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Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 07/ 6/2009

No Jeremy Piven Decision Yet; Why No Malden Congressional Moment?

By Liz Kelly

Jeremy Piven, looking healthy on the red carpet at this year's Golden Globes. (AP)
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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.

By Liz Kelly  | July 6, 2009; 11:02 AM ET
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Outraged that congress has a moment of silence for a wacked-out child molester.

Posted by: kirstenpaulson | July 6, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

So does this erase "woody" from the Lizicon meaning older male perv inappropriately attracted to a female family member?

Posted by: reddragon1 | July 6, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

If only Congress could extend the shared moment of silence, the United Sates could meet the Kyoto target for greenhouse gas emissions.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | July 6, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Karl Malden was old. Farrah Fawcett was expected. The folks who should be raging mad are the fans of Billy Mays. Billy probably did more to put people back to work in this rough economy than anything Congress did this year. And he kept us clean, helped us hang our pictures and get dings and scratches off our bumpers, too.

So I suggest that everyone call the PA delegation and demand a fitting tribute to McKees Rocks' favorite son.

Act now, and maybe they'll throw in a Congressional proclamation free of charge.

Me, I'll be watching the Discovery Channel's salute Thursday night. I'll add Oxy Clean to a load of laundry and fix a broken chair with Mighty Putty. Billy would want that.

Posted by: mdreader01 | July 6, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

kirstenpaulsen's prayers have been answered.

From the New York Post:

Long Island Rep. Peter King lashed out Michael Jackson, calling the king of pop "a pervert" and "child molester" in a two-minute video posted on You Tube.

Posted by: mdreader01 | July 6, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Soon-Yi was Woody Allen's common law stepdaughter. Barely makes it any less creepy.

Posted by: yellojkt | July 6, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Soon-Yi was Woody Allen's common law stepdaughter. Barely makes it any less creepy.

Posted by: yellojkt | July 6, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Was common law marriage recognized in NYS at the time?

"Woody no goody, Woody no goody!"

Posted by: jezebel3 | July 6, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Was common law marriage recognized in NYS at the time?

Posted by: jezebel3 | July 6, 2009

Not legally common law, just morally. If that counts for anything.

Posted by: yellojkt | July 6, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I submit that a woody is still a woody. And it has nothing to do with surfing or the Beach Boys. (Who I guess are the Beach Geezers now...)

Posted by: reddragon1 | July 6, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Do we really need the term "woody"? Sleazeball works perfectly well.

Posted by: northgs | July 6, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Essay? C'mon, Liz. They're often well written, but they ain't essays. Try blog post.

Posted by: kabuki3 | July 6, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Sas, that may well be my favorite comment of all time. Major ROFL.

Posted by: Californian11 | July 7, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

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