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Posted at 7:55 AM ET, 02/ 2/2009

Morning Mix: Spears Gets Restraining Order Against Ex Boyfriend and Former Manager

By Liz Kelly

Jennifer Hudson sings the national anthem at Sunday's Super Bowl. (Getty Images)

Monday

Headlines: Britney Spears seeks restraining orders against former manager Sam Lutfi and boyfriend Adnan Ghalib... Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger wants to pray with Spears... Jennifer Hudson delivers rousing Super Bowl performance... Olympic swimming champ Michael Phelps admits to "regrettable" marijuana use... Bruce Springsteen regrets Wal-Mart deal.

Pix and Video: Orlando Bloom on "Sympathy For Delicious" set.

Crime Watch: Gary Collins busted for DUI again... DMX sentenced to 90 days in jail on drug, gun, animal cruelty charges.

Rumor Mill: Paris Hilton buys $2.8 million London home... Guy Ritchie gave up sons to avoid splitting up family... Madonna steps out with Brazilian model.

By Liz Kelly  | February 2, 2009; 7:55 AM ET
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"Gary Collins busted for DUI again."

Apparently for the third time and somebody died during one of his DUIs. Lay off the booze, Gary.

Posted by: jezebel3 | February 2, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

"Olympic swimming champ Michael Phelps admits to "regrettable" marijuana use... Bruce Springsteen regrets Wal-Mart deal."

Regrets, I have a few...

Posted by: jezebel3 | February 2, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

You know the Pussycat Dolls are going nowhere when the best PR stunt any of them can come up with is to pray with Britney.


So maybe it wasn't the "Olympic training regimen" that had Michael Phelps eating 12,000 calories a day.


I know how Bruce Springsteen feels: I once bought something at Wal-Mart and it bothers me to this day.

Posted by: byoolin1 | February 2, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

So maybe it wasn't the "Olympic training regimen" that had Michael Phelps eating 12,000 calories a day.

Posted by: byoolin1 | February 2, 2009 8:38 AM

LOL! Good one.

Posted by: jezebel3 | February 2, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Don't you think this could've been phrased better when discussing Michael Phelps: "He probably will take some hit with this," said Bill Mallon, an Olympic historian.

Just saying.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | February 2, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Oh, I dunno that Michael messed up too bad with that youthful indiscretion. It seems to be a newly instituted qualification for presidents.
Think 43 & 44!

Posted by: elias_howe | February 2, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

"Jennifer Hudson delivers rousing Super Bowl performance".

I needed rousing when she was done. I think I dozed off about 8 minutes into the darn thing. Seriously, was she trying to set some kind of record for Longest National Anthem EVER??

Posted by: WDC2 | February 2, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

But Michael Phelps is using drugs AFTER he got famous - not when he was a college student 20 years before he became president.

He seems incredibly naive to not think about the consequences AFTER he signed the big endorsement deals.

Or was he trying to get along with his new cool friends?

It just makes him seem pathetic and unable to take care of himself. Read the coaches' comments - something like "can't wait to get him back here and in training..." Meaning, he can't make good choices unless I tell him what to do.

Posted by: Amelia5 | February 2, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Michael Phelps - whatever. He's not swimming, marijuana is hardly a performance enhancer, and as he pointed out, he's 23. And he leads (and has led) a really odd existence.

If partying hard during his off season after basking in the afterglow of his medals is all the dirt than can be raked up on him...whatever. He apologized, and admitted it was stupid. 'Nuff said. It's not like 23 is when you make the best decisions in your life - being an Olympic gold medalist only makes him an exceptional athlete.

Lovin' byoolin's comment though ;)

Personally, I'm trying to figure out how a British tabloid got the pics, taken in South Carolina. That's a puzzler.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | February 2, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Oh, I dunno that Michael messed up too bad with that youthful indiscretion. It seems to be a newly instituted qualification for presidents.
Think 43 & 44!

Posted by: elias_howe | February 2, 2009 9:37 AM

Michael is 23 - a grown man.

Posted by: jezebel3 | February 2, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Michael is 23 - a grown man.

Posted by: jezebel3 | February 2, 2009 10:07 AM

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The guy is younger than me, and I barely consider myself to be close to being a grown man.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | February 2, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Seriously? Michael Phelps pot use??? This is news? The boy got himself into some serious trouble after the Australia games in 2004 for a DUI charge too (mind you, it seems that one is long forgotten or it would have been brought up in the new article). He is a young man like any other. Give the boy a break. He has made mistakes as we all will.

Posted by: ThatGuy1 | February 2, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

yeah, yeah, I'm sure the weird existence and incredible pressures he has had recently may have had something to do with Phelps's latest indiscretion (remember he had a DUI in the past too), but I agree with Jezebel. 23 is an adult the last time I checked. We think it it is horrible and irreprehensible that Gary Collins has screwed up 3x already (with devestating consequence I might add) but we chalk Phelps' mistake up to he's young and stupid, give'em a break???? I don't think so. I would love to see an example made of him because so many kids do look up to him. Michael, I would like to see you say more than sorry, I goofed up. Perhaps he can make amends by participating seriously in some public service campaigns.

Sorry, awful serious for a Monday morning. What I meant to say was, "hey dude, watch me in slo-mo!".

Posted by: hodie | February 2, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Oh, I dunno that Michael messed up too bad with that youthful indiscretion. It seems to be a newly instituted qualification for presidents.
Think 43 & 44!

Posted by: elias_howe | February 2, 2009 9:37 AM

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You forgot 41, who made it ok to talk about. Had it not been for 41's groundbreaking confession, everyone's skeletons would have stayed securely in their closets.

Posted by: mdreader01 | February 2, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

"Perhaps he can make amends by participating seriously in some public service campaigns."

Like maybe one to decriminalize marijuana.


This message has been brought to you by Michael Phelps' Olympic Gold brand marijuana.

Posted by: byoolin1 | February 2, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Bravo is on to the latest "Madonna and Child (Jesus)" scheme. Next season, they'll be filming "Date Me a Supermodel" where they hook up aspiring supermodels with aging, has-been stars.

Posted by: mdreader01 | February 2, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

"He probably will take some hit with this," said Bill Mallon, an Olympic historian.

Gotta be in the running for news quote of the month.

Speaking of weed, does Phelps regret doing bong hits, or regret being stupid enough to do it at a party of drunk college students with camera phones?

Speaking of regret, how exactly did The Boss and his people "miss" the Wal-mart deal? Just fell through the cracks, huh? Gimme a break. So they weren't aware of the general perception of Walmart by a good hunk of their fan base? Pure and simple, it was a good deal on the money side, and that drives the train. I like the Boss, he's a good person, but don't think it's not about the money.

Posted by: rashibama | February 2, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

You know pot is legal in Canada and most of those people turned out just fine, byoolin not withstanding.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | February 2, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Re: M. Phelps. Next thing you know he'll be dating Kate Hudson.

Posted by: possum_pouch | February 2, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

You know pot is legal in Canada and most of those people turned out just fine, byoolin not withstanding.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | February 2, 2009 10:40 AM

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Dorkus, what you attribute to too much cannabis is in fact actually caused by the condition known as "half French-Canadian."

Posted by: byoolin1 | February 2, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

"I'm from Canada, and they say I'm slow, eeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhh?"

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | February 2, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Somehow Michael Phelps (or anyone) getting baked and hanging out doesn't bother me nearly as much as Gary Collins (or anyone) getting tanked and driving around endangering people.

Or am I missing something?

Posted by: jaybbub | February 2, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

And how come these people always "regret" their marijuana use? How come they never say, "Yeah, I got high, and it was a lot of fun!"

Sincerely,
jaybbub (surprisingly, not a pothead)

Posted by: jaybbub | February 2, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Jaybub, you are not missing anything. Collins needs to hang up the keys or a judge needs to do it for him.

Posted by: 44west | February 2, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

so michael phelps has a DUI conviction and it was a "youthful" indiscretion which he said he'd learn from. now 4 years, he has another "youthful" indiscretion and says he wont let it happen again. is he peter pan? sounds like a substance abuse problem to me. he wasnt clear what he wont let happen again: doing it again or getting caught again. his regret isn't for breaking the law and engaging in illegal drug use, but getting caught. he may have won lots of gold metals, but when it comes to character, he doesn't even place. of course, this will not bother his mindless "fans". drunks and potheads of the world have a role model now - and they will come out in big support.

Posted by: mrjon1 | February 2, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

jaybub, pot is just as dangerous as alcohol when it comes to operating "heavy machinery" and driving vehicles. It is a misconception that pot is safer.

Posted by: hodie | February 2, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

"[D]oes Phelps regret doing bong hits, or regret being stupid enough to do it at a party of drunk college students with camera phones?" --rashibama

EXACTLY! It's bad enough that his carefully worded statement smacked of a PR hack (real people do not talk like that; well, maybe they do but he doesn't seem that erudite). But at a party? And after the DUI he already had?

STUPID STUPID STUPID. Did Mark Spitz do this? I think not. (Actually, I have no idea, but I bet no.)

Recalling my SNL sketch idea, it's not too late for Phelps to learn PowerPoint because he might need a marketable skill beyond swimming. One more international bong hit and he might just lose all those millions in endorsements. Check the contracts, Mikey. I don't think pot use helps your case.

Either that or find a water job, like appearing on "H2O: Just Add Water." Or better yet, helping in the Shamu tank -- since he seems to be slowly turning into a circus act anyway.

I'll bet Mom and the trainer are giving Gold Medal Man a stern talking-to.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | February 2, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Agreed, hodie- I think the point was that both of them got impaired, but one stayed inside and away from a car while the other drove around and put other people in danger.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | February 2, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I think the outrage over Phelps should be pointed at the lowlife scumball who would send the photo to a British tabloid ... you can better believe they didn't do it as a public service.

I know it goes along with the territory, and they make tons of money, but I truly feel sorry for (many of) the rich and famous, who have to live in a fishbowl all the time.

Posted by: rashibama | February 2, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I am just glad and happy that Jezebel was sooooooooo grown up at 23! Not all of us are as perfect as you Jezzie!

(Not that Elias EVER did anything illegal, immoral, etc.)

Posted by: elias_howe | February 2, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Changing the subject.....
Anyone else think Jennifer Hudson's rendition of the Star Spangled Banner sounded like a Christmas song?

Paris is moving to London. Have we figured out yet how to keep her from coming back? Will Madonna let her use her unneeded fake British accent? Do you think she'll complain when they give her a cookie instead of bisquits?

Posted by: hodie | February 2, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

"Bruce Springsteen regrets Wal-Mart deal."

Aw man, a greatest-hits CD? Big deal. The best Elton John compilation I ever bought was at McDonald's some years back.

Bummer about the Boss -- I saw the words "Wal-Mart deal" and was so hoping for a commercial featuring the iconic smiley face and lots of slashed prices underscored by, "It's a death trap, it's a suicide rap, We gotta get out while we're young." as the faces of tired employees flash across the screen.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | February 2, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

"Perhaps he can make amends by participating seriously in some public service campaigns."

Like maybe one to decriminalize marijuana.


This message has been brought to you by Michael Phelps' Olympic Gold brand marijuana.


Posted by: byoolin1 | February 2, 2009 10:32 AM

Olympic Gold, Jamaican Gold...

What's the big deal??? If he was any other 23-year-old, no one would care if he was at a party doing bong hits.

Posted by: ChaoticCracker | February 2, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Ok, one more....

Soon the only Phelps' supporters will be Chicos, Cheech and Chong!

Posted by: hodie | February 2, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

What's the big deal??? If he was any other 23-year-old, no one would care if he was at a party doing bong hits.

Posted by: ChaoticCracker | February 2, 2009 11:37 AM

That is exactly the problem.

Posted by: hodie | February 2, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Hodie, I'm with you in thinking it didn't sound like a patriotic anthem. I thought it sounded like the Disney movie version of a patriotic anthem. Or maybe it was national-anthem-as-bubblegum-pop-ballad. Not an incompetent rendition, but not fantastic either.

Posted by: northgs | February 2, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I only heard the end of Jennifer Hudson's national anthem on a radio show this morning. If the rest of her rendition was like the ending, she just sounded so ANGRY. Kind of an odd emotion to think of when you hear the Star Spangled Banner. Give me Whitney Houston or Take 6 instead.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | February 2, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

You forgot 41, who made it ok to talk about. Had it not been for 41's groundbreaking confession, everyone's skeletons would have stayed securely in their closets.

Posted by: mdreader01 | February 2, 2009 10:25 AM

Did not forget 41. Remember, he said he did not inhale!

Posted by: elias_howe | February 2, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Give me Whitney Houston or Take 6 instead.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | February 2, 2009 11:46 AM

Actually, they could just play the Marvin Gaye version at every sporting event from now on.

Posted by: jes11 | February 2, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Jennifer Hudson delivers rousing Super Bowl performance

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Please define rousing... It was almost as long (and boring) as Whitney Houston's 8 minute rendition. I prefer it when an artist performs the Anthem as it was intended to be sung. I'm not a fan when an artist tries to take it and give it their own treatment. It also pisses me off when Orioles fans or any sports fans choose to use part of the Anthem as a time to cheer for their team. Also, neither Faith Hill nor Jennifer Hudson sang live at the Superbowl. They both admitted to lipsyching to their own previously recorded material. Only The Boss was live last night.

Posted by: ChaoticCracker | February 2, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Ok, ok. Phelps took some bong hits.

Big deal.

The awful part is he had to go through that embarassing press conference to "appologize".

Henceforth, Michael, do your partying with people you know and trust (like your mom).

Your friend,

Curmudgeon

PS: It wasn't Britney SPEARS who got the restraining order. She'd like nothing better than to reunite with those scumbags.

PPS: Nice ones, byoo; especially the French Canadian part. (let the good times roll . . . )

Posted by: bmschumacher | February 2, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Awww...things got all serious on here. And I was all set for an afternoon filled with light drug humor and jokes about lung capacity.
::sadly puts away pipe shaped like Willie Nelson::

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | February 2, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Isn't there a book, "Down and Out with Paris in London"?

Posted by: enter_the_lemur | February 2, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Oh, by the way, the tune used for our glorious National Anthem is an 18th Century drinking song.

VTY,

Curmudgeon

Posted by: bmschumacher | February 2, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Nice Orwell reference, lemur!

Posted by: byoolin1 | February 2, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh man, almost forgot! Did anyone else see Bruce go crotch-first into that cameraman last night? Stage was a little more slippery than you thought, eh?

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | February 2, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I just heard a radio report that Tommy Lee and a buddy were busted over the weekend. His buddy was charged with a DUI, but Tommy got off since he was a passenger. I didn't think this was really newsworthy until they got to the part about what his buddy was driving. It was a helicopter!!!! I am rated for rotary wing aircraft and have to say this is beyond stupid if it is true. Helicopters aren't exactly easy to fly when sober.

They were allegedly buzzing houses in a residential area then buzzed a police helicopter before the cops forced them to land and complete a battery of "roadside" sobriety checks.

Posted by: ChaoticCracker | February 2, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Bawlmer. Just a little miffed at one stupid groundhog and I take it out on someone just trying to have some fun. I"ll quit. Let the good times roll!

Posted by: hodie | February 2, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

"Paris is expected to spend another £250,000 customising the six-bedroom house, including having a pole-dancing pole installed in her living room like at her home in the US."

At least she's consistent; isn't video of Paris around a pole what made her famous in the first place? That's right, grrl; stick with what you know.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | February 2, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

After Marvin Gaye's version of the National Anthem, all other versions pale in comparison & should just slink away & hide their heads in shame. In fact, they should just play this version & vid to go with it every single time it needs singing instead of having anyone else EVER butcher it.

For the record, he wasn't lip syncing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPevEQ5NFlk

Posted by: wadejg | February 2, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Bawlmer
Oh man, almost forgot! Did anyone else see Bruce go crotch-first into that cameraman last night? Stage was a little more slippery than you thought, eh?

I noticed that too! Glad we weren't wearing 3-D glasses at that time!

Posted by: hodie | February 2, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

ummm..."pole-dancing" pole in the living room??( said in very small, scared voice.)
I've heard of pole-cats....

Posted by: possum_pouch | February 2, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

After Marvin Gaye's version of the National Anthem, all other versions pale in comparison & should just slink away & hide their heads in shame. In fact, they should just play this version & vid to go with it every single time it needs singing instead of having anyone else EVER butcher it.
For the record, he wasn't lip syncing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPevEQ5NFlk

Posted by: wadejg | February 2, 2009 12:07 PM
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Even Jimmy Hendrix's version? He wasn't lip synching (or pulling a Yo Yo Ma) either.


Posted by: mdreader01 | February 2, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Why is Paris Hilton buying an overpriced McMansion? If she wants to spend some time in the Big House, all she was to do is follow the example of Gary Collins.

I've heard rumors that Michael Phelps is joining the Doobie Brothers.

Byoolin's comment about Phelps' 12K per day got-the-munchies diet is old-old-old. I heard the same remark on WTOP yesterday afternoon.

Springsteen turns 60 in September. He's entitled to be a little crotchety now and then.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | February 2, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least Springsteen admitted his mistake with Wal Mart - the poster child for Corporate Greed.

Now, if we could just get Jeff Bridges to renounce his voice-over commercials for Hyundai.

He almost ruined my Super Bowl !

Posted by: paddyoh | February 2, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone read Britney's request for a restraining order? Does she want to restrain them from seeing her, or "restrain" them with rope, handcuffs and gags for being such "naughty boys"?

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | February 2, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

elias
I am just glad and happy that Jezebel was sooooooooo grown up at 23!

Unfortunately, some of us had no viable choice but to grow up long before that, if we wanted to survive. (Not that Jez can't defend herself, but I just want to make the point that she's by no means alone in this).


Michael Phelps' main regret is undoubtedly that he got caught. This seems to be true of many public figures who get caught doing something illegal, or at least embarrassing.


Sam Lutfi and Adnan Ghalib seem to have been out only to exploit Brit-Brit. At least her father seems to care about her as a person as well as for her money-making potential.


byoolin, all rested up from the Steelers' 6th Super Bowl win yet? Didn't truly hate JHud's rendition of the anthem, but for what it was, she did it well. Still, I'm a traditionalist who prefers a brisk performance with the notes as written.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | February 2, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Sas, did Paris' time in the County Clink not count?

Posted by: hodie | February 2, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh, anyone else besides me LOVE Alec Baldwin's Super Bowl commercial? Also two Coca-Cola ads.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | February 2, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Orlando's tattoo makes me wonder if he spent some time at some old Mayan ruins with some mean man-eating vegetation.

Posted by: hodie | February 2, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Oh, anyone else besides me LOVE Alec Baldwin's Super Bowl commercial?

mmmmm....mushy!

Posted by: hodie | February 2, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

'quatch, once again, you have your finger on the pulse of the pop diva's whirlwind chaos of a life.

According to the article, lawyers for Ms. Spears filed the restraining order. Of course, her father has her in permanent conservatorship.

But here's the kicker:

"Jamie also alleges in the papers that his daughter still tells Ghalib of her whereabouts 'and that he then arranges for paparazzi to meet and film her to his financial benefit.' "

And last year, Lufti unsuccessfully tried to challenge Jamie's conservatorship in court. So I think it's Jamie that would like to do the restraining, Boy George style, if that were legal.

Posted by: mdreader01 | February 2, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't President #41 Bush the Elder? I thought non-inhaling Clinton was #42?

Or was the first President Bush a far more interesting guy than I am giving him credit for?

Posted by: 44west | February 2, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Sas, did Paris' time in the County Clink not count?

Posted by: hodie | February 2, 2009 12:33 PM

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Dr. Hodie, as I recall, Paris burned her Get Out of Jail Free card and left after only a day or so.

Are you folks getting the snow-ice storm that's coming DC way tomorrow?

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | February 2, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I sit corrected. I was speaking of Clinton (42). I don't recall what 41 had to say about illicit drug use.

And yes, Nosy, many individuals are forced to grow up at 18 and younger. Elias being one of them. Jezzie's petulance and pretentiousness irritates me sometimes.

Posted by: elias_howe | February 2, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Snarky sez:

"'quatch, once again, you have your finger on the pulse of the pop diva's whirlwind chaos of a life."

Snarky, if I laid a finger on any part of Britney, she's slap a restraining order on me, and Ms. Snatchquatch would slap me silly.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | February 2, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Note that if you are the Bimbos...errr....Girls Next Door, you can buy some "medicinal" weed, then go home and blow the Dope without the public getting into an uproar.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | February 2, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't President #41 Bush the Elder? I thought non-inhaling Clinton was #42?

Or was the first President Bush a far more interesting guy than I am giving him credit for?

Posted by: 44west | February 2, 2009 12:47 PM
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I can't count.


Are you folks getting the snow-ice storm that's coming DC way tomorrow?

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | February 2, 2009 12:54 PM
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According to our local groundhog, Woodley Park Wilson, we're getting a light dusting tomorrow in the DC area.

Posted by: mdreader01 | February 2, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Please, Phelps was at a party with friends and was relaxing. Was it the brightest thing he had ever done? No. Was it the end of the world that a 23 year old smoked pot? No. If it were legal like alcohol, no one would even be discussing this.

Jennifer Hudson looked very emotional. Probably thinking about her family. But, then she draaaaaaagggggged that song on. Several of my friends lost points on the Super Bowl quiz because of how long she took.

Yeah, we all died laughing when Springsteen hit the cameraman. Bruce is feeling that one today.

Posted by: epjd | February 2, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

When I lived in Canada, I remember one of the ministers (forget which one, perhaps one of our esteemed Canadians can chip in) was asked if he had ever smoked pot. He said, "Yes."

There was a notable silence, and the story that was never a story, never became a story. I wish I could remember who it was so I can send him a thank-you card. I loved that. Who CARES if someone smoked pot? Sheesh.

Posted by: Californian11 | February 2, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Jennifer Hudson (another article):

"She's from the church," [pre-game show producer Rickey] Minor said. "So we wanted to give it a gospel feel, use a little organ, rhythm and really give it a feel that matched Jennifer. We wanted her to emote the lyrics and connect with the song."

And then mouth the words live.

Only in America is it OK to modify (mangle, botch, adapt) the national anthem to make it about the singer.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | February 2, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

If Mr. Possum were filmed smoking dope he'd be fired from his job. And
then I'd have to support us by pole-cat dancing.

Posted by: possum_pouch | February 2, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least Springsteen admitted his mistake with Wal Mart - the poster child for Corporate Greed.
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I've liked Bruce since before Oct. 27 1975 when he was on the covers of Time and Newsweek in the same week, but I'm over the whole "man of the people" schtick.
He is a very wealthy man who lives a very privileged life. He made a deal with a company that many of his fans abhor. I don't for one minute think he and his "people" didn't know what they were doing. It's just easier to apologize after the fact than to say no to all that money.

Posted by: pras40 | February 2, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I guess I'm in the minority in agreeing that Hudson's performance was rousing--Mr. Hermespal is a musician and he was really moved by it too. She's got a great voice and it was nice to hear someone sing it without mis-hitting the notes. I personally don't mind variations in performance of the anthem--there's a band in LA that used to do it for King's games a cappella in a kind of Boys to Men style that was awesome.

Firmly in the "what's the big deal" camp re Michael Phelps.

Throw the book at DMX--90 days is not enough. Carcasses and malnourished dogs? WTF? He just wanders around stepping over dead animals? There's got to be a special circle of hell for animal abusers.

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | February 2, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to the Madonna Story, the song stuck in my head today is Depesche Mode's "Personal Jesus". We should all have one of those!

Posted by: hodie | February 2, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

What are all you Canadians doing here?

You'd better get out while you can . . .
before we start blaming Canada.

Yours truly,

Curmudgeon

Posted by: bmschumacher | February 2, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

You celebritologists are newsworthy!

There's a story on the front page of today's Boston Globe about people who love to love and hate celebrities. Best part of the story is the artwork: two photos of Jennifer Aniston, one surrounded by pink crayon hearts, the other with a black ink mustache and blacked-out teeth.

Posted by: newengland1 | February 2, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

WHen I saw Springsteen's crotch hit the camera, I wondered if the cameraman was ok. Bloody nose and a few loose teeth, maybe? How does one explain those injuries?

Posted by: newengland1 | February 2, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

How did I miss this epic Springsteen crotch-cam event?

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | February 2, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I am very hurt and offended that the Boston Globe didn't use the LuvJen Pizza as its illustration. Perhaps the image is now the property of WaPo and they just couldn't bear to part with it.
Don't worry. The pizza itself is in the landfill.

Posted by: possum_pouch | February 2, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I have to say that I didn't like Jennifer Hudson's version of the national anthem. Like her, don't think it was 'disrespectful'.

I just like it sung the way it was written, I find it far more moving in the 'impossible for most to sing' powerful anthem it is intended to be.

and oh by the way, she lipsynced so the explanation of wanting her to put her interpretation on it and all that, might feel a little more believable had she sung it live...

The commercials were bizarro world and by and large not very funny - except that Alec Baldwin one - mmmm... mushy.

Posted by: LTL1 | February 2, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

LTL, I just read Farhi's chat on the commercials and pretty much agree with his assessment: they were by and large horrendous, full of juvenile violence.

I did like the Coke insect ad (beautifully made if nothing else), the Cheetos revenge fantasy, the clydesdale retriever, and Alec Baldwin as alien. I would have liked the Doritos crystal ball if it hadn't culminated in a crotch hit (ho hum)--hubby and I both laughed when he threw it into the vending machine. The babies were pretty funny, but I'm pretty much over it as a concept. The "remake" of Coke's classic Mean Joe Green ad with Polamalu was terrible--I would rather they had just done a near-same of the original (in a perfect world, just re-run the original, but kids today probably don't know who Mean Joe Green is, so an update with a current player is permissable). I have no idea what the hell "GoDaddy.com" is, and heartily wish their advertising budget was insufficient for the Super Bowl. Just blech.

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | February 2, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and as someone else commented, what on earth has happened to Richard Dean Anderson? He looks like he's shrunk, been injected with Mickey Rourke, and put on 30 pounds.

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | February 2, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Jezzie's petulance and pretentiousness irritates me sometimes.

Posted by: elias_howe | February 2, 2009 12:56 PM

LOL!! My "petulance and pretentiousness irritates" you sometimes - on THIS blog??

Posted by: jezebel3 | February 2, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Richard Dean Anderson just turned 59. People often put on excess weight in their 50s as their metabolism slows, especially if they don't restrict calorie intake and don't exercise.

Those of you who prefer their movie stars svelte at any age may wish to ogle 62 year-old Sylvester Stallone, aka, Mister Human Growth Hormone.

Betcha that Richard Dean Anderson's weight gain does not engender the same level of discussion as Jessica Simpson's weigh gain.
As a male heterosexual cryptid, I'd rather look at a curvier Jessica Simpson than a curvier Richard Dean Anderson.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | February 2, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

LOL!! My "petulance and pretentiousness irritates" you sometimes - on THIS blog??

Posted by: jezebel3 | February 2, 2009 4:06 PM

I guess you are implying that you are P & P elsewhere? Won't know, won't care.

Posted by: elias_howe | February 2, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Squatch, I get that he's older, but he looks terrible for someone who was tall lean and handsome even just a few years ago. And no thanks to Stallone (yurk!). Richard Gere is 59 and looks great even while showing his age. I just always thought RDA would age well, as so many handsome male actors do (Sean Connery is STILL handsome and he's coming up on 80!)

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | February 2, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and as someone else commented, what on earth has happened to Richard Dean Anderson? He looks like he's shrunk, been injected with Mickey Rourke, and put on 30 pounds.

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | February 2, 2009 3:41 PM

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I was about to comment on this when I read this:

Betcha that Richard Dean Anderson's weight gain does not engender the same level of discussion as Jessica Simpson's weigh gain.
As a male heterosexual cryptid, I'd rather look at a curvier Jessica Simpson than a curvier Richard Dean Anderson.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | February 2, 2009 4:09 PM

Posted by: mdreader01 | February 2, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Is there a Richard Dean Anderson link somewhere? What are you refering to? I saw the McGruber commercial that spoofed McGyver but haven't heard about him otherwise.

Posted by: hodie | February 2, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Latest on the Octopuplet watch: "Octuplets mom gets TV, book offers to tell story"
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/01/30/national/a214200S49.DTL&tsp=1

Did I not predict all this at the time? The mother now has an agent, too.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | February 2, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Hodie, Richard Dean Anderson was the other guy in the McGruber commercial. I didn't even recognize him and was arguing with my friends. My comment "He got puffy." I hate when guys do that. It just looks bad. And yes, he did get shorter somehow.

Posted by: epjd | February 2, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

hodie, he was IN the commercial--the other guy, not McGruber. I don't blame you for not noticing, he was almost unrecognizable.

Nosy, I don't know how much you've been following the octuplet story but it's now known that she is unmarried (with no partner), has six other children under the age of 7 (including one year old twins) and that the eight embryos were IMPLANTED (not just a byproduct of treatment to stimulate release of eggs that was too successful)--and if eight "took" then it's possible even more were originally implanted. Whatever fertility "expert" responsible should lose their license. Why anyone would want to hear this woman's "story" is beyond me. She's sick.

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | February 2, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

LOL ep, seems we had the same reaction--it took halfway through the ad before I realized it was him.

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | February 2, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

You are right! I never noticed it was him. My opinion of him has actually gone up. I love people who can laugh at themselves.

Posted by: hodie | February 2, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

NO ONE mentioned the great film "Groundhog Day" today? Ack!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | February 2, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Sorcerer's Cat, great minds think alike.

That octupuplet story is about to go celebritological. She has been talking to Oprah about becomoning a media expert on child rearing. Umm, lady having 14 kids under the age of 7, all by IVF while unemployed and living with Mom and Dad with no partner, makes anyone who listens to you an even bigger idiot that you are.

Yes this irks me beyond belief. If you can't support them, don't have them.

Posted by: epjd | February 2, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

"irks" is really very tame, you show commendable restraint. I can't believe she's going to expose herself to the kind of vitriol and disgust that's bound to come her way if she goes public in this way. Already there have been articles by people in the fertility fields saying that they find the whole situation unfortunate to say the least. Interesting that the identity of the practitioner has never been revealed--I mean, how did she afford the IVF treatment in the first place?

As I said the other day, human beings are not supposed to have litters. It's revolting. How the hell those babies, much less the pre-existing kids, are going to get any proper care, nutrition, attention or even proper clothing and medical care is beyond comprehension. Oh, and the house they share with her parents is something like 1500 square feet. I swear, I think she's angling for an Extreme Makeover Home Edition mcmansion to house her brood, along with a million or so in donations from diaper companies, kids clothing, $$ from saps, etc. And you know the state won't dare remove any of the kids from the home--what a huge stink that would create.

Yeah, it irks me too. ;-)

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | February 2, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

P.S. Just noticed your "octupuplet"--well played ep!

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | February 2, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

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