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Posted at 8:50 AM ET, 05/11/2009

Miss California Could Lose Title Today; Streisand's Assistant Arrested

By Liz Kelly
Monday

Headlines: Miss California could lose title today... Heidi Klum and Seal renew vows in trailer park-themed ceremony... Joan Rivers wins "Celebrity Apprentice"... Oprah's California home evacuated ahead of wildfires... Mia Farrow ends Darfur hunger strike after 12 days... Kate Winslet sues British newspaper for libel... Jimmy Fallon graduates from college... Kate Gosselin says husband dealing poorly with being in the public eye... Jamie Lee Curtis rocks Britney-style pink wig in honor of a teen cancer victim... Tobey Maguire and wife welcome baby boy... Barack and Miley move up list of popular baby names.

Crime Watch: Barbra Streisand's personal assistant arrested on drug charges... Alleged Kiefer Sutherland headbutt victim has plastic surgery... Snoop Dogg cleared in fan beating case.

Video: Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg reunite on "SNL" for "Motherlover"...

Rumor Mill: 75-year-old Shirley Jones planning to pose for Playboy?... Mel Gibson's girlfriend expecting baby?... Baltimore stripper reveals encounters with Michael Phelps (link in story NSFW)...Rihanna's reps want alleged nude photos removed from Web.

By Liz Kelly  | May 11, 2009; 8:50 AM ET
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Comments

Michael Phelps - giving new meaning to the term 'Breast Stroke'....

Posted by: quintiliusvarus | May 11, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

"75-year-old Shirley Jones planning to pose for Playboy?"

Hardly surprising: we all know Hef likes younger women.

Posted by: byoolin1 | May 11, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Good look with that, Rhianna's rep. Talk to Janet Jackson and Vanessa Hudgens about how publicity just fans the flames.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 11, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

When did Playboy merge with Modern Maturity? Do you get a free subscription with AARP membership?

Posted by: yellojkt | May 11, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

"Phelps has previously denied dating Miss California Carrie Prejean and says the two are just friends...." with benefits. It's an unrelationship.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 11, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

So if Miss Califohnia is fired for violating the "STFU about Politics" clause, does that mean Joan Rivers will be the new Miss Califohnia? Or is Celebrity Apprentice good enough for her. Actually, Ms. Rivers ought to be Celebrity Master Emeritus, she's been around so long.

Those wildfires wouldn't DARE touch Oprah's home. They must know who she is.

Mia Farrow on a hunger strike. How could we tell?

Jamie Lee Curtis rocks. Plus she hott for someone who is not Latin. Speaking of which, Eva Longoria Parker was mentioned in yesterday's(!) blog.

Wonder who Bab's assistant was holding all that stuff for.

Some people would like to have the imprint of the top of Kiefer's head on their face. Rather than having it removed by plastic surgery, they'd just get him to sign it.

Healthy young world-class athlete likes strippers. I'm shocked, shocked I tell you.

Now if these Rihanna photos are on the Internets, they are either nude, or they are not. With such widespread circulation they cannot be "alleged nude photos."

Posted by: reddragon1 | May 11, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Oh, yeah, and Mama Partridge (look it up) posing for Playboy. Note the key word "nude" is missing in this item.

I'm guessing this will be about as exciting and Laurie Partrige (aka Susan Dey) appearing nude in a movie. Susan Dey was a kinda Jr. Jennifer Anniston back in the day.

Posted by: reddragon1 | May 11, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

reddragon,
Trust me, those pictures are clearly nude even if they aren't clearly Rihanna. There's more lens flare in them than the Star Trek movie.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 11, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

At first I was doubtful that the photos were really Rihanna since you don't see her face in any of the nude ones, but her rep's actions seem to have confirmed it. I think girls assume that if they take cell phone camera photos of themselves for their boyfriend but don't include their head they can plausibly deny it's them if the pictures ever become public.

Posted by: buffysummers | May 11, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Is there any question why Shirley Jones children don't like Marty Ingels?

Posted by: jes11 | May 11, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Jaime Lee looks great. I hope I look that good when I get to her age.

And yes yellojkt, far too many lens flares.

Posted by: jelo97 | May 11, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Danny Partridge and Shia LaBeouf now have something in common. Ugh please, it's still Monday morning for God's sakes!!!

Only 12 days Mia? Lightweight.

So what number on the popular baby name list is a good number to choose? You certainly don't want your child to be common so should you avoid the top 20 or 50? How many? And of course you don't want to be too crazy so how far down the list is still considered acceptable? Do we question the sanity of parents who go completely off the list and say choose to name their children after fruits? I wonder where "hodie" is on the list...

Posted by: hodie | May 11, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the SNL link, Liz! I do love me some Andy Samberg.

Posted by: jaybbub | May 11, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but Heidi and Seal renewing their vows with a "white trash" theme is just in bad taste. I get the joke, but renewing your vows should not be an event where you publicly mock others.

Posted by: y1776 | May 11, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I am not fan of Carrie Prejean, but if Perez “draw nasty stuff” on celebrities faces can be a judge then I think Donald Trump needs to re-think giving Prejean the boot.

Posted by: supersonic1 | May 11, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

If you didn't see SNL this weekend, go watch it. Funniest one in a long time. I don't really like Justin Timberlake as a singer, but he is hilarious. Ciara left much to be desired, but that wasn't surprising. Jimmy Fallon made a cameo, and at the end he was showing off his new diploma.

Posted by: eet7e | May 11, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I weep for anyone who names their child "Miley."

Posted by: VTDuffman | May 11, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Jaime Lee looks great. I hope I look that good when I get to her age.

And yes yellojkt, far too many lens flares.

Posted by: jelo97 | May 11, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

yellojkt and jelo97 are engaged.
Seeking suggestions for last name for the couple.

Posted by: jezebel3 | May 11, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

So Kate, if your husband Jon is not handling being in the public eye very well, why are you still doing it? Did you get used to the money and the attention? Is that now more important than your family?

Posted by: JLRGG | May 11, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

yellojkt and jelo97 are engaged.
Seeking suggestions for last name for the couple.

Posted by: jezebel3 | May 11, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Mr. & Mrs. Notjezebel3

Posted by: jelo97 | May 11, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Isn't a 12-day hunger strike in Hollywood or a fancy de-tox diet attached to a really weird public relations stunt?

Is a "trailer park" themed marriage vow renewal a tasteless attempt to save a troubled marriage or a tasteless salute to Britney Spears?

Perhaps Mel Gibson's MO is to populate the earth with obedient, traditional, Catholic servants of God. When the wife hits menopause, what's a man on such a mission to do?

I'm glad that Kate Gosselin is taking the high road, rather than going on a hunger strike, insisting on another marriage vow renewal or having an affair with Mel Gibson.

And I'm really looking forward to the birth of Barack and Miley Broderick. Aren't you?

Posted by: mdreader01 | May 11, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

yellojkt and jelo97 are engaged.
Seeking suggestions for last name for the couple.

Posted by: jezebel3 | May 11, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Mr. & Mrs. Notjezebel3

Posted by: jelo97 | May 11, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse


LOL!!

Posted by: jezebel3 | May 11, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

"or a" should be "just a"

Posted by: mdreader01 | May 11, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

yellojkt and jelo97 are engaged.
Seeking suggestions for last name for the couple.

Posted by: jezebel3 | May 11, 2009 10:35 AM

Just don't let Nosey Parker know that I've been fooling around.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 11, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Miss California could lose title today.

14:57, 14:58, 14:59...


Barack and Miley move up list of popular baby names.

It's always tricky naming a child after a living person, because some subsequently behave badly. Remember on "The Cosby Show," the eldest daughter's twins were named Nelson and Winnie? Nelson was a good choice, Winnie not so much. Worst of all, pre-1995 parents who named their little future football stars OJ...


I'll take the high road re Mia Farrow's 12-day fast to draw attention to the crisis in Darfur (full disclosure: several friends I respect are involved locally in this issue; one even retired early to work on the cause full-time). Next up on the water diet is Sir Richard Branson. I'd like to see a succession of celebs do this for a couple weeks apiece, long enough to garner public attention for the cause, not so long as to endanger their health permanently.


Jamie Lee Curtis rocks Britney-style pink wig in honor of a teen cancer victim.

Jamie has a long history of visiting pediatric cancer patients around the country, without using them as photo ops. The pink wig had belonged to a now-dead girl, so Jamie occasionally wears it now to help raise awareness and funds for cancer research.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 11, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Pssst, yellojkt, tonight's the season finale of BBT! (Yes, I realize the hockey game's on at the same time; maybe BBT will be on mainly between the 1st & 2nd periods).

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 11, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

yellojkt, I save my romancing for Mr. P. Hope you don't mind being relegated to the Kitchen List.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 11, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

They still play hockey? And televise it and everything?

Oh, we got BBT on season pass. I may have to watch Chuck reruns all summer just to stay in the groove.

Remember, I am the only straight guy in America that watches the Tonys instead of the NBA finals.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 11, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

yellojkt, they play hockey practically into June now. Is NOTHING sacred any more?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 11, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Miss California to lose title? What title? Is she changing from a MIss to a Ms, a Mrs, a Mister, a Dr, an Esq, an Honorable, or what? Is losing one's title like losing one's virginity?

Regarding the Jack McCollough pix: Who's the Beard?

Jezebel, be careful what you write about Kate Winslet. She might sue you if you write something along the lines of "Whenever Kate Winslet farts, it makes the news."

Jamie Lee Curtis is proof of the wisdom in The Velveteen Rabbit.

Agree with the comments about the quality of this week's SNL. Even Weekend Update was looking up. Seth Myers appears to have taken some style cues from Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert, especially with the tone of his writing for the opening skit on the results of the bank "stress test". Particularly the line from Citibank:"Hey Geithner, we have a job for your mother!"

Penguins should win tonight.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | May 11, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Remember, I am the only straight guy in America that watches the Tonys instead of the NBA finals.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 11, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

That's stunningly sexy.

Posted by: jezebel3 | May 11, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

On behalf of my trailer-park-dwelling relatives I must protest Heidi and Seal's renewal of wedding vows. I'd like to protest in person to Ms. Klum. Seal, not so much.

I would also offer these suggestions to anyone planning a similar celebration:

1. The cigarette the pregnant bride is smoking must be a Marlboro.

2. The pregnant bride MUST wear a white tee shirt with a pack of the above-mentioned Marlboros rolled up in her left sleeve. The tee shirt can belong to the groom, or any large man nicknamed "Tiny." Extra points if the tee shirt has a death's head or any other logo of a heavy metal band.

3. A colored bra under the tee shirt is optional. Extra points if it's black tho.

4. Seal's groom costume was perfect, and can be copied.

5. If the groom wishes to branch out, sleeveless muscled tees are permitted, as long as they feature a cigarette brand, or some tasteless obscene joke, preferably featuring cartoon animals.

6. Either flip-flops or motorcycle boots are appropriate footwear for either party.

Posted by: reddragon1 | May 11, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Miss California to lose title?

Yikes! Miss California looks like the tranny in my building.

Posted by: jezebel3 | May 11, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I'm all for bringing the issues in Darfur to the public spotlight, but I really hate the hunger strike as a form of protest for anyone who is able to protest in other more productive ways. It seems insincere to me and minimalizes the effect that others who have no other choice but to hunger strike (like those being held illegally in foreign prisons like Iran or Gitmo). Because now when people hear "hungerstrike", they tend to tune out and roll their eyes and stop listening to the rest. Why can't she do something more productive like organize a benefit? Makes me think she was worried about swimsuit season coming up and thought this would be a good way to kill two birds with one stone.

Posted by: hodie | May 11, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Great snark today. Personally, I am too stunned by the Shirley Jones news to say too much. Posing in Playboy, Shirl?! Talk about your "Partridge Family Album"!

It was bad enough when all my Brady Bunch memories were washed away (Robert Reed's AIDS, Maureen McCormick and Eve Plumb kissing, Christopher Knight hot tubbing with Adrienne Curry, Susan Olsen yakking on a radio show).

Well, at least Danny Bonaduce has someone to share the crazy with in his former cast. Just promise me that Reuben Kincaid's not in on the action, OK?

I'm having visions of Shirley in nothing but a crushed red velvet vest, holding an Oscar in one hand, and pointing in the direction of Albuquerque with the other.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | May 11, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Anybody else think the URL for this post is a little off-color? Check the address bar...

Posted by: snuggie | May 11, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Ms. California is not going to lose her title. Trump can't buy this kind of publicity.

Oh big surprise that Joan Rivers beat that witch Annie. Then when Joan goes to hug her daughter after winning, the witch walks right in front of her. Looked deliberate to me.

Kate, it's not being in the public eye he can't handle. It's your control freak ways.

Put me on the list who think it is rude of Heidi Klum and Seal to mock people with their wedding vow renewal.

Posted by: epjd | May 11, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

LOL, snuggie. (And ouch, Miss California.)

Oh for the love of God, Kate Gosselin, STFU! Larry King?! She sent me over the edge with her Entertainment Weekly comment, "Jon's poor judgment and irresponsible behavior has, without a doubt, caused some added tension."

And the rest of that tension might've been caused by Kate's annoying voice, flowbee haircut, controlling ways, and pathological need to harp on the poor man constantly. No wonder he had a need to seek five minutes of peace.

Heard a great line about this the other day (maybe on The Soup?) -- said that Jon would be returning to TV soon in a new show, "Jon Minus Nine."

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | May 11, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

"Miss California could lose title today..."

At which point, she becomes "California?"

"'I can confirm the Maguires had a baby boy today and the family is healthy and happy,' the rep adds.

No name was released."

Someone's having second thoughts about Barack Maguire!

And Babs should think twice before hiring someone with Courtney Love or Naomi Campbell on her references list.

Posted by: mdreader01 | May 11, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I didn't think it was possible for Heidi Klum and Seal to look bad. I was wrong.

Plastic surgery?! Man, that must have been a heckuva headbutt.

Posted by: Californian11 | May 11, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

In today's WaPo article, Sins of the Mothers:

"Novelist and mommy-war veteran Ayelet Waldman fits into that genre with her new book, "Bad Mother."

The title refers to the bogey mama all other moms love to revile. (Think Octomom or Britney driving with her kid on her lap.)"

LOL!!

Posted by: Californian11 | May 11, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Oh Snuggie - Thank you for my first real laugh of the day! Now, that would be tragic!

Posted by: BraleyPJ | May 11, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

yellojkt and jelo97 are engaged.
Seeking suggestions for last name for the couple.

****

Donovan's been lobbying hard for this:


We call them yello-jelo
quite
rightly.

Posted by: byoolin1 | May 11, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

yellojkt, they play hockey practically into June now. Is NOTHING sacred any more?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker

*****

When I first moved to these United States and discovered that the (very few) indoor rinks which existed took out their ice in June, I asked the very same question. What the h-e-double-hockey-sticks are you people thinking, anyway?

Posted by: byoolin1 | May 11, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

If Miss California loses her title, does that mean she has to give her boobies back?

Posted by: possum_pouch | May 11, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

If Miss California loses her title, does that mean she has to give her boobies back?

Posted by: possum_pouch | May 11, 2009 1:02 PM
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As Snuggie suggested, and the URL to this thread indicates (look up at your address bar,) that is a very real possibility.

Posted by: mdreader01 | May 11, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

If Miss California loses her title, does that mean she has to give her boobies back?

Posted by: possum_pouch | May 11, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

As snuggie pointed out in the address bar, it looks like she has to give back at least one of them.

Posted by: hodie | May 11, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

hodie
it looks like she has to give back at least one of them.

SPLOOT! I never caught that one on my own (owe, the smame!).

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 11, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

So snuggie is saying that Miss California could find that losing her title is deflating?

Posted by: northgs | May 11, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

If Miss California loses her title, does that mean she has to give her boobies back?

Posted by: possum_pouch | May 11, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

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No. She has to give back the "le." She can keep the "tit".

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | May 11, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Poor, Poor Oprah. WhatEVER will she do if her Santa Barabara Estate burns down? It's bot like she can live at her private island near Key West. It's so, so unfashionable to live there during the warm months.

By the way, are there any "normal" people who live in the hills outside Santa Barbara? From what little time I've spent in the area, my impression has been that the local government won't even consider you as a resident unless you can show a financial net worth in excess of $5 mill.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | May 11, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

That may well be true, sas; but not many "normal" people can afford to live anywhere in Santa Barbara. Very expensive and not many jobs.

That said ... sure, the celebs have a bunch of houses so it's a lot less traumatic for them I imagine, but as someone who had to evacuate in 2007 during the wildfires, it is very scary and a very traumatic experience whether you're wealthy or not.

Posted by: Californian11 | May 11, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

If Oprah's Santa Barbara estate burns down, does that represent 1% or 2% of her net worth? Note that Oprah lives at the Santa Barbara estate sporadically.

Californian, my point about the wildfires is that news organizations should focus on the "normal" people, those who would stand to lose most, if not all their worldly possessions if the fires hit. The news should focus more on "normal" people instead of being "all about the O."

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | May 11, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

The reason Jamie Lee is STILL so hot is that she is aging naturally rather than taking the plastic-botox approach that 97% of other Hollywood types are taking.

The piling on Miss California is getting old. I totally disagree with her views, but doesn't she have a right to express them? What does being pro-gay marriage have to do with a beauty pageaent. Where is she on medical marijuana? Or Iraq? Or for that matter, beastiality? And the underwear ads, gimme a break, that stuff is everywhere -- definitely no arousal factor. At any rate, she is going to get a lot more mileage out of being de-titled than she would otherwise. If PHilton would have just kept his mouth shut, she'd have just lost and faded away. Now we are stuck with her.

Posted by: rashibama | May 11, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Sas and Californian, I have a friend living near the several fires that have plagued the Santa Barbara area in recent years. We kept in touch by email each day during the worst of last week's fire, and fortunately she was not so close that she had to leave her home. She did mention, however, that she and several neighbors offered to let fire evacuees stay in their homes (in lieu of their having to go to public shelters). While my friend is light-years more prosperous than I am, that doesn't make the threat of losing her home to fire any less painful (she has fond memories of her and her late husband's life together there that are irreplaceable).

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 11, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

rashibama
doesn't she have a right to express them?

The Miss USA contest is not a free-speech forum, but essentially a series of tests for a PR job with Donald Trump. The winner is in theory the one who will best represent the Miss USA brand for the coming year. When any of us is being interviewed for a job, don't we tend to self-filter in the interests of getting the best possible job offer (as opposed to "shooting ourselves in the foot," figuratively speaking)? Miss USA is no different, except for the swimsuit and evening gown.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 11, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Well, my grandmother (who just lost her house in the fire) lived in the canyon up above the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens, and hardly qualifies as wealthy. Just a long-time resident. I think there are a fair number of folks like that.

Posted by: bobsewell | May 11, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

My personal favorite story was the family who escaped their ranch ahead of the fires with a bunch of animals including a turtle. It doesn't matter how much money you have, if your home burns, you have lost things no money can replace -- your memories.

Posted by: epjd | May 11, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

bob, I'm so sorry for your grandma's terrible loss. Putting back together the pieces of one's life is so difficult.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 11, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

On a lighter note, one advantage for Miss USA contestants in having Perez Hilton as a judge is that at least they don't need to worry re sleeping with him in order to gain an advantage. Well, unless they're the tranny in Jez' building, I guess.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 11, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Anyone losing their actual home to wildfires or any other semi-natural disaster (see Hurricane Katrina) is an real tragedy and should not be made fun of. Everyone knows, though, that Oprah will not wind up the trailer park Heidi and Seal (Heal?) were lampooning.

A married person being caught where they shouldn't be a la Jon Gosselin, should also not be made fun of, although Kate is an easy target because she is so out there.

Cancer victims and the people in Darfur shouldn't be made fun of, either.

But celebrities are fair game, and in fact part of the title (or whatever you wanna call it) of this chat. Mia Farrow has always been so thin that when she turned sideways, she disappeared. It's unfortunate that the protesters picked a hunger strike for her to participate in. They chose to use her celebrity, and because of that we can make fun of the way they used it, without making fun of the cause.

Lighten up (or carm down) people. If you want to ride your political hobby horses without doing it snarkily or humorously, there are chat rooms for that.

And a 75 year old woman posing for Playboy IS funny. Even if that woman were Sophia Loren (OK, she says she won't be 75 until September, but still.)

Posted by: reddragon1 | May 11, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

"The Miss USA contest is not a free-speech forum, but essentially a series of tests for a PR job with Donald Trump .. When (we interview) don't we tend to self-filter ..." -- Nosy Parker

Nosy, that is an excellent point. But I would ask, should she have just lied? If not, should she have anticipated the question, and the reaction to her stating her true feeling, and just decided to withdraw?

As a PR practitioner myself, I would have coached her to say (of course): "That's a really good question Perez, but an even better question would be, "What makes a great marriage? Period. And I'd say that it's ..."

Posted by: rashibama | May 11, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Hi all! Compliments on the Miss California snark, you guys are on fire today. And thanks to whoever pointed out the url situation!

I got through sad Sunday by taking myself to the movies and out into space (Star Trek!) and I guess I'm a geek after all--it was awesome. It was see-it-again-even-in-theaters awesome. And funny as hell at times. 95% on the tomatometer after 233 reviews is pretty darned impressive.

Jamie Lee is a living doll. Seriously, one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | May 11, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

sorcerers_cat, Glad to hear you got through that longer-than-usual 24 hours. Did your friend go with you?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 11, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Yes, sas, that is very true.

So true, Nosy. One thing I discovered during the wildfires is, truly, the kindness of strangers.

Love the story about the turtle.

And now, back to our regularly scheduled snark. :o)

Posted by: Californian11 | May 11, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

By the way, some of my redneck friends back home are going to renew their vows while dressed up like an interracial couple. Should be a hoot.

Posted by: rashibama | May 11, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Nosy. No, my friend wound up taking an early morning walk with another gal and having breakfast and then going down to her brother's for a bbq with friends and family. Which was fine, because despite the fact I got her to see "Iron Man" (which she loved), I wouldn't be able to get her into Trek without manacles and a gag. ;-) I like all kinds of movies (excepting horror) and sometimes a big old summer blockbuster is just the ticket!

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | May 11, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

'Titanic' stars help ship's last survivor

LONDON (AP) -- "Titanic" stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have pledged to help the last survivor of the sinking of the ocean liner.

The stars say they have thrown their support behind a fund that would subsidize Millvina Dean's nursing home fees.

Dean was 2 months old when the Titanic sank beneath the waves on the night of April 14, 1912. She has been living at a nursing home in the English city of Southampton since she broke her hip about three years ago but has struggled to pay the fees.

In October she sold several Titanic mementoes to raise cash.

DiCaprio and Winslet said in a statement that they hoped Dean could rest easier knowing that her future was secure. The Millvina Fund was launched Monday in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 11, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

if your home burns, you have lost things no money can replace -- your memories.

Posted by: epjd | May 11, 2009 2:41 PM

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As long as you can save yourself, your partner, your kids and your animals.
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Hi all! Compliments on the Miss California snark, you guys are on fire today.
Posted by: sorcerers_cat | May 11, 2009 3:14 PM

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We're so on fire you'd think we were in Santa Barbara.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | May 11, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Sas, did you see this?

"The Yeti Wears Prada: The Abominable Snowman applies to be an editorial assistant at Vogue"
http://www.slate.com/id/2217743

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 11, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"And a 75 year old woman posing for Playboy IS funny. Even if that woman were Sophia Loren (OK, she says she won't be 75 until September, but still.)"

Good point, reddragon1. Though I've weighed in earlier about Shirley Jones, somehow I'd have no problem with the idea if it were Sophia Loren.

Or Bridget Bardot or Tina Louise for that matter. Maybe Joanna Barnes. Definitely NOT Shirley MacLaine. (You'd be amazed at how many celebrities were born in 1934. IMDb is an amazing thing.) http://www.imdb.com/BornInYear?1934

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | May 11, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I've seen it now. And I've bookmarked it, too.

Thanks, Nosy.

I wonder if Byoolin has tickets to tonight's hockey game.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | May 11, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I hope Leo and Kate pitch in a more than moral support. The last auction of Ms. Dean's last items only brought in about 8000 pounds. About two months care. She wants to raise funds so she has a choice in where she stays in her old age. If the healthcare system takes over, she loses her choice.

Posted by: epjd | May 11, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Sas and Californian, I have a friend living near the several fires that have plagued the Santa Barbara area in recent years. We kept in touch by email each day during the worst of last week's fire, and fortunately she was not so close that she had to leave her home. She did mention, however, that she and several neighbors offered to let fire evacuees stay in their homes (in lieu of their having to go to public shelters)......Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 11, 2009 2:25 PM
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And I thought you were headed somewhere different with that post, like "Imagine if the neighbor you took in was Oprah! 'Jake, pick up your underwear and clean out the couch cushions! Oprah's coming!'"

Posted by: mdreader01 | May 11, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Nosy, that is an excellent point. But I would ask, should she have just lied? If not, should she have anticipated the question, and the reaction to her stating her true feeling, and just decided to withdraw?

As a PR practitioner myself, I would have coached her to say (of course): "That's a really good question Perez, but an even better question would be, "What makes a great marriage? Period. And I'd say that it's ..."

Posted by: rashibama | May 11, 2009 3:12 PM
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I've parsed Miss California's statment several times before.

1. You can deliver your opinion, but get the facts straight. "We live in a nation where we can choose..." No we don't, Miss Prejean. Next...

2. A beauty contestant should be able to deliver her opinion respectfully. "With all due respect" is not a substitute for actual respect. "Other marriage?" Was that a respectful thing to say?

3. Don't contradict yourself. Miss Prejean said that this nation was great because "people could choose" then she said that in her country (and I'd like to know what country that is) that there is no choice. So I'm left to assume that she wishes this nation were...less great?

And in the end, her reason was "because that was how I was raised," which is pretty lame. Don't most people cling to their family values because they have some meaning and purpose? Yet, she could not articulate what purpose and meaning her opinion held. No mention of the Bible. No mention of how she might think that children need both a mother and a father. Nothing. So, I'm pretty tired of folks saying that "she was just expressing her opinion." Too bad. Her means of expressing it was horrible and she paid the price.

Posted by: mdreader01 | May 11, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Anybody else think the URL for this post is a little off-color? Check the address bar...

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Well, the pageant organization DID pay for them, after all, so I'm assuming that if Miss California loses her title, they send a repo man for the implants.

-The Poster Formerly Known As Snarky Squirrel

Posted by: 7900rmc | May 11, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Um, hi Ms Klum, my name is Dorkus, I know you just renewed your vows and all, but if you ever just want to go and talk or hang out or something, just look me up and give me a call.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | May 11, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I say let Shirley Jones pose for Playboy, she just wants us to come on and get happy.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | May 11, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Liberals are just afraid of strong women...

Posted by: Phil6 | May 11, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

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