No one takes greater delight at a political scandal than Jon Stewart. But when Weinergate erupted over the weekend, he found himself in an unusual situation. For the uninformed, Weinergate refers to New York congressman Anthony Weiner, who allegedly tweeted a photo of the veiled contents of his underwear to a 21-year-old Seattle-area student. Weiner, the congressman, said his Twitter account had been hacked by an outside party and that he did not send that photo to anyone. Weiner also happens to be an old friend of Stewart’s — they shared a Delaware summer beach house 25 years ago — and a frequent guest on the show. READ FULL STORY
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Last week, the geniuses at Taiwan’s Next Media Animation speculated that the Governator’s fondness for “groping” may have been behind Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver’s split. As it turns out, they weren’t too far off base — Schwarzenegger revealed today that he fathered a child with a member of his household’s staff 10 years ago. LIFE.com is taking his confession as an opportunity to revisit previous incidents of celebrity infidelity in a 29-slide gallery called “Cheating Scandals of the Stars.” We begin with Arnold before moving on to the likes of Jesse James, Tiger Woods, Jude Law, LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian — both of whom were married when they began seeing each other — and Elizabeth Taylor, whose escapades were too numerous to be confined to just one slide.
Which of these scandals shocked you the most when you first learned about it? READ FULL STORY
beloved adj: dearly loved; dear to the heart.
That’s kind of exactly what I thought the word beloved meant, but you can’t blame me for having to double-check after Jodie Foster told the Associated Press that her Beaver co-star Mel Gibson is “the most beloved actor of anybody I’ve ever worked with in the film business.” Most beloved. Dear to the heart.
I don’t doubt that Foster means what she said, but obviously, there are other people in Hollywood who don’t share her genuine affection for Gibson, especially in light of A) His polarizing direction of The Passion of the Christ, B) His anti-Semitic slurs during his 2006 drunk-driving arrest, and C) Phone recordings of his nasty arguments with the mother of his young daughter. It would be fair to say that Gibson is not universally beloved. READ FULL STORY
Days after spending a few hours behind bars after a judge ruled she stole a designer necklace and violated her probation, Lindsay Lohan was embraced by the audience of The Tonight Show with a standing ovation. Lohan taped an interview with Jay Leno after yesterday’s show, and the segment will air tonight. According to the Associated Press, the host reportedly asked Lohan about her legal troubles, her time in jail, and what she’s learned from it all, as well as her role in an upcoming John Gotti film.
But about that standing ovation. What does it represent exactly? Is she truly beloved despite all her mistakes? (Or because of them?) Or is a standing ovation just something you do when a celebrity graces you with his or her presence? Watch a short ovation-free clip below. READ FULL STORY
If you’ve already read Hugh Grant’s article for the New Statesman in which he secretly tape-recorded a conversation with ex-News of the World investigative journalist and paparazzo Paul McMullan, chances are you’re still talking about how awesome it is. If you haven’t read it, do so here.
Grant had met McMullan in December, when his “midlife crisis car” broke down and McMullan stopped to photograph him and then offered him a lift. After some swearing, Grant had to accept the ride, and during the drive, McMullan — someone who’d outed News of the World‘s alleged penchant for phone-hacking, which is back in the headlines again — claimed that Grant himself had been a victim. McMullan invited Grant to someday stop by the pub he owns, and when the New Statesman asked Grant to write a piece for them, he decided to pay McMullan a visit to learn more about tabloid journalism. “You’re not taping, are you?” McMullan asked when their chat started to get juicy. “No,” Grant lies in an admittedly “slightly shrill voice.” READ FULL STORY
Jenn Sterger tells 'GMA' about 'intimidating' Brett Favre scandal, reveals she has never once met the star QB
Jenn Sterger, the woman at the center of the Brett Favre sexting scandal, gave her first-ever interview on the subject to Good Morning America today. The 27-year-old model and TV personality revealed a piece of information almost as shocking as the NSFW text messages and pictures Favre allegedly sent her back in 2008: Sterger has never met Favre, nor did she ever give him her phone number.
“I don’t know him, I’ve never met him,” Sterger told GMA anchor George Stephanopoulos. “I’ve never met the man.” According to Sterger, the extent of their real-world contact was passing each other in the tunnel to the stadium, as she would any other New York Jets player.
Sterger also explained the reason she has kept quiet for so long. (The story broke in 2010 but the text messages and voice mails in question are from 2008). READ FULL STORY
After 20 years on the gridiron, an NFL record 297 consecutive games played, and more than the occasional controversy along the way, quarterback Brett Favre was probably hoping to quietly slip in to retirement while billionaire owners and millionaire players fought over the threatened 2011 season. Sorry, Brett. Not going to happen.
Jenn Sterger, the former New York Jets employee who reportedly received suggestive voicemails and sexual texts from the married quarterback, is scheduled to speak tomorrow and Wednesday on Good Morning America, six months after news of Favre’s alleged inappropriate behavior became an Internet scandal. (Favre, who left the Jets after one season in 2008, was later fined $50,000 by the league for failing to cooperate fully with their investigation). “I just want my life back,” Sterger tells George Stephanopoulos (clip below). “That’s all I’m asking for.” READ FULL STORY
For the past 50 years, Cleopatra has remained the gold standard of Hollywood excess. The 1963 epic nearly sank Twentieth Century Fox. It took two-and-a-half years to shoot. It burned through two directors and two regime changes at the studio. Its budget rocketed from $2 million to a then-unthinkable $44 million. And, most famously, it left the marriages of its two stars — Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor — in ashes. Nowadays, in an age when celebrity breakups and affairs are more or less routine happenings dissected and dispatched by the tabloids in the blink of an eye, we aren’t so easily shocked. But the early ’60s were a different time. And the titillating, tawdry gossip coming from the Roman set of Cleopatra was like catnip for the world. Once they’d had a taste of Liz and Dick and ‘Le Scandale,’ celebrity would never be the same again.
Cleopatra was already off to an inauspicious start by the time the production got to Rome’s Cinecitta studios in 1961. READ FULL STORY
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