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Book Smart: Oscar Reads “Benjamin Button”

Anyone can see the movie; only smarties read the book. This year all five nominees for Best Picture are stolen from based on literary sources. We’re giving you a cheat sheet to all of Hollywood’s hippest reads.

First up is “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Based on a 1921 F. Scott Fitzgerald story, it snapped up a whopping 13 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Brad Pitt, as a man born old who gets younger each day. Pitt took the “go-ugly” requirement for Oscar Gravitas (see: Charlize Theron, “Monster”) to a new level.

The original story is 26 pages, so director David Fincher and screenwriter Eric Roth had to add stuff so the movie wouldn’t be, like, 26 minutes. After the jump, a rundown of the movie versus the book… Keep reading »

Porn Star Runs For Senate?

If a former actor can be elected Governor of California and a comedian can run for Senator in Minnesota, then why can’t a porn star run for a Senate seat in Louisiana? Stormy Daniels is a female porn star who is rumored to be challenging current Senator David Vitter for Louisiana’s Senate seat in 2010. Vitter made headlines in 2007 for being linked to the DC Madam. Although the GOP forgave Vitter’s indiscretion, the people of Louisiana may not have been so willing to overlook his flaw.

This year, an ad appeared on Craigslist seeking “a female in some aspect of the adult-entertainment industry” to run against Vitter. Perhaps someone out there wanted a porn star to run against Vitter to remind everyone of Vitter’s link to the scandal? Soon after, a website “drafting” porn actress Stormy Daniels to oppose Vitter popped up. Since then, Stormy seems to have gotten on board with the idea of running for office… Keep reading »

Liveblogging “The Bachelor” February 9th 2009

Hey bitches, I’m baccccck! I’m sorry I missed last week’s episode, but trust that I was mourning the loss of Eyebrows just as much as the rest of America. Tonight the remaining bachelorettes — Naomi, Molly, Jillian and Melissa — take Papa Bach back to their hometowns to meet their families. This is guaranteed to the episode that makes me miss Shayne’s mom. So check back with this post starting at 8pm 9pm EST! Keep reading »

Quickies!: Doggie Theft, Chris Brown Isn’t Doubling His Pleasure & A-Rod Admits To Steroid Use

  • A dog was caught shoplifting in Utah! Man, the recession is hitting everyone hard.[DListed]
  • Don’t expect to see any more of those Doublemint gum commercials featuring Chris Brown. Wrigley’s has suspended the ads effective immediately. [Perez Hilton]
  • Getting bullied as a child was no fun. So imagine still getting bullied today, but, by another female co-worker. Here are some ways to deal with female office bullies. [Shine]
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    We See Chick Flicks: “He’s Just Not That Into You”

    Starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlett Johansson, Justin Long

    When God created chick flicks, she/he had this one in mind as the epitome, the end all, be all of chick flicks. Not one straight man on the planet will see this film willingly, and those women who do, should walk in with a healthy dose of skepticism. After all, the movie is based on a self-help book of the same name, which has been ripped apart for its stereotyping of women. Plus, it wasn’t clear to me how in the hell it would translate into a film. That said, it was produced by Drew Barrymore’ Flower Films — which also put out the fluffy gem “Never Been Kissed” — and also stars Barrymore alongside Frisky faves Ginnifer Goodwin and Jennifer Connelly. Additionally, having been a crazy lady in the boy department many times myself, I went into the movie believing that there was nothing wrong with looking crazy moments like those in the face and laughing about how young and stupid we’ve all been. In that sense, “He’s Just Not That Into You” didn’t disappoint. Keep reading »

    Swan Dumps Swan Boat In Tragic Love Affair Gone Wrong

    You may or may not have heard about the black swan in Münster, Germany, that fell in love with a boat that’s shaped like a swan. Back in 2006, Petra the swan formed an attachment to the swan boat, always following it around and sleeping next to it. Petra stayed by the boat’s side until last spring, when she befriended some real swans and abandoned the inanimate object of her desire. Now it seems that Petra is missing. She disappeared from the Aasee lake three weeks ago, and many fear she may have frozen to death or been eaten by a fox. However, all hope is not lost. Petra may have been spotted at a lake 100 km from Münster. No one knows why she left her longtime home, but something tells me she’s still in search of her one true love, seeing as the boat romance didn’t work out. [Spiegel] Keep reading »

    What’s With Women’s Fashion Mags Hiring Male Sports Star Interns? And When Can We Get One?

    David Beckham*, what hath you wrought?

    First, the New York Rangers’ left wing Sean Avery interned at Vogue and blogged for MensVogue.com about everything from what’s in his closet (Dries Van Noten, Chanel) to what it’s like fracturing one’s spleen on the ice.

    Now, Philadelphia Eagles football player, Stewart Bradley, (who is a total stud muffin, BTW) is interning at Elle magazine. The Philadelphia Daily News reports that the 6’4″, 255 lb. linebacker may even be working at Fashion Week later this month.

    Hmm, I’d be interested to know if all of Elle‘s interns get to work at Fashion Week.

    (*Of course, Becks hasn’t actually interned at a fashion magazine, so this is not exactly his fault. But Becks is responsible for the idea that gifted athletes could also be metrosexual fashionistas. Why, just this week we posted a pic of Becks in his undies, posing for Armani.) Keep reading »

    Ramona Quimby Gets Prettified

    Before I got obsessed with the Little House On The Prairie series or the Anne of Green Gables series, and well before I tackled Sweet Valley High or V.C. Andrews, I was obsessed with Ramona Quimby, the protagonist in Beverly Cleary’s AMAZING series of books. To this day, there are two scenes I remember vividly — when Ramona squeezed and entire fresh tube of toothpaste into the sink, because she just couldn’t resist, and when Ramona’s mom served tongue for dinner. Those books were freaking awesome and in 1988, there was even a shortlived, Canadian-produced TV series based on the series, starring Sarah Polley as Ramona.

    Well now Ramona is headed to the big screen, which would be exciting, if not for the casting. In the forthcoming “Beezus & Ramona” (also the title of the first book in the series), Ramona will be played by “up-and-coming” actress Joey King, while, Beezus, Ramona’s older sister, will be played by…wait for it…Disney pop star Selena Gomez. Say WHAT? Keep reading »

    The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For February 7-8th 2009

    Saturday

  • “Cleopatra” on TCM at 7:45 am
  • “Disturbia” on Cinemax at 9:15 am
  • “Erin Brockovich” on STARZ 1 at 9:30 am
  • “America’s Next Top Model” Marathon on Bravo from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • “Beverly Hills, 90210″ on SoapNet from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • “Juno” on HBO at 10:30 am
  • “Pregnant For 46 Years” on Discovery Channel Health at 11:00 am
  • “The Mexican” on HBOSG at 11:45 am
  • “Beyonce Revealed” on E! at 12:00 pm
  • “Tsotsi” on IFC at 12:15 pm
  • “The Thomas Crown Affair” on WGN at 2:00 pm
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    Quickies!: Salma Hayek Will End World Hunger, Christian Bale Was Just Having A Bad Day

  • Don’t expect to see Salma Hayek in any movies anytime soon unless she’s able to breastfeed because the actor is addicted. She recently breastfed a starving baby in Sierra Leone whose mother was unable to provide milk. We think it’s cool that Hayek, who is a UNICEF activist, is willing to help in any way she can. [NationalEnquirer.com]
  • Christian Bale’s apology for his F-bomb tirade is too little, too late. He wouldn’t have apologized if the tape hadn’t been released this week. And he didn’t even apologize to the man on the receiving end of the foul language. [Dlisted]
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