SideShow favorite Carl Kasell is retiring this spring from his post as official judge and scorekeeper of NPR's Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me! His august voice has graced the news-comedy show since 1998. From 1979 to 2009, he also was head voice on NPR's flagship news show Morning Edition. He'll continue to appear on Wait Wait occasionally, and to record its most popular prize: his own voice on contestants' voicemail greetings. He's done them for 2,200 folks so far!
More on Mega-Selfie
Mega-Selfie, snapshot of the stars at the Oscarfest Sunday, has crested 3 million retweets on Twitter, by far a record for a single post by an individual-type human person. So . . . was it truly spontaneous? Or was it just product placement for Samsung (the photo was snapped on a Galaxy Note 3)? The answer, surprisingly, is sort of and not really. Samsung was the sponsor of the show, as it has been since 2009. And it was obvious what brand of smartphone host Ellen DeGeneres was using all night. But she never mentioned the word Samsung, and the company says the selfie was unscripted. Not that it isn't leveraging the moment for all it's worth. (And Ellen did give the entire audience at one of her shows a Samsung phone.) . . . And . . . who now owns Mega-Selfie? Evidently the image, no matter what camera was used to make it, is the property of the person who took it, and that would be . . . Bradley Cooper! Evidently his arms were long enough. . . .
Travolta a meme again
Oscar introducer John Travolta, always a man, often a meme, mutilated the name of Idina Menzel, singer of "Let It Go," the tune that won best song. He introduced Idina as "the wickedly talented, one and only Adele Dazeem." Not even close! Now the Internet has made Adele famous. She's got her own Twitter account and Wikipedia page. And online mag Slate now offers The Adele Dazeem Name Generator (slate.me/1kPwk1H), in which you can have your name "Travoltafied," that is, massacred. It says Travolta would pronounce my name "Jan Thompseen."
- John Timpane
Shall we dance?
We know they're great partners, but how will Meryl Davis and Charlie White like being competitors? With each other, that is. The Sochi Olympics ice dancing champs are among the lineup for the new season of Dancing with the Stars, premiering on March 17. The cast was revealed Tuesday on Good Morning America. Besides White and Davis, the hoofers include TV thesps Danica McKellar ( The Wonder Years) and Candace Cameron Bure ( Full House), swimming legend Diana Nyad, snowboarder Amy Purdy, and ex-hockey player S ean Avery, comedian Drew Carey, Real Housewives star NeNe Leakes, movie actor Billy Dee Williams, Australian pop singer Cody Simpson and Big Time Rush actor-singer James Maslow.
Compiled by the Inquirer staff.