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Republican National Convention: Tuesday's winners, and who'd play Ann Romney in a movie?

I can’t believe I watched it either! I’d like to thank the following five forces of nature for making my first prime time RNC viewing experience such a pleasure.

1. Mitt’s Body Man: This is the genius name of Mitt Romney’s personal aide’s Twitter account. The guy keeps posting pic after pic of Romney doing human-like activities like watching TV, and of the happy Happy Days couple settling down in their sexy hotel room. But I’m mostly excited by the name.

2. Erin Burnett: The third Deschanel sister is a complete delight, able to voice everything CNN viewers are feeling with just her face! I like how she’s constantly tweeting on her smartphone and can barely be bothered to look up. (Along with Wolf.) READ FULL STORY

Kelsey Grammer denies crossdressing accusations to Oprah -- VIDEO

Oprah’s Next Chapter is really going there these days, isn’t it?

Fresh off her sobfest with Rihanna about Chris Brown, next up on the new-and-improved Oprah Couch Confessional Tour is Kelsey Grammer, ostensibly agreeing to be interviewed by Oprah about his dicey personal life to promote the new season of his Starz show, Boss.

And if the clip below from the interview is any indication, Oprah went for it,  diving in and saying to Grammer, “Let’s talk about the parts you don’t want to talk about…your ex-wife!”

A fairly relaxed-looking Grammer explained that Camille “always wanted to be famous,” and that was the reason he agreed to the Real Housewives franchise. But don’t believe everything you see on TV (Sorry, Housewives fans). According to Grammer, the idea that he blindsided her with the divorce — as depicted on the show — just isn’t true. “It’s a reality show,” he said. “It’s a show.” READ FULL STORY

World's oldest woman turns 116

Think you feel old? Well, the woman to your right feels a whole lot older. On Sunday, Besse Cooper celebrated her 116th birthday, making her the oldest woman in the world.

To put those many, many candles into perspective, we’ve decided to look at pop culture through the eyes of Cooper. So, if you’re feeling blue about your upcoming birthday, console yourself with the fact that you probably don’t remember the invention of the radio, movies and TV.

Cooper, on the other hand …


Snooki's top 3 tweets since becoming a mother

On early Sunday morning, the world welcomed perhaps the most anticipated child of the year. I am talking, of course, about Lorenzo Dominic LaValle, son of Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and her fiancé Jionni LaValle.

The new mom gave birth just before 3 a.m. ET on August 26, but unlike the rest of us mortals, she didn’t let a little thing like pushing out a baby keep her from Twitter. To honor her hard work, we at PopWatch decided to compile a short list of her greatest tweets since becoming a mother.

3. “Being a mom is an amazing feeling!!! I love my little man to death! Jionni is such a cute dad.”

Whew, I don’t know about you PopWatchers, but I’m glad Jionni looks good holding that baby.


Kirk Cameron defends Rep. Akin after 'legitimate rape' comments: 'I respect him...he's in a tough spot' -- VIDEO

Oh, Mike Seaver.

After GOP Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s controversial remarks on a local network yesterday — claiming that women were unlikely to get pregnant from rape because “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down” — many national Republican leaders, including Gov. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, distanced themselves from Akin.

One defender? Kirk Cameron. The child-star-turned-evangelist was on CNN this morning discussing the remarks, and Cameron encouraged people to watch the whole video (which you can here) and then said, “[Akin] is clearly a pro-life advocate and I respect him. He said that he misspoke and that he misphrased something and that he apologized.” READ FULL STORY

Newsweek's controversial cover: 'Hit The Road, Barack.'

It’s not quite Time’s “attachment parenting” cover story, but Newsweek is certainly generating some headlines of its own this week with a story on President Obama with a cover that reads:  “Hit the Road, Barack. Why We Need a New President.”

Written by Niall Ferguson, the article delves into what Ferguson says are broken campaign promises. The viral-y piece has had over 14,000 “Likes” on Facebook so far.

This certainly isn’t the first time Newsweek has had a controversial cover. Earlier this year, they dubbed Obama “The First Gay President” in a coverline. They did an issue straight out of the sixties for the return of Mad Men, and they also generated comments when they did a photoshopped cover of Princess Diana and Kate Middleton. READ FULL STORY

Kristen Stewart scandal: Shirt bullies actress -- don't buy it

If you’re reading PopWatch, you know that Kristen Stewart was recently caught in some compromising photos with her married Snow White director Rupert Sanders. There was the public apology, the fan response and backlash, the Jodie Foster defense against the Stewart backlash, and then—for some—the eager anticipation of watching Robert Pattinson professionally go on a press tour and not really say anything.

Since the public fascination doesn’t look to be dying down anytime soon, online retailer Skreened  saw a publicity moment, and is now offering a T-shirt that reads, “Kristen Stewart is a Trampire.” To round out the unofficial “We Hate Kristen” collection, there’s also “Kristen Stewart F***ing Sucks” and “F*** Kristen Stewart,” which is, of course, reminiscent of the Team Aniston and Team Jolie shirts that made a pop culture splash in 2005 — with one huge difference.

While the Team Aniston/Jolie shirts were pretty dumb, they weren’t personally bullying anyone. You were just weighing in on the tabloid frenzy of the moment. “F*** Kristen Stewart” sure has a different –and crueler — ring to it. In a culture that is now hyper-aware of the effects of bullying, it seems really wrong to torment a 22-year-old, regardless of her fame level or any mistakes she may have made.


Jimmy Kimmel is engaged to 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' writer

Sorry, Matt Damon!

Jimmy Kimmel is engaged to Molly McNearney, a co-head writer of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, People reports. The couple have been together since 2009. Prior to that, the comedian dated Sarah Silverman.

According to her IMDB profile, McNearney joined Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2003, and has been an essay writer there since 2006. It’s the second marriage for Kimmel, and the first for McNearney.

Kimmel has been a busy guy recently. In addition to his show, he will also host the Primetime Emmy Awards September 23.

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Sylvester Stallone opens up about his son's death: 'It's a horrible situation'

Sylvester Stallone opened up about the death of his son, Sage, in an interview on Good Morning America this morning.

Sitting for a pre-taped chat along with The Expendables 2 co-stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham and Dolph Lundgren, a somber-looking Stallone acknowledged that the past month has been hard. “It’s tough. It’s very tough … it’s a horrible situation,” Stallone shared.

He followed that up by saying, “Time, hopefully, will heal, and you try to get through it, but it’s… a reality of life. I think it’s important to get back and start reliving your life. Otherwise, you can go into a spiral.”

Readers can check out the full interview, where Stallone and others also chat about who the strongest of them all is, over at GMA’s website. READ FULL STORY

Kermit's no longer a fan of Chick-Fil-A

Whether you’re a man or a muppet, one thing is for sure: You don’t want to make Miss Piggy angry.

Following Chick-Fil-A COO Dan Cathy’s confirmation of the company’s anti-equality stance, the Jim Henson Company, which had been providing toys to go along with the chain’s meals, said Friday that it will end its partnership with the fast food franchise.

The Henson Co. posted on Facebook:

“The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over 50 years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD.”

Last week, Cathy responded to a question about being against gay marriage, “Guilty as charged. We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that. … We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”
Remember: It may not be easy being green, or to end a business relationship, but judging by the outpouring of support on the Jim Henson Company Facebook page, it looks like Kermit and friends are just gaining even more fans. Life is a happy song, indeed.

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