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Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Dictator’ Act Not Welcome at the Oscars

This year, Sacha Baron Cohen can thank the Academy Awards for giving his latest politically flavored comedy, “The Dictator,” some excellent free publicity. Not that he didn’t engineer it himself. 

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE


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‘The Scream’ to Scare Up $80M at Auction

It’s one of the most widely recognized images in art, and now one of four versions of Edvard Munch’s archetypal image of modern angst is going on the block at Sotheby’s New York auction house with an expected selling price of $80 million or more.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE



Fox

Julian Assange a Part of ‘Simpsons’ Milestone

“The Simpsons” hasn’t been funny since Bill Clinton was president, but in its prime nothing was better. Now in season 23, the show just aired its 500th episode. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange guested, taping his lines from England.

Posted on Feb 19, 2012 READ MORE



colbertnation.com

Whither ‘Colbert Report’?

On Wednesday, Comedy Central announced that “The Colbert Report,” one of its most successful and perennially popular offerings, would be airing repeats that night and Thursday. Taping of the show on those two days was canceled. No big whoop, except the network didn’t offer much of an explanation for the show’s sudden hiatus. Updated

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Herman Cain Will Not Dance With the Stars

The former GOP front-runner seemed to enjoy the spotlight, so it comes as some surprise that he rebuffed ABC when it offered to let him cha-cha among other B-list (and below) celebrities on “Dancing With the Stars.” Apparently he does not have moves like Jagger and/or Tom DeLay.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 READ MORE



nydailynews.com

Giving Famous Nudes the Photoshop Treatment

So much for Rubenesque: An artist by the memorable name of Anna Utopia Giordano has reshaped the famous figures of several nudes from classical paintings—think Velazquez, Bouguereau and Botticelli—to give them a 21st-century sensibility. (Read: They’re a lot skinnier.)

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Hollywood Republicans: Rare, but Still There

The Hollywood Republican is an uncommon breed, and many specimens apparently feel that their chosen professional habitat does not allow them to proliferate as freely as their less conservative counterparts. But sightings are more common during election season. (Above, Vince Vaughn, a supporter of Ron Paul.)

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Whitney Houston and the Politics of Posthumous Pricing

Early on Sunday morning, somewhere around 4 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, the going price of “The Ultimate Collection,” a greatest-hits compilation by the newly departed musical icon Whitney Houston, jumped 60 percent on the U.K. version of Apple’s iTunes store. By Sunday night, the price had dropped, but by then The Guardian had also taken note.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 READ MORE



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And Now, This Presidential Appraisal From Scarlett Johansson

There may be untold millions of onetime Obama boosters whose feelings of hope have significantly diminished since, say, November 2008—and with good reason. But on Tuesday night, one of the president’s celebrity supporters, Scarlett Johansson, showed she’s still willing to stump for Obama at a gathering in New York that brought fashionistas and politicos together.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



EPA

‘Lorax’ Banks on Green Marketing

Animated movies make a bundle on commercial tie-ins, but “The Lorax” presented something of a challenge for Universal. After all, you can’t have plastic replicas of Dr. Seuss’ champion of the environment piling up in a landfill somewhere. The studio found a way to cash in by greenwashing its licensing with help from the EPA and Whole Foods.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE


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