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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 08/14/2010

Celebritology Weekend: Rob Schneider has a choice word for Al Franken; celebs take a stand on chimps

By Jen Chaney

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


Sen. Al Franken, the object of Rob Schneider's bleeped insults. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

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Schneider disses Franken: Apparently, Rob Schneider, star of this summer's film “Grown Ups,” doesn't have fond memories of working with fellow “Saturday Night Live” alumnus and current junior senator from Minnesota, Sen. Al Franken. During a recent appearance on HLN's “The Joy Behar Show,” Schneider was asked by guest host Shaun Robinson to discuss his SNL character The Richmeister — you know, the “Makin' copies!” guy that was all the rage for five minutes in the mid-'90s. While explaining how the character was created, he brought up Franken and said: “You know, the Senator — what a [bleep] he is.” Because the word actually was bleeped from the broadcast, it's unclear which expletive Schneider chose. But he immediately clarified his stance on Franken, a.k.a. Stuart Smalley, by adding: “I actually mean that.”

No one from Franken's office could be reached for comment, but if the senator suddenly introduces a bill banning the sale of all “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” DVDs, you'll know why.

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Celebrities, standing up for chimps: Gene Hackman and Kristin Bauer are among those concerned about chimpanzees that could soon move from New Mexico to Texas. Hackman, a New Mexico resident, and Bauer (who plays Pam on HBO's “True Blood”) sent letters this week to National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, asking him to reconsider a plan to move more than 150 chimps from a reserve colony at the Alamogordo Primate Facility to a San Antonio research center. “Many of these chimpanzees are now more than 30 years old, and some may not survive being transported to San Antonio,” Hackman writes. “These astonishingly intelligent animals have devoted their lives to research and should be retired.” NIH oversees the chimpanzee colony and supports both sites.

“NIH is pleased to have their views, along with those of many other citizens who have written about the transfer from the Alamogordo facility,” an NIH spokesman said via e-mail. “All animals used in federally supported research benefit both human and animal health, and are protected by laws, regulations and policies to ensure they are used in the smallest numbers possible and with the greatest commitment to their comfort.”

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson also opposes the move, scheduled for next year.

3

Zsa Zsa back in the hospital: Zsa Zsa Gabor returned to the hospital Friday after suffering further complications from recent hip-replacement surgery. The Associated Press reports that the 93-year-old performer was taken via ambulance to an L.A. hospital after complaining of bleeding and extreme pain. Gabor was discharged Wednesday from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, nearly four weeks after breaking her hip.


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Pop Culture Pulse: Stewart and Lucas

Legions of“Star Wars” fans have gathered in Orlando, Fla., this weekend for “Star Wars” Celebration, a convention devoted to all things Sith and Jedi and held during milestone years for the franchise, this one being the 25th 30th anniversary of “The Empire Strikes Back.” The event involves various Boba Fett-ivities, but the main event — literally dubbed “The Main Event” and taking place today at 11a.m. — is an hour-long conversation between “Daily Show” host/“Star Wars” fan Jon Stewart and the Creator himself, George Lucas. Given the quality of the exchange between the two during Lucas's January “Daily Show” appearance (“My son's favorite movie is 'The Phantom Menace,'” Stewart told the filmmaker, “And I've explained to him: 'No, it's not.'”), we believe the Force will be strong with this one — and that the details will leak onto the Web almost immediately.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
George Lucas
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorTea Party

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Poll of the Week: Teri Hatcher vs. Botox

“Desperate Housewives” star Teri Hatcher this week posted a photo album on her Facebook page — title: “Oy with the Botox!!!” — that showed the world exactly how she looks in a towel, sans makeup, after emerging from the shower. The reason? To encourage women to embrace their natural appearance and to avoid Botox, which she says she “toyed with” in the past but no longer uses. Naturally, we asked Celebritology readers to express their opinion about this significant Hatcher moment. Their reaction:

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

Headline:Paris Hilton sued for $35 million due to breach of hair-extension contract.”

Comment: “They tried to settle it amicably, but then it turned into a hair-pulling thing and got ugly.” — td_in_baltimore

Headline:Former Fugee Pras Michel not supporting Wyclef Jean's^ bid for president of Haiti

Comment: “Thereby ruining the beleaguered nation's only chance for an all-Fugee government. ” — byoolin1

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

By Jen Chaney  | August 14, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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Comments

No worries, Franken can just do one of his daily affirmations in his bedroom mirror ala Stuart Smalley and all will be forgiven.

Posted by: ozpunk | August 14, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Rob Schneider, a star is his own mind. Just another hack actor with a decent publicity agent.

Posted by: pjohn2 | August 14, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Rob Schneider, a star is his own mind. Just another hack actor with a decent publicity agent.

Posted by: pjohn2 | August 14, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

pjohn2 is so right. schneider has a mouth but not much smarts or talent. can he hide his prejudice and bigoted propaganda any less than in his movies?
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Posted by: dx13 | August 14, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

If Schneider thinks he's so smart, let's see HIM run for the Senate.

Posted by: blarsen1 | August 14, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Aaah yes, Rob Schneider, talentless hack who sticks to Hollywood. Unlike Sen. Franken who was obviously elected because of his deep understanding of policy and how government should work.

Posted by: epjd | August 14, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

aka Deuce Bagelow.

Posted by: trialvisit | August 14, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I'm totally revealing too much geekness here, but it's the 30th anniversary of "The Empire Strikes Back" not the 25th. I remember skipping 6th period History my junior year of HS to run across the street to the mall to catch the early show on opening day.

Posted by: econchick | August 14, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I'm totally revealing too much geekness here, but it's the 30th anniversary of "The Empire Strikes Back" not the 25th. I remember skipping 6th period History my junior year of HS to run across the street to the mall to catch the early show on opening day.

Posted by: econchick | August 14, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Econchick, I am making that correction now. Not sure what possessed me to type 25 -- I know the movie came out in 1980. The error slipped by me as well as two editors -- can you tell we're all multi-tasking a little too hard these days?

Anyway, thanks for pointing it out. And my apologies for such a silly error.

Posted by: Jen Chaney | August 14, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Who in this universe thinks Rob Schnieder is competent to make ANY statements about ANYONE much less Al Franken. Schnieder has not made a decent movie or TV appearance of any kind to pass judgement ON ANY SUBJECT!!! He can hardly make a living in the world of Grade "D" movies and TV. What a jerk he is--ignore the idiot.

Posted by: vergens2 | August 14, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Advice to the untalented Mr. Schneider: Close pie hole, and thus give the illusion of possible intelligence.

Posted by: markiejoe | August 14, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Will those who urged Bruce and the Dixie Chicks to shut up and sing urge Rob to shut up and act.

Oh, wait, he can't.

Posted by: edlharris | August 14, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Who the "bleep" is Rob Schneider and why does ANYONE care what he thinks?

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | August 14, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Poor Rob. All he had to do was tell us just how doggone *smart* Al Franken is, and the sycophants would be lining up to watch his old movies.

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Posted by: shoestrade00 | August 14, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

If Schneider thinks he's so smart, let's see HIM run for the Senate.

Posted by: blarsen1 | August 14, 2010 11:38 AM
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Being smart is not a requirement. If he was a wrestler then he could be elected from Minnesota!

Posted by: jamespmarion | August 15, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

he reeks of joe piscipo

Posted by: JadedCynic | August 15, 2010 1:18 AM | Report abuse

It's awesome that Gene Hackman and Kristin Bauer are speaking out for chimpanzees. I hope the NIH takes their concerns and the concerns of New Mexico's governor and citizens into consideration. Experimenting on chimpanzees is a wasteful use of taxpayer dollars because these experiments will not advance human health.

Posted by: allisonjc | August 15, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

I thought product tie-ins were going to be limited to movies, shoestrade. Shoo!

Was that Jabba the Hut or George Lucas? Nice hair, though.

Posted by: kabuki3 | August 16, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

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