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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 04/30/2007

Comment Box: The Next Rosie & Topher vs. Tobey, a Primer

By Liz Kelly

On Friday, I asked readers to compile a wish list of possible replacements for Rosie O'Donnell when she leaves ABC talkfest "The View" in June. Suggestions ranged from the sublime (Wanda Sykes) to the sedate (Soledad O'Brien). Surprisingly, "Designing Women" Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart and Dixie Carter were all nominated, as was designing dude Meshach Taylor. (Who knew?) Below a list of your best suggestions:

1. Roseanne Barr
2. Michelle Malkin, but only if she wears her cheerleading outfit for every show.
3. Danny DeVito! Just get him drunk every once in a while to keep the ratings up.
4. Gilbert Gottfried, brilliant. Unfortunately, he will never get the gig.
5. Sandra Bernhard -- because I REALLY want that smarmy blond idiot (Editor's note: we assume the poster is referring to this smarmy blond idiot) to explode.
6. Max Headroom
7. A large brown bag with two eye-holes and call her/him the Unknown Viewee.
8. Space Ghost is the obvious choice. He would really bring in the "wake-n-bake" demographic.
9. I vote to replace Rosie (and the entire program) with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here's an interesting tidbit you may enjoy since you have a fascination with Jon Voight. Back in 1986, his brother Barry was my Groundwater professor at Penn State. Who knew there were only three degrees of separation between me and Angelina Jolie. -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live discussion

Thank you for sharing, though I should probably start out by disabusing you of this notion that I am fascinated with Jon Voight. In fact, I don't give the man much thought at all until he enters my orbit from time to time in the odd Angelina Jolie story. If I were indeed obsessed with him, I would have done my best to track him down while he was in town recently filming "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" (which I think should be renamed "National Treasure: No. 2" because I like the inherent potty humor. So sue me.)

Since you bring it up, though, I did Google the other Mr. Voight and discovered that he is indeed an esteemed volcanologist and geologist at Penn State, credited with "work on seismic hazard evaluation for nuclear power plants in the eastern USA, mine subsidence, and ruptured pipelines leading to environmental damage." His bio does not indicate, however, whether or not he was called upon to consult for brother Jon's 2003 movie, "Holes," which involved mass quantities of dirt.

Tobey and Topher (or is it Topher and Tobey? Tophey?). (AP Photos)

Don't you think it's odd that Topher Grace is in Spider-Man 3? How are we supposed to tell him and Tobey apart? -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live discussion

Agreed, the two actors do share a certain clean-cut geekiness that could potentially render them interchangeable to the uninitiated. Luckily, additional confusion was avoided when neither Jake Gyllenhaal nor Elijah Wood were cast opposite Maguire in the latest "Spider-Man" outing.

In a quick scan of the two actor's resumes, it's interesting to note that Maguire -- who is a scant three years older than Grace -- has been working much longer. In fact, his first credit is a 1979 episode of "General Hospital" when he was only four years old, while that slacker Grace didn't land a role until he was 20, on Fox's "That '70s Show." Perhaps one way to keep the two straight in your mind is to think of Maguire as the one who is adept at slapping cameras out of the hands of overzealous paparazzi and Grace as the one who may or may not have gotten some from Ivanka Trump.

Bonus: If you enjoyed the above link to video of Tobey Maguire knocking a camera out of the hands of a photographer, then you'll love this video of Bjork assaulting a reporter at a Bangkok airport.

Have Celebritological questions? E-mail them to or submit them for discussion in Thursday's live chat.

By Liz Kelly  | April 30, 2007; 10:43 AM ET
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