Celebrities

By Tim Graham | September 1, 2014 | 7:15 AM EDT

Billy Crystal held it together for a heart-warming tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmy Awards: "The brilliance was astounding. The relentless energy was kind of thrilling. I used to think if I could just put a saddle on him and stay on him for eight seconds I was going to do okay.”

But The Independent (U.K.) noticed that on Twitter, Williams was denounced as “racist” for a routine in which he mocked a woman in a hijab in Iran saying “Help me!” That’s apparently racist? Making a little fun that perhaps a woman in Iran wouldn't feel liberated?

By Tim Graham | August 25, 2014 | 1:17 PM EDT

At the end of July, The Hollywood Reporter relayed that actors Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, among others, signed an open letter denouncing Israel’s war against Hamas in the Gaza strip as “genocide.”

Now that same publication is reporting that more than 190 Hollywood heavies have signed a letter in defense of Israel, from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone to Sarah Silverman.

By Brent Baker | August 23, 2014 | 3:44 PM EDT

“What really gets” actress Chloe Grace Moretz “going” is Hillary Clinton, a USA Today reporter discovered in meeting her for a profile piece on the 17-year-old star of If I Stay, the movie which opened yesterday (Friday) that’s based on the young adult novel by Gayle Forman.

“‘I cried when I met her,’ says Moretz, who calls Clinton an ‘icon.’”

By Tim Graham | August 21, 2014 | 1:21 PM EDT

The Boston Herald reports that “Teamsters Local 25 — the crew that drives for most TV and movie productions made in Massachusetts — reportedly harassed and threatened” the cast and crew of Bravo’s “Top Chef” when they taped their latest season in the area and used non-union drivers. Unions rarely make national news, and this will probably be no exception. What about "Entertainment Tonight" or "Access Hollywood"?

When comely “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi arrived on the set, picketers called her a “(expletive) whore,” a Herald source confirmed, and threatened to “bash that pretty face in.” Deadline.com said there was more than that:

By Tim Graham | August 16, 2014 | 2:22 PM EDT

The absolute coziness of the Hollywood Left and the Clintons is demonstrated by a new video made for the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Kevin Spacey appears as his “House of Cards” character Frank Underwood and calls up Hillary and does a Bill Clinton impersonation. It’s hard to see it as anything but cheesy, smoochy material  – unless you’re a big Clinton fan.

The media and political elites adore “House of Cards,” and Colby Itkowitz and Sebastian Payne at The Washington Post singled out Congressman Paul Ryan for disliking its moral turpitude in an article titled “If it’s Clinton vs. Ryan in 2016, Frank Underwood already has his pick.” (Video below)

By Tim Graham | July 30, 2014 | 6:58 AM EDT

Married Oscar-winning Spanish actors Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz led an effort among Spanish artists to write an open letter denouncing Israel’s war against Hamas in the Gaza strip as “genocide.”

The Hollywood Reporter
relayed they demanded a ceasefire by the "Israeli Occupation Forces" and called on the European Union to "condemn the bombing by land, sea and air against the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip." They insisted Israel "lift the blockade, which the Gaza Strip has suffered for more than a decade."

By Tim Graham | July 24, 2014 | 7:14 AM EDT

Billy Hallowell at The Blaze passed along a Billboard magazine interview with classic rocker Tom Petty, who’s now 63 and writing protest songs about the hot issues of...2002. His new album “Hypnotic Eye” carries a bonus track called “Playing Dumb” that attacks the problem of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Is he playing dumb that the church hasn’t made any strides in correcting the problem? A Georgetown study found of the nearly 40,000 priests in the United States, there were 34 allegations made by minors in 2012.

But then, Petty doesn’t think much of religion overall, saying "No one's got Christ wrong more than the Christians."

By Lillian Bozzone | July 17, 2014 | 1:29 PM EDT

Ding! We have a winner for Worst Mom of 2014! “Teen Mom” star Farrah Abraham, welcomes the day her daughter makes a sex tape.  

While promoting the first installment of her erotic novel trilogy, Farrah Abraham, describes how she would respond if her daughter, Sophia, made a sex tape. Abraham staunchly expects Sophia to follow in Mommy’s footsteps, assuming she will declare that she “HAD to try” making a porn film.

By Tim Graham | July 11, 2014 | 4:42 PM EDT

Fox News contributor Stacey Dash riled up the New York Daily News when the show Outnumbered focused on rapper Kanye West's odd remarks that compared dealing with the paparazzi to rape. (Much like actress Charlize Theron.) Fox’s Sandra Smith asked: “Should we be a little more forgiving of them? Are they saying things in the heat of the moment that they don’t really mean?”

Dash shot back: “I don’t know if they mean it or not, but forKanye to say 'rape,' maybe he needs to spend some time on Rikers Island. Go to Rikers for a little while and then he'll know what rape is." (Video below)

By Tim Graham | July 8, 2014 | 8:23 AM EDT

Cue Michael Jackson singing "The kid is not my son." Sherri Shepherd is leaving ABC’s The View in the midst of a contentious divorce from her second husband Lamar Sally, and now the New York Daily News is passing along TMZ reports that Shepherd wants nothing to do with the surrogate baby (expected this month) that she and her husband planned.

TMZ says “she believes her estranged husband defrauded her into having the kid in the first place so he could get child support ... this according to multiple sources connected with the couple.” Shepherd and Sally just married in August of 2011.

By Tim Graham | July 6, 2014 | 7:24 AM EDT

Former Saturday Night Live co-workers Dennis Miller and Dana Carvey are touring together this summer. On Sunday, The Washington Post published an interview with Carvey as the two head to the Kennedy Center in the nation’s capital for a show on July 12.

While Miller now delights the right with a radio show and humorous appearances on Fox News, Carvey claims “I ride both sides.” But it became clear he doesn’t mock Barack Obama, because somehow he’s so much more serious than our other presidents and presidential candidates:

By Tim Graham | July 5, 2014 | 3:46 PM EDT

On the front page of Saturday’s Style section of The Washington Post came an article promoting up-and-coming comedian Dan St. Germain. This being Independence Day weekend, St. Germain and Post writer Jessica Contrera made fun of America and patriots...”in the spirit of patriotism.”

This included the apparently hilarious thought of deep-frying rock star Ted Nugent and biting into him: