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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
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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
26 Feb 2011
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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
1 Mar 2011
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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
1 Mar 2011
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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
5 Mar 2011
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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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BY: ALLIE SPILLYARDS ANCHOR: ALEX ROZIER You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy The media is slamming potential 2012 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee after he called out Oscar winner Natalie Portman for quote “glorifying and glamorizing single motherhood.” JILL LAWRENCE: “He’s trying to get headlines, be provocative, and it’s not exactly consonant all the time with being a serious presidential prospect.” “Oh no you don’t, Mike. This is Natalie ‘Freaking’ Portman you’re talking about. This is an actress. A super talented and beautiful one who skipped the premiere of her movie Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace to study for her high school final exams. She attended and graduated from Harvard University with a degree in psychology.” JAMES CARVILLE: “For Republicans his biggest problem is going to be he acknowledged that if it wouldn’t be for the government these children would have nothing to eat and no health care.” But CNN’s Candy Crowley points out- when Huckabee made the comment, he was responding to a very leading question from radio host Michael Medved. “Medved sort of led Huckabee into a question by saying, ‘talking about Natalie Portman the star of Black Swan who won the Oscar who thanked her fiance for giving her her best role yet which is she’s pregnant.’ And Medved said, ‘I think the best gift he could give to her would be a wedding ring.’” But there aren’t many willing to cut the guy any slack. A blogger for the Huffington Post asks.... “Hypocrisy? Bristol Palin out of wedlock giving birth to a child celebrates Republican values because she did not have an abortion. Natalie Portman pregnant somehow is threatening to the social fabric of America and would mean more ‘government assistance and children starving to death and never having health care.’” Huckabee has since backtracked, writing on this Facebook page... “I did not ‘slam’ or ‘attack’ Natalie Portman, nor did I criticize the hardworking single mothers in our country.” So is the media blowing Huckabee’s comments out of proportion? Or should the potential presidential candidate pay more attention to what he says? Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
8 Mar 2011
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BY BRICE SANDER Anchor: Austin Kim You're watching entertainment news analysis from Newsy. One of music’s greats is calling it quits. Phil Collins announced he’s officially retiring from the music biz to magazine FHM. People Magazine got a sneak peek at the interview, where Collins says- "I don't really belong to that world and I don't think anyone's going to miss me...I'm much happier just to write myself out of the script entirely." With more than four decades of entertaining under his belt, Collins’ comment that no one’s going to miss him has a lot of people scratching their heads, including the Fox and Friends crew. CLAYTON MORRIS: “Who will sing ‘Groovy Kind of Love?’” ALISYN CAMEROTA: “Dave will. Dave will. Dave knows every word to this.” MORRIS: “We were all just singing it in the break for some reason. Thank god there is no tape of that.” DAVE BRIGGS: “I love Phil Collins, man. I will miss him.” A blogger for andPop**** says, if Collins worked any other job, he would’ve already hung up the towel. “...being 60 years old and all, I think it’s a good time to retire. I’m sure he’s built up a nice little nest egg to live on, so really, I don’t feel too bad for the guy. It’s time to relax, buddy, you’ve earned it.” But should we trust Collins? This isn’t the first time he’s announced his retirement, and he’s taken almost as many “farewell tours” as Cher. As a writer for the Telegraph points out, we should read between the lines of Collins’ decision to announce his retirement via FHM. “Frankly, an interview with a glossy men’s magazine that was presumably carried out a couple of months ago seems a strange way for a superstar to bow out from the world stage. Besides, in today’s veteran-oriented musical landscape, surely the only point of announcing retirement is to facilitate a comeback?” So is Collins making the right choice? Or is he faking us out...again? Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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BY ANDREW HOWARD ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy Jennifer Aniston is going all the way - for Smart Water that is. The new commercial, titled “Jen Aniston’s Sex Tape” recently premiered on the company’s Facebook page, and shows Aniston pulling out all the stops to ensure the video goes viral. The Los Angeles Times reports that... (Video: Smart Water) “Aniston is charming as she cuddles puppies, whips her hair and promotes a relaxed self-awareness. And, let us not forget, promotes the bottled water.” One person who probably won’t be making a toast with Smart Water is Gossip blogger to the stars, Perez Hilton, who says... “If they wanted to go viral, they should have included Charlie Sheen!” Adding it... “Doesn't look like they've gotten there quite yet, but it's an amusing video with a clever premise … def might catch on.” Hilton isn’t alone - Holy Moly recalls a moment that might have worked better... “... they should've just got Aniston to go bra-[less] - worked for Friends.” Entertainment Weekly has more than a little faith in America’s favorite friend - says she could even sell snow to an Eskimo - but... “[The video] surrounds the darling actress with tried-and-true attention grabbers… I’m hurt — HURT! — that Smart Water … concluded that the purity of its product and its adorable spokesperson were not enough in this day and age.” But CBS News says - overdoing it was the whole point. “Naturally this video, which makes fun of how to make a video go viral, will probably go viral itself setting out to achieve exactly what Smart Water wanted to do.” So does Aniston’s Smart Water ad quench your thirst? The commercial, which premiered on Monday, has already attracted more than 380 thousand hits. '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 CHRISTY LEWIS You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy A reportedly sensational book about the 2008 Obama/McCain election… check. A silver screen film adaptation of the book… soon to be checked. An award-winning actress chosen to play Sarah Palin? You "betcha." Taking on the role of head Mama Grizzly could be quite the challenge—between the accent and her famous quotes—so, who could do her character justice in a movie? E! News has the 411. “The brave beauty set to play Palin is none other than Oscar-nominated celeb, Julianne Moore. The 50-year-old’s rep confirms to E! News Moore has been cast as the ex-Alaskan Governor in a new HBO movie titled ‘Game Change.” The movie is based on the book with the same name, written by reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Moore is currently the first and only cast member media reports have mentioned. And Palin herself told Fox’s Sean Hannity she’s fine with it… “Well, I’m all about job creation… and I guess I could provide some of these gals who pretend like they’re me with some job security.” Bloggers seem to agree on one thing-- Moore is a phenomenal actress. One Café Mom blogger for the Stir goes on to say she’s too good for the film. “Say it isn't so... Where can a Moore fan repudiate this depressing casting choice? I feel like someone has misunderestimated (sic) Moore's talents in this decision to morph her into the you-betcha-ing hockey mama-bear.” Acting skills aside-- a blogger for Slate says she’s worried about Moore’s shot at pulling off Palin’s accent. “I hope Moore leaves the jokey vocal overcompensation at home and actually tries to explore Palin as a complicated character, which she must be, no matter how easily caricaturized (sic) the face she presents to the world might be.” Perhaps the most famous rendition of Palin was Tina Fey’s version on Saturday Night Live. Access Hollywood spoke with some of Fey’s coworkers about how Moore will do in comparison. REPORTER: “Do you think she can top Tina’s performance?” BALDWIN: “No way. I love Julianne, but that’s out of the question.” KRAKOWSKI: “I’m a huge fan of Julianne Moore and I think she’ll do an amazing job. But, it’s hard to follow Miss Fey’s Palin so it will be very interesting to see.” With other possible cast members still up in the air, CelebTV put together a list of possible choices, including who should play current president Barack Obama. “The former Fresh-Prince is a no-brainer for the future Fresh-Prez. He’s got it all. The tude, the build, and most importantly, the ears.” Jay Roach is set to will direct the film and it’s rumored for release before the 2012 election. And don’t forget -- the latest Newsy iPhone and iPad apps allow you to stream our videos through Apple TV - download the free apps today '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: KRISTEN BRODY ANCHOR: SALEM SOLOMAN You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett and Conan O’Brien. Famous red heads, famous comedians. Yet many forget to think of them as real people, with real emotions... At Austin’s South by Southwest festival, Conan O’Brien will reveal a different side to himself... a darker side. A documentary showing O’Brien on his 32 city tour-- post Tonight Show will premiere. Here’s a clip from “Conan O Brien Can’t Stop”. (Video Source: TBS) “Act as if this is completely normal. Call me Conan please. Of course I’m supposed to be interviewing Barack Obama, or of course I’m supposed to be playing guitar with Bruce Springsteen. And of course there’s a big part of you inside that’s saying what are you talking about?” (Video Source: YouTube) CoCo has tried to downplay the doc, admitting he’s worried about public reaction. But it was still previewed in The New York Times, where one writer explains the film’s highs and lows. “[O’Brien] got to live his rock-star dreams by ripping television executives and performing his parody of ‘On the Road Again’ for paying crowds. … The 90 minutes or so that follow seem dedicated to tearing down Mr. O’Brien’s assessment of himself, as he is relentlessly pummeled by the expectations of his fans and the rigors of the road.” And Canada’s Edmonton Journal went to the man behind the scenes -- director Rodman Flender -- for more information. Flender says... “It is a journey, and I hope you'll see the difference between the opening night and the closing night in this journey across the continent that Conan experiences.” The director went on to explain the doc will portray O’Brien differently than how fans are used to seeing him, which Flender thinks isn’t necessarily bad for the comedian. (Video Source: The New York Times ) But Conan seems to see it as a bad thing, already apologizing to The Hollywood Reporter about a comment he made in reference to Anne Frank. “O'Brien says the documentary highlights ‘the biggest misconception’ about him over the years - that he is an easygoing guy.” Finally, a writer at MOVIELINE isn’t loving the film’s title-- --Saying.. “ ‘Can’t Stop’ sounds like a two-hour stand-up special by Richard Pryor or Sam Kinison or The Amazing Johnathan. Oh, well. It’s better than Coco Before Cable Channel, I suppose.” Newsy won the Appy Award for "best news app" - download the latest version from iTunes to find out why. 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 Call it a hiccup. A mistake. Even karma. Any way you cut it, some critics think Megan Fox’s career might be coming to an end. Fox’s latest flick, Passion Play - in which she plays a bird woman in a carnival attraction - is bypassing movie theaters - and heading straight-to-DVD. (Annapurna Productions) After accusing Transformer’s director Michael Bay of sexual harassment and comparing him to Hitler, Fox left the mega-hit franchise. A writer for Pop Crunch argues, maybe Fox was never that big of a box-office draw. “This is the latest blow to Megan’s acting career... Jennifer’s Body which was released in 2009 debuted at a disappointing number five and only earned $6.8 million. [And] Jonah Hex, released last summer, earned Meg a 2011 Razzie nomination for Worst Actress!” So maybe her last few movies bombed- but hey, at least they made it to the theater. As her latest flick Passion Play hangs out at a DVD packaging plant- a blogger for The Huffington Post writes... “Neither angel wings nor cleavage could save Megan Fox's newest film …Playing at the Toronto Film Festival in September, the film bombed, with terrible reviews and viewers openly mocking it as it played -- that is, before they walked out.” The ex-Transformer chick tells Reelz Channel, this is her best movie yet. MSN says...if that’s true...yikes. “Variety called it ‘perversely eccentric and frequently inert,’ while the Los Angeles Times said of the … premiere, ‘For most everyone in the room, it felt like it couldn't be over soon enough.’ But the Hollywood Reporter found some redeeming qualities, including how Fox ‘disrobes attractively’ and acts ‘persuasively shy and hurt, using a soft and whispery voice.’” And E! Online’s Ted Casablanca adds- maybe Fox should take a step back and reevaluate her career before she takes on another project. “...maybe the insanely hot chick should just stick to posing in her Armani underwear instead of acting on the big screen. Who would have thought hubby Brian Austin Green had the hot career this year on friggin' Desperate Housewives?!” Fox joins a long list of big names with straight-to-DVD stints, including Michelle Pfeiffer, Renee Zellweger and Forrest Whitaker. So is her career DOA? Or can she make a comeback? Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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