March 5, 2015 |
Schilling vs. the Trolls Former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling , furious, took up arms against two men he said were marauding his daughter Gabby via Twitter. On Feb. 25, he'd congratulated Gabby for getting to pitch for the Salve Regina University Seahawks softball team in Newport, R.I. The social-media reaction, mostly happy, included some gross and indecent messages. Schilling outed the messagers as one Adam Nagel of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J., and another man later identified as Sean MacDonald.
April 4, 2014 |
Made in America 2014? When will we hear about this summer's Made in America festival, Jay Z 's megafest held for the last two years in Philadelphia? Assumptions are there'll be one this year, too. Meantime, in L.A., reports say there's going to be a western version in L.A.'s Grand Park same weekend as the one here. No word of confirmation or denial from Live Nation, who do the Made in America fest. Cough up, guys! McCurdy's selfie disaster Here's a tip for celebs too young (or stupid)
March 19, 2014 |
More jail for Chris Brown? Should we feel empathy for trouble-magnet Chris Brown or revel in his misfortune? The singer spent the weekend in a Los Angeles jail after he was kicked out of the court-ordered rehab where he was being treated "for anger management, substance abuse, and issues related to bipolar disorder," as Variety puts it. The 24-year-old Grammy winner, who may face additional penalties, including more jail time, was...
September 14, 2013 |
Late-night fixture Carson Daly is switching up his schedule: He'll be getting up at dawn from now on. The 40-year-old father of two has joined NBC's Today show. Daly is "officially now joining our family," Matt Lauer said Thursday. Daly said he would embrace the daylight. Folks "associate me with nighttime, but I'm really a morning person," he said, sitting on the Today couch with Lauer, Savannah Guthrie , Al Roker , Natalie Morales , Hoda Kotb , Willie Geist , and Kathie Lee Gifford . "We've got one more monkey in the zoo," Gifford said later in the show.
May 15, 2013 |
WOMEN MAY be making progress knocking their heads against the glass ceiling, but the celluloid ceiling is still causing a problem. Female representation in major-release movies is at its lowest level in five years, according to a study released yesterday by the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and reported by the Los Angeles Times . And that's with "Bridesmaids," "The Hunger Games," the...
February 3, 2013 |
Surrounded by the cast and crew of TGS at the end of its final taping, Tracy Jordan looked into the camera and expansively said: "Thank you, America. That's our show. Not a lot of people watched it, but the joke's on you, because we got paid anyway. " And so, 30 Rock 's show-within-a-show ended with a joke-within-a-joke. Even the highly promoted series finale of 30 Rock drew fewer than five million viewers. And that joke was on us, too. Because part of the appeal of Tina Fey's surreal sitcom was its disregard for the audience.
November 8, 2012 |
WHEN TATTLE learned there were organizations unhappy with their appearances in the new Denzel Washington movie, "Flight," we assumed it was either an airline or the pilots union - Denzel plays a hero pilot who's also a drunk and drug addict. The aggrieved parties, however, are Anheuser-Busch and the distributor of Stolichnaya vodka. Anheuser-Busch said that it has asked Paramount Pictures to obscure or remove the Budweiser logo from the film, which at one point shows Denzel's character drinking the beer while behind the wheel.
August 5, 2012 |
We interrupt the usual everything's-fair-game format of this column to bring you a special Olympics edition. Mostly because that's about all I watched this week. And judging by the numbers NBC has been racking up - an average of 35.1 million viewers in prime time over the first seven nights - you were similarly inclined. Or in some cases, reclined. I tried all my viewing options: live streaming, sister channels like MSNBC and Bravo, but I soon settled on the good old NBC feed.
August 1, 2012 |
I am, like many people, I suspect, an Olympics hostage. Whenever the Games approach, summer or winter, I resolve that this time I will not get so caught up in the coverage. The truth is, I'm not sure some of these "sports" even really qualify as spectator events. 10-meter air rifle? Synchronized swimming? But then something invariably happens. After all the hype about Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, it's an elegant Chinese swimmer named Sun Yang you can't take your eyes off. A 17-year-old gymnast I've never heard of misses qualifying for the individual all-around event by fractions of a point and her heartbreak is palpable.
July 18, 2012 |
So after NBC's public flogging of Ann Curry followed by a round of new commercials with her beaming, laughing, younger replacement, Savannah Guthrie, what did it all mean to "Today"? Bupkis. The former morning juggernaut was beaten last week by "Good Morning America" by 357,000 viewers, the Nielsen Co. said. "GMA" drew an average of 4.57 million viewers, compared with 4.21 million for "Today," according to preliminary figures. This represents the largest lead by "GMA" over "Today" in more than 17 years, while extending its top-ranked status to three consecutive weeks, ABC said.