Married ‘Smash’ Director Catches The McPheever…

22 10 2013

Like many families across the US, mine were avid “American Idol” watchers (until the abomination of Nicki Minaj judging took over the airwaves).  Our hooting and hollering was usually in good fun, unless we found ourselves at odds over a contestant.
Season 5, which aired in 2006, was a particularly hostile year.  I couldn’t explain it, but I was dead-set against Katharine McPhee. Week after week as she progressed in the competition, I did not catch ‘the McPheever.’  I deliberately wrote the call-in numbers down wrong so my family couldn’t vote for her!

I have always thought, though McPhee has been candid about her struggles before reaching stardom, she was one of those needy, annoying starlets who didn’t have the chops to live up to the hype her ‘people’ generated.  Her turns onscreen in The House Bunny and Shark Night 3D were less than Oscar Razzie-worthy.  Her albums, released in 2007 and (two in) 2010, were only modestly successful.

In 2008, she made headlines (in People, Us Weekly anyway) for marrying her significantly older beau, Nick Cokas.  Earlier this year, McPhee told Lucky magazine that although she had pictured life a little differently, she is glad not to have any children yet. “I’m selfish right now, but that’s how and where I should be. The thing is, work is the thing I love the most,” she said. Her  five-year marriage to Cokas was confirmed/acknowledged in the article as well (January 2013 issue).

I fully admit to being a gossipy, judgmental kind of person sometimes, but when someone doesn’t sit well with me, it is never for no reason. The personality flaws and errors in morality may not be immediately apparent, but I’ve had the misfortune of finding, eventually, everyone is who I think they are.
I also will disclose that I am guilty of often letting the personal lives of some celebs, as told by those nagging glossy tabloids at the grocery check-out, get in the way of my enjoying their work. (HALLE BERRY & TOM CRUISE, for example. )

(Photo Credit: TMZ)

(Photo Credit: TMZ)

So today when I logged into TMZ, as I do every day as I snack on my lunch, I was not surprised to read that McPhee was caught, in the middle of the California sunshine, kissing her ALSO MARRIED former Smash series director, Michael Morris.

I was incensed by this news because Morris, who previously produced and directed for ABC’s Brothers & Sisters series, himself is married– to the wonderful, talented, hilarious Mary McCormack (formerly of The West Wing and In Plain Sight).  How can these celebs continually misbehave and think they’ll get away with it? When you live a public life, you are never alone and, depending on the level of fame you achieve, your business is never just your own. It’s the price you pay for willingly participating in an industry that is in cahoots with the sensationalism of a 24/7 news media.

Though I anticipate statements from each camp by week’s end (a source has already told TMZ McPhee and Cokas have been living apart for 6 months), I can’t help but be reminded of the love-triangles and humiliating marriage-ending affairs passed… (Just to name a few!)

Tiger Woods and Elin Nordgren; other woman: Rachel Uchitel (among many others).

LeeAnn Rimes and Dean Shermet; other man: Eddie Cibrian (who was also married, to Brandi Glanville).

Sandra Bullock and Jesse James; other woman: Michelle McGee (among others).

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart; other man: Rupert Saunders (who was married to model Liberty Ross at the time).
**Stewart is also said to have cheated on her boyfriend of 3-years, Michael Angarano, with Pattinson.

Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillipe; other woman: Abby Cornish.

Former POTUS Bill Clinton and Hilary Clinton; other women: Monica Lewinsky, Ginnifer Flowers, Paula Jones…

Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid; other man: Russell Crowe.

Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher; other woman: Elizabeth Taylor.

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This TWILIGHT Thing Is Totally Lost On Me

27 11 2011

In 10 days, the latest installment of the Twilight saga has raked in over $220 million domestically, and just under $500 million in the international market.

The franchise as a whole is worth just over $2 billion.

Some of the cast & crew appeared together at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards

I think it best to examine my feelings of confusion and disinterest in list form…

1. Vampire trend.
      Why are they so big? People act like this series of books/films are totally novel. Like The Lost Boys and Interview with a Vampire weren’t totally freaking amazing a mere decade or so ago.
     If vamps are the monster of the moment, fine.  Werewolves, zombies, demons and deformed cretins have had their share of exposure in creative, popular culture — but I find the Twilight series to have exasperated the genre.

2. Die-hards argue that the books are “so well written.”
    BULL. SHIT.  Stephanie Meyer got lucky, and that’s all there is too it. I have skimmed the novels and I have sampled the films. THEY. ARE. GARBAGE!  The writing is poor, the filming is strangely filtered, and the acting is C-List AT BEST.
   These books were totally targeted at middle-school age girls, and all it has done is reiterate the archane idea that everybody better find a man to sweep them off their feet.  These books have made an entire generation of young women, already at a disadvantage thanks to desensitization at the hands (mouth) of the Biebs and Miley Cyrus, stupider.

3. Fandemonium.
     Grown people, 99.999% women, getting tattoos of imagery from this “saga.” IT IS INSANE! They are ridiculous!
I hope they have people in their lives to taunt them relentlessly about their epicly poor choice to permanently etch a piece of literature that people in the future will look back and laughingly condemn us for.

4. The subject matter is a little mature considering Bella, Edward & the gang are supposed to be high school students. I thought followers of the LDS Church were highly moral individuals — this is risque stuff for Meyer to have thought up, never mind write down and publish.
       Women are going nuts for this, and taking their like 6 year old children to the movies! It freaks me out, plain and simple.   If you are a mother, you should not have a purse from Hot Topic with Robert Pattinson’s flat fucking no talent  pale face on it.  End of story.