Pictured: Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi. Photo credit: Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

Pictured: Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi. Photo credit: Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

Nicole Polizzi, better known as Snooki, from the MTV reality show The Jersey Shore, was arrested yesterday for disorderly conduct while at the Seaside Heights boardwalk.  The self-proclaimed Princess of Poughkeepsie was allegedly bothering people while under the influence (alcohol, the devil?), as production cameras reportedly churned.  Rather than taking her 15 minutes and leaving the stage, Polizzi has been given a third year-in your face because of the bizarre nature of reality TV (Where the only thing worse than death is anonymity) and the public’s obvious thirst for the defunct carny freak show concept.

Remember when the do-gooders vilified and removed the most popular tent acts (nature’s cruelest mistakes) from the carnival midways?  Well, they’ve made a comeback in a big way thanks to cable television.  A subset of the “human oddities” sideshow are the higher class trailer-trash cat-fight programs like MTV‘s Jersey Shore.  The cable universe has dusted off the larger (Geek Show) genre, given it a Orwellian imprimatur of respectability (with PC names), while patronizing and celebrating ‘nature’s kindest exceptionalies’ (Nightmare Alley) to a new audience.

Snooki has made the talk show circuit, the chattering classes and has finally arrived with honorable mention in HollywoodOutbreak.  How do you top that?  Whoever figures out how to repackage a morphidite behind the pit show blow-off curtain will be the next big thing.

It was just the day after President Obama said he didn’t know who Snooki was (when asked on The View TV show), that Polizzi hit page six.  Coincidence?  With show cameras rolling for season three?  Seems the 4’9″ diva lives the kind of publicity-craving life that even Kathy Griffin couldn’t invent.

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Pictured: Bill Murray (left) and Lucas Black (right) in a scene from "Get Low."

Pictured: Bill Murray (left) and Lucas Black (right) in a scene from "Get Low."

“The hardest man to get in the business has no firewalls,” Director Aaron Schneider says about his Get Low co-star, Bill Murray.

According to the filmmaker, the actor has no handlers – no agent, publicist or manager. What he has is an attorney who will pass requests on, but do nothing to convince Murray to take a specific role.

Which makes it all the more sweet that Murray said yes to Get Low, but it was tough getting to that point.

“We were told we would never hear back, but we did,” Producer Dean Zanuck recalls. “Bill Murray picked up the phone and said, ‘Hi, this is Bill Murray, I’m interested in the screen play for Get Low if it’s still available.’ He left a P.O. Box and that was the message – we played it three or four times just to make sure it was him.”

They sent the script and heard nothing – again, but they still starting planning the production (particularly on the financial pitches) as if Murray was signed onboard to the cast that prominently starred Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek. Three months Murray called, but never signed a contact.

“That’s just part of Bill’s process I think,” Zanuck acknowledges. That’s what Aaron (Schneider) and I respect so much about Bill. He called us directly, he didn’t have an agent or a manager pollute the conversation and maybe steer it in a self-interested way. He called someone he’s never met before…me…and just started talking.”

And boy is Murray aware of the impact he has. Schneider recalls the day the actor showed up on the set – and the room went silent.

“After all that drama he (Murray) said, ‘Was there and over and under on whether I’d show?’ I think he’s well aware of his legend.”

Get Low is currently in theaters.

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Rob Lowe with wife Sheryl Berkoff

Rob Lowe with wife Sheryl Berkoff

Actor Rob Lowe, in partnership with an investor group, may buy the Miramax Films brand for $660 million, more or less.  The Walt Disney Company reportedly agreed today to sell their Miramax subsidiary to a gathering led by a non-Hollywood entrepreneur, Ronald Tutor and his Filmyard Holding company. The deal could close by early September.  Other investors include the real estate investment group, Colony Capital LLC.

Reportedly, Rob Lowe comes into the picture as a Colony-Tutor association ‘creative partner.’  Miramax has some 700 films under its banner with several Oscar© winners.  Resources include books and ongoing projects, along with its prestigious marquee.  “Although we are very proud of Miramax‘s many accomplishments,” Disney president and CEO Robert A. Iger said, “our current strategy for Walt Disney Studios is to focus on the development of great motion pictures under the Disney, Pixar and Marvel brands.”

Lowe has been a Hollywood survivor through a long feast to famine career.  His enormous drive and good fortune have made him a household name when he should have been a footnote and punchline long ago.  Pluck and luck; everything needed for being a successful studio tycoon.


Lauren Froderman (R) and Allison Holker (L) choreographed on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE ©2010 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Mathieu Young/FOX

Lauren Froderman (R) and Allison Holker (L) on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE ©2010 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Mathieu Young/FOX

The judges of So You Think You Can Dance will actually be dancing themselves on Nigel Lithgoe‘s National Dance Day, Saturday, July 31.  Adam Shankman will risk his trick knee while Mia Michaels will dance like the wind, even if the mind is more willing than the body. 

Lithgoe will be going to Washington on that day to work with congress on a dance exercise program for overweight children.  Lithgoe reminded HollywoodOutbreak about the dance exercises some of us did back in the ’60s on the beach, looking silly, and not caring.

Click onto video to see what dances Adam Shankman, Mia Michaels and Nigel Lithgoe will be performing on National Dance Day.  And who won’t.


Pictured left to right: Robert Duvall, Lucas Black and Bill Murray in a scene from "Get Low."

Pictured left to right: Robert Duvall, Lucas Black and Bill Murray in a scene from "Get Low."

Get Low is a saga revolving around local hermit Felix Bush (Robert Duvall), who is planning his own funeral party – which he plans to attend – while still alive.

Problem is Felix isn’t well liked by the townsfolk. In fact, they’re downright fearful of him thanks to a heap of scary rumors about his lethal tendencies that have  percolated for 40 years. Still a good bribe can convince nearly anyone to pay their respects – especially after Felix raffles off his farm for $5 a ticket to entice people to show up and share some of the tales they’ve heard about him throughout the years. However, there is a much darker story Felix is harboring, darker than what the residents could imagine.

Get Low is the kind of pic actors dream of making as evidenced by the caliber of talent involved in the small, indie production. Not only were the producers able to cast Duvall in the lead role, but they’ve also managed to snag Sissy Spacek as Felix’s former lady love, Maddie, Bill Murray as Frank, the enterprising funeral director who is handling Felix’s burial bash and Lucas Black as Frank’s assistant, Buddy, who is carefully digesting each situation while developing a fondness for the reclusive Felix.

All stunning performances, but this is Duvall’s pic through and through. His acting choices are small and subtle, but each minute decision makes a huge impact onscreen. Get Low is another memorable performance from one of the finest elder statesmen of acting.

Like true Southern lore, Get Low is a story that unfolds gently, gradually and grows with purpose. As it develops the audience is drawn deeper and deeper into the characters helping us understand why loss, guilt and love are too often hopelessly intertwined.

Posted by Mari Cartel