Friday, April 19, 2024

Summer Scandals Gone Wild: TomKat, the Jacksons, Twilight–What Next?


Wow! It’s only July 27th, summer is at its midpoint, and we’ve had enough scandals for several summers. Katie Holmes escaped from Tom Cruise and got a divorce in 11 days. The Jackson family conducted a public civil war over Michael’s estate. Paris Jackson, a 14 year old, emerged as the great communicator of 2012 on Twitter.

The so-called actors from the “Twilight”movies–who go by KStew and RPat in the tabs–are now embroiled in a cheating scandal involving her director from “Snow White–it’s so Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner circa 1965. Let’s not forget Ann Curry getting tossed from the Today show, and Fred Willard tossing himself in a porn theater. There’s always the “American Idol” judging contest, Madonna getting booed in Paris last night, and Justin Bieber’s diminishing career.

We know what’s really important. Forget about banking scandals ar Barclays and JP Morgan, or Mitt Romney acting like an uninformed hick in London, the ultimate ugly American. Or the fact that the Olympics committee won’t do anything to honor the 4oth anniversary of the 1972 killing of the Israeli team in Munich. Or yes, the economy, the real fact that so many people lack healthcare, and that A Rod has gone on the disabled list with Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera. Or that the National League trounced the American.

And what the heck is Libor?

What will happen next? Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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