The Internet continues to grow increasingly inhospitable to Ashton Kutcher. After drumming up controversy over tweets about Joe Paterno last November and the cryptic crumbling of his marriage as seen through the same social site, now the Two and a Half Men star has created a ruckus over a character he plays in a new viral ad for Popchips. Kutcher donned brownface to play Raj, an Indian Bollywood producer. After numerous complaints about the stunt, the company has taken down the ad. Check out the ad and Popchips’ statement below. READ FULL STORY
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Like Rasputin or Robin Swallows, Mel Gibson’s film career just won’t die. One minute, he’s (again) being called “a serial offender, a serial hater, and a serial bigot” by the Anti-Defamation League; the next, it’s reported that he’s in serious talks to appear in an upcoming Robert Rodriguez movie.
A celeb who generates financial success can find it easier to overcome accusations of domestic abuse, anti-Semitism, and misogyny — see Chris Brown, for example. But it’s been some time since Mel Gibson delivered box-office gold. Since his first publicized anti-Semitic tirade in 2006, the few films Gibson’s made have underperformed. Edge of Darkness barely broke even, and that’s not counting marketing costs. His involvement hindered the release of The Beaver, which made less than $1 million on only a handful of screens. And Gibson’s upcoming film, Get the Gringo, isn’t even being released in theaters. (The exception: Apocalypto, his starless, foreign language action film that was released about five months after his infamous DUI arrest.)
What, then, can explain Gibson’s un-shunning?
There isn’t a whole lot of that feeling of Community going on right now. In a profanity-laden voicemail, Community star Chevy Chase unleashed on the show’s creator Dan Harmon after the latter publicly reprimanded Chase in front of his family and colleagues during a speech at the NBC comedy’s wrap party.
According to Deadline, Harmon scolded Chase for walking off the set, causing Chase to respond with a scathing phone call blasting Harmon for his behavior at the party, as well as his conduct as producer (Chase allegedly became frustrated with Harmon’s tardiness in delivering scripts and stormed off, which other sources from the show confirmed to Deadline). Listen to the voicemail here.
“You didn’t give us a script to begin with so nobody knew what the f—- was going on,” said Chase in the voicemail before launching into a list of derogatory names that he attributed to Harmon. “I don’t get talked to like that by anybody, certainly not in front of my wife and daughter.”
EW reached out to Sony Television and NBC, but neither the studio nor the network would comment on the situation. A rep for Chase could not be reached.
Whether or not Chase’s angry phone message was justified, it’s well worth its weight in swear words, enough to rank up there with some of the other vicious voicemails that have made the rounds in Hollywood. Here’s a list of just some of show business’s most memorably motormouth memos (and feel free to share your favorite in the comments): READ FULL STORY
Jessica Simpson’s naked-and-pregnant ELLE cover has become a flashpoint at a Tucson Safeway, reports the AP. Though Simpson is not fully exposed on the cover of the April issue, franchise management decided to take action after receiving “multiple complaints.” Jezebel received an image of the cardboard cover-up that would otherwise be used to hide erotic magazines like Penthouse and Juggs. The Arizona Daily Star also reported seeing issues turned around at the Safeway in question.
Given the photo’s inspiration — Demi Moore’s similarly controversial August 1991 Vanity Fair cover — it’s no surprise Simpson’s cover is creating a stir. But where does the intent lie? READ FULL STORY
Self-appointed lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow is facing criticism that she employed a ghostwriter on her popular 2011 cookbook, My Father’s Daughter. On the heels of a New York Times article last week called “I Was a Cookbook Ghostwriter,” Paltrow took to Twitter Saturday to brush off claims she hired Julia Turshen to write My Father’s Daughter and has contracted to write another book. Tweeted Paltrow, “Love @nytimes dining section but this weeks facts need checking. No ghost writer on my cookbook, I wrote every word myself.”
“Gwyneth’s tweet speaks for itself,” Paltrow’s publicist told EW. “Julia is her food assistant and is properly credited and acknowledged in the book. Gwyneth wrote every word and developed every recipe. Julia was not a ghost writer for Gwyneth.” READ FULL STORY
Every family has one. Even the Seavers. Members of Kirk Cameron’s Growing Pains family, including Alan Thicke and Tracey Gold, are among those in Hollywood disappointed to hear what Mike Seaver has turned into. Cameron, a born-again Christian, has recently come under fire for making controversial statements about homosexuality. The 41-year-old actor/writer/director told CNN’s Piers Morgan he thought homosexuality is “unnatural,” adding, “I think that it’s detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”
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Here’s something you never thought you’d hear Rush Limbaugh say: I’m sorry. Well, sort of. After being caught in a firestorm of backlash and scrutiny (more so than usual, anyway), the conservative radio host quasi-apologized to Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, the woman he called a “slut” and “prostitute” on his show last week in reaction to her testifying before Congress about government-funded contraception.
In a statement on his website, the controversial talking head said, “For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.” Limbaugh then insisted his verbal attack on Fluke, which caused sponsors to pull out and President Barack Obama to speak up and show his support for Fluke, was a failed “attempt to be humorous.” (Ha ha?)
We may never know why pharaoh bitch goddess M.I.A. gave us the middle finger while performing Madonna’s new single “Give Me All Your Luvin’” during the Super Bowl half-time show. It’s probably Gisele Bundchen’s fault. But we’ve got to get to the bottom of this. If you don’t agree with our educated guesses, tell us your own theories in the comments. READ FULL STORY
Mark Wahlberg once again tries to clear up his 9/11 statement: 'I was a little out of line with my wording'
Mark Wahlberg appeared on a morning talk show on New York City’s WPLJ on Friday to once again try and set the record straight regarding the controversial remarks he made to Men’s Journal regarding the 9/11 attacks. The Contraband star told the magazine, “If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn’t have went down like it did. There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, ‘Okay, we’re going to land somewhere safely, don’t worry.’” The outlandish statement immediately sparked an uproar, in which everyone collectively reacted, “What?! No. Not you, Mark Wahlberg.”
On Wednesday the actor issued an apology about the controversial statement, telling People, “To suggest I would have done anything differently than the passengers on that plane was irresponsible. I deeply apologize to the families of the victims that my answer came off as insensitive. It was certainly not my intention.” According to the New York Post, during his time on the Scott and Todd morning show, Wahlberg reiterated, “I was a little out of line with my wording and I didn’t take in to consideration how other people would respond to it or be affected by it.”
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