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David Cross and Amber Tamblyn release women's health PSA -- VIDEO


Although the debate about healthcare in this country is far from a laughing matter, professional funny people David Cross and Amber Tamblyn (who are married in real life) managed to find the humor in a not-so-hilarious situation, all while making a succinct point about the United States’ issues with reproductive care.

In a new spot, written by “concerned American citizens Amber and David Tamblyn,” “Gynotician” features Cross and Tamblyn portraying a “doctor” and a patient who needs some medical attention. Sadly, Cross may be wearing a white lab coat, but he’s actually a politician who has no idea what he’s talking about. Imagine that!

Check out the buzzy short below: READ FULL STORY

What we can learn from Cory Monteith: The Internet weighs in

The news was tragic, but unfortunately not surprising: The coroner’s office announced Tuesday that Glee star Cory Monteith died of a “mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol.” The actor had checked into rehab and completed a 30-day stint in April and had talked openly about battling addiction as a teenager. In the wake of his death, the Internet took a break from getting itself outraged about that Rolling Stone cover and instead is using this as an opportunity to educate people about addiction and how all-encompassing and devastating the illness can be.

Comedian Rob Delaney — who himself got sober 11 years ago — shared some thoughts on his Tumblr, highlighting how addiction is a lifelong battle but that no one is beyond help or destined to die from their demons. “One of the hallmarks of alcoholism and addiction is multiple attempts to curb your use/abuse of drugs and alcohol. I’m only writing this because I sensed a fatalism in some of the replies I received from people, suggesting they believe that some folks are destined to OD and die. F— that. F— you if you think that. Addiction is a brutal, cunning, shapeshifting enemy, but I’ve seen people from every walk of life kick it in the f—ing mouth. But if you want to beat it, you must ACKNOWLEDGE ITS STRENGTH.”

'Rolling Stone' draws criticism for Boston Marathon bomber cover


An iconic photo of John Lennon and Yoko Ono this is not.

Rolling Stone has drawn major criticism after revealing this week’s magazine cover to be none other than accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. On its website, Rolling Stone (who didn’t immediately respond to EW’s request for comment) says the accompanying story is a “deeply reported account of the life and times of Boston bomber [Dzhokhar] Tsarnaev. [Writer Janet] Reitman spent the last two months interviewing dozens of sources – childhood and high school friends, teachers, neighbors and law enforcement agents, many of whom spoke for the first time about the case – to deliver a riveting and heartbreaking account of how a charming kid with a bright future became a monster.”

A monster with a music magazine cover photo that many bands would, err, kill for. Many are saying the photo glamorizes him as some kind of rock star to be idolized, with a pin-up ready soft-lighting picture that many on Twitter are comparing to an old photo of Rolling Stone regular Bob Dylan. The Today show weighed in on the controversy this morning, pointing out that the cover bares a striking resemblance to an old Rolling Stone cover of Jim Morrison. Savannah Guthrie pointed out that there is a bit of a precedent for Rolling Stone toying with controversial political images: The magazine had Charles Manson on the cover in 1970.
Do you think the cover is in poor taste? READ FULL STORY

Questlove responds to George Zimmerman verdict

Who doesn’t love Questlove?

In the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict Saturday night, it seems everyone has weighed in with an opinion about the controversial case. In a column for the Huffington Post, the Roots drummer Questlove opened up about his own feelings about the decision, and related it to his experiences as “exotic-looking me (6’2″, 300 pounds, uncivilized afro for starters) [who] finds himself in places that people that look like me aren’t normally found.”

In the lengthy essay (which you should really go read in its entirety!) he discusses how it’s a “crazy way to live” to always be trained to defer to others, and constantly be worrying about making others uncomfortable with your presence. “In the beginning (let’s say 2002 when the gates of ‘Hey, Ahmir, would you like to come to [name swanky elitist place]?’ opened), initially I’d say ‘no’ — mostly because it’s been hammered in my DNA to not ‘rock the boat’ — which, since I wanna keep it real, means not make ‘certain people’ feel uncomfortable.” READ FULL STORY

Eliot Spitzer discusses return to politics on 'CBS This Morning'

If nothing else, it’s fuel for Saturday Night Live (and The Good Wife). Eliot Spitzer, the former governor of New York who resigned in 2008 following a prostitution scandal, has announced plans to run for New York City comptroller. The kicker: Among his opponents is Kristin Davis, the madam who served jail time in the wake of his scandal.

Following an interview that ran in Sunday’s New York Times, Spitzer appeared on CBS This Morning to further discuss his decision. Watch the chat below. Asked why he thinks people should trust him or like him, he had his response ready: READ FULL STORY

'Big Brother': The problem with loving 'The Character You Love To Hate'


Big Brother has been a summertime guilty pleasure for me for years. I’ve skipped some seasons (three episodes a week for nearly three months is not always a commitment I am capable of making), but I couldn’t tell you which ones without consulting Wikipedia. The seasons fade from my memory or blur into fuzzy recollections of other seasons minutes after host Julie Chen announces the results of the final vote and the “Houseguests” wave goodbye to the cameras that spied on their every whisper, argument, cuddle, swim, smoke, flirt, folly and fart for three months.

I remember the rogues best — the characters we love to hate. The smug, showmancy puppet masters of Chilltown. Duplicitous Danielle and her diary room downfall. Demon dad Evel Dick. I watch Big Brother for the soapy sensationalism derived from stupid people plotting intricate conspiracies of lies, betrayal, and emotional abuse to win a week’s worth of power and chase a meager pot of prize money. Last year’s runner-up Dan Gheesling pulled off one of the greatest fork-tongued ass-saving scams in reality show history with a devious deception that involved feigning the appearance of Biblically-inspired contrition and traumatizing his closest ally with phony allegations of treachery. Delicious. It’s like watching the callow hedonists of Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers play Mafia for three months, with a couple nerds, geeky professionals, and parents (who clearly need a break from their kids) thrown for diversity, and a dash of humanity.

Watch President Obama call Prop 8 plaintiffs

Prop 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier are having the best day ever… and that was before President Obama personally called them to congratulate the couple on their legal victory.

“We’re proud of you guys, and we’re so glad,” the president said on-air on MSNBC thanks to speaker phone. Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami, the two other plaintiffs challenging Prop 8, gathered around Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin’s cell phone as well. In the brief remarks, the president highlighted the couples’ courage, and told them they were “helping out a whole lot of people.”

Earlier, President Obama released a statement, saying, “I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.  This was discrimination enshrined in law.  It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people.  The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it.  We are a people who declared that we are all created equal – and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

Watch the phone call below — and prepare to tear up when a thrilled Katami jokingly invites President Obama to his upcoming wedding:

Anne Rice defends Paula Deen, refers to 'lynch mob culture'

Things haven’t been going great for Paula Deen the last few days: She’s been dropped from the Food Network, QVC is “reviewing the relationship,” and her biggest defenders so far have been her sons — and their examples left a lot to be desired. But Deen has got at least one public figure in her corner: Anne Rice. The vampire author took to her own Facebook page to defend the chef, but her comments (first discovered by Jezebel) are likely to just cause more controversy.

After first posing the question to her readers by saying, “What’s happening with Paula Dean? Is it fair? I never heard of her until today, and wow, this looks like a crucifixion. Opinions, thoughts welcome….aren’t we becoming something of a lynch mob culture?” Rice then decided that the “opinions, thoughts” needed were her own, and had quite a bit to say in the comments, including, in part, “…This woman is just what you said. She’s an old southern lady, and she never made these unwise remarks of hers to a black person. We have no evidence at all that she has ever personally insulted or injured any black employee or friend.” READ FULL STORY

Paula Deen apologizes for 'inappropriate, hurtful language' -- VIDEO

Following this morning’s Today show interview cancellation, Paula Deen has released a YouTube video apologizing for her offensive remarks in which she admitted in a sworn deposition to using the n-word, among other racist statements.

The 46-second apology opens with Deen saying, “I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I’ve done. I want to learn and grow from this … inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable.”  Despite the short length, the video is oddly shown in multiple takes. UPDATE: The video was taken down, but others users have captured and uploaded. Watch below: READ FULL STORY

Kim and Kanye have named their baby ...

America, if you’ve been Keeping up with the Kardashian baby name saga, the speculation game is officially over.

And the answer isn’t Kaidence. (Unfortunately?)

People confirms that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have named their celebspawn … NORTH WEST.

Yes, far less awesome than North-by-North, but we’ll take it. I guess. If I’m being honest, I’m a little underwhelmed — mostly because rumors of a baby named North have swirled since March.

TMZ, the common man’s wooden easel, was the first to report.

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