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Monday

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Kate Upton Responds to Fat Controversy — Won’t Starve Herself

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Everyone knows The Dishmaster loves curvy women, and everyone also knows that fashionistas don’t eat. So I predictably loved her response to a gossip website’s (whose name I’m deliberately omitting) ridiculous suggestion that she lose thirty pounds. And to celebrate Kate’s very sexy body, I’ve posted a video of her with famed photographer Terry Richardson. You’ll see why when you watch below.

Sunday

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July 2012

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Tabloid Gossip — Weekend Rundown

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  • Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul is engaged. People
  • Kelly Osbourne kicked Kris Humphries out of her club because of her Kim Kardashian loyalty. NYP
  • Melrose Place’s Grant Show is engaged. E! Online
  • 23 year old Spy Kids star, Alexa Vega, filed for divorce after 650 days of marriage. Perez Hilton
  • Were Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler fired from American Idol? Radar Online

Friday

13

July 2012

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‘Step Up Revolution’ — Behind the Scenes

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I received the video below in my inbox, and my love for the Step Up franchise meant I had to post it. The newest installment, ‘Step Up Revolution,’ takes place in Miami, and according to my press release, here’s what it’s about: “Emily (Kathryn McCormick) arrives in Miami with aspirations of becoming a professional dancer and soon falls in love with Sean (Ryan Guzman), a young man who leads a dance crew in elaborate, cutting-edge flash mobs, called “The Mob.” When a wealthy business man threatens to develop The Mob’s historic neighborhood and displace thousands of people, Emily must band together with Sean and The Mob to turn their performance art into protest art, and risk losing their dreams to fight for a greater cause.” If that plot doesn’t strike your fancy, it doesn’t really matter — the story is always secondary to the dancing anyhow. Watch below.

Friday

13

July 2012

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Christie Brinkley Combats Lyme Disease With Guinea Hens

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This story was just interesting enough to post. According to the New York Post, there’s a hot demand amongst the Hamptons elite for guinea hens. Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel started the craze in 1990 when they conducted an experiment on their property, which “showed the correlation between guinea fowl and reduced deer tick populations.” The craziest part of this story is the idea that Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel worked well enough together to conduct an experiment. The second craziest part is the vision of a bunch of rich, crazy celebrities with hens running all over their property.

Thursday

12

July 2012

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Real Housewives of OC Reunion: Don Cheated on Vicki for 20 Years!!!??

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Part two of the Real Housewives of Orange County reunion will likely be one of the best in history when Vicki reveals that Don cheated on her for 20 years of their marriage. I found this to be especially shocking considering that Vicki often looked like a villain and yet she avoided the opportunity to drag his name through the mud. But she finally hit her breaking point when her daughter exposed that Vicki and Brooks’ relationship went further back than anyone realized. Watch below.

Thursday

12

July 2012

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Steven Tyler Quits American Idol — Returns to Real Music

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This is a hit I never saw coming. Steven Tyler officially announced that he’s leaving American Idol, saying, “I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I’m back.” It’s rumored that Jennifer Lopez is on her way out also, which is mostly attributed to her recent career resurgence. I can’t help but wonder if his announcement is a fancy way of saying, “they didn’t ask me back,” but I’ll squash my internal cynic for a moment and make an even more cynical comment: His exit is completely irrelevant. His “everyone-is-wonderful” attitude didn’t add much to the show, and it only served to hurt his rock-star brand. So welcome back to the real world, Steven. We missed you over here.

Wednesday

11

July 2012

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Mike Fleiss v. “Reality Steve”: ‘The Bachelorette’ Spoiler War

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If you’re a fan of ‘The Bachelorette,’ then you know that every season of ABC’s show is met with spoilers from an internet blogger known as “Reality Steve.” It’s been the bane of ABC’s existence for years, and last year ABC received a long-awaited gift in their inbox when they discovered that Steve Carbone encouraged show contestants to violate their contract, which finally gave ABC cause to sue. They reached a settlement, but that settlement may or may not have banned Carbone from future spoilers. My guess is it didn’t, because he’s still spoiling the ending, and no one is stupid enough to so blatantly breach a contract with a big network. But according to Twitter, series creator Mike Fleiss thinks differently. Fleiss ranted about Carbone, calling him a “parasite,” and insisting that his spoilers hurt his show because, “no one wants to know who won the Super Bowl before sitting down to watch the game.” Although I understand Fleiss’ frustration, his example is sub-par. Viewers like to watch the show with knowledge of the final choice so they can look for the clues they might not have noticed otherwise. And furthermore, Mike Fleiss is a generally creepy dude that should probably stay off twitter. He likely has limited knowledge of the legal system and what would constitute a breach of contract, so in the end, he’s needlessly exposing his ignorance.

Wednesday

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July 2012

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Quote of the Day — The Actors Didn’t Understand the Ending of ‘Lost’

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“I was very confused just because I never saw the show. I saw the pilot, you know, because you have to have some knowledge of the piece that you are in, but I never saw an episode of Lost . . . . So, you know, when the end came, I had people like Marilyn Manson, of all people, trying to convince me that they had resolved it really well and it all made sense. He’s a real fan… He’s almost like a deranged fan. Almost.” ‘Lost’ star Naveen Andrews, also known as “Sayid Jarrah,” on whether he understood the show’s ending, and his friend Marilyn Manson’s take on it making sense. As an aside, did he seriously admit to never watching the show? That’s some acting talent. Perhaps he also skipped the pages of the script that didn’t involve his character.

Wednesday

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July 2012

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Denise Richards Stripper-Dances on ‘Watch What Happens Live’

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Andy Cohen’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’ after show is extremely underrated, and I’ve posted the clip below to prove my point. It’s not every day you see a chick as hot as Denise Richards do a stripper dance on television. Plus, she’s seems cool enough to also have coffee with. You can’t beat that. Watch below to see her turn Andy straight.

Tuesday

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July 2012

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Did Dr. Drew Deliver Distortions About Drugs For Dollars?

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Written by: Rik Sault, Contributing Writer

Early this month, drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline pled guilty and agreed to pay a record $3 billion settlement for fraudulently promoting unapproved uses of the depression drugs Wellbutrin and Paxil, as well as the diabetes drug Avandia.

One of the claims against Glaxo is that it used a “network of paid experts, speaking to doctors and to the press,” to tout certain uses, or benefits, of the drugs which were never approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

And Dr. Drew (Pinsky) – a board-certified internist who is firmly embedded brand includes best-selling books and three shows — was one of the hired hands peddling an unapproved use for Wellbutrin. Although he was not charged in the Glaxo case, the Justice Department’s complaint alleged that Dr. Drew received $275,000 from the company in 1999 to promote Wellbutrin for its ability to sexually enhance (or “at least not suppress”) the patient.

In the 1990s, Wellbutrin was being shadily promoted as a drug that would not only treat depression but also enhance a patient’s sex life and lead to weight loss; Glaxo’s sales reps occasionally referred to it as the “happy, horny, skinny pill,” according to the Justice Department. As part of his deal with Glaxo (which sells somewhere around $44 billion worth of drugs annually), Drew took time on ‘Loveline’ to explain that he prescribed Wellbutrin to patients suffering from depression because it might “enhance or at least not suppress sexual arousal” like other antidepressants. Dr. Drew then went on a national radio program, ‘David Essel Alive!,’ with a 34-year-old woman who claimed that she had 60 orgasms in a single night. Essel asked Drew, “What type of a medication would increase someone’s orgasmic potential, where they go from three or four to 60?” Dr. Drew’s response: Lots of antidepressants might do the trick, but he advocates Wellbutrin because it “may enhance or at least not suppress sexual arousal” as much as other drugs. A memo from Glaxo’s PR agency indicated that Dr. Drew effectively “communicated key campaign messages” on the Essel show, including that Wellbutrin “is recommended for people experiencing a loss of libido.”

Problem # 1:
In both instances, Dr. Drew endorsed Wellbutrin but failed to disclose that he was paid by the company to do so.

Problem # 2:
The FDA approved Wellbutrin for treating depression, not as a sexual enhancement. In fact, Glaxo never even received FDA approval for advertising Wellbutrin as having fewer sexual side effects than other antidepressants. Therefore, Dr. Drew was at least suggesting, if not squarely promoting, the drug for an unapproved, off-label use. And putting the name Wellbutrin next Ms. 60-in-one-night is a pretty strong endorsement, right?

Dr. Drew told CBS News that everything he said about Wellbutrin back in 1999 was both lawful and accurate based on his medical experience. However, Drew did not reveal whether he has any current financial deals with drug companies or advocacy groups. According to Glaxo and HLN, the channel that airs the “Dr. Drew” program, he recently made a deal to promote Nicorette, which is used by patients trying to quit smoking.
Many health-care reform advocates have long stressed the necessity of disclosure and transparency. The Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) includes a provision requiring pharmaceutical companies to disclose their payments to physicians. And the nonprofit organization ProPublica has collected such disclosures from various drug companies; its database reflects more than $760 million in payments for services such as consulting, speaking, and research.

“You deserve to know who [doctors are] working for,” says John Santa, head of the Consumer Reports Health Rating Center. “You think they’re working for you. But they might not tell you all the side effects… [and] [t]hey might not tell you the benefits of other drugs.” Many viewers rely on Dr. Drew as a competent, legitimate medical authority (and Andy Dick goes so far as to use him as a primary care physician). As such, maybe Dr. Drew should let us know about his pharmaceutical endorsement deals at or near the time he is recommending a particular product.