And more from our Gossip Girl: Megan Fox — Steven Spielberg fired you, Hitler’s to blame … plus, why we love olive oil
“TATUM HAD a wonderful childhood. I mean, she met Queen Elizabeth!”
That was yesteryear’s star, Ryan O’Neal on CNN with Piers Morgan the other night. Yes indeed, Ryan’s idea of a great childhood is to have the opportunity to curtsy to QE2. Even Piers, a Brit, looked a bit taken aback.
Actually, Piers looked taken aback throughout the entire agonizing hour with Ryan. The actor spoke with Piers to promote the new reality show, “The O’Neals,” that he and his daughter have filmed for Oprah’s OWN channel. (His daughter has just come out with a followup memoir, “Found: A Daughter’s Journey Home,” which documents her attempts to mend her tortured relationship with her famous dad).
I have rarely witnessed such a train wreck of emotional ups and downs as displayed by Mr. O’Neal. The duality of his nature — which Tatum has always stressed — has never been so apparent. One minute charming and possessed of some sense of humility and guilt; the next minute, a total jerk — brutal and cruel. He is still suffering mightily, he says, over the death of his longtime love Farrah Fawcett, and he appeared to be on the verge of sobs throughout the interview. But that didn’t stop him from savaging his daughter — all of his children. He essentially blamed them — especially Tatum — for Farrah’s cancer! He said his son, Redmond, wants to commit suicide because “he shamed himself so much” to his mother, Farrah. Of his son Griffin he said, “I want a DNA test on that one!” He wasn’t kidding.
Ryan simply refused to take responsibility for anything, although when Piers pressed him several times he said “he might have done things differently.” Didn’t say what, however. (Maybe not living a life of drugs in front of his own children?)
O’Neal insists Tatum won’t be satisfied until she has “stripped me bare, taken my epaulets. But … I want my epaulets.” He denies Tatum was a drug-abusing child, scoffs at her tales of teenage suicide attempts and generally dismisses her point of view. “She was cruel to Farrah, she never gave us a chance,” said Ryan. That Tatum was a sensitive teenager when Farrah swept in doesn’t enter the Ryan O’Neal equation.
And yet, together, Ryan and Tatum did this reality show, and at the end of the interview with Piers, Ryan said he wants to “make it right with Tatum” (whom he frequently calls “Farrah” and vice versa. Paging Dr. Freud.) “I have to. I have no options,” he said of a full reconciliation with his only daughter.
I was exhausted by the time this interview ended. Piers looked like he needed a stiff drink. Ryan looked like he’d already had one. It was riveting, tragic — the most compelling TV I’ve seen in ages. I simply hated it!
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THE beleaguered young woman of the moment is actress Megan Fox. She is beautiful and maybe talented. I’ve seen her in three movies. She’s best known for the horror flick “Jennifer’s Body” and two of the “Transformers” movies. I saw one of those against my better judgment. It was the worst, despite Miss Fox and leading man Shia LaBeouf (Such movies are not my cup of tea, but even the person I went with, who does like this sort of thing, said it was bad.)
Anyway, Megan was supposed to reprise her role in “Transformers 3,” but was fired. Great mystery surrounded the event. She was a diva. Director Michael Bay was a diva. Shia LaBeouf recently gave a tortured explanation as to Megan’s exit — she didn’t feel comfortable being photographed in a “sexual manner,” as per Michael Bay’s style. Since Miss Fox has never appeared to be shy in exposing her body, this didn’t ring quite true. Perhaps Shia was attempting to be gallant? (Or sexist, if you read some new feminist journals on chivalry — I told you about that the other day.)
Now, with the new “Transformers” movie about to open, the real reason Megan Fox was fired appears to have surfaced. She gave an interview to a magazine back in 2009, talking about her relationship with director Bay. She said he wasn’t easy, had a kind of Napoleon complex and behaved like “a socially retarded Hitler.” But, she said, he was fine when not in director mode. Bay now says he was amused by her remarks, but producer Steven Spielberg was not. According to Bay, Spielberg ordered her firing, instantly. And so it was done. (Bay also says, sarcastically, that he is “so sorry” he made Megan behave professionally, etc.)
Hmmmm …. Miss Fox was about 24 when she gave her fatal interview. And today’s average twentysomething hardly has a handle on the inflammatory nature of the Hitler comparison. People of all ages tend to use such references and the word “fascism” as a blanket reference for anyone who is “overbearing.” If Bay, who is Jewish, wasn’t offended, I think Mr. Spielberg maybe should have simply had a little educational chat with Megan. She might be raising funds for Israel now, instead of frolicking on the beach with her hubby Brian Austin Green.
And perhaps being fired from “Transformers” was a blessing. These are not movies in which an actor can show his chops.
What’s up for Megan? A film titled “Friends with Kids,” written and directed by the wonderful Jennifer Westfeldt of “Kissing Jessica Stein” fame. The movie co-stars Jon Hamm (Miss Westfeldt’s beloved), Ed Burns, Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Chris O’Dowd.
It’s better than screaming and running away from giant robots, I think.
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I DON’T know about you — but reading the papers, watching TV news and commentary and following events on the Internet are making me so depressed by unrelenting negativity that at times, I just want to get in bed with my hat on and stay there.
But here, at last, is some good news! Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, has looked at the medical records of over 7,600 people ages 65 to 70.
Considering diet, physical activity, body mass index and other risk factors for stroke, it seems that a diet rich in olive oil will lower the risk of a stroke more than a third. Oil for cooking, salads and use in bread offers them a 41% chance of avoiding a stroke. Olive oil also protects against high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity. Now, we’ve known about the benefits of olive oil for years, but this encouraging statistic is brand new. 41%!
Put down that butter knife!