Let me begin by saying how much I adore David Arquette. He’s one of my favorite Howard Stern guests in history, and I appreciate his honestly in the press. Also, I recently talked to him at a party and he was extremely kind and down-to-earth. For those that know me well, you know that once you win me over, you’re on my favorite-person-list for life. Arquette interviewed with Oprah to clear up his image after his recent rehab stint. It was an extremely honest interview, with Arquette disclosing his tumultuous upbringing and the current state of his marriage to Courtney Cox. Though I understand why Arquette interviewed on Oprah for image cleanup, I certainly hope to see him back on Stern in the near future. The funny part about this is that Howard Stern constantly insults Oprah on his show, despite Stern’s admittance that he’s watches Oprah daily. Now if we can only get Howard Stern to appear on Oprah. That might make my head explode. Watch a part of Arquette’s Oprah interview below.
For years Jennifer Lopez has fought her difficult-diva-reputation in Hollywood. It’s impossible to decipher whether she’s actually a demanding celebrity, or whether she’s surrounded by a team of people with ridiculous demands on her behalf. Sometimes actors are completely unaware that their teams make them look bad, and by the time they figure it out, the damage has been done in the press. When Lopez decided to take the judge job on American Idol, I was initially against it. I thought her star-power was too big for the show, and it would ruin her brand. After watching the clip below, I’ve changed my mind. Lopez had to reject a contestant with a heart-breaking back-story, and she didn’t take it well. After the rejection, she cried (you know — the ugly cry where you’re embarrassed for people to look at you) and told Randy Jackson and Stephen Tyler that she felt “she didn’t say it the right way” and she just “didn’t want to say no.” It’s fair to say that I officially like Jennifer Lopez, and I think it was a good choice to judge American Idol. It chisels away her ice-queen reputation (pun intended), and it makes her likable.
The very funny Whitney Cummings once told Howard Stern how annoying it is that actors think they’re funny just because they can read lines written by comedians. Judging by the new promos for this year’s Oscars, Whitney’s got a point. I have absolutely no clue why the Academy thought hiring two non-comedic actors to host an awards show would be a good idea, especially since even the greatest comedian has trouble keeping the audience entertained. Watch the extremely unfunny promo below, and try not to fall asleep.
Fans of The Dishmaster know my love for Leonardo DiCaprio. He’s extremely skilled at picking roles, and he consistently churns out quality performances. But despite his artistic and financial success, Dicaprio is consistently overlooked by the Academy. When you add up the amount of times he didn’t recieve a deserved Oscar nomination, you might shed a tear on his behalf. I suppose his wads of cash serve as a nice consolation prize, but the disrespect still infuriates me. The greatest example of this happened in 1997, when everyone and their mother got an Oscar nomination for Titanic, except Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio skipped the Oscars that year, probably in silent defiance. Since then, he’s had numerous Oscar worthy roles, though the Academy disagreed. Examples include: The Aviator; The Departed; Blood Diamond; Revolutionary Road; Shutter Island; and most recently, Inception. So why do they hate him, and will they ever come around? I’m not sure, but perhaps Sean Penn will give him hope. When Sean Penn won the Oscar for Mystic River, he said, “I guess this proves it’s not a popularity contest.” If the actor most hated by the Academy can win, so can Leo.