Celebritology Weekend: A restraining order granted for Sandra Bullock and a new baby for Amy Poehler and Will Arnett
Three celeb-centric stories on our radar this weekend...
Sandra Bullock's order granted: A judge has approved a three-year restraining order against a man with a history of stalking the actress. The judge ruled on the matter in a Los Angeles court on Friday, according to the Associated Press. After being released from a Tennessee mental hospital earlier this year, Thomas James Weldon allegedly traveled to Wyoming in an attempt to connect with “The Blind Side” star; he has since been committed indefinitely to a mental hospital in that state. Bullock, an Arlington native, had obtained a restraining order against Weldon in 2003, but it expired while he was being held in Tennessee.
Another child of comedy: Actors Amy Poehler and Will Arnett welcomed a second son into the world. Abel James Arnett was born Friday morning, weighing in at 7 pounds 13 ounces and joining brother Archie, who was born in October of 2008 It's more good news for Poehler and Arnett, both of whom recently earned Emmy Award nominations, Poehler for her role on “Parks and Recreation” and Arnett for his guest turn on “30 Rock.” Presumably, all members of the Poehler-Arnett family are basking in the glow and trading hilarious barbs — yes, maybe even little Abel — as we speak.
The real story behind Mary Hart's departure? News broke Thursday that “Entertainment Tonight” host Hart plans to retire next year, at the end of her third decade on the showbiz magazine show. But more details have emerged that suggest her departure may have been accelerated, in part, because the lady makes a lot of money. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Hart pulled in $5 million last season and that she agreed to a pay cut — perhaps as much as 50 percent — for her upcoming multi-month swan song. In other words, with syndicated shows like “ET” drawing lower ratings and less advertising revenue, Hart's salary would have been difficult to maintain. We know what you're thinking. But before you start grousing about all that cash, know this: It's really hard to smile that convincingly while asking Jennifer Love Hewitt who she's dating.
Pop Culture Pulse: "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World"
How to describe “Scott Pilgrim” ... Hmm. How about this: It's a romantic comedy that's based on a comic , but has the sensibility of a video game, the bass lines of an ambitious indie-rock band and the heart of a classic John Hughes teen movie. Starring Michael Cera in a semi-twist on his usual Gen Y- wimp role and directed by Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead”), the movie — opening Friday — riffs on everything from “Seinfeld” to “Street Fighter” and moves faster than a constantly updating Twitter widget. You'll fall in love even as you sprint to keep up.
Poll of the Week: Eminem vs. Kanye West
In a move that surely fulfills MTV's music-video-airing quota for the year, the network recently hosted the premieres of two high-profile clips: “Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem and “Power” by Kanye West. We surveyed readers to find out which vid they liked better — the one starring Eminem and Rihanna, with appearances by actors Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan, or the art-history-referencing piece from West. Perhaps the non-scientific results thus far reflect lingering bitterness over West's interruption of Taylor Swift during last year's MTV Video Music Awards?
This is an online version of the Celebritology column that appears in print in Saturday's Style section.
| August 7, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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