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April 19, 2012

2:01
P.M.

Celebritology Live

Total Responses: 37

About the hosts

About the host

Host: Sarah Anne Hughes

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.

About the topic

Join Celebritology blogger Sarah Anne Hughes, who will be filing in for Jen Chaney this week, to gab about the latest celebrity gossip and pop culture news making waves across the Web.

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Q.

Sarah Anne Hughes :

Good afternoon, chatters. Lots to talk about. This week we mourned the loss of Dick Clark, celebrated (or ignored) the engagement of Brangelina and learned about a lot of celebrity pregnancies.

So let's chat!

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Melissa Joan Hart, Taylor Hanson to become parents again

Am I the only one who read that and thought: Whoa! Melissa Joan Hart and Taylor Hanson are a couple?!
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

Sorry about that! My headline, on this post about Melissa Joan Hart and Taylor Hanson separately expecting more babies, was way too long as it was. 

But my goodness: Wouldn't they have the cutest baby in the world?

– April 19, 2012 2:03 PM
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Dick Clark

Everyone's talking about Bandstand and New Year's Rockin' Eve. But let's take a moment to also remember his long run as host of the $10,000-$100,000 Pyramid. A great game show for '70s and '80s TV celeb-watching. JoAnne Worley, Vicki Lawrence, Adrienne Barbeau, Nipsey Russell, Soupy Sales, and of course Game Show Queen Betty White! So much fun! Always liked Dick Clark's parting salute.
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

"For now, Dick Clark ... So long."

I'm with you here. I fell in love with "Pyramid" as a kid, thanks to my aversion to sports and the Game Show Network.

Here's a clip, via Grantland, of Dick scolding David Letterman on "$20,000 Pyramid" for using rhymes in the winner's circle. It's pretty great.

– April 19, 2012 2:04 PM
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Parker Young

Good year for Parker Young, a funny actor who looks like hunky shirtless.  Link

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Sarah Anne Hughes :

Parker, is that you?

I'll admit it: I had to look up Parker Young. But now, thanks to IMDb, I know he played "Handsome" Hanson on last Sunday's excellent episode of "Mad Men."

It appears he also co-stars on "Suburgatory," which -- here comes another admission -- I haven't seen. Anyone want to yell at me to watch it?

– April 19, 2012 2:08 PM
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SNL and too soon on trial of George Zimmerman

While I get that the writers for SNL were more about mocking Piers Morgan, Ice-T, Ozzie Guillen, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, but read a bunch of post asking "Was it too soon?" since at the center of this, there's a dead 17-year-old from a shot to the chest. Reading in the comment section, most people realize that SNL was mocking the event itself but the mass media coverage of it yet commentators felt it was too soon. Just curious what you thought? Link

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Sarah Anne Hughes :

I can absolutely see why people think it was too soon to do a sketch like that, but I didn't feel that way. It was one of the gutsiest things "SNL" has done in awhile and I think it successfully lampooned the coverage, not the case itself.

Here's the clip, if anyone if confused.

– April 19, 2012 2:14 PM
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I love Kathy Griffin

I didn't realize her show started tonight. Thanks for the reminder!
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

You're very welcome!

To catch everyone up, Kathy Griffin's new talk show "Kathy" debuts on Bravo tonight. I'm pretty excited about the show, although the two commenters on the post don't seem to be fans.

But you know what I don't like -- the name. What is up with the shows that are just first names, Hollywood? (Think "Katie"  and"Anderson.")

 

– April 19, 2012 2:20 PM
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David

Any success on locating an order form for a David? I'm going to need one with darker hair, but the same disregard for human morality.
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

Sorry it took me so long to answer this. I had to recover from the giggling this induced.

Oh, Michael Fassbender. Even as an android, your allure is undeniable.

– April 19, 2012 2:21 PM
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Jen

Is she okay or does she not like us chatters any more?
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

Jen is great! She needed to take some days off this month, but she'll be back next week to chat with you guys.

– April 19, 2012 2:22 PM
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Nick Offerman

Is it just me or is he kind of a hottie? I never knew.
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

Not just you. Total hottie.

I present these pictures from his Wood Shop as evidence.

 

– April 19, 2012 2:25 PM
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I feel like a dirty old lady for posting this question

...so thank goodness this chat is anonymous: Game of Thrones on HBO is born of one of my favorite book series, and much of the violence and sex are ripped right from the texts. My problem? Why so very many nude young women every week, and the closest we get to good "dudity" (as my friend calls it) is a shirtless 20-something with not too much physique to look at? There are some seriously handsome men on that show, whom I'd enjoy an equally gratuitous look at as the shots aimed at my husband's demographic! Why always scrawny boys? Harrumph!!
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

Which male "Thrones" characters in particular would you like to see engage in dudity?

My choice -- hands down -- Robb Stark.

– April 19, 2012 2:27 PM
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re: SNL and too soon

I'm not the OP, but this bugs me. For me there are some things that are just not going to be funny. It's really hard for me to laugh at a situation where a kid was shot and killed, no matter how they are making fun of that situation. When I've said as much to others about stuff like this, they immediately jump all over me and say how dare I advocate censoring. And my point has never been that they shouldn't be allowed to do it. I'm just expressing the opinion that it is in really poor taste and I don't think it's funny. This came up a few years ago in the context of Larry David's show poking fun at something to do with child sexual abuse. I just could never find anything about child sex abuse to be funny. Doesn't mean I think Larry David should be taken off the air. It just means I don't want to watch that episode and might not watch his other shows because of it. On the other hand, give me an SNL skit about Conversation Killers and I'm there laughing with everyone else.
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

I completely see where you're coming from.

– April 19, 2012 2:28 PM
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My thoughts on this week's celeb stories

The engagement of Brangelina is a boring publicity stunt. Ryan Seacrest can't be the next Dick Clark because he already looks older than Dick Clark did at 82. Beyonce is even more talented than previously thought: she somehow secured a silk scarf around the head of a baby! Demi Moore needs a cheeseburger I.V., stat!
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

How did I miss the Beyonce putting a scarf on Blue Ivy's head story?! Hands down, best thing I've seen all week.

– April 19, 2012 2:31 PM
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Magic Mike

Let's hope this film has better effects on Channing Tatum's career than Showgirls did for Elizabeth Berkley and Gina Gershon.
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

Oh man,  I didn't even consider this possible disaster.

Based on the trailer for "Magic Mike," I'd say Tatum's in the clear. The plot looks kind of sappy, but there were definitely funny moments. For the record, I was laughing with him, not at him.

– April 19, 2012 2:33 PM
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Suburgatory

It's not bad. I love Cheryl Hines's over-the-top "real housewife" schtick. I've seen several episodes due to my inertia, being too lazy to change the channel between "The Middle" and "Modern Family." After that, I do manage enough strength to hit the "off" button. Everything that has followed "Modern Family" stank up my living room. The new show is the worst.
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

One not so glowing endorsement for "Suburgatory" ...

– April 19, 2012 2:34 PM
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WATCH SUBURGATORY!

You're welcome. Actually, it's a pretty good show, You should watch it.
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

... and one very confident endorsement. I'll watch it! The Sisto-Silverstone "Clueless" reunion sold me.

– April 19, 2012 2:35 PM
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Bond and Heineken

I'm just not believing Daniel Craig's line that it was "necessary" for the film to promote Heineken. What a lame choice since Heineken thinks it's a classy beer, but it really isn't. In the days when Columbia Heights was a "transitional" neighborhood, the streets were littered with Heineken bottles. I've associated that with Heineken ever since.
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

Well, Heineken has a new line of beer to promote and the movie needs money. It makes sense.

Is there another brand of beer you would have selected? A liquor, perhaps?

– April 19, 2012 2:38 PM
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SNL hosting

Will Eli Manning be as good as his big bro Peyton? Or will he be as lackluster as Michael Phelps and Tom Brady were?
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

As I mentioned earlier in the chat, I have an aversion to sports so I don't know much about Eli Manning. That said, Peyton did a great job! So maybe we can give his brother some tips.

Any Giants fans out there have an opinion on Manning's "SNL" prospects?

– April 19, 2012 2:41 PM
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Speaking of Mad Men

Nothing made me happier than watching Pete get the crap kicked out of him by Lane Pryce. Joan's husband gets all the flack for being a rapist, but remember Pete is a rapist, too (he forced himself on that nanny with the ruined dress back in his apartment-dwelling days).
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

Enjoy the punch over and over again with this GIF that keeps on giving.

As for Pete being a rapist, I actually didn't think of him that way when I watched the scene originally in 2009. But now that you say that, I'm not sure what to feel! It's odd that that scene doesn't come up more when Pete is being discussed.

You can read all the arguments about whether or not Pete's encounter with the au pair was rape in this Slate blog post.

– April 19, 2012 2:46 PM
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Cutest baby in the world, part deux

I have to say, if Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez reproduce, that would also be the cutest baby in the world.
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

Totally. Those two need to have a kid as a favor to humanity. What the world needs now is more cute babies!

– April 19, 2012 2:49 PM
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Mitt Romney and SNL

While I will kind of miss Jason Sudeikis's characterization of Vice President Biden, I don't think there is really more to it then what we have already watched. But won't miss his Mitt Romney. Kind of glad he is going. Think Big Bear City native Taram Killam (my cousins went to school with him) will be great this September as former Gov. Romney.
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

To be fair, Sudeikis hasn't confirmed the report he's leaving "SNL." But I agree, Killam would do a great Romney.

– April 19, 2012 2:50 PM
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The Client List

Have you seen this? There is an actor playing the brother of Jennifer Love Hewitt's husband who looks like Tom Cruise's doppelganger. I wonder if he's a long lost son from an illicit affair in the 80s.
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Sarah Anne Hughes :
– April 19, 2012 2:58 PM
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The REAL Barnabas Collins

I didn't know he had died. I mean. I thought he was incapable of it. RIP Mr. Frid. You scared the bejeezus out of me for years. (I was one of those kids who ran home from school to watch Dark Shadows. Then slept with my hands around my neck for two years.)
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

What a nice tribute to Jonathan Frid, who died last week at age 87.

– April 19, 2012 2:59 PM
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nick offerman

no idea who this guy is, but he is NOT a hottie. Please. You are encouraging couch-potato males the world over with this attitude.
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

I shall agree to strongly disagree with you.

– April 19, 2012 2:59 PM
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Game Of Thrones Dudity

Jon Snow!!!
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

As he's a member of the celibate Night's Watch, I'd say your chances are slim to none.

– April 19, 2012 3:00 PM
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Which male "Thrones" characters in particular would you like to see engage in dudity?

I like Jon Snow and Jamie Lannister.
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

Lannister yes, but hopefully when he's not engaging in incest with his sister.

– April 19, 2012 3:01 PM
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Is it just me

Or are things pretty slow in the world of celebrities?
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

It is not just you. It has been a very slow month.

– April 19, 2012 3:02 PM
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James Bond and Liquor

Umm, this isn't the first time, folks. Everybody seems to forget that James Bond is responsible for the invention of the "Vodka Martini". In the books, it was just a martini, until, in one of the early movies, Schmirnoff approached the producers about product placement. As a result, they had Bond order a "vodka martini" -- a drink that didn't exist at the time, BTW -- and it was all downhill from there.
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Sarah Anne Hughes :
– April 19, 2012 3:02 PM
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My choice -- hands down -- Robb Stark.

Don't you mean "pants down"?
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

Zing!

– April 19, 2012 3:03 PM
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so long, Barnabas

Just saw a post that Jonathan Frid has died. Dark Shadows was one of my childhood faves. Nice that he got some attention from the upcoming movie.
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

He makes a cameo in it, as well. I'm guessing that may make the price of admission worth it for some "Dark Shadows" fans.

– April 19, 2012 3:04 PM
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Jason Segel and Michelle Williams

I don't give a fig for most Hollywood couples (i.e., Brangelina), but I really, really would like to see this sweet pair succeed.
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

I second this emotion!

– April 19, 2012 3:04 PM
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Games of Thrones trivia

Which member of the cast is Charles Dickens's great-great-great grandson? http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/showbiz/starinterviews/the-boy-with-dickens-in-his-blood--harry-lloyd-6380908.html
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

Of all the people in the Westeros, it had to be Viserys Targaryen.

– April 19, 2012 3:06 PM
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James Bond was sort of the best version of British upper class

I think that James Bond, at least in the original conception, was this guy who was educated at Eton and then Oxford so he sort of represented the best version of the British upper classes (sort like how Robert on "Downton Abbey" represents the best version of the British nobility). Heineken just seems a bit too common for James Bond. It's sort of like taking James Bond out of his Aston Martin luxury sports car and then making him drive a Ford F-150 pickup truck.
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

If only money didn't make the world go round...

– April 19, 2012 3:06 PM
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James Bond's beer

007 is the worlds most interesting man; his beer? Dos Equis. duh.
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

I'm just gonna leave this here.

– April 19, 2012 3:08 PM
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Eli vs. Peytron on SNL

Well, Eli will have home field advantage, so I'm guessing that an enthusiastic NY corwd might buoy some of the weaker skits with additional, perhaps unwarranted, laugher.
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

Are New Yorkers really that friendly? (I kid, I kid.)

– April 19, 2012 3:09 PM
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SNL

I really enjoyed the last episode and is it just me, or do you think the writers put more effort into it when the guest host is actually glad to be there and, dare I say it, having fun?
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

I think the host definitely plays a role in the quality of the sketches. Just look at Maya Rudolph's episode this season? So, so, so good.

– April 19, 2012 3:10 PM
Q.

Dick Clark also gave us...

TVs Bloopers and Practical Jokes, which was probably a pure money maker and inspired Ashton Kutcher's Punk'd, though not as mean spiritied.
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

Another great Dick Clark contribution.

– April 19, 2012 3:11 PM
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Mad Men

I was getting pretty bored with this season until this week. I literally sat up (from laying down) to watch Lane and Pete go at it. It was the most startling happening in the office sine the John Deere account...
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

Oh, Lois. She brought such great chaos into the office.

– April 19, 2012 3:13 PM
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B'More Cat and Trash Talk Lover

Why does anything Joe Eszterhas say even matter these days? Does he have a book to sell? He is old news, as is Mel Gibson. Explain, please.
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Sarah Anne Hughes :

Oh sheesh. Where to begin?

I don't want to wade into this too deeply, but I think the level of attention the Maccabee project garnered when it was announced last year has a lot to do with the amount of press this he said-he said debacle is getting now.

Also: It's Mel Gibson.

And with that, ladies and gents, I must say goodbye. Jen Chaney will be back next week! As always, it's been a pleasure.

– April 19, 2012 3:17 PM
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