September 11, 2009 |
AMERICAN television - or at least the Fox network - has achieved homeostasis. Don't look it up. We'll explain by example. First, talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres was announced as the crucial replacement for Paula Abdul on "American Idol. " DeGeneres, like Abdul, always seems to be appraising things through some kind of smiley, happy cloud where everybody's great. Though unlike Abdul's, DeGeneres' optimism appears genuine, not chemically induced. They both like to dance, too. Get the symmetry here?
March 21, 2009 |
Broadway salutes Richardson Broadway theaters dimmed their lights Thursday night in tribute to actor Natasha Richardson, 45, who died Wednesday. The tribute featured Richardson's husband, Liam Neeson; her mother, Vanessa Redgrave; her sister, Joely; and actors Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker and Ron Rifkin. Sam Mendes, who directed Richardson in the '98 revival of Cabaret, said "it defies belief that this gifted, brave, tenacious, wonderful woman is gone. " No details on the funeral.
November 18, 2008 |
STEP 1: Win the World Series. Step 2: Appear on every TV show possible. Step 3: Repeat Step 3. Since capturing the city's first world title since 1983, where hasn't World Series MVP Cole Hamels been? He has appeared on the "Late Show with David Letterman," "Ellen" with Ellen DeGeneres, even "Jim Rome is Burning. " Oh, Hamels squeezed in time for a courtside appearance at a Lakers game, too. And a monster of a parade. Did we forget to mention that he was an honorary Eagles captain on "Sunday Night Football?"
May 17, 2008 |
AFTER THE CALIFORNIA Supreme Court ruled Thursday that "limiting the designation of marriage to a union 'between a man and a woman' is unconstitutional," the path was cleared for gay couples in California to marry legally as soon as early June. And one of the first couples to announce plans to take advantage of it was none other than Portia de Rossi of "Arrested Development" and talk-show maven Ellen DeGeneres. DeGeneres, recently referred to in The Advocate as "arguably pop culture's most popular lesbian," made the announcement on her show the day the decision came through that she was getting married to her girlfriend of four years, although the episode didn't air until yesterday.
November 10, 2007 |
JUST WHEN we were getting over the emotional trauma of Ellen DeGeneres losing her dog to some mean and nasty old animal-rescue service, she has to go and do something that makes us want to bite her ankle. Apparently, unlike many of her talk-show colleagues, Ellen has decided to thumb her nose at the Writers Guild strikers hitting the bricks outside her Burbank studio, has crossed the picket line and is taping her shows. And, according to Usmagazine.com, the East Coast branch of the union is ready to disrupt the shows and on-location skits she might have planned during her upcoming stay in the Big Apple on Nov. 19 and 20. Said the Guild: "We find it sad that Ellen spent an entire week crying and fighting for a dog that she gave away, yet she couldn't even stand by writers for more than one day - writers who have helped make her extremely successful.
October 24, 2007
IN JOEY Bishop's obituary, you quote Jerry Blavat as saying, "He never used dirt or smut in his acts. Today, you can't do that. Don Rickles is the only one left, and he's 80. " Plenty of comics work clean. I produce a clean comedy show, the Ivy League Comedy Showcase. To name some prominent comedians who work clean: Bill Cosby, Brian Regan, Jim Gaffigan. Jay Leno does 10 clean minutes of television five nights a week. Perhaps you've heard of Jerry Seinfeld? Ellen DeGeneres?