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Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating disappoint

by DEIRDRE SHATTUCK
Special to the Daily

Barbara Walters has revealed her high profile list honoring the year’s most prominent names in entertainment, sports, politics and business. She sat down with each honoree in an exclusive interview and left her audience wondering why she would pick some of these people when there seem to be much better options.

Most of these celebrities are more controversial than fascinating.

Soccer phenom David Beckham and his wife Posh Spice highlight the list. Beckham signed a five-year contract with the L.A. Galaxy for a reported $250 million but hasn’t really played because of injuries. He’s more famous for hanging out with Tom Cruise and starring in Armani underwear ads than for his first year as a U.S. soccer player.

Posh Spice is apparently fascinating for being the skinniest person on the planet and lip-synching her way to a comeback with the Spice Girls. Walters picked J.K. Rowling, author of the hugely popular “Harry Potter” novels, as the most fascinating person of 2007.

Although she is seriously talented and has enjoyed enormous popularity, it was a little disappointing that Babs couldn’t come up with someone better. Rounding out the list is Oscar winner (and former American Idol) Jennifer Hudson, multi-talented Justin Timberlake, Hillary Clinton, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, “Grey’s Anatomy” star Katherine Heigl, and the founders of My Space, Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson.

All I want for Christmas is for this writer’s strike to end so I can watch a new episode of “The Office.”

Unfortunately, after contract negotiations collapsed between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, we could be ringing in the New Year with more re-runs. The strike, which began Nov. 5, was initially supported by actors and audience members, but now it has moved beyond the point of frustration. Who wants to watch an episode of Late Night with David Letterman from 1998 starring Jeff Goldblum?

That was the case last Monday night. It seems that we’ll have to wait longer than we thought for the Guild and the Alliance to start communicating effectively in order to negotiate an end to this strike. In the meantime, you’ll have to settle for reality television.

Kiefer Sutherland is no stranger to handling difficult situations on his award-winning show, “24.” Well, he better be a good enough actor to convince his jail mates that he can be Jack Bauer off-screen too.

On Dec. 5, Kiefer surrendered to jail for his fourth DUI-related arrest. He will serve 48 days (which includes his birthday, Christmas, and New Year’s) behind bars after being pulled over on Sept. 25 for making an illegal U-turn. He was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and posted $25,000 bail.

Although the Emmy winner doesn’t have a stellar record, police claim that Kiefer is “very polite and humble and has been getting a ton of fan mail” since he started serving his time. Despite this fan support, he has only received one visitor, his attorney, since his incarceration. Hopefully, there are some birthday and holiday cards included in that fan mail!

The 50th Annual Grammy Nominations were announced last week and leading the list were two artists that have been all over the news lately, Kanye West and Amy Winehouse.

West, whose mother passed away a few weeks ago from plastic surgery complications, was nominated in eight categories. Amy Winehouse, whose notorious for her erratic behavior and drinking and drug habits, received six nominations.

Many artists received multiple nominations. The Foo Fighters, Ne-Yo, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and T-Pain each received five nods. Tim McGraw, Akon, John Newton, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Dierks Bentley, Chris Daughtry and newcomer Feist all earned four nods each.

Be ready to see the same faces over and over again when the show airs on CBS on Feb. 10.

Deirdre Shattuck resides in Breckenridge and maintains her enthusiasm for celebrity gossip even while living in the mountains.


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