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Government shutdown: The best late-night and celeb reactions

Faster than you can say “meme,” the Internet was aflutter with commentary on today’s government shutdown. Ranging from the angry to the silly to the tweetable, here are the best reactions:

The best late-night government roasting (in addition to Stewart and Colbert’s “Rockin’ Government Shutdown Eve“): “Our government may be shutting down in a few hours. So folks, get ready for absolutely no noticeable difference,” Conan O’Brien said on Monday’s Conan. “All this drama is very confusing to all the hookers in D.C. They don’t know whether they have to go to work tomorrow either,” Arsenio Hall said on The Arsenio Hall Show.

Wentworth Miller comes out, declines invitation to Russian film fest

Wentworth Miller, best known for his role on Prison Break, came out as a gay man in an open letter to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival. The fest invited him to attend, and although Miller cited ties to Russia and pleasant visits to the country in the past, he said no.

“As a gay man, I must decline,” Miller wrote in his letter. “I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.”

He signed the letter by asserting his membership in GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, and The ManKind Project. GLAAD reps supported Miller’s stance with their own statement:

Let Mark Wahlberg tell you his thoughts about Justin Bieber and 'The Lone Ranger'

Mark Wahlberg has got a movie to promote, which means he’s ready to be back in the headlines.

The easiest way to do that is to weigh in on all the buzzy issues of the day, which Wahlberg was all too happy to do. First, he told the L.A. Times that — much like Johnny Depp said — critics were out to get Lone Ranger. “First and foremost, the media is targeting all these movies,” the actor said in the interview. “There’s intense scrutiny on us, way more than before.” Beyond that, though, Wahlberg thought that the other summer blockbuster issue was budgets. “They are spending so much money to pull the wool over the audience’s eyes with these effects-driven movies,” he said. “It’s not like Jurassic Park, where you saw something groundbreaking and innovative and said ‘Holy … I gotta see that. Every end-of-the-Earth movie kind of feels the same.”

When the L.A. Times reporter brought up that Wahlberg was slated to star in Transformers 4, and jeez, doesn’t that movie seem right in the wheelhouse of what Wahlberg is bashing, the actor replied, “Transformers is a different thing. What Michael’s [Bay] been able to do is elevate the material and take the human element to a whole other place.” Okay then! READ FULL STORY

George Takei, Stephen Fry and more speak out against Russia hosting Olympics

Russia isn’t winning any gold medals for tolerance.

In the wake of the country’s anti-gay laws passed in June, many are speaking out regarding Russia’s ability to hold the 2014 Winter Olympics, and if they do, whether other countries should boycott.

George Takei, in a blog post titled, “Sochi: Winter of Hate” spoke against Russia’s “draconian gay propaganda law,” explaining, “Last week, Russia’s Sports Minister confirmed that the country intends to enforce its laws against visiting LGBT athletes, trainers and fans, meaning anyone even so much as waving a rainbow flag (and I presume many men enthusiastically watching and dramatically commenting on figure skating) would be arrested, held for weeks and then deported. Given this position, the IOC must do the right thing, protect its athletes and the fans, and move the 2014 Winter Olympics out of Russia.”

He went on to say that boycotting the games punishes innocent athletes that have worked for years to participate, and instead, urged his readers to sign a Change.org petition to move the winter games to Vancouver (where they were held in 2010, and because of that, could likely be set up there easier than in a brand-new country). READ FULL STORY

Amber Tamblyn on her new PSA with David Cross: 'The best way to receive information is through comedy'

It seems all good things lead back to Arrested Development.

That certainly was the beginning for a buzzy new video calling out the United States’ restrictive healthcare laws for women. When Arrested star David Cross was in Europe promoting the show last month, his wife, actress Amber Tamblyn, joined him and the couple took a day trip to Stockholm. They may have been out of the country, but they were keeping up with news from home, where things were heating up in the Texas statehouse and a woman named Wendy Davis was about to gain national attention. While waiting for the bus, the idea for their PSA/sketch “Gynotician” was born — and written up just a few minutes later.

“Gynotician,” a term lovingly borrowed from Planned Parenthood, is Cross and Tamblyn’s response to, in their opinion, the increasingly outrageous restrictions hurting women’s health. “I think it’s been a long time coming, and it probably will continue to be a long time coming, meaning it’s many things layered on top of many things,” Tamblyn explained to EW on the phone this afternoon about why now was the time for them to get involved. “It’s really hard because people who want to look at the video and say, ‘This is just an ignorant celebrity couple making a video to support their pro-abortion thoughts,’ [that] is so myopic and so terrible and incorrect because it’s a tiny, tiny drop in the bucket of crap that is that law. And that law [in Texas that was recently passed] more than anything is about all the other aspects of women’s healthcare that it blocks and destroys.” READ FULL STORY

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

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