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Tabloid Gossip: Week-in-Review

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  • Jennifer Aniston threw a chair at a director.  ICYDK
  • Blake Lively and Leonard DiCaprio broke up. TV Guide
  • Kristin Davis adopted a baby girl. People
  • Baywatch star David Chokachi had a baby girl. CelebrityBabyScoop
  • The Ashton Kutcher/Demi Moore cheating tabloid debacle continues. Radar Online

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‘Glee’s’ Naya Rivera Covers FHM — Nearly Naked

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These Glee kids annoy me. They have a hit television show, get paid a lot of money, and still want to undress for magazine covers. Do they hope to get a hall pass out of television detention by taking their clothes off? If that’s the case, I’m certain they’re asking for a social shunning. I should give Naya Rivera the benefit of the doubt. That FHM cover-photo must have been intended for her boyfriend and not the entire world. Perhaps she’s a phone-hacking victim? That has to be the only explanation for such a poor choice. And in case my readers are wondering — yes — I’m a judgmental prude.

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Theater review: ‘Iris’ by Cirque du Soleil — Kodak Theatre

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Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Iris’ hit it out of the park. It’s visually stunning, and it satisfies every artistic sense imaginable.

The $100 million show premiered September 25, 2011, at the Kodak Theater, and it’s the only non-traveling Cirque du Soleil show, which means that the performers not only have to love Los Angeles, but they also have to love the theater, because the entire show is built around it.

Speaking of the performers, Andrew and Kevin Atherton (the aerial straps duo) kindly answered questions after the show, which painfully included ridiculous inquiries from other journalists such as, “are you scared you might die up there?” Unfazed and classy, the brothers professed that fear is important for safety, but they “trust each other with their lives,” and they are “living a dream.”

One of most enjoyable parts of the show was the music, composed by the legendary Danny Elfman. Unlike Elfman’s familiar film medium, ‘Iris’ constantly evolved, so he was forced to change the music until all the elements were complete. Had I shut my eyes for the entirety of the show and just listened the music, I would have still been satisfied.

The second act was substantially better than the first, because it had the appropriate amount of light and shade. My favorite performance was the hand balancing, beautifully executed by Olga Pikhienko. It was understated and impressive, and it was one of the only acts where I felt personally connected to the performance.

Las Vegas has some new competition. For tourists visiting Los Angeles in need of some entertainment, this will exceed their expectations. With the combination of acrobats, costumes, and music, there’s no going wrong.

Wednesday

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Jon Stewart v. Seth MacFarlane — Piers Morgan Gets the Dirt

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Everyone knows that Jon Stewart notoriously addresses bad behavior. But when Seth MacFarlane recounted the verbal tongue lashing he received from Stewart during the 2008 writer’s strike — I was shocked. Who knew Jon Stewart made house calls?

The irony of the writer’s strike is that while many writers fought for more — they ended up with less. The main issues being asked for at the time, included: a higher DVD residual rate on DVD sales; compensation for new media (such as internet streaming of television shows); and obtaining writing credit for work on reality television (at the time this was considered a “non-scripted” medium). But while the writers were fighting, Hollywood suffered, and many shows were canceled because the ratings didn’t recover from the extended hiatus. As a result, jobs were lost. David Letterman led the moral pack by paying his own writers out of pocket during the strike, and he later struck a deal with the Writers Guild, which allowed his staff to return without crossing the picket line.

It was rumored that Stewart attempted and failed to negotiate a Letterman-style deal, so he instead chose to air his show without his writers. But he was between a rock and a hard place. Had he gone dark, many non-writers working on The Daily Show at the time stood to lose their jobs. Did he make the right choice? Is it arguable? And if it is arguable, did Seth MacFarlane have a right to take a stand?

Wednesday

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Johnny Depp Apologizes For Rape Comparison

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If you’ve ever been in a relationship with a man, then you’re familiar with the non-apology-apology that goes something like this — “I’m sorry that I upset you” or “I’m sorry for my role in it.” I’d like to publicly denounce that as the opposite of contrite. And now — over to Johnny Depp. In a recent interview, Depp equated photo-shoots to being raped (apparently, he learned nothing from Kristen Stewart). But unlike most men and celebrities in hot water, he gave a perfect apology that actually sounded remorseful. And in case boyfriends across America want to learn how it’s done, I’ve posted the quote below. Enjoy.

“I am truly sorry for offending anyone in any way. I never meant to. It was a poor choice of words on my part in an effort to explain a feeling,” Depp said in the statement. “I understand there is no comparison and I am very regretful. In an effort to correct my lack of judgment, please accept my heartfelt apology.”

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Steve Jobs Died — Goodbye, Maestro

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I didn’t know Steve Jobs personally, but it sure felt like I did. In elementary school my teacher asked us to predict how the world would look in the year 2000. Most of us pictured ‘The Jetsons’ and thought we’d have flying cars. That year just seemed so far away at the time. As it turns out, we were drastically far off the mark. No one really executed those noteworthy technological advances we dreamed of as kids. That is — except for Steve Jobs. He had a vision — and he had more to do. But he sure did a lot with the time he had. In honor of the man I will miss as if he were a personal friend, I am re-posting his inspirational commencement speech below.

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Quote of the Day: ‘Hung’s’ Thomas Jane

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“Hey, you grow up as an artist in a big city, as James Dean said, you’re going to have one arm tied behind your back if you don’t accept people’s sexual flavors. You know, when I was a kid out here in L.A., I was homeless, I didn’t have any money and I was living in my car. I was 18. I wasn’t averse to going down to Santa Monica Boulevard and letting a guy buy me a sandwich. Know what I mean?” ‘Hung’ Star Thomas Jane on his life as a gay male hook when he first moved to Los Angeles.

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‘Footloose’ 2011 — Movie Review

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This movie never stood a chance. It’s a remake of a fluke hit, and the original story is dated. But it’s a library project owned by Paramount, so the studio stood to gain a substantial amount of money with very little financial investment. Translation? — Greed surpassed creativity. Remakes are easy because the title recognition alone saves a tremendous amount of money marketing the film, and there’s a hope that nostalgia will bring people to the theater. But if you’re gonna do it, do it right.

The biggest problem in this film is the casting. Though Julianne Hough was impressive, Kenny Wormald was an unfortunate miscast. I think he has some serious potential as an actor, and he’s certainly capable. But he was doomed in this role. He’s a nerd in cool-guy clothes, and his lack of chemistry with Julianne Hough made it impossible to believe that a girl like her would ever find him attractive. And speaking of those cool-guy clothes, something went seriously wrong in the wardrobe department. The costume designer took almost every single outfit from the original movie. We aren’t in the 80’s anymore, so if you walk into a school with your collar up today, you’ll likely get picked on for looking ridiculous. Furthermore, Kevin Bacon was considered “cool” in the original story because of his big-city, anti-establishment attitude, which came as a shock to the small town. The only thing anti-establishment about this kid was his Boston accent.

I presume Kenny Wormald landed this role because of his dance background, but given there are only three choreographed dance sequences in the film, I think the old-fashioned rule of cinema applies here — it’s easier to teach an actor to dance than it is to teach a dancer to act. And if they were going to prioritize the dance background, I actually think that when Zac Efron dropped out, Derek Hough should have been hired and Julianne Hough should have been recast (obviously because her real-life brother cannot play her love interest). The male lead is more important than the female lead, and Derek would have been a stellar choice. But that’s neither here nor there.

And to pre-empt your you-like-to-pick-on-the-new-guy attack, I’d like to also point out that Dennis Quaid was another unfortunate miscast. Sure this movie needed some star power to lend it some big-studio street cred, but Quaid just doesn’t look like an uptight preacher. He’s a proven talent, but even great actors can’t pull off the wrong role. The shoe has to fit before you start to walk in it.

The other issue is that the story is too true to the original film. In fact, with the exception of the iPod use, it’s a carbon copy. The purpose of a remake is to take a great story and modernize it. Remember ‘The Thomas Crowne Affair’ with Pierce Brosnan? It’s the same great story, but it’s nearly unrecognizable compared to the Steve McQueen version. Without a new spin, it would make more creative and financial sense to re-release the original. I think Craig Brewer (the director) should have substantially changed the original story, or at least changed the clothes. For goodness sakes, the kid even drove the same car.

But despite the trouble, I’d still say the movie is enjoyable enough to watch. There just aren’t enough cheesy films out there, and this fits the bill.

OVERALL RATING: 2/5 DISHES