Celebritology Live

Jan 26, 2012

Note to readers: Jen Chaney can't make it to today's Celebritology chat, but filling in for her is Post blogger Sarah Anne Hughes, who is sure to be a crowd pleaser! So chat with Sarah Anne today and check back next week for Jen's return. Thanks!

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Hello all! The wonderful Jen Chaney is out today because she's had a death in the family. I'm here to do my best by you, as we discuss this year's Oscar nominations, Demi Moore and anything else on your mind. Let's get started.

This past Sunday, I saw David Giuntoli, the star of NBC's "Grimm" at the San Francisco airport. He was alone, in the food court, and probably the only person not watching the Giants-49ers game. When I approached him and told him I watched the show, he was polite.

It's always awesome to hear stuff like this. Judging by his Twitter feed, he seems like a pretty cool guy.

Question: Is "Grimm" something I should be watching? A Celebritology reader once told me to watch "Game of Thrones." It was the best advice I've ever received.

Sure, he's getting up there in years and slowing down a little, but he hasn't destroyed his appearance with excessive (or any) plastic surgery! Go Uggie ... may you be an inspiration in Hollywood!

With a mug like that, why would he?

I hesitate to show any Uggie lovers out there this, but ...

Uggie, dog star of 'The Artist,' to retire

I know, I know. Such a bright star giving up a brilliant career.

So you blog about dogs? Do you have any dogs? Pictures of your dogs? Oh, this isn't a chat about dogs. Ok, so who is your favorite famous dog?

I'm so glad you asked me that. I adopted a 15-year-old mini poodle named Dante last year. If you promise not to laugh, check out this picture of him with Santa.

As for my favorite famous dog, I really couldn't choose. I certainly can't get enough of Uggie.

I am so sorry to hear Jen had a death in the family. Please give her all of our regards and good thoughts, from the Celebritology family.

I certainly will. I know she'll really appreciate your kind words.

So, nitrous oxide? What's that about? If Demi is addicted to it, or even does it recreationally, it indicates how unhappy she must be -- which is sad. I had that once for a dental procedure and it sent me off into la-la land, but it seems odd that someone would have an addiction to it.

Well, this is just one of the many (many, many, many) rumors floating about Demi's illness. If it is true, it would indeed be tragic. But I can see how simply being the center of so many tabloid stories could wear a person out to the point where they needed professional help.

Whatever the case is, I hope she gets well soon.

You've seen this, right?

I have. They're both fantastic.

In case you haven't, Maurice Sendak and Stephen Colbert recently sat down for a hilarious two part interview. (Sendak is pro "Curious George," against "Give a Mouse a Cookie.")

There is definitely something couples like Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Annette Bening and Warren Beatty, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, etc. have figured out in terms of both living in Hollywood AND having a successful marriage. Couples like Meryl Streep and her husband and Sissy Spacek and her husband live outside of Hollywood, so that's too easy. Wonder what is the magic ingredient?

I think that's why some people are so upset about Heidi and Seal splitting up. To me, they seemed to have that "magic ingredient," whatever it is.

If Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson decide to end their marriage, which frankly looks perfect to me, I'm out.

Watch Grimm. Really. It is a fun show. Okay, it a cop procedural with a supernatural angle but it works really well.

That's one for "Grimm." Anyone want to tell me otherwise?

I was appalled at the photos of Miley Cyrus' birthday cake for her man Liam. Am I the only one? What did her parents say? I know she's an "adult," but really.

What is it with Miley Cyrus and inappropriate cakes? Stay away from cake, Miley! It seems to get you in trouble.

If any lucky readers out there don't know what we're talking about, find out by following this NSFW link.

Single again? What is the scoop?

It doesn't seem so. His ladyfriend Vanessa Paradis has denied reports that the two are splitting up.

Whatever happened with the Justin Bieber baby "scandal"? I'm assuming he did the paternity test and was exonerated, but either I missed anything further or it's just dropped off the radar. And did he ever sue the child's mother?

Isn't it funny how big celebrity "scandals" like this seem to disappear as quickly as they came? Last time I checked, Bieber's team wouldn't comment on the paternity rumor. It seems the saga has come to an unsatisfying end.

Hi Sarah, and thanks for making sure we get our weekly helping of Celeb chat. :-) So, Kim Kardashian has doth protested too much about her (sham)wedding/marriage not being a business arrangement, and yet on her (un)reality show, she and Kris Humphries are pretty awful to each other. It seems SO scripted -- the "fairy-tale" wedding, then the relationship going off the rails. And, it gets viewers (like me) so that makes it even more suspicious. Mama Kardashian/Jenner will do anything for her 10%, won't she?

Have you seen this? Realty Tea believes they have proof that a pretty pivotal scene from this season of "Kourtney and Kim Take New York" was *gasp* staged! E! didn't respond to comment when I contacted them.

I've noticed that the number of Kardashian headlines per day seems to be steadily dropping. Perhaps the world has had enough of the Kardashian fam? I'm sure most of you have.

Last week y'all advised me to catch up on Downton Abbey before launching myself into season 2. Thank you for the advice! I've seen the first two episodes since my DVD arrived in the mail, and it's been as stunning and enjoyable as I expected. Can't wait for the next one!

Happy to hear it.

Have other "Downton" fans enjoyed the second season so far?

Yes! watch it. I love it. I recommend trying to watch it from the beginning, or at least watch the first episode first. After that you could watch them in any order, but you need the premise.

Two for "Grimm." You've convinced me. I'll watch it and have Jen report back on my findings week.

Apparently Melissa McCarthy was as star-struck as any of us would be when she met Brad and Angelina, and Meryl Streep came up to introduce herself to McCarthy. This is Just. So. Endearing.

That's fantastic.

I have yet to meet a person who doesn't find Melissa McCarthy to be absolutely wonderful. Anyone out there was to be the contrarian?

Oh for goodness' sake, people. If Miley were a regular gal, she'd be in college right now, doing all the same things - or maybe worse. Problem is that she's doing it all in the public eye which has the potential to harm her image. When I was in school (pre-Facebook), we freaked out, then moved on and got jobs and mortgages and no one holds the "luau incident" against us.

I agree! I actually like Miley Cyrus. (I know, I know.)

I just think she should be careful about what she does in a situation where they are camera phones. It's the price she unfortunately pays for being a celebrity.

Host Pat Sajak is saying that in the early days of "Wheel of Fortune," he and letter-turner Vanna White used to go out and drink a good bit before the taping. Yikes! That must've been hilarious at times. Link here.

I'm admittedly not a big  "Wheel of Fortune" fan. ("Jeopardy" forever.) But I think Sajak's revelation that he and Vanna used to have "two or three or six" drinks during their dinner break is hilarious. I can't wait until someone inevitably finds the tapes from those early days and puts them on YouTube.

For reference: Pat Sajak has hosted "Wheel of Fortune" while drunk

What are you telling me now? Pat Sajak has hosted Wheel O' while drunk? You mean he's done it sober?

Well played, B'More Cat and Pat Sajak Lover.

Speaking of cats: Anyone have a favorite Hollywood feline? Mine would have to be Amber and Rumple, the cats who shared the title role in "The Cat From Outerspace."

Some of the really long-term ones have been falling -- Sarandon and Robbins, Lange and Shepard. But, personally, my "I'm out" benchmark would be Amy Poehler and Will Arnett.

Yes! Oh, man. I'm nervous that this is even out there now. They are the greatest Hollywood couple.

Does anyone else pretend to be a mature, responsible adult and then go home and squeal over pictures of stars playing with their dogs?

I, Sarah Anne Hughes, will admit to this. If it is a crime, then I am guilty.

And thanks for stepping in. Do you go by Sarah Anne so people don't think you're a figure skater?

Thanks for all the Jen love, guys. It's really wonderful.

That is, actually, the reason I go by Sarah Anne. If I had a nickel for all the times people asked me about my gold medal, I'd be taking us all out to dinner.

I just saw Bridesmaids. I enjoyed it, but did not think it was the amazing laugh fest everyone told me it would be. And McCarthy was fine, but it just all seemed contrived and forced.

I knew you were out there, McCarthy detractor. Have you seen her in any thing else? "Mike and Molly," for example?

Tonto in "Harry and Tonto," which won Art Carney an Oscar.

Thank you for alerting me to this movie.

From IMDB: "When his apartment building is torn down, a retired lifelong New Yorker goes on a cross country odyssey with his beloved cat Tonto." I must see this immediately!

Well, he hasn't YET. But just you wait. Before too long he'll be totally bored in retirement and we'll start hearing crazy stories about him. Rumors of a relationship with Kim K. Drinking too much. Someone will find him passed out in a car and take photos.

I have nothing to add to this. It's just perfect. (Although I'm sure Uggie with suffer no such fate.)

I'm watching it - not quite as good as season one, but much better than the WaPo review led me to believe it would be. I'm still trying to figure out why Hank (was that Hank's review) said that most of the action was relayed in letters. I haven't really noticed that at all.

I'm getting a few "Downton" opinions here.

I agree with those of you who think the second season is a little disappointing. I don't want to put up any spoilers, but I will say the pace is a little too slow for me.

We do have at least one pro season two chatter: "Love it!!! I've wait almost a year for the second season and I'm not disappointed. And Maggie Smith always manages to make me laugh out loud with her zingers." I certainly agree on the zingers.

I think it's great that she's getting all of this attention. I remember her from the Gilmore Girls (a show that rarely gets mentioned in connection with her--why is that??) and I thought she was lovely in that.

Ah, that makes sense. I also loved her as Sookie St. James. It is really strange that her told in "GG" doesn't come up more. Perhaps because she was a supporting character?

Octavia Spencer gave a better performance in The Help, but I confess that I would love to hear what McCarthy would blurt out if she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

I know! I wonder if she'd be really serious, since it's the Academy Awards. I mean, she's never going to top her Emmy acceptance speech.

They are more interested in their home life being successful and less interested in constantly being in the spotlight. They derive satisfaction in life from something internal rather than external (ie, fan adoration). As for Seal and Klum, I would have put them in the magic category, but some marriages are just going to falter, fame or not. I did not think theirs would.

So very true. When they said in their statement they grew apart, I'm inclined to believe it was just that simple.

Everyone, this has been great. Thank you for being so kind to me during my first Celebritology chat. I really wish I could have gotten to all of your questions, but the hour went by so quickly. Maybe I will pop in when Jen returns. Who knows what the future holds!

And thank you, thank you, thank you for sending Jen some love. I will make sure she gets every last kind word.

Until next time!

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Sarah Anne Hughes
Sarah Anne Hughes has been a loyal Celebritologist for the past two years, first as an intern and now as Jen Chaney's co-blogger. She occasionally writes about dogs for BlogPost.

She attended American University, where she split her time between studying and watching reality TV.
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