Gawk at celebrities in Will.I.Am’s new Vote (for Obama) video.
BIG So You Think You Can Dance gossip in Kristin Veitch’s latest spoiler chat. It’s chock-full of spoilers for other shows, so I’ll just spill the news: Lacey and Hok are dating.
Wow, I definitely didn’t see that coming!
Perez Hilton took a break from his busy party-promoting schedule to spread a rumor that Fidel Castro is dead. Virtually no other news outlet has picked up the story.
Seriously, I’ve never wished more for Perez to be right — it’s not that I’m deeply involved in Cuban politics, but how awesome would it be for Perez freaking Hilton to break a story of this magnitude?
Which was worse? Tough call — Britney’s poor kids are stuck (for now) with a crazy mom. But I’m going with Lindsay. DUIs are completely unacceptable, especially when you’re rich enough to employ a driver. Plus, at the rate she’s going, she’ll end up dead in a year.
However, deep down I think both will bounce back, which is a pretty sad reflection on the state of celebrity in America. As long as her skin isn’t destroyed, Lindsay can always do some depressing hooker-type movie that will give her indie cred. And Britney barely sings already, so it doesn’t matter if she’s screwed up her voice; if she can get down to fighting weight and get it together enough to promote an album, she could be back, too. Sigh.
Zac Efron just landed the lead in a Footloose remake, which will be directed by Kenny Ortega (Dirty Dancing, Newsies, also does the High School Musical franchise). Hopefully, they figure out a better plot than the original, cause you can dance everywhere in America these days. As for High School Musical 2, you can watch a video for “You Are the Music in Me” from on the Disney site.
In other news, I am way too interested in the lives of teenagers.
Dr. Burke left Christina at the altar in the Grey’s Anatomy season finale, and ever since rumors have been flying that Isaiah Washington is gone for good. Actually, those rumors started a few months ago, when Isaiah choked Patrick Dempsey and called T.R. Knight the f-word (the other f-word). So, what’s up? Isaiah’s people deny the rumors, obviously. E! Online’s Kristin Veitch begs to differ, however. She reports in her latest chat that he’s “been taking meetings in New York and Los Angeles in search of a new job that would take place during the coming TV season.” She concludes he’s gone for good, but who knows, maybe he’s just not returning until midseason. We’ll see …
I’m not in favor of assault, per se. Still, I really enjoyed these photos of Hugh Grant trying to kick some paparazzi. It reminds me of the “It’s Raining Men” scene in Bridget Jones’s Diary. “Happy birthday, dear what’s-his-name …” Ah, good times.
The Alec Baldwin voicemail firestorm just took a turn for the worse: supposedly he’s going to announce on The View Friday that he wants out of his 30 Rock contract, to focus on family or parental alienation or whatever. I sure hope he changes his mind. For one thing, I could care less about the nasty voicemail. Inappropriate, wrong even? Sure. But I don’t think one instance of bad parenting makes you a bad parent. And 30 Rock without Jack Donaghy? Unimaginable! I just hope NBC’s contracts are airtight.
Drama, drama, drama. According to Jim Hill Media, Zac Efron is being difficult on the set of High School Musical 2 to make Disney rethink their plans for a third movie. He’s worried about being typecast. Even juicier, he’s apparently dating Vanessa Hudgens and trying to get her to pull a diva act, too. Anyway, supposedly this cost Zac the lead in Speed Racer, which has now gone to Emile Hirsch (The Girl Next Door).
It’s really a shame. For one thing, Zac would have been an awesome Speed Racer. For another, he doesn’t really need to worry about being pigeonholed. He’s always been the cast member with the most breakout potential. Plus, there’s no way you can stop Disney from doing High School Musical 3 — that thing is a gold mine. If worse comes to worse, they’ll just have Zac’s character move away and replace him with Drew Seeley, who sang most of Zac’s songs in the first movie and played the role on tour. (Don’t worry, Zac does his own singing in Hairspray and for the sequel.)
However, I wonder if this rumor is really true. A big New York Times article on the shoot didn’t mention any diva problems, and their reporters don’t shy away from printing that sort of thing. Maybe his uncooperative behavior is being exaggerated and leaked to the media so that Disney can use the negative press as leverage. At least, I hope that’s the case. (I don’t want any bratty teenage antics to ruin my High School Musical fun.)
Meanwhile, you’ll get to see Drew Seeley in action when the High School Musical concert airs May 4 on the Disney Channel. (I do love Zac Efron, but really, Drew’s so good, I wonder why he wasn’t cast in the first place. Can’t act? Used to be fat? There’s a story there somewhere.)
Ever watch those clips of Lily Tomlin and David O. Russell screaming at each other on the set of I Heart Huckabees? Pretty sweet, I know.
Anyway, I’m pretty gullible, so at first I thought this video of Paul Rudd and Michael Showalter was real. I should’ve been more savvy: for one thing, it’s the second Lily Tomlin clip almost verbatim, for another, like Paul Rudd’s really gonna do television now that his Will Ferrell-sidekick career has kicked into overdrive. Still, Paul Rudd’s such a good actor … I didn’t figure it out until Showalter started talking.
Now DOOGIE is gay?? Apparently I need to purchase a gaydar from Sharper Image, because I keep getting caught off-guard here. While I’d never support staying in the closet (be who you are, Doog!), career-wise, it’s probably smart that he stayed quiet as long as he did, since now he’s got the role of a lifetime as mega-hetero Barney on How I Met Your Mother.
Oh, this just makes me upset. Apparently Michael Vartan (currently occupying Spot Number One on my Top Ten list) almost joined the cast of one of Michael Ausiello’s “five current favorite shows.” This makes a lot of sense, since Michael Vartan was the subject of a huge pilot season bidding war according to the New York Times. I really miss not seeing him on TV every week … but which show? Can’t be Friday Night Lights, I seriously doubt it’s Battlestar Galactica, and I don’t think Ausiello digs Studio 60. Probably not ER, Veronica Mars, or Gilmore Girls … could it have been Grey’s Anatomy? Now that would have been amazing. Ah, what might have been.
Updated: More from Ausiello:
Question: You are such a tease, Ausiello! What show was Michael Vartan going to join (Ausiello Report 10/27)?!— Joseph Conner
Ausiello: One of the producers on this show worked with Vartan on his last TV gig.
So, that makes it either Lost or Heroes. Or am I forgetting another show with Alias alums? Brothers and Sisters?
George from Grey’s Anatomy is gay. And my mind is blown. Seriously, I would never have guessed.
Bradley Cooper, who happens to be on my official Top Ten list, just got himself engaged to, as she will be known henceforth, Damn Jennifer Esposito. Why? Life is just not fair.
Thank goodness Michael Vartan is still single and has a new movie coming out, otherwise nothing would get me out of this depressed funk.