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September 13, 2012

2:02
P.M.

Celebritology Live

Total Responses: 49

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Host: Jen Chaney

Jen Chaney

Jen Chaney anchors The Washington Post's Celebritology blog, The Post's online window into the world of pop culture and celebrities. She also frequently writes about entertainment trends, filmmakers and other Hollywood-related matters for the print edition of The Washington Post.

A Post staffer for more than a decade, Jen also can be seen reviewing movies on WETA's "Around Town," where she is one of the show's regular film critics. Last year, she contributed a series of essays to the book, "The Friday Night Lights Companion."

When she isn't blogging, at the movies or watching a television show, she's ... um ... probably at home watching a movie or a TV show.

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Q.

Jen Chaney :

I'm late. But I posted the morning mix really early today. So ... split the difference?

Let's chat.

Q.

Breeze Beretta

Do you think Levi and Sunny wanted to ensure that, in the future, men accepting lap dances from Breeze will know she can handle a gun? Honestly, Beretta isn't that bad of a name if you forget it's a gun, but Breeze is a name best left to My Little Ponies or strippers.
A.
Jen Chaney :

Breeze Beretta sounds like the name of the protagonist of a femme-action thriller or possibly the name of one of the fake trailers in "Grindhouse." It does not sound like the name of a baby.

– September 13, 2012 2:05 PM
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Arlington Gay

Loved your posts about Molly Ringwald. Several years ago, she was starring in CABARET on Broadway and we saw her. About as against-type for the former Brat Pack member as possibly, playing Sally Bowles. The show was at the former Studio 54 and the front of the house was set up with cabaret tables. During the performance, someone seated at the tables became ill and Ringwald stopped mid-song, asked the woman if she was OK, got no response, and then announced (I'm not making this up) "Is there a doctor in the house?". There was, he helped the woman, an ambulance came, and about 15 minutes later, Ringwald very professionally lined up the company, started the number again, and continued the show.
A.
Jen Chaney :

That is awesome.

My dad actually saw her in "Cabaret" WITHOUT me. When he came and told me this, I remember being super-jealous.

She seems like she has a very good head on her shoulders, and your story backs up that impression.

Did anyone see her at Sixth and I last night? I wanted to go but couldn't because it was my son's back to school night. In related news, I think I am flunking kindergarten-parenting.

– September 13, 2012 2:07 PM
Q.

Revolution?

So does this show depict an alternate timeline wherein Jack was unable to restart the cosmic water engine? Is that why my IPad won't work?
A.
Jen Chaney :

There's a long answer to this question, but I'll go ahead and give you the short one: yes.

– September 13, 2012 2:08 PM
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Breeze

Baretta is horrible (hello, my name is Glock ... Uzi ... Semi-Automatic ... ) but I don't mind Breeze simply because it is very bohemian/hippie-sounding to me. Like Wave, or Sunflower, or Rain, or some of the other names of the children of hippies.
A.
Jen Chaney :

Yes, Breeze by itself is less objectionable. It's the combo that is distressing.

Your reference to Uzi reminded me of Ari and Uzi from "The Royal Tenenbaums." Alhough I assume that Chas Tenenbaum and his late wife didn't name one of their sons after a gun on purpose...

– September 13, 2012 2:09 PM
Q.

topless tweet

I don't use twitter, but I'm in IT so I get technology. Even so, how does one "accidentally" tweet a pic of their naughty parts to their fans?
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Jen Chaney :

I am not sure what exactly happened there. She said she was trying to delete it so maybe she just tapped a wrong button? Having tweeted messages that I meant to DM, I know it's very easy to do that.

It is possible to accidentally tweet things. I can buy that. Why anyone even semi-famous still takes pictures of themselves naked anymore is another story. If you're going to do it, use an old-fashioned, non-digital camera so someone would have to take it Ritz Camera to get developed. No one knows how to do that anymore, so there's no way the photo will ever leak.

– September 13, 2012 2:12 PM
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Breeze

You mean "Breeze Beretta" is not the reboot of the 70's cop show?
A.
Jen Chaney :

Somewhere, some hack action movie writer saw the news of that baby name and immediately ditched the screenplay they've been working on for the past two years.

– September 13, 2012 2:14 PM
Q.

Lively and Reynolds

I didn't know even know he was dating. A friend was telling me he and ScarJo broke up because he wanted a family and she didn't. I find this suspect - as in, it seems like a cop-out answer.
A.
Jen Chaney :

It seems like a cop-out answer because...? What do you think the real answer?

I don't know what it is, by the way, I just want to know what you think.

– September 13, 2012 2:15 PM
Q.

RE: Chris Brown

I think it is pretty clear by now that Chris Brown still doesn't realize the far-reaching consequences of his actions. The world attaches more meaning to the event than he ever did. For better or worse, his beating of Rihanna will always be tied to his name. The less he can do to remind people of it, the better it will be for his career. I cannot believe that was actually intended to be a sugar skull / cosmetics label combo tattoo. If it is, he definitely needs to hire a better artist.
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Jen Chaney :

I can believe it was intended to be that, but he should have thought harder before getting it done. Anyone would look at one-half of that image -- the non-skull half, obviously -- and think it looks a little bit like Rihanna.

– September 13, 2012 2:17 PM
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Oogiloves

Hey Chaney Boo Boo, just wanted to know that I loved reading your minute by minute report of the movie. Did your son want to see it? A friend with a 4 year old daughter said they must not have advertised much because her daughter wasn't begging to see it. Amazing how many stars had cameo appearances in such a loser movie.
A.
Jen Chaney :

I have not discussed the Oogieloves with my son on purpose so as not to run the risk that he would want to see it. Fortunately, it did such abysmal box office that I think I can escape from the Oogieloves Cone of Silence soon, if not immediately.

I don't think I saw any ads for it. Many of my friends are parents, and most of them had never heard of it until they read my nonsense about it.

– September 13, 2012 2:18 PM
Q.

topless tweet

Who topless tweet ed??? In any event, I believe that, in many jurisdictions, film developing companys are required by law to report any porn/erotica they find on the films.
A.
Jen Chaney :

Oh, legalities. Constantly getting in the way.

It was Alison Pill, as noted in the morning mix today. She's a fine upstanding citizen in general, so it was clearly just a mistake. But -- and maybe this is my prudish naivete -- I don't get the obsession with taking naked pictures of yourself. I have never had this impulse. (I know, I know -- actors are narcissists...)

– September 13, 2012 2:21 PM
Q.

DC

Is there a reason there's not a link to your blog (or those of the other Post Live Q&A's that I frequent) somewhere on the chat page? Or am I just missing it?
A.
Jen Chaney :

You're probably not missing it. That would make, like, a bucketload of sense, wouldn't it? I'll ask someone on our discussion production team if we can add that.

– September 13, 2012 2:22 PM
Q.

Gangnam Style!

VMAs. Ellen. Making the rounds of LA radio. Yea, Psy fits here now. :)
A.
Jen Chaney :

Oh my lord, have you ever gotten sick of something so quickly? I can't turn around to sneeze without Psy or someone pretending to be Psy being all up in my grill.

– September 13, 2012 2:22 PM
Q.

Ryan & Blake

Sounds like it could be a gay guy wedding. Anywho, I was a little surprised about the age difference. Ryan just squeezed by the "half your age plus 7" rule. I know that there are very mature 25 year olds, but 25 to 35 is a pretty big life experience gap.
A.
Jen Chaney :

A 10-year difference, especially in Hollywood, is not that much really. But yes, it is a big life experience difference.

I don't think it means a relationship can't work, though.

– September 13, 2012 2:24 PM
Q.

Re Lively and Reynolds

I guess putting the blame on one party - in this case the woman - that's all. Real answer would be it just didn't work out.
A.
Jen Chaney :

Gotcha.

– September 13, 2012 2:25 PM
Q.

It sounds like a cocktail

Can I get one "Breeze Beretta?" It's equal parts Malibu, simple syrup, grenadine, pineapple juice, and West Virginia moonshine!
A.
Jen Chaney :

We should really do a Celebritology happy hour where all the drink specials are named after famous people's babies.

I'll have a Bear Blu, please. And my boyfriend will have the Pilot Inspektor-tini.

– September 13, 2012 2:27 PM
Q.

Living in the present

I was thinking about George Clooney's girlfriends and thought, if you are one of the chosen, boy is that a lesson in really enjoying the present. You know the relationship has a shelf life, so carpe diem! (Oh, and as Elisabetta Canalis learned the hard way, don't talk about marriage or kids to the media.)
A.
Jen Chaney :

I have this feeling that when you start dating George Clooney, you totally know all that. And then as the relationship progresses, you get all swoony-Clooney and think that you may finally be the one who changes everything for him and gets to be his wife and will walk down an aisle with him standing at the altar looking like he always does in his Oscars tuxedo, and then you say "I do"  and he says "I do" back  in that same voice he used to narrate that DNC video and then...

I'm sorry, what were we talking about?

– September 13, 2012 2:30 PM
Q.

The Ageless Molly Ringwald

Loved your piece. She looks fabulous ... like she hasn't aged a day!
A.
Jen Chaney :

Thanks, and agreed.

It's nice when people you admired in your youth actually turn out to be solid people.

– September 13, 2012 2:31 PM
Q.

Flunking kindergarten parenting

Congratulations, me too. Because I don't micromanage the teacher, think I know everything and feel I should hover in the classroom all day every day. hehe. Oh, and also because I don't think I should devote my entire life to planning a "variety show" that is going to take place ... wait for it ... next MAY. Oy!
A.
Jen Chaney :

Got some high-maintenance parents at your school, do ya?

All the talk of homework procedures was what freaked me out last night. Wait, I have to work on a reading journal and writing exercises? But what if a celebrity break-up is announced during that time? How am I supposed to blog it?

– September 13, 2012 2:32 PM
Q.

Monica Lewinsky

Is reportedly shopping a book deal. If Rielle Hunter's "memoir" really sold 25K copies, think what Monica's would do?
A.
Jen Chaney :

It seems like she should have done this 10 years ago, no?

– September 13, 2012 2:33 PM
Q.

Drinks named after famous babies

I'd like an Apple-tini, please! Oh. Wait.
A.
Jen Chaney :

This drink menu literally writes itself.

– September 13, 2012 2:33 PM
Q.

Ed O'Neill

Did you see the part of his interview from Rolling Stone about being a mobster and a speed freak. Most importantly, would "Modern Family have been as good with Craig T. Nelson as the dad?
A.
Jen Chaney :

Yes, it would. It just would have been called "Parenthood" instead.

– September 13, 2012 2:34 PM
Q.

ejpd

Happy Hour -- it's been 4 years since our last in person Celebritology Happy Hour. I remember because it was just because I got sworn in as attorney and couldn't afford to attend. We need to have another one. P.S. You don't flunk Kindegarten parentings, you just get a N for Needs Improvement.
A.
Jen Chaney :

That's *another* thing EPJD: they are changing the report card grading this year. There was a whole hand-out with an infographic that explained how to interpret the new grades.

I  have to study in order to understand someone else's report card.

We really should do another one. I don't think the Post will pay for it. But we could always organize one ourselves. Would any D.C. peeps be up for that?

P.S. I still have the poster from our Lost Happy Hour, complete with the drink list.

– September 13, 2012 2:36 PM
Q.

I love RR despite his eyes being too close together

[quote]A friend was telling me he and ScarJo broke up because he wanted a family and she didn't.[/quote] I heard this too, and for some reason I believe it. I'll never meet Ryan Reynolds (who I *love* because of "Just Friends," a criminally underrated film), but I am convinced he just wants a passel of babies, and Blake Lively (of whom I know nothing) is ready to make him happy. But yeah, the age difference squicks me out too ... and I don't have anything against ScarJo, but she was way too young to get married in the first place, and clearly wasn't ready to pop out the rugrats.
A.
Jen Chaney :

But is Lively ready to pop out the rugrats? If that really was Reynolds's issue, presumably he made sure she was before they said their vows and had their pre-reception carnival hour.

God, I wish someone would leak video from the carnival hour.

– September 13, 2012 2:37 PM
Q.

Starting them young, huh?

I'm sorry, but a reading journal and writing exercises? In kindergarten? I'm an old and crusty 42 so maybe I don't remember not doing anything like that in kindergarten? And I turned out just fine, went to a good university, have a successful career ... gosh.
A.
Jen Chaney :

It's full-day now, too. No more of this a.m. and p.m. business.

I have no recollection of learning anything in kindergarten, other than how to use the bathroom pass.

– September 13, 2012 2:38 PM
Q.

Friday List idea

"It's nice when people you admired in your youth actually turn out to be solid people." Besides Molly Ringwald, how about Tom Hanks, Mark Harmon (I remember him as the UCLA QB!), Meryl Streep. Who else?
A.
Jen Chaney :

Interesting proposal. I think we should limit the list to child stars who turned out just fine. Ringwald. Jodie Foster. Jason Bateman...

– September 13, 2012 2:40 PM
Q.

Oh, Monica. Desperate much?

I think Monica Lewinsky's story is just a tad bit past its sell-by date.
A.
Jen Chaney :

People would be interested, though. At least in a "I'll read the highlights in a hilarious Gawker post" sort of way.

– September 13, 2012 2:41 PM
Q.

Celebritology happy hour where all the drink specials are named after famous people's babies

I'll take a Peaches Geldoff - brightly colored with a bitter aftertaste and leaves you with a feeling of confusion.
A.
Jen Chaney :

To be fair, that describes most alcoholic drinks. But I like it!

– September 13, 2012 2:41 PM
Q.

Island Tiki Bar

We totally need to get the bartender working on the recipes for these baby name inspired drinks. Fiday List idea!
A.
Jen Chaney :

Yes, we would need to do this at a beach bar, right?

– September 13, 2012 2:42 PM
Q.

VMAs

Are the VMAs on their last legs, after such terrible TV ratings?
A.
Jen Chaney :

Last legs? No. From a social media perspective, there was still a lot of chatter about it.

It was an off year. And given the ratings and the general sense that they were indeed a snooze, I have no doubt that MTV will find some way to make concoct a "shock" that will make them interesting again next year.

– September 13, 2012 2:43 PM
Q.

It seems like she should have done this 10 years ago, no?

Yes. Now that Bill and Hillary stayed together all this time and weathered his infidelity storm, it seems the 15 minutes for her story is kind of past the expiration date. I mean, did you see the adorable picture of her in Timor watching his DNC speech? They genuinely seem to care for each other. Besides, there have been way too many other scandals since then, from Mark Sanford's hike in the Appalachian, Jon Corzine's long term affair with Carla Katz, Congressmen soliciting pages, and of course Elliot Spitzer violating the Mann Act with his imports to DC - Monica's story is almost tame and quaint compared to some of these characters.
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Jen Chaney :

That is true. The other question is what detail can be left after the Starr Report? That was really the Lewinsky tell-all.

I remember reading that at the beach when it was released. It was the appropriate place for it, that's for sure.

– September 13, 2012 2:46 PM
Q.

Friday List idea

Ron Howard
A.
Jen Chaney :

Bam! Another well-adjusted child star.

I'll also add Wil Wheaton.

– September 13, 2012 2:46 PM
Q.

Elderly lizard, recalling kindergarten

Back in ye olden times, children didn't even start reading instruction till First Grade. Kindergarten enrollment began at age 4 - 1/2. What I recall of Kindergarten (only half-day) are finger-painting, modeling clay, white paste (which the teacher tried to keep us from eating), "rhythm band" (where each row of us played a different percussion instrument, all of us accompanying our teacher on piano), recesses (plural), and NO READING (although we sang the "Alphabet Song"). Mr. Elderly Lizard's school district didn't even have Kindergarten yet, so he began school in First Grade.
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Jen Chaney :

Wow. I definitely remember the paste you speak of.

– September 13, 2012 2:47 PM
Q.

"Blu Bear" cocktail

Doubtless contains enough Curacao to put hair on one's chest!
A.
Jen Chaney :

That's all it is: straight-up Curacao in a glass.

I have never tried to drink Curacao by itself, but I suspect it would not be pleasant.

– September 13, 2012 2:48 PM
Q.

My new favorite sports celebrity

I don't care about his team, but Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is now my hero for his eloquent and passionate, albeit NSFW defense of a fellow NFL player after a Maryland delegate attacked the Ravens' player for speaking in support of gay marriage. Go Chris!

A.
Jen Chaney :

I read that and thought it was pretty spectacular as a piece of writing coming from an NFL player.

– September 13, 2012 2:50 PM
Q.

Kathy Bates

Deserves a mention for surviving ovarian cancer and now recovering from a double masectomy
A.
Jen Chaney :

Absolutely. Love her and was sorry to hear she was ailing. Glad she's doing better.

– September 13, 2012 2:51 PM
Q.

Politician scandals to surpass Lewinskygate

Not to mention that icky and aptly-named Congressman Wiener. Ick Nast.
A.
Jen Chaney :

Who also, by the way, accidentally tweeted pictures of himself. See how this all comes together?

– September 13, 2012 2:51 PM
Q.

Heidi Klum

Do we really, truly believe she wasn't "interested" in the bodyguard guy before she and Seal split up?
A.
Jen Chaney :

I really, truly believe that I don't care that much. I was sort of sad when they split up because they appeared to really love each other for a while.

But they are less interesting to me apart than they were together, if that makes any sense.

– September 13, 2012 2:52 PM
Q.

Another well-adjusted child star.

Rick Schroeder and Sean Astin for this list. Also Tiffani Thiessen.
A.
Jen Chaney :

Good calls, all.

– September 13, 2012 2:52 PM
Q.

Not a baby, but ...

... Along the lines of the Arnold Palmer and the Tom Collins, I think there should be a drink named the George Clooney. Something cool, delicious and very sophisticated.
A.
Jen Chaney :

Cloone-tini? A Dr. Ross-a-rita?

– September 13, 2012 2:54 PM
Q.

My husband and I can't help laughing...

each time an ad for the new Clint Eastwood film comes on TV. We just burst out laughing. It's a shame, too, because I really like Eastwood as a director, but I can't take him seriously right now.
A.
Jen Chaney :

I haven't burst out laughing, but I think of Invisible Obama every time I see the ad, too. I think it's because of his mispronunciation of the term feng shui -- plays into some of his inarticulateness during that speech.

Are other people having this issue? I feel like I can ultimately look past it to enjoy his films. It's just the ad that's hard to deal with, I think.

– September 13, 2012 2:56 PM
Q.

I'm the only one not sad

about Amy Poehler and Will Arnett. I've never understood Poehler's appeal, I think she is way too cheesy and over the top and not deserving of Gob's love, but man, my friends on Facebook acted like their own parents were splitting.

A.
Jen Chaney :

Your friends were right. Leslie Knope and Gob Bluth are our parents, okay?

You just don't understand. I mean ...

– September 13, 2012 2:58 PM
Q.

O'Neil v. Nelson

Gotta disagree. There's always something inert about Craig T.; I think he would have sunk MODERN FAMILY. Like him fine on PARENTHOOD, though.
A.
Jen Chaney :

He's more understated. I really like him, though.

– September 13, 2012 2:59 PM
Q.

The George Clooney

... and makes you swoon and forget what you were talking about.
A.
Jen Chaney :

Once again, this describes many alcoholic beverages so...

– September 13, 2012 2:59 PM
Q.

Well adjusted child star

Rockin it old school: Shirley Temple Black. My dad worked with her when she was an ambassador. I have a signed picture of her somewhere.....
A.
Jen Chaney :

A couple of you who said this. Duly noted.

– September 13, 2012 3:00 PM
Q.

well-adjusted child star

Natalie Portman? Emma Watson?
A.
Jen Chaney :

I feel like Watson is still too young to make the list, though I trust she'll stay the decent human being she appears to be.

Portman is a definite.

– September 13, 2012 3:00 PM
Q.

In defense of Heidi Klum

Well, after my divorce, I had a very enjoyable fling with a boy toy who was 8 years younger than me. And enjoyed every minute of it. So maybe Heidi is just enjoying some cotton candy-like fun.
A.
Jen Chaney :

Perhaps so. Hey, doesn't bother me. Seal's initial comment about it was kind of amusing. Whenever someone uses the word fornicate, they've usually just uttered a quality sentence.

– September 13, 2012 3:01 PM
Q.

I feel like I can ultimately look past it to enjoy his films.

True, it's not like he Mel Gibsoned.
A.
Jen Chaney :

Not at all. And I liked "The Beaver" so even in that case, it is possible to appreciate someone performance or work without liking their offscreen behavior.

– September 13, 2012 3:02 PM
Q.

BAD CASTING

Jane Fonda has it all wrong. She's looking like a deer in headlights when the real Nancy Reagan had more of a " I'm naughty and haughty but I'm richer than you" look and it will take more than Brylcreem to cover Mr. Rickmans oh so British accent.
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Jen Chaney :

Well, so far all we've seen are pictures. We can't really tell whether they pull this off until "The Butler" comes out.

I thought the make-up jobs were pretty darn good, though.

– September 13, 2012 3:03 PM
Q.

The George Clooney cocktail

I understand he's partial to Limoncello, so that would have to be a prominent ingredient.
A.
Jen Chaney :

I actually had drinks in the presence of Mr. Clooney once -- it was at a Toronto Film Festival party and waitresses were not shy about bringing him champagne.

My role in all this was to say a bunch of stupid stuff for a few minutes and then walk away.

And on that note, I have to sign off so I can knock out a couple of blog posts. Thanks for all the quality questions. I'll give this Celeb happy hour some more thought, for sure. And we'll reconvene here next Thursday at 2. Adios.

– September 13, 2012 3:06 PM
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