The Word: Susan Sarandon’s having a ball

Sarandon showed off her skills on Friday while in East Hampton.

Susan Sarandon’s love of all things pingpong is well-documented (she’s an investor at SPiN, a pingpong parlor located in New York’s Flatiron district). But she still claims she’s an average player and not cutthroat at all — a fact that really hit home during a recent trip to China.

“Not at all,” she said when asked if she were a competitive player. “I just played recently in China, and it was the most traumatizing thing. First of all, I had no idea what was going on. Second of all, I’m not competitive. I’m shy.”

Is it pingpong that keeps the svelte 64-year-old in such great shape? Maybe!  “It’s really good exercise, it’s great for the brain, it relieves stress,” she told Metro on Friday while at an an event at Grey Goose vodka’s Blue Door series with SPiN. “They’ve been doing tests on Alzheimer’s  and really recommend [that patients] practice to work on right brain/left brain coordination.”

Now if only we city-dwellers had enough room for a pingpong table …

— Additional reporting by Tina Chadha

The J. Lo divorce is getting ugly

The “amicable” part of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony’s split is apparently done, as the inevitable custody battle has reportedly gotten under way with Lopez looking for sole custody of their twins, according to Us Weekly. “They are always with their mom. Jennifer lights up around her kids. She’s incredible, balancing work and being a good mom,” a source says.

The youth shall inherit the Twitter

Well, here’s something that is going to make you feel old: The top actresses ranked by their Klout score (a measure of how much online influence people have) are Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Bella Thorne. As the Huffington Post points out, the average age of these tweeters is a ripe 17. The HuffPo then had Ad.ly, a company that pays celebrities to tweet on behalf of brands, compile a second list of the most influential tweeters when it comes to people buying what they mention. The winner? Lindsay Lohan. Lohan, an actress who is less successful than Tara Reid in landing a movie gig. And there you have it: The world really is a vampire.

For more gossip news visit Dorothy Robinson’s Word blog. Follow her on Twitter @DorothyatMetro.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies…

An Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer has died.

Local

VIDEO: Cop reassigned as NYPD investigates alleged head…

An officer alleged to have stomped on a Brooklyn man's head last week had his gun taken away and placed on modified duty.

National

New York Times calls for legalization of pot

The New York Times editorial board on Saturday endorsed a repeal of the federal ban on marijuana, becoming the largest paper in the nation to back the idea.

National

Two injured after cable snaps on Ohio amusement…

(Reuters) - A cable on a large swing ride at an Ohio amusement park snapped and struck two riders as the swing was in motion,…

Music

Newport Folk Festival: Photo gallery of 35 moments…

As has been the tradition since Bob Dylan plugged in a bajillion years ago, the Newport Folk Festival embraces more musical genres than its name implies.

Music

MKTO: Behind the bromance

MKTO's Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller talk about the American Dream tour, Demi Lovato and getting turned down by girls.

Arts

James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne head to…

Two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones returns to the New York stage next month as an eccentric grandfather in a revival of the 1930s comedy…

Movies

Box office: Scarlett Johansson wins battle of brains…

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" handily dispatched with Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" over the weekend.

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

MLB

Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Auto racing

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Wellbeing

This Week In Health: Friends share similar DNA,…

Friends share similar DNA, study finds Location: U.S. Study subjects: Nearly 2,000 people Results: When it comes to our social networks, it seems that birds of…

Education

Are liberal arts colleges turning away from the…

Bryn Mawr College, a small women's college located just outside of Philadelphia, announced last week that it would be making standardized tests like the SAT…

Education

Recent grads discover school superintendent plagiarized parts of…

  Two recent high school graduates made a surprising discovery about the commencement speech their school superintendent delivered at their graduation: portions of it was copied…

Career

Feeling stuck? Get out of the entry-level job…

Television and movies may be littered with 20-something characters who seem directionless when it comes to their careers, but author Mary Traina says she finds…