There’s an unwritten rule in Hollywood that you don’t sue the the big dogs, because the amount of money you’ll win from your suit won’t equal the amount of money you’ll lose from “never working in this town again.” If you’ve ever attended a private high school, then you might understand the Hollywood clicks and connections. That’s why I was shocked to read that Bret Michaels sued CBS and the Tonys for the injury that occurred during the 2009 Oscars. I imagine that the actual cause of action is negligence, because Michaels argues that he wasn’t properly instructed how to exit the stage to avoid the set falling on his head. He claims that the head injury ultimately resulted in his brain hemorrhage six month later. Though he could probably win for the head injury that occurred during the show, I doubt he’d win for the subsequent brain hemorrhage. To win, Michaels has the hefty task of proving that, if not for the set falling on his head, he would not have suffered the brain hemorrhage, which is virtually impossible. There’s no definitive way of identifying what caused the hemorrhage. This suit is therefore not worth burning Hollywood bridges. At the very least, you probably won’t see Michaels at the Tonys again, or on any CBS show. That’s a big bridge to burn. As an aside, thank goodness for this law school thing. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to properly analyze the consequences of having a Rock of Ages set fall on your head. Isn’t education wonderful? Watch Bret get flattened by the set below.
When the judges saved Casey Abrams tonight on American Idol, the real importance is not that he gets to stay in the competition, it’s that he gets to go on tour. Usually only the top ten Idol contestants tour the country, but because the judges saved Casey Abrams, all 11 of the current contestants are included in the tour. So why is this such a big deal? Because Casey Abrams just got guaranteed some serious cash. Idol contestants make a six-figure salary up front, plus an additional percentage of the ticket sales. That’s a lot of money, and judging from Casey Abrams reaction tonight, he’s certainly appreciative. At one point I thought he might pass out, leaving Ryan Seacrest to hold him up — or topple over. Watch the video below to see his reaction.
When Thia Megia sang Heatwave on tonight’s American Idol, I got the strange feeling that I’d heard it before. After doing my research, I realized the cause of my deja vu. I have heard it before! I’ve heard it sung by three other contestants, and it was once even performed as a group medley. I understand that these songs get repeated, but this isn’t a Karaoke bar with a one page song list. Do the producers limit the contestants’ choices? You would think with all that money they could get more songs cleared. Watch Thia’s performance below, along with the slew of other contestants who sang the same song.
I often fancy myself a Hollywood publicist. Image cleanup seems so simple, yet celebrities have the hardest time with it. That’s either because their publicists aren’t doing their job, or because the celebrities won’t listen to them. Chris Brown recently appeared on Good Morning America to promote his new album, and the interview apparently ended with Chris Brown ripping his shirt off and breaking a window. Needless to say, he wasn’t pleased with Robin Roberts’ questions about Rihanna. If I were advising Chris Brown, I’d tell him to immediately return to Good Morning America and openly discuss the incident. He needs to say why he got so upset and explain precisely what happened. I’ve read that those questions were approved prior to the interview, so it’s unclear why he was so surprised and angry when they were asked. Unless he owns his flaws and continues to discuss the Rihanna incident with a calm head, the public will never forgive him. I understand he’s difficult to root for because he physically abused his girlfriend, but I’m not a fan of shunning people for life because of their mistakes. If he’s legitimately changed then I’m willing to move on. It’s difficult to believe he’s changed though, especially since he can’t even get through an interview with losing his temper.
The future of Oasis: “Get over it. Oasis is yesterday. It’s fucking done.”
Ryan Adam’s version of Wonderwall: “It’s shit to me, man. I like Ryan Adams and I like some of his songs. But I hated what he did with “Wonderwall. It’s not his fault. To be quite honest, I’ve never really cared for the original either.”
On why you won’t hear Oasis songs on the Beady Eye tour: “We could’ve if we wanted, but we’ve got a lot more fucking self-respect. It’s why we don’t fucking play somebody else’s fucking songs when we can make our own.
Keith Richard and Mick Jagger working together (despite reported tension)- “Yeah, and what have they fucking done for the last twenty-five fucking years?”
Just when I thought there would be no one to root for on Dancing With the Stars this season, Kirstie Alley shocked me. I knew she’d be worth watching, but I had no idea she’d be incredible. Her performance with Maksim Chmerkovskiy was the best of the night, and they actually had surprising sexual chemistry. I use the word “surprising,” because I never thought Maksim and Kirstie would get along, given that they are both strong personalities. I suppose it makes sense though. Maksim needs someone to slap him around and compensate for his sometimes awkward interview demeanor. Did I mention that Kirstie looks hot? Can someone sign me up for their workout routine? Watch below.