Tuesday, December 23, 2008
That Henrietta's a beaut ain't she?
Thursday, December 18, 2008
"I pulled Jeremy from the show," says Dr. Carlon Colker. "I'm an unpopular character right now."
Responding to skepticism over the decision to leave the play – playwright David Mamet joked that Piven was leaving show business to "pursue a career as a thermometer" – the doctor says the decision was purely medical, and one that Piven, 43, initially resisted.
"He's disappointed that I had to pull the plug," says Colker. "But I think he's hurt more by the comments that he's not trying or that he walked away. He's been working straight for 30 years. He doesn't walk away; I tore him away from it."
Colker, an internist and attending physician at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut, says Piven initially came to him after the show's run began in late October, complaining of severe fatigue.
"This was very, very unusual for him," says Colker, who is also CEO and medical director of Peak Wellness in Greenwich, Conn., with another facility in Beverly Hills. "He's known as the iron horse – he's been working nonstop for 30 years, and he works 17-hour days."
After a battery of tests failed to reveal what was ailing the three-time Emmy winner, Colker checked his "heavy metals" and was "absolutely stunned" to find mercury at a level "almost six times the upper limit of normal and allowable," says the doctor. "It's the highest level I've ever seen."
Colker attributes the high mercury count to Piven's habit of eating sushi, often twice a day, compounded by certain Chinese herbs he was taking "for general health." Piven was ordered to put a moratorium on the fish and the herbs, and his doctor sent a letter on Dec. 10 revealing the health problem to the Speed-the-Plow production staff.
While Piven decided to continue with the show, his symptoms did not abate – and after a spell of dizziness led to a three-day hospitalization, Colker says he decided to put the curtain down on Piven's Broadway run. The actor will be replaced by Norbert Leo Butz and William H. Macy.
"It is very serious. Mercury can kill – it can absolutely cause cardiac arrest, kidney failure, even psychiatric problems," says Colker, who was first interviewed by Entertainment Tonight. "He is going to be OK. This is completely reversible," adds Colker, who believes Piven will be "rockin' and rollin' and ready to be his old self for Entourage" by March. He just needs to really lay low and rest."
Some "Best Of" Ari Gold clips for your enjoyment.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Tara Reid entered rehab yesterday to rid herself of her boozy demons. People magazine reports that Reid "checked herself into Promises Treatment Center," the Malibu facility that spit Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan back out after brief stints. But her rep would not say exactly what the 33-year-old actress-turned-clothing designer was in there for.
Oh we know what Tara in rehab for. Booze. She's not the pill taking type. She's sloppy. She's loud. She's usually loaded. Or in Taradise as she likes to call it.
What will a gossip blogger do without classic fodder like this? For old times sake (let's hope not forever), here's some classic Tara moments. She had alot of them. Let's hope she can keep on having this kind of fun in her post-rehab'd days. Stoli better prepare themselves for a huge decrease in revenue.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Here she is at the Grammy nominee announcements last week.
And here's a story that ran in today's the NY Post's Page Six ~
Spies in LA saw Mariah Carey coming out of a well-known ob/gyn's office on North Crescent Boulevard, "clutching what looked like a sonogram and being greeted by her entourage with cheers. She was ebullient." It was the same type of paper that Minnie Driver was holding when she found out she was pregnant at the same doctor's office. Carey, who wed Nick Cannon this year in a quickie Bahamas ceremony, has made no bones about wanting a child. A rep said, "As far as I'm told it's not true."
If the rumours are true, this baby is due for a lifetime of cotton candy, butterflies and unicorns. And if it's a boy.... god help him.
How did she let this happen? It's called..... living.
Almighty Oprah has come up with a humdinger of a January cover story for O Magazine. Oprah Winfrey is fat again. Surprise! It's not as if it just happened over the last month or so. This has been going on for the last year, year and a half. First the diet shows stopped, then the fashion shows ceased. The camera angles got wider and so did Oprah. Only no one was talking about it.* And now we know why. To sell magazines of course! Oprah is back to big and plans on staying that way.
''When it comes to maintaining my health I didn't just fall off the wagon. I let the wagon fall on me,'' the chairwoman of Harpo Inc. writes. ''I didn't follow my own fundamental rule of taking care of self first.''
source - NY Times
I must give credit to Kathy Griffin, who, last Christmas at a live show here in Vancouver, did say... "Why the f&ck isn't anyone talking about how Oprah is fat again? I mean she talks about everything else. It's because everyone is terrified of The Almighty Opes."
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Pharmaceutical Billionaire Stewart Rahr was surprised in his office with a visit today by Regis and Joy Philbin. Regis took a tour of Stewart’s factory and loaded up on shaving cream, cosmetics, and cologne, but Rahr refused payment. When he returned to his office he found that Regis had hid $400 under his keyboard.
If you don't love Regis, you have no soul.
The best thing they could have done would have been to leave him on the ice. He would have been punished appropriately. Suspending him is the NHL's way of stopping what could have been the start of something big. Once players start getting personal in the press, all hell would break loose. In all sports. Players calling out who slept with whose wife? So and so is gay. Etc. Would be exciting soundbytes, but way too messy. The NHL is right at shutting Avery up. And fast. I will be surprised if he skates in the NHL again. He is currently the most hated man in hockey. NOT ONE teammate or league mate is coming to his defence today. No one.
Elisha looks much happier here with Dino.
"I completely support the league's decision to suspend Sean Avery," Stars owner Tom Hicks said in a statement. "Had the league not have suspended him, the Dallas Stars would have. This organization will not tolerate such behavior, especially from a member of our hockey team. We hold our team to a higher standard and will continue to do so."
I was talking to Gordon Ramsay and David about this
and they’re the same. Gordon visualises a meal, then prepares it.
David visualises the goal.
I’ll lie in bed and think, what kind of look do I want tomorrow?
Then find pieces in my mind to create it.”
~ Victoria Beckham
a woman with her own 'talents'
pic - celebutopia
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
A knowledgeable real estate source tells us the kabbalah-crazed pop queen and the skirt-chasing power hitter are "discreetly looking at properties between Fifth and Park avenues, from just above 60th Street through the 80s.
"Madonna personally came to look at one house a couple of months ago, and Alex has been looking recently," the insider said. "We're talking about private, double-width mansions in the vicinity of $30 million to $60 million."
The 'couple' are also interested in scoring a house "with a garage that you can drive into for additional privacy - although those are rare and hard to come by," our spy added. Another source said they were also looking in the Hamptons.
Madonna's flack didn't return a call or e-mail, but A-Rod's reps denied the two were looking for real estate.
Rodriguez, meanwhile, continues to try to unload the old marital home he shared with ex-wife Cynthia - even dropping the price on the four-bedroom, 4,600-square-foot pad at Trump Park Avenue to $10 million, down from the original $14 million, according to the Post's Braden Keil.
A-Rod is also willing to rent it unfurnished for $50,000 a month. Madonna, meanwhile, is hanging on to her Central Park West apartment.
Last week, after Page Six revealed he planned on dumping his kids on Thanksgiving to spend the day with Madonna and her kids in New York, a shame-faced A-Rod and Madge flew together on a private jet to Miami, where she performed.
While A-Rod did see his children on the holiday, the lovebirds later flew to Mexico City together for the weekend.
MadRod are a go.
Listen up guys....
If you think you can get away with giving us ladies a bunch of crappy gifts this Christmas, you'd better think again. "This is the best vacuum cleaner you'll ever have baby."
Beware of ending up HERE.... in the dog house.
Click the picture and watch the clip.
Care to share some gift exchange horror stories of your own?
Make sure to pass the link along. They'll soon get the message.
Either that, or they're getting new garbage cans and nose trimmers.
She told Elle magazine: "I had a long, hard fall. I set the stage for Britney to crash and burn. I went through it all first."
The 44-year-old also set the record straight about rumours she used a gastric band to lose weight.
She said: "Baby, if I could get a gastric band I would. I've heard it's a lot of vomiting and a pain in the ass but it's still easier than a diet."
Also, she said a Hollywood doctor vetoed the idea after which she tried liposuction, which 'was horrible and didn't work'.
After slimming by 'simply not eating', the Hole singer was shocked to 'look like a skeleton'.
She said she then started eating again. Love also described the family unit with Cobain and Frances Bean before the rock star shot himself in 1994: 'We were excellent parents and I say that despite pretty much always having an edge on.'
She said she has told Frances Bean that she took drugs early in pregnancy but her daughter was born healthy and a good size.
Nicole loves the tight ponytail -
keeps her eyebrows up in between appointments.