Celebrities take large payments from charities.
The LA Times (reg reqd) is reporting that celebrities have received enormous payments for making appearances at celebrity benefits, including David Schwimmer, Cher, Gerald Ford, and others. To me, it's a shocking new low, but maybe I shouldn't be surprised.
posted by MikeB
on Dec 15, 2003 -
The Ivy League pop stars!
Gossipy article reveals how universities throughout the USA are frantically fighting each other in order to attract celebrity professors. Niall Ferguson
, Deirdre (born Donald
) McCloskey and Saul Bellow ("teaching load: one course a year") are some examples. Considering these people are already engaged in their own love affair with the public eye (book tours, book deals, media events
etc), are they the best choice from the academic point of view? Do traditional universities really have to resort to namedropping
? And just between us, anybody out there ever had or currently has classes with bigwigs that turned out to be really fascinating or really disappointing?
first link via those elitists from aldaily
posted by 111
on Jul 14, 2003 -
My Contemporaries Are Cooler Than Yours:
Actually, it can become quite depressing to find out exactly who belongs to your generation. I mean, Howie Mandell, Bill Gates, Sandra Bernhard, Margot Hemingway, Kevin Costner and Joe Jackson? Give me a break. Which, thankfully, WhoWhatWhen
, an interactive timeline generator, does quite nicely. Perfect for paranoids who like beginning sentences with "Surely it's no coincidence that in that very same year..." [Via LinkFilter.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Jun 15, 2003 -
, and the once (unofficial) King
Teabag Balzac aka Chris Bickel has a knack for getting attention. While the Democratic Debates
were kicking off in downtown Columbia,
SC., Bickel's Zima
embibing pseudo-Homo Metal band, Confederate Fagg
, were kicking out the jams across
the river in the hipper-than-thou enclave
of WeCo to celebrate the release of their collection
of original tongue in (ass)cheek "frat rock
" aptly titled Rock
and Roll Hall of Flame. Are the denizens of Columbia simply blessed or does
every city have a prolific
character like Mr. Bickel
posted by shoepal
on May 5, 2003 -
. Doctor, Revolutionary, Murderer
? Whoever he was, it don't mostly matter when he's this generation and the last's favourite rebelposterboy
. Does it even matter, any more, the history behind such powerful brand semantics? It is, apparently, enough to be a symbol nowadays, even if in the end you're one of only ignorance. Is this the ultimate in simulacra? And will They ever stop marketing
? So who was Che Guevara
? And what does he want with our children?
posted by armoured-ant
on Mar 1, 2003 -
What's the Frequency, Moby?
Techno superstar Moby
was assaulted by a pair of mysterious assailants last night after a concert in Boston. "He wrote on his Web site that he is not angry about the attack, just mystified about the motive. He has asked the attackers to post an explanation." Moby's journal
has been discussed previously
, but is worth a look if you've never visited.
posted by Joey Michaels
on Dec 13, 2002 -
Paging Andy Warhol
What happens during the 16th minute after you unexpectedly become famous? Here's a follow up story on the Coal Miners trapped and then rescued last July. You know its gonna get weirder, so lets get on with the show
posted by BentPenguin
on Nov 13, 2002 -
Britney turned on by lesbian porn.
Seems pop princess Britney Spears has been hanging recently with adult film star Jenna Jameson. Reportedly there is "an attraction between them," and Jenna would love to perform with Britney in a movie. I can't make this stuff up.
posted by johnnyace
on Sep 4, 2002 -
It's strange to think Harmony Cousins
is part my generation when she's lived ten times the life I have. But the fact that even after all this she can pull herself back to together proves that she's ten times the person most of us are. How many of us have her strength?
posted by feelinglistless
on Apr 1, 2002 -
Got a taste for quasi-celebrity schadenfreude? Then glut yourself on the promotional materials of C-tier entertainers at the Hal Morris Museum
. Care to slip down another couple of rungs on the ladder of fame? Have a look at the Celebrities of Real Estate
. (thanks, Misterpants!)
posted by MrBaliHai
on Feb 9, 2002 -
The picture on the site for the upcoming movie K-Pax
makes me want to add "...that Kevin Spacey's gay?" to that tagline. Not, of course, that there would be anything wrong with that.
Actually, the one page of celebrity rumors I mostly buy
, even if many are humdrum (drug/alcohol problems? say it ain't so!) claims he is, although who cares. David Duchovny, pothead, pr0n collector; Macy Gray, functioning heroin addict -- now that's
what I wanna hear! (The page seems to have disappeared, so I've linked to the google's cached one, which unfortunately only goes halfway down the alphabet. Anybody have a better link?)
posted by cps
on Oct 7, 2001 -
always did have a great wrist shot! There's a poll on the Globe and Mail
website asking whether a person not afflicted with a certain condition should act as a spokesperson for the cause. I say why not?
posted by lairdj
on Sep 4, 2001 -
A.J. Arrested -- for real!
The actor that plays Anthony Jr. on the Sopranos was arrested for boosting another kid's bag of weed on a street corner. It's one thing when you start to believe your own hype, but when your doper buddies do -- watch out!!
posted by victors
on Jul 5, 2001 -
Search wasn't working. Has there been a cannibalism
link for a while? Interesting thought-experiment: If you were a cannibal, what celebrity would you most like to eat? Why? Neat how this turns all the "thin is in" BS
on its head -- Camryn Mannheim
posted by luser
on May 22, 2001 -
Nothing too big, exciting, scandalous, ironic or wacky,
but in this article, several famous people who might be considered "American Achievers" are listed:
"The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; Michael Jordan; Jonas Salk; Steven Spielberg; Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart, the home fashion guru; Dorothy Hamill, the ice skater; Frederick W. Smith, the founder of Federal Express; and Steven Case, chairman of AOL Time Warner."
My question is: what criteria did the reporter, Elaine Sciolino, use to determine which famous people get an explanation and which don't? I know all of those names, except for Smith. My guess as to why more aren't defined is because it would sound crass to define some of the more impressive careers in just five words: "Jonas Salk, creator of the polio vaccine" or "The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., slain civil rights leader."
posted by Mo Nickels
on May 10, 2001 -
The saddest, scariest part of this story is that he was just getting ready to film Scary Movie II
when he got sick. Scary Movie II
...and the Oscar for "Most Pathetic Former Genius" goes to....
posted by jpoulos
on Apr 13, 2001 -
Courtney Love vs. Buddyhead
This website has a gossip column in which they include the home/cell/work numbers and e-mail addresses of the likes of Fred Durst, Kevin Smith, and the aforementioned Courtney Love. The site bad mouths and harasses bands and celebs they dislike by giving away personal their personal info, while providing interviews and reviews on the bands they approve of. What does everyone make of this kind of unabashed harassment? I for one enjoy it.
posted by JFunk2800
on Mar 14, 2001 -
I'm not Brad F'n Pitt.
Everyone's favorite fake celebrity diary has cleared house today, leaving one of the most contrite apologies I've ever seen. Methinks one of the real Pitt's handlers caught an eyeful of the fictionalized accounts of constant drug use, the assorted sex with various celebrities (including Willard Scott), and Jen Aniston's shower habit and slapped a cease and desist on "Pitt." Although the main link's been deactivated, the entries are still there.
posted by solistrato
on Dec 15, 2000 -
Friends, family seek "Left Eye".
If my friends referred to me as "Left Eye" I would have dumped them, too. But seriously, how does someone famous just disappear like this, especially in celebrity-crazed America?
posted by kristin
on Sep 11, 2000 -
Breaking up is hard to do.
Far be it from me to encourage celebrity gossip, but Anne Heche, formerly one-half of the Famousest Lesbian Couple Ever, was found in a Martin Lawrence-like state, confused, addled, and ringing strangers' doorbells. Just a nice little "WTF?" item for your day.
posted by solistrato
on Aug 21, 2000 -