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Hines Ward: 'Dancing With the Stars' win 'equally important' as Super Bowl victories

Hines Ward wins 'Dancing With the Stars'

"Dancing With the Stars" champ Hines Ward plans to put his mirror ball trophy right in between his two Super Bowl trophies.

The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and first-time dancer beat out funny lady Kirstie Alley and Disney darling Chelsea Kane when he won the ballroom dancing competition with partner Kym Johnson on Tuesday, despite her earlier neck injury.

"I have a place in my trophy case with my Super Bowl MVP trophy, right between my two Lombardis. It's gonna look nice," said Ward, a guest blogger on The Times' Fabulous Forum.

Hines earned a perfect score from judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli when he and Johnson reenacted their Week 3 samba to Earth, Wind & Fire's "Fantasy," showing off the football player's fluid hips and winning smile.

"That was wonderful," Inaba said during judging. "You dance with heart and it shows."

(In all fairness, Alley and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kane and partner Mark Ballas also earned perfect scores in the much-hyped Season 12 finale.)

Steeler Nation definitely came through for Ward, perhaps with a little bit of help from Johnson's dazzling canary-yellow bustier and bouncy backstage jog.

The 35-year-old athlete said that the "Dancing With the Stars" title and two Super Bowl wins were equally important to him. Seriously.

"They mean different things," he said. "Winning the Super Bowl symbolized being the best in my profession. It along with winning the Super Bowl MVP is the ultimate goal both individually and as a team. It says we are good at what we do as professionals. Winning the mirror ball trophy for me symbolizes overcoming my fear of the unknown. It says that I was able to excel at something I knew nothing about. I was able to rise above difficulty and take a risk. Both prove that hard work pays off. Both are special."

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Runner-up Alley, whose body transformation from "Fat Actress" and chemistry with Chmerkovskiy won over many viewers this season, was disappointed by the loss.

"I feel like we did amazing, but you want to win," the 60-year-old actress told reporters after the finale. "We didn't win, so I can't say we didn't have any sadness."

But that didn't last long.

"Oh...ps don't be upset about us not winning for long.... I won so much in the last 13 weeks that it would take hours to convey...LOVE," she later tweeted.


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Hines Ward held at gunpoint by cops in not-a-stolen-car mix-up

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy fall on 'Dancing With the Stars,' get back up

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Photo: Champions Kym Johnson and Hines Ward with the mirror ball trophy on the "Dancing With the Stars" Season 12 finale. Credit: Adam Taylor / ABC/Associated Press

Osama bin Laden dead: Celebrities take to Twitter

Osama bin Laden dead: Celebrities react on Twitter

As quickly as the nation learned Sunday night that Osama bin Laden was dead, Hollywood types and other luminaries fired off tweets in reaction to President Obama's news with messages of support for the U.S., mixed emotions over the loss of human life and some pretty heavy re-tweeting.

The always original Kirstie Alley went with humor, sending out, "Ding Dong the Witch is dead... the wicked witch.. Ding Dong the wicked witch is dead!"

Lindsay Lohan wasn't as veiled in her patriotism, shooting off a simple, "Go USA!" 

Which other stars were among those expressing thoughts in 140 characters or less?

@SteveMartinToGo: Slow news day.  

@Alyssa_Milano: AMAZING! This photo, from @nytimes, pretty much says it all. Photo: http://tumblr.com/xul2crc9jr /via @Newsweek 

@ParisHilton: Just landed back in LA, so happy to hear the news of Osama bin Laden's death. He was the face of terrorism and such an evil man. The world is a much better place with him not in it. 

@AndersonCooper: Does anyone else find it moving hearing people singing our national anthem outside the white house gates? I do. 

@JeremyPiven: Amazing night for all of us, innocent people were not harmed and justice prevailed

@KimKardashian: Osama Bin Laden is dead!!! I can't wait to hear President Obama's announcement!!! 

@BillMaher: Somali pirates, Gaddafi's son, now bin Laden - do NOT [mess] with Obama, he's Gangsta!!

@SarahPalinUSA: A Grateful Nation http://fb.me/WCYB81GR

And the Ministry's highly non-scientific calculation of most re-tweeted quote goes to: "I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure." — Mark Twain.

Check in at Show Tracker for more celebrity thoughts on a dead Osama bin Laden.


Osama bin Laden dead

News and jubilation spread fast after Bin Laden's death

Royal wedding is a big hit on Twitter (which wasn't blocked for those at Westminster Abbey)

— Matt Donnelly

Photos:  Kirstie Alley, left, and Bill Maher, right, were among the stars reacting Sunday to news of Osama bin Laden's death. Bin Laden is shown in a recent screen grab from the FBI's most wanted list online. Credits: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images, left; FBI / Reuters; Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times.


Obama birth certificate: Brought to you by Donald Trump, says Donald Trump

Trump takes credit for Obama birth certificate being released

The Obama birth certificate has been made public, shining light on exactly what it takes to get Donald Trump to shut up. Seems it must be something bigger than Obama's birth certificate, the release of which on Wednesday prompted Trump to talk even more.

"I am so proud of myself," the "Celebrity Apprentice" star said before a midday GOP fundraiser in New Hampshire and after calling for the Obama birth certificate for what may have been eternity. "I got this guy to release his birth certificate. I'm really, really happy."

President Obama had a bit to say as well at a White House news briefing after his long-form certificate of live birth was made public. "We're not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers," that "guy" said, not naming any names. 

As we noted recently, Trump is not the only celebrity getting in on the Obama birth certificate action, though we wonder now if Tracy Morgan really had the president's birth certificate in Brooklyn like he said he did.

"BREAKING NEWS: The President Of The United States Of America was born in The United States Of America," actress Alyssa Milano tweeted Wednesday, right after announcing she'd be on Capitol Hill for the next few days advocating for arts funding from Congress.

Dennis Miller wanted more, tweeting, "All I'm asking is that now Obama release his lifeguard accreditation card." Sarah Palin, who Tuesday seemed more interested in Libya than anything involving who was or was not born in Kenya, challenged the media "admit it, Trump forced the issue." Kirstie Alley, after surviving elimination from "Dancing With the Stars," seemed to be asleep.

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Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy fall on 'Dancing With the Stars,' get back up

Kirstie Alley may have leaned a little too much on "Dancing With the Stars" partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy during their rumba Monday night, leading to the painful tumble the pair took in the ballroom.

Chmerkovskiy, her professional partner on the show whom the Ministry likes to call "the shirtless wonder," said that his thigh gave out and he experienced a "charlie horse" during their routine.

Before they performed, Alley said the dance was supposed to reflect a really difficult time in her life when she lost her mother in a car accident in the 1980s. Perhaps Alley saying it showed "the agony and the ecstasy" was live television's version of a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The sweet dance, set to Israel Kamakawio'ole's version of "Over the Rainbow," started off serenely dramatic until the thigh issue. Watch the video above.

The poor shirtless wonder struggled to get up and back on count after taking a few seconds to recover.

"It was sweet. He just looked at me and said, 'Let's keep dancing,'" Alley told E! of the fall. "And I thought, 'I like that.' I have the best partner!"

And Chmerkovskiy said he was pretty embarrassed by the whole thing. "To all the fans...I'm sorry! It will never happen again and I will never 'fall'! To @kirstiealley You were..FLAWLESS! In more ways than one!" he tweeted post-show.

Hear that George Lopez?

"woke up to all of your supportive tweets..humbled..It's good to know that u are in this game with us come RAIN or come SHINE....thank u," Alley tweeted Tuesday morning. Adding, "Maks is too humble.. we all know it takes TWO to Tango..on our feet or on our asses...it takes TWO ..I will do better from now on...xoxo."

But the dance was still pretty stunning and like Bruno Tonioli told Alley, "Once you got up it was better than ever," scoring the pair 21 points out of 30.

What did you think of the dance? Was it agony or ecstasy to watch? Tell us in comments.


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Kirstie Alley, George Lopez declare cease-fire; calm down teams Kirstie and George? [Poll]

2011 'Dancing With the Stars' cast: Kirstie Alley, Wendy Williams, Sugar Ray Leonard and more

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Kirstie Alley, George Lopez declare cease-fire; calm down teams Kirstie and George? [Poll]

Kirstie Alley and George Lopez spar

It seems Kirstie Alley and George Lopez have declared a cease-fire after a week's worth of barbs, fat jokes and Twitter apologies.

Alley hoofed it Monday on the premiere of the 12th cycle of "Dancing With the Stars," prompting Lopez to call her a pig on his TBS show the following evening.

"She did a nice job, her little hooves tapping away. Before the show she went to the market, and then she had roast beef, and this is her going all the way home," he said just before showing a clip of a pig squealing.

That began the public feud between the once-chubby comedian and the former "Fat Actress," who has publicly struggled with weight issues for years. Lopez's monologue sparked outrage among various women's groups, and the 60-year-old actress finally acknowledged the jokes via Twitter on Thursday.

"Don't worry about George's comments...just remember what happens to the big bad, drunk woolf...falls in a boiling pot of vodka.Piggy laughs," she wrote.

In response, and instead of bringing it up on his Thursday night telecast, Lopez took to the micro-blogging site to say he was sorry. "I misjudged the joke. No malice was intended and I apologize to Kirstie," he tweeted.

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2011 'Dancing With the Stars' cast: Kirstie Alley, Wendy Williams, Sugar Ray Leonard and more

New Dancing With the Stars Cast for 2011 Season 12

This post has been updated. Please see the note below for details.

The 2011 "Dancing With the Stars" cast has been announced, with hot names for "DWTS" Season 12 including TV host Wendy Williams, Playboy bunny Kendra Wilkinson, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and pro wrestler Chris Jericho.

Oh! Don't forget Kirstie Alley -- 'cause we have a thing for her, and because it's always fun to see if someone loses weight while competing in the show.

With Williams, Wilkinson and Leonard/Jericho covering the "controversial," "hottie" and "athlete" categories held last season by Bristol Palin, Audrina Patridge and Rick Fox/Kurt Warner, "DWTS" was left to fill the Season 11 roles of "name from Gen Xers' childhoods" (Ralph Macchio is the new Florence Henderson?) and "someone who came from Disney" ("Jonas" alum Chelsea Kane is the new Kyle Massey).

Show Tracker has more details and the rest of the names, which were announced Monday night during "The Bachelor." Pictures too!

For the record, 7:50 p.m. March 28: This post originally described Chelsea Kane as a "Wizards of Waverly Place" alum. Though she appeared on an episode of "Wizards," she's done significantly more work on "Jonas" and "Fish Hooks." Thanks to commenter @Danny Nicholas for flagging the gaffe.


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photos: Kirstie Alley, left, Ralph Macchio and Wendy Williams. Credits: Associated Press

PREACH IT! Well, would you look at that -- nekkid celebrities

Kim kardashian It has come to our attention that a slew, nay, a spate of stars have been doffing their clothes and cavorting about naked in front of camera lenses of late, and for all manner and class of purpose. (Why these nude shoots inspire us to talk like clients in a Sherlock Holmes tale, we couldn’t tell you.)

We already know about Kara DioGuardi. Now add to the list Ricky Martin, who went nekkid for a video he made a few years back but didn’t release until now, and Kim Kardashian, who posed for Harper's Bazaar wearing nothing but her own satiny ego. Martin lolls about on glowing Plexiglas and gets tattoos while nude. Kardashian is just naked, which, for the record, is plenty entertaining enough.

It should also be noted that a few other stars are choosing to go bare about the face and neck; Jessica Simpson has posed for a closeup on the cover of Marie Claire completely devoid of cosmetics, with her hair, as the magazine put it, air-dried. Kardashian also has said that her photo was not computer altered. (Back in 2002, actress Jamie Lee Curtis blasted a hole in the self-satisfied fashion world by appearing in More magazine without any retouching.)

Of course the fans are leaping up and down and celebrating all this daring nakedness ...

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PREACH IT! Why pay for cable when you can watch celebrity Twitter wars for free?


Honestly, I have no idea why people say the Internets are poisoning our brains and wasting away our fine nation. Those people obviously have never enjoyed a decent celebrity Twitter war.

They have never watched Lindsay Lohan air every detail of her spats with Sam Ronson, or observed Ashton Kutcher publicly debone a neighbor for daring to remodel a house, or decoded WHATEVER IT IS THAT KIRSTIE ALLEY IS RAGING ABOUT IN ALL CAPS.

If there’s one beautiful thing that the new millennium has brought to Hollywood, it’s a kind of delicious communications chaos. Publicists no longer have the power they once wielded over when and how a star would say stuff, and Twitter is ground zero for that Tinseltown Ragnarok. John Mayer directly spatting with Perez Hilton over a street fight involving the Black Eyed Peas? Merry Christmas in June!

The latest example of social media bread and circuses: Kevin Smith waging a siege worthy of Caesar against religious zealot Megan Phelps-Roper, granddaughter of the Rev. Fred Phelps. Smith’s allies: comedic actors Rainn Wilson and Michael Ian Black, who also tweeted against the anti-gay bigot.

It all went down this week, and make no mistake: It was 14 flavors of righteous...

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