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Posted at 8:01 AM ET, 12/ 1/2009

Alec Baldwin to quit acting; Nicole Richie lands sitcom deal

By Liz Kelly

George Clooney arrives at Monday night's Los Angeles premiere of 'Up in the Air' with girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis (left) and his mother, Nina Warren. (Reuters)
Tuesday

Headlines: Alec Baldwin plans to quit acting in 2012... Nicole Richie lands her own ABC sitcom... Chelsea Clinton engaged to longtime boyfriend... Britney Spears "very happy," but not engaged... Tiger Woods withdraws from tournament; "charges pending," say Florida authorities... Michael Jackson tops Yahoo search terms for 2009... Katie Holmes defends Suri's love of high heels... Video: Lady Gaga takes a stage tumble... Richard Gere in hot water for chopping down trees... Lil Wayne welcomes second son.

Crime Watch: Release stalled until Roman Polanski deposits $4.5 million bail.

Rumor Mill: Was Reese Witherspoon spooked by Jake Gyllenhaal's push to marry?... Jude Law and Sienna Miller spotted snogging... "Difficult" Brittany Murphy fired from film... Matthew McConaughey developing cartoon about brother.

By Liz Kelly  | December 1, 2009; 8:01 AM ET
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"But Katie revealed the heels her daughter sports are actually supportive:

“They are actually ballroom dancing shoes for kids,” Katie said. “I found them for her and she loves them"

Poor, poor gullible Katie. Supportive for what? For appropriate development?

Or supportive of the shoe-sellers profit?

No wonder wee Tom won her over; she'll believe anything.

Posted by: Amelia5 | December 1, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Alec Baldwin promised to leave the country if Bush were elected. He is still here. Somehow, I don't believe him about quitting acting either.

Katie, this is what being a parent is about. Even if the kid likes it, you the parent are supposed to say no to protect the child.

Posted by: epjd | December 1, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Alec Baldwin credits his brothers for his decision, noting that they've *never* acted, yet continue to get parts.


"Chelsea Clinton engaged to longtime boyfriend." You know what this means: another year of Jay Leno telling Bill & Monica jokes.


"Tiger Woods withdraws from tournament" - first his driveway, now this. It seems Tiger can't back out of anything gracefully.

Posted by: byoolin1 | December 1, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Alec Baldwin plans to quit acting in 2012... This makes it official, 2012 really will be the end of the world.

By the way ep, Daniel Baldwin said he'd leave the country if Obama won, so lets call it a wash.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | December 1, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

The unknown issue is who Jake was pushing to marry and what state it would be legal in.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 1, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

ep
Alec Baldwin promised to leave the country if Bush were elected. He is still here. Somehow, I don't believe him about quitting acting either.

I wouldn't be so hard on Alec re this. Do you remember when a grief-stricken Plácido Domingo vowed never to perform again after Mexico City's catastrophic 1985 earthquake that killed thousands, including family and friends of his? Fortunately for everyone, he eventually changed his mind.

OTOH, some folks have abandoned acting permanently in order to pursue what they considered more important work. In the UK, double Oscar winner Glenda Jackson left to become a member of Parliament, while Susan Hampshire ("Forsyte Saga," "The Pallisers") has for dedicated dedicated herself to helping her fellow dyslexics. And here in the US, starlet Dolores Hart, Elvis' 1957 co-star in "Loving You," with whom he shared his first on-screen kiss (yep, had to look that one up!) joined a convent, and is now a prioress:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolores_Hart
Only in recent years has Hart appeared publicly, to help raise awareness re peripheral idiopathic neuropathy disorder (from which she suffers).

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | December 1, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Dorkus, are you sure that wasn't Stephen Baldwin?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | December 1, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

"But Katie revealed the heels her daughter sports are actually supportive."

Did her pal Posh "Bunion surgery" Spice tell her this?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | December 1, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Nosy, when it comes to Baldwins that aren't Alec, aren't they pretty interchangeable.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | December 1, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Probably was Steve. He and Alan seem to be yin and yang....or maybe just dumb and dumber.

Posted by: EricS2 | December 1, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

If we throw a Baldwin out of the country after every presidential election, we should be Baldwin free by 2028. At that point, we will probably want to start with the Gosselins, just to be safe.

Posted by: MStreet1 | December 1, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Billy Baldwin was the politician-son with the tranny love interest on "Dirty Sexy Money," Stephen's the born-again Christian/political conservative and Daniel (part of the "Homicide: Life on the Streets" ensemble cast) is the one with a long history of substance-abuse problems.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | December 1, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Dorkus,you beat me on the 2012 end of the world reference. I'm betting the rap party is Dec. 21.

But MStreet gets my vote for comment of the day!

Next week Katie defends Suri's joy of running with scissors. " But they're blunt-tipped safety scissors," she explains.

Lady Gaga takes a tumble. Later explains she was emulating JLo and meant to do that.

"Snogging". Hate that term. The British can make anything sound vulgar. But then again...it was Jude Law.

I see now where George Clooney gets his good looks. His Mom is gorgeous.

Posted by: hodie | December 1, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Mmmm, scruffy Clooney. Thanks, Chief.

Am I nuts, or is $4.5 million a whoooole lot of bail money? (Not that Polanski can't or shouldn't pay it, that just seems like a pile of cash. Less like something a judge would impose and more like something imposed by a cackling Dr. Evil.)

And for today's lesson in illogic, I point you to the last line in the Matthew McConaughey story, on giving his son varied life experiences:

"He’ll be getting salty soon."

...whut?

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | December 1, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Chelsea Clinton.

So if Alec Baldwin quits acting, but Nicole Ritchie gets a sitcom, is the karmic balance of the universe maintained or upset?

MStreet, can we dismiss a Gosselin (and Octomom) after the next state or local election in which they're eligible to vote? They're not A-list, and 2028 is a very long ways away.

Posted by: northgs | December 1, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

hodie, George's dad Nick Clooney ain't exactly chopped liver himself.
http://www.gclooney.com/photos/george-nick.jpg

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | December 1, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Ex-Miss Argentina Dies After Butt-Implant Surgery
http://www.tmz.com/2009/12/01/ex-miss-argentina-dies-after-butt-implant-surgery

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | December 1, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

You are right, Nosy, about Nick Clooney. Just had never seen his Mom before. They are definitely blessed by the gene fairy.

Posted by: hodie | December 1, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

"Alec Baldwin plans to quit acting in 2012..."
- Who knew that not being able to go on Oprah would take the joy out of his craft?

"Lady Gaga takes a stage tumble..."
- Hope she was wearing her balloon dress.

"Richard Gere in hot water for chopping down trees."
- But on Wednesdays he goes shopping and has buttered scones for tea.

Posted by: mdreader01 | December 1, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Nick's late sister Rosemary was also a beauty, especially in her salad days. Not to mention a talented singer (and actress).

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | December 1, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

mdreader
Lady Gaga takes a stage tumble..."
- Hope she was wearing her balloon dress.

Maybe a silver balloon, à la the Heenes?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | December 1, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

George, take a flyer man. Hello George's mom..........(imagine the Animainiacs and Hello Nurse!)

Posted by: osh123 | December 1, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Good eye, nosy. "Death during butt implant surgery" has just knocked "Trampled by Miley Cyrus fans" off the top of my Humiliating Ways to Die list.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | December 1, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Bawlmer, I think David Carradine's demise still takes the cake, though.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | December 1, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Nosy, David Carridine's death took my breath away.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | December 1, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Nosy, David Carridine's death took my breath away.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | December 1, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Shoots and scores.

Posted by: osh123 | December 1, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Dorkus, you just made me go SPLOOT!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | December 1, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps, nosy, perhaps, but "autoerotic asphyxiation" lacks that certain something...let's say it's that slant of utter absurdity that carries "butt implant surgery" over the top. So to speak. (At least, for me.) /lights pipe, resumes reading New Yorker

I do feel sorry for the woman's kids, though.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | December 1, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

"Took my breath away."
-Dorkus
~~~~~~~~~
http://www.hiyoooo.com/

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | December 1, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow, what happened? Did Ed MacMahon and I kill yesterday's thread?

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | December 2, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

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