Celebritology Weekend: Rob Schneider has a choice word for Al Franken; celebs take a stand on chimps
Three celeb-centric stories on our radar this weekend...
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.
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.
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.
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 Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
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:
You Said It: A selection of notable reader comments from the past week...
Comment: “They tried to settle it amicably, but then it turned into a hair-pulling thing and got ugly.” — td_in_baltimore
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.
| August 14, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories: Celebrities, Celebritology Weekend, Pop Culture
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