Married Oscar-winning Spanish actors Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz led an effort among Spanish artists to write an open letter denouncing Israel’s war against Hamas in the Gaza strip as “genocide.”
The Hollywood Reporter relayed they demanded a ceasefire by the "Israeli Occupation Forces" and called on the European Union to "condemn the bombing by land, sea and air against the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip." They insisted Israel "lift the blockade, which the Gaza Strip has suffered for more than a decade."
Billy Hallowell at The Blaze passed along a Billboard magazine interview with classic rocker Tom Petty, who’s now 63 and writing protest songs about the hot issues of...2002. His new album “Hypnotic Eye” carries a bonus track called “Playing Dumb” that attacks the problem of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Is he playing dumb that the church hasn’t made any strides in correcting the problem? A Georgetown study found of the nearly 40,000 priests in the United States, there were 34 allegations made by minors in 2012.
But then, Petty doesn’t think much of religion overall, saying "No one's got Christ wrong more than the Christians."
Ding! We have a winner for Worst Mom of 2014! “Teen Mom” star Farrah Abraham, welcomes the day her daughter makes a sex tape.
While promoting the first installment of her erotic novel trilogy, Farrah Abraham, describes how she would respond if her daughter, Sophia, made a sex tape. Abraham staunchly expects Sophia to follow in Mommy’s footsteps, assuming she will declare that she “HAD to try” making a porn film.
Fox News contributor Stacey Dash riled up the New York Daily News when the show Outnumbered focused on rapper Kanye West's odd remarks that compared dealing with the paparazzi to rape. (Much like actress Charlize Theron.) Fox’s Sandra Smith asked: “Should we be a little more forgiving of them? Are they saying things in the heat of the moment that they don’t really mean?”
Dash shot back: “I don’t know if they mean it or not, but forKanye to say 'rape,' maybe he needs to spend some time on Rikers Island. Go to Rikers for a little while and then he'll know what rape is." (Video below)
Cue Michael Jackson singing "The kid is not my son." Sherri Shepherd is leaving ABC’s The View in the midst of a contentious divorce from her second husband Lamar Sally, and now the New York Daily News is passing along TMZ reports that Shepherd wants nothing to do with the surrogate baby (expected this month) that she and her husband planned.
TMZ says “she believes her estranged husband defrauded her into having the kid in the first place so he could get child support ... this according to multiple sources connected with the couple.” Shepherd and Sally just married in August of 2011.
Former Saturday Night Live co-workers Dennis Miller and Dana Carvey are touring together this summer. On Sunday, The Washington Post published an interview with Carvey as the two head to the Kennedy Center in the nation’s capital for a show on July 12.
While Miller now delights the right with a radio show and humorous appearances on Fox News, Carvey claims “I ride both sides.” But it became clear he doesn’t mock Barack Obama, because somehow he’s so much more serious than our other presidents and presidential candidates:
On the front page of Saturday’s Style section of The Washington Post came an article promoting up-and-coming comedian Dan St. Germain. This being Independence Day weekend, St. Germain and Post writer Jessica Contrera made fun of America and patriots...”in the spirit of patriotism.”
This included the apparently hilarious thought of deep-frying rock star Ted Nugent and biting into him:
In Friday’s Washington Post, “In The Loop” columnist Al Kamen touted the financial “downpour” for Mitch McConnell’s liberal opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes. But the Kentucky Democrat is raising a lot of scratch from Hollywood. His headline was "In bluegrass country, a lot of Hollywood's long green."
As the second quarter wraps up, “Grimes will be rubbing elbows with Manhattan elites at The Waverly Inn, a see and be seen elite restaurant in the West Village, known for its celebrity sightings. Makes sense since the cocktail party in her honor is hosted by a Hollywood hotshot duo, producer Harvey Weinstein and Dreamworks chief executive Jeffrey Katzenberg.”
William Devane (IMDb page), who plays “President James Heller” on Fox’s prime time 24: Live Another Day, told USA Today that “obviously I’m a big fan of Obama, as a guy who’s smart and articulate” and, in his acting, “I say to myself, ‘what has got to be going on in the private side of this guy’s brain’ – the pressure, the racism that is thrown out — and he handles it with such dignity.’”
Now this makes sense: a TV actor educating Washington media types about the Constitution. Weren’t there any professional wrestlers available?
NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” star Nick Offerman served up his insights about the Bill of Rights, of all things, at the Congressional Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner in Washington D.C. June 12 and peppered it with plenty of GOP bashing.
Offerman professed that he is neither a Democrat or a Republican, but a Teddy Roosevelt “ proud bull moose.” Video after the jump.
On the Monday, June 2 edition of The View, in a rare moment, the notably liberal hosts took to blasting liberal actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Charlize Theron for the ludicrous, offensive comments they each made recently which seemed to minimize the real trials and hardships of military veterans and rape victims respectively.
Theron lamented that when someone like herself starts reading negative comments about herself online “you start feeling raped.” while Paltrow compared negative online comments to suffering through combat, because in war “you go through this bloody, dehumanizing thing.” The ladies of The View were not amused and spent some time warning Paltrow, specifically, of comparing her posh life as an actress to the rigors of battle.
How radical is Hollywood? There are two competing movie projects sure to lionize Edward Snowden betraying America’s secrets. Naturally, one of them is helmed by Oliver Stone, who bows to no one in casting America as a global supervillain. See his Untold History of the United States bilge on Showtime.
"This is one of the greatest stories of our time," said the leftist director. "A real challenge." Stone has repeatedly called Snowden a "hero" and slammed President Obama as a "disgrace" for his "Bush-style eavesdropping techniques." A rival Snowden movie based on Glenn Greenwald's Snowden book No Place to Hide is also in the works from Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of the James Bond movies. Alongside the Brian Williams softball special on NBC, there’s a “Snowden business” emerging:
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Correction appended. Seth Rogen did not send the tweet mentioned below.)
Lights, action - cue the Leftists! Or, what comes around, goes around.
Seth Rogen, a Hollywood favorite as star or a supporting player in such gems as Knocked Up, The Green Hornet,The 40 Year Old Virgin and more, is having what one might call a Martin Niemoller moment. Niemoller was the German Lutheran pastor who had the nerve to publicly oppose Hitler, being rewarded with seven years in a concentration camp. Niemoller famously wrote of the experience:
During an interview with Sky News on Friday, actress Charlize Theron explained that "every aspect" of her life has become "fodder," and the fact that she doesn't Google herself is her "saving grace." She added, "When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start feeling raped."
The Huffington Post noted Theron is “not the first actress to compare the press intruding into her personal life to rape, and she certainly won't be the last -- but wouldn't it be nice if she were?”
Actor Mark Ruffalo, currently starring in the Reagan-bashing AIDS drama “The Normal Heart” on HBO, told The Wrap website that any debate about gun control lingering in the wake of America's most recent mass shooting in Santa Barbara is “completely outrageous.”
“I don't know how many more of these are going to happen before we start to act like adults, instead of running around like a bunch of selfish children because there's some sort of machismo connected with the idea of having militarized weaponry sitting in your closet,” Ruffalo told TheWrap. ”It's just ridiculous. And our kids are paying the price.”
Actor Seth Rogen and director/producer Judd Apatow are hitting back at a Washington Post film critic for strongly suggesting that the sort of movies churned out by the duo are partly to blame for Elliot Rodger's deadly killing spree on Friday. For his part, Apatow effectively blasted Ann Hornaday for, well, trolling.
A darling of the lefty entertainment establishment has taken a prosthetic nose dive into hot water. At Macklemore’s May 16 Seattle performance at the opening of “Spectacle: The Music Video,” the rapper lionized for his pro-gay stance appeared on stage in a stereotypical Jewish costume, singing his hit, “Thrift Shop.”
Bad move for a guy celebrated for injecting “tolerance and acceptance and equal rights” into hip hop.
NPR’s shooting rhetorical bullets at that “ill-informed so-called journalist” Bill O’Reilly again, for daring to criticize Beyonce recently for her skimpy outfit on a cover of Time magazine.
The show is “Here and Now,” out of Boston, now airing on almost 500 NPR affiliates. On Friday, host Robin Young somehow went from a black-and-white photo of Beyonce in bikini shorts to feminist hysterics about American history: “I'm going to jump in to say that Jezebel stereotype was used to blame black women for their own rape, for instance....Well, if she weren't so sexy, then the white men wouldn't have to assault them.”
The Jill Abramson firing continues to gain wide attention in media circles. Buzzfeed released an exclusive story linking it to a 96-page internal memo about innovation. That memo showed the Times willing to consult with at least 354 people inside and outside the organization.
Along with one highly unusual choice – actor/model Fabio. Fabio, that’s right, Fabio. The Italian actor known to many for his “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” commercials in the 1990s is nestled in the midst of some of the top names in journalism.
Among other things, Cain talked about his political leanings -- socially liberal but conservative on foreign, military, and economic policies -- as well as his disagreements with the Obama administration. "A president's job is supposed to be to enforce our laws, which, it seems to have gone by the wayside at this point in time," Cain observed. After Bevan asked what Cain's biggest "gripe" was with the Obama administration, the actor replied [emphasis mine; watch video below page break]:
Sean Penn is taking a page out of President Barack Obama's playbook but twisting it to his own socialist-friendly liking. Obama has gotten plenty of mileage for blaming his predecessor for the country's woes.
Now, Penn is blaming Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro's problems on what the leader inherited from his predecessor--Hugo Chavez. Only Penn doesn't blame his late friend at all, preferring to spin a yarn about paranoia and relationships meant to excuse the late leader from guilt.
Greg Gilman at The Wrap has the details on how actor George Clooney fiercely came to the defense of his "longtime friend" Barack Obama in an argument with Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn two weeks ago.
Wynn told the Las Vegas Review Journal that Clooney “got drunk” from downing tequila shots and stormed off after delivering an F-bomb. Clooney "stood up and threw a hissy fit” when one of two CAA executives also seated at the table told a joke about former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev. Wynn says he rubbed Clooney the wrong way when the actor “sat down and started talking about the Affordable Care Act.”
Sean Penn usually throws punches at paparazzi, but Kevin Spacey may want to watch for him on the Red Carpet, even though they've starred together in "Hurlyburly."
On his blog, Kevin Spacey expressed fervent support for the opposition protesters to Venezuelan president Maduro, the successor of Penn's favorite dictator, Hugo Chavez. Spacey met for three hours with Chavez in Caracas 2007.
"I think women are beautiful - absolutely beautiful," she proclaimed. "And I think that all women have been sexually attracted to another woman at some point. It's natural to have a connectivity and an appreciation for the beauty of other women."
Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert found himself at the center of a controversy on Thursday stemming from a racially insensitive tweet posted to The Colbert Report Twitter account. The well-known satirist tried to distance himself from the tweet (now deleted) early Friday morning – even though it was almost a direct quote from his Wednesday night show. [Video below. MP3 audio here.]
Here is the offending tweet, posted on Thursday to the verified Twitter account of The Colbert Report:
The Washington Post was apparently too star-struck to notice the irony of Kevin Spacey coming to an Annapolis reception to demand millions of dollars more in tax credits from the Maryland state government for a Hollywood company to make the program “House of Cards”in the state.
Spacey, an avid liberal and Obama fan, seems to like corporate welfare when it benefits him. Post reporters Jenna Johnson and John Wagner never found an ounce of One Percent irony while they described the oozy Spacey scene at the Red Red Wine Bar:
In the never-ending search to find things to be offended by, part of the feminist left has determined that “bossy,” when applied to girls and women, is inappropriate. Really. There’s a whole campaign with big-name celebrities and liberal partners like Upworthy, Teach for America, La Raza, The Girl Scouts and the AARP. Beyoncé, Condoleezza Rice, Jennifer Garner and Jane Lynch have all signed on.
Apparently, when some girls are called “bossy,” they tend to behave less, well, bossy. That outcome is clearly detrimental to girls’ self esteem and willingness to take leadership roles. To which sensitive, informed Americans can only respond, “Huh?”
Team Obama’s plan to rally the “Millennials” to sign up for Obamacare by pushing less-than-intellectual celebrities in their face hit a snag on Wednesday when Lance Bass, a member of the lapsed boy band N-Sync, tweeted the wrong Web address to his 300,000 followers on Twitter, sending them to “Healthcare.org.” ABC News said he went to the White House to "lend his voice to President Obama’s ongoing efforts to encourage young people to sign up for health care through the government exchange."
After mockery ensued, Bass went to Twitlonger to tell the haters to “grow up,” as if grown-ups always mangle Web addresses? “Private citizens” like Bass are trying to prevent the youngsters from saying “Bye, Bye, Bye” to Obamacare: