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Tuesday

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August 2011

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Quote of the Day — Is Andy Dick an Anti-Semite?

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“He’s a nice guy underneath all the Jewyness . . . . I have no problem with his big fat hook nose . . . and his money grubbing Jewyness. . . . He’s a shallow money-grubbing Jew.” — Andy Dick’s anti-Semitic rant on Howard Stern after Stern canceled Dick’s show because of Dick’s inappropriate antics.

Monday

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August 2011

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Tara Reid Married Zack Kehayov NOT Michael Lilleund

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Somewhere out there, Michael Lilleund is crying. And not for the reason you might think. You know how when you breakup with someone you rarely want to even mention their name, for fear of Post Traumatic Relationship Stress taking over? Well, unfortunately for Tara Reid’s ex-boyfriend, the entire world is mentioning his name, and that’s because the press mistook him for her new husband. And since I’m feeling heartless today, I’ve mentioned the guy’s name in this post, because it’s just too damn funny not to discuss. I wonder if he received a slew of congratulatory phone calls followed by angry yelps of, “I’m done with her!!!” and “It wasn’t me!!!!” I sure hope the guy has a sense of humor.

Sunday

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August 2011

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Movie Review: The Help — Does it Downplay Racism?

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I saw ‘The Help,’ and I loved it. Then I told a friend, who quickly explained the controversy surrounding the film. Upon reading the reviews, and then revisiting my memory of the film, my opinion has changed — but not by much. So what is all the fuss about exactly? To quote Roger Ebert, it’s a “story that deals with pain but doesn’t care to be that painful.”

The film is based on Kathryn Scott’s novel, and it follows Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) and Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer), who are maids in Jackson, Mississippi, during the early 60′s. Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan (Emma Stone) is a recent college graduate and aspiring writer, who hopes to expose the way “the help” is treated in Mississippi by publishing a book with first-hand accounts. To accomplish this, she must interview the maids in town, who take the huge risk of getting caught.

The movie is gaining so much criticism primarily because it downplays racism. Most of the racism in the film involves using segregated bathrooms and verbal disrespect. In fact, there are only two scenes of violence throughout the entire movie. The first involves a verbal recounting of Aibileen’s son who was murdered, and the second involves a maid who stole a ring from her boss so that she could pay for her child’s education. When she’s arrested for the theft, a police officer beats her, but the camera cuts away before you see the completed act. So is this film just a Disney version of racism?

It’s no secret that Hollywood is financially driven, and an increase in violence leads to a decrease in ticket sales. Unfettered truth is difficult to watch on screen. For example, I might be the only Jewish person that hasn’t seen ‘Schindler’s List.’ Why? Because I can’t handle it, and because movies are a safe haven for me that I use to take me out of reality — not to smack me in the face with it. One critic suggested that when Aibileen recounts her son’s murder, there should have been flashbacks of the act. I disagree. There’s a way to imply violence without physically showing it. Remember the famous shower scene in ‘Psycho?’ Hitchcock implied the stabbing without showing the act itself. There’s nothing wrong with that. The problem with this film is not that the violence isn’t shown, it’s that it’s barely even discussed. It borders on rewriting history, and there’s a danger in that.

Though there are certainly problems with watered-down recounting of history, the film is still one of the most enjoyable movies I’ve watched in a long time. Emma Stone is proving to be a formidable acting force, having quickly tossed away her high-school-girl persona from ‘Easy A’ into much more demanding roles. And Viola Davis is outstanding. Her relationship with the young white girl she cares for had me in tears throughout most of the film. It’s worth watching — flaws and all. OVERALL RATING: 4/5 DISHES

Saturday

13

August 2011

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Tabloid Gossip — Breakups, Makeups, and Babies

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  • Joy Behar got married to her “spousal equivalent” after 29 years together.  dlisted
  • Brooke Burke married her long-time hottie boyfriend, David CharvetLos Angeles Times
  • Paula Abdul has a new boyfriend. In Touch Weekly
  • Reggie Bush might be trying to stop Kim Kardashian’s wedding to Kris HumphriesHollywood Life
  • Heather Locklear is engaged to Jack WagnerPeople

Wednesday

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August 2011

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Wednesday

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August 2011

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Jon Stewart Defends Michele Bachman — Bashes Newsweek

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Jon Stewart took aim at Newsweek’s Michele Bachman cover, claiming it was a “petty attempt to make her look crazy,” which is unnecessary, given that Bachman’s words alone substantiate her craziness. So is the liberal media really as biased as conservatives suggest? Probably. But when someone is objectively insane, doesn’t that give Newsweek free reign to draw nutty thought bubbles on her head with arrows that say “this bitc* is crazy!” I realize they are supposed to be an unbiased news source, but I’m not sure I much care whether Newsweek feels the need to use a photo that illustrates her point of view. It’s cheap — but the American people are so lazy these days — they need visual aids. And Newsweek provided one.

Wednesday

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August 2011

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Dr. Drew Calls-Out Anna Nicole’s Doctor

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Dr. Drew has an insane way of keeping his calm amongst crazies. Perhaps if he could bottle that skill and sell it, I’d be a much healthier person. If it were me sitting across the table from the man that prescribed medication to Anna Nicole Smith, listening to him wax-on about how she wasn’t technically a drug addict, and how he only partied with her once, I might reach across the table and strangle the guy. Not Dr. Drew though. Drew spouted a bunch of medical terminology that put Dr. Sandeep Kapoor in his place. Watch below.

 

 

Wednesday

10

August 2011

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George Lopez Canceled — Is it Conan’s Fault?

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I feel bad for George Lopez. The guy had a moderately successful show, and then Conan’s late night debacle forced him into a new time-slot. At the time, he was supportive, assuming that a great lead-in could only help his ratings. Unfortunately, Conan didn’t deliver his expected audience numbers, and George Lopez suffered. But when you look at the big picture, here’s the nutshell summary — Conan did to George what Jay did to Conan. Sure Conan likely asked for George’s permission when he joined TBS, but in the end, he still hurt Lopez’s numbers. It’s not my style to pick on Conan O’Brien. I used to be such a huge fan of his show. But he should have stayed in his original time-slot. He was chasing after the dream of “being the next Johnny Carson,” and that arbitrary goal got in the way of pragmatic decision-making. Now he’s suffering. And furthermore — he should have gone to Fox instead of TBS.

Monday

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August 2011

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Howard Stern’s Advance ‘Super 8′ Screener Leaks Online — HILARIOUS

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If you’re a Howard Stern fan, then you’re aware of his vehement disdain for movie studios that refuse to send him screeners. According to Stern, he’s the only guy in showbiz that doesn’t get advance copies, because he’s considered a media reject that the studios don’t trust. In a very ironic turn of events, it appears that Stern received a screener of Super 8, and his copy leaked online. Apparently, Stern’s name was water marked in the bottom right hand corner of the film. So can the King of All Media not be trusted, after all? This certainly doesn’t bode well for his future screeners, but it sure is funny.

Monday

8

August 2011

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Anderson Cooper Discusses Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt — But Why?

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Last I checked, Anderson Cooper was a real journalist. If you’re looking for a definition of “journalist,” I’m sure you’ll find it does not include discussions of Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt. These two people are no longer relevant in the media, given that they don’t currently have a show on the air. Furthermore, CNN is not ‘The View,” which means all celebrity content should be judiciously chosen. If you’re going to complain about people who are “famous for nothing,” perhaps you should change your gripe to people who “famous for being discussed by Anderson Cooper.”