Dr. Drew Pinksy turned on the TV one night and was dismayed that he couldn’t find himself on any of the channels. “How could this be?! I’m Dr. Drew Pinksy!” Yes, Dr. Drew is a bit of a media whore, and you’ll never know where he’ll pop up next.
My first experience with Dr. Drew was in the late 90s, when he co-hosted Loveline with Adam Carolla on MTV. Loveline had been a popular radio show since the early 80s, but the show wasn’t broadcast in my area. So the MTV show really introduced Drew to a whole new audience, and put him on the map.
Over the next decade, Drew went on a media blitz, showing up on a TON of shows, including Big Brother, Strictly Sex with Dr. Drew, Strictly Dr. Drew, Sex.. with Mom and Dad, Celebrity Rehab, Sober House, and Sex Rehab. He’s also been interviewed by a variety of news programs whenever some celebrity gets into trouble with drugs.
Now, Dr. Drew is joining HLN’s nightly lineup, and bringing his expertise as a practicing physician and specialist in addiction medicine. The aim of Dr. Drew’s new show is to help people while making a real difference. Driven by current events, “Dr. Drew” on HLN focuses on the human – and human behavior – at the center of the story.
But long before Dr. Drew made his way to HLN, there was Loveline. And in this exclusive HLN interview, Adam Carolla discusses his first impression of Dr. Drew and the camaraderie they had while working on the show. First impression? “Sorta like a bad sandwich joint. Consistent. Not great. But you know what you’re getting when you get the tuna melt.”
Tune in to Dr. Drew’s new show weeknights on HLN @ 9pm ET & PT, premiering April 4th!
Verne Troyer Got Himself A Sweet Little Tesla Model S For Christmas
Actor Verne Troyer decided to treat himself to a little Christmas present this holiday season – a Tesla Model S. But rather than drop six-figures on the P100D with Ludicrous mode, he opted for one a little better suited for his small stature, a Tesla Model S For Kids by Radio Flyer that recreates the ultimate Tesla experience, complete with electric charging, instant torque, and a top speed of 6 MPH.
As you can see, Verne wastes no time pulling it out of the box and firing it up, before he goes drifting around his garage with a big ol’ grin on his face. 6 miles per hour never looked so fun!
Harrison Ford Was Paid 76x More Than His ‘The Force Awakens’ Co-Stars
Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm for $4 Billion appears to be the deal of the century, as Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already brought in a record $529 million globally in just the first weekend. But just how much money did The Force Awakens actors earn to join a galaxy far, far away?
According to The Daily Mail, Harrison Ford earned a staggering $25 million to reprise his role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, plus a back-end deal that nets him an additional 0.5% of the box office gross, which could mean another $9 million if the movie hits the high end of its box office predictions.
While Ford’s massive payday shouldn’t come as a big surprise given Ford’s prominent role in the movie, it’s reportedly 76 times that of newcomers John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, who each received a mere $450,000. Even Star Wars veteran Carrie Fisher reportedly only received $1.5 million to appear in The Force Awakens, though she had limited screen time and wasn’t exactly pivotal to the plot.
Still, it seems like money well spent to me. Without Harrison Ford on board for the movie, there would have been no Han Solo, no Chewbacca, and no Kylo Ren. Without them, the movie would have been completely different. But Boyega or Ridley, anyone could have played those parts as they were relative unknowns.
Do you think Harrison Ford deserved such a hefty paycheck for The Force Awakens?
Charlie Sheen Drops A Bombshell On TODAY Show, Reveals That He Has HIV
For weeks now, rumors have been circulating about a womanizing Hollywood A-lister testing positive for HIV, fueling wild speculation about who it could be. Leo, Clooney, Sheen, the list went on and on.
Today on the TODAY Show, Charlie Sheen dropped the bombshell in an exclusive interview with Matt Lauer that he was diagnosed as HIV-positive about four years ago, and that he’s paid people upward of $10 million to keep quiet about his situation.
“I’m here to admit that I am in fact HIV-positive,” Sheen told NBC’s Matt Lauer. “And I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are about the [alleged] threatening the health of so many others, which couldn’t be farther from the truth.”
Charlie Sheen is one of Hollywood’s best-known actors, starring in hit films such as Wall Street and on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men. The 50-year old says he’s not sure how he contracted the virus.
He said the diagnosis came after he suffered a series of cluster headaches and night sweats. “After a battery of tests … they walked in the room and said, ‘Boom, here’s what’s going on.’
Sheen said he revealed the diagnosis to people he thought he trusted, but some of them demanded money to keep the information to themselves. One of those people was a prostitute who entered his bathroom, took a cellphone picture of his medication and threatened to sell the image.
Asked if he would continue to pay the people he’d been paying, he said: “Not after today, I’m not.”
You can watch a clip from his TODAY Show interview below:
Thanksfully, an HIV diagnosis isn’t the death sentence that it once was. Charlie Sheen was immediately put on a daily antiviral “cocktail” of HIV drugs to keep the virus from developing resistance and spreading. While there’s no cure, these drugs make it a more manageable illness.