September 26, 2013 |
HOW MUCH Kanye West can fit inside Kanye West? No matter what you think of the man's talent, there's no arguing that he's full of himself. In a recent interview with BBC Radio 1, across the pond, West declared, "Rap is the new rock 'n' roll. " "We the new rock stars, and I'm the biggest of all of them," he said. "I'm the No. 1 rock star on the planet. " Kanye, is anyone at your level? "I would not be Kanye West if it wasn't for Michael Jackson . " What about Jay Z ?
March 28, 2013 |
CUE THE lightning bolts, let the high-octane music raise your heart rate and butter the popcorn, because we're about to speculate on a battle of epic proportions, a potential U.S. Senate race more explosive than Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, right here in the Garden State. In one corner, there's Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a social-media superman who might pay your monthly cable bill if you asked him to, that rare elected official who hasn't been burned by fame's fire yet. If you don't see Cory Booker on television right now, that's because he's probably standing behind you, smiling.
July 8, 2010
Hey. Look at this. Team Talkin' is back together. It's been a while since we've done this. Take it slow. You wouldn't want to pull a hammy. What do you make of ESPN holding an hourlong special Thursday so LeBron James can pledge his basketball allegiance to a team on national television? I am so sick of LeBron James. I mean really, who does he think he is? What does he think he's done? He hasn't won squat. He's not king of anything. And yet James' people approached ESPN about doing an hourlong special on his decision, and ESPN, of course, said yes. I'll tune in for the final five minutes to see where James is going, but that's it. Otherwise, I couldn't care less.
April 7, 2003 |
Homer Simpson couldn't have done it better. Peter Arnett, employed by NBC, MSNBC, National Geographic and, I think, ESPN The Magazine, thought it might be a good idea to go on Iraqi television to tell the Iraqis that the American war machine's battle plan was a "failure. " Then there was this brilliant stroke of showboating, er, news: "Hello, this is Geraldo Rivera for Fox News. Now don't tell any Republican Guards, but ... psst. We're over here. " But what was the harm?
December 12, 2001 |
A few weeks ago, the Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly branded Geraldo Rivera a liberal sympathizer. Monday, O'Reilly gave Rivera a passing grade for his coverage from Afghanistan. "I think he's doing all right," O'Reilly said. Rivera recently gave up his prime-time CNBC talk show - and a couple of million dollars - to go cover the war in Afghanistan for the Fox News Channel. For Rivera, a controversial personality, that meant joining a network that appeals to conservative-leaning viewers.
September 18, 2000 |
QUOTE "I'm already larger than life, but in this movie I'm going to be bigger than a cow. " - Dolly Parton, soon to appear in a large-format IMAX film on country music Among the romances made in Tabloid Hell, we have our old favorites like Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee; Madonna and Sean Penn; and the whole Joey Buttafuoco love-triangle thing. Now, here's a contender for the hellish romance of the new millennium: Darva Conger and Geraldo Rivera. Yup, the two people you might most want to go away are still here - and apparently together, the New York Daily News reports this week.
June 18, 1999 |
It's not hard to find NBC's $5 million man, Geraldo Rivera, on television. You just have to know where to look. Try the Today show, where Rivera's action-packed reports on the Kosovo Liberation Army first aired this month. But don't try the NBC Nightly News, where a Rivera report has never been shown. Try prime time Sunday, when Rivera's documentary, Drug Bust, The Longest War, airs at 8 p.m. But don't try Dateline NBC, where Rivera believes he's not welcome. Better yet, try cable, where MSNBC repeatedly ran the Kosovo reports.
September 13, 1998 |
Out them all. Kenneth Starr's report has landed, and Washington is in high Elmer Gantry mode. You remember Gantry. He was the preacher in the Sinclair Lewis novel (later a great movie) who frothed from the pulpit about sin, while sinning frothily on the side. Nothing like a hypocrite to pump up the volume. And the volume is certainly ear-numbing in Washington and the media this week. The report concentrates overwhelmingly on the Lewinsky affair. But there is danger in making Bill Clinton's sex life an impeachment issue.
August 24, 1998 |
So first Geraldo Rivera tells TV Guide that he wants NBC anchor Tom Brokaw's job. Then he blabs to Playboy, in very graphic terms, about the Women He Loves. (ABC's Barbara Walters and CNN's Christiane Amanpour, among them.) Meanwhile, he's earning his highest ratings ever on CNBC's Rivera Live, which grabbed 1.3 million viewers Wednesday night. And he's gaining new legitimacy. Rivera was the first to report that "human genetic material" had been found on Monica Lewinsky's infamous blue dress, more than two weeks before the big broadcast networks reported it. So, now that he's simultaneously cresting and bottoming out, we ask: Can the world stand any more Geraldo?
December 9, 1997 |
He sounds older and wiser. More thoughtful and sober. Conservative and considered. He even puts his 3-year-old daughter on the phone to say hello. Is this the Geraldo we once knew? The punch line of a thousand late-'80's jokes? The one slammed on last Saturday's Saturday Night Live as not being fit to hold an NBC microphone, and portrayed as a panting hound dog slavering after O.J. Simpson? The man who, just two weeks ago, staged a mock trial of the parents of slain beauty tot JonBenet Ramsey on his daytime talk show?