Uggie-Mania Reaches Apex at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

It’s been a few months since the height of buzz over Uggie, the now-retired Jack Russell Terrier who won the hearts and minds of the masses with his riveting performance in The Artist, during which the pup got a memoir deal and attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. But today, Uggie returned to the limelight, frolicking along the red carpet at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on his hind legs, to place his pawprints in the cement on the Walk of Fame. 

What’s so surprising about this honor is not that Uggie got his due, considering all the buzz surrounding his performance and even a call for him to win a human trophy, but how, in nearly a century of cinema, is Uggie the first dog to get the cement-pawprint treatment? There’s the original Rin-Tin-Tin, who passed away in 1932 (several years after Grauman’s opened) and who was recently the subject of a rather fascinating book from Susan Orlean. Or Terry, the Cairn Terrier who played Toto in The Wizard of Oz (although Terry was honored with an autobiography called I, Toto and, just this past year, a permanent memorial at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery). Several famous equine superstars have left hoof-prints in the past, however, including Roy Rogers’ Trigger and Gene Autry’s Champion. 

Anyway, here’s a clip from the Telegraph of Uggie getting his pawprints immortalized. Goodnight, everybody! 

Linkage: Uggie To Bark A Memoir, E! Gives Scripted TV A Try

Is there nothing this dog can’t do? Uggie, the adorable and talented dog from The Artist, has been tapped to "bark" a memoir for Gallery Books. Human author Wendy Holden will be on paw to translate. [ArtsBeat]

For their first forays into scripted television, E! Entertainment is working on a Wizard of Oz inspired series (Dorthy), a modern-day re-staging of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII’s story in modern day (Anne of Hollywood), and of course the required legal thriller (Juror #9) and detective procedural (Amy Devlin Mysteries). As if their real-life stars aren’t drama enough… [Deadline]

Busy busy, Miss Rooney Mara is circling yet another project, this one a story about outlaws featuring Ben Foster and Casey Affleck called Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. [PlayList]

Is your online presence more "completely nuts" Rihanna or "cool" and "poised" Beyoncé? [BitsBlog]

This summer, John Darinielle is reissuing early Mountain Goats’ cassettes Hound Chronicles and Hot Garden Stomp as a digital or a cd compilation. "No one anticipated their coming into the world, and very few noticed or cared," writes Darinelle of the tapes original release. "The obscurity in which these songs were incubated and born and brought into their faint light is a state of being which has passed into history." [Pitchfork]

Vice turns a camera back at the paparazzi to give them a taste of their own medicine. [Vice]

Morning Links: Uggie Goes To The White House, ‘American Idol’ Contestant Sent Home For Crimes

● Uggie, the award winning dog from The Artist, has been invited to attend the White House Correspondents dinner, where he has even arranged to have "a shake" with President Obama himself. [Huff Post]

● Bear Grylls has been let go from Man vs. Wild "due to a continuing contractual dispute," but he’s pretty sure he’ll survive. "Bear has loved the Man vs. Wild journey and looks forward to producing further cutting edge content again soon for his loyal audience," says his rep. [People]

● Baby Blue Ivy Carter’s shoe game is already on point with these adorable Marc Jacobs booties. [ONTD]

● Kris Humphries got Kim’s famous $2 million dollar engagement ring on steep discount. “Kris could have never afforded such an extravagant engagement ring for Kim,” Radar reports. "He paid $750,000 for the engagement ring. [Designer] Elaine Schwartz gave Kris the ring basically at wholesale cost." [Radar]

● Oops! Lindsay Lohan hit someone wtih her brand-new Porsche while driving away from the club. Luckily, everyone was fine and nobody seems to be pressing charges. [TMZ]

American Idol contestant Jermaine Jones has been sent home prematurely after it was discovered that he concealed "multiple crimes," one involving violence. The Hollywood Reporter suspects his "dramatic departure" will go down on tonight’s episode. [THR]

● More important than having the "it bag" is having the "it dog," and in style this season are the "maltipoo" and "morkie," designer mixes that can go for anywhere from $3,800 to $65,000 and up. [Page Six]

Uggie is Nintendo’s Newest Spokesdog

After he was diagnosed with a mysterious illness we were told that Uggie, the breakout star of Best Picture winner The Artist, would likely never act again. But here he is in a commercial for Nintendo’s Nintendogs franchise looking as dapper as ever, though his shaking ailment is plain as day. Thankfully enough, it doesn’t seem to have hurt his penchant for being the cutest lil’ guy around. Watch it after the click via Vulture, by way of Kotaku.

It’s all pretty normal until that giant Mario comes in at the end and just stares at the capable canine. The silent interaction is kind of an homage to The Artist, no? Uggie even winks at the end! Too real.

Tom Selleck Slams Uggie the Dog

With The Artist predicted to sweep the Oscars, Uggie the tiny dog from the film is enjoying his moment in the spotlight. But with the love brought on by fame, so comes jealousy and haters.  Who would pick a fight with the scruffy, cuddly pup?  Enter Tom Selleck and his ever-present stache.

Selleck, who I tend to think of as a narrower-looking Burt Reynolds, currently stars on the cop drama Blue Bloods alongside a golden retriever named Joe.  Since Joe can only bark his disdain at being left off awards lists and tabloid covers, Selleck is sticking up for him as being the more serious actor.

"[Uggie] does cute stuff. Joe doesn’t do cutesy stuff,” Selleck told HuffPost TV. Later noting, “I see [Uggie] do an awful lot of cute head-turns and winks and barks.  Joe won’t do that. He wasn’t a professional dog, and he doesn’t do anything cute.”

So there you have it.  Uggie is just a cute face, only good for awe-inducing acts of adorableness.   Will Uggie’s handler hit back or take the high road and ignore it? Twitter feud spelled out in tiny Kibbles?  One can only hope.  Spuds MacKinzie is laughing from beyond the grave. 

Next up: Selleck disses child actors?

Afternoon Links: Karl Lagerfeld Called Adele Fat, Lana Del Rey Is Tired Of Lana Del Rey

● Karl Lagerfield thinks that Adele has "a beautiful face and a divine voice," but that she is "a little too fat." And anyways, it’s no secret that he much prefers the dark charm of Florence Welch and Azealia Banks’s cunning. [Celebuzz]

● Shakira, Colombia’s premier belly dancer and ass shaker, is in talks to make her acting debut in the upcoming Bollywood film, Desire, directed by National Film Award winner Enamul Karim Nirjhar. [Huff Post]

● The ten Super Bowl commercials the internet couldn’t stop talking about. [AdAge]

● Respected football analyst Giselle Bundchen explains the Patriots loss simply: "My husband can not f—ing throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time." [EW]

● Oh no! The Artist‘s Uggie is suffering from "a mystery shaking syndrome" that has already cost his trainers thousands in vet bills and forced him into early retirement. "It is a shame this has happened when he is getting the biggest success of his career but we feel the best thing to do is to retire him," says Omar Von Muller, his trainer. He will make his last appearance at the Oscars. [DailyMail]

● “What would I say? I feel like everything I wanted to say, I’ve said already,” says Lana Del Rey in this month’s Vogue, gracefully admitting that she too is tired of talking about Lana Del Rey and hinting that Born To Die might be her last. [Prefix]

Martin Scorsese Calls Discrimination on Golden Collar Awards Snub

Who knew?  Martin Scorsese is apparently the kind of pet owner who thinks his dog is the best and he’s pretty funny about it. Today, he wrote a tongue-in-cheek op-ed in the LA Times discussing Hugo star Blackie the Doberman’s snub by the first Annual Golden Collar Awards. He’s calling foul.

As Uggie, the adorable four-legged star of The Artist hobnobs at the Golden Globes and poses for press atop the Empire State Building, Blackie has been left without a bone. Hollywood is a a dog-eat dog world.

"OK, let’s lay all our cards on the table. Jack Russell terriers are small and cute. Dobermans are enormous and — handsome,” Scorcese writes of the pup who plays a villain in the film. "We all have fond memories of Rin Tin Tin and Lassie, the big stars, the heroes, but what about the antiheroes? We have learned to accept the human antihero, but when it comes to dogs, I guess we still have a long way to go.”

The editors of Dog News Daily, who are holding the contest, have responded, agreeing that if Blackie receives 500 write-in votes by Monday, February 6th, on their Facebook page they’ll request that the panel of 14 judges add him as the 6th Nominee in the Best Dog in a Theatrical Film category. Get on it! A vote for the Doberman is a vote for equality.