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One ringy dingy

Finally — some good news!

Lily Tomlin

The very funny Lily Tomlin will be presented with the Live Achievement Award at tonight’s SAG Awards.

Since Lily’s parents are from Paducah, Kentucky — a city very close to my hometown — this feels like a big win for small town girls everywhere.

I saw Lily in Paducah. She was eating with a friend at Chuck e Cheese. The waitress recognized her, and then she was very quickly surrounded by fans. She was really nice about it, which made me like her even more.

Actually, any celebrity that eats at Chuck e Cheese is a friend of mine.

A shoe full

After a long day of travel, where do I turn for a soothing load of crap?

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The crap cobblers!

(This will make more sense if you watched Late Late Show Wednesday.)

Follicle frenzy

I got a haircut today.  Just a trim —

No need to alert the media.

I walked in the salon not knowing how much I was going to cut.  My stylist and I talked about it, adjusted things as we went along — your typical ‘do.  But I realized how different my experience was from an A-list celebrity.

Take actress Michelle Williams, for example.

Kate Young For Target Launch EventShe made a red carpet appearance this week sporting new, longer bangs and short shorts.

Twitter blew up.

Why the new ‘do?  Why the edgier style?  Was it a personal choice?  Was it for a film?

Why, Michelle, why???

After days of questions — media outlets practically panting in their intensity — one proudly announced the answer:

Michelle is growing out her bangs.

Wow.  We are ridiculous.

Uh huh

Dakota Fanning was crowned Homecoming Queen at Campbell Hall in North Hollywood on Saturday.

Isn’t that sweet?

The child star of “I Am Sam” and “Man on Fire,” who now plays vampire killer Jane in the “Twilight” saga, is keeping it real by attending regular high school, cheerleading, and making homecoming court for the second year in a row, this time as queen.

Or, at least, that’s how the media is trying to spin it.

I don’t mean to be cynical.  But put yourself in the place of the other girls in the running for Homecoming Queen at her school.

Do we seriously think Dakota’s acting career has no impact on her popularity in high school?  That her repeat appearance on the court isn’t the teeniest bit a function of her celebrity?

Granted, it could go both ways.  Some people might vote for her simply because she’s an actor.  Others might vote against her.  But I would guess, combined with the votes of her real friends, she would normally come out on top.

It is a lovely idea, though.  The child actor, returning home, living a ‘normal’ life between movies.  But the Internet and television and magazines are everywhere.  Dakota can’t ever truly hide from her fame.  And goodness knows the public can’t, even when we try.

So when the media itself tries to sell the fairy tale, it lands with an especially loud thud.

Stand and deliver

I have my issues with Apple.

They make innovative products — I’ll give them that.  Their really cool looking gizmos do most of the stuff they’re supposed to do.

But they repeatedly rush their products to market under a blaze of brilliantly constructed advertising — honestly, no one does marketing better — and when their products fall short of what was promised, they totally suck on the customer service end.

There was the pre-order debacle — as in, people couldn’t get through to place one.  Now in-store inventories are low.  And lines to get the iPhone 4’s that are available at the stores are ridiculously long.

Apple’s poor follow-through even drove perennial everyman Jason Bateman of “Arrested Development” to pull the celebrity card and cut a 2,000-person long line at a Los Angeles store to get his iPhone.

He got booed when he left.

And what’s this?  There’s a yellow tint or line on their much heralded display.  More seriously, if you hold the phone wrong, you might not get a signal.  Pardon me…I hold my cellphone at the bottom, like a normal person.

I’m not hurling all this bitterness at Apple because I was stuck in a long line waiting for my iPhone.  I use a Palm Pre quite happily.

I just want Apple to realize that customer service is the other side of marketing.  If your can’t deliver on the BS you’re selling…

Don’t sell.

Big wind

So, I’ve been perusing the celebrity gossip sites today (so you don’t have to), and there’s a new breeze blowing across the land.

Remember how you had to be thin to make it in Hollywood?

Now, you’re pretty much hated if you are.

Take Sarah Jessica Parker.  She’s sporting these muscle-only arms of late…and folks are having a field day.  Not admiring the lack of flab or anything like that.

They are pretty much grossed out.

And then there’s Tina Fey.  She’s been everywhere of late.  “30 Rock” is the sitcom of the moment.  Her movie “Date Night” with Steve Carell won the weekend box office.  She hosted a hilarious episode of “Saturday Night Live.”

She’s also been sexing it up on all her magazine covers and even the photo bumps in Saturday’s SNL.  But people want the frumpy Tina back…not this new, thin, mega-styled, air-brushed version.

Part of me applauds this grassroots call for real women to have real bodies.  Whether or not Hollywood will respond is another thing altogether.

But I have to wonder: would any of these people calling for normalcy — if placed in the same position — be able to resist becoming a bit plastic themselves?

Heck, if I achieved stardom — if money was no object — I’m pretty sure I would find it hard to resist a bit of de-frumping.

Who am I kidding?  I wouldn’t even put up a fight.