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Posted at 7:10 AM ET, 10/24/2008

Morning Mix: Ambassador Oprah?

By Liz Kelly

Elizabeth Banks arrives at a London screening of 'W' on Thursday. Banks plays Laura Bush in the Oliver Stone film. (Getty Images)
Friday

Headlines: Elisabeth Hasselbeck to introduce Sarah Palin at weekend rallies... Spencer Pratt likes guns, beer and Palin... Beyonce names new album after her alter ego... 20-year-old model is a "great friend," says Miley Cyrus... "Jayden" becomes second most popular baby name in New York... Britney Spears takes sons to pumpkin patch... Guy Ritchie goes out on the town with Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr.... Paris Hilton shares behind-the-scenes look at her new video... Oprah quizzes the Olsen twins on their breakfast choices... William Shatner's rant "silliness," says George Takei... Amy Winehouse gives intercom interview... Gary Busey claims he snorted cocaine off of his dog... 50 Cent settles child visitation case... Star Jones sues over leaky condo... Court upholds Bianca Jagger's eviction from New York apartment.

Crime Watch: Anne Hathaway's ex gets 4 1/2 years in fraud case... Jury seated in Phil Spector murder retrial.

Rumor Mill: Oprah as Barack Obama's ambassador to Britain?... Brangelina one step closer to marriage?... Heather Mills blowing through divorce settlement... Isaac Hayes leaves nothing to Church of Scientology... Will Tom Cruise turn up for Matt Lauer roast?

Video: Ron Howard, Andy Griffith and Henry Winkler revisit their most famous roles get out the Obama vote...

See more Ron Howard videos at Funny or Die

Finally: Have 21 free minutes? Watch "30 Rock's" season premiere a week early online.

By Liz Kelly  | October 24, 2008; 7:10 AM ET
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Comments

Ambassador Oprah? Does her mom need the money that badly? Is 50 Cent also being tapped by Obama to lead Treasury?

Why is Guy Ritchie hanging out with the future Sherlock Holmes and Watson? Will he direct them in "The Adventure of the American Singer with the Mysterious British Accent"?

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | October 24, 2008 7:33 AM | Report abuse

The Ron Howard video is hysterical. Bravo to Henry Winkler and Andy Griffith too.

Excuse me, but when did Oprah turn into Della Reese? That Olsen twins interview bordered on parody -- not only hearing the twins speak in their tiny voices, but also the overlong breakfast discussion ("double toasted" bagels?!). I half-expected Oprah to gobble down her guests by the end.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | October 24, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Elisabeth Hasselbeck to introduce Sarah Palin at weekend rallies... that is, if she can stop shaking with anger after this morning's taping of 'The View.'


Sasha Fierce, meet Chris Gaines. Enjoy your trip to Obscurity.


Another missed opportunity, Oprah: We don't care about breakfast. The question all America wants MK & O to answer is, "Are your periods synchronized?"


Amy Winehouse interviewed - Man, my wife, The Lovely Mrs. byoolin, asks *one* question about her and suddenly Ms. W is all over the media again. Sometimes I fear her power (TLMb, not AW).


The Gary Busey story says he snorted coke, but then it refers to 'china white,' which is heroin. I assume the china white reference is inaccurate only because it's so hard to heat up a big dog in one of those little spoons.


Ambassador Oprah's first official duty in the UK: asking Prime Minister Brown what he has for breakfast.


OMG! Tom Cruise & Matt Lauer together?!? With any luck there will be a rerun of Oprah & the Olsens on at the same time...

Posted by: byoolin1 | October 24, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

*Elizabeth Banks leaves very little to the imagination in that dress which might have been the idea.

*I watched the 30 Rock episode yesterday and it's terrific. They picked up right where they left off.

*Oprah is one of the worst interviewers ever. She's right up there with Charlie Rose and Ann Curry.

Posted by: pras40 | October 24, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Good for you Opie, Andy, and Fonz. What a hoot! Thank you, guys. Good job.

Oprah at the Court of St James? Is she insouciant enough?

VTY

Curmudgeon

Posted by: bmschumacher | October 24, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

I am completely digging Paris's new video. Once again she proves to be a saavy PR person (or has hired one...perhaps the next Carl Rove?)

Posted by: mannc | October 24, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

No reason Oprah can't be ambassador to the UK. It is a traditional way for Presidents to reward those who helped them get their job. We could also get Dr. Oz as Surgeon General. Guess if McCain wins, Elizabeth Hasselbeck will get the ambassador job.

Posted by: reddragon1 | October 24, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

"She shoots MOOSE?! I thought she said she was LOOSE!"

That video was a fantastic way to start the morning. Thanks, Liz!

Posted by: aesully | October 24, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Ron Howard is such a pro. What a charmed life that guy has had.

Posted by: jelo | October 24, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Hey we got a button today!

You know when Keith Richards says he snorted his dad, you kind of wonder whether or not he's telling the truth, when Gary Busey says he snorted coke off his dog you think, 'yeah, that sounds about right.'

I see nothing wrong with what Elizabeth Banks is wearing.

Isaac Hayes left nothing to scientology which is fair since they gave nothing to him while he was alive.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | October 24, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

"According to ABC News' Rick Klein, the move comes as the McCain-Palin campaign attempts to boost its support among female voters."

I thought that the Palin pick was supposed to boost support among female voters. I guess that the choice is not working out so good, eh? Idiots!

Posted by: skipper7 | October 24, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Glad to see Britney acting like a real mom and doing something normal with her kids. However, someone may want to let her in on the fact real moms would know not to wear heels to a pumpkin patch.

WOW, I'm quite sure Laura Bush never owned a dress like that.

Scooped out bagels, double toasted to burn whatever calories are in them before they are consumed. Do you think Oprah was really just trying to get great dieting tips from the Olsen twins? She's tried everyother diet, why not theirs?

Actually Dr Oz would not be a bad choice for surgeon general (I've actually met him and Dr Rosen). They know their stuff. However I have to agree that Oprah doesn't have the listening skills to be a diplomat as she is usually trying to turn the conversation back to herself. I can see her asking the poor Darfur refugees what did they have for breakfast.

Posted by: hodie | October 24, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Elisabeth and Sarah? Perhaps she'll be asked for advice by Mrs Palin on what it's like to finish fourth...

i'm sure we'll all be glad when 'the tribe' has finally spoken on this national nightmare - and elisabeth can get back to the important issues of her day... *cough*

Posted by: quintiliusvarus | October 24, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

"'Jayden'" becomes second most popular baby name in New York" -- what beat it out for number one -- Dina?

Watch, in 20 years Jayden James Federline is going to be so sick of running into other guys with his name that he's going to change it to J.J. Spears.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | October 24, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Gary Busey is practically begging for a part in a Quentin Tarintino movie.

Posted by: MStreet1 | October 24, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

"Elisabeth Hasselbeck to introduce Sarah Palin at weekend rallies.."

I guess Palin wanted someone that would make her look smart.

Posted by: jakeepoo | October 24, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

'For her part, Hilton models a white bathing suit, chirping lines like, "Your commander in bikini." '

Well, that would have made the last few weeks of campaigning more interesting. I'd like to see Paris moderate a presidential debate in a two-piece and high heels.
"Senators, I'd like to hear your opinions on the preservation of the native Hollywood firecrotch." ::pats chihuahua, giggles, snaps gum::

Posted by: Bawlmer | October 24, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

So who would be Paris' running mate? Her new BFF?

Posted by: hodie | October 24, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Hodie, if Laura Bush ever had owned a dress like that, thank God no pictures have ever been released!

Byoolin, thanks for the clarification. And here I thought "china white" was melamine...

Posted by: northgs | October 24, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I said it before and I'll say it again, Paul needs to make sure Heather doesn't go after him when that settlement is gone. Also, how much does one pair of boots costs?

Surely one of the Scientology minders was aware of Issac's oversight and got him to include the group in his will. Surely.

Posted by: petalceleb | October 24, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

My resolution for 2009 is to preview before submitting a comment.

Posted by: petalceleb | October 24, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Paris' video is much funnier than Ron's.

Posted by: Amelia5 | October 24, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe no announcements today about some Hollywood couple expecting twins. What's up with that anyway?

Speaking of twins, any word on whether the 19 year olds have actually moved in with Hef?

Posted by: rashibama | October 24, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Halloween came early, there is just so much weirdness in this morning's mix that I don't even know where to start. So I'll go for the low-hanging fruit: LMAO that Laura Bush is being played by someone whose claim to fame is ... some beyond-lame Joe Misogynist Eszterhas film about a stripper or something? Oh yeah, Showgirls was it?

Jude Law? This is who ex-Mr. Madonna is hanging out with? Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Posted by: Californian11 | October 24, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Finally got to see the Ron Howard video (sometimes the player works, sometimes it doesn't). I have to say the Fonz still has it! But I didn't need to see Ron getting his nosehair trimmed.

Posted by: hodie | October 24, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Good grief, Miley Cyrus is pregnant. The whole "good friend" thing is the tipoff. What 20 year old wants to be "good friends" with a 15 year old?

I think Gary Busey is trying to be Keith Richards -- without the dead look. But, he is just too creepy to carry it off.

Posted by: epjd | October 24, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Californian, I hate to break it to you, but Elizabeth Banks wasn't in Showgirls, you're thinking of Elizabeth Berkley.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | October 24, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Byoolin, thanks for the clarification. And here I thought "china white" was melamine...

Posted by: northgs | October 24, 2008 11:04 AM

Comment of the week!

Posted by: schnitz108 | October 24, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Ooops. My bad. Thanks, Dorkus.

Posted by: Californian11 | October 24, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Elizabeth Banks second big movie is opening next week & it just happens to be called "Zack & Miri Make a Porno."

Let's hope the crowds don't get the 2 Banks flicks confused.

Yay for Isaac Hayes leaving all his money to his kids insead of the Co$, I'm sure they got plenty of dough from him while he was alive.

LOOOVED seeing Opie, Andy & The Fonz again, even if it was a 2 minute political endorsement.

Posted by: wadejg | October 24, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm so used to seeing Heincer or Speidi that I'd totally forgotten that Spencer's name is an aptonym. He's a total prat.

Lots o love for Ron, Henry and Andy, that was great fun.

I'm surprised Jude is hanging out with co-star and director, I didn't think he was capable of abstaining from sex for more than the workday of shooting the movie. What's our word for a man skank again?

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | October 24, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

What's our word for a man skank again?

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | October 24, 2008 2:59 PM

*******************************************

John Mayer?

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | October 24, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

What's our word for a man skank again?

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | October 24, 2008 2:59 PM

****

On August 21, "stank" and its continental variant "stanque" were added to the lexicon.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/celebritology/2008/08/david_hasselhoff_social_networ.html

Posted by: byoolin1 | October 24, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

hodie,

you're correct about the nose hair trimming: eeeeew.

but then I realized that it added a level of verisimilitude to the film.

(pretty good, eh?)

VTY

Curmudgeon

Posted by: bmschumacher | October 24, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

What's our word for a man skank again?

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | October 24, 2008 2:59 PM

*******************************************

John Mayer?

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | October 24, 2008 3:09 PM

BWAH, HAH, HAH, HAH . . . Talk about someone who looks like you could get an STD from him just by being in the same room . . .

-Snarky Squirrel

Posted by: 7900rmc | October 24, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Probably no one will see this since it is Friday night, but there is breaking Celeb news. Jennifer Hudson's mother and sister were killed in Chicago. The sister's little boy is the subject of an amber alert.

My prayers are with Ms. Hudson for her loss and for the safe return of her nephew.

Posted by: epjd | October 24, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

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