Sharon Osbourne was left stunned on her U.S. chat show The Talk on Friday (14Oct11) when celebrity baker Duff Goldman presented her with a belated birthday cake bearing the likeness of her rocker husband Ozzy Osbourne. The rock matriarch turned 59 on Sunday (09Oct11).
S8E2: Entourage is really doing whatever the hell it wants in these last few episodes. It's even given up on giving context to its numerous name-drops and celeb cameos. The one thing it seems to be getting right on its way out is taking the focus away from Vince. He's always been the glue of the group, but in a sticky, musty Elmer's glue sort of way. You're glad he's there, but you don't want to deal with him any more than you have to. Luckily, this episode we spent just a few minutes focusing on what a terrible writer Vince is (you spell “faithful” with “f-o-l” right?) but for the most part, we got to focus on just about everyone besides the star du jour.
“This shirt is mad hetero.” –Drama
The gang’s house burning down is clearly just an excuse for some cross-promotion with the classic Hollywood hotel, The Roosevelt, where the boys are now living in the interim. And we all “ooh” and “ahh” and book tickets to Los Angeles so we can live in such lavish digs for a few days too. After all, we can only live vicariously through this show for a few more episodes.
Anyway, Johnny's finishing up recording with Andrew Dice Clay for their new animated series Johnny's Bananas, a.k.a. Family Guy with apes, and as testing approaches Clay asks E to be his agent and can't seem to stop hanging around with the Vincent Chase crew telling sob stories about his crappy apartment and smelly cat. E's busy dealing with Sloane, so Scott takes over and gives Clay a deal without even thinking about it. Testing comes back and the show does really well and we finally get a reason for Clay hanging around like a social (episode, spotlight, television) leech this whole time: he wants to convince Drama to walk because the show isn't paying them enough money. Can't we just not blow up Drama's spot for once? Nope, that's not how this show works.
Granted, Drama does have Vince and Billy Walsh's TV movie coming up, though Vince can't spell, the script kind of “sucks” as Billy gently puts it (see: totally blows) and Billy's talking about how he's going to form the dog's personality in the script. These are not good signs unless your goal is to be the WGN Sunday afternoon movie. Someone needs to stop these folks from telling Drama he could be up for two Emmys with these projects, or we might start thinking the characters on this show are delusional. (Too late.)
Turtle's having issues with his girlfriend, the Avion girl. He can't get ahold of her and being that he's the new Turtle, he's ready to dump her instead of waiting around for her to call. Okay, well, he waits a little. He's still Turtle, after all.
“Fuck you.” –Sloane
E starts out the episode with that lovely message in a voicemail from Sloane, so he goes over to her house to get his stuff, assuming that's what the voicemail is about. It turns out when he was yelling at her "full" answering machine during Vince's party, he somehow, magically left a two-second "fuck you" message for Sloane. They clear this up and say they're sorry by having sex, because that always fixes everything. Of course, because it always has to be difficult with these two, Sloane immediately leaves afterward, but later calls and says she's sorry and that she's moving to New York. And there’s the conflict we all knew had to happen. I know they have to drag out the Sloane and E thing since it's the last season, but didn't we just do this last season...and the season before that...and the season before that?
“He’s a redheaded fire crotch. He’s a mistake.” -Ari
Finally, Ari finds out his wife has been going to Flay's -- a restaurant she hates -- and he knows it's because of this mystery person she's dating. At first, Ari thinks it's a waiter, so he name drops every AMC show he can think of and makes sure Lloyd screws up the guy's Mad Men audition. Only it turns out that Mrs. Ari isn't dating the waiter, she's dating Flay...Bobby Flay. This all fine and dandy, except it’s ridiculous and Bobby Flay is MARRIED to the blonde woman from Law and Order: SVU. I get that they play with reality because Vince isn’t actually a star and Ari isn’t actually an agent, but don’t you think they could have found someone who’s actually single to date Mrs. Ari? I guess Duff Goldman from Ace of Cakes just isn’t as glamorous as the Boy Meets Grill guy. And with this the show just jumped out of the very, very wide plausibility net I’ve allowed it to exist in for so many years. There really is no ceiling on celebrity cameos and it's pretty obnoxious, but then again it's the boys' last hurrah so we'll just have to roll our eyes and take it.
What did you think of the Bobby Flay twist and Andrew Dice Clay hanging around the whole time? Is there such a thing as too many celebs on Entourage?
The Oscar winner toasted the milestone on her U.S. TV talk show The View by inviting one of her favourite authors, Stephen King, to drop by for a chat.
But it was the musical dedication from the beloved R&B band which had the actress dancing and singing along, beaming from ear to ear.
Kool & The Gang performed their 1980 disco classic Celebration, with lead vocalist James 'J.T.' Taylor changing the lyrics to honour Goldberg, singing: "A celebration to Whoopi Goldberg and all The View/We gonna celebrate and party with you."
The show's guests then joined the studio audience to sing Happy Birthday to Goldberg, before she was presented with a custom-made three-tiered cake by TV chef Duff Goldman.
Top Story: Simpson Says Money Helped
O.J. Simpson claims without the money to pay his "dream team" of lawyers, he would probably have been found guilty of murder. Nine years after his trial, the former football player vowed to Playboy magazine in a recent interview that he was innocent of the charges of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman but admits being able to afford such worthy representation helped him in his case. "I didn't commit the crime. That is why I got off," he told Playboy. "I feel in my heart that I got off because I was innocent. But I don't know if I could have proven my innocence if I didn't have the money. And that's a shame. Yes, it is a shame that in this country it costs so much to get good representation."
Reloaded Scores Big Worldwide
The Matrix Reloaded has reached $730 million at the worldwide box office. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the second installment in the Matrix series, with a combination gross of $450 million overseas and $280 domestically, is now ranked 12th on the all-time worldwide box office chart. The trade paper also reports Reloaded is the first film in history to gross more than $100 million in a single weekend internationally and is the biggest grossing R-rated movie on both the domestic and international charts. The film's 1999 predecessor, The Matrix, did $456 million worldwide. The final installment, The Matrix Revolutions, opens domestically on Nov. 5.
Nemo Bests Lion King
Let's hear it for the little fish that could. Disney's The Lion King, the long-held record holder for top grossing animated film in the U.S. at $328.5 million, has finally been bested by Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo, which has taken in $328.7 million domestically, Reuters reports. "Nemo is the biggest film of the summer, the biggest film of the year, and now it is the biggest animated feature of all time," Exhibitor Relations president Paul Dergarabedian told Reuters. Lion King still holds the worldwide record at $780 million.
Blake Makes Public Appearance
Actor Robert Blake, currently out on bail awaiting his trial for the shooting death of his wife Bonny Lee Bakley May 2001, made a rare public appearance Sunday, attending services at a South Los Angeles church, City News reports. He was met by reporters, to whom he said, "Thank you God…I'm with people that I love. You have no idea how important fresh air and sunshine is.'' When a reporter asked Blake what he thought about Kobe Bryant, who was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, Blake smiled and said, "how about,'' and then began singing, "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,'' City News reports.
Bobby Brown Arrested for Violation
While dining with his wife, Grammy winner Whitney Houston, singer Bobby Brown was picked up by authorities for an alleged probation violation, The Associated Press reports. Brown was arrested Friday night at a restaurant in an Atlanta suburb after an unidentified caller tipped authorities, a police department spokesman told AP. The spokesman did not, however, know how the singer violated his probation. Last November, Brown was arrested in Atlanta on charges of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana, speeding and having no driver's license or proof of insurance. He also did a 26-day stint in a Florida jail in 2000 for a previous probation violation, AP reports.
Jolie Makes Plea for Chechen Refugees
In her continuing efforts as a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, actress Angelina Jolie made a plea to the Russian government Sunday not to force thousands of displaced Chechens back to their war-torn homeland, Reuters reports. Jolie was speaking out for those 80,000 who fled Chechnya amidst fighting but who are now under pressure by Moscow to return to vote in a local leadership election, planned to bring peace to the nation. "You give them an option and you ask them if they want to return home. I am asking you today to make sure they have that option," the Tomb Raider actress said at a news conference.
Duff's Got the Stuff
For the first time in four months, those American Idol idols were bumped off the Hot 100 Singles Sales by TV 'tweener Hilary Duff, Billboard reports. Duff's single "So Yesterday" topped the sales charts, beating down the eight-week run of Idol finalists' "God Bless the USA" followed by the nine-week run of Clay Aiken's "This is the Night"/"Bridge Over Troubled Water." Duff's single, however, is only No. 55 on Billboard's Hot 100.
Role Call: Soccer Fever Takes Hold, Dave Matthews Shops Winn-Dixie
Director David Anspaugh and writer-producer Angelo Pizzo, the duo behind the inspirational sport movies Hoosiers and Rudy, are making another one--The Game of Their Lives, based on the 1950 U.S. World Cup team, AP reports. The tournament in Brazil was the last World Cup appearance for the Americans until 1990, and still is considered by many to be the greatest in the history of U.S. soccer, when the U.S. beat England 1-0...Singer Dave Matthews will make his acting debut in Because of Winn-Dixie for 20th Century Fox. According the Hollywood Reporter this coming-of-age tale revolves around a 10-year-old girl who moves to the small Florida town of Naomi with her preacher father (Jeff Daniels). Lonely, the girl grows close to a big, ugly dog she names Winn-Dixie after the supermarket where she finds him. Through the dog, she befriends a colorful cast of characters that becomes her extended family, including a drifter (Matthews) and a librarian (Eva Marie Saint).