July 13th, 2010
04:48 PM ET

Alec Baldwin: George Steinbrenner set the standard

Upon the passing of New York Yankee’s manager George Steinbrenner, Hollywood notables have recalled a tough, but respected man who exemplified what it meant to be a Yankee at heart.

Regis Philbin, who was close to Steinbrenner, told CNN,“He defined the Yankees and what they stood for...winning." Philbin added, “I will think about him every time the Yankees are mentioned and every time I drive by Yankee Stadium....Thanks for all the good times, George."

Alec Baldwin agreed that if you wanted a definition for a top sports boss, look no further than Steinbrenner.

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July 13th, 2010
03:53 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Defending Mel Gibson

Just when the “Showbiz Tonight” staff thought we'd heard all the tapes with the alleged voice of Mel Gibson absolutely tearing into the mother of his love child, Oksana Grigorieva, out pops a third.  CNN has not independently confirmed the authenticity of the recordings.

In the tapes we’ve heard so far, the breathless man purported to be Gibson screams with piercing rage and seems to threaten Grigrorieva saying, “I'll put you in the f*****g rose garden, you c***!” He also launches into a rant where he drops the n-word as well as statements degrading to women. Then in the third audio released today, the male voice uses the term “w******s” in an argument over an employee who takes care of a child.

If you were sitting in our morning meeting today, you’d be hard-pressed to find a staffer who would defend Gibson's  alleged actions and words in those tapes, but today, there are actually people who say Gibson's not entirely at fault (if it proves to be his voice).

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July 13th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

Remembering comic book legend Harvey Pekar

The passing of respected comic book writer Harvey Pekar brought out bits of nostalgia in fans from all walks of life - from Marquee blog commenters to celebrities.

Paul Giamatti, who played the lauded writer in the 2003 critically-acclaimed film adaptation of Pekar's "American Splendor" series, has said that Pekar “was one of the most compassionate and empathetic human beings" he'd ever met. "He had a huge brain and an even bigger soul," Giamatti said. "And he was hilarious. He was a great artist, a true American poet, and there is no one to replace him.”

For Patton Oswalt, there was "a little less splendor" in the day.  "Gonna pour out a little orange soda for the man," the comedian tweeted. Rob Zombie, on the other hand, will remember Pekar as "an American classic."

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July 13th, 2010
03:29 PM ET

Zac Efron: Vanessa Hudgens has helped me cope

Five years after they fell in love on set, the romance between “High School Musical” stars Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens is still going strong.

Though the two were relatively unknown at the time, their careers have since skyrocketed, and Efron says that Hudgens has helped him cope with life in the limelight.

“[The relationship] has helped me through quite a bit,” the 22-year-old told InStyle in the magazine's August issue.  “There are myriad distractions to fall into in this business. To have someone to share with and to relate to is a very valuable gift.”

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July 13th, 2010
01:37 PM ET

Whoopi: Gibson's a bonehead, not a racist

Although some say that Mel Gibson is losing his support system since those rant-filled tapes leaked which are alleged to be him talking to his now ex-girlfriend, it looks like the actor and director still has a friend in Whoopi Goldberg.

“I don’t like what he did here but I know Mel, and I know that he’s not a racist,” Goldberg said on “The View” Monday.

“I have had a long friendship with Mel. You can say he’s being a bonehead, but I can’t sit and say that he’s a racist having spent time with him in my house with my kids,” Goldberg went on.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Mel Gibson
July 13th, 2010
12:48 PM ET

Jon Hamm: Reading is sexy

While it’s difficult (for this writer at least) to picture Jon Hamm saying anything without imagining those words coming out of his “Mad Men” alter-ego Don Draper's mouth, Hamm’s endearingly retro notions of manhood perfectly fit that image.

The 39-year-old actor, who said he can talk about both sports and shoes, thanks to being raised by a single mother, told W magazine that “the definition of a man’s man has shifted in recent times to this sort of fratty bro, different from the older version, which was aloof and distant - Gary Cooper or Cary Grant or James Bond.”

Now, he added, “it’s a little vulgar, kind of lowbrow, adolescent. I’m not that guy. Part of being an adult is treating women like women.”

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