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BY TRACY PFEIFFER Anchor: Ana Compain-Romero You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy It went from a respectable 10,000 YouTube views to more than 2 million hits in just one day -- and the Web can’t get enough of this viral video from teen songstress Rebecca Black. REBECCA BLACK, VOCALIST: “We’re drivin’ on the highway, cruisin’ so fast, I want time to fly. Fun, fun, think about fun, you know what it is. I got this, you got this. My friend is by my right, ‘ay.” And faster than you can say, “Internet famous,” the blogosphere blew up with reactions... From criticism -- DListed asks... “Ever wanted to know what it would it sound like if a 5-year-old Ke$ha performed a song about the calendar on a water-damaged Casio keyboard after snorting glitter glue and swallowing a vibrating ball?” ...to covers... ALEXANDER CARPENTER, VOCALIST: “7 a.m. wakin’ up in the morning, gotta be fresh, gotta go downstairs. Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal. Seein’ everything, that time is going." (YouTube/ AlexanderCarpenter) But amidst the disbelief and criticism, a writer for BlackBook Magazine stops to wonder, “What’s really going on here?” “Normally, you’d think it’s just a misguided video by a teenage girl and her friends. Thing is, it seems much too expensive for Rebecca to have made by herself—there’s at least a little production value to it. So it begs the question of Rebecca Black’s provenance. Is she real?” Officially-validated information about Black and her music is scarce, but Guyism**** reports the most commonly circulated answer: a company called the Ark Music Factory. “[The] business model involves producing songs for wealthy Southern California parents who think their child can be the next great pop star.” A flabbergasted writer for TIME says, despite the universally negative reviews of Black’s song and video, perhaps she’s better suited for another entertainment genre. “It's not apparent if ‘Friday’ was intended to be a parody of a pop song or not, but it would definitely be in Rebecca and Ark Music Factory's best interest to make like it was all along. … Sure, Rebecca Black won't be the next Miley Cyrus ... but she could have a future in comedy.” Finally, Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams takes a more serious angle, using Black as an example of a fame-obsessed culture. “...watching the parade of shiny, glittered up, aggressively smiling kids at Ark's launch party video from last month, it's hard to see anything but desperation for attention... And the only thing more horrifying than [Rebecca’s] terrible ’Friday’ is the sad, easily exploited longing for fame she represents.” Currently, Rebecca Black has no official website, but the Ark Music Factory website has her listed as an official artist. '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 ANDREW HOWARD ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy Looks like Mars needs more than moms to save itself at the box office. The kid flick opened over the weekend - and made it into the record book with the 10th worst opening since 1982. It raked in $6.2 million - a far cry from its $150 million dollar production budget. (Video: YouTube/Disney) So where did Mars go wrong? Some critics are saying that the word “Mom” in the title kept boys away. Hollywood Reporter quotes one studio exec who jokes... "The title shouldn't have been Mars Needs Moms, but Boys Need Not Come," BoxOffice Mojo argues- the film was doomed from the get-go. “Mars was severely limited by its premise, which was better suited to a television cartoon, and its execution looked awkward, incoherent and creepy in the marketing.” The movie’s director Robert Zemeckis’s - whose foray into animation also includes The Polar Express and 2009’s remake of A Christmas Carol - is known for his use of motion capture- tracking points on a moving face or body. A Zoiks blogger says- that’s a lot of extra- unnecessary- work. “Zemeckis’s insistence on Motion Capture was likely the death knell for ‘Mars Needs Moms,’ a modest story that needed a more modest production if it needed to be made at all.” Though animation has been one of Hollywood’s biggest money makers for the past decade - The New York Times believes Mars’ box office failure could be hinting at something.... “As the first big-budget computer animated movie to flop, ‘Mars Needs Moms’ tells some film executives that the market is becoming saturated. “ According to Hollywood Reporter, when production and marketing costs are combined, Disney has invested more than $200 million in Mars Needs Moms. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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BY BRICE SANDER ANCHOR CHANCE SEALES You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy You’ve got judges. Talented singers. And, potentially, millions of viewers. No, we’re not talking about American Idol here, but NBC’s new series, The Voice. Access Hollywood explains the concept. “This is the Dutch version of The Voice. It’s a huge hit in Holland. The show’s twist has the judges only hearing the voices at first, and it’s only when the voice moves them enough to turn their seat around that they actually see the singer.” But, wait – isn’t Fox making this show, too? Fox is set to launch Simon Cowell’s The X Factor this fall, which pairs contestants with music mentors … just like The Voice. (ITV) The Washington Post argues these similarities might shift the competitions’ focus from contestants to viewers. “Suddenly, we’re looking at a war for the hearts and minds of America ... This is far more interesting! The original version of ‘The Voice’ has displaced not only ‘The X Factor’ but also ‘Idol’ and is now the most-watched talent show in Dutch TV history...” Media outlets report NBC sped up production on The Voice, hoping to beat The X Factor to the airwaves. Some even say NBC’s playing dirty, signing Cee-Lo Green and Christina Aguilera as judges after they met with Cowell about joining The X Factor. (YouTube/iliketowatchtvblog) A writer for the UK’s Mirror says Cowell should be worried, especially after losing another possible judge to his former show, American Idol. “He has already been snubbed by Jennifer Lopez in his fight to get the US show off the ground … [and] a source close to Cee Lo said: ‘The Voice is a new show which will be cooler and edgier than the X Factor. Cee Lo was more excited by it.’" But British news channel ITN says don’t count The X Factor out just yet - its first casting choice, music super producer L.A. Reid, packs a lot of punch. “You might not recognize him, but trust us when we say he’s a big cheese. He’s helped the likes of Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Kanye West and Usher to multi-platinum world-domination-like success.” But with The Voice host Carson Daly calling his as-yet-unseen show “the best,” The Hollywood Reporter asks, can we even stomach another singing competition? “It was a bold statement for an underdog series to make. After all, with Idol still drawing 22 million viewers per episode and Simon Cowell’s The X-Factor about to launch its U.S. auditions (not to mention America’s Got Talent still going strong … The Voice … is entering an already crowded field of talent shows.” The Voice premieres April 26th on NBC, just a few weeks after The X Factor’s auditions start. Will you tune in? Or are you ready to tune out? Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
19 Mar 2011
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BY ANDREW HOWARD You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy The world’s most famous polar bear is - dead. Four-year-old Knut who rose to stardom in 2007 and was featured on the cover of Vanity Fair - tragically passed away at the Berlin Zoo as more than 600 visitors watched in horror. A visitor caught video of the famous bear’s last moments. With most polar bears bred in captivity commonly reaching their mid-to-late thirties - animal activists are playing the blame game - saying it was Knut’s living conditions that brought his untimely death. The president of the German Animals Rights Association says... “Berlin Zoo abused Knut as a marketing tool, without consideration for a polar bear’s crucial needs...Knut’s short and tortured life shows polar bears do not belong in a zoo.” Some are going as far to say that Knut’s death could have been prevented all together. A PETA rep tells TMZ- the group reached out to the Berlin Zoo months ago after reports that Knut was being terrorized by three female bears - including his mother. "PETA Germany repeatedly asked zoo authorities to move Knut away from the three females to a different location. His premature death could possibly have been avoided. Polar bears don't belong in captivity." But the Village Voice calls out PETA for being too quick to point the finger at someone else... “How does PETA propose it could have prevented Knut’s death, the cause of which unknown? Why don’t you guys stick to what you know: throwing red paint on people in fur and getting Waka Flocka Flame to pose nude” The AP reports hundreds of people showed up to mourn Knut at the Berlin Zoo. '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 BRICE SANDER ANCHOR ALEX ROZIER You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy She’s got looks. She’s got talent. She’s an Oscar nominee. And she’s going to play Katniss Everdeen? In a surprise move, studio execs tapped Winter’s Bone star Jennifer Lawrence to headline the film adaptation of Suzanne Collin’s megahit book trilogy, The Hunger Games. (TV Guide) As soon as Lawrence landed the role, fan feedback flooded the blogosphere. Some people weren’t too excited to see a 20-something blonde bombshell land the role of a ballsy brunette- but a writer for MTV reminds us of a casting controversy that surrounded another film franchise. “And, as many [Young Adult] enthusiasts may recall, fans were initially hesitant to accept Robert Pattinson in the role of ‘Twilight’ leading man Edward Cullen, and now Twilighters can't imagine anyone else as their vampire hero.” So now that Lawrence is locked in, who’s joining her on screen? The rumor is Weeds star Hunter Parrish, Beastly’s Alex Pettyfer and The Kids are All Right’s Josh Hutcherson are duking it out to land the male lead. ClevverTV argues, if fans aren’t too crazy about Lawrence playing Katniss, Parrish could be the perfect consolation prize. “Now fans of The Hunger Games Trilogy have been very open on Twitter about wanting Hunter in the role. This support seems to be very flattering for the Weeds star, who told E! he feels honored to just sort of be thought of. And legit fans will love this, too- he has indeed read all of the books himself, so he’s ready to go.” And Indy Mogul’s Grace Randolph points out the studio might want to steer clear of Pettyfer after his flick “I Am Number Four” bombed at the box office. “But how can Lionsgate be so sure that The Hunger Games will succeed where I Am Number Four did not? Already there are red flags. First, while Collins is adapting her own novels, for the screen, Gary Ross has been chosen to direct. Ross is a famous screenwriter who’s only directed two movies – Pleasantville and Seabiscuit. It’s never a good sign when Hollywood decides to let a favorite son cut his teeth on a big project, instead of getting someone with actual genre experience.” But E! Online asks, who cares about the cast or the director? “We’re talking about children fighting to the death in giant outdoor cage matches, while simultaneously struggling with love triangles and genetically engineered predators. Really. What’s not to love?” Filming begins this summer, but you’ll have to wait until March 2012 to see The Hunger Games hit the big screen. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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BY TRACY PFEIFFER Anchor: Christina Hartman You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy After more than sixty years in the limelight, legendary actress Liz Tayor died Wednesday after a long battle with congestive heart failure. She was 79 years old. Born in London to American parents in 1932, Taylor started out as a child star. She went on to win two Academy Awards and three Oscar nods and was the first actress to receive a million dollars for a single part for her role in ‘Cleopatra.’ (Video: WFLD) And with her passing, the media are taking the time to reflect on the beloved and sometimes controversial Elizabeth Taylor. Fox News starts at the beginning... REPORTER, VOICE OVER: “Elizabeth Taylor was only twelve years old when she achieved international fame in the 1944 classic ‘National Velvet.’ ELIZABETH TAYLOR: “If anybody ever sells The Pie, I might as well die.” REPORTER, VOICE OVER: “By the 1950s, the London-born American was box office magic, ranking as one of the top ten movie stars of the decade.” And CNN notes, her personal life was a hot topic in American pop culture. REPORTER, VOICE OVER: “Her highly publicized real-life sagas were punctuated by eight marriages to seven different men, Richard Burton twice. ... Her often tempestuous marriages to Richard Burton, the first lasting ten years, became even more sensational fodder for the press.” ELIZABETH TAYLOR: “I think he’s one of the finest actors in--” RICHARD BURTON: “One of the finest?” ELIZABETH TAYLOR: “Sorry.” But an entertainment reporter tells Chicago’s WFLD: the icon will also be remembered for her activism, which won her a third Oscar. REPORTER, VOICE OVER: “She was really just about the first major celebrity to recognize the AIDS crisis and what she did to raise attention to that disease and to continue to fight to find a cure for AIDS even in the last few years when she was really quite ill.” An analyst tells NBC's TODAY Show, Taylor’s ability to stir up controversy stemmed from her independence and strength. ANALYST, VOICE OVER: “Let’s not forget, this is a woman who -- for better or worse -- was never afraid to shock people. She had her scandalous moments and she shocked the country when she took up with Eddie Fisher, but my point being, that she was used to taking on the public and used to taking on controversy. ... And we are all grateful to her for that.” ABC reports the legend’s family has asked fans and mourners to donate money to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation rather than send flowers or gifts. We leave you with a final reflection from ABC. SHARYN ALFONSI, REPORTER, VOICE OVER: “But for all her accomplishments, Elizabeth Taylor will be remembered like this. Film preserves an image, and it preserves Elizabeth Taylor as one of the last great movie stars.” 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
26 Mar 2011
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BY ALYSSA CARTEE You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy Media are asking whether R&B artist Chris Brown has really changed -- The singer appeared on Good Morning America Tuesday to promote the release of his new album. When his felony charges became the topic of conversation, Brown clammed up. Roberts: “Have you all seen each other, been around each other?” Brown: “I mean not really. I mean it’s not really a big deal to me now as far as that situation. I feel like I’m past that in my life and I think today’s the album day so that’s what I’m focused on. So everybody go get that album.” Brown: “Definitely this album is what I want them to talk about not that stuff than happened two years ago.” Reports say Brown proceeded to storm off set after the interview, throwing a chair at a window in his dressing room and shattering it. He then left the studio, shirtless... in 40 degree weather. (Video: WNYW0) Anchors for Orlando’s WOFL suggest how Brown should have handled unwanted questions. “He should have been contrite, said he's sorry again, how he's a different person. Instead, he acted like that, and went into the dressing room and made a jerk of himself and threw a chair through a window.” “He's an adult, not a kid.” “Yeah his career has hit the tank, I think.” Boston Fox affiliate WFXT asked its viewers to weigh in on whether Brown should face criminal charges for the damage -- and didn’t find much support for the R&B artist. “We have people on and on and on, pages and pages of people sharing what they feel.” “Anybody say leave them alone?” “So far, no. It is hard to find a positive side.” “Not too much sympathy there.” But an anchor for New York’s WNYW does express a little sympathy for Brown, saying the fame must be difficult for someone his age. “He' s only 21 years old. A lot of pressure at just 21. I couldn't' t even show up at class on time when I was 21. Sometimes I couldn't show up to class at all. But anyway, Chris Brown, we hope things settle down for you. “ Robin Roberts, the reporter who conducted the interview, said she discussed her questions with Brown beforehand -- and he knew they were coming. A writer for The State News thinks Roberts was just doing her job. “Roberts, as the quality journalist she is, asked him a real question instead of kissing his feet. She could have given Brown a hot stone massage while simultaneously praising his album, but she decided to acknowledge the elephant in the room.” Brown’s new music video premiered later in the day and was received positively by his fans. But some have criticized the video, which shows Brown goofing off with his famous pals, as not taking his reformation seriously. A reporter for MTV News writes … “His detractors can never forgive him for his past indiscretions, and his supporters — having already forgiven him — want nothing more than to see him smile occasionally. And both sides are right.” Love him or hate him, Brown’s album, F.A.M.E. (Forgiving All My Enemies) is the number one album on iTunes as of Wednesday. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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BY JENNIFER MECKLES You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy Natalie Portman thrilled and frightened audiences as the downward spiraling ballerina “Nina” in the Black Swan. She won an Oscar for that performance -- but now, critics are asking how much dancing she really did. “According to published reports, Natalie Portman is insisting she did the majority of her dance sequences in the film. This comes after her ballet double Sarah Lane claims Portman did 5 percent of those scenes and there is an allusion that Portman is some sort of dance prodigy, she says. Portman says that Lane was only used for the most complicated dance sequences.” (WDIV) But that double -- real American Ballet Theater dancer Sarah Lane -- was never acknowledged for her dance work. In the film’s credits, she’s simply listed as “hand model,” “stunt double,” and as an extra. The Editor in Chief of Dance Magazine is outraged over Lane’s exclusion: “Do people really believe that it takes only one year to make a ballerina? ... I think there has been a propaganda of omissions in the media that has reinforced that belief.” But team Portman was quick on the defense. And one member of her camp was particularly incensed by the accusation -- that report comes from E! News: “Natalie’s fiance, Benjamin Millepied is defending amid criticism. Her baby daddy -- who pulls double duty as her costar and the film’s choreographer -- cleared the air for the haters in the LA Times -- quote -- 'There are articles now talking about her dance double... Honestly, 85% of that movie is Natalie. It was so believable, it was fantastic, that beautiful movement quality.'” Lane remained mostly quiet until now under the instruction of the film’s rep -- Fox Searchlight. After learning she was hushed... the Wall Street Journal questions the motives behind Portman’s whole Oscar campaign: “One charge that Sarah Lane made was that she said -- Fox Searchlight said stop giving interviews during the Oscar campaign. Talk AFTER she’s won the Oscar. That would suggest that they thought, that if people knew she wasn’t doing all the dancing --- they might not give her credit for this terrific performance, that it might take a little bit away from her.” For the record -- Portman did admit she had some help on the advanced dance moves. FasterTimes says -- Lane needs to give it a rest: “But no one gets rewarded for asking for recognition, or fair pay... Indeed, squeaky-Sarah will almost certainly not be hired to ‘hand-model’ for another big studio film any time soon." Finally, Business Insider says -- either way -- this scandal is good for all parties involved. Portman already has her Oscar, Lane gets her 15 minutes of fame, and of course, the movie: “The most unsurprising benefit: all of this chatter throws some spotlight back to the movie, which still lingers in a few theaters and comes out on DVD Tuesday.” So who do you think deserves the credit in these scenes, Portman or Lane? And since nobody really knows who’s dancing -- How about the visual effects editors? After all, they’re the geniuses behind this: (Video: Youtube) Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
5 Apr 2011
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BY CHRSTINE SLUSSER ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource entertainment video news analysis from Newsy. Mad Men fans rejoice! The TV show, rumored to be on the chopping block just a few days ago, has now been given the green-light for three more seasons. But MSNBC reports there's a catch. “They want to shorten each episode by two minutes and cut the casting budget. AMC insists the show will be back early next year. They said it would be back in '12. Wiener said I'm not doing a show that's gutted by a network.” KVUE spoke with Madmen enthusiasts on the street, who were appalled by the long wait. Seems fans want their Mad Men...and they want them now...but apparently they can’t have them all. Reports say --gasp-- the whole cast may not be back. “The show could lose as many as six characters. Why? Why else? Money. AMC and producers not seeing eye to eye on the show’s budget.” ...but Hollyscoop reports AMC can’t be too worried about money--especially with creator Matt Weiner’s new pay. “Under the terms of the new deal, Matthew will reportedly receive $30 million in compensation for three years (Wow!), making him one of the highest paid writer-producers in cable television.” Seattle’s KOMO focuses more on the negotiations--and what it potentially means for the show: late episodes and more ads. “‘Mad men’ fans can't be too happy with this news...But you don't get to see any new episodes until early next year. That's because of ongoing contract negotiations between creator Matt Weiner and the network. They're bickering over more product placement and more commercials." ...but Deadline Hollywood contradicts that report, and says Weiner has put his foot down on product placement. “In terms of product placement, Weiner said that there will be no changes to the series' existing policy. He noted that there have been only 3 instances of product placement in Mad Men's first four seasons. ‘I don't want the audience to feel they are being sold on the show,’ he said.” Some fans don’t care about the negotiations-- Blog Cliqueclack says Weiner is... well, being a whiner. “I ... don’t want AMC to go ... bankrupt as it tries to fund a boutique program that doesn’t garner a tremendous number of viewers... Simon Cowell got an insane amount of money to be on American Idol, but the show was also raking in insane amounts of money for FOX at the time. Can Mad Men really make that claim?” Mad for Mad Men--or just mad it’s stomping out other entertainment news? Follow Newsy on Twitter Newsy_Videos for updates in your stream Get more multisource entertainment video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy.
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BY KRISTEN BRODY You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy Sex and the City’s Samatha: aka, Kim Cattrall- is in a new Indie flick about a washed up porn star. So what’s behind the accusation that the Sex in the City Star is now, a rude prude? ABC News sums it up. “It seemed as if Kim Cattrall and Samantha Jones were one and the same, until recently...she reportedly went on a red carpet tirade, lashing out at several female reporters at New York's Landmark Theater...The media has gone into a frenzy, questioning whether the actress, who once channeled the easygoing and sex-driven Samantha Jones, had gone prude on everyone.” The reporter at the end of Cattrall’s wrath works for The New York Post. She complains- the actress was rude- and unwilling to discuss her go-to subject: sex. “When we tried to break the ice with Cattrall, mentioning a ridiculous tip we'd gotten earlier in the day about her getting a bikini wax she snapped, ‘That's a stupid question. How could you want to write that?’ ...Adding that being a gossip reporter just isn't a ‘respectable job’.” But a blogger for Lime Life points out- the New York Post reporter skipped Cattrall’s premiere, so the Sex and the City star had a right to be angry. “How could anyone brand Kim Cattrall whiny after she called a New York Post reporter out for not doing her job...Talk about underpreparing. Kim Cattrall was at an after-party...and the Post tried to get an interview out of her. Their warm-up question was one about a bikini wax. Miss.” HULIQ reports Cattrall was sensitive to another subject on the Red Carpet: her age. But that’s one hot-button issue Kathie Lee and Hoda ventured to talk about with the star. Kim: “They’re so marginalized. But I think women are marginalized the older they get.” Hoda: “And you talk about that, there was some stuff in the paper today, that women over 50, there aren’t a lot of roles. But women that go to movies are over 50 and don’t mind seeing people that are like them.” Kim: “All us baby-boomers what are we gonna watch, ya know?” '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 BRICE SANDER ANCHOR ALEX ROZIER You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy From duh, winning! To, uh, losing? Charlie Sheen lasted less than an hour on stage in Detroit, the first stop of his “My Violent Torpedo of Truth: Defeat is Not an Option” tour. After the audience poured out of the Fox Theater mid-show, some media observers said defeat should be an option for Sheen, who’s suffered a series of public embarrassments. (KGTV) The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney argues, everyone’s finally over Sheen’s antics, including Sheen himself. “There’s a certain train-wreck fascination in watching a meltdown in progress, but this anthropological study of the homo loco species wore very thin very fast. And Sheen appears to have known it.” The show consisted of Sheen rambling behind a lectern, playing a selection of random video clips from his films and letting his “goddesses” prance around on stage. No one seemed to be happy post-show. But as Detroit DJ Drew Lane asks WJBK, what did these people think they were going to see? “Yeah, I think people feel kind of conned. I heard a lot of people talking about refunds. But, you know, a motion picture star doing a live show like that? I didn’t see this as being a big success to be honest ... I’d be surprised if this thing lasts two more weeks to be honest.” Someone who might be happy with Sheen’s show? The creator of Two and a Half Men, Chuck Lorre. Variety points out, Sheen’s making the people he keeps making fun of look like saints. “After all, Sheen's train-wreck of a life hasn't exactly been a secret. Helping him hold together enough to continue to perform on the show must have required an enormous amount of delicate care and feeding.” But because Detroit was the show’s test run, People Magazine says Sheen deserves another chance. “…maybe the Warlock just needs a more receptive audience. One attendee in Detroit blamed fellow audience members for Sheen's flop. ‘I personally thought the crowd turned on him too fast,’ Travis Robinson, 21, tells PEOPLE. ‘Everyone ruined it for everyone else.’” Sheen tours for two more months. And all of the shows are sold out. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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BY BRICE SANDER ANCHOR JENNIFER MECKLES You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy Playboy in primetime? A new NBC series could see its actors pulling the ‘Full Monty’ on your TV this fall. NBC’s ‘The Playboy Club’ follows the lives of the bunnies working inside the famed Chicago club in the 1960s, and the men who, well, ogle them. (YouTube/HollywoodStars) In an attempt to keep the show authentic, Variety reports execs added a “nudity clause” into the actors’ contracts. According to The Hollywood Reporter, that clause got the Parents Television Council riled up. “The TV watchdog group says the Comcast/NBC merger is to blame for attempts to ‘obliterate any remaining standards of broadcast decency’ because the media company ‘either cannot distinguish between Showtime and broadcast television, or they are choosing to ignore those differences.’” So, yeah, the show might be a little racy. But Deadline Hollywood argues, your kids shouldn’t be watching anyway – if they even get the chance. “OK, first NBC has not agreed to air the pilot, it has ordered it for series consideration and will air it only if the project is picked up to series … [and] given it’s setting, a Chicago Playboy club in the 1960s, and its subject matter, The Playboy Club would certainly be a sexy drama that no one envisions as a 8 PM show.” And the New York Post suggests, if the Parents Television Council wants to get angry at anyone, it should be the actors. They’re the ones who decide if nudity makes the cut. “The actors, however, can't be forced to shoot nude scenes. If it came to pass that nudity was included, the particular scene in the script must be given to the actor(s), allowing them the opportunity to consent or decline…” While these clauses are rare, they’ve popped up before. Remember NYPD Blue’s butt-baring days? As gossip blogger Perez Hilton notes, the chance of us seeing anything more than PG on TV is slim. “We doubt we’ll see anything more than side boob on primetime though because the contract gives 20th Century Fox TV the right to shoot ‘graphic scenes’ to use in DVD versions of the series.” And comedian Eric Cunningham gives NBC a little something to think about before it has any of the actors drop trou. “The NBC show, ‘The Playboy Club,’ will include a nudity clause in its contracts, that will allow them to show nudity on the DVD extras. So, uh, feel free to skip the TV show, perverts.” FYI, the show’s pilot episode features no nudity. NBC will decide whether to pick up the series in May. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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BY ALISON SCHUTZ ANCHOR ALISON SCHUTZ You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy Seeking self-revelation or just some attention? Actress Ashley Judd has lifted the veil on her less than happy childhood in her new memoir. The book is supposed to focus on Judd’s life purpose and advocacy work around the world. But, critics and media alike are narrowing in on her childhood abuse and questioning her intentions. Today’s Meredith Vieira questions Judd on why she included the dark details. MEREDITH VIEIRA: “...you said your mom ignored you a lot of the time, there’s a quote here, ‘I was a stranger in my own family...remember endless times spent on my own’, thoughts of suicide as a kid, dealing with depression. Why include all of that?” (WIPE) ASHLEY JUDD: “That section of the book for me is about hope, resilience, and recovery. But it doesn't make any sense to share my recovery unless I’m also willing, you know, to share some of the uncomfortable things that set me up to need help in the first place.” The Village Voice’s Michael Musto says “been there, done that” and isn’t impressed by Judd’s do-good, skeleton in the closet, celebrity confession. “Ashley's suffering and depression are terrible, and something she still has to deal with every day. But unless all the proceeds are going to abuse victims, do celebrity memoirs really help those victims more than anyone else?” The love blog YourTango looks into the story behind Ashley’s sudden transparency and polled readers on whether they think her repressed memories are even true. “Ashley's career has kind of had a lull but we're sure the buzz of the new book and revealing family secrets will get her noticed again. But now we have to wonder: [what] do you think about her recalling these memories now?” But a Salon blogger throws out the question of truth, saying Judd’s account doesn't necessarily need to be “accurate”. “...Judd's admission that her memoir is ‘true for me’ allows for an acknowledgment of the real trauma she's experienced while also making room in the narrative for other versions of events. Memory might not hold up in a court of law, but that doesn't matter much to a scarred heart.” So, what’s her family say? Country stars: mom, Naomi, and sister, Wynonna, tell ET they’re proud of Ashley...but jump from their hot seats rather quickly. NAOMI JUDD: "I think it's key for us to spend time figuring our own reality. Every unhappiness is tied to a story, and we have to go back and figure out our stories. And then it's our stories that connect us." WYNONNA JUDD: “And the veil has been lifted...” NAOMI JUDD: “We gotta go, baby.” WYNONNA JUDD: “...secrets keep you sick and families will heal once they get real.” NANCY O’DELL: “So you’re proud of your revelations and of Ashley.” WYNONNA JUDD: “Yep.” Naomi Judd tells Today that she hopes her daughter’s book does well. Yet, E! Online reveals Ashley refused to join her family on their new reality show on the Oprah Winfrey Network that debuts this Sunday. '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 CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy GLENN BECK: “I am leaving the program but I'm not leaving Fox.” He’s hated by the left -- loved by the far right. Glenn Beck - the Fox News host best known for his on-air conspiracy theories -- is “transitioning off” his controversial show. GLENN BECK: “I don’t like conflict but sometimes you have to stand. I took the job because I thought I had something to share. I really thought that if I could prove my case that something wicked was coming, America would listen, and they have.” Neither Fox nor Beck provided much in the way of specifics -- leaving unanswered lots of really, REALLY pressing questions. “Why is he really leaving? Are the rumors true that other Fox talent was embarrassed by the antics? Was he really losing money for Fox? And what will he do now? ... What conservative commentator, personality, pundit, can it be Sarah Palin? Who can take over for him?” (CNN) According to Nielsen -- the show averaged less than 2 million viewers. A pretty sizable audience for any cable news show -- but it represents a drop from last year’s average ratings of 2.7 viewers. So was it the ratings -- was it one conspiracy too many -- or was it -- like Beck says -- just that he never intended to stay forever? Lots of explanations in the blogosphere. The LA Times says it’s all about the ratings... “...there was little mistaking … Beck is being booted off the air. His sinking ratings certainly didn't help...” Nope -- it’s the fact he lost advertisers -- about 400 of them -- says New York Daily News... "Murdoch and Ailes didn't oust Beck when he ... likened Reform rabbis to proponents of radical Islam. No, it was only after the increasingly kooky conservative started losing money as big-name advertising dried up...” Not to mention -- The New York Times’ Brian Stelter tells CNN -- he just didn’t fit in at the network. “He was always his own man, unlike Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity, and he wasn't born by Fox and didn't depend on Fox. ... He called president Obama a racist. That caused an advertiser boycott, a lot of advertisers left his show. After that, people on the news side of Fox refused to go on the show or be associated with the show.” Beck’s liberal critics are rejoicing. DAVID BROCK, MEDIA MATTERS, MSNBC: “Glenn Beck was particularly dangerous, I think, and to have that presence mainstreamed was almost a unique problem in terms of the discourse. I think this is a victory for civil discourse. ... You've seen some paranoid ravings of almost a madman. ... I think at the end of the day, his reputation will be remembered as -- for what it is, that even Fox had to draw a line...” At the end of the day, though, The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz says the move was mutually beneficial. “Whatever the genesis … [this] is a case study in how even the most successful broadcast personalities can become too hot to handle.” In an interview with the Associated Press - Fox News chief Roger Ailes denied ratings or advertisers had anything to do with Beck’s “transition off” his show. Beck will stay involved with the network through occasional content contributions. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed Get news with analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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BY ZHENG HWUANG CHIA You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy Front row seats for American Idol? Sure! Well - Not really. Idol tells Ashley Kauffman - Sorry hun. That’s not gonna happen here. Why? You’re too fat. KPHO has the story. “She was left shocked and in tears after allegedly being told by production staffers that she could not sit with her friends in the front row because she was just too big and too heavy to be in the front.” Daily Mail says the weight insults didn’t stop there. “(Kauffman and friends) made their way to the second row but had been stopped by another member of Idol staff, this time male. (He) grabbed her ticket and said: 'This makes sense why you're not with the skinny girls. You're in the last row.'” An outraged anchor from CNN asks American Idol - Do we have a weight issue going on here? “Ashley. 5’2”, 150 pounds. Not super skinny but she looks like most girls her age. She looks like a lot of American Idol fans. Just one of those typical American Idols teenagers who make American Idol so popular and so much money.” But, some aren’t buying Kauffman’s story. It’s American Idol we’re talking about. Can they afford to be weight biased? ABC has the scoop. “The people around here said they’ve never heard a comment like that. It’s been tough to prove that this has been said. It seems like American Idol gave her a good seat, it was one of the best seats in the house.” Reps from American Idol told TMZ that the allegations were untrue. To which a blogger from The Stir says - Are you kidding me? “Can you imagine what a phrase like that could do to a girl's self esteem?! ... Sorry Idol, but I don't think that any 19-year-old would build up the courage to talk about her weight on national television without proper cause.” Ahh. American Idols and all their dramas. WLFD speculates - that’s what they’re doing to get those ratings up. “All sorts of controversy. The girls only vote for guys - Pia gets voted off. There’s always something. Gotta stir the pot somehow or another right? Like they need more attention. I think they have too few viewers already.” Kauffman says - she does not want any money from American Idol. Nothing - but an apology. Do you think American Idol is sorry? 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy
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BY ALLIE SPILLYARDS ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy It was an inspiring best seller. Greg Mortenson’s Three Cups of Tea gives his account of getting lost in an effort to climb the world’s tallest peak. After being rescued by Pakistani villagers, he builds an astonishing 170 schools for young girls. But then the twist. A 60 Minutes special includes interviews with several sources that say- it’s a big fat lie. According to Louisville’s WHAS- “The CBS news magazine reports that the book is filled with inaccuracies and that Mortenson is taking credit for building schools to this day that don’t exist.” Apparently CBS isn’t the first party to be suspicious of Mortenson’s feel-good story. A blogger for Discover Magazine calls the book- “...so predicated on contemporary biases about the basic universal goodness of human nature. I hoped everything was true, but it seemed too good to be true. Other people who worked in Afghan NGOs tended to tell a more gritty and gray story, so either Mortenson was embellishing, or he had a special magic touch.” According to critics, not only are Mortenson’s claims about his rescue and the number of schools he built false... but so is another traumatic encounter. A writer for Time says- “Even Mortenson's claim in the book that he was captured by the Taliban in Pakistan in 1996 might be debunked. After analyzing a photo of the captors...60 Minutes found that at least one of them was a Pakistani scholar, not a terrorist. Whoops.” CBS News says Mortenson did not respond to requests by “60 Minutes” for an interview. But according to CNN, he later responded with a statement saying he stands by the book. '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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