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Transcript by Newsy**** BY CHANCE SEALES You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy Hollywood’s man of the hour – became persona non grata at the Golden Globe Awards. Ricky Gervais used his hosting gig to blast tinsel town’s biggest names – and bloated egos. Here’s a clip of the funny man’s most talked about zinger – courtesy of NBC. GERVAIS: “Also not nominated – I Love You Phillip Morris, starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor—two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay. So the complete opposite of some famous scientologists. (Crowd reacts)” GERVAIS: “My lawyers helped me with the wording of that joke.” Gervais said he was going for the gusto. Apparently that meant going for the jugular. Reviews are mixed, with the LA Times saying…. “The opposite of dull and deferential is not snotty and abusive.” But New York Magazine defends, with… “How much more boring would the Golden Globes have been without Gervais? So, so much more boring!” Right now Ricky’s probably hoping – there really is no such thing as bad publicity. Or was this all planned? MSNBC takes a look. GEIST: “He promised he was going to hold nothing back – going after people in the room. He lived up to it. It was awkward at times. Not a lot of laughter. Some cringing. Maybe people not allowed to laugh because of his targets – many of them their friends sitting at nearby tables.” Not all of Hollywood’s incensed at the roasting. Regis and Kelly got a kick out of Ricky’s wicked humor. PHILBIN: “He’s very, very funny, but I thought – I was hanging onto my chair.” RIPA: “I said, it’s the first time I’ve watched an awards show at home and I had to excuse myself to put deodorant on. I was sweating! (That nervous, huh?) The sweat was just pouring out of me!” And some stars even fought back – at the microphone. CNN has that – and a rumor of Gervais getting the boot….mid-show. GERVAIS: “Many of you in this room probably know him best from such facilities as The Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail. Please welcome Robert Downey, Jr.” DOWNEY: “Aside from the fact that it’s been hugely mean spirited and with mildly sinister undertones, I’d say the vibe of the show is pretty good so far, wouldn’t you?” HAMMER: “When Ricky was off camera for awhile during the show – it felt like an hour or more – rumors started flying on Twitter that he’d actually been fired…yanked from the show in the middle of it. He wasn’t.” Turns out – the Hollywood Foreign Press really was upset. PopEater says – the Globe’s organizers won’t be inviting the Brit back. "For sure any movie he makes he can forget about getting nominated. He humiliated the organization last night and went too far with several celebrities whose representatives have already called to complain." Several reps for offended celebs have already contacted the Hollywood Foreign Press. So, what’s your take? Did they get what they paid for? Or did Gervais take it too far? Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY ALYSSA CARTEE You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy MTV, you’ve got yourself a situation. Coming off of a huge controversy with the racy teen drama, Skins, the network’s most popular show, Jersey Shore is stirring new outrage. The show, long unpopular with Italian American groups, is ready for a fourth season and the cast is heading to Italy. Maybe a little more ‘Godfather’ and a little less “Girls Gone Wild.” (Video: Fox News) UNICO was the first Italian American group to call for a boycott of the show. Its president spoke with TMZ about the upcoming trip to Italy. "People used to go to the circus to see the freak show-- that is what this will be. It will not only hurt Italians but all Americans. … their outrageous, reprehensible behavior will make us look like buffoons and bimbos.” Not everyone thinks the cast going abroad is a bad idea. It may boost its record 9 million viewers and might have the cast trade their Cuervo for the Colosseum. MEGAN ALEXANDER, Inside Edition Correspondent: “As someone who has been to Italy, the people are so charming. The Italian language is absolutely gorgeous. I’m telling ya I hope that the culture rubs off on the Jersey Shore because they could really use it.” (HLN) Maybe all of the fist pumping will take the focus off Prime Minister Berlusconi’s teen smooshing scandal. MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell even jokes -- moving the show could be positive for Italy’s reputation. “Andrea, what are the diplomatic implications as it pertains to our relationship with Italy?” ANDREA MITCHELL: “I think it might actually improve relations considering what’s happening in Italy with the Prime Minister Berlusconi in trouble for what was her name? The Ruby Sweetheart? The Ruby Sweetheart prostitution scandal. So Snooki would raise the level.” The President of another Italian American group tells Fox News it’s time to get over the location and start squashing the “guido” stereotype. “Whether filmed in Italy or on the moon, the characters of ‘Jersey Shore’ do not reflect a realistic image of the Italian American Community. … ‘Entertainment’ is in the eye of the beholder.” An MTV spokesperson said the network is excited about the new location and “can’t wait to see what erupts as a result.” Watch multisource video news analysis from Newsy
28 Jan 2011
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BY MAURICE SCARBOROUGH You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy Films most beloved bald guy is ready to find a new home... The 2011 Academy Award nominations are in and Hollywood is already buzzing about who will take home film’s most coveted award. Among this year’s front-runners, “The King’s Speech” - taking in a whopping 12 nominations, including Best Picture. Fans of “The Social Network” will “like” the Facebook biopic’s 8 nominations - also including a best picture nod. Both films came out of the gates ahead of the pack at previous award shows leaving some to wonder if this will be a two horse race? (ABC) “In the leading, the shows that lead up to the Oscars, do we get when we’re filling out our cards for lets say an informal pool. Does that give us a hint as to what the Oscars will do necessarily or no?” “You have to think it does give you a hint, but remember a lot of those are critics. We don’t really know what the Academy thinks yet, and that’s what makes this moment so surprising.” As the Huffington Post points out - among this year’s usual suspects, were some surprise nominations. “The biggest surprise of the ... nominations was the love shown to two films... True Grit and Winter's Bone...Winter's Bone, a … film that earned ravishing critical response but barely caused a ripple outside of the arthouse circuit is the bigger surprise... True Grit is less of a surprise... [I]t's a damn good movie.” Another surprise - Christopher Nolan’s Best Director snub. Despite a Best Picture nomination, a writer for New York Magazine seems to think the Academy has no love for one of Hollywood’s top-dogs. “Maybe the Academy isn't as enamored of Christopher Nolan as we thought? Sure, Inception scored a Best Picture nomination, yet Nolan couldn't score a Best Director nod... Sorry, Chris: Your Oscar hopes were just a dream.” Movies tend to be about people who live under extraordinary circumstances, but as an analyst on CNN points out - some of this year’s nominees are leaving out the extras. “You’ll notice that a lot of actresses and supporting actresses, the big roles this year, have been mothers - In ‘The Kids are Alright’, I think Melissa Leo in ‘The Fighter’, we seem to be thinking about motherhood a lot at the moment in our movies, and the nominees are that. On the male side, a lot of the nominees are playing real characters.” Another observation from the nomination post show... this year’s awards aren’t just for the film snobs. (Livestream) “David seems like it’s gonna be a very, I hate to dumb it down, but a very fun Oscars because you have young actors, you have a lot of movies that the public has really seen and embraced this year, a lot of high grossing films that are going to be celebrated. That’s right, and I think that even the movies that weren’t the big summer blockbusters people are really connecting to. A lot of people have seen Black Swan and The Kings Speech, so I think a lot of people are going to be finding that they have movies to root for at this year’s Oscars.” So what do you think about the 2011 Academy Award Nominations? More snubs or more surprises? Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
28 Jan 2011
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY ZHENG HWUANG CHIA Watch multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy The Razzies are back celebrating Tinseltown’s worst films. Topping the list -- sparkly vampires and buff werewolves. London’s Telegraph has the bucketfull of lemons. “But the real dark horse of the award this year, and a joint leader with a whopping 9 nominations is ‘Twilight Eclipse’. A favorite with the fans but a baffling bore for many others.” “Worst picture, worst actress, and not one but two worst actors, for both Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson. We know - it hurts too much to even say it.” (Splash News) Kristen Stewart gets a notorious nod as well. Green Celebrity chalks the actresses’ nomination up to envy. “They were jealous that Kristen Stewart gets to make out with two very handsome young men.” and advised “The totally peeved star celebs from Twilight should ALL give the collective finger to the people who nominated her.” Think the Razzies are too tough on Twilight? Razzie’s founder speaks on behalf of those who are not ‘Twi-hards’ in SkyNews. He says - “We just don’t get it.” “The other one that we are going to get a lot of angry e-mails about: Twilight Sage Eclipse, which is the third film in the series about the teenage girl that has to choose between a werewolf and a vampire as her boyfriend in high school. You know people with that dilemma don’t you” The roster of critics who’s collective vote leads to Razzie snubs -- consists of roughly 600 public voters. One judge saying... “[Twilight] is nominated in all categories with the exception of Worst Supporting Actress and Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3-D, which it was not eligible for.” (NewsLite) But ‘Twi-hard’ fans point out, these judges have to pony up -- just to pan the flick. The haters don’t seem to realize -- there’s no such thing as bad pub. “[The nomination] will bring more publicity ... people are curious about just what makes a movie horrible.” “If you go to vote on the Razzie’s site, you must become a member which will cost you at minimum $35. Twilight is an easy target to get the hits the Razzies need.” All that aside, an anchor from Clevver TV asks, “Is Eclipse really that bad?” “A ton of twi-fans have said over and over again that Eclipse was their favorite flick in the series so far. Even the haters say that. Does Eclipse really deserve to be named the worst movie of 2010? “ Razzie winners will be announced on February 26 - the day before the Oscars. So, should the sun set on the Twilight series? Or, is it only getting better after such dark reviews? Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy
29 Jan 2011
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY BRICE SANDER You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy “Once upon a time there were three little girls who went to the police academy…(THEME MUSIC)" Iconic ‘70s staple Charlie’s Angels is set to make a small screen comeback. ABC has ordered a pilot episode for the potential new series. E! News has the casting scoop. “Charlie’s got the rest of his angels lined up. Reportedly Aussie actress Rachel Taylor and Minka Kelly are putting on their wings for ABC’s new dramatic take on the hit 70s series. They join General Hospital’s Annie Ilonzeh, who has already been cast as the third angel.” This will be the second time the series has been re-booted. Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu starred in two box-office blockbuster remakes in 2000 and 2003. Barrymore's Flower Films Production Co., which produced both movies, brought the TV series to ABC. Entertainment Weekly says another Charlie's Angels adaptation could hit big, especially on ABC. "Remakes have traditionally struggled to find viewers on broadcast, though CBS’ showed with Hawaii Five-0 that you can pull off a primetime hit with a classic title. And Angels is certainly on-brand for a network that has a strong female following with shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives." But not everyone's so optimistic. At least one blogger is over the remake already - writing... "Hollywood film and television producers seem to be caught in a trap of laziness with the move to keep remaking the same product with different actors...Come on Hollywood, there are a lot of good stories out there waiting to be made and an eager public anxious to see them..." The Huffington Post reports - the cast determine whether this remake takes flight - saying actress Minka Kelly could take Charlie's Angels' TV return from flop to fan favorite. “It's a potentially good choice for ABC and producer Drew Barrymore, as Kelly is gaining renown, both for her acting (including a recent role in 'Parenthood') and looks -- she was named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive in 2010.” But some fans don't care about casting at all. They're just excited to see the angels back in action. "While Charlie's Angels rebooted TV series may lack depth and social value, it will hopefully bring the entertainment as purely as the camp movie tributes to their camp TV progenitor." If the pilot episode goes well, expect to see Charlie's Angels - take three - on your TV this fall. Will you tune in or are you ready to get off the remake roundabout? Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy
1 Feb 2011
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY BRICE SANDER You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy Good girl gone bad, take two? Rihanna’s music video for her latest single “S&M” is getting a lot of attention, and for all the wrong reasons. “Na na na, come on…(MUSIC)…na na na come on” The video shows Rihanna tying up, whipping and sexually playing with members of the media, including gossip blogger Perez Hilton. After The Washington Post’s celebrity gossip team saw the video, they had only one thing to say… “Ummm, eww. This is definitely not a choice for the junior cotillion playlist.” They weren’t alone. YouTube flagged the video as inappropriate – only those claiming to be 18 or older can watch the video on the site. Music-focused web-series Amped understands the controversy behind the tongue-in-cheek video. “The video contains some suggestive consumption of a banana and the Barbadian singer prancing around in white latex, which has seen the song banned in 11 countries. With lyrics like ‘Sticks and stones might break my bones, but chains and whips excite me,’ you could probably be forgiven for thinking she was singing from the point of view of a horse.” MTV also banned the video from its daytime block, refusing to play an un-edited version before 7 p.m. But some say that’s not enough. “Even still, 7 p.m. seems to be awfully early for a song with this kind of sexual content. Nowhere on the television airwaves would you see something with this content before at least 9 p.m. It seems that pushing back that hour a bit would be even better yet.” But a KNXV anchor says “S&M” is kids play compared to other sexed-up singers. “I feel like we’ve seen racier videos from Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Lady GaGa – I was not, like, ‘Oh my Gosh! This is horrible – yank it right down!’” Rihanna agrees there are worse videos out there – even from her. She tweeted to one fan… “loveririforever not true, they watched Umbrella...I was full nude” The music video is all about playing with the media, and as one blogger notes, the blogosphere blowup surrounding “S&M” may be exactly what Rihanna wanted… “Times are changing, sex sells and this is a part of our everyday life. The best part about it is it gains much more attention for the track itself.” So, what do you think? Is Rihanna’s “S&M” too racy, or are too many people just too uptight? Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy
5 Feb 2011
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Transcript by Newsy BY BRICE SANDER You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy She’s nominated for The Fighter, and now she’s putting up a fight of her own. Actress Melissa Leo is taking the Oscar race into her own hands by running personal campaign ads inside industry publications. Every year, studios and production companies buy ads to convince Oscar voters to pick their movies in all categories. But as one blogger notes, actors, well, don’t. “Taking out a personal trade ad is quite unusual, and Oscar watchers often advise against it because it can make a nominee look desperate and egotistical.” The ads show Leo dressed up in faux fur, leaning toward the camera, with just the word “consider” running above her picture. But with the amount of buzz surrounding Leo’s role, Tampa’s WFLA says running these ads seems like a waste of time. “Oscar noms are out and there are a couple of choice performances that are being pegged as sure bets in a mighty unsure business (FLASH) Melissa Leo is a three-time winner already having nailed the Critic's Choice, Golden Globe and Screen Actor Guild's nods for actress in a supporting role.” HitFix points out- there are two extremes actors take when securing Oscar votes, and Leo’s ads might not be that big of a surprise after all… “Leo has always seemed a bit ‘off’ and it's one thing not to campaign as her co-star Christian Bale is successfully doing, but it's another thing to appear greedy or to want it too much.” But as Deadline Hollywood discovered, Leo’s campaign ads don’t have much to do with the Oscar race... “She explained the ads followed months of her frustration at not being able to land magazine covers, even with all the awards and attention for The Fighter. Leo is 50 years old and she attributes the media’s lack of interest to ageism and because of that and other factors she’s not considered ‘box office.’” Commentators discussed Leo and her fellow nominees on Good Day New York, claiming later-in-life success is all the press an actress needs… MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS: “You look at how much attention Melissa Leo has gotten this year. And she’s been doing really consistent work for years and years, and been nominated before. But, now she’s cleaning up - she’s winning all these awards, and that’s put her on a different track and in a different category." JOHN ROTHKOPF: “It can change the complexion of a career entirely, like someone like Jacki Weaver who’s a very respected Australian actress, but has never been nominated for an Oscar. Now suddenly she can consider Hollywood Films.” Whatever the reasoning behind Leo’s ads, at least one person won’t hold them against her… “Look, it’s a dirty business, the Oscar race…The fact that anyone would judge her for that and withhold their vote for THAT reason is yet more fodder for the general conclusion that the Oscars are nothing more than a popularity contest.” So, what do you think? Are Leo’s campaign ads a brilliant PR move, or desperately bizarre? Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy
8 Feb 2011
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BY BRANDON TWICHELL You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy It’s the day the music died - for Guitar Hero lovers. Activision announced it’s ending the Guitar Hero franchise and will lay off about 500 employees. Some analysts say the series just isn’t making money anymore - but is a saturated market to blame, too? We’re looking at why Activision pulled the plug with coverage from Rock It Out! Blog, Denver Westword, Wired, and Mashable. Rock It Out! Blog says all music genre games may be in trouble, mainly because of the costs. “They’re still fun to play, but they’re not as popular anymore, and considering that, you know, with the economy, the recession, times are tough, people aren’t going to spend $60-$80 on a gaming system, and then on top of that, you have to buy the new guitar, and then the drum set, and the bass, and the keyboard. Too much to buy!” The game publishers had to pay a lot too licensing fees for songs got expensive quickly. And a blog writer for Denver Westword adds the market was over saturated with similar games. “In a struggling economy, consumers weren't ready to drop the cash on the series, which saw 24 different incarnations across platforms, not including the iterations from its rival, Rock Band.” The vice president of Electronic Entertainment Design and Research tells Wired the game was marketed too much toward the casual gamer. “There was nothing that Activision or anybody could have done to save Guitar Hero... If your primary hobby is not gaming, you get your fill quicker on entertainment products.” But that doesn’t mean you should throw out your plastic drum set. Mashable says the game will become nostalgic. “Guitar Hero and Rock Band may one day be seen as a classic party game, pulled out of the closet at holidays and special gatherings, the way we play Monopoly or Scrabble today. Maybe it’s time you introduced Grandma to the plastic guitar.” So, do you think it was time to pull the plug on Guitar Hero, or do you still want to rock ‘n roll all night and party everyday? Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
12 Feb 2011
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BY JACQUELINNE MEJIA You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy A star not usually on the ‘what not to wear’ list...Beyonce. The singer posed for French magazine L’Officiel for its March issue and has been receiving negative backlash from some in the fashion media for wearing blackface makeup in a portion of the shots. With an ‘African Queen’ theme behind the photoshoot, Beyonce’s ‘look’ aimed to channel Fela Kuti, a Nigerian musician and human rights activist, whose music inspired her forthcoming album. (Video from TF1) A blogger for Jezebel writes, while fashion has been known to push boundaries, it’s a different story when one tries to group an entire continent full of different tribes and cultures into one skin color. “What makes someone black — or African, for that matter — is not her skin tone. [...] It's one thing to feel moved by Fela Kuti, and quite another to treat blackness as a fashion accessory, like a pair of glittery heels you put on because it looks cool.” A blogger for iLuLuOnline, who is of Nigerian heritage herself, finds the cover shoot offensive, and suggests that a little more research should have gone into this ‘homage.’ “In Nigeria we have all shades of black so I’m not really sure how this is a tribute to Fela. And I don’t even see how the clothes factor into the tribute. The only thing close to anything I’ve seen my mom wear or that I wore as a kid is the headress and even then it’s not tied properly.” But a blogger for CourtneyLuv suggests looking at the shoot as art and fashion mixed together. “I can understand the negative connotation [regarding] blackface. But being that models are blank canvases and nothing more, and designers have to dress them and paint them in such a way that it gets [people] talking whether it be positive or negative, I would say no harm no foul.” An entertainment reporter for The Scoop tells MSNBC that the media has always had an eye on Beyonce regarding skin color controversy. “[...] this comes also on the heels Tamron of a controversy saying she was lightening her skin and lightening her hair color, there is an interesting look at that on the Grio**** as well. So people are weighing in over this whether they think it’s artistic expression or whether it’s abandoning her roots.” (AOC) So can Beyonce ever win? That’s the question a blogger for MissJia**** asks after reactions on both sides of the color spectrum have sparked debate. “When a new L’Oreal ad is released, there are complaints of her face being “too light” or features being altered in photoshop so that she more closely resembles a white woman. [...] I think that most won’t be satisfied until she’s permanently ‘caramel’ and even then, it’d cause drama on either end.” A statement from the magazine says the singer ‘voluntarily darkened’ her skin for the shoot. So what do you think? Overreaction, or does this photo shoot have controversy painted all over it? Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Transcript by Newsy
26 Feb 2011
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BY: CHRISTY LEWIS You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy “Over the years, planet Earth has been blindsided with many devastatingly shocking events. Pearl Harbor, JFK, and now, Justin Bieber has got a new hairdo! ‘Nooo!’” You heard the man. Justin Bieber has chopped off the locks loved by little girls around the world. Here it is. Bieber’s exclusive stylist cut it on Monday while he was on the set of a new music video. So, why the sudden style switch? He told TMZ he just wanted a change. "I didn't want to cut it all off. I've had it for 3 ½ years. I just got sick of it. It was in my eyes and I just wanted it out of my face." We all knew he wouldn’t keep flipping that hair forever. Those bangs were bound to become annoying. E! News agrees -- saying the new ‘do was overdue. “Hate to say it ladies but it was time to say bye-bye to bangs and hello to a more mature Justin.” But what do his fans say? NBC’s Kathy Lee and Hoda talked to celeb correspondents who revealed poll results. “77% of our audience loves the new cut.” Um—not according to Twitter. ABC's Good Morning America reported Bieber’s decline in followers post-haircut. “80,000 stopped following him on Twitter temporarily.” The short style even has The View’s Whoopi Goldberg upset. WALTERS: “If you stop crying over Justin Bieber’, you would look okay.” GOLDBERG: “Barbara, I can't help it. I feel that that hair just says so much. If I shaved my head, would you feel the same way? Would you cry? No.” Justin doesn’t seem too worried about the reactions to his hair. He told Ellen Degeneres he doesn’t really care what people say. This should make everyone feel better, though. The sweet-faced singer is donating the hair to charity. No details on how that will work yet. But we’re pretty sure Bieber’s locks will sell for loads. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
26 Feb 2011
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BY BRICE SANDER You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy When Washington crushes your political dreams, where do you turn? Duh -- Reality TV. Following the Palin family’s lead, failed senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell is reportedly deciding whether she should “bring it” to the ballroom. O’Donnell announced on Facebook that she got the official “ask” from Dancing with the Stars. Wanting her fans’ feedback, she asked for help in making her decision. (E! News) Ask and you shall receive. O’Donnell got feedback from just about everyone, including Anderson Cooper. O’Donnell’s questioning of whether she should take on the dance floor landed her on Cooper’s “RidicuList”- but not for the reason you might think. “I think it’s ridiculous that you’re even asking. Of course you should be on Dancing with the Stars! It would be ridiculous of you not to be on Dancing with the Stars.” Even ABC – Dancing with the Star’s own network – supports the decision to bring the controversial candidate on board. One exec told PopEater -- casting Christine O’Donnell makes sense -- -- especially with the whole “dabbling in witchcraft” thing. (Christine4Senate) "Christine is not a bad idea at all … after Kate Gosselin and Cloris Leachman, O'Donnell would fit right in. She certainly would be so controversial that the amount of press attention and buzz the show would get would be huge. Plus, you know they would make her dance in a witch's hat with a broomstick." But not everybody wants to see the Tea Party’s Delaware darling compete for the mirror ball trophy. A pop-culture panel on the Joy Behar Show says there’s barely room for real politicians on Dancing with the Stars, let alone unsuccessful ones. KAREN MILLS FRANCIS: “But, I mean, this Christine? Who is she?” JOY BEHAR: “She ran for the Senate in Delaware – that’s who she is.” KAREN MILLS FRANCIS: “But, wait – wait. Where’s Delaware?” BEN LYONS: “It’s Dancing with the Stars, right? It’s called Dancing with the Stars, not Dancing with the People Who Ran for Office in Delaware and Lost.” On MSNBC, Politics Daily political correspondent Alex Wagner says the ballroom is where political careers go to die. Two words: Tom Delay. “The disconcerting thing, of course, is the blurring line between politics and entertainment. And in the times that we’re facing, I think a lot of Americans want people who conduct themselves with a certain amount of decorum and gravitas, if they’re going to be seeking higher office.” If she does lace up her dancing shoes, E! Online has a few ideas for what songs Christine “I’m not a witch” O’Donnell could try out. “Perhaps a quickstep to The Eagles' ‘Witchy Woman’? A samba to Santana's ‘Black-Magic Woman’? We can only hope...” So, can O’Donnell bewitch the ballroom? Or are you ready to see her finally fly away? 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your newsfeed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
26 Feb 2011
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BY BRICE SANDER You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy Calling in a vote for American Idol? So 2010. This year- naming the next American Idol is just a click away – with online voting. While other reality shows – like Dancing with the Stars – have always had online voting, A.I. avoided it. The show relied on phone calls or AT&T customer texts from its millions of viewers. (Fox) But you won’t head to American Idol’s official site to cast your vote. You’ll just log onto Facebook. Entertainment Weekly welcomes the addition of Facebook voting, saying Idol already survived its biggest challenge. “With Idol still dominating in the ratings and viewers embracing Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez as judges, the industry consensus seems to be that the show has managed to pull off something that many thought impossible — soldiering on successfully in the wake of Cowell’s departure.” American Idol’s ratings have slipped a little since Cowell’s exit. But a Time Magazine Techland blogger sees the addition of Facebook – which will give viewers 50 votes instead of the usual ten – as the right move if producers want to boost audience interest. “...this new method could give 'Idol' an even bigger ratings kick. And ex-Idol judge Simon Cowell seems to think Facebook voting is a good plan, too -- it was leaked that he'll be using the same method when his new show, 'X Factor,' debuts this fall.” But the addition of online voting has some Tweeting, why just Facebook? And why 50 votes? TravMatthews American Idol online voting.....but [only] if you have facebook. (O_o) jeez. benadida … 1person=1vote? No. 50. I wish we'd stop calling that voting #confusion A.I. will roll out Facebook voting after the March 1st episode. While you’re waiting there, you can always “like” Newsy on Facebook, too. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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BY CHRISTY LEWIS Anchor: Austin Kim You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy “On a personal note, today is my last day on the show. I just wanted to say thank you to the viewers for tuning in. I look forward to seeing you down the road.” Just five months after its premier, CNN’s Parker Spitzer is losing half its name--Kathleen Parker has left the building. “CNN’s Parker Spitzer is no more. Conservative columnist Kathleen Parker is cutting ties with co-host and former governor Eliot Spitzer.” Cutting ties is one way to put it… After months of tension and rumors of Parker’s imminent departure, news-makers are putting their own spin on how things went down. The Washington Post says Parker left the show, The New York Post says Spitzer successfully flattened her appeal... and the ways of wording it go on. Aside from media spinning, here’s part of what Parker herself has to say on the issue: “I have decided to return to a schedule that will allow me to focus more on my syndicated newspaper column and other writings… it was a difficult decision to scale back my column a few months ago and, with the show going in a new direction, it is a good time to move on.” But no matter how you phrase it, the show is now Parker-less. Word is—a new show is on the way… and a writer for Macleans is relieved. “The show needs a revamp, as it was incredibly boring and Spitzer was the less boring of the two hosts.” A Hot Air writer agrees the show wasn’t watchable, but is still --sarcastically-- saddened by the news. “I’ve watched the show for 10 minutes total since it debuted. And yet, I feel a loss. If America’s most famous liberal-governor-turned-john can’t find television happiness with a Pulitzer-winning ‘conservative’ squish, what hope is there for the rest of us?” One breakup hypothesis -- Parker/Spitzer experienced a boost in its somewhat stale ratings during a time when Parker was not hosting the show alongside Spitzer. But, Fox’s Greta Van Susteren doesn’t buy it. “… It is because we were in a giant breaking news environment with Egypt's revolution… Let me repeat: ratings go up during breaking news. Period. The ratings were not elevated because she was out for 2 or 3 nights during breaking news.” But some analysts have begun to wonder -- how will Spitzer do by himself? Fox Business talked to former New York governor David Paterson about his solo skills. “…He's very bright, he’s glib, he has an opinion about everything and he expresses it well. I think he does a good show. If it doesn't work out, I’m always there to take his place.” CNN says Parker Spitzer’s replacement show is called “In the Arena.” Spitzer will host the show alone and interview a wide range of guests about the most important stories of the day. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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BY SAMANTHA MCCLENDON Anchor: Megan Murphy You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy For the first time in ten years, there were zero black Oscar nominees - and while some are disappointed, others say it was just a lack of quality black films and actors. A commentator tells MSNBC, it’s another sign there is a need for more and better black roles in Hollywood. “It’s obviously something that a lot of African Americans are disappointed in. You want to see yourself reflected.” “Were the roles there though over this past year for certain performances to really make the pinnacle of what the Oscars are.” “And that’s the other half of the argument. A lot of folks are saying,’ No there weren’t the roles there.’ That’s why you see Anthony Mackie and Viola Davis saying, ‘Look, we need to start creating our own roles.’” Last year, black Americans received nine nominations. But a writer for The Root says the lack of black nominees this year wasn’t discrimination -- there were just no deserving candidates. “2010-2011 was the year of the not-very-good black movie (For Colored Girls) and the almost, but not quite, good-enough black movie (Night Catches Us)...The fact that a few black actors and actresses got put to work, that a black director was behind the camera, does not mean that little gold men should be handed out come award season.” A writer for The Grio agrees, taking the point a bit further -- saying black filmmakers need to remember the lessons learned from 2010’s critically acclaimed film Precious, which garnered 6 Oscar nominations and won 2 little gold men. “There is an under-served audience out there that craves films by and about black people. And these stories need not only be told by Tyler Perry or Spike Lee.” And a former creative developer for Sony Pictures tells CNN, it can be difficult to get films off the ground. “The stories that we would really like to tell usually don't get greenlit...We're just not taken seriously. It's all a moneymaking issue." For the past 10 years, black people counted for about 12 percent of Oscar nominees. A writer for Vogue says this year could be a signal that race is becoming less of a factor. “Isn’t it a sign of civilization and being open minded the fact that there are no nominations of an actor with yellow or black skin... if these do not deserve it? The offensive thing would be the contrary.” So what do you think about the Oscars this year? Is Hollywood color blind? Or is it turning a blind eye towards diversity? Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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BY BRICE SANDER You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy Kim Kardashian’s a mega-media-mogul in the making. She’s tackled TV, movies, fashion and the beauty industry. So the next logical step? Uh, pop star? Kim K debuted her attempt at music super-stardom - titled “Jam” - on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show. Here’s a listen. (Ryan Seacrest Productions) KIM KARDASHIAN (Singing): “Turn me up, turn me up, turn me, turn me up. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m going out tonight. It’s goin' down, headed straight to the front of the line. On the fly. On the floor - I can’t stand still.” (Ryan Seacrest Productions) Once Seacrest - the man who made the Kardashians a household name - unleashed “Jam” onto the public, the critical backlash poured in. Even Kardashian cohorts couldn’t handle the song. Here’s what MTV’s Twitter Jockey had to say. “When I heard the song, I just shook my head. Now let's be clear, I love Kim K, but I can't say the same for her single. The good news … she admits that she's no singer and she was just doing it for fun (unlike some others who shall remain nameless).” Well, we’ll name names. Kim K’s been compared to pop-figures-turned-pop-stars like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Heidi Montag. But others say the song’s missing more than just vocal ability. ABC News Now’s Mike Marusarz says blame The-Dream, who produced the track. “By the way, the same people who did that actually have done Rihanna’s music stuff with her. And, also, Beyonce. Apparently they saved all the good stuff for them.” So is all hope lost for Kim K’s pop dreams? Entertainment Weekly’s Adam Markovitz says this is Kim Kardashian - anything she touches, turns to gold. “The beat shakes and grinds … It’s a testament to The-Dream’s skills that the whole thing still comes off as a radio-friendly, perfectly danceable ditty. And Kardashian, who looks suitably diva’d up on the single’s cover, has more than enough media savvy and self-confident gusto to promote the heck out of it.” Add in E! Online’s take - even if the song’s not good for your ears, it’s good for somebody. “Even if you're not a fan, the single's already a hit to us—Kim's donating all the proceeds from the song to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.” Kim says “Jam” will be her only single - for now. Tell us what you think her next music move should be in our comments section. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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BY CHARESSE JAMES You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy When students register for a course on human sexuality, it’s understood they’re going to see some adult content. But for more than 100 Northwestern University students, the content was a bit more graphic than expected. In an optional, after-class lecture more than a week ago, students witnessed a live sex act involving a motorized sex toy as part of a presentation on fetishes. The controversial demonstration was followed with an uproar by parents -- and a wave of criticism of the professor and the University. While the students who attended the controversial lecture had no official complaints, WBBM reports parents and other students were not particularly pleased by the demonstration. Kristyn Hartman: “An angry Northwestern parent, who called CBS 2, isn’t happy about the demonstration. She questions its educational value and wants the professor fired. Not all students endorse the demo either.” STUDENT: “I don’t feel like I would want to see that.” The guest lecture, led by members of Chicago’s fetish community, was originally supposed to be a discussion only. But the guests decided on the day of the lecture to include a demonstration. The professor, John Michael Bailey, said in a press release all students were warned multiple times of the graphic nature the discussion and again before the demonstration took place. But as NBC found out -- some students were still caught off guard. REPORTER: “It was here at the Technological Institute where, during the session, they witnessed a live demonstration of a sex act involving a naked woman and a sex toy.” PRATIK SHAH, STUDENT: “The prior warning that was given, I don’t think was strong enough I think to prepare the students for that.” VICTOR SICLOVAN, STUDENT: “When would you ever think you would ever see something like this in an academic environment?” And some sexuality experts don’t believe it was suitable for a college campus. Dr. Judy Kuriansky told FoxNews****... “I don't think it was appropriate. This goes for, really, the shock value more than the educational value. ... Talking about it can show you just as much." Northwestern University originally defended the live sex demonstration and the course’s professor. In a statement released to the Chicago Sun-Times, the vice president of University Relations said... “Northwestern University faculty members engage in teaching and research on a wide variety of topics, some of them controversial and at the leading edge of their respective disciplines. The University supports the efforts of its faculty to further the advancement of knowledge.” Since releasing that statement on Monday, Northwestern University president, Morton Schapiro, announced an investigation into the on-campus presentation. But Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass wants to know how it ever happened in the first place. “It makes me wonder, if this kind of thing is done at a great university, then how far can we define deviancy down? If this bizarre peep show can be offered up as higher education, then what’s the next ‘edgy’ thing? How do you get any edgier? Don’t tell me. I don’t want to know.” So what do you think? How far is too far? 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed Transcript by Newsy
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