December 1st, 2009
03:48 PM ET

Teeing off on Tiger

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"A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors." So said John F. Kennedy. Has there been, in recent times, an American public figure more universally honored and admired than Tiger Woods?

I think like Michael Jordan before him, he is revered because he's seemingly perfect. And Americans want to be perfect. "If I have the perfect job, the perfect spouse, fame and acclaim, six-pack abs or an incredible bust – then I'll be happy." So along come Tiger and Michael as examples that yes, by God, perfection is possible. If we can't have it for ourselves, then at least we can have it vicariously through them. We so badly want it to be true.

Well, if the tabloid rumors are to be believed, Tiger has been knocked off that God-like pedestal we put him on. There are whispers of infidelity, and of course the celebrated car accident.

There will be those who are let down and disappointed, but I suspect more than a few will say, "Oh what a relief. He's human like the rest of us. He's having marital troubles like a lot of us. His foibles make him more interesting, more relatable."

Others will wonder why he might have cheated on his hot Scandinavian wife and the mother of his children. Is the male libido that relentless and unquenchable? Does being a famous man amp up that "perpetuate the species" sex drive woven into our male DNA to the nth degree? Perhaps the answer is yes.
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December 1st, 2009
02:44 PM ET

Nicole Richie gets her own sitcom on ABC

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Reality stars are like a fungus. Just when you think they’ve all but disappeared they come back stronger than before.

She’s been off the television radar since she ended her run on the buddy reality show “The Simple Life” with her former best friend Paris Hilton, but now celebuspawn Nicole Richie is developing a sitcom for ABC that she intends to star in and produce.

Variety reports that the show will use a single camera, like sitcoms “30 Rock” and “The Office”, and that the concept , which is loosely based on her own life, was Richie’s idea. FULL POST

December 1st, 2009
01:01 PM ET

Ashlee Simpson Wentz makes her Broadway debut

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It was a family affair as Ashlee Simpson Wentz made her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in the musical "Chicago" on Monday night at the Ambassador Theater with sister Jessica, parents Joe and Tina and hubby Pete Wentz cheering the actress on from the audience.

Simpson, who first appeared in the role in London’s West End, has joined the "Chicago" cast for a 10-week run through February.

“I love her energy. She’s spunky. She acts like a little broad,” said veteran "Chicago" stage actress Roz Ryan, who has played prison matron “Mama” Morton for 12 years. “When I first saw her I said ‘ohmygosh she’s so tiny’ and when she got onstage I was like ‘hellll lookey at her’.” FULL POST

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