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TBTS TalkRoach™: Gossip That Refuses to Die (Week Ending October 31, 2009)

November 1, 2009

(The Brown Tweed Society’s TalkRoach™ highlights mundane, ridiculous, and outright unbelievable pop culture stories that should have fizzled after a day—or should never have been news in the first place—but have somehow survived.)

1.  James Franco on General Hospital:

Oh my God!  James Franco has totally sold out by agreeing to a two-month story arc on General Hospital.  How could a Golden Globe winner who starred in critically acclaimed Milk and played James Dean do such a thing?  Maybe Deuces Wild, Fool’s Gold, and Spider-Man 3 James Franco, but not Freaks and Geeks Franco.  Signing on for a three-day GH shoot, though, and slumming it at a university commencement speech just sucks all the gravitas from the young actor.

What’s that?  Actors have to work for a living?  But it makes me feel so much better if I can rip into someone for taking roles that I don’t personally think are right for him, or don’t fit his previous screen personas, which have been many and varied.  Haters, a man’s gotta eat, and it’s not like people watch soap operas anymore.  Let’s allow the dude to make more money in three days than you make in a year.

2.  Nicolas Cage Having Money Troubles:

Like a zillion other people, Nic Cage is having trouble with back taxes, mortgages, investments, and all other sorts of things.  He’s had to sell his Bavarian castle, and has put homes in California, Las Vegas, and New Orleans on the market.  That’s right, “homes”, not “home.”  Sure, there are hundreds of thousands of people who got “evicted” or “foreclosed on” during this “recession,” but unlike Cage, they aren’t rich and famous, and they didn’t have millions of dollars and then not have it.  Cage says it’s the fault of business manager Samuel Levin, but I don’t know that this will garner him much sympathy.  To be fair, Cage is probably not looking for our sympathy, but he will certainly be asking a jury for some in his lawsuit against Levin.  For his sake, let’s hope the plight of the wealthy resonates with the twelve who will sit in judgment.

3. Celebrity Stalkers:

Lots of celebrities have them, but recent police actions have targeted wackos who have targeted Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, and Ryan Seacrest; David Letterman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anna Kournikova, and a whole lot more have been stalked in the near past.  From creepy letters to phone calls to breaches of security on their property, the famous have one more thing to worry about.  However, how is this different from normal people who get stalked?  People who make news can use their resources (including the media) to get things done, and make sure threatening individuals are locked up, or at least arrested.  Your average citizen has to file restraining orders, etc., and hope they’re obeyed.  If not, there’s not a whole lot of recourse, and definitely no paid entourage to insure safety.  This scary-as-shit stalkery gets in the news only because it’s happening to someone famous (which doesn’t lessen the severity or the threat), but let’s hope the publicity will help call attention to a problem that can affect anyone.

4. The World Series Is Interesting Again:

Last year aside, you mean there’s a decent match-up and I can watch the fall classic without falling asleep?  But I’ll still have to use the Google to see who’s in it?  Go one of the teams!

Thanks, entertainment media, for making the instance of an actor acting in an unexpected arena  an issue for heated debate!

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