Morning Links: Gene Simmons Endorses Mitt Romney, Ryan Gosling Saves Journalist’s Life

● For what it’s worth, KISS frontman and condom purveyor Gene Simmons has officially endorsed Mitt Romney. "Hindsight is 20/20,” he explained in an interview with Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson yesterday. "I have some real issues with the economy and how it’s being done. America should be in business and it should be run by a businessman."  [Huff Post]

● President Barack Obama will deliver a special introduction to the first presentation of a restored print of the classic 1962 movie To Kill A Mockingbird on the USA cable network Saturday night. [MediaDecoder]

● Sitting comfortably atop the Billboard charts this week, Madonna’s MDNA is her eighth album to reach the number one spot. Only Barbra Strieisand can claim to have done better, with nine chart toppers. [ArtsBeat]

● Ryan Gosling, angel of the streets, has done it again, this time sweeping journalist Laurie Penny from in front of an oncoming taxi cab and saving her from near death. [NYO]

● Nicki Minaj told Funk Flex yesterday that the artist she wants most wants to work with is Beyoncé. [RapRadar]

● Hilary Duff has posted the first pictures of her "most wonderful, sweet, adorable baby" on her official website. Aww! [JustJared]

● Robert Pattinson continues to push hard against his teen heartthrob roots, this time preying his way through Paris’s high society, one bedded woman at a time, in the steamy new trailer for Bel Ami. [Vulture]

Afternoon Links: IFC To Air 32 More Chapters of ‘Trapped in the Closet,’ January Jones Defends Betty

● Cancel all your plans: In addition to a third season of the beloved Portlandia, IFC has ordered 32 new chapters of R. Kelly’s ambitious musical series, Trapped in the Closet, all to be aired in the next year. [ArtsBeat]

● Clams Casino’s swelling remix of Florence + The Machine’s "Never Let Me Go" is almost as nice as this summer come early in New York. [GvsB]

● Gene Simmons promises "no fake bullshit" on the upcoming Kiss/Motley Crue tour. "Leave that to the Rihanna, Shmianna and anyone who ends their name with an ‘A,’" he says of his fellow stadium-fillers. Ouch! [Billboard]

● Kim Kardashian coolly explained to Ryan Seacrest yesterday that she couldn’t possibly be involved with Kanye West, romantically or otherwise, because, she says, “I think I’m still married." Enought already! [Radar]

● “I find myself defending her a lot more often, just because people are pretty hard on her lately,” says January Jones, a new mother herself, of her Mad Men character, Betty. "All of her actions are justified … And, you know, Sally shouldn’t be masturbating at other people’s houses or she’s going to get slapped." [The Daily]

● Slate’s got a lengthy but worthy excerpt of Enemies, A Love Story, a 25,000 word oral history of "the original frenemies" Siskel and Ebert that is hosted in full by The Chicagoan. [Slate]

Gene Simmons Kinda-Sorta Off the Market

In a move most never thought would happen, KISS’ Gene Simmons married his longtime girlfriend and mother of his two children, Shannon Tweed, last night in Beverly Hills. And while some may look at it and think it’s a beautiful thing to finally make a commitment after 28 years, there are surely others who will see it as a sign of the rocker getting older. But groupies have nothing to shed a slightly psychotic fan tear over, he refused to promise fidelity.

Eternal commitment, till death do they part, whatever. Simmons is a rockstar so he can bend the sacred rules.

He does have a brand to protect. He’s the epitome of the rock-n-rolling sex god in public image. As TMZ delicately puts it, he’s “banged” some 5,000 women and has the Polaroids to prove it. Whether or not he actually does cheat doesn’t matter as long as people think he does.

Not exactly romantic, so why even get married?

“It is time for me to grow up. I’m 62. I’ve been doing a lot of wacky stuff for an awfully long time…and there’s nobody I’ve ever said ‘I love you’ to,” Simmons told Entertainment Tonight. “I even find it difficult to say ‘I love you’ to my mother. But I love Shannon with all my heart and all my soul, and always will.”

He’s had twenty-eight years to prove that statement, so there is no doubt it’s the truth, but there might also be a page from the Kim Kardashian handbook in play. He gets a ton of press and headlines proclaiming “You May Now KISS the Bride” and wedding specials do well on TV. The ceremony, which was attended by Hugh Hefner, Bill Maher and KISS band members, was filmed for their A&E reality series, Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels.

The episode will be aired next month and you’re of course, invited.

Gene Simmons Has the Best (Worst) Publicist in the World

His predatorial tongue has given me nightmares—just like that ghost hand from the Evil Dead franchise—since I was a little kid. And now that the ubiquitous Gene Simmons is, well, more ubiquitous, so are the fever dreams. First, there was that sex tape. Then, spots on “The Celebrity Apprentice,” which was a misnomer, by the way. Now, there are “Ugly Betty” cameos, the third season of “Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels,” and an upcoming book called Gene Simmons’ Ladies of the Night: A Historical and Personal Perspective on the World’s Oldest Profession, out July 8. But here’s the kicker:

“In connection with the book’s release, Phoenix Books is giving one lucky fan the chance to win a personalized voice mail greeting from Gene Simmons himself!” reads the press release that found itself in our inbox this morning. An answering machine message? Fans are asked to head over to GeneSimmons.com to write a brief essay about the book.

This reminds me of that one time when thespian Pauly Shore called my friend’s cell phone, looking to pick up a girl he’d met earlier at a bar. We saved it, and all of our friends used it as our answering machine message for a month or two. It seemed totally weird after a while.

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