Bloomberg cuts Will Smith down to size
Does Will Smith
's gigantanormic Men in Black III
on-set trailer in Manhattan's SoHo look more like a full-on Star Trek
"Starship" (as the New York Post says) or a "Borg Cube" (Gawker)? No matter: The Post reports that the Overbrook High School alum has been told by Mayor Michael Bloomberg
to move the 53-foot, $9,000-a-week double-decker monster, which has given locals, who live in overpriced shoe boxes, a serious case of luxury-space envy.
"Why you need a trailer that big - I didn't know trailers came that big," Bloomberg says.
Smith's moby digs have been relocated to a parking lot half a mile away. Will Will have to travel that far every day? The poor soul will be too tired to make love to the cameras!
Honoring SEAL Team 6 . . . in plastic
Celeb and politico doll makers Herobuilders (www.herobuilders.com
) commemorate the Navy SEALs' successful deletion of terrorhead Osama bin Laden
with a most patriotic product, the Obama SEAL Team 6 Action Figure
, known affectionately as Rambama
, a clever moniker derived from the dialectical, if not dialogic, conjunctive conjugation Obama + Rambo
. Rambama comes with the Special Forces' most beloved fashion accessory, the M1A4 assault rifle, and a SEALs-themed T-shirt.
Olbermann breaks out the big guns Keith Olbermann
has signed an impressive gaggle of pundits and documentarians as contributors to his nightly news show on Current TV, including PBS darling Ken Burns
; Richard Lewis
, the comic who made public self-flagellation a turn-on; muckraker, brilliant filmmaker, and mouth Michael Moore
; and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas
. Olbermann says his pals are "among the top progressive and entertainment voices in the country today." He'll roll out his cable TV big top June 20.
Of shoulders & brains: Health watch
TV legend Mary Tyler Moore
, 73, will undergo brain surgery to have a meningioma, a benign tumor of the linking tissue of her brain, removed, People reports. No word on when or where she'll have the operation. . . . Paul McCartney
's ex, Heather Mills
, left an Austrian hospital Thursday after being treated overnight for fracturing her right shoulder blade in a skiing accident, says online gossiper Digital Spy.
No business like show business . . . David Hasselhoff
, the perennially tanned and topless friend of beach bunnies the world over, has joined Ving Rhames
, Christopher Lloyd
, and Paul Scheer
in the cast of horror sequel Piranha 3DD
, the touching Emily Brontë
-esque story of lil' fishies with really sharp, pointy teeth.
Bethenny Frankel's former managers, Raw Talent, are suing the Real Housewives of New York and Bethenny Ever After star for fraud and breach of contract, says the Hollywood Reporter. Raw Talent claims it helped BF get her disturbingly lucrative gig, shilling booze product Skinnygirl, but was not compensated. BF and her biz partner, David Kanbar, sold the company in March for $120 million.
A street in front of Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios in Chicago was rebaptized as Oprah Winfrey Way on Wednesday by Mayor Richard Daley.
Jim Lehrer, who has been anchor or coanchor on PBS's NewsHour for 36 years, is leaving the job June 6. Lehrer says he will continue to moderate Mark Shields and David Brooks' weekly news analysis on NewsHour's Friday editions.
'Chuck' is loved; 'Parenthood,' too
Knowledgeable Hollywood folk say NBC will bring back cult darling Chuck
for a fifth season and the likable Parenthood
for its third. The network has reportedly picked up four pilots.
Christina Applegate returns to prime time in Lorne Michaels' sitcom Up All Night, about a working mom and her househusband. Tart-tongued Whitney Cummings will lead yet another couples com. For dramas, NBC is going with Smash, a behind-the-scenes musical about a musical about Marilyn Monroe starring Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston. And Maria Bello, the pride of Norristown, will step into some big shoes in an American remake of Helen Mirren's British crime drama, Prime Suspect.
- Jonathan Storm
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