This Week in Pop Culture
TomKat goes Splitsville. Can you believe it's only been five years since Tom Cruise jumped up and down on Oprah's yellow couch, proclaiming his insane love for Katie Holmes? Time sure flies when you're an immortal being in the church of Scientology! Holmes filed divorce papers yesterday, just four days before Cruise celebrates his big 5-0. According to TMZ, she cited the popular reason 'irreconcilable differences' and wants primary custody of lil Suri (6). Cruise was 'blindsided' by the filing. This will be his third divorce (previous wives include Nicole Kidman and Mimi Rogers) and Holmes' first. I don't know about you, but I feel like shit will hit the fan with these two and errrrybody's dirty laundry is about to be aired!
Rumor has it Adele's knocked up. Congrats to the Grammy-winning songstress, 24, and her baby-daddy/older lovah Simon Konecki (36). Adele took to her blog to announce the happy news: "I'm delighted to announce that Simon and I are expecting our first child together. I wanted you to hear the news direct from me, obviously we're over the moon and very excited but please respect our privacy at this precious time." Even though she's still in her early twenties, at least she's got her act together!
RIP Nora. Hollywood lost not only a great screenwriter, but a beloved author, journalist, director, and filmmaker on Tuesday; romantic-comedy legend Nora Ephron passed away from a hard-fought battle with leukemia. She was 71.
She is most famous for her witty writing in the rom-com classics When Harry Met Sally…, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail. Julie & Julia, in which star Meryl Streep gained an Oscar nomination, was Ephron’s last film. She will also be remembered for I Feel Bad About My Neck and I Remember Nothing, two books of essays she authored about her life.
One of her most famous monologues is from When Harry Met Sally…:
“I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
Trebek’s health is in jeopardy, literally. Alex Trebek, longtime host of Jeopardy, suffered a mild heart attack on Sunday. The 71-year-old is expected to make a full recovery in time to start taping the show’s twenty-ninth season in July. This is Trebek’s second heart attack in five years; he suffered his first in 2007, which leads me to believe that his life was safer when he had a mustache.
Honestly, I just wanted a reason to post this video:
Adios, Ann. After a fourteen year run, Ann Curry tearfully announced her departure as a regular co-host on NBC’s Today show Thursday morning. Curry said she would remain a part of the NBC and Today family with “fancy new titles” allowing her to report about every big story her heart desires to cover as an anchor-at-large, all over the globe. Aside from leading a seven-member crew around the world, she will continue guest-anchoring NBC Nightly News and producing stories from Dateline, Rock Center, NBC Nightly News, and Today (awkkkkward). Savannah Guthrie will officially replace Curry as cohost.
Teen moms can’t catch a break. MTV’s Teen Mom 2 cast member Jenelle Evans (along with her on-again-off-again fiancé Gary Head) was arrested over the weekend. Let’s get you up to speed: Jenelle is the teen mom from North Carolina who got kicked out of her mother’s house on more than one occassion, took in a runaway named Kieffer, and lost custody of her son, Jace. She’s also been arrested several times before. This time, she was charged with simple assault, possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Get it together or you’ll never get your kid back, girl.
Spice up your life! Our beloved Spice Girls, Geri Halliwell (Ginger), Melanie Brown (Scary), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty), Emma Bunton (Baby), and Victoria Beckham (Posh), made their first appearance in London together since 2008 to announce details of a new West End musical, Viva Forever!, based on their hit songs. The show is scheduled to open December 11 at London’s Piccadilly Theatre. Girl Power! Zig-a-zag Ah! And all that.
Celebrity Quote of the Week: Gagging right now. Are those veins I see?
Throwback Video of the Week: My New Haircut
See It, Girls: Magic Mike [R] – I’m not big fan of Channing Tatum, or strippers, but I appreciate a nice body and sweet dance moves, like most ladies. Plus I appreciate that this movie is semi-autobiographical of Tatum’s post-high school career at Tampa Catholic. Joe Manganiello makes an appearance, as well as Matthew McConaughey and some other fine lookin’ gents. Need I say more, gals?
See It, Boys: Ted [R] – Marky Mark and Mila Kunis star in this grown up version of Winnie the Pooh. It begins with seven-year-old Mark wishing his teddy bear could really talk to him; his wish comes true and they grow up shootin’ the shit together. Trouble ensues when Mila wants to move in with Mark and requests that he kick his BFF Ted (the bear) to the curb. How will this major conflict be resolved? Guess you’ll have to see the movie to find out! PS - Everyone seems to be cool with the talking bear throughout the movie, like it’s a totally normal occurrence.
Celebrity Birthday’s This Week: Minka Kelly (32), George Michael (49), Ricky Gervais (51), Derek Jeter (38), Michael Vick (32), Chris O’Donnell (42), Khloe Kardashian (28), Tobey Maguire (37), Ed Westwick (25), Ross Perot (82), John Cusack (46), Mel Brooks (86), Kathy Bates (64), John Elway (52), Nicole Scherzinger (34), Gary Busey (68), Mike Tyson (46), Michael Phelps (27), Lizzy Caplan (30).
Have a good one!