nep·o·tism


[nep-uh-tiz-uhm]
–noun patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics. In the entertainment industry, this is known as Hollywood NepotismTM. Talent not required.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Breaking News

Jamie Lynn Spears, already a product of nepotistic fame, is pregnant. She is all of 16 years old. Representatives from Nickelodeon have already been in contact with the 12-week old fetus, who has "no comment".

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Supergood

Superbad is hilarious. Period. But here's some interesting nepotistic tidbits about its stars:

Jonah Hill ("Seth") won the role over Bo Barett (who is the son of production designer K.K. Barrett). Jonah is friends with Dustin Hoffman's children Rebecca and Jake, which is how he found out about the role of "Bret" in I Heart Huckabees.

Seth Rogen's ("Officer Michaels") father, Mark Rogen, is the guy who chases Seth and Evan out of his backyard with a baseball bat after they fell on his children's tent while running from the police.

Marcella Lentz-Pope ("Gabby") is the daughter of TV actress Patricia Lentz and Tony Pope, who was the voice of the 1998 hit toy "Furby" (according to imdb.com).

Dave Franco, younger brother of actor James Franco (Spiderman), plays the soccer player who admonishes Evan for standing around and talking to Seth during the memorable scene when Seth says (edited for content) "You know when you hear girls say 'Ah man, I was so ***-faced last night, I shouldn't have ****** that guy?' We could be that mistake! "

Laura Marano ("Young Becca") is the younger sister of Vanessa Marano, who plays the role of Anthony LaPaglia's daughter on TV's Without a Trace.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Almost Famous..

And we didn't even need daddy's help! We were recently quoted in an article on Film.com:

Click here to read

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Bananas Over Hannah Montana


If you are wanting to take your kids to go see the much-hyped Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus "The Best of Both Worlds Tour" - too bad. The teenage pop icon has been packing arenas to capacity all over the country, and tonight's show in Memphis, TN is no exception - tickets were sold out within minutes, the majority of which were to scalpers, who turned around and sold the tickets for upwards of $1000 a pop.


The soundtrack to "Hannah Montana", released last year, debuted at #1 on The Billboard 100, and was the best selling album of 2006. She may be more famous now, but 15 years ago, it was her dad Billy Ray Cyrus that topped the charts with his debut album "Some Gave All", which went platinum 9 times.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

If you're tired of reading about Britney Spears..

Check out this juicy tidbit of Hollywood gossip!


Britain's News of the World recently snapped photos of Paul McCartney and Rosanna Arquette on a romantic stroll in a London park on November 19.


Arquette, who has already inspired two hit songs (Toto's "Rosanna" and Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes"), is the niece of Charlie Weaver, a well-known character actor and frequent guest on the original Hollywood Squares game show.


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Katie Cassidy cited for underage drinking

Actress Katie Cassidy of CW's Supernatural was arrested in Tucson, Arizona late last month on an underage drinking charge. The 20-year old daughter of singer-actor David Cassidy was also cited for providing false information to an officer. She claimed to be Taylor Quinn Cole (a fellow actress on Supernatural) and gave 4/29/84 as her birthdate, which would make her 23. Unfortunately, when asked how old she was, she told officers that she was 21.

Cassidy confessed her true identity after the officer told her that the birthday conflicts with the age she gave.

Monday, November 19, 2007

For fans of Christmas movies and nepotism..

We highly recommend you check out Fred Claus, in theatres now! Pay attention to the "Siblings Anonymous" scene for cameos from Frank Stallone, Stephen Baldwin, and Roger Clinton!

Paul Giamatti, who plays Santa Claus, has his own entry on our site as well. :)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Orange County - A Succesful Experiment in Nepotism

from the Houstin Chronicle (chron.com)

Orange County
By Steven Rea
Knight Ridder Tribune

Orange County
MPAA Rating PG-13 for drug content, language and sexuality
Running Time 83 minutes
Released Jan 11, 2002 (Nationwide)
Distributed By Paramount Pictures

If Orange County had turned out badly -- and there's every likelihood that a teen comedy featuring brain-dead surfer dudes, catty cheerleaders and dysfunctional parents who don't understand their kids will end up that way -- then it would be easy to take shots at the movie's rampant nepotism.

Its gawky young star, Colin Hanks, is the eldest son of an actor named Tom. Its leading lady, Schuyler Fisk, is the daughter of Sissy Spacek. And its director, Jake Kasdan, has a father (Lawrence) whose credits include The Big Chill, Body Heat and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

But filial affiliation is old hat in Hollywood, and, as it turns out, this offbeat farce about a So-Cal high schooler who will do anything to get into Stanford University is a pleasantly screwy surprise. Scripted by Mike White, who wrote and starred in the squirmingly uncomfortable stalker comedy Chuck & Buck, the film is about a smart, talented kid -- Hanks' Shaun Brumder -- who dreams of a career as a writer and sees those dreams dashed, he thinks, when the rejection letter arrives from the only school he's applied to.

Kasdan, who helmed the likably goofy detective pic Zero Effect a few years back (with Ben Stiller in a lead role, which explains why the actor makes a cameo here), does some winning end runs around the usual teen-movie clich├ęs. There's a cognizance about his characters -- both the kids and the adults -- that is as sophisticated as it is scathing: The stoner beach guys who just want to blow things up, the scheming sex kitten with the rich grandparents, the middle-aged workaholic dad who has abandoned his wife for a squeaky-voiced babe, and the cast-off ex who has hit the bottle in a big way ... all of them function as character types but also as full-fledged characters, with their foibles and their humanity peeking through.

And then there's Jack Black, that tumbling tub of boisterous bad taste (last seen starring in Shallow Hal), who does a raucous turn as a drugged-out loser who spends his days in a semiconscious state, garbed in only underwear and socks. Black's done this routine before, but he gets to go full blast this time around, and he generates some of the film's biggest laughs.

With John Lithgow and Catherine O'Hara playing Shaun's messed-up, broken-up parental units and the likes of Chevy Chase, Kevin Kline, Garry Marshall, Dana Ivey, Harold Ramis and Jane Adams appearing for a gag or two, Orange County spans a couple of generations of Hollywood comic stars and still manages to deliver a slightly left-of-Hollywood youth pic. The movie is hipper than its L.A. establishment credentials would suggest.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Quoted by Forbes!

Last Thursday, Dale Berryhill (the founder of our sister site OnThisVerySpot.com) and I were interviewed by telephone by a reporter for Forbes.com, who found our website while researching a story on the subject. On Friday, the story was posted, including one quote and a mention of our website.

Click here to check it out:

http://www.forbes.com/media/2007/11/09/hollywood-celebrity-fame-biz-media-cx_lr_1109generations.html

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Updates!

We recently made many additions to our site HollywoodNepotism.net!

Here's an abbreviated list:

Corbin Bernsen's brother (Roger Dorn in Major League) Collin Bernsen
Gary Busey's son Jake Busey
Bill Clinton's half-brother Roger Clinton
Matt Dillon's brother Kevin Dillon
Jack Nicholson's daughter Lorraine Nicholson

See these and more at HollywoodNepotism.net, and if you see anything we missed, let us know at info@hollywoodnepotism.net.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Don't Change That Channel!

Just how many Travoltas were actually in the movie Swordfish?


We are in the process of making a whole mess of additions to HollywoodNepotism.net

Please keep checking back with us to see our updates and to find out the answer to the question above.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Hiltons, Hiltons Everywhere, and Not a Drop to Drink (but maybe that's why)

The famous-for-being-famous dynamic duo that is Paris and Nicky Hilton prove once again that you don't have to possess even a discernible trace of talent to get gigs - the sisters are scheduled to host the New Year's Eve party at LAX Nightclub inside the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. Fortunately, you don't need talent to party.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Nepotism Who?


Christina Applegate's new show Samantha Who? premieres October 15 at 8:30 CST. This Hollywood Nepotism graduate got her start at the young age of 5 months, starring in a baby bottle commercial with her mom, actress/singer Nancy Priddy. Applegate's father is record producer Robert Applegate. Click here to read on HollywoodNepotism.net.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

My Ache-y Break-y Heart


Despite rampant internet rumors, Miley Cyrus aka "Hannah Montana" is not pregnant.

The 14-year old Disney told TV's Extra - "It's given me the street cred to say that would be impossible, because I'm living my life the way I believe is right and that is to say pure."

Daddy Billy Ray must be so proud!

Click here to see our entry on Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus on HollywoodNepotism.net.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Long Live Rock & Roll

Led Zeppelin has officially announced a reunion concert at London's O2 Arena, November 26, 2007. The concert will benefit the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, and tickets are available by ballot only (you can register at http://www.ahmettribute.com/).

Even though drummer Jon Bonham is no longer with us, rock and roll nepotism is alive and well. Jason Bonham, who had a Top Forty album in 1989, will be taking his father's place on the drums at the benefit concert. Click here to see our entry on Jason Bonham on HollywoodNepotism.net.

Pete Townshend and Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings are also slated to perform at the show.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Today's Nepotism News

What famous actress who is the daughter of another famous actor recently offered this anti-drug message according to the UK Mirror?

“I remember taking LSD before I went to Disneyland. I started thinking about Mickey Mouse being a short, middle-aged man in a costume who hates life. Those drugs can be dangerous if you don’t go into it positively - I gave them up long ago.”
It's Angelina Jolie! As most people know, Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie (Girl, Interrupted, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) is the daughter of Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight (Midnight Cowboy). Her brother James, who caused consternation when he and Angelina kissed each other on the mouth at the 2000 Oscars, is also an aspiring actor. Their mother, Marcheline Bertrand, was also an actress, appearing in films such as The Man Who Loved Women and Lookin' To Get Out.

According to the Mirror (a very reputable source), the always-charitable and ever-adopting Angelina says the one drug she hated the most was marijuana, because it made her giggle too much.

Click here to see our entry on Angelina Jolie on HollywoodNepotism.net.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Hear Our Live Interview on Travel Hub Radio!

Dale Berryhill, founder and "Chief Spotter" of our sister site OnThisVerySpot.com, was interviewed live on Travel Hub Radio on Sunday, September 16. This 20-minute interview is available for listening 24/7 by clicking here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Fond of Fonda?

3:10 to Yuma tops box office sales, taking in $14 million its opening week. A remake of the 1957 classic, 3:10 to Yuma stars Christian Bale as a struggling rancher who agrees to help escort a notorious outlaw, played by Russell Crowe, to the train station. With the outlaw's accomplices in pursuit, the journey becomes a test of the rancher's courage and resolve. Peter Fonda (pictured right as McElroy) plays a supporting role as Byron McElroy, a bounty hunter who shares history with the film's antagonist (Crowe).

Acting is a Fonda family tradition - Peter Fonda is the son of Henry Fonda (Grapes of Wrath), sister of Jane Fonda (On Golden Pond), and father of Bridget Fonda (Single White Female). Jane Fonda is the mother of actor Troy Garity (Barbershop).

To learn more about inheriting talent, visit HollywoodNepotism.net.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Days of Other People's Lives

On Friday, Stefano died. Again.

In case you didn't know, "Victor Kiriakis", who also died and was subsequently brought back to life, was played by John Aniston, father of Jennifer Aniston. The elder Aniston played Victor for twelve years before being written out of the show in the late nineties. Jennifer, feeling that her father had been discriminated against because of his age, made public comments criticizing the decision. As a result of her efforts, he was written back into the show in 2000. Visit HollywoodNepotism.net to see our entry on John and Jennifer Aniston.

Monday, September 10, 2007

2007 Video Music Awards

Because it wouldn't be an awards show without a little nepotism...

Ashlee Simpson continues to assault the ears of listeners everywhere when she gave a sneak peek of tracks from her November album.

Paris Hilton once again proves she shouldn't be allowed to speak when she told the crowd at Christina Aguilera's party "Congratulations to the most beautiful pregnant woman in the world", even though the singer has yet to officially announce that she's pregnant.

Us Weekly has an entire article on Alli Sims, Britney' Spear's 'cousin'. Sims is hoping to launch a pop music career. To jump start her career, may I suggest marrying a back-up dancer?

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Hollywood Nepotism At Its Finest

Ice T's non-famous (and most likely non-acting) wife is appearing on her husband's NBC show, Law & Order: SVU. She'll probably be playing the very challenging role of a large-chested, scantily clad blond woman.

Brandon Davis, grandson of oil magnate Marvin Davis, failed his written driving test according to PerezHilton.com. Good thing he's rich!

Halle Berry confirmed to Access Hollywood that she is indeed pregnant. Check out HollyWoodNepotism.net 15 years from now to see our entry on Halle, Jr.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

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