Pop Culture Hot List
Several clueless news organizations reported last week that Trump had purchased WWE <i>Monday Night Raw</i> after the billionaire made an appearance on the show. So many outlets picked up on the bogus story that WWE had to issue a press release explaining that <i>Raw</i> was actually a fictional television show and that Trump was simply part of a storyline. Well, Trump's brief stint ended Monday when he sold <i>Raw</i> back to Vince McMahon for double what he paid for it, which is nothing.
Terrell Owens and Joanna Krupa
What do you get when you pair a diva with another diva? Well, you get the beautiful eruption that occurred between Owens and Krupa on the reality show <i>The Superstars</i>. Judging by Owens' look while Krupa expressed frustration with her partner (check Tuesdays Hot Clicks for the video), maybe all T.O. needs is a taste of his own medicine when he gets out of line.
Speaking of <i>Superstars</i>, I spoke with one of the athletes on the show and they told me the biggest nightmare on set was actually Capriati, who almost pulled a Heidi & Spencer and threatened to quit when she didn't get what she wanted. If it was anything like the tantrums Capriati used to have on the tennis court, we can only hope a few of those made the show.
Is there any other athlete who is as good in the offseason as he is during the season? After being a reporter on <i>The Late Show with David Letterman</i> during the NBA Finals, Nash this week will once again host his Showdown in Chinatown game in New York, where he'll play alongside fellow NBA players Jason Kidd and Tony Parker, as well as soccer stars Thierry Henry and Javier Zanetti. If Nash can be as entertaining as he was in interviewing Jeff Van Gundy about his brother, it'll be a match worth watching.
Kanye West and Lil Wayne
All of Hollywood, including the cast of <i>Entourage</i>, came out for the Lakers' victory party last week at Club Nokia, across from the Staples Center. The live entertainment for the night was West and Wayne, who performed his Kobe Bryant song after Bryant introduced him. The song would have been much better if half of it wasn't an audio clip of Stephen A. Smith fawning over Bryant.
The <i>Sports Illustrated</i> Swimsuit model first made waves when she was photographed with Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez for his infamous photo spread in <i>GQ</i>. Now, a <i>New York Post</i> report has linked Rhoda to New York Rangers bad boy Sean Avery. My money is on Rhoda being spotted with someone on the Yankees by next week.
Tom Brady and Gisele
It appears Gisele is pregnant after all. Well, at least she is this week, according to <i>People</i>. That, of course, could change next week in the ever-evolving world of Gisele and Brady.
Who's giving King James fashion advice? No doubt the same person whot told him to not shake hands with Orlando Magic players and leave the arena without talking to the media after losing in the Eastern Conference finals. Last week, James was spotted wearing a "Check My $tats" shirt while on vacation. Yes, King James, we checked your stats, er, $tats, and they say you still haven't won a game in the NBA Finals.
Hawk tweeted about his skating escapades at the White House during Father's Day and defended himself when people took exception to his turning the hallways into an X Games show: "Wow, haters! My passion, the sport that made me who I am, has allowed me to live the American Dream, disrespects the White House? Not at all, I did no damage, as I also saw cart and trolley wheels rolling along the same floor." Something tells me those carts weren't doing 360s, though.
The greatest second banana in history (sorry, Scottie Pippen) will not only be remembered for belting out ''Here's Johnny!'' and punctuating Carson's jokes with a thunderous "Yes!" but he also should be credited as the inspiration for the character of Hank Kingsley in <i>The Larry Sanders Show</i>. If not for Kingsley, Howard Stern would not have been able to steal his signature phrase, ''Hey now!''