Snarkista told you that John McCain had a real problem if he thought Heidi Montag would help him with the youth vote. Daughter Meghan McCain’s still hanging out with Montard the famewhore, and seems to be up her ass pretty good! Horf!!!
Meghan seems to be liking the celeb spotlight, and Snarkista thinks Spencer’s convinced her all press is good press. Heidi and Spencer sure are riding THAT train as long as possible, despite subjecting us to horrifically ghastly “music” and “fashion” from Heidi. (Snarkista’s giving you fair warning if you click the music and fashion links…especially the music. Have the duct tape ready in case your head explodes.)
Ah, anything for the spotlight. Meghan was spotted getting her hair done by Matthew Shields last month at hair salon ‘John Frieda’ on Melrose Place, which services such stars as Kate Hudson and Jane Fonda. She’s been hanging onto Heidi like a tick on a dog.
While Senator John McCain has pointed his finger at Barack Obama for being a celebrity similar to Britney or Paris, (whose strike-back video left John’s in the dust) Meghan’s been trying her hardest to become one. Maybe she should shave her head! Barack should make a celeb ad linking McCain to Heidi and Spencer. Holy crap, his numbers would go through the roof. John! Wake up and lock up Meghan before she starts doing staged photo ops dressed like an effin’ Easter Bunny!
UPDATE-UPDATE: Isaac Hayes’ Funeral is to be held at 11a.m. Monday, August 18th at Hope Presbyterian Church, on Walnut Grove in Memphis.
USA Today is reporting that Shelby County (Memphis) Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Shular said Tuesday that paperwork filed by Hayes’ family physician, Dr. David Kraus, lists the cause of death as a stroke. Those who wish to send their condolences can mail them to 926 E. McLemore Ave. Memphis, TN. 38106-3338. This is the former location of Stax Records, now the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Soulsville Foundation, and they have promised to get them to the Hayes family.
UPDATE: Hayes was about to begin work on a new album for Stax, the soul record label he helped build to legendary status. And he had recently finished work on a movie called â€œSoul Menâ€ in which he played himself, starring Samuel Jackson and Bernie Mac, who died on Saturday.
Wow. First Bernie Mac, and now “Shaft” and “Chef” from South Park icon Isaac Hayes has died at the age of 65. Fox News is reporting that at approximately 1pm Central Time, Shelby County (Memphis, Tennessee) Sheriffâ€™s department received a call from Isaac Hayesâ€™ wife, who found him lying unresponsive next to a treadmill at 9280 Riveredge in Shelby County.
Shelby County Sheriffâ€™s Department arrived on the scene and C.P.R. was performed. Hayes was unresponsive, and Shelby County Fire Department and Rural Metro arrived on the scene where they took him straight to Baptist East Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:10pm. Central Time.
Family members say he had recently been treated for some medical issues, high blood pressure and possibly other problems. The treadmill was still running when Isaac was found. At this time officials do not believe foul play was involved, and everything at the scene so far indicated that Hayesâ€™ death was natural.
Isaac performing “Shaft” live in 1973 is below.
Hayes made headlines when he left his role as Chef on South Park when the show aired the infamous episode about Tom Cruise “coming out of the closet”- a biting jab at Scientology. Isaac was a Scientologist. The soul-man was a Grammy winner for the classic theme from the movie Shaft.
Hayes was one of the main creative forces behind southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served as both an in-house songwriter and producer with partner David Porter during the mid-1960s. In the late 1960s, Hayes became a recording artist, and recorded successful soul albums such as Hot Buttered Soul (1969) and Black Moses (1971) as the Stax label’s premier artist.
Alongside his work in popular music, Hayes was a film score composer for motion pictures. His best known work, for Shaft in 1971, earned Hayes an Academy Award for Best Original Song (the first Academy Award received by an African-American in a non-acting category) and two Grammy Awards. He received a third Grammy for the album Black Moses.
In 1992, in recognition of his humanitarian work, he was crowned an honorary KING of Ghana’s Ada district! Rest In Peace, Isaac. You will be greatly missed. Say hello to Bernie Mac for us.
Here’s Isaac performing “Shaft” Live in 1973. Snarkista thinks that’s a young Jesse Jackson in the beginning! Enjoy.
This is great! Barack gets down and is “Never Gonna Give You Up” !! The Barack Roll Video. Snarkista needed to lighten things up a bit after all of the week’s news. Enjoy!
Here’s a fab pictorial and music: ten minutes documenting the life of Amy Winehouse, from a baby to a broad. How wonderful if we could turn back the clock for Amy, just a bit…to her fresh-faced, untormented days. A bittersweet reminder of what a talent she is, and how tragic it would be for her to be snuffed out by her addictions.
New details are emerging about the last days of comedian Bernie Mac, who passed away at age 50 this morning from complications of pneumonia AND sarcoidosis. People Magazine is reporting that his wife of 30 years, Rhonda, and daughter Je’Niece, 30, were with Bernie until the end. Bernie’s sister-in-law Mary Ann Grossett said that:
He opened his eyes on his own and looked at Rhonda. She called his name, and he opened his eyes and nodded to her. She smiled at him and told him, ‘Don’t leave me â€¦ ‘I’m waiting for you to come back.’ He shrugged his shoulders, and she said that’s when she knew he was tired. He signaled to her that his body was tired.
The sister-in-law says Bernie’s inflammatory lung disease did contribute to his death, contrary to the statements made by Bernie’s publicist.
“He had sarcoidosis, but it was in remission. But because he had it, his immune system was compromised. He had an infection … He was on a new medication that suppresses the immune system, and that’s where the pneumonia came from.”
She says that Bernie was actually hospitalized on July 24, eight days before the date given to the press for his admittance. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and immediately placed on a ventilator. Mary Ann says he was critically ill while he was in the hospital, and was in intensive care the entire time. Bernie apparently contracted a second strain of pneumonia while in the hospital. “They tried to resuscitate him two times. One time he came back for about an hour. Then he went into cardiac arrest the second time.”
Macâ€™s funeral is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 15, at an undisclosed location. The family requests that donations be made to the Bernie Mac Foundation for Sarcoidosis, 40 E. Ninth St., Suite 601, Chicago IL 60605.
Senator John Edwards’ mistress Rielle Hunter has issued a statement through her attorney saying she would not submit her daughter to a genetic test to determine the father of the girl born to her in February. How very convenient for John Edwards. This announcement comes a day after the former North Carolina Senator admitted to ABC News that he had an affair with Hunter. He denies that he got her pregnant, and said he would take a paternity test to prove it. He said the affair ended in 2006, before she would have become pregnant. Now it looks like we know why he made such a bold statement by offering to take the test.
Rielle’s family had been calling today for Edwards to take a paternity test, and her sister Melissa said “somebody must stand up for my sister” as reported by ABC news. Then, Robert Gordon, Hunter’s New York lawyer, issued a statement to The Washington Post that Hunter would not be tested.
She wishes to maintain her privacy and her daughter’s privacy, Gordon said. Furthermore, Rielle will not participate in DNA testing or any other invasion of her or her daughter’s privacy now or in the future.
Snarkista told you that John Edwards would fix the paternity problem one way or another. Looks like he just bought his way out! Remember, this is a multi-millionaire trial attorney we’re talking about. He’s SLICK and he’s sick. Nonetheless, Edwards will still have the follow-the-money problem involving the hush-funds paid to Rielle and Andrew Young that could involve campaign finance fraud. Snarkista thinks it would be a stupid idea to try to buy his way out of that.
The National Enquirer is saying that Rielle is in it for the long haul, and is in love with John Edwards. The mag says that the dark truth is that Hunter is waiting it out for Elizabeth to pass away, and wants to marry Edwards. Snarkista says all of the players in this scandal stink worse than pond scum. What a tragic, calculating, cold group of losers. Elizabeth Edwards deserves so much better.
UPDATE: NEW DETAILS ON BERNIE’S DEATH HERE. Comedian, actor, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Bernie Mac passed away this morning. Bernie worked his way up to success out from a life of poverty on Chicago’s harsh South side, and was an amazing talent. He was only 50 years old.
Snarkista had been searching for updates on Bernie’s condition after he was hospitalized for pneumonia. The net was abuzz with rumors of his death at the time, but Bernie was still alive and being treated. The only status that had been given was that he was in very critical condition. Snarkista worried that no health updates were being reported on Bernie, and that he wasn’t responding to treatment. Thanks to Matt at Hollywood Hills for giving the sad news to me this morning.
Bernie’s publicist Danica Smith gave a statement this morning from L.A.:
Actor/comedian Bernie Mac passed away this morning from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital,”
She said no other details were available and asked that his family’s privacy be respected.
Bernie was raised by a single mother, Mary, who died of cancer when he was sixteen. He started his career during high school, when he would put on shows for neighborhood kids in Chicago’s South Side until moving to Tampa. During his 20s he worked in a variety of jobs, including furniture mover, UPS agent, and a bread delivery sales rep.
Bernie gained notoriety as a stand-up comedian. He joined comedians Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and D.L. Hughley as The Original Kings of Comedy.
After briefly hosting the HBO show Midnight Mac, Bernie appeared in several movies in smaller roles. His most notable movie role was as Frank Catton in the remake of Ocean’s Eleven and its two sequels. Bernie Mac also starred in several other movies, including Mr. 3000.
Beginning in 2001, Mac was the star of the popular The Bernie Mac Show on the Fox nexwork, which earned two Emmy Award nominations before the show was cancelled in 2006. Bernie’s role was the gruff uncle and custodian of his rehabbing sister’s son and daughter. He had a heart of gold and a hot wife, and the show was a Snarkista fave. The show was loosely based on Bernie’s life, and allowed him to stay true to his stand-up comedy roots by communicating his thoughts to the audience.
Snarkista’s a HUGE fan of Bernie’s, and her thoughts and prayers go out for Bernie’s family and friends. She suggests that you do the same if you are so inclined. Rest in peace, Bernie Mac.