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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 08/28/2010

Celebritology Weekend: James Cameron talks, Whoopi Goldberg leaves 'Act,' 50 Cent Tweets

By Jen Chaney

Three celeb-centric stories on our radar this weekend...

James Cameron is quite the talker. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)


Talking Na’avi and oil: Despite James Cameron’s frustrations regarding the solution to the BP oil crisis that he helped drafted in June, the director says he hasn’t given up working with officials in Washington. The Academy Award-winning filmmaker, who chatted via telephone earlier this week as part of the publicity blitz surrounding the theatrical re-release of “Avatar,” reiterated his frustration that several government agencies, in his words, “pretty much completely ignored” recommendations made by a panel of deep-ocean academics and scientists he assembled in an effort to stop all that oil from flowing into the gulf. Cameron asserted, as he has in other interviews, that the so-called static kill that ultimately plugged the leak is identical to what he and his panel proposed. When asked if the episode has soured him on working with the government, he said, “It’s easy to lose hope. It’s easy to just throw up your hands and walk away, but the reality is that we have to have policy-based solutions.” He added that as far as taking action on global warming and other environmental issues that Cameron is focused on, “the leaders in Washington ... can’t do anything without a mandate from the public and right now they don’t have it.”


Whoopi drops out of “Act”: Whoopi Goldberg, who has been appearing nightly in the London production of “Sister Act” -- a musical based on her 1992 comedy -- has dropped out of the show, the Associated Press reports. The actress and “View” commentator flew back to the U.S. on Friday after hearing that her mother had a stroke. "The thoughts and sincere best wishes of the producers and the entire ‘Sister Act’ company are with her at this difficult time," the show’s producers said in a statement. Goldberg, a consulting producer on the show, had been scheduled to continue her role as Mother Superior until the end of the month.


“In da Club”? No, but definitely on Twitter: Just a few weeks ago, it appeared that no hip-hop artist could ever bring the same level of self-important absurdity to Twitter that Kanye West managed to achieve. How wrong we were. The Twitter account for rapper 50 Cent, once fed by his management team, recently was taken over by the man himself. Ever since, it’s been a non-stop feed of bizarre, inappropriate language, a photo of a woman’s, um, rear end that led to the brief suspension of his Twitpics account and, so far, one dispute over doing chores at his grandmother’s house. (And we quote: “I can’t believe my grand mothers making me take Out the garbage I’m rich [Bleep] this I’m going home.”) A writer for the technology and culture blog Boing Boing confirmed with Twitter that, per Fifty’s Cent’s management, the account has definitely not been hacked. The good -- good being a relative term -- news is that Fifty announced that he plans to resume Tweeting at noon Saturday. And in keeping with his bid for attention, that announcement was accompanied by a photo of his face ... superimposed on Osama bin Laden’s body.


Pop Culture Pulse: Conan O’Brien at the Emmy Awards

Sure, we’re curious to find out whether Michael C. Hall of “Dexter,” Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” or Matthew Fox of “Lost” wins an Emmy Award at the big ceremony in L.A. Sunday night. But the real man to watch will be Conan O’Brien, who has a shot at taking home a trophy in the Oustanding Music, Variety or Comedy Series category for “The Tonight Show.” Yes, that would be the same “Tonight Show” Jay Leno reclaimed from O’Brien earlier this year, sparking Team Coco vs. Team Leno debates at dinner tables and on Twitter feeds throughout the country. If he wins, O’Brien has the opportunity to make a memorable statement about the whole debacle in an acceptance speech. And if he doesn’t, he still has that opportunity ... in his much-watched Twitter feed. It’s win-win, really.


Poll of the Week: Palin’s dancing shoes

With ABC set to announce Monday the line-up for the next season of “Dancing With the Stars,” online rumors have been flying about might end up doing the celebrity-rhumba. One of the juicier ones -- reported by E! Online, which cited unnamed sources and, of course, got a no-comment from the network -- is that Bristol Palin, daughter of one-time vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, may be one of the competitors. We asked readers whether they would be more likely to watch with Palin onboard.


You Said It: A selection of notable reader comments from the past week...

Headline:Honorary Oscar recipient Jean-Luc Godard cannot be tracked down by the Academy"

Comment: “Hurry up, Jean-Luc. We learned our lesson and are not going to spend all night waiting for Godard.” -- byoolin1

Headline: "Intruder arrested after attempt to break into Paris HIlton’s house with a pair of knives"

Comment: "It was all a misunderstanding. He thought he was at Padma Lakshmi’s house and always dreamed she’d notice him and say, "Pack your knives and go." -- td_in_baltimore


This is an online version of the Celebritology column that appears in print in Saturday's Style section.

By Jen Chaney  | August 28, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Celebrities, Celebritology Weekend  
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This just in over the wire: Paris Hilton was popped last night. Cops pulled over her boyfriend's Escalade (natch) 'cause it smelled like reefer, then found coke in her purse. Just when we were reduced to talking about "I'm the King of the World" and his vapid movie, along comes Paris!

Posted by: kabuki3 | August 28, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

kabuki3, we'll always have Paris (darnit).

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | August 28, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

...we'll always have Paris...

Apparently you're hardly the only ones, either.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 28, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

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