Twitter queen reaches for stars

LINDA MASSARELLA, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:20 PM ET

LOS ANGELES -- Admitted tweet-a-holic Naomi Eisenberg spends hours each days tweeting questions at Canadian celebs. Her goal? To find a scoop for an entertainment website she's constructing.

"I tweet everyone -- I'm always on it these days," says the transplanted Toronto gal, who's building a contact list through various social networking platforms.

"But it's almost impossible to get them to respond."

Twitter bug Justin Bieber? "Way too busy being heard than to listen." (I'm sure his multitude of fans who try to reach him through social media feel the exact same way.)

Avril Lavigne? The same.

William Shatner always seems to be promoting something -- his website, his Broadway play -- through Twitter, but so little personal details are ever included in his tweets, it seems as if it's an assistant who's doing most of the thumbing for him.

Jim Carrey tweets his own stuff -- that's obvious by the photos he uploads. But he's hit and miss. One day, he'll tweet 10 times, then he won't touch his account for months. He's known to occasionally respond to fans, but he's been absent from his account since November.

Then there's the problem with Canadian celebs that can't be bothered to play the 140-word character game and detail every waking minute.

Neither Keanu Reeves, Rachel McAdams nor Ryan Gosling tweet. Nor does Ryan Reynolds or James Cameron.

Still, Eisenberg (her handle is @oneredleafent) keeps trying, sending brief queries such as "Can you give us any scoop on you?"

"Why not?" she reasons. "It's better than trying to go through their publicity agents." True that.

Suddenly, the other day, her Twitter account beeped. It was her first hit. And it was a pretty big one. On the other end was Nia Vardalos, the Winnipeg writer/director/actress and BFF to Hollywood heavyweights Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.

Here are the details:

Nia Vardalos @NiaVardalos

"My dogs and I sleep naked."

TOUCHING A NERVE: Watching Kiefer Sutherland on his new show, Touch, is bumming me out. He plays the exhausted, working class dad of an uber-intelligent autistic kid who wants the dad (Sutherland) to save the world each and every single week by decoding a set of numbers and re-arranging history.

An exhausting job if there ever was one. So Sutherland's acting in the show has called for pretty much just one pitch -- absolutely frantic! Which is a waste of his talents.

In an interview Sutherland did with British media, he mentioned one of his favourite shows is Shameless, which stars William H. Macy as an incurable, highly intelligent drunk who will do anything -- including screwing his own family over -- to get money for booze. Yet, his six kids, ex-wife and all his girlfriends still love him. The Showtime series also stars the lovely Emmy Rossum as the long-suffering eldest daughter. The show really does have it all -- humour, sadness, whimsy.

Said Sutherland: "Shameless is my can't-miss program. I find it reassuring that you can tell a story about a family as dysfunctional as that one and watch them function on some level."

So I started my own "fantasy casting game." And boy, would I love to see Sutherland star on that show. Don't you think Sutherland and Macy could easily play brothers?


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