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Penn Jillette v. Clay Aiken — Does Art Beat Money?

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Two weeks ago on Celebrity Apprentice, Penn Jillette had a fight with Clay Aiken about a fundraising task which involved Jillette’s very well-known Vegas friends and performers, Blue Man Group. In short, Blue Man Group agreed to donate eight thousand dollars, but they delivered it by popping a money-filled-balloon at the end of their performance, which resulted in some of the money being lost to random people on the street. Aiken was furious at the lost money, and he basically called Jillette ridiculous for the entire idea. After reading Jillette’s incredibly moving and well-written article on the Huffington Post about what happened, I’m officially in love with him. He described his love of art as more powerful than his love of money, and he detailed his struggle in explaining that to Trump and Aiken, saying, “Trying to explain to Donald Trump that beauty and art can be more important than money is like trying to explain to Donald Trump that beauty and art can be more important than money.” He also said that this was the “episode where Donald Trump understood that he didn’t understand me, and feeling misunderstood by Donald Trump and Clay Aiken is its own kind of joy.” Wow. Here’s hoping I can interview Penn Jillette one day.

Tuesday

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Quote of the Day — Penn Jillette — Why’d He Do Celebrity Apprentice?

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“It turns out that if you put a camera in front of anybody, not just a narcissistic amoral celebrity, but actually a good human being, if you put a camera on them for four, five, six hours and tell them to simply be careful what they say, not even in any particular direction but just weigh each word before you say it, and if you do that for like a bunch of hours without giving that person a break, that person ends up with their willpower depleted. They lose the same kind of governing that people get when they’re really drunk. It’s fascinating to watch people who are being careful about what they say and trying to come off very well lose that governing.” Penn Jillette on his choice to do Celebrity Apprentice, and what he learned about reality television and human nature from the experience.

Tuesday

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April 2012

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The Voice: Christina Sends Home Moses Stone — Big Mistake

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I had the pleasure of attending a live taping of The Voice tonight, and it’s now unequivocally clear that this show won’t survive without a major overhaul. Though it has an intriguing gimmick, there’s some glaring issues that need to be addressed. First, there’s absolutely no emotional connection with the contestants. Sure American Idol gets attacked for pulling on America’s heartstrings with cheesy video packages, but those packages serve an important purpose. They make you root for a contestant, and you become invested in that contestant’s success. With The Voice, I found myself struggling to remember the contestants for anything other than what they wore on a previous show. Second, the judges are choosing people based on who is most similar to their own style. For example, Christina Aguilera predictably chose Ashley De La Rosa, because Ashley’s performance is the most similar to the way Christina performs. She’s not an inside A&R person like Simon Cowell, and if she was, she’d know right away that Moses has more potential for a sustainable career in the industry. And lastly, whoever styles the contestants needs to make some serious changes. These kids don’t look like stars. And they should. Don’t believe my criticism? Then just look to the Season 1 winner, Javier Colon, who has yet to hit it big. If they can’t make their winner a star, then they lose all credibility.

Tuesday

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April 2012

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James Cameron Changes Titanic’s Stars — Astronomers Rejoice!

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When James Cameron released Titanic in 3D, he kept the original film intact — except for one very important thing. He changed the stars. As pointed out by astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cameron’s stars in the original film were inaccurate, so Cameron felt compelled to correct it. When Cameron prepared the film, he said, “All right, you son of a bitch, send me the right stars for the exact time, 4:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, and I’ll put it in the movie.” This certainly proves that James Cameron is nothing if not a perfectionist. Perhaps he’ll also take the time to reduce the size of that damn piece of wood so Jack’s death seems more justified and Rose doesn’t look like she’s hogging it.

Monday

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Quote of the Day — Does Oprah Regret Launching OWN?

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“Had I known it was going to be this difficult, I might have done something else. . . . If I knew then what I know now, I might have made some different choices. . . . If I were writing a book about it, I would call it 101 mistakes. . . . It’s like having the wedding when you know you’re not ready. I would have probably waited until I actually finished [my show].” Oprah tells Gayle King and Charlie Rose about the challenges of launching a network and whether she regrets it.

Monday

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Paris Hilton Bans Australia’s Channel Seven — Good Decision!

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I’m embarrased to defend Paris Hilton, but someone’s gotta do the dirty work, and today it’s The Dishmaster. Paris Hilton interviewed with Australia’s Channel Seven to promote her nightclub appearance in Australia, and the interview went wrong when Edwina Bartholomew asked her what she would do when she’s not famous anymore. Hilton’s team apparently demanded they remove the question from the interview, which resulted in it not only being kept, but a re-edited intro about how much Paris Hilton sucks. Allow me to take a moment to point out the obvious. When you invite someone into your home, it’s completely inappropriate to make fun of them and to ask questions like, “Did you actually go for a swim, or would it have ruined your hair?” And what about the “she’s famous for being famous” remarks? She actually ran a clip of Hilton’s sex tape too. If you don’t respect the girl, then don’t interview her. And furthermore, what exactly is Bartholomew’s talent? It’s not as if she has any definable skill. At least Paris Hilton used her name to launch products. That’s more than some snarky ltitle blond chick with nothing better to do than pick on her guests. Watch below.

Update: Paris Hilton emailed Edwina Bartholomew and said her PR team overreacted, and she was fine with the interview. This is likely because the ban made Hilton look afraid of the question (implying that she’s already fearful that her fame has declined). Regardless, Bartholomew is still on my Dishmaster sh*tlist.

Sunday

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Is “Obamacare” Constitutional? — Experts Weigh-In

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I get a lot of requests from my Dishmaster followers to add political commentary to my blog. But because my brain is the size of a walnut, I find myself frequently explaining that anything outside the entertainment industry is too far beyond my comprehension to write about. After all, that political science major was just so damn long ago, and who pays attention in college anyhow? But since I’m fortunate enough to have very smart friends, I’ve commissioned the services of my trusted contributing editor, Rik Sault, to weigh-in on the constitutionality of “Obamacare.” Read below.
 
 
 
Written By: Rik Sault

On Friday, after three days of oral arguments, the United States Supreme Court voted on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Just as public and political opinion about Obamacare is generally drawn along party lines, with Democrats in favor and many Republicans vehemently opposed to it, the High Court’s Justices seem to be similarly split. It is almost certain that the more conservative Justices will vote to strike down at least one portion of the revolutionary health care law – the so-called individual mandate which requires all U.S. citizens to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty – because, in their view, it exceeds the Constitutional limit of the federal government’s power.

Opponents of the individual mandate generally frame the issue in terms of the freedom of markets, and whether the government can force citizens to buy something. At Tuesday’s oral arguments, conservative Justice Scalia, who is widely seen as opposed to Obamacare, set forth this proposition: The federal government cannot force folks to buy broccoli, so how can it force them to buy health insurance.

But liberal Justice Ginsburg likened the mandate to Social Security. She explained that in the 1930’s, the U.S. had a national problem of people needing old-age and survivor insurance. Therefore, she furthered, it enacted a tax requiring everyone to contribute because without healthy folks and young folks there wouldn’t be enough money to pay for the old, disabled, or widowed. And that tax was constitutional.

While the individual mandate is only one of the two provisions reviewed by the High Court, it received the most argument time, and it seems to be the most pivotal. If the Court strikes down the individual mandate, it could possibly strike down the whole law because the mandate is such an important piece – a piece that cannot be severed.

The Solicitor General, the Obama administration’s attorney arguing in support of the Affordable Care Act, closed his arguments by reaffirming that it will increase public access to affordable health care. He said that Congress has struggled for decades to come up with a way to reform health care. “Maybe they were right, maybe they were wrong,” the Solicitor General said, but the law is within the bounds of Congress’s power under the Constitution, and should not be second-guessed by the Court. Former Bush Solicitor General Paul Clement, counsel to 26 state attorneys general challenging the law, countered, “it’s a very funny conception of liberty,” a law requiring folks to purchase health insurance “whether they want it or not.”

Although the Justices took a vote on the case on Friday, the decision is not expected until June.

Saturday

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March 2012

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Tabloid Gossip — Week-in-Review — Juicy & Pointless

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  • Wilmer Valderrama is dating Minka Kelly. E! Online
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt says she’s “single,” despite rumors she’s dating her Client List costar, Brian Hallisay. RumorFix
  • Do Today Show co-hosts Ann Curry & Matt Lauer hate each other? Mediaite
  • Glee co-stars Cory Monteith & Lea Michele are going strong. Huffington Post
  • Michelle Williams is dating Jason Segel. Wonderwall
  • Lake Bell is engaged to Scott Campbell. AllThingsGossip
  • Jennifer Lopez is so hot she hurts my eyes. GossipandSoaps
  • Ginnifer Goodwin is dating her Once Upon a Time costar Josh Dallas. Just Jared

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday

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Howard Stern Interviews Martina Navratilova — HILARIOUS!

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When I think about the standards for my future husband, there’s one very important item on the check-list: Does he listen to Howard Stern? If not, we have no future. And as a test, I’m posting his interview with tennis legend Martina Navratilova below. If you don’t laugh, you should probably start eating dinner alone, because you’re a humorless curmudgeon that doesn’t deserve company.