Monthly Archive: September 2010

Tony Curtis Dead at Age 85

Actor and old-school Hollywood icon Tony Curtis has died at his home near Las Vegas. Tony Curtis served in the Navy in World War II (he was in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese surrender was signed) and then worked his way up through the old Hollywood studio system. He acted with everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Cary Grant to Laurence Olivier — well over 100 movies in all.

Prince Charles With a Golf Cart and a Goat

Let’s get right to it.That’s Prince Charles at front left, riding in a little green golf cart while touring Celtic Manor golf course in Wales today, before this weekend’s Ryder Cup golf tournament. 

Beyoncé at the Block Party

The story goes that Beyoncé “crashed” this block party in West Orange, New Jersey.It was near the home of Jay-Z’s mom. That’s Beyoncé’s mother-in-law.Everybody in the crowd seems to know the dance moves here, but Beyoncé seems to have a certain something:

Ma Barker Drives a Minivan

It’s a drag when you have to rush a bank robbery because you gotta pick up the kids at school.

Quentin Tarantino’s Editor: Sally Menke Found Dead

Film editor Sally Menke was found dead early this morning, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Although no cause of death is known, Menke had been hiking in yesterday’s extreme heat. She was 56 years old.

Philip K. Dick Letter for Sale

The American Book of the Dead has a copy of a letter written by sci-fi legend Philip K. Dick that’s being auctioned by his widow, Tessa.
You can see the letter here, at Tessa’s blog.

“Couldn’t We Be More Restrained?”

A rare kinescope of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series has been found in Bing Crosby’s cellar, of all places.Why the kinescope? Crosby owned the team but couldn’t bear to watch in person.Crosby was so superstitious about hexing his Pirates that he and Kathryn listened to the game with their friends Charles and Nonie de Limur in Paris.

Lindsay Lohan Goes to Jail

Former actress Lindsay Lohan is actually going to jail. So they say.
This comes after a seemingly endless parade of stories — well, more headlines than stories, really — about how she *might* be going to jail, or how she didn’t show up to court, or how she failed this or that drug test, or how she was the mastermind behind the attacks of 9/11… it’s been tough to keep up.

Harry Potter Trailer Released

Here’s a trailer for the first part of the movie version of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:

New American Idol Judges

Thank goodness, the wait is over, and now we know who the judges will be for the next season of American Idol.

Former pop star, movie star and tabloid star Jennifer Lopez will join the panel, and so will Steven Tyler, the sometime-former-maybe frontman for the rock group Aerosmith.

Kara DioGuardi is out after two seasons.

Bill Murray is 60!

Happy birthday to Bill Murray, who turns 60 today.  He was born on this day in 1950, just five short years after the end of World War II.Now see a photo of Bill Murray in a canary-yellow parachute outfit >>

Liberace Museum to Close

The museum in Las Vegas that’s devoted to popular pianist Liberace — “Mr. Showmanship” — is going to shutter their doors after 31 years in business. I first read about it here.

Randy Quaid 2.0: Now With More Burglary

Randy Quaid is at it yet again.  He and his wife Evi have been charged with burglary after they were caught squatting in the guest house of their former home near Santa Barbara.

Joaquin Phoenix Documentary: It Was a Gag After All

“It’s a terrific performance, it’s the performance of his career… I never intended to trick anybody. The idea of a quote, hoax, unquote, never entered my mind.” That was director Casey …..

Woody Allen Has Never Seen His Own Movies

I’ve never once in my life seen any film of mine after I put it out. Ever. I haven’t seen “Take the Money and Run” since 1968. I haven’t seen “Annie Hall” or “Manhattan” or any film I’ve made afterward. If I’m on the treadmill and I’m scooting through the channels, and I come across one of them, I go right past it instantly, because I feel it could only depress me. I would only feel, “Oh God, this is so awful, if I could only do that again.”

Jean Piaget +30

Psychologist Jean Piaget died 30 years ago today.He was a specialist — a pioneer, really — in child development. See our full Piaget profile.

On Location: Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis film a scene from their movie Friends With Benefits yesterday at Los Angeles International Airport.Yahoo Movies previews the plot:

Jon Stewart, Meet Helpless Brian Williams

“The thing that shocked me the most when I first met reporters was the
people who would step aside and say, ‘Boy, I wish I could say what
you’re saying.’ You have a show! You are a network anchor! Whaddya mean
you can’t say it?”
Jon Stewart, quoted in America is a Joke, New York Magazine’s new article about The Daily Show.

Photo of Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen, Lookin’ Older

He’s still The Boss, of course, but Bruce Springsteen looks a wee bit older these days.Springsteen turns 61 next week, so it’s a testament to his rugged longevity that we’re only noticing now.  Here he is with his wife, Patti Scialfa, at the Toronto Film Festival yesterday:

Prince Harry on His Birthday

Today is the 26th birthday of Prince Harry, third in line to the British throne.
Lt. Harry Wales will spend his birthday in training to become an Apache attack helicopter pilot in the British Army Air Corps. It’s not just a one-day, birthday thing — Harry’s been in training since July, and he still has 6 months to go.

Kevin McCarthy Dead at 96

Actor Kevin McCarthy has died at the age of 96. McCarthy is best known for his starring role in the original version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the 1956 science fiction classic.
McCarthy also had a cameo in the 1978 remake starring Donald Sutherland and Leonard Nimoy.

Claudette Colbert’s Birthday

On this day in 1903 film star Claudette Colbert was born. Colbert is best remembered for her role opposite Clark Gable in the 1934 movie It Happened One Night.
Claudette Colbert won an Oscar for that performance, and was nominated twice more after that, 1935’s Private Worlds and 1944’s Since You Went Away.
She also famously didn’t want the right side of her face photographed, and for publicity stills and in the movies went to great lengths to avoid it.

Just a Nice Photo: Kim Clijsters

Kim Clijsters and her daughter, Jada, after the tennis star won her second straight U.S. Open yesterday.

Ouch! Roger Ebert Harshes on Joaquin Phoenix

The tragedy of Joaquin Phoenix’s self-destruction has been made into “I’m Still Here,” a sad and painful documentary that serves little useful purpose other than to pound another nail into the coffin.Roger Ebert takes on the new Joaquin Phoenix “documentary.”

Rich “Summer Girls” Cronin, RIP

Rich Cronin, frontman for the old hip-hop boy band LFO, has died at age 36. Leukemia, alas. He’d been fighting it since 2005.LFO had their biggest hit with “Summer Girls” in 1999. I don’t think I’ve actually heard Cronin’s name before, but I vaguely remember the band itself — mainly because I knew their name stood for “Lyte Funky Ones,” which they wisely ditched in the manner of KFC.

Rodney King Plans to Marry One of His Jurors

The news from Radar Online is that Rodney King plans to marry Cynthia Kelley, a woman who sat on the jury of his civil trial against Los Angeles way back in 1993.
The civil trial was a result of the 1991 beating by Los Angeles cops that made Rodney King famous. After the 1992 trial that acquitted the officers, riots broke out in Los Angeles, prompting King to utter his famous line, “Can’t we all just get along?”

Tony Blair Pelted in Dublin, the Video

Video from Dublin, of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair arriving at a book shop to promote his new memoir, A Journey:

Rahm Emanuel to Run for Chicago Mayor?

It sure sounds like it. (Not that he’d be a shoo-in.) The election’s in February.Rahm Emanuel himself hasn’t said a word, but the DC replacement guessing game has already started.

Lee Pelton Moves to Emerson College

Congratulations to Lee Pelton, who is moving to Emerson College next year after 13 good years as president of proud and plucky Willamette University.

Happy 120th Birthday, Colonel Sanders

Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried (‘Call Me KFC’) Chicken, was born on this day in 1890.  He’s been gone for 30 years now.Meanwhile, Hugh Grant is 50.

Photos From the Library of Congress

Griping about the United States government is an American hobby (or pathology), but every once in a while it’s a good idea to step back and admire the work of those who toil away — yes, at the taxpayers’ expense! — at the unheralded task of preserving our culture, by way of the Library of Congress.The Library of Congress has always been a terrific source of Americana, and by government decree. It’s also a great place to visit, if you’re ever in Washington, D.C.

Werner Herzog Answers Twitter Questions

Along with this trailer for First Look Studio’s new movie, My Son, My Son, What Have You Done?, director Werner Herzog answers a series of questions posed by Twitter users.
It’s all very nutty, with Herzog gamely playing along, from answering how to have a good wedding to explaining “I don’t know who Chuck Norris is… is he an actor?”

Mark David Chapman Denied Parole Again

Mark David Chapman, the man who killed ex-Beatle John Lennon in 1980, was denied parole for the sixth time yesterday.  He’ll be up for parole again in 2012.

Is Jerry Lewis Just Too Old for the Telethon?

Tom Shales goes there, delicately.Showing his cranky side, and hinting at his notorious temper, Lewis
complained repeatedly about the sound equipment, the plug in his ear and
not being able to hear.

Stephen Hawking: God Wasn’t Necessarily Necessary

Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than
nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to
invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.Physicist Stephen Hawking speaks his mind on Why God Did Not Create the Universe.(“Blue touch paper” is an old-fashioned fuse for fireworks.)

Prince Charles on a Little Tiny Bicycle – PHOTOS

Prince Charles sits on a commuter bike at Central Station in Glasgow, Scotland yesterday.  The Prince then hopped aboard a biofuel-powered train to launch his START initiative for sustainable living.

Andrew Jackson and The Hermitage: 10 Things You Didn’t Know

Here are 10 things *I* didn’t know about President Andrew Jackson and his famous home, anyway, until my visit to The Hermitage yesterday. 1) Jackson was verrrry skinny.  The man was 6’1″ and 140 pounds when elected president.  (John Quincy Adams, just before him, was 5’7″ and stout; Martin Van Buren followed him at 5’6″ and also full-figured.) 

Midwest Music Weekend: Nashville, Brazilbilly, and Salmon P. Chase

It’s been a musical Labor Day Weekend for the Who2 midwest HQ. Friday it was a jazz lunch at Cincinnati’s handsome Mercantile Library, with singer Kathy Wade and pianist Ed Moss:Historical homey Salmon P. Chase looked on with (presumably) approval:

William Shatner Says “You’re. Having. The. Ribs.”

“They said I was this William Shatner character, and I figured I had to be it,” he said. “Pompous, takes himself seriously, hardheaded… So I played it. But I didn’t see it. That character doesn’t seem like me to me. I know the real William Shatner.”The New York Times studies the many iterations of William Shatner. 

Andrey Melnichenko’s Crazy Super-Yacht

That’s Andrey Melnichenko’s $300 million super-yacht off the coast of Malibu, California today.  It’s 394 feet long and shaped funny to make it tricky for pirates to board. Tricky for uninvited pirates, that is.

Michael Douglas Has Throat Cancer

Michael Douglas is being treated for stage four throat cancer — a “walnut-sized” tumor at the base of his tongue. That sounds grim, but Douglas says doctors have given him an 80% chance of survival.

Zsa Zsa Gabor Health Watch, Day 1884

1884 days counting back to her stroke on July 6, 2005, that is.Zsa Zsa Gabor was rushed to the hospital yet again yesterday, the poor kid, after being found “unresponsive.”  But it turns out it’s not life-threatening. “Reports of my mother’s passing are hurtful and unprofessional,” says her daughter, Constance Francesca Hilton.

The Jersey Circus: JWoWW Meets NotMe

The Internet’s ironic love affair with The Family Circus continues with The Jersey Circus. Yes, all captions are actual utterances from the Jersey Shore cast.