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Scarlett Johansson on hacked nude photos: 'It feels unjust. It feels wrong.'

Scarlett Johansson told CNN that she felt wronged by the illegal phone hacking that led to nude photos of her reaching the internet. In an interview about her trip to Kenya and other impoverished areas of Africa with Oxfam, she answered David McKenzie’s question about how she handles the unwanted attention of being a celebrity. “Just because you’re in the spotlight, or just because you’re an actor or make films or whatever doesn’t mean you’re not entitled to your own personal privacy,” she said. “If that is sieged in some way, it feels unjust. It feels wrong.”

Johansson’s attorney acted promptly when nude photos appeared online on Sept. 14, contacting several sites and threatening legal action if the images were not removed. “It’s an adjustment, but there are certain instances where you give a lot of yourself and then finally you just have to kind of put your foot down and say, ‘No, wait, I’m taking it back,’” said Johansson. Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

Dr. Oz (sort of) ruins apple juice. But that's not all!

Dr. Mehmet Oz caught a lot of flack this week after suggesting on his show Wednesday that many brands of apple juice had unhealthy levels of arsenic in them. According to The Chicago Tribune, the FDA has since responded to the claim, and said in a statement, “There is no evidence of any public health risk from drinking these juices. And FDA has been testing them for years.”

With what’s being touted as inconclusive testing and misleading results (the FDA claims Oz did not differentiate between organic arsenic, which is harmless, and inorganic arsenic, which can be lethal), the daytime doctor is in some hot water for what some are calling “fear-mongering.” (Though it’s hardly the first time, as he came under intense scrutiny for plugging the H1-N1 vaccine.) According to the Tribune, a spokesperson for The Dr. Oz Show said, “We don’t think the show is irresponsible. We think the public has a right to know what’s in their foods.”

So, thanks, Dr. Oz, for ruining apple juice. But he’s done more than that: Here’s some other things that Dr. Oz has ruined inadvertently — or otherwise — for us on his show: READ FULL STORY

'Jacqueline Kennedy: In Her Own Words': Did Diane Sawyer's special change your opinions about Jackie O?

On the eve of the release of historian Michael Beschloss’ new book, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy, Diane Sawyer hosted a two-hour long special chronicling the previously unheard eight-and-a-half hours worth of audio of the former First Lady.

The ABC special — watch it here — featured the revealing interviews that historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. conducted with Mrs. Kennedy just four months after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, as well Sawyer’s interview with Caroline Kennedy, who revealed why she opted to release the tapes to the public now.

For anyone that was already deeply intrigued by the Kennedy clan, and the notion of Camelot, the sounds of a soft-spoken Jacqueline Kennedy talking, often in great detail, about life in and out of the White House was, no doubt, captivating. For those less familiar, it served as a unique history lesson. READ FULL STORY

Gerard Depardieu blames plane incident on prostate problems, Stephen Colbert lampoons 'Anderson Pooper'

Gerard Depardieu was “stone-cold sober” when he publicly urinated in a plane cabin this week, his friend Edouard Baer, who was traveling with him at the time, said in a statement to French media. As reported by BBC News, Baer claims he passed his fellow actor a bottle to relieve himself since he was told he could not use the restroom while the plane was stuck on the tarmac and it simply overflowed. “Gerard was upset at this and offered to clean up the mess,” Baer said. “He has prostate problems and it was very worrying and humiliating for him.”

Now, the story has shifted to Anderson Cooper’s gigglefest and weakness for “celebrity poop puns” while reporting the news. His rival Stephen Colbert poked fun of “Anderson Pooper” on last night’s Colbert Report. Watch that below. READ FULL STORY

Anderson Cooper giggles on air for a minute over Depardieu pun: Watch!

We feel even closer to Anderson Cooper now that we know he enjoys potty humor, too. Naturally, Gerard Depardieu made Cooper’s RidicuList last night after news broke that the French actor had urinated in the cabin of a plane that had been delayed on the tarmac. Anderson held it together through a stream of potty puns, but absolutely lost his s— when he got to this line: “After Gerard took his little solo fight to uriNation, the plane had to turn around and go back to the gate, and some unlucky cleaning crew had to deal with the Golden Globe-winning tinkle. Now all I can say is they should thank their lucky stars it wasn’t DepardTwo.” Then, he giggled over “DepardTwo” for a solid minute, stopping only to apologize (“Sorry, that made me giggle every time I read it”) and foresee his future (“Sorry, this has actually never happened to me. You always see this sort of thing on YouTube, and you don’t think it’d actually happen to you”). Watch the YouTube clip below. The giggles hit at 2:27. READ FULL STORY

Kat Von D cancels tour, says 'I suck.' Well, that explains it!

What?! No! No. This simply cannot be. Brace yourselves for this one, PopWatchers. Kat Von D, the latest inductee into the Official Jesse James Heartbreak Club (OJJHC) has cancelled her LA Ink promotional tour, following yesterday’s Good Day L.A. storm out. Before you start breaking things in understandable fits of rage, know that Von D offered a detailed explanation regarding the sudden cancellation on her Facebook page, in a lengthy post entitled “What can I say? I suck.”

Oh. Okay, Kat. That explains everything. The beleaguered Von D went on to apologize for yesterday’s drama, and expressed the heavy weight she’s been carrying since she began her relationship with James last year. To be fair, it can’t be easy being one fourth of a love quadrangle that includes a beloved movie star and a fetish model with a noted fondness for Nazi attire.  READ FULL STORY

Piers Morgan denies phone-hacking, downplays 2009 radio interview

The phone-hacking scandal that has wounded Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and shuttered the News of the World tabloid newspaper is also now threatening CNN’s Piers Morgan. Larry King’s replacement was the top editor at News of the World in the mid-1990s and later ran the Mirror, and Louise Mensch, a British politician, erroneously inferred that Morgan had admitted illegal hacking in his 2005 autobiography when she questioned Murdoch and former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks last week. Morgan confronted her on Wolf Blitzer’s show and declared, “For the record, in my time at the Mirror and the News of the World, I have never hacked a phone, told anybody to hack a phone or published any story based on the hacking of a phone.”

Now, a 2009 interview has resurfaced that has Morgan on the defensive again. Appearing on a radio show, Desert Island Discs with host Kirsty Young, Morgan responded to “all that nasty down-in-the-gutter stuff” that tabloid newspapers were notorious for: READ FULL STORY

Rep. Anthony Weiner resigns during riotous press conference. A look back at some of his more dignified moments before the scandal.

During an uneasy and somewhat riotous press conference (the congressman was interrupted and heckled more than once) this afternoon at a senior center in Brooklyn, N.Y, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) officially announced his resignation from Congress — where he occupied a seat for 12 years — in the wake of the Twitter scandal which erupted earlier this month.

Amid a flurry of flashbulbs, Weiner talked about everything from his humble beginnings in New York to the recent turn of events and, as he called it, “the distraction” he has caused. Weiner also apologized for his actions, telling the press and the nation, “I’m here today to again apologize for the personal mistakes I have made … I make this apology to my neighbors, my constituents and … particularly to my wife Huma.” He continued, “Today I announce my resignation from congress so my colleagues can get back to work, my neighbors can choose a new representative and my wife and I can continue to heal from the damage I have caused,” a statement he had to repeat as someone in the room had shouted over him.

Both the press conferences (this and the previous one in which he denied the allegations and claimed his Twitter was hacked) and the resignation itself marked a sad end to a once-respected and continually evolving political career, as any Weiner supporter will point out. Long before the widely publicized sexting scandal broke and he became late night talk show television fodder, the 46-year-old Democrat who had represented New York’s 9th district, was something of a star in his own right. READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart faux-steps down as 'Daily Show' host due to Anthony Weiner coverage

Tuesday night, the question on everyone (including PopWatch‘s) mind was How will Jon Stewart cover that Weiner? Would the Daily Show host continue to go easy on his good friend Rep. Anthony Weiner, who admitted in a press conference Tuesday afternoon that he had posted a picture of a part of his own anatomy to Twitter and engaged in “inappropriate” online communications with at least six other women? After all, some outlets had criticized the host for his tame treatment of the scandal. After Monday’s Daily Show, EW’s own Ken Tucker thought Stewart’s loyalty to his friend was classy, but didn’t like that taking the bullet for his friend made him really unload on John Edwards. As Ken said, “Edwards became a way for Stewart to reassert his fearless-honesty cred while sidling around what he invariably referred to as ‘Anthony Weiner’s c—.’”

But! At the top of Tuesday’s Daily Show, Stewart staged his own press conference, apologized for wussing out, then “resigned” and stepped aside so that dirty Brit John Oliver could take over as host. But the genius in this is that Stewart cut his hand pretty badly while preparing a frozen margarita. Is that strawberry flavoring in there, or are you just bleeding out, man? UPDATE: He was bleeding out! A Comedy Central rep confirms that the host got six stitches in his hand following the taping. Video after the jump. READ FULL STORY

How will Rep. Anthony Weiner's good friend Jon Stewart cover his scandal?

The news broke late this afternoon that Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-New York), admitted that he did, in fact, send inappropriate pictures of himself and engaged in lewd conversations with at least six women he conversed with via the Internet. In a tearful press conference, Weiner confessed that he’d covered up his initial story about his Twitter being hacked when the underwear photo had leaked, and told reporters on Monday, “I then continued with that story — to stick to that story — which was a hugely regrettable mistake.”

The admission, of course, set off a flurry of opinions and criticism from bloggers, website commenters, journalists, and politicians alike. But we’re especially curious what Jon Stewart’s musings on this revelation will be. READ FULL STORY

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