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Watch: Russell Brand takes over 'Morning Joe'

Posted by Anush Elbakyan, Boston.com Staff June 19, 2013 05:48 PM

Actor and comedian Russell Brand went on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' to discuss his comedy tour 'The Messiah Complex,'' and wound up taking over the show.

The interview went downhill when co-host Mika Brzezinski introduced Brand: "Joining us now, he's a really big deal. I'm told this, I'm not very pop cultured, I'm sorry, comedian, movie star, author and host of the show Brand X: Russell Brand."

The comedian grew even more irritated when Brzezinski referred to him in third person saying, "This is my first Brand experience. It's not listening to him, it's the experience."

"You're talking about me as if I'm not here, as if I'm an extra-terrestrial!" Brand exclaimed. "You shouldn't say 'he' when a person is present. You should refer to the person by their name. That is basic good manners. Is this what you all do for a living?"

Brand later tweeted:



Kim Kardashian lets Kanye into her closet

Posted by Rachel Raczka August 27, 2012 09:35 AM

Kanye West continues his ambiguous appearances on girlfriend Kim Kardashian's E! reality show, "Keeping up with the Kardashians," this time arriving with his stylist, Renelou Padora, to clean out his lady love's wardrobe. Kardashian sets the premise for the visit, saying West has arrived for a "full clothing makeover," while explaining that their relationship has "definitely inspired [her] to be a little more of an individual."

West, who remains as reality-TV-awkward-as-ever -- sheepishly shuffling and mumbling in the background, eyes to the floor -- zones in on a patent-leather shearling handbag while Padora chimes in, "It's a dog bag, no?"

Kardashian stood back as her beau and his stylist ransacked her "ghetto" closet, tossing undesirables, stating that she trusts West's judgement because "he's a fashion designer and he loves clothes."

While the piles of clothes and shoes nixed from Kim's closet left us feeling a wee bit of remorse, the situation ended with a happy note. The reality starlet immediately Tweeted that she'll be donating the goods to charity via eBay.

Rumors are also swirling that Kimye may be considering a reality series of their very own, but nothing has been set in stone for the pair just yet. Would you let your significant other clean out your closet? What if he was a "fashion designer"? What if he was Kanye West? (Does that help? NO?) Share your thoughts and comment here.

Tony Danza may or may not be running for mayor

Posted by Rachel Raczka August 24, 2012 11:34 AM

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Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

Actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tony Danza at the "Premium Rush" New York premiere at Regal Union Square on Aug. 22.


In true politically vague fashion, "Who's the Boss" star Tony Danza implied that he may be interested in running for political office in the city of New York ... maybe. Danza chatted with the Wall Street Journal at the premiere of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's new flick, "Premium Rush," while wearing a NYPD T-shirt under a black blazer. And though he did not directly confirm, the 61-year-old actor was not shy about his thoughts, “I’m of a certain age, and you see things, and you think maybe you could help. You say: ‘Let me fix the city. Let me run for Mayor.’”

Danza could be joining the ranks of his fellow celebrity politicos, "30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin and city-centric rapper Jay-Z, but he scoffed at the potential competition: “Can Alec Baldwin be a viable candidate? Or Jay-Z? If Jay-Z were mayor, would they play that song in ads? Or just the chorus? ‘Neeewww York.’ It’s got a great hook, I love that part.”

He also commented on public and green transportation ("Rollerblades--I'm a skater."), monetary contributions to politicians ("The country's been hoodwinked ..."), and his qualifications ("I'm concerned ... I read the papers.")

Danza did not confirm or deny his intentions or his political party alignments but we're curious to see how this plays out. An all-star ballot for the next mayoral race? We'd tune in to see that.

Rosie O'Donnell reveals she had a heart attack

Posted by Nicole Cammorata August 20, 2012 04:37 PM

rosie.jpgActress, comedian, and TV personality Rosie O'Donnell revealed on her blog Rosie.com Monday that she recently suffered from a heart attack. O'Donnell, who is 50, wrote in verse style on her blog:

"i took some bayer aspirin
thank god
saved by a tv commercial
literally"

Doctors discovered that O'Donnell's coronary artery was almost completely blocked and inserted a stent.

Read more about O'Donnell's health scare and current condition on People.com.


(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)


Muppets company severs ties with Chick-fil-A

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe July 24, 2012 02:34 PM

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Muppets in "The Muppet Movie" (1979)

Mayor Menino isn't the only one against Chick-fil-A these days.

The Jim Henson Company, the company behind the Muppets, "Sesame Street," and other popular puppet franchises, has decided to cut ties with the fast-food chain after Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy said he is against gay marriage.

The puppet purveyors had teamed up with the chicken chain for a create-your-own puppet kit for young Chick-fil-A customers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Henson Company posted the following statement on its Facebook page on July 20.

The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD.


Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis kiss, Bobbi Kristina makes TV debut

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe July 24, 2012 10:42 AM

Former co-stars Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are heating things up offscreen. The pair, who used to play a couple on "That '70s Show," were spotted smooching at a wrap party for an upcoming movie in which Kutcher plays the late Apple visionary Steve Jobs.

Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina made her onscreen debut, appearing as a sassy assistant on an episode of "For Better or Worse" on TBS. The budding actress later thanked her fans on Twitter for their "support and love."

Also new to TV is Mariah Carey, who has been officially announced as a judge on "American Idol." The pop phenomenon, who boasts more No. 1 singles than another solo artist ever, will critique hopefuls when the show returns in January. In the meantime, let us know whether you think Carey will make a good "Idol" judge.

Jennifer Lopez 'Sad' for Tom and Katie

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe July 13, 2012 12:04 PM

In a recent sit-down with "Entertainment Tonight," Jennifer Lopez sounded off about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes's split, saying that she's dismayed the couple has broken up.

"I'm sad for them. They're both really lovely people, and just like [ex-husband] Marc [Anthony] and I, it's not what you want to happen. You fight and you try until you realize you can't anymore."

Anderson Cooper comes out

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe July 2, 2012 11:31 AM

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has come out as a gay man.

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REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

In an email to Andrew Sullivan of The Daily Beast, the reporter revealed his sexual orientation, and explained that he chose to keep his personal life private for largely professional considerations.

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Louis C.K. offers tickets exclusively through website, sidesteps service charges

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe June 26, 2012 12:41 PM

Louis C.K. has already scored a Webby honor for selling his concert DVD online for $5, and now the Newton-bred comic is serving up a similar offer for his upcoming comedy tour.

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Chris Pizzello/Associated Press

The comedian, who was chosen as 2012 Webbys "Person of the Year" award for his inventive, wallet-friendly approach to shilling DVDs, posted a message on his website on June 25 that he will only sell tickets to his tour on LouisCK.com to "bring the price of tickets down and make them easier and less complicated to buy."

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