Celebritology Weekend: Stars align for Gulf Coast relief
Three celeb-centric stories on our radar:
Look out, Gulf Coast. The celebrity community is focusing its laser-guided, do-gooding beam in your direction. Not only are stars -- from Kevin Costner to James Cameron to Helen Mirren -- going public with criticism of and potential solutions to the seemingly unstoppable oil leak; now a flotilla of celebs will converge Monday to raise money for families and wildlife affected by the massive environmental catastrophe. Larry King's special two-hour "Disaster In The Gulf: How You Can Help" airs Monday evening from 8 to 10 on CNN and promises heavy celeb hitters like it-boy Justin Bieber, actress Cameron Diaz, comediennes Kathy Griffin and Chelsea Handler, "American Idol's" Randy Jackson, rocker Lenny Kravitz, country crooner Tim McGraw, actor/director Robert Redford, Sting and, um, exercise/diet guru Richard Simmons. The event will raise money for United Way, the National Wildlife Federation and the Nature Conservancy.
We're still trying to figure this one out. Earlier this week, actor Jeremy London (you may remember him from "Party of Five" or "7th Heaven") claimed he was kidnapped and forced at gunpoint to smoke crack and/or meth before managing to escape 12 hours later. Bad luck considering London, an admitted recovering addict, is already in the midst of a messy divorce and custody battle. The alleged kidnapper entered a not guilty plea to charges including robbery, possession of stolen property, theft and carjacking. Now some -- including the actor's family -- are casting doubt on London's claim. In an interview with E! News, London's twin brother Jason said, "There have been times we've had hope [he has remained clean]. We are very concerned for him. This is his family's cry for help."
The Smithsonian may have a few Edward Hoppers on display, but followers of celeb artwork may want to pop in to D.C.'s Dupont Hotel to see some bona fide Dennis Hoppers. The swank hotel is currently displaying four first-edition, gelatin silver-print photographs shot by the late actor/art enthusiast (Hopper succumbed to cancer in May) in the mid-'60s. Three of the pix -- a bikini-clad Jane Fonda, actress Tuesday Weld driving a convertible and James Brown boarding a plane surrounded by fans -- are located front and center in the lobby. But to see the fourth -- a portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr. -- you'll have to check in to one of the exclusive "Level 9" penthouse suites, a mere $619 per night if you book now! (Or click over to artnet to view the pix online.)
Buzziest Celebs of the Week (Based on our weekly poll of Celebritology readers, these are the three top celebs in the news for the week of June 13 - 19):
1. Gary Coleman: The actor was cremated Thursday, but the story lives on in the form of bitter sniping between the actor's parents, ex-wife, alleged girlfriend and manager over his (as yet undisclosed) estate.
2. Miley Cyrus & Perez Hilton: The 17-year-old popster calls the gossip blogger an "idiot" for posting a risque shot of her -- supposedly sans panties -- on his site.
3. Harrison Ford & Calista Flockhart: After eight years of un-wedded bliss, the couple ties the knot in a ceremony officiated by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.
Pop Culture Pulse
"Lions for Lambs” certainly didn’t do it. Neither did “Valkyrie.” But there’s an outside chance that “Knight and Day,” the new romaction-comedy starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz that opens Wednesday, will restore the actor to Beloved Leading Man status. And if it doesn’t -- let’s be honest, the punny title doesn’t bode well -- maybe he'll at least say something headline-worthy during his many interviews in service of the movie promotion machine.
You Said It: A selection of notable reader comments from the past week...
Headline: Is half of the "Jersey Shore" cast on the chopping block?
Comment 1: "Of all the things for half of the 'Jersey Shore' cast to be on, the chopping block would not have been one of my early guesses." -- northgs
Comment 2: "Yeah, my guess would have been penicillin." -- jes11
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| June 19, 2010; 5:33 AM ET
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