When the late Tupac Shakur “appeared” via hologram at the Coachella festival, everyone ooh-ed and ahh-ed. It wasn’t the first time a dead celeb had resurfaced in hologram form (Celine Dion sang a duet with a hologram of Elvis Presley on “American Idol” in 2010) and it won’t be the last time, either (Simon Cowell wants holograms of Amy Winehouse and Michael Jackson to appear on “X Factor”).
In fact, during this week’s Republican National Convention, a hologram of Ronald Reagan was rumored to make an appearance outside the convention center— but was then pooh-poohed because organizers supposedly didn’t want holographic Reagan upstaging Mitt Romney.
It’s just as well, in my opinion: bringing dead people “back to life” via hologram is kinda wrong. Keep reading »
“[Reagan] just stood up and he looked around the room, almost like he was doing a headcount, and he said, ‘I wanted to thank you for bringing ‘E.T.’ to the White House. We really enjoyed your movie.’ Then he looked around the room and said, ‘And there are a number of people in this room who know that everything on that screen is absolutely true.’ He said it without smiling! But he said that and everybody laughed, by the way. The whole room laughed because he presented it like a joke, but he wasn’t smiling as he said it.”
—Steven Spielberg recounts screening his classic flick, “E.T.”, for Ronald Reagan when it came out. While he’s pretty sure Reagan was joking, maybe Ronald was trying to tell us that the government really is trying to cover up extra-terrestrial sightings? Anyway, let’s hope Spielberg’s “Super 8” is a return to “E.T.” It does have a lot of the same elements—kids witnessing something, government cover-ups, etc. I really want the movie to be thrilling rather than ridiculous. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
The words “Ronald Reagan” and “nude” in the headline scared you, didn’t it? Relax: it’s just his daughter Patti Davis posing nude again. Yes, again. Patti posed naked for Playboy in 1994 at age 42, she says, to celebrate kicking drugs and getting her body into shape. Now the First Daughter is posing nude at age 58 in the June issue of More, a magazine aimed at over-40 ladies, to prove her body is still as rock solid as her dad’s belief in trickle-down economics. While I generally think it’s cheesy when political hangers-on bare all (here’s lookin’ at you, Levi Johnston and sister), Patti Davis genuinely seems proud of her body’s accomplishments. Keep reading »
Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman from a major party ever to run for vice president, died yesterday at age 75. Ferraro was a Queens criminal prosecutor and then representative in Congress who joined Walter Mondale in a presidential run in 1984. Although the Walter-Mondale ticket proved no match for Ronald Reagan and George Bush (41), Ferraro nevertheless busted through the glass ceiling of national politics 64 years after women were acknowledged their right to vote. Keep reading »
A few soap stars invaded the nation’s capital over the weekend for a CBS Watch! magazine photo shoot. They were dressed as presidential couples, but added their signature soap sexiness and romance — Jackie Kennedy with a heaving bosom, Bill Clinton actually embracing Hillary, and George and Martha in an erotic fantasy. Terri Colombino, who plays a woman that has been married six times on As the World Turns, donned a hand-painted white couture gown that retails for $2,950 to re-create Nancy Reagan’s 1981 inaugural ball look. According to the Washington Post, she did look like Reagan, but with considerably more cleavage. Ronald Reagan was played by Austin Peck, Colombino’s soap opera husband. These sexy, yet tasteful photos are sure to trump Tyra Banks’s Michelle Obama-inspired photo spread because they offer a bit of nostalgia and don’t just cash in on a craze. This issue of Watch! comes out in January, a perfect time considering the new President of the United States will be enjoying his inaugural festivities. [Washington Post] Keep reading »
Sure, July’s most famous holiday is the one celebrating our fine nation’s birth, but let’s not forget one of the month’s other noteworthy events: National Ice Cream Month. In 1984, Ronald Reagan designated the whole month as such, and he also named the third Sunday of July (yesterday) National Ice Cream Day. His proclamation called for people to observe these with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” I neglected to eat any ice cream yesterday, but in the last 10 days of the month, I plan to give ice cream a proper celebration. Keep reading »