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THE 35TH ANNUAL BECK/SMITH HOLLYWOOD TACKY TASTE AWARDS

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all and a big thank you to readers of this column who submitted candidates for Beck/Smith Hollywood’s 35th Annual Tacky Taste Awards! Yes, we received votes for both President Barack Obama and former governor Mitt Romney this election year — but our tackiest Top Ten drew more. There are so many celebrity turkeys this year, we’d better get started before indigestion sets in:

 1. Clint Eastwood. “Clint Eastwood’s endless, embarrassing ad libbed monologue to a chair at the Republican convention should get your tacky prize,” wrote M.C. of San Juan Capistrano, CA. “It was like seeing somebody’s drunken uncle ruin a party,” added LesB1. Or, as Heidi D. of New York put it, “I don’t think ‘Dirty Harry’ made anybody’s day this time.”
2. Joan Rivers. Contributor Grace H. of Burbank, CA proclaimed: “It’s fall and Tackies are crawling out of the woodwork. The silly season is in full swing. Joan Rivers got an early start by making a scene in a Burbank Costco parking lot because Costco refused to carry her nasty book ‘I Hate Everyone Including Me’ which was replete with the F word.”
3. “The Tacky Taste Award should go to: the Petraeus/Broadwell/Kelley/Allen mess or, briefly, ‘Generals Gone Wild'” wrote Robert A. He was part of a late surge in voting that took off earlier this month after David Petraeus stepped down as head of the CIA and admitted his affair with biographer Paula Broadwell — which has led to more revelations involving Florida socialite Jill Kelley and General John Allen. Joked reader Danette S. of New Orleans, “David Petraeus and John Allen: top generals taking orders from their
privates! Soooooo tacky.”
4. Lance Armstrong. Julia C. of Arizona summarized the feelings of many when it comes to the doping-tainted cyclist, who was stripped of his Tour de France titles. “The guy lied and carried on the facade of innocence for years. He was able to control his own team for many of those years to carry on his innocence. He truly is the master of lying publicly and getting us to believe in him — even idolize him. He got sponsors to pay millions to represent their products. Even when the story began crumbling, he had his lies rehearsed so well that he still seemed believable and almost made you feel sorry for him. The guy went to the Arnold Schwarzenegger School of Integrity and needs to hire Tiger’s PR guy.”
5.  Donald Trump.  From John W. of St. Louis:  “The Evil egomaniac with the epoxied comb-over.  Who could be more deserving of a tacky award than Donad Trump.  Ranting that the election was a ‘sham and a travesty’ because he doesn’t like President Obama is typical behavior.”
6. Mary Kate Olson and her 16-years-older love, Olivier Sarkozy, the French banker who is also half brother of the former French president, Nicolas. Declared Grace.tra, “The pictures are revolting. She’s like a smoking Muppet on an outing with him and his (same height) daughter.” Echoed Arlene L. of Cedar Rapids, IA: “Tres tacky.”
7. Lindsay Lohan. “Substance abusing, jewelry grabbing, vehicularly impaired lowlife Lindsay Lohan playing immortal Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor? What are they thinking? Lifetime gets my vote for their tacky casting choice.” — Shawn2002 in San Francisco.
8. Kristen Stewart. Roxieund1 was among those critical of the “Twilight” leading lady: “It isn’t that she cheated on Robert Pattinson that makes her so tacky. It’s her acting, which consists of one expression: constipated.”
9. The Media. Among complaints about biased news people and maniacal gossip hounds this election year were comments regarding the media circus surrounding Whitney Houston’s death. “It was the height of ghoulishness, when even CNN was advertising a ‘stake-out camera’ at the funeral home,” griped Atlanta-based Jbstcher.
10. Ann Coulter. Pam E. of New Haven, CT, was among those who feel, “Ann Coulter is tackiest this year and every year. She will say anything to get attention. Attacking the late Princess Diana (‘just this anorexic bulimic narcissist’) and using the word ‘retard’ for the President and then refusing to apologize for the slur are two examples of her ugly modus operandi.”
And that’s it for this year! Here’s hoping all your turkeys have the best of taste.

Tony Shalhoub Talks About Bitty Schram’s ‘Monk’ Return

Tony Shalhoub reports that his one-time “Monk” costar Bitty Schram is due to make her much-talked-about return to the USA Network series in early September, and “We’re all looking forward to that.  We’re all excited to see what the writers have cooked up.”

Bitty Schram in

Fans of the show were upset back in the midst of its third season when Schram was suddenly let go under the official line that the “Monk” creative team wanted to “go in a different direction.”  Later reports revealed that she’d been among the supporting players in a renegotiation wrangle with the network, which chose to take a hard line against her.  Her Sharona Fleming character was replaced by Traylor Howard’s Natalie Teeger.

“It will be great for the audience to have her back,” Tony feels.  “We’ll see how that character has changed, what the dynamic might be between Sharona and Natalie.  Something tells me they’ll be really good friends.”  Both, of course, have had to deal with Shalhoub’s obsessive-compulsive detective character’s idiosyncrasies in an up close and personal way.

Will it be awkward for the cast having Schram back?  “Oh, no.  I don’t think it will be awkward at all.  I’ve spoken to Bitty through the years, especially around the time Stanley Kamel passed away,” Tony says, referring to their costar who died last year.  “She was close to him, too.  There’s no bad blood.  Nothing but good.”

FROM THE INSIDE LOOKING OUTCorey Reynolds, who is currently starring on TNT’s “The Closer,” admits he misses working on Broadway, but the perks of television are just too good to pass up for the time being.  “I have a tremendous desire to get back to the stage. I received a Tony nomination for my work in ‘Hairspray,’ which was my Broadway debut.  That was a lot of fun, but now I’m kind of in that stage where I’d like to win so the right project would have to come along at the right time,” says Reynolds.  “I will say this – the paychecks aren’t even close to what you get paid in television.  It is a deterrent for a lot of my friends.  I was just talking with my buddy Matt Morrison, who was in ‘Hairspray’ with me.  He’s now starring in the new show ‘Glee.’  We were reminiscing about how different life is as a working New York actor compared to what it is as a working L.A. actor.  We can both breathe a little easier for the time being.”

For now, Reynolds is focused on his work in “The Closer” where he tells us he’s trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible.  “I’m the young guy of the bunch and I’ve had the least experience in the business.  It’s been so great working with so many seasoned actors.  I didn’t go to college so these guys are kind of like my professors.  I’m just trying to get that kind of longevity myself,” he says.  “Luckily I landed on a very supportive show.  G.W. Bailey has told me many times that it’s a blessing and a curse that this is my first experience on a television series because he reminds me often that they’re not always like this.”

WEB BITSHeidi Montag’s recent Twitter tweets include this bold declaration:  “we have the right to bare arms! this is america!!!!! FREEDOM!”  Do you think she  wrote about that ’cause it’s summer and long sleeves can be hot?  Probably not, since she linked to a story about citizens surrendering guns.

In fact, knowing that our readers are a literate lot – and that as such, you probably grimace, as we do, over the widespread mindless mangling of grammar and spelling on the internet – we invite you to point out egregious examples made by folks in the public eye.  Go to the Celebrity Gaffes section of BeckSmithHollywood.com to post your comments.

Nice to see news that Robin Williams will top off his September-launching comedy tour with an HBO special at year’s end – especially considering it’s only been four months since his surgery to replace an aortic valve.  Williams shows off his scar and re-enacts his bike ride with Lance Armstrong last March, just three days before his hospitalization, on the video he and the cycling legend made on Armstrong’s bus between legs of the current Tour de France.  “Lance, wait!  Lance,” Robin wheezes, “wait for me!”  And Armstrong notes that it’s lucky Robin didn’t die that day.  No doubt Robin’s years of being an avid bike rider have helped him bounce back from his operation.  The video, posted on Livestrong.com, also demonstrates that Williams is back in fine comedic form, as he cracks up Armstrong, mocking his compression socks and otherwise acting up in various character voices.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster