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Posted at 8:15 AM ET, 08/ 5/2009

Paula Abdul Bids Adieu to 'Idol'

By Christian Pelusi

Headlines: Paula Abdul calls it quits after eight years on "American Idol"... Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears rake in MTV Video Music Awards noms... "Criminal Minds" actor Shemar Moore breaks his leg... CBS Films is set to a big-screen version of "Gunsmoke"... Jason Segel and Jonah Hill reunite for a new comedy project... Jennifer Aniston gets her groove on in a new film project... In light of recent personal issues, Mischa Barton is not in danger of losing her role on upcoming CW series, says executive producer Ashton Kutcher... Jessica Simpson wheels out her own line of lingerie... Joe Jackson pledges not to help in raising Michael's children.... "Jon & Kate Plus 8" draws sold, not spectacular, numbers.

Rumor Mill: Dustin DIamond aka "Screech" left out of "Saved by the Bell" reunion photo shoot... Is there a Michael Jackson film in the works?... Method Man accused of shooting a fan... Tom Cruise: "Relationship Guru"?... Denise Richards denies rumor of date with Bradley Cooper... In turn, a rep for Bradley Cooper denies the star met Jennifer Aniston for a date in D.C. last month... "Bachelorette" Jillian Harris poo-poos reports of fiance Ed Swiderski sneaking around with other women.

By Christian Pelusi  | August 5, 2009; 8:15 AM ET
Categories:  Daily Mix  | Tags:  american idol, bradley cooper, jennifer aniston, jillian harris, method man, mtv video music awards, paula abdul, shemar moore, tom cruise  
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Comments

"CBS Films is set to a big-screen version of "Gunsmoke"" - Is it just me, or does it seem like Hollywood has a committee that looks at things that have already been done and ask the question, "What could we do to p*ss all over the memory of that thing?"


Jessica Simpson's lingerie: her dad's *still* visibly aroused from her photo shoot.


"Joe Jackson pledges not to help in raising Michael's children...." I wonder if the youngest kid (Toilet?) knows what the phrase 'dodged a bullet' means.


"Is there a Michael Jackson film in the works?" Isn't this like asking if the Pope plays pocket pool or if the Kennedys are gun-shy?


"Method Man accused of shooting a fan..." and to add insult to injury, Ticketmaster charges fan an $8.25 'ammunition fee.'

Posted by: byoolin1 | August 5, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Remember that Jessica Simpson's seersucker lingerie is only appropriate between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Posted by: GroovisMaximus61 | August 5, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Re: Gunsmoke - how do you give the Old West a "contemporary" look? And they are re-imagining the characters? So now Festus will go to rehab and Miss Kitty will keep a secret list of her clientele?

Posted by: GroovisMaximus61 | August 5, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

I have to ask:

DOES the Pope play pocket pool?

Is " . . . poo-poos reports . . . " an editorial comment and how did this phrase get by the firewall?

Does seersucker lengerie leave bump marks on your chest?

Your curious friend,

Curmudgeon

Posted by: bmschumacher | August 5, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Re: Gunsmoke - how do you give the Old West a "contemporary" look? And they are re-imagining the characters? So now Festus will go to rehab and Miss Kitty will keep a secret list of her clientele?

Posted by: GroovisMaximus61 | August 5, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Greatly improved hygiene.

Posted by: jezebel3 | August 5, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

DOES the Pope play pocket pool?-Mudge

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

Well he did sprain his wrist last month...

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | August 5, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Greatly improved hygiene.


Posted by: jezebel3 | August 5, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Unless they get Matthew McConaughey to play Marshall Matt Dillon.

Posted by: GroovisMaximus61 | August 5, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Fixed it for you:

"Jon & Kate Plus 8" draws ***sold-out***, not spectacular, numbers.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 5, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Another correction:

"Bradley Cooper issues ambiguously worded statement concerning his dating life that neither confirms or denies his orientation but somehow subliminally promotes his upcoming rom-com project."

Posted by: yellojkt | August 5, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Joe Jackson only promised not to help raise the children. He did not promise to not promote them.

Reimagined Gunsmoke: more potty humor and slapstick. Because the Old West was just a bunch of guys hanging out telling dirty jokes and tripping over things.

Posted by: epjd | August 5, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Paula leaving Idol. You just can't count on anyone anymore.

I'm thinking Brad Pitt for Matt Dillon (or maybe Matt Dillon for Matt Dillon). Brad says he may retire from films, and this would no doubt seal the deal. Chester (who came before Festus) would no longer have to "watch the horses," since PTSD-damaged vets finally have decent lobbying groups. We find that Miss Kitty is doomed to pine for Matt, because he is gay. Doc is hooked on opium instead of booze. In other words, like byoolin said, p*** all over the original.

Jen's new movie features a menage a trois with Denise Richards and Bradley Cooper. She will finally shake the Good Girl image.

"Executive Producer Ashton Kutcher" is just wrong.

They've already said Saved By the Bell reunion will not include Mr. Belding. Hence, no point.

Paying Joe Jackson not to raise children is a pretty good investment.

Posted by: reddragon1 | August 5, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

So...is Jessica's Moroccan lingerie exotic because it is robe-like and feminine because it comes with a headscarf? Just curious.

Posted by: MrsKerin | August 5, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

reddragon is so right on with this: "Executive Producer Ashton Kutcher" is just wrong.

Also, I kind of heart Jason Segal.

Posted by: jaybbub | August 5, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Damn, Paula at least brought the good crazy, Kara brought nothing.

Posted by: wadejg | August 5, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

From "Tom Cruise: Relationship Guru": "Tom has taken it upon himself to tell Posh that she better get her house in order, and follow Becks wherever he goes, or their marriage will be in trouble."

Oh, please! When Wee Tom kept pulling that nonsense with Penélope Cruz, she got fed up and dumped him. Considering that Cruise is already into his third marriage, with two divorces and how many break-ups already behind him (whereas the Beckhams are to my knowledge still in their first marriage), well it seems to me that Daavid and Posh might be better qualified to be giving Tom advice on keeping a marriage going.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 5, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

David

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 5, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Paula proves she is not the dummy she's made out to be by leaving Idol now. Good for her.

Denim Lingerie, Jessica? Well now I know what to wear if I'm ever invited to watch Heidi Klum and Seal renew their vows or a Britney Spears trailor trash party.

Darn, my new Kate wig did not come in time for the premier.

Is Michael going to reshoot Thriller? Is he a real Zombie this time?

Oh wee Tom, just walk a mile in Posh's shoes (if you can) before you stick your nose in her business.

I would like to deny here and now that I am NOT dating Bradley Cooper, Denise Richards or Jennifer Aniston.

Posted by: hodie | August 5, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

"According to a source familiar with the negotiations, Abdul walked away from an offer to increase her salary 30 percent to return the show."

It's a good thing we sent Bill Clinton to North Korea to release Ms. Ling and Ms. Lee and not Paula Abdul.

Posted by: mdreader01 | August 5, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

hodie
Oh wee Tom, just walk a mile in Posh's shoes (if you can)...

SPLOOT! On the bright side, he wouldn't be Wee Tom any more, in at least one respect.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 5, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Whoa, how the hell is that tool Ryan Seacrest making more than Paula?? I can't believe she was only making $4 mil a year- she certainly deserved more than that a** wipe. Gawd the only reason I ever tuned into that show was to watch her crazy antics.

Posted by: plamar1031 | August 5, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Re: Gunsmoke - how do you give the Old West a "contemporary" look?

Posted by: GroovisMaximus61 | August 5, 2009 8:55 AM

I'd like to think it would mean a more politically correct treatment for Native Americans, but it probably means a topless Miss Kitty, ninja warrior outlaws from the Asian railroad construction crew, and Doc Adams fashioning a defribulator out of two steel plates and a wire hooked up during a thunderstorm.

Posted by: mdreader01 | August 5, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

TO: mdreader01

RE: GroovisMaximus61

Your solution to giving the Old West a "contemporary" look could turn out to be "GUNSMOKE: A Return to Dilligan's Island".

Why not?

VTY,

Curmudgeon

Posted by: bmschumacher | August 5, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

What do executive producers do, anyway?

Posted by: memphis1 | August 5, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Your solution to giving the Old West a "contemporary" look could turn out to be "GUNSMOKE: A Return to Dilligan's Island".

Why not?

VTY,

Curmudgeon

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As long as it's not "A THREE-HOUR TOUR."

Posted by: mdreader01 | August 5, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

memphis
What do executive producers do, anyway?

Produce executives, I assume.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 5, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

"a topless Miss Kitty, ninja warrior outlaws from the Asian railroad construction crew, and Doc Adams fashioning a defribulator out of two steel plates and a wire hooked up during a thunderstorm"

mdreader, now this I would totally watch!

Posted by: jaybbub | August 5, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

memphis1,

I guess if you're Ashton Kutcher, an executive producer does . . . whatever.

Sincerely,

Curmudgeon

Posted by: bmschumacher | August 5, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

The Sound of Paula Abdul...


So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodnight
You pay Cowell more. To me that's just not right
Do doodle-oo do do do do
Do doodle-oo do do

So long, farewell, au revior auf Weidersehen
Seacrest gets more. To me, that's just insane.
Do doodle-oo do do do do
Do doodle-oo do do

I'm glad... to go.... ...Simon gave me advice and he said that on the X-factor he always refers to a fortune cookie and says the moth who finds the melon...the moth who finds the cornflake, always finds the melon, and one of you didn't get the right fortune cookie.

Posted by: mdreader01 | August 5, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey, mdreader, I think someone left the cake out in the rain, too.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 5, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Proof that celebs AREN'T just like us: I'm guessing most of us don't spend our days denying we had dates with so-and-so. How very high-school ...

Posted by: Californian11 | August 5, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Bradley Cooper seems to be trying for a Jude Law/John Mayer level of stankiness. I just don't get it. He does absolutely nothing for me.

Shemar Moore on the other hand, very hot. Not the greatest picture of him, but he's a compelling reason to watch that show. Bummer about the broken leg.

TV Executive Producer credits go to either a)someone who conceived a show but doesn't actively run it; b) some studio suit who greenlit a show and wants to seem like they have a "creative" job instead of being a bean-counter; or c) a "name" who can draw attention to a show despite having nothing to do with it. It's a pretty empty designation. Actually, TV credits are getting more and more ludicrous. I sit in awe watching the opening credits of "Bones" these days. I may be the only person in Los Angeles who DOESN'T have a producer credit on that show.

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | August 5, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, sorcerers_cat, I'd noticed that too re "Bones." Both Deschanel and Boreanaz are among the producers. I assume it's just a maneuver to increase their paychecks, so they won't leave the show. Ditto Mark Harmon on "NCIS."

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 5, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Do production credits also play a role in how residuals are calculated? Would an actor who is also listed as a producer then get "credit" for both roles at residuals time?

Posted by: northgs | August 5, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

northgs, I've never given that a thought. But I'd guess the answer is yes.

Boreanaz is my favorite example of how plain dumb luck can launch a career. The woman who was trying to cast "Angel" for Buffy was having lunch with a friend and bemoaning the fact that she couldn't find the right guy with dark good looks and a bit of mystery to him and the friend said "you've got to look at this guy who walks his dog on my street" or something like that. So he was INVITED to audition (which doesn't happen very often). Result: 4 or 5 year run on Buffy, 4 or 5 seasons of Angel, one failed show, now another very successful series with no end in sight. He's a good actor and all and perhaps he would have "made it" eventually through going on auditions and the like, but to get on the Joss Whedon express in that manner and become a tv presence over nearly 10 years is extremely fortunate.

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | August 5, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Sorcerers_cat, my thinking was just basically that money is the root of all, so...

Great story about Boreanaz, hadn't heard it before. (My impression of Hollywood success is that there's lots of luck involved - and a helping of dumb too.) Pity that I can't order up some dog-walkers like that for *my* nabe; we need a serious upgrade in that department.

Posted by: northgs | August 5, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

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