Ryan Murphy has already successfully filmed six out of eight episodes of FX’s “Feud” and he’s made SURE that not a single photo of Jessica Lange or Susan Sarandon in character has leaked out. We hear that Jessica in makeup is a dead ringer for her character Joan Crawford, and Susan already has those Bette Davis eyes! The story celebrates the two stars’ rivalry, and takes place at a dinner at gossip columnist Hedda Hopper’s (played by Judy Davis) house right before the two stars were set to film “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” Two women over 50 starring in a movie would never happen today and the plot examines the desperation that mature women in Hollywood suffered then and now. We hear that Jessica Lange and Judy Davis have become fast friends on and off the set. Thanks heavens for TV, or these women wouldn’t be working!
(Above, the real Bette and Joan pretending to be civil.)
We didn’t realize that Sacha Baron Cohen has been feuding with Donald Trump for thirteen years. It all started back in 2003 when Cohen, playing his character Ali G, coaxed Trump into doing an interview for his HBO show. It only lasted for 60 seconds and Trump walked off in a huff. He failed to see the humor in Cohen’s show and described Cohen as a “third-rate loser” and a “disgrace.” When Cohen playfully pranked Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet at the 2012 Oscars, Trump observed that Cohen should have been beaten to the ground by security guards. Cohen’s character in the upcoming movie Greed is a takeoff on the vulgar rich. He’s an over-tanned cutthroat billionaire businessman who stashes his money offshore to avoid taxes and lives a gold-plated lavish lifestyle. Sounds like fun.
(Above Cohen and his wife Isla Fisher and their three kids, Olive, Elula, and Montgomery.)
Photo Credit: AKM-GSI
Is Ryan Murphy actually thinking of reinventing the essentially PERFECT 1962 movie “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” It featured two of the greatest all time movie legends and gay icons, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, in their decline. In perhaps the best B movie ever made, screen queens Bette and Joan appeared in shockingly unflattering roles – each one desperate to out-act the other. (Coincidentally, it was also filmed at recognizable places in our own Hollywood neighborhood.) Fortunately, Ryan is NOT remaking the film. He’s documenting the bitter rivalry behind the scenes between the two actresses leading up to Baby Jane in an anthology series for FX called Feud. Sounds like fun, but it’s hard to picture Susan Sarandon as Bette – Jessica Lange as Joan seems more plausible. Surprise – Brad Pitt is co-producing with Ryan.
What could be better than a catfight between Rosie Perez and Jennifer Lopez? According to Rosie, it all started back in 1991 when J.Lo auditioned to become a Fly Girl on In Living Color. Rosie was doing some choreography for the show and she liked Jennifer’s looks and talked the boss, Keenan Ivory Wayans, into hiring her. But once Jennifer got the job, according to Rosie’s new book, she started bossing everyone around and the other dancers complained. When Rosie confronted her, Jennifer sneered “I’m better than any of these girls and you know it!” Through the years their relationship has degenerated further – both have fiery tempers and Jennifer’s hifalutin’ ways increased the tension. Rosie laments that women of color SHOULD be supportive of each other.
We’re inclined to think this LaToya Jackson/Omarosa feud that erupted Sunday night on Celebrity Apprentice is actually a plot hatched by two people who love publicity. Omarosa was obnoxious and she cried and never shut up, and LaToya implied that she was so nasty that she caused her fiancé Michael Clarke Duncan to have that fatal heart attack. Omarosa was her usual awful TV self and the usually soft-spoken LaToya was feisty and out of character on the show. Now Omarosa is threatening to sue LaToya for her insults. Looks like a big scheme to drum up ratings and attention for the two women.
We have to acknowledge Howard Stern for putting his experienced two cents into the Clive Davis-Kelly Clarkson feud. (As you know, Clive wrote some things in his new book that Kelly took exception to.) It’s apparent that Howard’s familiar with the ins and outs of the music business and especially the egotistical guys in managerial positions. Stern summed up the situation for his radio listeners:
“It sickens me when management guys like to set the record straight about how f—ing creative they are and what geniuses they are,” Stern said. “This guy is trying to diminish what she does? Doesn’t he have enough in life, can’t he tell his story without f—ing degrading her?”
Mariah Carey took her little girl “Roe” (Monroe) on an outing in Tribeca in New York. Roe wore pink glasses and carried a stuffed bunny. Mariah is secretly pleased that the American Idol “feud” she had with Nicki Minaj left HER looking good. Whether the outburst was fake or not, Nicki came off like a common loudmouth and her trashy language just made it worse. At least Mariah had the sense to contain her comments.
Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News
Don’t fall for that trumped up “feud” between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj on American Idol – they are being PAID handsomely not to get along with each other! American Idol is well past its prime and desperately in need of some drama and glamour. Producers figured that hiring two musical divas and pitting them against each other would heighten interest in the show. But like other reality shows, the drama is forced and scripted. Deep down, both of these performers probably realize that these antics are an insult to women. Men like to perceive attractive women as competitive and nasty to each other and Idol producers are playing this male fantasy to the hilt. We’re betting Mariah and Nicki will become great friends off camera.
Sharon Osbourne is in a huge dispute with NBC over her son Jack losing a job on a reality show. Jack, 26, had been in talks to appear on “Stars Earn Stripes,” which pits celebrities against each other on military exercises, but the show cut ties with him after he announced that he has multiple sclerosis. Producers pointed out that the rigors of the show might be too intense for him and what’s more, they insist that Jack was never actually hired and no contracts were signed. Apparently Jack never mentioned his condition to producers before he went public with it in June. Sharon was outraged by Jack’s loss and claims that an NBC exec offered to pay Jack his full appearance fee but she refused. In retaliation against NBC, Sharon quit her job on “America’s Got Talent.” We can appreciate that new dad Jack needs a job, but this is ridiculous. This is Jack’s battle and control freak Sharon should butt out.
#victoriaprincipal #dallas #joanrivers #janetcharlton
Victoria Principal, 62, has good reason to be nervous about returning to television after a long absence. Her skin care line Principal Secret keeps her busy and she doesn’t need the money. But producers of the new Dallas show on TNT are bending over backwards to lure her back – even for just a few appearances. The audience is begging for her to return. She’s tempted, but through the years she’s had considerable cosmetic surgery and looks a bit different. (Actually a lot like LaToya Jackson, if you get our drift.) This means she will once again be a prime target for her arch-enemy Joan Rivers on Fashion Police. Their feud started in the 80’s when Joan accused Victoria of lying during an interview – Victoria shaved five years off her age and denied being engaged to Andy Gibb. Later Joan “accidentally’ revealed Victoria’s home phone number on TV and Victoria sued her for three million dollars. If Dallas viewers get their wish and Pam Ewing returns, Joan will be THRILLED.