No Jeremy Piven Decision Yet; Why No Malden Congressional Moment?
Liz, what ever happened to Jeremy Piven as a result of sushi-gate/his mercury poisoning/actor court trial? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live chat
Ah yes, Jeremy Piven and the mysterious case of the sushi overdose. We are about due for an update, eh?
To fill in anyone not familiar with the case, the "Entourage" star cited high levels of mercury in his system after he abruptly quit the Broadway production of "Speed the Plow" last December -- throwing the production into disarray, incurring the wrath of (and a slight bit of relief from) his co-stars and prompting "Plow" playwright David Mamet to comment that Piven was "leaving show business to pursue a career as a thermometer."
A suspicious Actors Equity union filed charges against Piven, claiming the supposedly sick Piven had been spotted out clubbing during the same period of his alleged illness. At the time, Piven was also rumored to have said he was "bored" with the production and repeatedly showed up late for performances. If the union decides against Piven, he could be forced to fork over some cash to compensate for money lost because of his actions. But despite hearings in February and June, we've yet to get resolution. And with both sides of the dispute bound to a gag order, we likely won't hear anything until the case is absolutely decided.
Piven, whose sixth season of "Entourage" kicks off on July 12, told People magazine in June that he hasn't had a piece of fish since his high mercury diagnosis 10 months ago.
Do you know if Congress observed a moment of silence for the late, great Karl Malden? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live chat
No, and many echo your implied anoyance with the fact that Michael Jackson did get just such a tribute while the Oscar-winning actor went without. But before condemning the House whole cloth for not giving Malden, Farrah Fawcett or Ed McMahon equal time, consider that the Jackson tribute was led by the Congressional Black Caucus in the form of Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.), who asked for a moment of silence for the fallen pop idol.
So it would seem all Malden needs to get similar treatment is a Representative willing to eulogize him from the House floor. Have you tried asking your Congressman? Visit our Congressional Votes Database for e-mail access to every current member of the House.
Caption Contest Winner
Two weeks ago -- in a pre-Michael Jackson death world -- I asked you to caption this animal-friendly picture of Paris Hilton. At long last, my picks for the best of the bunch:
1. As further evidence that Paris has dated every available human male on the planet, she has now hooked up with Joe Camel. When asked what attracted her to Joe, she said, "He lives in the desert. That's hot." -- boomama
2. "Paris Hilton and Her New BFF Make Plans to Hike the Appalachian Trail." -- Curmudgeon
3. Paris Hilton struggles to fit her new lap dog into her handbag. -- MStreet1
4. The Camel Wears Prada. -- capecodner424
And an honorable mention for perennial favorite:
"Does this camel make me look fat?" -- lolyla
In a June 26 essay, I mistakenly described Soon-Yi Previn as Woody Allen's "stepdaughter." She was not, in fact, Allen's stepdaughter but the adopted daughter of Allen's one-time girlfriend Mia Farrow.
| July 6, 2009; 11:02 AM ET
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