September 27, 2013 |
Jimmy Kimmel, I feel your pain -- and your gain. In 2010, I found myself engulfed in a “rap feud” with Kanye West much like the one in which Kimmel, the L.A.-based talk show host, found himself Thursday, with the erstwhile Louis Vuitton don going on a gonzo Twitter offensive against me and the media universe craning in to gawk and skewer the commotion. In Kimmel's case, West became enraged courtesy of the “ Kid Re-Kreation ” video he commissioned to lampoon a recent, typically magniloquent interview that Yeezus gave the BBC (in which he refers to himself as “a god” and muses at high volume and great length about leather jogging pants)
July 16, 2013 |
It's one debate with two faces: Sporadic demonstrations over George Zimmerman's acquittal continued all over the country Tuesday, but two states, on opposite ends of the U.S., have made themselves the focus of the protests, and they've done so by taking divergent paths. In Florida, it's high-wattage activism. Orlando has arguably become the nation's capital of racial discussion and new political pressure, with an NAACP convention bringing big names to discuss the aftermath of Trayvon Martin's death and the prospect of formal political action.
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July 16, 2013 |
Disney's "Oz the Great and Powerful" returned to the top of the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart in its fourth week in release. Buzz around Universal's "Despicable Me 2" continued to boost sales of the original, which took the No. 2 spot. "The Call," which stars Halle Berry as a 911-operator-turned-hero , was the top rental. Here are the top titles for the week that ended July 7, according to Rentrak. PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray sales 1. “Oz the Great and Powerful” (Disney)
July 3, 2013 |
Harvey Weinstein loves a good fight -- especially if it helps him promote one of his company's movies. So when the MPAA's title registration bureau decided this week that the Weinstein Co. couldn't use the title "The Butler" on Lee Daniels' upcoming biopic about the life of a longtime White House butler because it's also the title of a 1916 short film owned by Warner Bros., Weinstein immediately went into outrage mode. Today, he announced the hiring of prominent attorney David Boies, who represented Al Gore in the 2000 recount fight and gay marriage advocates in the recent Supreme Court challenge to California's same-sex marriage ban, as well as filmmaker Michael Moore when he ran afoul of the Treasury Department after visiting Cuba for the Weinstein Co. film "Sicko.
June 27, 2013 |
Paula Deen, the Southern celebrity chef, has been dumped from the Food Network like a stale beignet. Her Georgia roots are what made her a unique talent in the foodie world, and the darker ends of those roots are what got her in trouble. When her use of the N-word and her less-than-PC racial humor came to light in a court deposition, Deen suddenly found herself swept up in the kind of bad publicity that offers no upside. (There's Charlie Sheen bad -- so bad that it becomes entertainment; and there's Mel Gibson bad -- just plain toxic.)
June 11, 2013 |
Princeton University was evacuated Tuesday morning after a bomb threat to "multiple, unspecified buildings on campus," officials said. No further information was available about the threat, which created a logjam of traffic leaving the Ivy League university in Princeton, N.J. "Faculty and staff are directed to go home or assemble at evacuation sites as instructed, and students are directed to go into the town of Princeton, where the Nassau Inn,...