** Is it possible that I woke up on Tom Cruise's side? There's something about Sumner Redstone calling him out for his "unacceptable" behavior that has me defending him. So is Sumney (his pals call him Sumney, see) saying that the unacceptable behavior was general fanaticism related to a cult or jumping on Oprah's couch or just saving Suri for Vanity Fair?
This auf'ing comes, after all, two years after Cruise officially strayed outside the boundaries of normal into crazy, and so now he's not seeming bonkers to me and I need some clarity from Sumney. If he is being canned just for his fantaticism in Scientology then, I dunno, maybe Sumney could've just fired the guy and not told everybody it was because he's crazy? Or just say that he's being fired for his religious beliefs. Does Paramount H.R. know that this is the reason that Cruise got fired? And does GE H.R. know that I am taking Yom Kippur off, or am I crazy and fired? Or am I crazy and fired for disrespectin' Sumney?
** I forgot to mention that I watched a great BBC miniseries called "Line of Beauty" on the plane home from Turkey the other day. (I know you care.) It's set in Thatcher's England and follows a grad student poofter who becomes part of the family of a Conservative MP. The programme (yes I did spell it that way, cheers!) features the three ingredients that make a classic miniseries: AIDS, cocaine, and the French countryside. Rent it!
** I know that everyone's talking about K-Fed's appearance on the very meaningful "Teen Choice Awards" programme (I'm gonna do it again) on Sunday night, but did anyone see Jessica Simpson? She was the evening's biggest bomb. Just the sight of her stooooopid face gave anyone else within 100 yards instant credibility. When she intro'd Britney, the gum chewing pop tart came out suddenly embodying the soul of Mavis Staples. Next to Simpson, I thought K-Fed was being given a "Hip Hop Honors" Lifetime Acheivement Award.
By the way, I saw the "video" for her new "song" this morning featuring a cavalcade of cameos from some of Hollywood's biggest stars. Yes, Jessica nabbed an appearance from Eva Longoria. Yes, Simpson sucks down an ice cream cone like a real pro, proving that she can, indeed have it all. She can love Jesus AND act like a trollop! And, yes, Ryan Seacrest mentions getting a show on Bravo at the beginning. Please do not mention the name Bravo in your vid, lady. We can figure out a way to coexist, just please not that. (And if you want to watch it, it's in our video player.)
** I am obsessed with the programme that is shaping up as the official morning show of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered community: "Good Morning America"! With the addition of Sam Champion to the team, Disney has created the gayest two hours on earth! I hope the ABC Ayemmer just goes for it. Use a vintage track from Vicki Sue Robinson as your theme song! Don't broadcast from a Disney Cruise, move that party over a boat who's Cap'n is called Olivia! Gay it up, GMA!
** Kathy Najimy's letter yesterday to Andy's Blog created cause for pause for us all, and a firestorm of postings. Tomorrow, let me know what you think of how the designers tackle models outside their comfort zone tonight.