–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, January 28, 2009

Molly Ringwald Expecting Twins

Future Nepotism Alert! 80s screen queen Molly Ringwald (Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club), sis of actress Beth Ringwald and daughter of jazz pianist Robert Ringwald, has announced that she is pregnant with twins. The 40-year-old actress, who currently stars on TV's Secret Life of the American Teenager, is due to give birth in August.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Clinton In, Kennedy Out!

It's official! Senator Hillary Clinton has been named the new U. S. Secretary of State. Caroline Kennedy, who was hoping to fill Clinton's vacant Senate seat, has formally withdrawn her bid due to a personal reason. Kennedy claims her choice is not associated with her sick uncle, Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy, who was diagnosed with a progressive brain tumor this past May. To see our posting on the Kennedys, click here. For more on the Clinton clan, click here.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Biggie Smalls' Son Stars in Notorious

Christopher Jordan Wallace, son of slain rap superstar The Notorious B.I.G. (real name Christopher Wallace) and singer Faith Evans, plays his father as an adolescent in the new biopic entitled Notorious. To see our posting on Biggie Smalls & family, click here.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Future Nepotism Alert! Ben Affleck's Baby

Actor Ben Affleck (big bro of fellow actor Casey) has just welcomed a new addition to his family with actress Jennifer Garner. The couple's newest child, a girl named Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck, joins big sis Violet. Wonder how long until the tiny tot enters the biz starring alongside her susperstar parents? To see our posting on the Affleck brothers, click here.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Gary Valentine's New Nepotistic Role

Actor Gary Valentine has a small part in the January 16 flick Paul Blart: Mall Cop, which happens to star his brother, fellow funnyman Kevin James. This won't be the first time the brothers have shared the screen. Gary often appeared in Kevin's hit TV series The King of Queens playing (who else?) "Danny Heffernan," the brother of Kevin's character "Doug Heffernan." Gary also landed a part in his brother's 2007 film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. The name of Kevin's character in this particular movie was "Larry Valentine." To see our post on Gary Valentine and Kevin James, click here.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Sharon Osbourne's Smackdown!

In January 2009, during the taping of the reunion special of VH1’s Rock of Love: Charm School, Sharon Osborne had a a physical altercation with a former contestant. The less than "charming" fight occured after perpetually bikini-clad cast member Megan Hauserman began hurling insults at Sharon, implying that she is only a celebrity because of her husband's celebrity status. Sharon responded by pouring a drink on Hauserman and allegedly pulling out half of her hair weave, among other minor injuries. A police report was subsequently filed by Hauserman, but the police did not file charges at the time. Apparently Hauserman is unaware that Sharon met Ozzy when his career was tanking, and that it was only after she stepped in to become his manager that his star began to rise again. To see our posting on the Osbourne family, click here.

Monday, January 5, 2009

John Travolta Loses His Son

Actor John Travolta, brother to an array of wannabe stars, tragically lost his 16-year-old son with actress Kelly Preston on Friday, January 2. Jett Travolta was vacationing with his parents in the Bahamas when he was found unconscious on the bathroom floor. According to the autopsy, the cause of death was listed as "seizures." For more on the Travoltas, click here.

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