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Tabloid Extravaganza: A-Rod, C-Rod, Madge and Lenny

In baseball, Celebrities, entertainment, gossip, Media, sports on July 6, 2008 at 8:41 pm

One bit of celebrity melodrama has virtually taken over the print, broadcast and Web media.

It’s simultaneously being reported as a news, entertainment and sports story and is crowding out coverage of the war, election and economy.

It involves baseball star Alex Rodriguez, a.k.a. A-Rod, Rodriguez’s wife, a.k.a. C-Rod, material girl Madonna, a.k.a Madge in the U.K., Madonna’s husband Guy Ritchie and rocker Lenny Kravitz.

Here’s the skinny: C-Rod found out A-Rod was involved with Madge, who was supposedly divorcing husband Ritchie. C-Rod fled to Paris to stay with Kravitz and reportedly blames Madge’s Kabbalah religion for luring husband A-Rod to her side. According to the New York Daily News’ sources, C-Rod found a note written to Madge from A-Rod that read: “You are my true soulmate.”

All of the parties involved are denying the romantic aspects of the reports.

The really amazing story, however, is the way the press has been going full court tabloid over the tale.

Here are a few of the headlines:

— “Lenny Kravitz: Cynthia Rodriguez’s Grand Slam?” (New York Magazine)

— “New adventures of old Madonna (co-starring A-Rod)” (The Boston Herald)

— “A-Rod and wife heading into foul territory” (The Miami Herald)

— “Wife: Madonna lured A-Rod with kabbalah” (United Press International)

— “Let’s play six degrees of Madonna” (The San Jose Mercury News)

— “Madonna and A-Rod and Lenny? (Oh My).” (Gary Post Tribune)

It’s enough to make you long for good old hard news.

James Hirsen is a media analyst, Trinity Law School professor, and teacher of mass media and entertainment law at Biola University.


Prison Break for Paris Hilton?

In celebrity, Culture, gossip, hilton, Hollywood, law, Media, paris on May 6, 2007 at 6:49 pm

It looked like a red carpet event.

Outside the courthouse, cameras flashed and fans swooned.

Paris Hilton showed up 20 minutes late for her probation violation hearing, dabbing on makeup prior to waltzing in.

Evidently, Paris thought she could use the Debra LaFave defense in court; that her prominent presence in the courtroom would make the judge realize that she was far too beautiful to go to prison.

It may have worked for LaFave, but not for Hilton. Los Angeles Judge Michael Sauer, apparently unimpressed with Hilton’s celebrity status, sentenced her to 45 days in the slammer. She was ordered to report to her new accommodations on June 5.

Hilton’s home for a potential month and a half will be a cell in a Lynwood, California detention center for women. Like her fellow inmates, she’ll wear an orange jumpsuit and be confined to a 12-by-8 foot space. If she wants to primp, she’ll have to use the polished metal plate that’s provided to see her reflection.

She won’t be eating any gourmet meals either. The incarcerated heiress will get only one hot meal per day, with two other cold fowl-based ones.

TV execs are already buzzing about the potential for a “Paris in Prison” show. But the possibility still exists that she’ll escape punishment.

After an appeal is filed, Paris may be allowed to remain free on bail. Or she may follow the pattern of another celebrity.

In 2006, then “Lost” actress Michelle Rodriguez started a 60-day jail sentence for violating probation after a driving-under-the-influence arrest in Hawaii. She was released in mere hours due to an overcrowded prison situation.

Hilton’s mouthpiece, renowned celeb counsel Howard Weitzman, has indicated that he will file an appeal. His defense is his client’s fame and the two-tiered justice system it purportedly produces.

“She’s been selectively targeted in my opinion to be prosecuted because of who she is,” Weitzman said.

After hearing her fate in court, Hilton told photographers gathered outside her home, “I feel that I was treated unfairly and that the sentence is both cruel and unwanted and I don’t deserve this.”

Still, in terms of public behavior, Paris has been pushing the envelope for a long time.

The fact of the matter is she presented a real danger to the public when she was driving in an intoxicated state and was put on probation instead of jail. The court gave her conditional mercy.

When Hilton ignored the conditions of her probation, she chose jail for herself. She’s not being punished for being Paris. She’s being punished for committing a crime.

Rosie O’Donnell Bolts for Broadway?

In celebrity, Culture, entertainment, gossip, Media on April 30, 2007 at 10:20 pm

Even though she is leaving “The View,” Rosie O’ Donnell has already lined up a new gig on Broadway.

Word has it that O’Donnell is in negotiations to play a part in the musical version of the novel “Les Miserables” and hopes to snag the role of Madame Thenardier.

O’Donnell’s part would be a supporting role, that of the wife and partner in crime to a con artist innkeeper.

Since O’Donnell didn’t seem to like playing a supporting role to Barbara Walters on “The View,” if she gets the Broadway part it probably won’t take long for her to go after the starring role and maybe even add ad lib a few lines about a conspiracy between Donald Trump and John Edwards’ hairdresser.

Keith Richards Sucks Dad Up His Nose

In celebrity, Celebrity Crime, Celebrity News, Culture, entertainment, gossip, Media, Music, Social and Politics, Star Celebrity Gossip! on April 3, 2007 at 6:05 pm


Rolling Stone Keith Richards may have indulged in a host of illegal substances in his life, but, hey this is not something to be bragging about.

“The strangest thing I’ve tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father,” Richards told the British music magazine NME.

“He was cremated and I couldn’t resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn’t have cared,” he said. “… It went down pretty well, and I’m still alive.”

Richards’ father, Bert, died at age 84 in 2002.

It’s bad enough to be boasting about sucking up blow, but mixing it with your departed dad’s remains is ghoulish.

Leo DiCaprio in Production on Global Warming Flick

In Celebrities, Culture, entertainment, Entertainment and Media, gossip, Movies, News and politics, Politics, Star Celebrity Gossip! on March 14, 2007 at 8:19 am

Leonardo DiCaprio gazed on as the Academy showered affection on Al Gore as he accepted an Oscar for his global warming lecture.

Now DiCaprio is in production on his personally penned documentary on the same gaseous subject.

Global warming is not only the number one environmental challenge we face today, but one of the most important issues facing all of humanity,” DiCaprio elucidated.

The movie will be released in late 2007.

With the alarmist title “11th Hour,” the flick will examine the global environment and like Gore’s flick will present solutions to the eco-problems of the world.

I wonder if solutions will include buying phony carbon offsets like Gore and Hollywood entertainment companies do.

Tim Robbins’s Left-wing Activism Pays Off

In Celebrities, Celebrity News, gossip, News and politics, Politics on March 12, 2007 at 9:27 am


Despite his infamous “chill wind” speech in which actor-activist Tim Robbins claimed his free expression was being stifled, he is now acknowledging that his left-wing activism has actually helped his career.

Taking positions against President Bush has created opportunities for Robbins, the Post-Chronicle reports.

“I really don’t think that expressing my opinions has harmed my career,” Robbins acknowledged. “Although many people would like you to think that.”

Robbins even bought up the name of now-departed filmmaker who gave him roles because of his activism.

“And you can be sure that I’d have never got to work with someone like Robert Altman if I hadn’t expressed my opinions,” Robbins revealed.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s Homespun Holiday

In Celebrities, Celebrity News, Culture, Entertainment and Media, gossip, Hollywood, Movies & Entertainment, Social and Politics on January 10, 2007 at 9:13 am

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s recent vacation stands in stark contrast to the impoverished third-world countries they’ve been championing of late.

The power couple reportedly arrived at the 170-acre Caneel Bay resort in the Caribbean “with 97 pieces of luggage and a whole entourage,” a source told the New York Post.

Angelina, Brad, the kids, nannies and staff were apparently ensconced in a five-bedroom, $8,000-a-night beachfront villa that was once the private get away of Laurance Rockefeller, the developer of the Virgin Islands destination.

Now Jolie is blasting Madonna for what she calls an illegal adoption.

In an interview with Gala, a French magazine, Jolie said, “Madonna knew the situation in Malawi, where he [Baby David]was born. It’s a country where there is no real legal framework for adoption.”

The “Tomb Raider” star added, “Personally, I prefer to stay on the right side of the law. I would never take a child away from a place where adoption is illegal.”

Wonder who the public will side with–the Pop Royal or the African Queen.

Al Gore Gets the Lindsay Lohan Brush-off

In Celebrities, celebrity, Celebrity News, Culture, entertainment, Entertainment and Media, gossip, Hollywood, Movies, Movies & Entertainment, News and politics, Politics, Social and Politics on January 9, 2007 at 7:20 pm


Last month Lindsay Lohan met former veep and Oscar contender Al Gore at a posh Beverly Hills event.

A short time later Lohan reportedly sent a typo-riddled e-mail to her friends and attorneys indicating that she was seeking help with her image from the much-ballyhooed Alpha-male.                 

“Al Gore will help me. He came up to me last night and said he would be very happy to have a conversation with me. If he is willing to help me, let’s find out,” the e-mail read.

A Gore rep told “Access Hollywood,” “I can confirm for you that Mr. Gore has only met Ms. Lohan once, very briefly, at the GQ Men of the Year dinner last week. There were hundreds of other guests.”

However, apparently after promising she’d be there, Lohan blew off a personal invitation to an event that the inventor of the Internet was hosting.

Gore, a regular now on the Hollywood scene, hosted a December 2006 Tinseltown event called “Seeds of Tolerance,” which honored liberal documentary filmmakers.

The Left Coast Report guesses that now that Lohan has dissed the nation’s top pseudo-scientist, she’ll have to rely on the unadorned advice of Britney Spears.

Madonna Accused of Bribing Adoption Official

In Celebrities, celebrity, Celebrity News, Culture, entertainment, Entertainment and Media, gossip, Hollywood, Movies, Movies & Entertainment, Music, News and politics, Social and Politics, Star Celebrity Gossip! on January 8, 2007 at 8:20 am

Suspicions surrounding the Malawian baby adoption of Madonna are being fueled further by reports that a government official who was working for the ministry that handled the case is now living and going to school in Britain on the pop singer’s dime.

Four months before she was granted temporary custody of Baby David, according to the London Daily Mail, Madonna reportedly committed to pay for Willard Manjolo’s living expenses and tuition fees, which were thought to be about 39,000 U.S. dollars.

Manjolo started college at Swansea University a month before Madonna left Malawi with her new baby boy.

Justin Dzodzi, a prominent attorney in the impoverished African nation, has gone on record as saying that Madonna’s financial support of Manjolo “could be construed as payment for the adoption.”

Dzodzi is among those who seek to challenge the adoption in court. Purportedly, he fully intends to bring these new facts to the attention of the Malawian judges.

“The entire circumstances surrounding the case need to be re-examined and this latest disclosure is something we would wish to bring before the courts,” Dzodzi said.

As for Manjolo, he claims that he was not involved in the adoption process and has never met the singer.

“It is unfortunate if people use their wealth to manipulate events, but I don’t think it happened in this case. Her application was considered on merit,” Manjolo said.

Hey Madonna, How About Some Help for These Guys!

In Celebrities, celebrity, Celebrity News, Culture, entertainment, Entertainment and Media, gossip, Hollywood, Movies, Movies & Entertainment, Music, News and politics, Politics, Social and Politics, Star Celebrity Gossip! on November 30, 2006 at 5:02 pm

A recent comment:

“My name is Rev. Dr. Mercy Wood; I am a co-Founder of Wood World Missions

Wood World Missions is a Christian Non- profit, charity missions Ministry worldwide. Based in the UK. We don’t only preach the word but demonstrate it with practical support to the poor and needy. For the last 13yrs we have been assisting many needy people with our own funds, until 2000 when we officially registered with Charity Commission. Registration No: 108400.
I have been going to Malawi for the last 3yrs helping orphans in the north of Malawi. We have donated a clean water for a village of 200. Build centres for pre school for the orphans, etc.

I have been trying to build a free primary school which will take care for the orphans.
I was trying to raise £7,500 to complete a whole primary school + play area, this is proven difficulties.
There are many Orphans, who have no one at all.
So far we have about 120 orphans living in different villages which we care for.

Hope we get help.”