July 31, 2010
I nquirer television critic Jonathan Storm is reporting this week from the television critics' press tour in Beverly Hills. These items originally appeared in his blog, "Eye of the Storm," at www.philly.com/philly/blogs/storm . Ellen ankles "Idol"; TV critics not agog Ryan Seacrest may have been all worked up on his morning radio show about Ellen DeGeneres' surprising, amazing, earth-shattering announcement that she was leaving American Idol, but TV critics at their summer meeting in Beverly Hills were unmoved.
May 27, 2010 |
BIG NEWS in the world of entertainment yesterday as country- music legend Willie Nelson cut his hair. Willie's lengthy, reddish pigtails - as if Crystal Gayle and Pippi Longstocking merged their locks - have been one of his signature features since he was a young crew-cut crooner. Spokeswoman Elaine Schock said of Willie's waist-length hair: "There's a lot of maintenance. " Ellen Disc-Generes After a season judging singers on "American Idol," Ellen DeGeneres announced on her show yesterday that she is starting a label called eleveneleven.
February 10, 2010 |
Judge Ellen takes the 'Idol' bench Will we love Ellen DeGeneres in her new role as an American Idol judge? Will we hate her but love the fact that we hate her? (The Simon Cowell complex, as Sigmund Freud termed it.) Mum Betty has every faith in Ellen's judicial abilities. "She can't be brutal and she won't be just nicey- nice," Betty tells The Insider. "She will do honesty with a soft pedal. " Ryan Seacrest was busy yesterday denying that Ellen and Simon loathed each other during taping.
January 30, 2010 |
Will Smith for president? Will Smith for president! The Philly star's extraordinary wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, tells German rag Bunte (www.bunte.de) that the Enemy of the State star has genuine ambitions to become Leader of the State. "Will is thinking about going into politics," she says. "He once said he could imagine becoming a U.S. president. He wasn't joking. " But Jada may very well put the kibosh on his plans: "It's just not for me," she says of being first lady.
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?
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?"