Friday, September 3, 2004
Another Baldwin enters politics
New York -- Politics run deep in the Baldwin family, and right now brothers Alec and Stephen are finding themselves on opposite sides of a fiercely partisan presidential election campaign.
Alec Baldwin, 46, has long been a Democratic Party supporter. Younger brother Stephen is new to the political scene.
The 38-year-old actor, a Christian, says his support for the Republican Party is less about politics and more about religion.
"My desire to be at the RNC was this goal that I have to support the candidate that I believe has the most faith," Stephen told "Access Hollywood." "Systematically, God is being erased and removed from our culture, our society, our government."
Alec, who was at the Democratic convention in Boston in July, told the entertainment TV show he had concerns about Stephen being in a political spotlight.
"Stephen's been fairly apolitical for a long, long time. Then he embraced a born-again Christian faith, which is very near and dear to him and very real for him. As a result of that, of course, certain operatives of the Republican Party came to him and said, 'Why don't you come on over and join our unit of spokespeople who are in show business?"'
Hughley, Sedaris up 'Late Late'
New York -- Comedians D.L. Hughley and Amy Sedaris are among those who will guest-host "The Late Late Show" while CBS and producer Worldwide Pants search for a permanent replacement for Craig Kilborn.
Michael Ian Black and ESPN/sports radio host Jim Rome also will take turns as host of the late-night show, the Hollywood trade papers report. New episodes are scheduled to begin Sept. 20.
Sedaris, the star of Comedy Central's "Strangers with Candy" and an upcoming feature film based on the show, has frequently been mentioned as a possible replacement for Kilborn because of her connection to "Late Show" host and Worldwide Pants principal David Letterman. She's been a guest on Letterman's show several times, and both the "Strangers" series and film are Worldwide Pants productions.
The company also produced the NBC series "Ed," which co-starred Black. The actor is also known for his commentary on VH1's "I Love the ..." shows.
Britney's chewed gum a hot item
From the Could It Possibly Get Lower Desk comes a truly gross Britney Spears-related item. E!Online is reporting that people on eBay are selling bubble gum that once graced the inside of the singer's mouth. The used gum is touted as a great buy because it supposedly contains Spears' DNA. (No one seems to ask the obvious question: Who could possibly want THAT DNA?)
According to E!'s report, prices have gone as high as $3 million. There was a slew of the stuff on sale Thursday, with the most expensive being a piece of gum a seller recovered after Ms. Spears spat it out of her limo in New York in December 2002. It had received 15 bids, with the current bid at $14,000.