Martin Dies at Age 86

Dick Martin, co-host of the groundbreaking TV show Laugh-In, has died at age 86.The cause was respiratory failure, says The New York Times.

Don’t Mess With Keith Richards

This clip has been around awhile, it seems, but we just spotted it for the first time: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards dealing with a fan who charges onstage.

Drew Carey is 50!

We’re not sure if that’s surprisingly old or surprisingly young. (He is hosting The Price is Right, after all.)Drew Carey was born in Cleveland in 1958. (As an aside: that was just a few days before Annette Bening was born in Topeka.)

Gapper: George Gershwin

Last month’s gapper was a famous painter. This month it’s a famous composer: George Gershwin.

The Kennedy Brain Tumor

Here are some details about the malignant brain tumor of Senator Edward Kennedy.

Sinatra Stamp

The new Frank Sinatra stamp is here.

Here Comes Big Brown

We’ve got a new profile of racehorse Big Brown, who won the Preakness with ease on May 17th. He’ll go for the Triple Crown on June 7th at the Belmont Stakes in New York.Big Brown is trying to become the first horse in 30 years to win the Triple Crown. Affirmed was the last horse to do it, in 1978.

Jim Henson +18

Wow — it’s now been 18 years since Muppets creator Jim Henson died.

Two Out, Two In

It’s been 24 hours of highly unusual retirements. Golf legend Annika Sorenstam said last night that she would quit golf at the end of the 2008 season. This even though she’s currently ranked number two in the world behind Lorena Ochoa of Mexico.

When Was Robert Pattinson Born?

Actor Robert Pattinson was born on 13 May 1986, according to his representatives at 3 Arts Entertainment.There’s been some dispute online about the exact date. Everyone seems to agree on 1986, but some sources say May 13th and some say May 14th. Who2 editor Paul Hehn cleared it up by contacting Pattinson’s management company, 3 Arts Entertainment. Their rep replied with this terse but friendly message: “Hey Paul – Rob’s D.O.B is 5/13/86.”Case closed!

Jenna Bush Is Married

Presidential daughter Jenna Bush was married tonight to Henry Hager in Crawford, Texas, according to Reuters.Her twin sister Barbara Bush was the maid of honor.The news service notes, “A White House spokeswoman declined to comment on whether Bush would take Hager’s name or where the newlyweds would take their honeymoon.”

The Last of the Anti-Hitler Heroes

Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager has died in Germany at age 90. He was the last survivor of the July 1944 plot that came within a whisker of assassinating Adolf Hitler.