So Ellen DeGeneres shocks the pop culture cognoscenti once again. The comedienne came out on the Oprah Winfrey show in the 1997 and this week officially erased Paula Abdul from the American Idol conversation. Seems like an okay choice–but we have 5 that would have been better. Caribou Barbie, anyone?
For more than four decades, Thompson has distinguished himself as a guitarist, songwriter and singer. His latest box set is filled with great songs from throughout his career, but it’s no simple hits collection. That’s because Thompson hasn’t had any. Some appreciation for Thompson — and other unappreciated greats.
The goss hasn’t been the same lately. Truthfully, it hasn’t been the same for a long while. This goes beyond the standard summer slowdown and indicates a deeper, more troubling phenomenon plaguing the celebrity world. It hurts to even say it, but the truth is that celebrity gossip has gotten boring.
Tune into the Food Network and you’ll see “food porn” at its best. The visual we enjoy today stands in stark contrast to the barren culinary landscape that Julia Child confronted nearly a half-century ago. In the past dozen years or so, the culinary roots Child planted have blossomed on the small screen.
What we’ll miss most about Paula on ‘Idol’—her blissful ability to stand up and shake her aging booty to the tuneless stylings of the likes of Sanjaya Malakar then offer him incoherent but kind words of wisdom. Like the drunk aunt at the wedding who made the staid affair a little bit more interesting. . . .
Michael Jackson was far from your typical drug abuser, and it feels unfair to make him the reigning poster boy for the celebrity drug overdose, particularly when he’s the perfect poster boy for so many other things. Perhaps that’s the most tragic thing about his surprise death by overdose—it was completely unearned.