A few weeks ago, Shia Labeouf quit a Broadway play he was supposed to do with Alec Baldwin. And even though it was obvious that they couldn’t get along, they tried to keep things cordial. Alec even wrote Shia an email saying, quote, “I don’t have an unkind word to say about you. You have my word.” Well, here’s what Alec’s word is worth: An interviewer asked Alec to respond to a Tweet Shia posted shortly before he quit. It said, quote, “The theater belongs not to the great but to the brash. Acting is not for gentlemen, or bureaucratic-academics. What they do is anti-art.”
And Alec DID respond in typical Alec Baldwin fashion. Here’s just PART of what he said, “I don’t think he’s in a good position to be giving interpretations of what the theater is and what the theater isn’t. I mean, he was never in the theater. He came into a rehearsal room for six or seven days. Many film actors are kind of like celebrity chefs, you know what I mean? You hand them the ingredients, and they whip it up, and they cook it, and they put it on a plate, and they want a round of applause. [Theater is] a much more intensive and kind of thoughtful process. And there are people who that’s just not their thing. So for those people who I think it’s not their thing, I’m not really interested in their opinion of it. But thanks.”
Taylor Swift is on the cover of the April edition of “Vanity Fair” and she spends most of the interview defending who she “really” is and what she “really” stands for while ALSO trying to set the record straight about her love life. For example, Taylor insists her dating conquests are over-exaggerated. She said, quote, “If you want some big revelation, since 2010 I have dated exactly two people. “The fact that there are slide shows of a dozen guys that I either hugged on a red carpet or met for lunch or wrote a song with it’s just kind of ridiculous. It’s why I have to avoid the tabloid part of our culture, because they turn you into a fictional character.”
As everyone on the planet knows, those two “people since 2010″ are Conor Kennedy, who was “awesome” . . . and Harry Styles who wasn’t. The light went on about Harry when she realized that he “was looking at every girl.” And the relationship finally ended when he “Disappeared one night.”
Anyway now HERE’S an example of Taylor taking herself way too seriously. She was asked if she’s boy crazy, which is a bush league question that she should have laughed off, but she took the bait and went on a self-righteous rant. She said, “For a female to write about her feelings, and then be portrayed as some clingy, insane, desperate girlfriend in need of making you marry her and have kids with her, I think that’s taking something that potentially should be celebrated. A woman writing about her feelings in a confessional way that’s taking it and turning it and twisting it into something that is frankly a little sexist.”
Justin Bieber apologized for being late to his show in London on Monday night . . . and a rep for the venue said he’d be 30 minutes early to the rest of his shows there this week. That didn’t really work out. Justin was early to his show there last night, but only by TWO MINUTES.
Friday on The Rachael Ray Show, mom-to-be Hilaria Baldwin revealed that her hubby Alec wants to name their baby Massimo. “It’s a lovely name,” Hilaria, 28, said. “I just don’t know. That’s a very big name for a very little baby.” Then again, Hilaria said that she and the 54-year-old 30 Rock star come up with different baby names “almost every single day.” But they haven’t truly decided on one just yet. “I think you have to actually have to look at it once it pops out and say, ‘Who are you? What is your name?’” she said. Hilaria later added that Alec “thinks he’s going to be Mr. Mom!” “We’ll see if at 3 o’clock in the morning when the baby is screaming and we need to change the diaper if he’s going to be Mr. Mom at that point,” she quipped, laughingly. Somehow we think Alec will live up to that title.
Chelsea Handler was on “Watch What Happens Live” last night. They asked her why she doesn’t like Angelina Jolie and she had plenty to say on the subject. She said Angelina, quote, “seems like a demon.” She said it has nothing to do with the fact that she’s friends with Jennifer Aniston. She disliked Angelina even before she met her, and before Angelina got together with Brad.
Jon Stewart is taking four months off from “The Daily Show” to direct a movie. It’s called “Rosewater”, and Jon also wrote the script. “Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver will be the anchor until Jon gets back.
Conan O’Brien talked about the Cardinals gathering at the Vatican during the search for the new Pope. Conan said you can watch it on the new series, “Vatican’s Got Talent.”
Asked if she’s reprising her role as Princess Leia in the new “Star Wars” movies, Carrie Fisher said YES. Asked what Leia is like today, she said, quote, “Elderly. She’s in an intergalactic old folks’ home.” Then she added, quote, “I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle.”
Dennis Rodman reportedly got kicked out of a New York City bar for going on and on about his new buddy Kim Jong Un. A source says, quote, “He kept saying what a nice guy Kim is, and how Kim just wants to talk to President Obama about basketball. Eventually he had to leave the bar because the bartender was starting to get pissed off.”
The “NCIS” franchise topped the Nielsen ratings last week, with over 20 million viewers for the original “NCIS”, and 17 million for “NCIS: Los Angeles”. Meanwhile, the first installment of the History Channel’s new miniseries “The Bible” made the top five. And the series premiere of the new CBS cop drama “Golden Boy” cracked the top ten. Here are the Top 10 shows overall last week . . .
#1.) “NCIS”, CBS, 20.1 million viewers
#2.) “NCIS: Los Angeles”, CBS, 17 million viewers
#3.) Last Wednesday’s “American Idol”, Fox, 13.3 million viewers
#4.) The premiere of the History Channel miniseries, “The Bible”, 13.1 million viewers (Which was the biggest “cable entertainment telecast” so far this year.)
#5.) Thursday’s “American Idol”, Fox, 12.6 million viewers