Gary Oldman Apologizes for Anti-Semitism

I’ve been asked multiple times why it’s offensive or anti-Semitic to suggest that Jewish people “run the entertainment industry.” Although the Anti-Defamation League has a more in-depth look at the inquiry, here’s a brief rundown for those that refuse to read long text.

Any suggestion that a religious group is “controlling” something to the detriment of outsiders who are “not allowed in,” is not only anti-Semitic, it’s dangerous.  It passively incites a takeover to re-assert control over such a group, which would in turn repeat history (see the holocaust). And history does repeat itself (I’d provide a plethora of examples, but that would make this article too long to read). Furthermore, it breeds hatred.

When Gary Oldman visited Playboy for his now infamous interview, he landed in hot water due to the aforementioned suggestion, claiming that Hollywood is “a town run by Jews.” He also denounced political correctness and defended Mel Gibson. In fact, he called Gibson’s arresting officer a hypocrite because it’s unfathomable that the officer would not have said, “F-g Jew” at any point in his life. Here’s the full quote:

Mel Gibson is in a town that’s run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he’s actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him—and doesn’t need to feed him anymore because he’s got enough dough. He’s like an outcast, a leper, you know? But some Jewish guy in his office somewhere hasn’t turned and said, “That fucking kraut” or “Fuck those Germans,” whatever it is? We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That’s what gets me. It’s just the sheer hypocrisy of everyone, that we all stand on this thing going, “Isn’t that shocking?” [smiles wryly] All right. Shall I stop talking now? What else can we discuss?

The most shocking revelation is the idea that Oldman is so far removed from society that he’d think hateful words are in everyone’s wheelhouse. Perhaps he should surround himself with a new circle of friends. As for whether society should shun Oldman for eternity, the answer is no. His awful interview inspired a valuable conversation, and no one will learn anything on an island alone. Oldman visited Kimmel to apologize, calling his words, “Offensive, insensitive, pernicious, and ill-informed.” Watch the interview below.

Jonah Hill in Playboy: Talks Hollywood Life

jonahJonah Hill visited Playboy Magazine for a sit-down interview to promote 22 Jump Street, and he didn’t hold back. Read some choice quotes below.

On the moment he became famous:  “The day Superbad came out, Michael Cera and I bought a newspaper.  I still have it because it was the day we couldn’t walk around together anymore.  One day before, we could walk near my apartment in the Fairfax area of Los Angeles and nobody would talk to us.  Then all of a sudden it was insane, and it pretty much hasn’t stopped.”

On whether or not fame has changed him:  “Every significant event or series of events has an impact on a person’s evolution, but I don’t view myself as any different from who I was before.  The only thing that’s embarrassing is if I’m out for one of my friends’ or family members’ birthday and the attention is on me.”

On his toughest stunt while filming 22 Jump Street:  “Hanging from a helicopter or hanging off the side of a moving truck is physically challenging, but just the whole nature of those scenes is intense.  When you’re standing on a rooftop with a helicopter floating 10 feet above your head, it seems like a bad f**king idea.  We were shooting in Puerto Rico that day and heard M16 gunshots, and they weren’t coming from us.  That’s a day I won’t forget.”

On the airplane orgy scene in The Wolf of Wall Street:  “The only word I can use to describe it is unhygienic.  The women were obviously attractive, but it’s an unsexy environment.  It doesn’t feel like you’re hooking up with somebody.  It feels like you’re at work.  The woman who was simulating oral sex on me was talking between takes about picking up her kids from school.  And some guy’s genitals are in my face in this hot, cramped, sweaty place.  Then, months and months later, your mom gets to watch it with you.”

On whether or not he kept the prosthetic penis from The Wolf of Wall Street pool party scene:  “I had to give that baby back, but I do have my character’s teeth in a safe.  I usually keep one item from each movie.  I have a baseball bat from Moneyball.  From Superbad I have the Western shirt my character wore.  From Jump Street I have the bike-cop uniform.  They’re relics of all the crazy good times in my life.”

On the greatest moment of this year’s Oscar night:  “When Leo and I got to spend time with Don Rickles.  We were at the Paramount pre-Oscars party, and Don was there with the head of Paramount.  We basically bum-rushed him because we’re both huge fans.  The man did not disappoint.  The guy is almost 90 years old and he’s still got his game.  He laid into Leo really hard because he was wearing a newsboy hat.  Don was like, ‘Hey, yeah, just keep the cab running outside, kid.  I’ll be out in a minute.’  Love that guy.”

On Dustin Hoffman:  “Dustin Hoffman is my favorite actor of all time.  He represents the ultimate goal of what I would ever try to do, which is be able to succeed in any genre so beautifully.  There’s no one you can compare to him.  It’s not like I’m saying I want to be like him.  I’ll never be as good as he is, but I can try.  What was so incredible was Dustin taking a chance on me.  I don’t know why he did it, but he got me a part in I Heart Huckabees, and that pretty much set me on my way.”

On advice he’d give his 20-year-old self:  “I’d probably say, ‘Don’t stress so much.’  All through my 20s, I worried too much about things, both having to do with work and not, that ultimately turned out to be unimportant.  Am I going to get this job?  Is this girl going to text me back?  Is my friend mad at me?  I used to think everyone was mad at me.  That’s a big thing I’ve had to work on in my life.”

On his most surreal Hollywood experience, to date:  “Steven Spielberg came to the set of The Wolf of Wall Street and spent the whole day.  Spielberg and Scorsese would stand together at the monitor, watching the scene I just acted in.  I’d get notes from both of them and go, How the hell did I get here, again?  That’s something I’ll remember when I’m 90 years old.”

Jenny McCarthy Covers Playboy — Looks Stunning!

Since Jenny McCarthy is so aware of her strengths, perhaps she can petition MTV to bring back “Singled Out.” Aside from ‘Temptation Island,’ that was the best dating show on television. This is her sixth cover of Playboy, and she looks incredible. In fact, this might be my favorite cover, since she actually looks as if she’s a healthy weight. I hear she brings back the eighties in her photo-shoot. Let’s hope it sets a trend, because it would certainly reduce my monthly grooming bill by a significant amount.

Lindsay Lohan’s Playboy Pictures Leaked — She’s Naked

When Marilyn Monroe appeared on the first issue of Playboy Magazine in 1953, it was revolutionary. Hugh Hefner battled against American’s puritanical values and brought sex into public conversation. But decades later, sex is everywhere. Actresses sexualize themselves to become popular, and almost every A-lister has graced a magazine cover nearly naked. So when Lindsay Lohan posed for Playboy Magazine, I wasn’t impressed. First, she’s already been naked numerous times, thereby decreasing my curiosity, and second, the pictures are heavily airbrushed. Unfortunately or fortunately, her career plummeted, and the Playboy shoot probably provided some much-needed cash. The end of an actresses career is very similar to the beginning — you take what you can get, because the offers are limited. So she did. And though she’s certainly pretty enough to pull this off – I find it generally boring.

Lindsay Lohan’s Playboy Shoot Inspired by Marilyn Monroe — Unoriginal?

It’s time for celebrities everywhere to get over Marilyn Monroe. I get it — she was beautiful, tortured, and talented — but can’t someone think of a more original person to copy? At least Jennifer Aniston had the bright idea to copy Barbra Streisand. Lindsay Lohan has hopped on board the copy-cat train with her new Playboy shoot, where she will be “channeling” Marilyn Monroe’s Tom Kelley nude pictorial. No word yet on whether she’ll follow this up with a Marilyn Monroe tattoo on her arm like Megan Fox. Further Reading: Karina Smirnoff Poses for Playboy — What’s the Point?

Vintage Interview: Hugh Hefner Talks Playboy

My favorite law school professor once said, “people think the United States moves at a snail pace. That’s true of everything but sex.” At the time, he was discussing obscenity laws, but the vintage Hugh Hefner interview below reminded me of his claim. It’s interesting to see how revolutionary Playboy magazine was, propelled by Hugh Hefner’s own chutzpah. Sure there’s still a plethora of people preaching abstinence, but we’ve definitely come a long way. Watch below.

Hugh Hefner Alters Crystal Harris’ Playboy Cover — ‘Runaway Bride’ Sticker

Hugh Hefner isn’t just a smart business man — he also has a sense of humor. Instead of letting Crystal Harris’ Playboy Magazine cover run with a “Mrs. Hefner” title, he decided to alter the issue by slapping a “Runaway Bride” sticker on it. I find this especially funny because it actually ruins Harris’ dream cover, considering her well-toned body is now slightly covered with an ugly sticker. Good job, Hef!

Celebrity Apprentice Recap: Hope Dworaczyk Tries to Model — And Fails

If you watch this season’s Celebrity Apprentice, then you know that NeNe Leakes waivers between insanity and brilliance. I just watched Sunday’s episode, and the clip below solidifies NeNe’s comedic timing. To summarize the clip, NeNe assigned Hope Dworaczyk the task of modeling some hair-care products. NeNe likely figured that Hope could pull it off, especially considering Hope models for a living. In fact, she was Playmate of the Year. Apparently, being a model is harder than harder than I thought. Watch below!

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Karina Smirnoff Poses Naked for Playboy — What’s the Point?

I’m a huge fan of Playboy. I grew up in a house with Playboy magazines on the coffee table, and I read it for the articles (no, I’m not kidding). That being said, I have absolutely no idea why Karina Smirnoff would pose for the magazine. She’s already famous from Dancing With the Stars, and this will do nothing to elevate her career. Did she get paid a huge sum of cash? And please don’t tell me she wants to celebrate nudity — because it will pain me to respond. When you’re navigating your career in the business, every choice you make must be strategic. You cannot shoot from the hip, which seems to be happening here. Playboy is a vehicle for hot chicks that are struggling to get noticed, not for people already famous. Yes, Marilyn Monroe did it — but that was a different time. These shoots don’t get the same attention they used to.