Ferrell was at last night’s Lakers game against the Suns dressed as an usher named Ted Vagina. Lest you think Ferrell was just having fun, he was apparently there to promote his new movie. Shaq will apparently be featured in this film, because Ferrell angrily escorted him out of his courtside seats at one point during the game. If Shaq is going to show up at a Lakers game of his own volition, no way it’s going to be against a team as terrible as the Suns.
Laker great and sometimes columnist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hadn’t written a piece for Huffington Post in over three years. After blogging fairly regularly during the 2008 election, Kareem sat 2012 out. Today, however, he broke out of his slumber to randomly weigh in on the racial politics of HBO’s Girls–now well into its second season.
Last season the show was criticized for being too white. Watching a full season could leave a viewer snow blind. This season that white ghetto was breached by a black character who is introduced as some jungle fever lover, with just enough screen time to have sex and mutter a couple of lines about wanting more of a relationship. A black dildo would have sufficed and cost less.
Ha! Glad you woke up Kareem.
TMZ reports that porn legend Ron Jeremy drove himself to the hospital yesterday after suffering severe chest pains, whereupon doctors discovered an aneurysm near his heart. The pop culture icon is in critical condition at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. Jeremy’s manager Mike Esterman says his client’s condition is worsening. Surgery appears
Here’s hoping the subject of the 2001 documentary Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy pulls through.
CastTyper comes from the good folks at Fizziology, a leading entertainment market research firm. It goes a little deeper by categorizing info shared about actors on social media into the groupings of “physical appearance, emotional resonance, intellectual prowess and power of personality.” Of the four examples Dickey was shown, he says the one that resonated most involved Brad Pitt‘s Moneyball co-star:
Fizziology found that as audiences focused on Jonah Hill‘s weight loss and dramatic acting chops, they lost sight of his lovable personality… Some fans even openly complained about Hill’s weight loss, saying it would make him less funny and lovable; others felt offput by watching a skinny Hill promote Moneyball, in which he was still seen as overweight.
America’s favorite philandering Austrian Governator swung by Reddit today to do an “Ask Me Anything” session. As of the writing of this post he was still going. So go ask him something if you’re so inclined.
Thus far, not a whole lot to life lessons have been imparted to the girly men boys of Reddit. We did, however, learn that Arnold knows to write in cursive–even if he isn’t particularly good at it. We also learned that Twins 2 is apparently a go, with Danny Devito and Eddie Murphy.
South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are apparently sick of Hollywood studio oversight–as they ready the inevitable film version of their Broadway hit Book of Mormon. The pair have been saving their syndication money, and let the New York Times know over the weekend that they plan on launching their own $300 million production studio: called “Important Studios.”
“Having worked with several different studios over the years, we came to realize that our favorite people in the world are ourselves,” the pair said in a statement.
Parker and Stone also courted $60 million in backing from Raine Group head Joseph Ravitch.
“Ten years ago, you needed that studio machinery to start cranking its marketing muscle,” Stone told the Times. “Now we could market a movie-size project. We bring a lot of heft.”
It’s the kind of piece that just doesn’t happen anymore in this era of hyper-PR. Stephan Rodrick‘s behind-the-scenes piece in the New York Times Magazine on the making of Paul Schrader‘s film The Canyons is definitely the read of the day. It may just be the most Hollywood thing we have ever read: porn stars, desperation, and plenty of Lindsay Lohan. And dream access.
A (slightly out of context) taste about filming a four-way sex scene with LiLo and three porn stars:
Schrader worried that the early-morning sunlight would begin streaming through the house. He thought of sending everyone home. But then he realized that there was one thing he hadn’t yet tried. He stripped off all of his clothes. Naked, he walked toward Lohan.
“Lins, I want you to be comfortable. C’mon, let’s do this.”
Under the THR article headline “Joan Rivers: Why Johnny Carson ‘Never Ever Spoke to Me Again’,” the comedienne thinks that her gender had a lot to with the ill will that erupted from Carson’s end when she decided to see if the late night grass was greener at FOX.
But she also, more pointedly than we can remember, accuses her one-time mentor of being a liar. Rivers writes that the first person she called after being offered a FOX late night show was Carson:
He hung up on me – and never, ever spoke to me again. And then denied that I called him. I couldn’t figure it out…
In the press, he said, “She didn’t call me, and she was so terrible.” When you’ve told the truth and you read a lie, there’s nothing you can do about it. To this day, I’m very angry about that. Don’t f—in’ lie.
The CEO of CBS commented on the very public outburst from Two and a Half Men star Angus Jones. Les Moonves, speaking at a forum here in New York sponsored by the Wall Street Journal, said he wasn’t sure what was going to happen to the kid.
“I don’t know what our status is with him, we took this boy, who started with us when he was eight years old, and it seems to be what happens with child stars over the course of time,” Moonves said, adding dryly. “He is now making over $300,000 per week, which is not a bad salary for a 19 year old kid.”
He went on a religious channel and urged people not to watch his show because it is filth, “though he is still collecting his $300,000 a week,” Moonves added.
That said, he did not seem concerned as to what it meant for the program, which still has more viewers than every other comedy on TV, save for The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family.
“We have other plans, I don’t think it has quite been resolved, but after going through Charlie Sheen, I think this is a piece of cake,” he quipped.