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Veep — The Funniest New Show on Television

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Thirty seconds into watching the pilot for Veep, it occurred to me what a real comedy looks like. I’ve lowered my standards so much in our current television climate, that I forgot what it’s like for a show to make me actually laugh out loud. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a comedic genius, and she’s the only one who could make such a ridiculous character likable. The show centers around the Vice President (played by Louis-Dreyfus), and you never see the President. She’s temperamental and nuts, and when she brings people into her office she greets them with, “Did you know I get my own flag?” Watch the trailer below. My apologies to the show for not endorsing this sooner.

Monday

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May 2012

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Katy Perry Performs Wide Awake at Billboard Music Awards — Pink is Pissed

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I’m not a huge Katy Perry fan, but I actually loved her performance at the Billboard Music Awards. Apparently, Pink didn’t feel the same way. After taking aim at Chris Brown for lip-syncing his song, her husband then went after Perry, saying, “I’m pretty sure I saw my wife did [sic] that same performance, but she was 3 months pregnant and actually sang the song.” First, I’m not sure Pink has an exclusive hold on aerial performances, and second, comparing her vocal prowess to Perry’s is akin to comparing Adele to Britney Spears. We all know Pink is in a separate league.

Monday

21

May 2012

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Sunday

20

May 2012

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Movie Review: The Avengers

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Joss Whedon is a genius. He not only made a great film, but he also successfully reinvigorated four suffering franchises. That’s an epic move for Marvel, who will now be able to capitalize on the missteps of other directors, who caused significant damage to Hollywood’s biggest money-makers (see ‘Iron Man 2’ and Edward Norton’s ‘The Hulk’). The plot might actually be less important than the dialogue. All you need to know is someone is trying to destroy the world, and The Avengers are commissioned to prevent it. Their unity proves to be a hilariously difficult task, and they often spend more time fighting each other than the enemy. Does it get better than Iron Man insulting Thor’s dated manner of speaking, or everyone insulting The Hulk’s awful temper? The beauty of this film is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s an action film worth every penny, which is something difficult to achieve in such an ailing economy.

OVERALL RATING: 5/5 DISHES

Sunday

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May 2012

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Quote of the Day: Patrick Stump Didn’t Quit Music

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“The last time I blogged I apparently accidentally quit music. I can only imagine I must be poor at expressing myself considering how easily people misunderstood me. Somewhere around the time my mom called me to check if I were okay I figured I was in way over my head/totally sucked at venting.” Fall Out Boy’s lead singer, Patrick Stump, on the misunderstanding surrounding one of his blog posts, which everyone (including The Dishmaster) interpreted to mean he was severely depressed and quitting music. In fact, I actually made an effort through a mutual friend to ensure that he was mentally stable. But that’s neither here nor there. He’s okay — and that’s all that matters.

Sunday

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May 2012

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Sunday

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May 2012

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Sunday

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May 2012

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Vintage Clip of the Day — David Charvet Talks Pamela Anderson

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I almost forgot that David Charvet dated Pamela Anderson in their ‘Baywatch days. They were together for two years, and they broke up shortly after Anderson joined ‘Baywatch,’ mostly because working together and living together put an excessive strain on their relationship. When Anderson appeared on ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ it didn’t occur to me that it could be uncomfortable for Burke, who is now married to Charvet. In the clip below, Wendy Williams got straight to the point, asking Burke how she felt about the constant on-air run-ins. Burke stayed classy and said it didn’t bother her, and Charvet stayed honest and said it was definitely awkward. Watch below.

Saturday

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May 2012

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Is Mitt Romney His Father’s Son?

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Written By: Rik Sault


On Tuesday, George W. Bush offered his first endorsement of Mitt Romney, albeit offhandedly. After GW finished a speech on human rights in DC, the doors of an elevator were just about to close on him when he told a reporter, “I’m for Mitt Romney.” Romney got the formal backing of GW’s parents – George H.W. and Barbara – in March.

Mitt and Bush-the-younger exemplify how presidential aspirations sometimes run in the family. Mitt’s father, George Romney, had a storied political career, including a failed bid for the presidency. It has been said that Mitt grew up stumping in his father’s campaigns, and that he truly idolized his dad. Mitt himself has even said that he is his father’s son.

In some ways, their biographies are similar. Father and son both became successful business executives, earning millions, before committing themselves to running for office. George Romney headed Detroit’s American Motors Corporation from 1954 until 1962, during which time the company’s stock rose from $7 to $90 per share. He then became a two-term Republican Governor of Michigan, breaking a 14-year Democratic streak in that office, and eventually put in a bid for the presidency in 1968. Of course, Mitt’s claim to fame is that he spent many years at Bain Capital – whatever that is – before beginning his various forays into the political arena.

But their business records, and views on business, diverge on some points. George was described as a “a folk hero of the American auto industry,” and came to criticize what he saw as the twin evils of “big labor” in the Democratic Party and “big business” in the Republican Party. But Mitt eschewed the bailout of Detroit’s carmakers and, although he is no friend of unions, he seems to be a shining champion of big business. While head of AMC, George and other executives reduced their salaries by up to 35% and whenever he felt his own salary and bonus was too high in a given year, he gave the excess back to the company. As for Mitt, how long did we have to wait for his tax returns?

There may be differences, too, with respect to each man’s motivations and sense of self. At first blush it seems that George meant what he said and said what he meant; he entered politics guided by his own clear worldview. George, regarded by the GOP as self-righteous, was encouraged to run for president because of his views. He was a moderate Republican and he was favored as a counterpoint to the vexingly conservative Barry Goldwater. In 1964, George decided against running for president, partly because he promised the people of Michigan that he would stay on as their governor. When Goldwater became the Republican nominee, George did not hesitate to express his differences of opinion with the hyper-conservative (for example, George strongly disagreed with Goldwater’s antiquated disdain for the civil rights movement). During his gubernatorial campaign, if the press asked whether he was a Goldwater supporter, he would tell them, “You know darn well I’m not!”

Mitt, however, seems to adopt whichever views are best to win the race he happens to be in, including adopting the conservative GOP party line when it suits him. He draws constant criticism for being inauthentic, a notorious flip-flopper who changes his views at the drop of a dime. As pundits on both sides are quick to point, Mitt was a moderate as governor of Massachussetts (one term), but in the past year he had no qualms hiding those views under the couch so that he could puff out his chest as a “true conservative.” While pleasing most of the people most of the time may be a great skill for a business leader, when it comes to politics I really don’t see how Mitt supporters can abide by his lack of conviction on big issues – like abortion, for instance, or Obamacare (he may be aptly credited with inventing that one himself, in Massachusetts).

Mitt is not only a flip-flopper on his political views, but also on his political goals. After he left Bain in 1999, he considered the Senate or the governorship in either Utah or Massachusetts. One Romney aide offered this observation, “(Mitt) wanted to be governor. Whether it was governor of Massachusetts or Utah or Oklahoma, he didn’t much care. It was about winnability.”

Well, in any event, there is no question that he wants to be president. He is trying really hard, and spending an unfathomable amount of money. He has already gotten farther than his Dad did. Saying the right thing at the right time is a skill, I suppose. Although Mitt has had some gaffes, so far he has proved better at it than George, whose pursuit of the presidency ended quickly amid jeers at his claim that he was brainwashed by U.S. generals into supporting the Vietnam War.

Saturday

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May 2012

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Tabloid Gossip Roundup — Links & Things

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  • Russell Brand still loves Katy Perry (yeah, sure). Us Magazine
  • Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai didn’t lose her baby weight fast enough. Zap2It
  • Rachel Uchitel (A.K.A Tiger Woods‘ ex-mistress), gave birth. Rumor Fix
  • Lindsay Lohan bought a very expensive house. She’s also dating a really unattractive, rich man. Crazy Days and Nights
  • Joey Lawrence is a stripper. TMZ
  • Kirsten Dunst is dating one of my many man-crushes. Just Jared
  • Mena Suvari & her ex-husband reached a divorce settlement. Yahoo!
  • Linda Hogan broke up with her very young boyfriend. OTRC
  • Maksim Chmerkovskiy is cheating on me. Wonderwall
  • NBC banned Howard Stern from Conan O’Brien’s last show. SternFanNetwork