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Stars With Shopping Carts

What? Can it be? Yes, kids, today marks the triumphant return of Stars With Shopping Carts, a fan favorite here at Gina Vivinetto’s Greatest Hits. We haven’t done a Stars With Shopping Carts feature since early 2009 — because, quite frankly, this blog was on hiatus the entire time I was in grad school.

So today’s Stars With Shopping Carts has to be a doozie, right? Oh, and it is! The theme: couples counseling. These folks either need it, are inevitably going to need it, or, they’ve missed the boat altogether. Ready?

If you saw their joint interview recently with Joy Behar, you know KISS’s Gene Simmons and longtime lady love/baby mama Shannon Tweed are in trouble. Tweed stormed off the set mid-interview! Still, gotta eat:

Ladies and gentlemen, Brad and Angie with two of their 16 children:

What could be said bout Anne Heche that she hasn’t already said herself to Barbara Walters? Here is Celestia with James Tupper, her Men In Trees co-star and beau. (Just to get you all up-to-speed: Heche left comedian Ellen DeGeneres to marry and have a baby with camera man Coley Lafoon — who was working for DeGeneres — then left Lafoon to be with Tupper.):

Nutty David Arquette is still technically married to Courteney Cox(-Arquette), but she, understandably, needs a break from his crazy ass. The two are currently separated. So here’s Deputy Dewey shopping solo with little Coco.

Lastly, Xtina. That’s right, the “Dirrty” girl herself Christina Aguilera threw in the towel last year on her five-year marriage to Jordan Bratman. We never could figure out a celebrity couple name for these two: AguilBrat? Bratlera? X-Jor? No matter now.

Which celebrity couple is the most doomed? Vote in the comments!

Need your fix of Stars With Shopping Carts? Find the entire series here.

If Woody had gone right to the police, this would never have happened.

Patti Smith on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”

Who knew the Godmother of Punk was Detective Bobby Goren’s pal? Here’s Patti Smith a few weeks ago on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. She plays a Columbia University classics professor trying to help Bobby solve a mythological murder.

Not bad, huh? In the New York Times recently Patti explained how her L&O guest spot happened.

“This year we’re going to be popular.”

“Even if it kills us.”

As we were saying…

Are you ready to kick up your heels again with Gina Vivinetto’s Greatest Hits?

Let’s push this sucker to 2,000,000.

Happy 50th birthday, Martha Quinn

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Can you believe it? Martha Quinn, sweetheart of the 1980s music video viewing generation and former gal pal of Stiv Bators (Dead Boys, Lords of the New Church), turns 50 today! Happy day, Martha. We still love you.

It’s not just me, right? Martha was the best VJ ever. UPDATE: Further evidence that Martha rules: she left a comment! Yay!

Michelle Obama on ‘Sesame Street’

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“I think it’s probably the best thing I’ve done so far in the White House.”
-Michelle Obama on her visit to Sesame Street

Relive the first 24 hours of MTV

I’ve written fondly of my childhood love for MTV. I was not cynical enough at 10 to realize that music video’s emphasis on good looking performers would prove to be the downfall of pop music.

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No when I was 10, having a channel all to myself was thrilling. I could watch music videos all day long. And I did. Through MTV I found a lot of cool New Wave acts. I fell in love with Duran Duran and Culture Club and Adam and The Ants. The Go-Gos, Missing Persons, A Flock of Seagulls, which all the cool kids dubbed A.F.O.S.

Hey, remember the MTV ditty?

So, if, like me, you were an excited youngster watching cable television on August 1, 1981, and the names Martha Quinn, J.J. Jackson (RIP), Alan Hunter, Mark Goodman, and Nina Blackwood are forever linked with your youth, you might like to relive MTV’s first 24 hours on the air.

And now you can here at the channel’s official web site. Hard to believe so few performers made videos back then, MTV had to air the same handful of artists over and over.

If you were watching since the first day — and even if you weren’t — share your MTV memories here.

OMG, no. Bea Arthur has died.

Oh, cruel, dark day.

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Share with us your grief in the comments.

Did you watch ‘Grey Gardens’ last night?

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I thought it was very good. I think Drew Barrymore could have an acting career beyond Adam Sandler movies. Who knew? Jessica Lange was at her very best. Wow. There is a scene where she (as Big Edie) sings “Tea For Two” while surrounded by squalor and it’s haunting. Whoever did the make-up on this film needs to win an armload of awards. Bra-vo!

Did you like it? How many of you have seen the original documentary?

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