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The JetBlue flight attendant, Levi runs for mayor, Abdi Farah: Pop goes the culture

I'm not sure I'm buying the whole "folk hero" title bestowed upon runaway JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater (left). But it's fun to debate who should play him in the sure-to-come Lifetime movie. My vote's for Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gary Busey or the oddly perfect match, Dame Judi Dench.

HAIL LEVI!:
Levi Johnston is running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. And could be the first elected official to have previously been on the cover of Playgirl. Well, him and Joe Lieberman.

NOT-SO TINGLING:
The long-gestating "Spider-Man" musical is finally set to debut! In a casino. In Connecticut. Yikes.

JASON BATEMAN SHUTS DOWN GAY PORN SITE JASONBATEMAN.COM: Sounds like a solid subplot for that unfinished "Arrested Development" movie script. 

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FALSE 'IDOL': What the hell is going on with the "American Idol" judges table? Jennifer Lopez may be out, and the producers are still mulling bringing on Steven Tyler. My suggestion: Hire someone we all would actually like.

FINE 'ART':
Native Baltimorean Abdi Farah (right) wins Bravo's "Work of Art." Too soon to suggest a reality TV spinoff show co-starring Christian Siriano.

JUSTIN BIEBER IS THE NEW PROACTIV SPOKESMAN: So that's what he has been hiding under those bangs.

BEST/WORST WEEK FOR 40-SOMETHING LADIES: Older-woman-self-discovery movie "Eat Pray Love" premieres; news that comic strip "Cathy" will end in October

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON:
Mel Gibson's dad goes on a "the pope is a homosexual" rant. Oddly, he doesn't mention that the pope also has breasts made from sugar.

STAR-GAZING:
Either Scarlett Johansson or Blake Lively starring with Robert Downey Jr. in sci-fi drama "Gravity" means I may actually go see a movie set in outer space.

PAWN-OGRAPHY:
TruTV's "Hardcore Pawn" is the latest show to make a lame pawn-porn pun. What's next: "Midget Fetish Shop"?

GLENN GONE GAY: In poking fun at that whole mosque-at-ground-zero issue, Glenn Beck says there should be an Islam-friendly gay bar there as well. His suggested names include "Infidelicious" and "Suspicious Packages," marking the first time Glenn Beck has ever made sense to me.

MUST-PAY TV: TV Guide released its annual TV's top earners survey. Here's my level of outrage in ascending order: Miranda Cosgrove, "iCarly" ($180,000/episode); Bill O'Reilly, Fox News ($10 million/year); Charlie Sheen, "Two and a Half Men" ($1.25 million/ep)

Good to see the "Jersey Shore" kids found a summer job with a paint crew (left). Sidenote: I went to high school in Greensboro, N.C., where this happened. Don't judge me too harshly.

Photos: Slater (AP); Abdi Farah (Bravo); Shcool (AP)


Jordan Bartel is assistant editor at b. E-mail him at jordan@bthesite.com or follow him on Twitter: @jordanbartel.

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