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'Obama Boy': See the viral video and read our chat with the stars

After a rough couple of weeks of news headlines for President Obama, here’s a bright spot: the “Obama Boy” video has arrived.

The track is a follow-up to the ubiquitous “Obama Girl” vid of the 2008 election (though with different creators). The tune is the same, but the lyrics have been updated to a post-”Obama Marriage Equality Statement” world: “I put down my Prop 8 sign/now I’m going to make you mine,” and “You support me unlike the right/You’re my rainbow-colored knight.”

EW talked with writer/director John Duarte, 29, and Obama Boy himself, Justin Brown, 28, to get the inside scoop on how the video came together — and what’s next. Duarte, who is a commercial and PSA video director, told EW that the idea for the video came to him the day Obama said he was pro gay marriage.  “I came up with the idea and wrote the lyrics, and I called up a friend to create a beat for it and then I called up Justin,” Duarte said. “Justin did the song, did a bit of rehearsal, and Obama Boy became a reality. We shot for three days all over NY.” READ FULL STORY

Joey Lawrence is a Chippendales dancer!

It’s the month of the male stripper.

Joey Lawrence, whom — depending on how old you are — you remember from Blossom, Jumping Ship or Melissa & Joey, will be joining the legendary Chippendales in Las Vegas.

Presumably devastated he wasn’t able to appear in stripper movie Magic Mike, Lawrence — who’s not fond of wearing a shirt on Melissa & Joey either — is fulfilling his stripper needs with a stint in the famous show. But the early nineties nostalgia lovers among us have to act fast — Lawrence will only appear as a special limited engagement until June 24.

There’s no video of his performance available yet, so only time will tell if Lawrence can compete with the all-time great bowtie dancers like Chris Farley.

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Click and Clack pull the plug on NPR show

It’s the end of an era: Click and Clack are retiring.

The duo, real names Tom and Ray Magliozzi, have hosted the program Car Talk on NPR for the past 25 years. According to a transcript from their website,

TOM:  …with Car Talk celebrating its 25th anniversary on NPR this fall (35th year overall, including our local years at WBUR)…

RAY:  …and my brother turning over the birthday odometer to 75, we’ve decided that it’s time to stop and smell the cappuccino.

TOM:  So as of October, we’re not going to be recording any more new shows.   That’s right, we’re retiring.


Charlie Sheen: 'I was in total denial'

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Charlie Sheen admitted that his whole “Winning” catchphrase last year wasn’t entirely accurate. “Clearly, a guy gets fired, his relationships are in the toilet, he’s off on some f—ing tour, there’s nothing ‘winning’ about any of that,” Sheen told the magazine. “I mean, how does a guy who’s obviously quicksanded, how does he consider any of it a victory? I was in total denial.”

The actor, who will next be seen in the FX comedy Anger Management, premiering June 28, also included his ex-wife Denise Richards (who will be making a guest-appearence on Anger Management) in the interview. “He and I are like best friends now. Confidants,” said Richards. “He tells me everything.” Although Sheen was quick to add, “We sleep in separate rooms.” READ FULL STORY

Your chance to party with Sarah Jessica Parker and Obama -- VIDEO

Start shoe shopping now.

During the MTV Movie Awards last night (see the complete list of winners) a new ad premiered with Sarah Jessica Parker inviting you to her home for a fundraising dinner with herself, co-host Anna Wintour, and President Obama.

In the ad, Parker says, “The guy who ended the war in Iraq, the guy who says you should be able to marry anyone you want, the guy who created four million new jobs. That guy — President Obama — and Michelle are coming to my house for dinner on June 14.”

This is the same type of event as the one George Clooney threw for President Obama last month.

Watch the commercial below: READ FULL STORY

'Time' magazine's new cover is the breast ever -- UPDATE

[Update: We spoke with Time science editor Jeffrey Kluger about the cover -- check below for his comments.]

Time magazine — which, like EW, is published by Time Inc. — is making waves with its latest issue, which features a photo of Jamie Lynne Grumet breast-feeding her 3-year-old son. Grumet practices “attachment parenting,” a growing movement that advocates extended breast-feeding, co-sleeping (that’s sharing a bed), and physically carrying one’s children via sling whenever possible.

Twitter users and bloggers have been hotly debating the cover since it debuted yesterday, arguing over whether it’s admirably bold or inappropriate.

Time managing editor Rick Stengel has stood by his magazine’s photo: “I think it’s provocative,” he said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this week. “I think it’s a little whimsical. I think she represents an outlier of women who are breastfeeding beyond one year. The cover is meant to get your attention. It gets your attention. I think this is a legitimate debate.”

Science editor Jeffrey Kluger is also defending the cover. “There’s been considerable heat from a lot of people,” he told EW this afternoon. “Well, Time’s been taking heat since 1923. We’re kind of used to it.”


Dan Savage apologizes for 'insulting' teens who walked out of Bible speech, but not for attacking hypocrisy; Catholic League does not accept

It Gets Better Project creator Dan Savage has found himself in hot water after video of his April 13 keynote address to a convention of high school journalists on the power of social media and the problem of anti-bullying veering into a lecture on Christian hypocrisy went viral. Savage said people often say they can’t help with anti-gay bullying because the Bible tells them it’s wrong. “We can learn to ignore the bulls— in the Bible about gay people,” he said, “the same way we have learned to ignore the bulls— in the Bible about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about menstruation, about virginity, about masturbation. We ignore bulls— in the Bible about all sorts of things…” Some in the audience applauded, some got up and quietly walked out. Watch this segment of his speech in its entirety below (“The Bible says that if a woman isn’t a virgin on her wedding night, she shall be dragged to her father’s doorstep and stoned to death… Callista Gingrich lives,” he says).

After he brings his point home — “People are dying because people can’t clear this one last hurdle, they can’t get past this one last thing in the Bible” — he announces he’s ready to move on. “So you can tell the Bible guys in the hall that they can come back now because I’m done beating up the Bible,” he says. “It’s funny as someone who’s on the receiving ending of beatings that are justified by the Bible how pansy-assed some people react when you push back… I apologize if I hurt anyone’s feelings, but I have a right to defend myself and to point out the hypocrisy of people who justify anti-gay bigotry by pointing to the Bible and insisting we must live by the code of Leviticus on this one issue and no other.” READ FULL STORY

Pop the champagne, it's the one year anniversary of the Royal Wedding! How was pop culture royally influenced this year?

Dearly beloved PopWatchers, we are gathered here today on this joyous Sunday to commemorate the one year anniversary of Prince William and Kate Middleton.  Exactly one year ago, all across the far reaches of the earth, we sat awestruck in front of our TV screens on that momentous Friday morning, and watched, mouths agape, tissues clutched, at the majestic union of love and commitment. Whether or not we could have predicted the pop culture impact that would follow the royal nuptials, let’s take a look back on what pop culture hath delivered to us this past year in light of the Royal Wedding:

My Little Royal Pony?
In most recent memory, royal festivities made their way to Equestria, where My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic‘s unicorn Princess Cadance declared her love for colt Shining Armor in the presence of all the ponies in the animated land. If you’re smirking, wipe that snarky look off your face, because this, my friends, was for real: The royal ponies advertised their nuptials in a New York Times announcement, informing the general populace that ponies from “Appleloosa, Galloping Gorge, Fillydelphia and even Manehattan” would be in attendance. So take that, braysayers.


Roseanne Barr blogs about Ann Romney, ‘Mommy Wars’

Presidential candidate Roseanne Barr penned a short editorial for The Daily Beast this morning in which the erstwhile sitcom star took issue with pundit Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney having “never worked a day in her life,” though perhaps not the way you thought she might.

Barr disclaimed that she didn’t want to fall into the “working mom versus stay-at-home mom” dialogue, but her disdain for Rosen’s unfortunate words was clear: Barr was less upset about what the statement conveyed about motherhood than she was dismayed that the comments were giving Mitt Romney fodder for winning sympathy among American women. In other words, Rosen’s Romney attack is presumably making Mitt and Ann look much more appealing than Barr believes they should be.

“It’s a shame that Rosen lobbed the Romney campaign a fat political softball they could smack over the gender fence,” wrote Barr. “After the Republicans had alienated at least half the voting public by all but condemning birth control, suddenly Rosen’s remark enabled them to self-righteously assume the role of defenders of American motherhood.” READ FULL STORY

Joel McHale addresses Chevy Chase 'Community' conflict on 'Live! With Kelly'

For a master class in how to handle a sensitive issue, I submit to you Joel McHale, host of The Soup and leading lad of NBC’s Community, which as you probably know is in the midst of a major he-said-he-said dramatic debacle between creator Dan Harmon and costar Chevy Chase.

During a stint as Kelly Ripa’s co-host on Live! With Kelly, McHale was asked to address the feud, and he hedged like a pro. (Watch the video here!) “It was over voice mails, so there’s been some awesome recorded messages from Chevy,” said McHale, who has been asked whether the dispute is real. “It’s impossible because there’s no way Chevy could figure out voice mail.” Charming, yes, but he doesn’t answer the question — flawless evasive joking!


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