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Ceaseless deaths of the famous mark summer `09

Summer of DeathWe had been told to expect the deaths of the famous to come in threes, not in the dozens. But all through the summer of 2009 came a ceaseless and somber drumbeat, as idols of all walks of life passed away. From Walter Cronkite to Sen. Ted Kennedy, the nonstop loss of luminaries continued almost as if a seasonal occurrence — as much a part of summer as hot dogs and humidity. If a filmmaker were trying to capture the summer of 2009, Michael Jackson news would be playing in the background. Many thought coverage of Jackson’s death was too much; a Pew Research Center poll released in July found that 64 percent of those surveyed thought the media blitz was overdone (though none could top MTV Japan, Continue reading →

Funeral for Farrah Fawcett today in downtown L.A.

farrah-fawcett-2A private funeral Mass will be said this afternoon for actress Farrah Fawcett at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles.  The “Charlie’s Angels” star died Thursday of a rare cancer at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge issued an ordered that would allow Fawcett’s 24-year-old son, Redmond O’Neal, who has been jailed on a pair of drug-related cases, to attend her funeral. O’Neal will be able to wear civilian clothes and will be accompanied by deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, said sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore. After the funeral, O’Neal will be returned to Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, where he is undergoing what the Sheriff’s Department calls an “intense drug rehabilitation program.”

Rick astley, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears Swept Into Internet Death Rumors

miley-cyrus-rtv1Last week, the news of Michael Jackson’s death nearly broke the Internet, as many Web sites reporting the news experienced slowdown and breakdown. Somewhere in the traffic (and combined with the news of Farrah Fawcett’s passing), a handful of other fake deaths Rick astley, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears Swept Into Internet Death Rumors  snuck up on unsuspecting celebrities.  The most notable was the rumor that actor Jeff Goldblum had suffered a fatal fall in New Zealand (Goldblum is alive and well). There were also rumors that Harrison Ford had died (he remains upright as well). Both were based on spurious news reports that were linked and Tweeted numerous times. Over the weekend, two new rumors surfaced: One announcing that Miley Cyrus had died, and the other suggesting that Britney Spears had passed away. In Spears’ case, the rumor of her death stemmed from a message that showed up on her Twitpic account, which was hacked over the weekend.  The Cyrus story spread around this morning appears to merely be re-Tweeted stories linked to an older fake story about her involvement in a car accident. There were false reports that Cyrus had died in a collision in Los Angeles last September.

‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Paying respect

so-you-think-you-can-danceSo! It was a little hard to focus on tonight’s show thanks to some goings-on in the showbiz world, but after a sultry Latin/hip-hop group dance choreographed by Dmitry Chaplin and Napoleon & Tabitha D’umo, “So You Think You Can Dance” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe addressed it all.  He paid a classy tribute to Ed McMahon, the late  Farrah Fawcett and of course Michael Jackson.  Of all the shows on TV right now, I think “SYTYCD” could best pay tribute to Jackson since his dancing was such a large part of his talent. I got goosebumps watching their clip of the “Thriller” video and my only complaint was that they didn’t show the whole thing.   As for narrowing the dancers to the bottom three couples, it wasn’t a surprise to me that two couples, Asuka Kondoh and Vitolio Jeune and Karla Garcia and Jonathan Platero, were asked to perform solos.  While the judges liked Asuka and Vitolio’s jazz dance, I think it was the kind of dance that didn’t translate that well to the audience at home. The judges practically hated Karla and Jonathan’s hip-hop routine, meanwhile, and I think America listened. The third couple put in the bottom three was Karla Garcia and Jonathan Platero, which was somewhat surprising to me: I thought the audience would have been more in favor of their paso doble. But personally I think that for a while Phillip Chbeeb is going to be a spoiler in the competition (which I have no problem with — I just think that he’s an audience favorite and that will affect things).   Before we got to the solo performances, we saw a performance from a group called the Rage Boyz Crew, which was basically a group of about 20 boys ranging in age from maybe 7 to 17 doing hip-hop en masse, wearing cute uniforms and tossing an adorable tot in the air. Host Cat Deeley clearly wanted to put the tiniest one in her pocket (if she had one in her sultry jungle-themed jumpsuit). A band called the Veronicas also performed, and for a while I thought they were the Donnas, only slimmed down to a frightening extent. The Veronicas actually seemed to sing their song, I think, which means they’re a step up in terms of musical acts for the season.  Asuka kicked off the solos: I thought her ballroom routine was fine but basically I thought to myself, “If Max went home, then she should, too.” The judges didn’t seem to find Vitolio’s solo that great, but I admire the way he uses his body onstage: He just brings life to the stage when I see him do solos.  Nigel claimed that Karla was trying too hard in her solo, but I found her to be a more interesting dancer than she’s been throughout the competition. I didn’t find Jonathan’s solo especially remarkable in terms of emotion or technique, however, and the judges agreed with me. Caitlin threw some impressive gymnastics into her solo, which the judges loved: that particular solo didn’t speak to me much but I like Caitlin in the competition and hoped she’d stay. And finally, I really liked Jason’s solo — I thought it showed off elements of him that we haven’t seen in the paired dancing, but Nigel thought it reeked of desperation.   In the end, though, Asuka was eliminated for not growing enough throughout the competition, and Jonathan was deemed the weakest of the boys who performed solos tonight. Sorry, girls!  Now this means that Karla and Vitolio will be dancing together next week.  Tomorrow I will be chatting with Asuka and Jonathan about their time on the show: if you have any questions you’d like me to try to ask them, please let me know in the comments section.

More about Jennifer Morrison.

jennifer-morrisonThe dancer-turned-actress Jennifer Morrison made her film debut in the movie “Intersection.” She has also starred in “Urban legends Final Cut” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” but she currently has a role on the Fox drama “House.” The actress was born August 19, 1979, in Chicago and has dated co-star Jesses Spencer.  An actress who first earned her critical laurels (and reeled in a substantial television fanbase) as Dr. Alison Cameron on the blockbuster medical drama House (2004), Jennifer Morrison grew up well outside the realm of Hollywood, in a middle-class family in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights, Illinois. As a preteen and teenager, Morrison entered showbusiness via modeling, appearing in innumerable print campaigns and gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kids at one point; after wrapping up high school, she attended Loyola University as a theater major (reportedly graduating in only three years) and subsequently trained with the legendary Steppenwolf theatrical ensemble, onetime home to such stars as John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, and Glenne Headly. From there, Hollywood fame was merely a short leap away; by the time of her Loyola graduation, Morrison had already officially debuted onscreen, with a small part as the daughter of Richard Gere and Sharon Stone in the psychological drama Intersection (1994) and a more significant role as a missing girl who psychically haunts Kevin Bacon in the supernatural thriller Stir of Echoes (1999). Morrison signed for her first lead with a role that many felt unworthy of her talents and intelligence: that of Amy Mayfield, a young film student who gets in way over her head amid a thesis project on urban legends, in John Ottman’s slasher outing Urban Legends: The Final Cut (2000). Subsequent projects included Michael Davis’s teen-oriented romantic comedy 100 Women (2002), Casey La Scala’s teen comedy Grind (2003), and — as something of a nadir — the critically despised holiday gross-out fest Surviving Christmas (2004), in which she played Ben Affleck’s snotty girlfriend. As indicated, House represented Morrison’s breakthrough and the role that finally brought her public attention. The long-running Fox drama told of Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), a diagnostician with an astounding degree of medical knowledge and an absolute dearth of social skills. As Dr. Cameron (an immunologist with a not-so-secret crush on the physician), Morrison brought a much-needed dose of warmth and vulnerability to the series.      Morrison subsequently made headlines in 2007, when she was tapped to appear as Winona Kirk, James T. Kirk’s mother, in J.J. Abrams’s much-anticipated 11th installment of the Star Trek series.

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Eva Longoria,  Fergie,  Gina Gershon,  Hayden Panettiere,  Heather Locklear, Heidi Montag,  Helen Flanagan,  Hilary Duff, Jane Krakowski,
Jennifer Aniston,  Jennifer Love Hewitt,  Jennifer Tilly,  Jessica Alba,  Jessica Beil, Jessica Simpson, Joanna Levesque,  Julianne Hough,
Kaley Cuoco,  Kate Beckinsale,  Katharine McPhee,  Katherine Heigl,  Kelly Brook,  Kim Kardashian,  Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Bell,  Kristin Cavallari,  Kristin Chenoweth,  Lindsay Lohan, Lisa Rinna, Lucy Pinder,  Mariah Carey,  Marisa Tomei,  Megan Fox,  Miley Cyrus, Minka Kelly, 
Miranda Kerr, Monica Bellucci,  Nadine Coyle, Pamela Anderson, Paris Hilton, Paula Abdul,  Raquel Welch, Rose McGowan, Salma Hayek,
Sarah Palin,  Scarlett Johansson, Shauna Sands, Shawn Johnson,  Summer Glau, Tara Reid,  Tina Fey,  Tricia Helfer,  Aishwarya Rai,
Ali Larter,  Angelina Jolie,  Cheryl Ladd, Christina Applegate, Courtney Thorne Smith, Danica Patrick, Farrah Fawcett,  Gina Gershon,
Jaclyn Smith,  Jaime Pressly,  Jami Gertz,  Jane Seymour, Jennifer Love Hewitt,  Jennifer Morrison,  Jennifer Tilly, Jessica Alba,
Joanna Garcia,  Julia Louis Dreyfus, Kari Byron, Katie Couric, Lisa Rinna,  Marin Hinkle,  Michelle Ryan, Minka Kelly, Penelope Cruz ,
Salma Hayek, Valerie Bertinelli.

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