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OMG, Brad Pitt in D.C.!

Mayhem ensued Thursday when actor Brad Pitt visited Capitol Hill to meet with President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about rebuilding New Orleans. An anonymous Senate source told the AP that Pitt was possessed of a “nice face” but was “waaaay too skinny.” These politicians need to get their stuff together.

Posted on Mar 5, 2009 READ MORE


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What’s Left of the Beatles Will Play for Meditation

While the publicists have made it clear this isn’t a reunion, Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will be playing the same charity event next month. The surviving Beatles will appear in support of eccentric filmmaker David Lynch’s foundation, which hopes to teach transcendental meditation to a million at-risk kids.

Posted on Mar 4, 2009 READ MORE


Penn and Leno
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Sean Penn Calls for ‘Harvey Milk Day’

Having been resoundingly honored for his onscreen portrayal of Harvey Milk, Sean Penn is now calling for a high honor for Milk, asking for an official “Harvey Milk Day” in California to commemorate the slain San Francisco politician and gay rights activist.

Posted on Mar 3, 2009 READ MORE


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Iran vs. Hollywood

A special delegation from Hollywood visited Iran this weekend. Said delegation was there to take part in a “cultural exchange,” according to The Wrap, but Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wasn’t rolling out the red carpet.

Posted on Feb 28, 2009 READ MORE


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Donald Fanger on Seamus Heaney

A new book gives us one of the most indispensable poets in the English language whose work mines the terrain between hope and history.

Posted on Feb 26, 2009 READ MORE



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China Protests Artifact Auction

China’s cultural heritage agency has strongly condemned the auction of two bronze pieces it says were looted from the Summer Palace near Beijing some 150 years ago. Christie’s sold the bronzes, part of the late Yves Saint Laurent’s estate, for 31 million euros.

Posted on Feb 26, 2009 READ MORE


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Mr. Clooney Goes to Washington ... for Darfur

George Clooney made his admiration for Barack Obama apparent long before he was elected president, so now that Obama’s officially installed at the White House, Clooney has come a’knockin’—but this wasn’t a celebrity play date.

Posted on Feb 24, 2009 READ MORE


Wilson and Penn
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Penn May Take On Plame ‘Game’

Here’s a melding of celebrity and politics that might just be a natural: Academy Award™-winning actor and sometime international political analyst Sean Penn is in talks to play former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, husband of outed CIA agent Valerie Plame, in director Doug Liman’s dramatic retelling of Plame’s story, currently known in deal-making circles as “Fair Game.”

Posted on Feb 23, 2009 READ MORE



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Slumdog Sourpuss

It may be the best picture, but Hirsh Sawhney writes in the Guardian that “Slumdog Millionaire” is a simplistic text that “far from spreading the blame for global poverty ... actually suggests that the west is the solution to India’s problems.”

Posted on Feb 23, 2009 READ MORE


Sean Penn Oscar
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Sean Penn Schools Prop. 8 Supporters in Oscar Speech

Lest he miss an opportunity to speak his mind, Sunday night’s Best Actor Oscar winner took a moment on the podium to encourage those who voted last November for California’s Proposition 8, the anti-gay-marriage initiative, to rethink their choice. Turns out the Academy is actually made up of commie, homo-loving sons of guns. Update: Video

Posted on Feb 22, 2009 READ MORE


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