October 25, 2006

You Say Hasselbeck, I Say Hassenbeck


--Elvis got replaced by Kurt Cobain as the top earner on Forbes' sixth annual Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list. (Perhaps our resident name, use, and likeness expert, Iceman, will weigh in...)

--Angela Lansbury will return to Broadway after 23 years away from the New York stage when she stars in the new Terrence McNally play Deuce next year. Co-starring with Mona Lisa Smile star Marian Seldes, Lansbury will appear in the first Broadway show since completing her Tony Award winning leading role in Mame in 1984. (Get excited, Dad...)


--Smashing Pumpkins are working on a comeback album.

--Idol face or "O-face?" You decide.


-- "Brown Bunny" director Vincent Gallo, 45, has a new friend - Los Angeles "It" Girl Cory Kennedy, 16. Kennedy, who blogs about her nightlife exploits and dalliances with celebrities despite being underage, has called Gallo a "keeper" on her blog and posts pictures of them together. Asked to comment, Gallo - who stressed there is no sexual relationship between the two - told Page Six: "With the psychotic, middle-aged Madonna out there on the loose buying up all the stolen Negro babies in Africa, I felt it my social and humanitarian duty to take in any young, beautiful and sexy orphaned Jew teens running wild in Beverly Hills. Cory's a great kid, and I'm proud to be her daddy."

--MTV and "Entertainment Tonight" pseudo journalist (an perpetual Maxim covergirl) Vanessa Minnillo has booked a supporting role in the upcoming sequel "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer." According to Variety, Minnillo will play a love interest for Chris Evans' Johnny Storm/Human Torch.


--Stephen King pens a love story? Ok, so there's blood and murder in it, too, but still...


--The View cohost Elisabeth Hasselbeck is fuming mad over an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in which a character, whose name is very close to her own, is raped and killed, she said on Tuesday. "Last week Law & Order: SVU had an episode where a 30-year-old woman in New York City is raped twice and then murdered – and her name is Elizabeth Hassenback," Hasselbeck, 29, said on The View. "I found this a little disturbing."


--No love between Kelly Ripa and Katie Couric? (I'm not sure which one I find more annoying...)


--George Clooney is the No. 1 man's man, according to a list compiled by AskMen.com. The Oscar winner tops the Web site's list of what it calls the 49 best representatives of the male gender. Rap mogul Jay-Z, adventurer-entrepreneur Richard Branson, cyclist Lance Armstrong and designer Tom Ford make up the rest of the top five, in order. The list was culled from nominations submitted by readers of the online magazine, who were asked to name the top "ambassadors of male-kind." Voters were asked to look for traits such as integrity, charisma and intelligence. Bill Clinton ranked 10th and Tiger Woods 13th. Travel-show host Anthony Bourdain was 19th on the list. Rocker Bono was 27th, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was 29th and director Martin Scorsese was 46th. "Entourage" star Jeremy Piven ranked 49th.


--After a year and a half of anticipation, on October 20, friends and family of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise finally got what they have been waiting for: a wedding invitation. Guests were notified late in the day to be free the weekend of November 16-19. The couple's rep, Arnold Robinson, confirms the wedding will take place November 18 in Italy--"All those details are correct," he says--and says "proper security measures are being taken" to keep the vows private. Italian designer Giorgio Armani has confirmed that he will create Holmes' wedding dress. "When I am asked by a friend to make a wedding wardrobe, it goes straight to my heart," Armani, who will also whip up Cruise's wedding wear. "It really is an honor to play a small role in that milestone moment."

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1 You know, I saw that episode of SVU and noticed the similarity to Hasselbeck's name. I highly doubt it was intentional though- why on earth would it be?? Hasselbeck is blowing this out of proportion. The only reason I even noticed it is because I was a fan of her's during Survivor and it's an unusual name.

Posted by: at October 25, 2006 08:07 AM (QgEUn)

2 You know, I saw that episode of SVU and noticed the similarity to Hasselbeck's name. I highly doubt it was intentional though- why on earth would it be?? Hasselbeck is blowing this out of proportion. The only reason I even noticed it is because I was a fan of her's during Survivor and it's an unusual name.

Posted by: Michelle at October 25, 2006 08:07 AM (QgEUn)

3 This was likely a one-time thing for Cobain - big year due to anniversary album sales. Elvis will always be the King (pun intended) in this category ... he appeals to such a larger audience, and licensors know it.

Posted by: Iceman at October 25, 2006 11:10 AM (dNlhC)

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