creators home lifestyle web
Marilyn Beck & Stacy Jenel Smith


Lori Loughlin Thankful for Full Slate Including 'Northpole' Sequel; Cameron Mathison Thankful 'Murder' Movie Fits With 'E.T.' Chores Lori Loughlin is feeling immense gratitude as this Thanksgiving rolls around. The actress has the Hallmark Channel's simply delightful "Northpole: Open for Christmas" original movie, which debuted Nov. 21. She has more of her "Garage Sale Mystery" …Read more. Ask Stacy -- Week of 11/21/15 DEAR STACY: I read that Eddie Murphy did a scathing impression of Bill Cosby when Murphy was given an award in D.C. some weeks ago. Is this going to be on the air at some point? I'd like to see it. — Erick J., Torrance, California DEAR ERICK: …Read more. Co-Stars Turned Lovers: Gwen and Blake the Latest in Show-Business Tradition In case you have been living under a rock, you know that music stars and fellow "The Voice" coaches Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have confirmed their romance. Last week, we got to see the chemistry between the pop goddess and the country charmer …Read more. Dear Stacy DEAR STACY: OMG, I saw a photo of Tom Hanks with white hair. Please tell me it's for a part. — Jen, Warren, OH DEAR JEN: It's for a part. The 59-year-old actor was transformed for the role of Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the pilot who …Read more.
more articles

Ask Stacy -- Week of 11/28/15


DEAR STACY: I would like to know what former "Scandal" star Columbus Short is up to, what with his all his arrests and reported substance abuse problems. I'm sorry to see such a talented performer go into a downward spiral. — Wayne E., New Port Richey, Florida

DEAR WAYNE: Short is starring as the drug lord in the currently shooting film adaptation of Teri Woods' "True To The Game." He also has a villainous role in "The Wannabes" in the pipeline. Arrested by bounty hunters at his own album release party this past summer, the "Stomp the Yard" and "Cadillac Records" star was reported to have cleared up his "financial misunderstanding" with the bail bondsman responsible for putting him into custody after a couple of days in jail. That followed a number of other brushes with the law. As you'll recall, Short lost his "Scandal" role after a 2014 domestic violence incident. Shonda Rhimes admitted on Larry Wilmore's show that she'd killed off a character because she didn't like the actor; many think she was referring to Short. Others speculate it was Patrick Dempsey. But she's not saying.

DEAR STACY: I'm getting sick from hearing about all the side effects of all these blankety-blank drugs advertised on TV. Why must I listen to lists of horrible results — turning yellow, feeling suicidal, having an erection that won't stop — when I have no interest in taking the drug? Can't we get them to quit this? Stop the madness! — Gwen G., Pasadena, California

DEAR GWEN: Blame the government.

The Food and Drug Administration requires pharmaceutical companies to name all the side effects listed in the drug's prescribing information if the ad mentions both the brand name and what it's used for. They get a pass if the ad mentions only the brand name or only that there's a medication for a condition without naming the drug. Convoluted, yes? I know. I don't make the rules, just report them. You won't see these ads go away. For every dollar spent on ads for drugs, a reported four dollars are spent on them in retail sales. And one study showed that new drugs advertised directly to consumers are prescribed nine times more than their nonadvertised counterparts. And of course, they help support the TV industry in a big way; according to Nielsen, there are, on average, 80 drug commercials every hour of every day on television.

DEAR STACY: Please settle a trivial question. Did Elvis Presley ever act on a TV show? — 4pmtaylor

DEAR 4pmtaylor: No. "The King" reserved his acting for the big screen.

DEAR STACY: Whatever happened to Veatrice, the black female security guard on "The Jimmy Kimmel Show" years ago? — J.D., Warren, Ohio

DEAR J.D.: Veatrice Rice died of cancer in 2009. The nurse-turned-security guard, who was very popular and got lots of laughs in sketches like "Black Sarah Palin," left her husband of seven years, John, and two sons.




0 Comments | Post Comment
Already have an account? Log in.
New Account  
Your Name:
Your E-mail:
Your Password:
Confirm Your Password:

Please allow a few minutes for your comment to be posted.

Enter the numbers to the right: comments policy
Other similar columns
Lynda Hirsch
Jennifer Merin
Around the World
by Jennifer Merin
Holiday Mathis
Horoscopes by Holiday
by Holiday Mathis
Marilyn Beck & Stacy Jenel Smith
Nov. `15
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 1 2 3 4 5
About the author About the author
Write the author Write the author
Printer friendly format Printer friendly format
Email to friend Email to friend
View by Month