Virginia Madsen Calls-Out Neal McDonough on ‘The View’

Virginia Madsen was on ‘The View’ to promote her new television show, ‘Scoundrels,’ and she discussed the recent controversy surrounding Neal McDonough’s last-minute recasting.  You might remember that McDonough was recast because his religion prevented him from doing sex scenes.  Madsen shed some new light on the controversy.  She said that it was clear in the pilot script that the actors had to be sexual on screen, and McDonough withheld his aversion to doing so until the last minute, presumably to land the role in hopes of changing the script once he got it.  Yikes!  That’s pretty shady if it’s true.  Hats off to Madsen for actually answering the question.

Blog Daily Roundup

  • Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, hates Khloe Kardashian.  [Popcrunch]
  • Robert Pattinson defended Kristin Stewart about her “rape” comment.  [Popeater]
  • Gossip Girl spoiler: Is Georgina really pregnant?  [TV Fanatic]
  • The Bachelor’s Jake Pavelka’s ex-girlfriend is not surprised about his break-up with Vienna.  [Radar Online]
  • Bristol Palin makes her acting debut.  [Movieline]
  • Val Kilmer apologizes to New Mexico?  [The Celebrity Cafe]
  • Chynna Phillips says that filing for divorce helped save her marriage to Billy Baldwin.  [Pr-Inside]
  • The performance of Tom Cruise’s new film, Knight and Day, might affect whether Paramount kills MI4.  [Deadline]
  • Jeremy London’s brothers says that he needs help and he questions whether Jeremy was actually kidnapped.  [Digital Spy]
  • Dennis Quaid will play the reverend in the remake of ‘Footloose.’  [Yahoo!]
  • Conan O’Brien attacks Lance Armstrong on twitter. [Page Six]
  • Former ‘American Idol’ contestant, Kellie Pickler, is engaged.  [Hollywood Life]
  • Elliot Spitzer gets his own show.  [The Wrap]
  • Joan Rivers’ ex-manager is suing her.  [TMZ]
  • Lindsay Lohan says Bravo set her up to make her look bad. [Ear Sucker]

Mike Love Says Brian Wilson Will Not Rejoin “The Beach Boys”/His Cover Band

Mike Love tells the New York Times that Brian Wilson will not be re-joining his crappy little tribute band.  For those of you that are fuzzy on your Beach Boys history, the band was founded by Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, and Wilson’s brothers, Carl and Dennis.  Brian Wilson is the unequivocal genius behind the band, and he joins Mike Love and Al Jardine as the only surviving members.  Love and Wilson have sued each other many times, which may have something to do with Wilson’s absence from the tour.  I’ve said this before and I will say it again: when only one of the original members remain, you can no longer refer to yourself as “The Beach Boys” (hear that Axl Rose?).  You are merely a cover band, and a bad one at that – considering the heart of your band is not even on the tour.  I suppose this would not anger me so much, if Love’s statement didn’t reek of arrogance.  Here’s what he said: 

 “The Beach Boys continue to tour approximately 150 shows a year in multiple countries. At this time there are no plans for my cousin Brian to rejoin the tour. He has new solo projects on the horizon and I wish him love and success. We have had some discussions of writing and possibly recording together, but nothing has been planned. I, as I’m sure he is, am proud and honored that The Beach Boys music has endured these 50 years, but felt the need to clarify that there are no current ‘reunion’ tour plans.”

His “cousin Brian”?  Seriously?  And how about the shameless self-promotion in his response.  We weren’t asking for the tour information of your cover band.  We were asking if Brian Wilson, the guru of music, would be there.  But thanks, anyways.

Kim Kardashian Sparks Breastfeeding Outrage – Leave Her Alone!

Kim Kardashian took to twitter to express her outrage about a mother that was breast-feeding her child in public without a cover.  Before I explain my position on this controversy, I’d like to give you an example to help illustrate my point.  I have a close girlfriend that was a professional dancer her entire life (no – not a stripper).  Every time I go to her house, she gets naked for one reason or another.  The last time I saw her, she asked me to get to her house an hour before we were set to go dancing, to help her pick out an outfit.  What happened next?  You guessed it.  She got naked and started fishing through her closet.  While I was initially shocked by this whole thing, I now understand it.  My friend has been getting naked at random moments her entire life for shows.  Last minute changes, a million different outfits, etc . . . She’s desensitized.  I equate this same syndrome to mothers that breast feed in public without covers.  You are so used to whipping the boob out, that you no longer think it could make the people around you uncomfortable.  It’s still a boob though.  And it still will make people uneasy, especially at a restaurant.  There is a way to cover the boob without suffocating the baby, so do it.  No one is being insensitive to motherhood by saying so.  Furthermore, Kim Kardashian explicitly took issue to the lack of a coverage, and not to the act of breast feeding in public altogether, so just be sure to get the story straight.

Jerry Seinfeld Calls Lady Gaga a Jerk – I Agree (Listen)

Jerry Seinfeld revealed during a radio interview with Steve Somers what he thinks of Lady Gaga’s behavior at Shea Stadium.  “She’s a jerk,” he said.  And he doesn’t understand how giving the finger gets you upgraded to better seats.  Specifically, his seats.  Furthermore, Seinfeld takes issue with the middle-finger use altogether, saying it’s not only an out-dated form of expression, but it’s also only two fingers away from the thumbs-up, which doesn’t make much sense.  He also said that all publicity is not necessarily good publicity and, “you could die of exposure.”  Well, there you have it.  Next time you act like an asshole, I think it’s best to take the box of someone a little less well-known and comedically crafty.  All I had to lead with was the A-word.  He’s definitely better at this game.  If you want to hear his full interview, click the link below.  You have to fast forward to the very end though to hear the Gaga talk.

Seinfeld Interview

Cyndi Lauper is Co-Writing a Book – Without a “Ghost Writer”

Cyndi Lauper appeared on Howard Stern and revealed that she’s co-writing a book.  I would like to give Cyndi major props for foregoing the “ghost writer” route.  Celebrities often pen memoirs with co-writers, and the co-writer goes unmentioned in an effort to portray the celebrity as an actual writer.  I’ve made it clear time and time again that I am majorly against doing so.  “Ghost-writing” is just a fancy form of plagiarism, and it’s also incredibly selfish not to credit someone that helped your success.  A great example of this is Neil Strauss, who became extremely well-known after writing Motley Crue’s story, ‘The Dirt.’ Why not afford other writers that same opportunity?  I imagine Strauss would not have stood for the ghost-writing suggestion, but if he was given the same opportunity in the current climate of writing – who knows.   I think writers these days are just happy to have a paycheck, so they don’t mind having their name left off the byline.  It’s time to bring an end to this though.  And I’m happy to report that Cindy Lauper agrees.

Blog Daily Roundup

  • ‘Party of Five’ actor Jeremy London and his wife have lost custody of their son. [Radar Online]
  • American Idol‘ lowered its age limit to 15.  [TV Squad]
  • Singer Vanessa Carlton announced that she’s bisexual at the Nashville Pride Festival.  [The Celebrity Cafe]
  • Phil Jackson told Chris Rock to keep his mouth shut at the Lakers game.  [Peach FM Online]
  • Chuck Bass Gossip Girl Spoiler.  [Entertainment Weekly]
  • Glee may become a movie.  [Movieline]
  • Eddie Cibrian’s wife may be holding up their divorce. [E! Online]
  • Chace Crawford has a new girlfriend? [TMZ]
  • Betty White says there are no nude photos of her.  [ABC News]
  • Lady Gaga sports guns on the new Rolling Stone cover.  [Celebuzz]
  • Miley Cyrus dressed like a slut at the Much Music awards.  [The Superficial]

Bon Jovi Parts From Longtime Manager: Insists It’s Amicable

The New York Post reports that Bon Jovi fired his longtime manager, Jack Rovner, after Rovner’s many mistakes.  First, he promised a band meet-and-greet to the fans that paid extra for tickets, which never happened.  Second, he granted NBC exclusive access to the band, which meant they couldn’t appear on other networks to promote their new album, ‘The Circle.’  And finally, Jon wasn’t too happy with his portrayal in the Showtime documentary, ‘When We Were Beautiful’.  Jon responded to the Page Six article by denying the details, and merely said that the parting was due to simply moving in “different directions.”  I have to give Jon credit.  If you are going to fire your manager (allegedly, of course), the least you could do is release a statement that the parting was an amicable one.  No need to tarnish the guy’s name in the press.  That’s not to say that Page Six is the mecca of truth.  Actually . . . aren’t they?

Underrated Actor of the Week: Michael Rady

This week’s pick for underrated actor of the week was an easy one.  I first noticed Michael Rady on ‘Swingtown’, one of the best shows on television that was sadly canceled after season one.  ‘Swingtown’ came on my radar mostly by accident.  I was studying for the California bar exam and looking for a show on Netflix that I could watch every day when I came home from class.  After watching one episode, I was hooked.  Needless to say, I lost an entire day of studying because I was dying to see what happened next.  The show was a bit of a boundary pusher, and I think CBS had trouble promoting it.  And as we know with television today, networks don’t afford shows the opportunity to “find their way.”  Struggling ratings in season one means you’re canceled – and ‘Swingtown’ was an unfortunate casualty.  After coming out from my television cave, I googled Rady to see what his next move was.  He’s appeared on both ‘Greek’ and the new ‘Melrose Place,’ but has yet to become a household name.  He should be.  If you don’t believe me, Netflix ‘Swingtown’ and judge for yourself.  Just make sure you have enough time on your hands to watch all of season one in one pop – because I promise you’ll get hooked.

Blog Daily Roundup

  • Lady Gaga is banned from the Yankees clubhouse.  [Radar Online]
  • Toy Story 3 is #1 at the Box Office with over $100 million.  [Entertainment Weekly]
  • Dougray Scott’s ex-wife angrily responds to his comments about their custody arrangement. [Contact Music]
  • Christina Aguilera’s new album, ‘Bionic’, made history in the UK, as the fastest tanking album ever.  Ouch! [Vulture]
  • Amanda Bynes announced her retirement from acting via twitter.  [I’m not obsessed]
  • Fox is scared that Tom Cruise’s new movie, ‘Knight and Day’, will be a box-office failure.  [Movieline]
  • Leann Rimes and Dean Sheremet are officially divorced.  [Digital Spy]
  • Japanese theaters are refusing to play Oscar winning anti-whaling documentary, ‘The Cove’, due to threats.  [Reality Blurred]
  • Jon Stewart calls BP’s Joe Barton a “disdainful asshole.” [New York Magazine]
  • Desperate Housewives spoilers have been released about Vanessa Williams’ character. [TV Fanatic]