The Attorney General of California has launched an "inquiry" into Arnold Schwarzenegger's finances to see if he's used federal funds to cover up his affairs. Security officer William Taylor said he saw Arnold using California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers and vehicles to transport women from his hotel suite at the Sacramento Hyatt Regency, and back from where they came. He said, "it makes me very angry just to think of what was going on at that time. On three differed occasions after the governor arrived alone at the Hyatt Regency, CHP Dignitary Protection Services arrived in their official vehicles...about one or two hours later with one or two young females. They'd hurriedly escort the women through the service entrance on the second floor parking garage to the elevator that went down to the governor's private wing...the women would usually stay for two or four hours and either leave through the hotel's main entrance or e driven away by the CHP in the same official vehicles." So ladies, if the governor ever bought you anything, it's looking like you really just bought it for yourself. - Radar Online
Arnold, of course, Arnold denies that he used any money for women. His legal representative, Marty Singer, said that the claims of highway patrolmen shuffling "scantily clad women in and out of his [hotel] suite "completely false." He added, "Unfortunately, the media's relentlessness desire for new information has some outlets running stories that are made up by paying sources that have zero credibility. My client stated from the beginning that he takes full responsibility for his actions and deserves the public and media criticism. This does not entitle some in the media to be totally irresponsible." - Fox
Courtney Love has a few things to say about Kurt Cobain's penis, if you have a few moments. - Digital Spy
Kim Kardashian's engagement ring is 20.5 carats and is the size of an acorn. Yours will be the size and weight of a booger. - People
Warner Bros. heard that Charlie Sheen was talking about how he's "in talks" to rejoin the show, and wrote a letter to Sheen's lawyer that said, "Those statements are false. As you know, there have been know discussions, there are no discussions and there will be no discussions, regarding his returning or having any involvement with the series." However, Sheen's lawyer responded to the letter by telling TMZ, "There have been discussions as late as Tuesday, and all parties have been involved -- Warner Bros., CBS, Chuck Lorre and Charlie Sheen." - TMZ, TMZ
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore were on the Piers Morgan show last night, and instead of explaining their crazy ads that were meant to promote awareness about child sex slaves and human trafficking, they talked about how Ashton leaves romantic Post-It notes around the house for Demi to find...because they're "much cheaper than diamond rings." Yes, definitely wouldn't want to get a woman something she can actually enjoy! - TV Squad
After hearing that Reese Witherspoon was disgusted when she had to make out with Robert Pattinson while shooting Water for Elephants, he said, "Listen, I had a cold and I kept apologizing to Reese, who has since revealed to the press that I had the worst sinus infection when I was kissing her. She has said,
'He was just sniffing all the way through.' I guess that was her response to, 'Reese, you're the envy to so many girls.'" - Chicago Sun
Think The Insider meets Erin Brockovich. George Clooney plays the title character a lawyer who instead of practicing law has become an in-house “fixer” at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. Any little nasty detail they want swept under the carpet Clayton is their man--from hit-and-runs and damaging stories in the press to shoplifting wives and crooked politicians. He’d like to quit but unfortunately he’s inextricably tied to the firm especially to partner Marty Bach (Sydney Pollack). But when the firm’s top litigator Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson) has an apparent breakdown and exposes the underbelly of a huge class-action suit against U-North--an agrochemical company the firm is supposed to be representing--Clayton gets his toughest assignment to date. He is told to get Arthur under control before he sabotages the case any further but in tackling this unprecedented disaster Clayton realizes Arthur isn’t all that crazy. Suddenly Clayton comes face to face with the reality of who he has become. This is where Michael Clayton shines. All the performances are spot-on starting with Clooney as the title protagonist. It isn’t that Clooney has to really stretch in Clayton as he did in his Oscar-winning Syriana performance but that he plays damaged goods better than most. His Clayton is a study in conflicted behavior--a gambleholic burnt-out on having to cleaning up his firm’s messes divorced and trying to be a good dad to his precocious son. The best part? He isn’t necessarily “fixed” at the end of the movie. Then we have the two spectrums of good vs. evil: Wilkinson turns in another amazing performance as the film’s conscience. The veteran actor gets all the best Oscar-worthy speeches especially the one he gives off-camera explaining the moment he found “clarity.” And on the opposite end there's Tilda Swinton (The Chronicles of Narnia) playing Karen Crowder one of U-North’s mucky mucks. Her insecurities and rash decisions fuel Michael Clayton’s action. In the end however no one comes off smelling sweet. Tony Gilroy certainly knows a thing or two about writing smart character-driven pieces having penned all three of the Bourne screenplays as well as films like Dolores Claiborne. Now with Michael Clayton he has finally decided to take the helm for the first time backed by the full support of executive producer George Clooney—and he couldn’t have picked a better choice for his debut film. Michael Clayton isn’t one of those legal thrillers in which you are looking for a twist to keep you guessing. There isn’t anything visually startling about it either--no shaky camera technique like Gilroy’s Bourne colleague Paul Greengrass. What Gilroy concentrates on instead is the power of his actors’ performances. For example the director cuts between a nervous Karen getting ready in her hotel room before a giving a presentation and her actual poised speech or intimately shows Clayton having a poignant conversation with his son in his car. Everything fits seamlessly within the context of the action. It's an absolute tour-de-force—and surefire Oscar contender.
HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm scored three out of five Directors Guild of America award nominations today for comedy, while The Sopranos and The West Wing each got two nods among dramatic series.
Additional nominations in the comedy category went to NBC's Will & Grace (four-time DGA winner James Burrows got his 19th career DGA nod); and Sex and the City.
In addition to NBC's The West Wing and The Sopranos, HBO's Six Feet Under got a nod in the dramatic series category.
The 55th annual Directors Guild of America Awards dinner, which will honor winners in TV and film categories, will be held March 1 at the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa.
Here is the full list of nominees:
Daniel Attias, "Back to the Garden" episode of HBO's Six Feet Under
Paris Barclay, "Debate Camp'' episode of NBC's The West Wing
Alex Graves, "Posse Comitatus'' epidode of NBC's The West Wing
John Patterson, "Whitecaps'' episode of HBO's The Sopranos
Tim Van Patten, "Whoever Did This'' episode of HBO's The Sopranos
James Burrows, "Marry Me a Little'' episode of NBC's Will & Grace
Larry Charles, "The Nanny From Hell'' episode of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm
Bryan Gordon, "Special Section'' episode of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm
Michael Patrick King, "Plus One Is the Loneliest Number'' episode of HBO's Sex and the City
David Steinberg, "Mary, Joseph & Larry'' episode of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm
Marty Callner, Robin Williams Live on Broadway, HBO
Matthew Diamond, From Broadway: Fosse/Great Performances: Dance in America, PBS
Jerry Foley, Late Show with David Letterman #1876, CBS
Louis J. Horvitz, The 74th Annual Academy Awards, ABC
Glenn Weiss, The 56th Annual Tony Awards, CBS