It’s been nearly a week since actor/activist/American treasure Alec Baldwin was kicked off of an American Airlines flight after a dispute with a crew member over his refusal to stop playing Words with Friends on a hand-held electronic devise. In addition to ignoring FAA regulations, Baldwin reportedly made a scene by slamming the bathroom door on the plane and became aggressive and rude to the staff. (That’s right, Jack Donaghy went and pulled a Tracy Jordan.) For most celebrities, a headline-grabbing stunt like that would be enough to get them through the week, if not the entire holiday season, but then again, Alec Baldwin is no ordinary celebrity. READ FULL STORY
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Alec Baldwin was kicked off of an American Airlines flight on Monday, in part, for refusing to stop playing Words With Friends, but the 30 Rock star certainly had no shortage of words when he wrote a piece for The Huffington Post regarding the incident titled “My Flying Lesson.” (Ah, if only Carol had been his Captain!)
The now Twitter-less star (he quit the social networking site hours after sending out a series of angry tweets at the airline) had way more than a 140 characters in what can only be described as a non-apology apology. While Baldwin does begin his open letter by apologizing to his fellow passengers on the flight (“It was never my intention to inconvenience anyone”) the actor mostly aired his frustrations with the airline industry in general. READ FULL STORY
Country singer and Celebrity Rehab star Mindy McCready sat down with ABC News’ Andrea Canning for an interview to tell her side of her ongoing custody saga. McCready, who recently violated a court order when she took her five-year-old son, Zander, out of the care of her mother, Gayle Inge, (who she filed a libel suit against back in August, according to the Associated Press) and brought him to Arkansas with her. The two were found hiding in a closet by the authorities, after it they were initially reported as missing.
The troubled star, who according to her website “suffers from severe depression” (she attempted suicide in 2008) and has continued to find herself in trouble with the law over the years, told Canning “[I did] not ever think that me taking my own child, that I carried for nine months, that I gave birth to in the hospital by myself would ever be breaking the law. What I did was to protect my child, and there’s not a person in the world that’s going to tell me that that is wrong.” Watch a clip below: READ FULL STORY
Alec Baldwin has plenty of prestigious titles in Hollywood (Emmy winner, Oscar nominee, the good Baldwin brother), but he added two more (arguably less prestigious) bragging rights to his resume this week: Celebrity booted from a plane and a Twitter quitter.
One day after Baldwin was kicked off of an American Airlines flights after refusing to stop playing his Words with Friends game and went on a Twitter rampage about the incident (one tweet read, “Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt”), the 30 Rock star deactivated his account from the social networking site in light of the controversy. READ FULL STORY
Hilary Swank has already paid a public price for appearing at a Chechen gala — for a fee — that ended up celebrating the birthday of Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-back president who’s been suspected of human-rights violations. She subsequently parted ways with her management and publicity teams after her appearance became public, and Swank offered a public mea culpa on The Tonight Show. But she has a big movie coming out Dec. 9, the star-studded romantic-comedy, New Year’s Eve, and the questions aren’t going away anytime soon.
In the most recent issue of Gotham magazine, Swank opted to tell her side of the story to actress and guest-journalist Mariska Hargitay.
MARISKA HARGITAY: I want to ask you about something more serious concerning your travels. Much has been said about your recent trip to Chechnya. Can you share what happened? READ FULL STORY
It seems like celebrities being kicked off of airplanes is becoming as synonymous to air travel as those hard-to-open bags of peanuts, tiny bathrooms, annoying Captain spiels, and cliched jokes about the perils of flying.
On Tuesday, Alec Baldwin joined the growing list of stars who have been booted from planes. But Baldwin’s exit might be the best one yet, or at the very least, the most relatable considering a game of Words With Friends got him in trouble with American Airlines. The 30 Rock actor told his followers on Twitter, “Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt.” (I like to imagine he was deeply immersed in a wildly competitive game with John Krasinski in which he kept using Yankees terminology.) READ FULL STORY
There are two main rules of thumb for Hollywood celebrities: 1. Don’t take net points over gross, and, 2. Never tacitly give your support to brutal foreign leaders known for human rights abuses. Hilary Swank, who broke Rule No. 2 when she attended the Oct. 5 birthday celebration of Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov, appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night and apologized for her actions. The actress explained to Leno — who helped her out with friendly questions like a supportive defense attorney — that the appearance was a mistake and that she didn’t even know the event was going to be in honor of Kadyrov, who has been accused of a bevy of violent dictatorial actions. She also insisted that her line “Happy birthday, Mr. President!” was less a Marilyn Monroe-esque affectation than simply a product of not knowing the Chechen leader’s name.
To be fair, it wasn’t all equivocation. READ FULL STORY
It used to be starlets couldn’t do bridal photo shoots before walking down the aisle for fear of the wedding being called off before the issue hit stands. Now maybe they’ll have to not give cover story interviews about their marriages until at least three months has passed. Kim Kardashian graces Marie Claire‘s December issue and, in an interview conducted a few weeks after her wedding to Kris Humphries, defended their rush to the altar: “We felt like, ‘Why wait?’” she said. “It’s fun to have a partner who understands your life and lets you be you.” She insisted everything was fine between her and Humphries despite tabloids already reporting problems: “I feel like where we’re at right now is the best time in my life,” she said. She proclaimed her faith in their bond: “I’m not worried about him at all,” she said. “We have a lot of trust, and I don’t think either of us would do anything to break that. It makes life so easy. He’s such a good guy; he is so down-to-earth, and it’s such a reality check. He is a normal guy, and I just want to chill out and be normal and not get glammed up all the time. He gets it. Sometimes my life can be really intimidating for people, but he allows me to work and do what I’ve gotta do.” READ FULL STORY
In a message titled “Thank you, Jesse James,” the former LA Ink star alleges that a 19th woman has stepped forward and claimed to have had an affair with the biker during their courtship last year. “I kept going back and forth in my mind as to what the best way would be for me to release and let go of any residual feelings remaining from that toxic relationship. All of this may sound petty or immature to some, but I assure you this is coming from a place of pure honesty and love,” Von D wrote regarding the latest bombshell.
Survivor just turned into Temptation Island. People revealed today that castaway Whitney Duncan, who began an on-air romance with fellow contestant Keith Tollefson, has been secretly married for more than a year. The former Nashville Star contestant married musician Donny Fallgatter in August 2010, though the newlyweds kept their marriage secret from friends and family. Duncan told Survivor: South Pacific producers she was single even while she made phone calls to her husband back in the U.S. Before filming wrapped, Duncan confessed over the phone that she’d started a romance with Tollefson. Now back Stateside, the showmancers have been spotted around Nashville, and it appears her relationship with Fallgatter is over — if only unofficially.
What do you make of this shocking revelation, PopWatchers? Does this news change your opinion of Duncan? Tollefson has already been voted off the island, but do you think Duncan has a chance of making it to the end?
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