Hollywood Celebrity Buzz
Ross von Metze | June 29, 2005
Lindsay Lohan disses Disney
Come on – admit it. Who doesn�t love a good Lindsay Lohan story? Especially now that Disney�s teen queen has suggested she dropped 25 pounds, went blonde and started dressing like a high class Hollywood hooker in prep for a forthcoming role as Meryl Streep�s daughter in a flick for Paramount Classics. Now that�s funny.
But as her latest family flick, Herbie Fully Loaded, rolls into theatres, we�re left to question Disney�s motives for all but dropping Lindsay, their boobalicious cash cow for the last few years, from ads for the movie.
Beginning last month, rumors started swirling that Lindsay, who was quite busty during the filming of Herbie, was �reduced� in post editing so that Disney could keep that coveted �G� rating. Now, posters touting the movie release have all but dropped Lindsay altogether. What used to be a huge poster of the starlet in form-fitting racing duds is now a close-up of the car with Lindsay and friends relegated to the bottom right corner.
According to Cindy Adams, my fav crusty gossip diva at the New York Post, Lindsay recently threw a fit at an LA screening of the film when she saw the poster and later, noticed her original song for the film had been moved from the movie�s climax to playing over the closing credits.
�Nobody stays to watch this shit,� Lindsay hissed before storming from the theatre. Onlookers reported Lohan was pissed and even ripped down a poster for the movie on her way out. If opening weekend grosses soar the way some industry analysts are projecting, maybe it�ll make Lindsay and her attitude take an about face. But if we�re looking at the now skeletal golden girl�s first genuine flop, well, hide the steak knives.
Oprah gets the boot from Hermes
A few years ago, sales reps at a Louis Vuitton store in Italy refused to assist Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King after assuming the TV mogul couldn�t afford any of the store�s pricey items. You see, Italy is one of the world�s few countries that doesn�t broadcast The Oprah Winfrey Show. So Oprah called the big man upstairs, heads rolled and before you could say �Wanna purse Gayle?�, Oprah was being given the royal treatment and multiple bottles of bubbly.
It�s happened again, only this time the offender is a Hermes store in Paris. Oprah and Gayle were turned away from the store after sales reps insisted it was closed for a private event. But Gayle King told reporters other customers were obviously shopping and, for whatever reason, it was decided Oprah should not be one of them. Gayle says the pair were �humiliated,� but obviously not enough to pass up one last laugh. Not only did Oprah cancel a �multi-thousand dollar� order, but when Hermes president issued an apology that wasn�t to Miss Winfrey�s liking, she announced on live TV she�d never step foot into one of their stores again.
Hermes – nice knowing ya!
Geena Davis and her gums back in action
On last week�s Family Guy, wise beyond his years toddler Chris blamed a bad �tooth to gum ratio� for Geena Davis� absence from film in recent years. �She used to make movies but now she doesn�t make movies anymore,� Chris pondered.
That�s because after disasters like Angie, Speechless, Cutthroat Island, The Long Kiss Goodnight� you can keep going and going� the Oscar winner has decided to leave cinema behind and give TV another go. And, according to TV insiders, hers is the show to watch in the coming season. In Commander in Chief, Davis stars as the country�s first female president, inhabiting the post after the president dies.
Me thinks even that loud ass little kid might tune in for this one.
Courtney Love�s old stomping ground
OK, well I don�t exactly mean hangout. I�m in Seattle this week, land of a thousand musicians, the Experience Music Project Museum and numerous stories about Courtney Love. My favorite came as I was walking through the Capitol Hill district (that�s where all the homos live, for those of you not familiar with the area) when my tour guide (also a homo) made everyone stop in front of a Shell station.
�This,� he proclaimed, �is where cops found Courtney Love passed out in her own puke after the album Celebrity Skin fell out of the Billboard Top 100. She was on her way to that club (he added, pointing 30 feet down the sidewalk) but she ended up here.�
In fact, Seattle residents have tons of good stories about the rocker, who is now facing homelessness as the Homeowners Association at her Manhattan digs are demanding she cough up thousands of dollars in unpaid back rent. This is a fabulous city, but I�ll take fucked up Courtney stories any day of the week.
And so goes the buzz for this week. Until we meet again, remember – one person�s trash is another person�s rent check. – Issued by Gay Link Content
Ross von Metzke is the Editor in Chief of Xodus Magazine and a featured columnist for GayWired.com. His work has appeared in YM, Performing Arts, The San Diego Union Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, Instinct and Gay Web Monkey. Ross lives in San Diego.
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