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What was Bristol Palin doing in an Alaska bar with Mark Ballas?

One of the curses of having a famous last name (and being a contestant on Dancing With the Stars) is that nothing you do goes unnoticed. That includes going to a bar in Alaska when you’re well under the legal drinking age. According to the Associated Press, 19-year-old Bristol Palin was spotted at a drinking establishment in downtown Anchorage last Friday where she had gone to see her on-air dancing partner Mark Ballas perform. Technically, Palin could only be there if she was accompanied by a parent, spouse, or legal guardian over 21. And now a state investigator is hot on the case to determine whether the headline-grabbing daughter of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin was there legally. The investigation will hinge on whether she was there to eat (legal) or enjoy the show with or without a cocktail (not legal). Yes, this is what it’s come to. The Alaska Dispatch reported yesterday that a state Alcohol and Control Board investigator visited the establishment, asking for copies of raw video shot at Ballas’ performance. The request was denied. Someone needs to call Woodward and Bernstein, stat!

Tim Gunn takes down his latest 'Project Runway' vlog. Is he becoming too mouthy for his own good?

tim-gunnImage Credit: Mike Yarish/LifetimeFor Project Runway fans, there are few things better than Tim Gunn’s Facebook vlogs, in which he offers his colorful, impassioned take on each episode. Gunn’s always frank, but lately, his vlogs have been filled with outright rants. That makes them all the more delectable for viewers, but for certain Runway execs, not so much. Apparently, his latest video diary was so juicy it ruffled some producers’ feathers before disappearing from the Tim Gunn Facebook page altogether. “There was a hurtful reaction to a couple of things I said, and that really concerned me,” Gunn told the New York Post yesterday. “That was never my intention. I thought, ‘Let me just take this down.’ Lifetime had nothing to do with it. I did it completely on my own.”

In the offending 12-minute video (which is embedded below, thanks to Viddler), the dapper mentor rails against the last episode’s disorganized, disjointed challenge, which started off as design-a-Jackie-Kennedy-costume-for-Katie-Holmes-in-her-Kennedy-family-TV-miniseries, then changed so many times throughout the course of the taping that a frustrated Gunn felt he had no choice but to intervene on the runway during judging. He calls out certain producers by name, deems the episode “a complete mess,” and finishes it off by stating that the judges need straitjackets. Zing!

This latest outburst comes on the heels of Gunn’s recent public slams of Taylor Momsen and the Salahis, whom he called “sociopaths” during an appearance on Access Hollywood to promote his book. Personally, I’m enjoying Gunn’s verbal eruptions (especially the one against those loathsome Salahis). So to answer the question in the headline of this item: No, no, and no. I say, keep speaking your mind, Tim and I’ll keep loving you for it.

What about you? What do you think of Mr. Gunn’s recent tirades? READ FULL STORY

Lindsay Lohan fails her drug test. When do you stop rooting for a comeback?

Lindsay-LohanImage Credit: Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage.comWe’ve spent three years doing it. You know, taking to the Internet and the comment boards after each and every one of Lindsay Lohan’s legal infractions to discuss our hopes that she’ll get it together and make a comeback. How could we not root for the young, freckled actress who first won our hearts in 1998’s The Parent Trap? Who proved her talent as a comedic actress and a leading lady in 2004’s Mean Girls? And who held her own against thesps like Jamie Lee Curtis and Meryl Streep in 2003’s Freaky Friday and 2006’s Prairie Home Companion, respectively?

But now, after news spread that Lohan has failed her court-mandated drug test (and after the actress herself admitted to the failed test) — which stemmed from her post-jail probation — it’s become increasingly clear that the 24-year-old star’s supporters have dwindled to a smaller group than the few who sat through I Know Who Killed Me. (Low blow, I know.) At this point, audiences have all but completely abandoned their sympathy for the actress. When I saw People‘s report in my RSS feed, I’ll admit I was surprised to see that some readers even chose to “Like” (in the Facebook sense) the news that Lohan could be destined for more jail time.

It’s cruel, and very sad, but not completely unexpected, considering the amount of headline-grabbing setbacks she’s experienced — or should I say caused? — in her young life. Yet, we still can’t completely blame a starlet whose fall from grace happened at such a formative age. Whether or not Lohan’s continued troubles are in part the fault of an enabling Hollywood — who have allowed her to continually parody her demons via VMA cameos and FunnyorDie — is moot. We can spend all day like we’ve spent the past three years pointing fingers at her stage parents, at the media, and at the industry, but, for a lack of a better phrase, what’s the point? READ FULL STORY

Where does 'I'm Still Here' rank among all-time pop-culture hoaxes?

Pop-culture-hoaxesImage Credit: Mary Evans Picture Library/Everett Collection; David Mcgough/DMI/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images; PRN/PR PhotosWe now know that I’m Still Here — Joaquin Phoenix and Casey Affleck’s “documentary” of Phoenix’s time as strung-out bearded man — is a hoax. Many were fooled, even EW critic Owen Gleiberman. Keeping in mind that there’s a difference between Andy Kaufman-esque performance art and the suspending of oneself from the rafters at an MTV award show to ass-plant Eminem and drum up publicity for your new movie, let’s run through a few more pop culture hoaxes, after the break. Which is the best? READ FULL STORY

Casey Affleck admits his Joaquin Phoenix documentary wasn't real: Are you at all surprised?

im-still-here-pheonixWell, now we finally have our answer, and, after all the build-up, it’s frankly kind of anticlimactic. In an interview with the New York Times, Casey Affleck has admitted that his documentary, I’m Still Here, which chronicles Joaquin Phoenix’s apparent drug-fueled meltdown and misbegotten attempt to reinvent himself as a rapper, was almost entirely made up. (For the record, we told you the same thing way back in 2009, when sources told EW that Phoenix’s antics were “a put-on.”) “I never intended to trick anybody,” Affleck says, explaining that the movie is an exercise in “gonzo filmmaking,” intentionally blurring the line between what is real and what is not, and not merely a hoax or a stunt. Affleck calls Phoenix’s depiction of his own supposed disintegration in the film “the performance of his career,” and, indeed, you can’t help but admire (if that’s the right word) the total commitment it took for Phoenix to turn himself into a bizarre, bloated, bearded celebrity car wreck for nearly two years. But you also have to ask: To what end? The film has received mixed reviews, and, in the end, many critics and moviegoers are unlikely to appreciate the subtleties of Affleck and Phoenix’s artistic intentions. They’ll just feel duped. As Roger Ebert wrote in his generally positive review of I’m Still Here, “If this film turns out to still be part of an elaborate hoax, I’m going to be seriously pissed.” UPDATE: As for Phoenix’s thoughts on the matter? Well, turns out we’ll have to wait to find out his side of the story — the actor’s rep told EW he’s not talking until his Sept. 22 appearance on Late Show with David Letterman.

What about you, PopWatchers? Are you genuinely surprised by Affleck’s admission? Or, if you saw it coming a mile away, what was the giveaway: Phoenix’s laughable attempts at rapping? His too-weird-to-be-true appearance on David Letterman’s couch (which Affleck insists Letterman wasn’t in on)? If you saw the movie, does this news make you like it more or less? And now that this whole strange mystery has been solved, how does it change your image of Joaquin Phoenix?

Read more:
Joaquin Phoenix’s rap career: An elaborate hoax?
Joaquin Phoenix doc: Is it a hoax? Hollywood mystified
Anyone still wondering whether Joaquin Phoenix is ‘Still Here’?
Joaquin Phoenix will return to ‘Late Show with David Letterman’

Lunchtime Poll: Will success spoil Tom Sizemore?

For a brief shining moment, Tom Sizemore was the modern American man. His IMDB page reads like a frathouse movie marathon: Heat, Natural Born Killers, Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, and even a voiceover in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. He then descended into a pit of celebrified scandal that makes Bald Britney look like Shirley Temple. If you believe an interview over at the Daily Beast, though, he’s been saved…by reality TV. After a lengthy stint in the Dr. Drewniverse, he’s ready to restart his career. And lest you think he’s all talk, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Charlie Day told EW’s Kate Ward that Sizemore appears in the sitcom’s upcoming season. “He’s off the wall and hysterical and he plays a psychotic truck driver,” Day says. “It is perfect. And I think it will really surprise people as well.” Pollsters, are you surprised?

Mel Gibson still a potential box office draw, according to new poll

Mel-GibsonImage Credit: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.comSeventy-six percent of Americans have no problem separating Mel Gibson the actor from Mel Gibson the scandal magnet, according to a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll conducted earlier this month by randomly phoning 847 adults. Only 20 percent of participants said they were less likely to see a Mel Gibson movie as a result of the recent accusations by Oksana Grigorieva. Breaking the results down by gender: 80 percent of men and 72 percent of women said they were undeterred by the ongoing scandal. An online poll accompanying the results shows slightly different numbers: 62 percent of responders say the scandal has no effect on the likelihood of them seeing a Mel Gibson movie.

PopWatch’s own August poll, centered on the fourth Mad Max film, Fury Road, had less positive but still promising results for the actor: 33 percent of readers thought the movie was a good idea only if Gibson doesn’t have a cameo, but 24 percent said the film was a good idea only if he makes an appearance. Another 23 percent were supportive of the movie, whether or not Gibson was involved. Twenty percent thought the movie was a bad idea, period.

If you were a studio exec reading these numbers, would you gamble on Gibson?

More Mel Gibson:
Fourth ‘Mad Max’ film still a go: Ready to revisit one of Mel Gibson’s signature roles?
Seventh purported Mel Gibson tape leaks

Lunchtime Poll: Speidi sex tape or Spidey sex tape?

Speidi-or-SpideyImage Credit: PRN/PR Photos; Zade RosenthalI’m sorry to be so inconsiderate as you’re about to eat, but there’s supposed to be a Spencer Pratt/Heidi Montag sex tape. A “flurry” of tapes, according to Spencer. Ewwww, don’t say flurry. There might also be footage of Heidi and a Playboy Playmate getting intimate. No way do I care about either of these tightly packed bowls of (probably) whipped-potato lies, but I might have watched the latter had the Playmate been Kendra, because then it could just be a slow-looping track of her laugh, like on The Soup. Maybe I’d even score some tips on how to keep my nasolabial folds in check while getting tickled by a stupid feather. ANYWAY, I’d been blissfully unaware of any of this until this morning, at which point someone in a meeting mentioned “the Speidi sex tape” and I misinterpreted it as “the Spidey sex tape.” There it is. (FYI: Seth/Summer Spider-man kiss!)

Read more: All Lunchtime Polls on PopWatch

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Dina Lohan on 'Today': A lesson in using the word 'recused,' dodging questions, and hating the media

dina_lindsay_lohanImage Credit: Danny Moloshok/LandovStage/party mom Dina Lohan appeared on the Today show this morning to talk to Matt Lauer about her daughter Lindsay’s recent troubles. You know, the jail and, now, the court-mandated rehab. If you’re at all familiar with Dina Lohan (maybe you, like me, enjoyed her on that E! reality delight Living Lohan two summers ago?), you know that she is a very special breed of mother. Specifically, she doesn’t seem to be too worked up about this gigantic mess that’s become her daughter’s life. As such, the whole interview was a wash, as Dina never revealed much about Lindsay’s well-being or took any responsibility for the situation. At one point she even told Lauer: “You can’t make your child not go out and not go to a club.” Yes, of course, what can you do in this type of situation but throw your hands up, make a spa appointment, and hope everything works out for the best?

Anyway! A few important takeaways from the chat:

–Dina Lohan is very proud to know the word “recused.” At every turn, she used the word to talk about the judge on Lindsay’s case and how she had been “recused” from it. We get it, D-Lo: You understand what “recused” means! So do we!

–Dina Lohan knows how to dodge a question. READ FULL STORY

Lindsay Lohan on her legal woes: 'This too shall pass'

maxim-lindsay-lohan-coverUnlike her tear-splashed courtroom face or those tragic pictures of her passed out in a car, Lindsay Lohan appears on the September cover of Maxim looking — dare we say it — good. In the interview, the 24-year-old starlet, who yesterday was transferred to a rehab facility after serving 13 days in jail for violating her probation, talks about her recent downward spiral and, from the excerpts, she seems to have been drinking some of the self-help juice, philosophizing that “this too shall pass” and “stay true to yourself always.”

Well, it’s going to take a lot more than Deepak Chopra-isms to win this Mean Girls fan back. What do you guys think of the article? Is Lohan winning you over? Will she ever?

More Lindsay Lohan:
Lindsay Lohan released from jail
Lindsay Lohan ordered to rehab after jail stint

Lindsay Lohan likely to serve two weeks in jail, says Sheriff’s spokesman

Robert Shapiro no longer Lindsay Lohan’s lawyer

Lindsay Lohan’s ‘Machete’ poster

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