Wednesday was an eventful day for reality show stars Bill and Giuliana Rancic: the surrogate mother carrying their first child went into labor and gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Edward Duke! But even more importantly, they got, like, a ton of retweets.
The Rancics took to the social networking world, late afternoon on Wednesday, to inform their many fans that their son was on the way. Bill tweeted, "It's Game Time......" only a few ours before Edward was born. He confirmed the news Thursday morning with a second message, following Giuliana's affirmation to followers that they would "be 1st to know;)" of the baby's arrival. Edward was born at 10:12 PM MT on Wednesday in Denver, Colo., weighing in at 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and 140 characters.
The news is terrific, and there is no doubt that the Rancics will provide a loving, healthy home for their new child. But what's with all the tweeting? Your son was on the way! Your surrogate was in labor! The followers can wait!
Maybe the Rancics have been watching too much television (not a phrase I've ever used before, but it seems to be the case here). Expectant TV fathers have a strange tendency to get wrapped up in something of relative unimportance whenever the time comes to rush off to the hospital... or broken elevator, or back of a taxi cab, or whatever. As a couple pretty ensconced in the small screen world, Bill and Giuliana might have been taking lessons from the wrong people:
Jason Segel on How I Met Your Mother
Instead of being side by side with wife Alyson Hannigan at the end of the show's seventh season, Segel's character was blackout drunk in an Atlantic City Casino with Neil Patrick Harris. So at least he had a pretty good reason.
Tracy Morgan on 30 Rock
Tracy Morgan almost went three for three with missed births in a fifth season episode, wherein his wife Sherri Shepherd gave birth to their first daughter while Tracy was engaged in an unexpected episode of Cash Cab. The episode revealed that Morgan's character had missed his two sons' births because he was "making a sandwich" during one, and he "forgot" the other.
Donald Faison on Scrubs
Shortly after wife Judy Reyes had gone into labor, Faison's character made it his mission to fix a faulty ice machine by jamming his hand up inside of it. He would remain there for more than the amount of time allotted by the birthplan's schedule.
John Stamos on Full House
Appendicitis? Appendi-shmitis! Stamos should have been able to handle a little organ inflammation while Lori Loughlin was giving birth. She had twins, for goodness sake!
Bryan Cranston on Breaking Bad AND Malcolm in the Middle
On two different shows, this guy was fated with some horribly inconvenient timing: on Breaking Bad, Cranston was set to finalize a transaction with soon-to-be business partner Giancarlo Esposito, when his wife called to inform him that she had gone into labor. Bastard that he is, Walter White opted for meth over baby. The Malcolm in the Middle situation was a tad more forgivable, as Cranston's character was confined to a hospital bed (not the same hospital as his baby-having wife) after crashing the car. He didn't let this stop him, though. The strapped-down Hal displayed superhuman determination when he (and the bed) journeyed across town to be there for his new son.
Either way, a heartfelt congratulations to Giuliana and Bill!
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There is a part of all of us children of the '90s (and by that, I mean anyone who enjoyed the '90s in any capacity) that screamed harder than Buddy the Elf finding out Santa is coming when we heard the Spice Girls were going to bring the wonder of platform shoes and pop music perfection to the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremonies. Now, with only a day to go until the fearsome fivesome take to the international stage, our nostalgia is firing on all cylinders. We can't take it. It almost makes us wanna... wanna... zigazig ha.
And because we're all stuck with a permanent loop of "Say You'll Be There" in our heads in anticipation, Hollywood.com staff decided to go whole hog... or spice rack. Behold, all the wonderful Spice Girls memories you thought you forgot.
"Playing" Spice Girls -Abbey Stone "My friends and I loved reenact Spice Girls music videos at recess. Unfortunately, I always got stuck being Baby Spice. Damn you, blonde hair!" Sigh... Reluctant Fandom -Matt Patches "I was forced to see Spice World during a father-sister-brother movie outting where my sis got to choose the movie. At that point, it was the worst day of my life — until Spice World's chase bus chase scene after which it became the best day of my life." Slam Your Body Down, The Party's All Around... on Nintendo -Brian Moylan "Do you remember The Spice Girls video game? I do! But now I wish I could forget all the time I spent making my own video and learning their dance moves on Super Nintendo. Oh, the '90s." Never Forget -Marc Snetiker "I guess this isn't too great of a story, but my best friend's AIM screenname has "Spice" in it, so I've subconsciously thought of the Spice Girls almost every day for the last eight years."
The Spice Girls "Spoke to Me" -Michael Arbeiter "I never knew much about popular music. All I ever listened to for the first ten years of my life was my dad’s copy of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. But when the Spice Girls made an appearance on All That, I realized that they were all right. They appeared as themselves during a Mrs. Fingerly sketch (one of my favorite recurring bits), spouting their wisdom and parodying their own personas. They were in on the joke. They were out to have fun. This spoke to me." The Life-Long Fan -Shaunna Murphy "My favorite was maybe my parents letting me cut school with my cousins Erin, Sam, and Christie (because Erin was in town from New York) to see Spice World. The theatre stopped the film mid-way because we all had our feet on the seats. We were the only ones there. A giant add just popped up saying 'please remove your feet from the seats.' We did, and were thus able to continue watching. Then there was the time in 2007 when they did the reunion tour and we entered the lottery, and we were all eating at Veselka and got the email that it was our turn to go online and pick our seats and we started screaming and threw cash on the table and ran home like we were Kenyan." Fandom to the Point of Losing Your Mind -Kelsea Stahler "I too "played" Spice Girls with my friends and was always forced into the Baby Spice role. All I wanted was to be a little cool. Couldn't I be Posh Spice or Ginger Spice for once? And one day, I did earn the privilege, the glory, of taking on the Ginger Spice role, but only after I "proved" my fandom by learning the entire "rap" section of "Wannabe" by heart and losing my tiny little mind pestering my parents until I collected every last Chupa Chups Fantasy Ball Spice Girls lollipop. At that point, I was clearly a worthy Spice Girls fan to be Ginger Spice, but still not with it enough to play Posh "Is my skirt too short" Spice and it haunts me to this day." The Mega Fan Who Puts the Rest of Us to Shame -Kate Ward "For some, the Spice Girls represented the morally corrupt hyper-sexualization of women. For others, the Spice Girls represented the empowering hyper-sexualization of women. But for a 10-year-old Minnesotan like me — unaware that "slam your body down and wind it all around" wasn't referring to breakdancing —the Spice Girls represented nothing more than hip, colorful, 2-D versions of Barbie dolls. And though I couldn't play with them, I made sure to memorize Spice's liner notes, in which each member of the band had a page dedicated to their signature and their signature look that would later define them up to this day. (I still remember the order: Posh — whose red-tinted page hosted my favorite tune, "Say You'll Be There" — Baby, Ginger, Sporty, and Scary.) But it wasn't enough that my CD player constantly spun hits like "Wannabe," "2 Become 1," and "Love Thing" (but not "Something Kinda Funny," the album's clear weak point) — my four friends and I decided to use our perfect number to our advantage on October 31, 1998. Strangely forced to play the Ginger of our fivesome for Halloween — considering the one friend who insisted on being Posh was a redhead while I had straight brown hair — I scrapped together the clothes in my closet my 13-year-old self most represented Geri Halliwell: A white tee-shirt and black miniskirt. Clearly, I was not Spice Girl material (where could one find a British flag tube dress in the Midwest?!) and would never boast their rad wardrobe, but I made up for it later that year when I convinced my mother to buy me a pair of 6-inch platform shoes. Sure, I wore them approximately 1.5 times before I realized how ridiculous I looked (and they weren't so practical on the Minnesotan ice), but I made sure to channel my favorite band in other ways: With girl power-fueled confidence… and plenty of Chupa Chups. Strawberry Cream FTW!"
What's your favorite Spice Girls memory? Sound off in the comments!
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Ex-"Beverly Hills 90210" star Jason Priestley today was sentenced to five days in jail (well, a private "correctional institution"), dinged with nearly $600 in fines and ordered to complete an alcohol-treatment program, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. This, after entering a no-contest plea to one count of misdemeanor drunken driving.
The 30-year-old actor was not personally in the Los Angeles courtroom. He's currently on the boards in London with the Tony-winning play "Side Man." When he returns to the States, he'll be hoofing it around town for a while. The court also suspended Priestley's license for a year. In fact, he's got two weeks to turn over the card to authorities.
According to Priestley's lawyer, Peter Knecht, other than the license deadline, the actor can pretty much serve his sentence, such as it is, at "his leisure." In fact, Knecht told Hollywood.com that Priestley might not return to these shores until September or October. "Side Man" wraps in June, and Priestley tells Knecht that he's got other Euro gigs to tend to after that.
Priestley's car troubles began Dec. 2 when he ran his Porsche into "several fixed objects," including, er, a parked car. His passenger, a 27-year-old friend, suffered a broken arm.
At the time, the actor argued that he'd merely been trying to avoid a deer when he started crashing into all that stuff. Police later said the actor was legally drunk.
The jail that's Priestley headed to, by the way, isn't exactly Sing-Sing. Knecht says the star won't be required to stay on the grounds 24/7 -- although he will have to bed down there at night.
HOLD THE RICE: Courtney Love is not engaged to record exec Jim Barber, no matter what Women's Wear Daily says. Love's publicist today denied the WWD report that had the couple walking down the aisle. Love and Barber are an item, the rep says -- they're just not spouses-to-be.
IMAGINE HOW CHAD LOWE FELT: Best Actress winner Hilary Swank "should not stand up there and thank my child," so says the ticked-off mother of Teena Brandon, the real-life gender-bended subject of "Boys Don't Cry." JoAnn Brandon took exception to Swank's Oscar-night speech, the one in which she forgot to thank her husband but did pay tribute to Teena, or as Swank called "him," "Brandon Teena." Says Mrs. Brandon: "I get tired of people taking credit for what they don't know."
NOW THAT'S THEATER! Kathleen Turner is drawing raves (and raising blood pressures) among pasty-faced theater critics for taking it off -- taking it all off -- in the new London stage production of "The Graduate," based on the 1967 film. Turner, 45, bowed as Mrs. Robinson in a Monday night preview performance.
SO SORRY: Led Zeppelin rocker Jimmy Page did not don a robe, cast a satanic spell and otherwise stand idly by whilst bandmate John Bonham choked to death on his own vomit in 1980. The British magazine Ministry, which said all that stuff about Page, today apologized for the story that appeared in its pages last year. Unfortunately, the magazine could not take back the thing about Bonham choking to death on his (Bonham's) vomit. That part really happened.
GOOD-TIME CHARLIE: In a Malibu, Calif., court Monday, onetime bad-boy Charlie Sheen, 34, was released from probation two months early on account of the judge doesn't think he's such a bad boy anymore. That sigh of relief you hear is from the producers of "Spin City," the ABC sitcom on which Sheen will step into next season.
THEY SEE DEAD PRESIDENTS: Shut out at the Oscars or not, "The Sixth Sense" keeps rolling along at the box office. The thriller is now the No. 10 domestic grosser of all time. Through March 23, it had raked in $290.3 million at the box office, bumping 1980 "Star Wars" sequel "The Empire Strikes Back" ($290 mil) from the vaunted Top 10.
HEADLINE NEWS: CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour is a new mommy, having given birth to son Darius on Monday in Washington, D.C. The dad (and Amanpour's husband) is U.S. State Department spokesman James P. Rubin.
GRUNGE LIVES: Pearl Jam has announced plans to launch a 39-date North American tour August 3 in Virginia. The caravan is tentatively scheduled to wrap Nov. 5 in (where else?) Seattle.