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Amy Winehouse’s Dad Makes A Record. Other Fame-Hungry Celebrity Parents.

It makes sense to me when children follow in their parent’s footsteps, but not so much when it’s the other way around. Amy Winehouse‘s dad, Mitch (pictured at left), is a taxi driver. But he’s started recording an album of Frank Sinatra covers, along with a sprinkling of his own songs. A source at The Sun says, “Mitch has been working on [the album] for a while now. Amy always credits her dad with getting her into singing. He loves music. He has a good voice and wants a go at turning professional.” [Contact Music]

So he thinks fame is hereditary? Here’s a round-up of other parents who’ve grabbed at their kiddie’s coat strings, thinking that because they passed on such incredible genes, they should have a shot at fame, too. Keep reading »

Q&A: The “Agorafabulous” Sara Benincasa

Sara Benincasa, who you may remember as The Frisky’s hilarious “Gossip Girl” recapper, is a host on Sirius’ Cosmo Radio, a Sarah Palin impersonator, and a comedian currently performing her one-woman show in New York City. “Agorafabulous” is all about Sara’s experiences with agoraphobia, an anxiety disorder that, at one point, kept her confined to her bedroom. I talked to Sara about her disorder and why she decided to write a comedy show about her experience. Keep reading »

Trailer Park: “Funny People” And “Adam”

Well, not a ton of movies are coming out this weekend. Luckily, this one of those cases of quality winning out over quality. First, we’ve got more Apatow-constructed bromance with “Funny People,” starring Seth Rogan, Adam Sandler, and Judd Apatow’s wife. And next, “Adam,” sigh, a romantic comedy about a hot dude with Asperger’s syndrome. It’s about time mental illness got some love. Keep reading »

Support Victims Of Domestic Violence With Just A Few Simple Clicks

Last week our own Judy McGuire shared her story of being in an abusive relationship. This week, she emailed me to let me know that Safe Horizons, a NYC-based domestic violence program, is currently in competition for a $100,000 grant. She and I would like to encourage you to vote for them by heading to ClickToEmpower.com and clicking on “Safe Horizons.” There are other wonderful organizations competing against them, so vote for whoever you’d like, but Safe Horizons is our favorite.

In other domestic violence advocacy news, that couple whose wedding procession video became hot s**t on YouTube last week are now using their global fame to raise money to combat domestic violence, in part because the music playing in the video is by Chris Brown, who beat up his girlfriend Rihanna earlier this year. Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz explain on their new website that they want to direct all the viral attention towards a worthy cause. “Due to the circumstances surrounding the song in our wedding video we have chosen the Sheila Wellstone Institute. Sheila Wellstone was an advocate, organizer, and national champion in the effort to end domestic violence in our communities.” It’s awesome to see two people using their sudden fame for good, isn’t it? [Star Tribune] Keep reading »

Woman Jumps In Front Of Train, Search For Body Ends In Her Bed

French police were hurriedly searching for the body of a 58-year-old woman who threw herself in front of a train on Tuesday, assuming the 93 miles-per-hour impact would have sent her body flying. There was only a little blood on the platform and on the train itself, so the police brought in helicopters to help in the search. Hours and hours later, they stopped searching when the woman’s partner found her at home in bed. Apparently, the woman dragged herself home with only a broken arm and a few other injuries. Sadly, this wasn’t the woman’s first suicide attempt either. [Reuters]

Um, the woman survived a train going nearly 100 miles an hour? Maybe she’s experiencing some sort of “Groundhog Day” thing and every time she tries to kill herself, she wakes up in bed to “I’ve Got You Babe” and curses her existence? Keep reading »

Are You Offended By The C-Word?

In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, singer Rob Thomas says c**t is his favorite word, explaining, “I say it only around men, but I love it. C**t is in Chaucer, in Shakespeare! I say, Let’s bring it back!”

In “The Great List Of Super Offensive Controversial Words,” c**t is probably in the top five. (Look, I can’t even write it in full here.) In fact, I would venture to say that for many people, it is number one. It’s in my top five, but not on the same list. C**t is one of my favorite swear words ever, though I use it fairly sparingly, and am always aware of my audience. (In other words, not in front of my mom.) I just like the way it sounds. However, my inclination is to be bothered by Thomas’ use, mainly because he’s a man. But why is that a problem? Women call men “dicks” all the time. So what’s the big deal with dudes using the c-word, and is it better or worse to use it only around other guys? I analyze this to death, after the jump… Keep reading »

“Amelia” Tells The Story Of The Legendary Aviatrix

Part of the reason my parents named me Amelia was in honor of Amelia Earhart, the female aviator. Earhart broke a bunch of aviation records and was the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross for becoming the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was pronounced dead in 1939, a year and a half after her plane vanished on a flight somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. Her body was never found. The first trailer for the biopic “Amelia,” starring Hilary Swank, has been released and it’s got OSCAR written all over it. I have to admit, I’m a little disappointed in the casting. Yes, Swank is a double Oscar winner, but, um, I find her kind of boring. I can’t help but think Amy Adams — who plays Earhart in “Night At The Museum 2″ — would have been a fresher choice. But I’ll reserve final judgment until I see the flick, which I think all Amelias should get free tickets to. Keep reading »

Quote Of The Day: Judd Apatow & Seth Rogen Hate Katherine Heigl Too

Seth Rogen: “['The Ugly Truth'] looks like it really puts women on a pedestal in a beautiful way.”
Judd Apatow: “I hear there’s a scene where she’s wearing… underwear… with a vibrator in it, so I’d have to see if that was uplifting for women.”
Rogen: “I gotta say, it’s not like we’re the only people she said some bats**t crazy things about. That’s kind of her bag now.”

–The star and director of “Funny People” on Katherine Heigl‘s hypocrisy in an interview with Howard Stern. Heigl famously told Vanity Fair that she thought “Knocked Up” (the Apatow film that she starred in alongside Rogen) “painted women as shrews.” Keep reading »

George Clooney’s New Girlfriend Is His Best Yet!

George Clooney usually has a thing for cocktail waitresses (like his ex, Sarah Larson), but his new girlfriend is someone he can actually discuss his “craft” with. Clooney met Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis when he was in Rome and he immediately began wooing her, taking her on romantic jaunts to his villa on Lake Como. So far, we think Canalis is rad. According to The Sun, Canalis once portrayed a nun who bared her breasts in the film “Virgin Territory.” Lest you think she is a one-trick pony, she also had a role in “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo,” and currently hosts the Italian version of MTV’s “Total Request Live.” Will this Italian beauty be the one to nab Clooney’s fickle heart? [The Sun] Keep reading »

Is William Shatner Obsessed With Sarah Palin?

Several folks have noted that Sarah Palin‘s words kinda sound like poetry. But William Shatner seems to believe that on a whole ‘nother lever. On Monday night, Shatner did a spoken word performance as only the master of sexy slow talk can do, and on Wednesday’s Conan O’Brien, he recited some of Palin’s tweets, proving he needed no more than 140 words to create a performance masterpiece. Oh, oh. I hope this obsession leads to romance. I would vote Palin for president if William Shatner were her vice president slash lovah. More after the jump… Keep reading »

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