Posts By Elizabeth Black
LisaRay McCoy has a lot going on at the moment. She executive produces her own reality show, LisaRaye: The Real McCoy, and she’s one of the stars of Single Ladies on VH1, which premieres on Monday, May 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
When we spoke to LisaRaye recently, she compared herself to the Energizer Bunny, she just keeps pouring all her energy into her various projects and somehow manages to not burn out. And lest you think she’s just reading her lines off a page, we also talked about how she gets to insert her personality and signature fashion choices into her character, Keisha, on Single Ladies to really make the character her own.
Sad news to report today, actor Jeff Conaway has died at the age of 60. Conaway had been in a coma since May 11, when he was found unconscious in his home.
Dr. Drew Pinsky, who worked with Conaway as he battled addiction on Celebrity Rehab, disclosed that Conaway has been suffering from pneumonia and sepsis, and while in the hospital he was reliant on a feeding tube and a ventilator. His condition continued to deteriorate and his family chose to turn off his life support on May 26 after doctors pronounced him brain dead.
Conaway was best known for his roles in Taxi and Grease, as well for his appearances on Celebrity Rehab. It’s a tragic loss for his family, as well as the VH1 family. A VH1 spokesman just gave us this statement: ”We’re all saddened by the news of Jeff’s passing. His incredible talent and passion will be greatly missed. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.”
TMZ revealed that Chyna has signed on with Vivid Entertainment to star in a graphic hardcore film that will tentatively be called Backdoor Into Chyna and will also star male adult film stars Evan and Lee Stone. (Didn’t Digging A Hole To Chyna ever cross their minds? There are a lot of far punnier title opportunities when you have a name like Chyna.) Chyna’s previous forays into adult entertainment include a sex tape called 1 Night in Chyna, and she has been featured several times in Playboy magazine and starred in a Playboy documentary.
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A clip of the sexy shoot, posted above, shows the singer posing and features Somaya’s song “Classy Girl,” which sounds completely different (and probably more true to her style) compared to “Would You Still Love Me.” If you recall (and how could you not?) that’s the song that Chrissy heard and found very “not on the level” on L&HH. We wonder if Chrissy would approve of this particular photo feature? Doubtful, since Chrissy’s told us that now that filming is over, “Somaya doesn’t matter to me.”
In real life, actress LisaRaye McCoy is newly single and trying to find someone special. On Single Ladies, LisaRaye plays a woman who is fiercely single and enjoys dating a few special people all at once. We spoke to the actress recently to find out about her character Keisha Greene who, she explains, likes to play games with men although it causes some problems in her love life. But in her real life? “LisaRaye don’t really play those kind of games,” she says. Which might explain why she later tells us, “I’m seriously, vicariously living through Keisha Greene right now…She’s getting it in more than LisaRaye is.”
Single Ladies premieres Monday, May 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The fight between Carla Facciolo and Renee Graziano on Mob Wives this past Sunday was nothing short of epic, and while the ladies were clearly getting physical with the hair-pulling and face-shoving, Graziano actually says she wishes she took it a step further.
“Why didn’t I crack her?” Graziano said to the New York Post. “I’m not violent. I don’t raise my hands ever. I would never hit somebody. But I should have broken her f***ing jaw.” She said that episode made her realize that “people you think are your friends aren’t.” We just want to know if that fight made Carla break things off with her boyfriend, he who is the root of all this evil.
Former pitcher Dwight Gooden has sought Dr. Drew Pinsky‘s help this season on Celebrity Rehab, owing to his decades-long struggle with alcohol and drug abuse. But according to Gooden, his former teammate Len Dykstra wanted to break him out of rehab because he thought Gooden was being held hostage and “hypnotized” against his will.
In an interview on WFAN’s Boomer & Carton show, Gooden recalled the time Dykstra visited him in Pinsky’s facility at the Pasadena Recovery Center and wanted to bust him out of the joint.
“It was crazy. He thought that I had been hypnotized and (Dr. Drew) got me in there and was holding me hostage. He tried to come in with two guys to get me out of there.
“So they come in. I’m talking to him, he wanted to talk (and he said to me), ‘Doc, I don’t like this.’ So we go out on the patio me and him and the two guys are sitting there, we’re talking.
“He said, “You sure this is what you want?’ I go, ‘Yeah.’ He goes, ‘I don’t know, I don’t feel good about this … let me take your bags and if you don’t like it, you call me.’ I was like, ‘Trust me, I’m cool.’”
Gooden, who did not let his friend Shawshank him out of the facility, will appear on the fifth season of Celebrity Rehab, which premieres Sunday, June 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Queen Latifah joined her old pal Jimmy Fallon on his talk show last night to talk about Single Ladies, which she produces and will appear on later in the season.
Latifah, who is looking gorgeous these days, is having a good week: not onlywas she just inducted into the New Jersey Hall Of Fame, but Single Ladies premieres on Monday, May 30, as a two-hour movie event at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The series, as she describes it, is “a more urban, colorful Sex and The City,” focusing on three women in Atlanta who are trying to “navigate love and life and heartbreak and survival and sex and love right now, in our modern times.”
Last night, VH1 attended the DoSomething.org Kickoff Event at B.B. King’s Blues Club in New York City, where the five finalists who will compete for the 2011 Do Something Award for community service and social change were announced. The winner will receive $100,000 to put toward their cause. The event was hosted by Kevin Jonas and featured a performance by the Plain White T‘s and special appearances from High School Musical‘s Corbin Bleu, Friday Night Lights star Aimee Teegarden, singer JoJo, and actor Josh Ritter.
Before the show, we spoke to Jonas, who explained what the Do Something Awards mean to him. He told us “It’s something we’ve been involved with since 2007, me and my brothers. It’s not about one person doing something big, it’s about a bunch of people getting together in a local community and doing something great.” And that’s exactly what all the young finalists have done (we can say confidently that no other award show has ever made us cry, but the Do Something Awards have done just that).
After the jump, find out more information on the finalists and how you can nominate your favorite celebrity do-gooders for the awards.