Your Daily Dispatch of Celebrity Shenanigans by Tommy Vergason
June 4, 2007
ANIMATED AS SHE’S INCARCERATED: The big story today is that Paris Hilton has reported to jail to begin her sentence, and an online video game has been created in honor of the incarcerated heiress. GSN (THE GAME SHOW NETWORK) has created a video game called The Prison Life: Paris. Players control an animated Paris Hilton — dressed in stiletto heels, sun glasses, and an orange jumpsuit — as she completes a task for the warden. The introduction to the game states: “Paris is in jail and the warden has assigned her to design and build license plates. Help her with her job and watch out for her little dog ‘Clinkerbell’!” A conveyor belt sends out license plates which Paris must stamp with slogans such as “PRSN LYF” and “DRV2FST,” all while avoiding accidentally stamping her pesky little chihuahua “Clinkerbell.”
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DRESS LIKE AN OLSEN TWIN!: Former child stars turned business mavens, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, are reportedly debuting a new clothing line in the fall called “Elizabeth and James.” USMAGAZINE.COM reports on a story in WOMEN’S WEAR DAILY, in which the new line is referred to as a “contemporary sportswear line.” Reportedly named after Mary Kate and Ashley’s sister and brother, “Elizabeth and James” will be available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Intermix stores. Reportedly influenced by Mary-Kates’ own vintage collection, she reportedly told WWD, “we wanted it to be based on a relationship between a young girl and a boy and tell the story through the clothing.” The twins’ previous clothing lines have included an assortment for young girls at Wal-Mart and a couture collection called “The Row.”
‘LOST BOYS’ FOUND: Two other former child stars are returning to the spotlight in a new A&E reality show. Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, best known for their team-ups in ‘80s films such as “The Lost Boys” and “License to Drive,” are starring in “The Two Coreys,” reportedly debuting later this year. Since their fame peaked in the late ‘80’s, both Coreys have each had their share of troubles, including well-publicized drug problems, stints in rehab, and careers that had led mainly to a string of straight-to-video movies. TV GUIDE spoke with Haim and Feldman about their return in the new show, in which Haim reunites with Feldman by moving in with him and his wife, Susie. “We’re like ‘The Odd Couple,’ dude,” Haim reportedly says. “Just not that old. And they’re maybe funnier than us.” While the show is reportedly “semi-scripted reality,” Feldman assures TV GUIDE that the show is real where it counts. “We have some situations that are set up, but the emotions that are being conveyed in those scenarios are 100 percent real,” he reportedly says. “This is something that everybody in the world can relate to: The best friend gets married and gets responsible, and the other guy hasn’t quite grown up yet.”
A WEIGHTY BACKLASH: An obesity expert has reportedly taken a lot of flack from fans over some comments she made about “American Idol” champion Jordin Sparks’ weight. On a Fox News appearance the week Jordin was crowned the new “Idol,” MeMe Roth of the National Action Against Obesity reportedly told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto that Sparks should lose some weight. When I look at Jordin I see diabetes, I see heart disease, I see high cholesterol, Roth reportedly said on the broadcast. Thats whats so sad about this she is not the vision of health she is the vision of unhealth. MSNBC’s JEANNETTE WALLS spoke with Roth about the backlash she has received since her Fox News appearance. She reportedly tells Walls that there have been hate posts calling for my death since she made her remarks, but says she did not call Sparks obese or say some of the other things that irate posters have attributed to her. Roth reportedly adds that she admires the 17-year-old singers talent and effervescent personality but says that her extra weight is a reflection of todays society and a culture where many of our children have compromised health due to unhealthful food choices and inactivity … We have to stop with the baby fat, curvy, goddess euphemisms and own this child health crisis.
A SVELTE ‘SICKO’: Controversial “Sicko” director Michael Moore has reportedly shed 30 pounds in three months, reports THE NY DAILY NEWS’ BEN WIDDICOMBE. Widdicombe reports on an interview Moore did with Dr. Mehmet Oz on his XM radio program, which airs Wednesday. “I got myself a trainer and started eating oatmeal in the morning,” Moore reportedly says of his weight loss technique. He also reportedly walks 10,000 steps a day and switched from white breads and pasta to whole grains. According to the report, Moore says it’s brought drown his blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar to normal levels, and reveals his own weight-loss secret: “There is one common denominator amongst overweight people … we’re not sleeping enough,” he is quoted as saying. “I’ve just insisted that I get seven to eight hours sleep, and it’s made all the difference.”
TWO FUNNY FILMS FOR TWO FUNNY MEN: In casting news, VARIETY reports that Jack Black is starring in “Year One,” a comedy that “Knocked Up” director/producer Judd Apatow is producing for Columbia. Plot details for the comedy are being kept under wraps, but Owen Wilson will reportedly executive produce, and Harold Ramis (“Animal House”) will reportedly serve as director and co-producer. According to VARIETY, Ramis co-wrote the project with “The Office” scribes Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, based on his story. VARIETY also reports that Jim Carrey will star in the dark comedy “I Love You Phillip Morris,” about a conman whose love for a cellmate leads him to make several prison escapes. Reportedly based on a book by Houston Chronicle crime reporter Steve McVicker, the fact-based film casts Carrey as Steven Russell, a married father whose exploits landed him in the Texas criminal justice system. He fell madly in love with his cellmate, who eventually was set free, which led Russell to escape from Texas prisons four times. A schedule for shooting has not yet been determined.