Guy from the Miller Lite Ads Died; Obit Mention Other Accomplishments:
Mickey Spillane created a Mike Hammer, private-eye empire: novels, TV shows, movies. Spillane, who died Monday at the age of 88, was one of the best-selling authors of the 20th century.
But in Pop Culture Land, you’re only as good as the image you sell of yourself. And that image was a little cheesy: “Spillane achieved his greatest fame as a pop-culture icon when he spoofed himself, again outfitted in the traditional private-eye garb, in more than 110 commercials for Miller Lite beer.” The ads died in Hollywood in 1989. They were 16.
From the Dept. of People Younger Than You Doing Much, Much Better: The creator of Monster House, which opens on Friday, has, apparently, made a terrific movie. He’ll probably soon bathe in money. He’s attractive. Oh, and he’s 29. Let the hatin’ begin.
Gilmore Grills: TV critics made Gilmore Girls exec producer David S. Rosenthal squirm at the Television Critics Association press tour yesterday. Apparently a guy trying to pimp his show doesn’t want to talk about how said show’s creator left under “less-than-perfect circumstances.”
And he really doesn’t want to talk about how he’s got it bad for supermodel Heidi Klum. When a TV critic tried to ask him about how his Klum obsession may have cost him is marriage, a few friends and a not-insignificant chunk of change, Rosenthal shut the reporter down. Next question, please.