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A British watchdog group has deemed the TV commercial for the “Wanted” DVD release too violent because its star Angelina Jolie is pictured brandishing pistols and a shotgun. Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority says the commercial “could be seen to condone violence by glorifying or glamorizing the use of guns.” Universal Pictures, which released the film, denies any inappropriateness or contentious material and stresses that the commercial was broadcast at a suitable time for its content. Universal also asserts that “some people did not like to see a woman in a strong lead role,” so violence isn’t the real issue. Action films by nature are violent and glamorize the use of weapons, so this group should just get a grip. By the way, I was rather entertained by Angelina’s gun-wielding girl-power as she curved bullets around objects and people when I saw “Wanted” last year — I just wish this little bit of escapism hadn’t cost me $12. After the jump, watch the movie’s trailer and judge for yourself whether it’s too violent for TV. Keep reading »
Speaking of leztastic publicity stunts — “Gossip Girl”‘s Blake Lively and Leighton Meester are on the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone, sensually sharing an ice cream cone. Inside the magazine they also double-team a Twizzler and Meester gives her best blow job face (the rest of the cast is photographed as well). Obvi, photographer Terry Richardson’s intent was to be racy and suggestive and SCANDALOUS, but I can’t help but find it cheap and annoying. After all, if anyone was going to go gay, it would be Chuck and Nate, duh. Keep reading »
We recommended Leanne Shapton’s new book Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry to you last month, but if you’re so super-duper lazy that you can’t even read what’s essentially a picture book with captions, then you can always wait for the movie. Variety reports that Natalie Portman and Brad Pitt will star in the roles of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris in a romantic comedy produced by the two stars’ companies.
Image is everything when you’re a celeb (just ask Lindsay Lohan.) Endorsement deals are big money business, but some foreign companies don’t feel like they have to pay stars, even for an erectile dysfunction ad. Now, that’s just insult to injury! But the damage is done and hilarious, so here’s a round up of the funniest unauthorized celeb spokesmodeling from around the globe…
Her family issued the following statement:
“Liam Neeson, his sons, and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha. They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time.”
We always knew Kenley from “Project Runway” was a little cuckoo, and now we have proof! TMZ is reporting that she was arrested yesterday morning after allegedly attacking her ex-fiance — and throwing a cat at him (among other things). Right now she’s behind bars and charged with six crimes, including 2nd degree assault, 3rd degree assault, and criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th degree. Yikes. Do you think the cat’s okay? [TMZ]
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In what is certainly a very tragic story, multiple conflicting reports have hit the web about the actress’ condition. We’ve listed them, and their sources, but as soon as a confirmed report from her family and/or representatives is released, we’ll let you know.