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Ukrainian politician aims anti-Semitic slur at Mila Kunis

Seems like there’s exactly one person in the world who doesn’t love Ted star Mila Kunis: Ukrainian politician Igor Miroschnichenko, who recently called the actress a “zhydovka” in a Facebook post.

The term, according to Simon Wiesenthal Center deans Rabbi Marvin Hier and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, means “dirty Jewess” — and is an “insidious slur invoked by the Nazis and their collaborators as they rounded up the Jews to murder them at Babi Yar and in the death camps.”

Yikes. It’s also a way for Miroschnichenko to imply that the actress — who was born in Ukraine and moved to Los Angeles with her family when she was seven years old — isn’t really Ukrainian because she’s Jewish.

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Beyonce, Jon Hamm, Steve Carell and more release PSA for gun control

On the same day as the NRA’s press conference and a week after the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., celebrities are coming together with a simple message: “Enough.” In a new PSA, Elizabeth Banks, Jason Bateman, Will Ferrell, Selena Gomez, Peter Dinklage, Conan O’Brien, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Reese Witherspoon and 44 more lent their voices for a Mayors Against Illegal Guns PSA that speaks about the need for a new plan regarding guns.

“How many more colleges? How many more classrooms? How many more move theaters? How many more house of faith? How many more shopping malls? How many more street corners? Enough. Demand a plan right now,” the PSA declares.

Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY

'Eagle Snatches Kid' viral video: Is it fake?

A YouTube video of a dad watching an eagle takes a terrifying turn when the bird swoops down and briefly picks up a baby before dropping him on the ground a second later. It certainly is possible that someone caught an event as incredible as this. But the clip already has its detractors.

First, watch the video below (There’s some NSFW language in the beginning): READ FULL STORY

Did His Holiness send out a tweet? Is the Pope Catholic?

Some people say Pope Benedict XVI is stuck in a previous century, but yesterday, the pontiff took one giant step forward for the Roman Catholic Church. He tweeted.

After joining the social networking site on Dec. 3, Pope Benedict — a.k.a. @pontifex (meaning bridge builder) — tweeted out his first message yesterday. But those hoping to hear the Pope’s instant thoughts on Homeland or SAG nominations were, of course, disappointed. The Pope instead went with, “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart,” for his first message. Later tweets (he’s sent seven messages so far) asked his followers to think about how to be “more prayerful” and celebrate faith.

“Video footage showed that the Pope seemed confused and had trouble hitting ‘send,’ forcing Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, the president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, to step in and touch the screen to send the first papal message,” according to the New York Times.

Currently, the Pope has 1,065,501 followers (up from his first-day total of 148,402). Only 31,013,586 followers to go until he overtakes fellow Catholic Lady Gaga.

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Broadway faces potential labor strike

The union representing hundreds of Broadway theater cleaners, porters, elevator operators and bathroom attendants voted Wednesday to authorize its leaders to call a strike if a new contract isn’t approved by the end of the month, potentially throwing a wrench into a busy holiday season.

Members of the 250-person 32BJ union voted during a noisy rally on the street outside the Times Square offices of the Broadway League, which represents producers and theater owners.

Any strike would affect workers at 32 of Broadway’s 40 theaters where the 32BJ has a contract. That means all the Shubert, Nederlander and Jujamcyn-owned theaters, as well as the Circle in the Square Theatre, would be affected. The eight other Broadway theaters have different arrangements.

The 32BJ contract expires Dec. 30, and workers are seeking pay increases and better health care benefits. The next bargaining session is scheduled for Friday and another is set for Dec. 18. READ FULL STORY

'Sports Illustrated' Moment of the Year -- Will it be Gabby Douglas or Michael Phelps? VOTE

Here’s something you don’t see all the time: PopWatch covering sports.

But it seems like this year sports stuff had a bigger place in pop culture than normal, what with the London Olympics dominating late-summer television. Even non-Olympic events like Peyton Manning’s return or Tim Tebow taking on the Steelers had us glued to the edge of our seat – something we previously thought only happened during Homeland.

Sports Illustrated (our sister publication) is running their annual Facebook contest right now to determine who gets to be on the year-end fan-voted cover.  I don’t regularly follow football or baseball, so for me, the moment of the year would totally be Michael Phelps or Gabby Douglas. Both of them consistently delivered jaw-dropping moments during the London Games. Check out the full list of nominations after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Anderson Cooper goes blind for 36 hours, keeps being charming

Poor Anderson Cooper!

It was no laughing matter for the perennial giggler this week when Cooper Instagrammed a photo of himself with an eyepatch: “Temporarily blinded last week while on assignment,” he said. “UV light bouncing off water. Much better now. Details today on #andersonlive.”

One million questions! What dangerous mission was he off completing? Who was he battling in vicious hand-to-hand combat? The answer wasn’t as Indiana Jones-y as he probably hoped. On Anderson Cooper Live today, Cooper shared that he had been on assignment for a 60 Minutes story off the coast of Portugal, according to People. And then, basically, he forgot to wear sunglasses.

“I wake up in the middle of the night and it feels like my eyes are on fire,” he said. “It turns out I have sunburned my eyeballs and I go blind. I went blind for 36 hours. I took this picture of me after I went to the hospital….That’s my new Match.com profile picture, by the way.”

Hopefully he heals in time to party with Kathy Griffin on New Year’s Eve.

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Broadway has strongest year in history

The sun came out this year on Broadway.

The Broadway League released its 15th annual demographics report today, and it’s good news for fans of the Great White Way: 2012 was the strongest year ever in terms of attendance and grosses. The Broadway box office hit almost 1.14 billion dollars this year.

“This was our strongest 52-week season in history…with over 12.3 million admissions,” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, in a press release. “We are pleased to see growth in international market, as New York City continues to show strong tourism numbers. As well, the 2011 – 2012 season saw an increase in the diversity of our audience. Word of mouth continues to be the greatest influence for show selection, with a notable uptick in the power of social networking posts.”

The bigger news is that attendance is up – not just grosses. As ticket prices have continued to rise, it’s no surprise that gross numbers would also be inflated.

Other interesting theater facts from the study: READ FULL STORY

President Obama hosts Twitter Q&A about fiscal cliff negotiations

There’s been a lot of big news today breaking online and in social media: Kate is having a baby, The Pope is on Twitter, Chris Brown is back on Twitter (Ugh), so naturally the President scheduled a Twitter Q&A to discuss it all.

Just kidding. His 2 p.m. live chat stuck entirely — with one exception — to fiscal cliff negotiations, primarily centered around his main point that without a deal being reached, the average middle-class family will have about $2000 less to spend or save next year. For those who think even a soundbite is too dense, check out his 140-character responses!

Sticking with the hashtag #My2k the President encouraged followers to ask him questions – which he then answered briefly before signing off each one with his standard ‘-bo’. For the conspiracy theorists among you, the White House also uploaded a photo of Obama’s hands typing out the answers (OR WERE THEY?!).

Unlike the President’s reddit Ask Me Anything chat a few months ago, the questions were handpicked by the White House and then were retweeted along with President Obama’s answers. You can check out a full play-by-play on The White House’s Twitter feed; check out some of the highlights below: READ FULL STORY

Is 'Skyfall' basically James Bond meets 'Home Alone'?

Francois Duhamel

[SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN SKYFALL

The answer is Yes…at least in my opinion. Now, I really enjoyed Skyfall – don’t get me wrong. It’s the most beautiful Bond movie I’ve ever seen and I always enjoy a villain who wears linen. But the last half-hour with Bond (Daniel Craig) fending off breathable fabric-lover Silva (Javier Bardem) and his gang of baddies with booby traps in his dilapidated childhood home was basically a combo of Home Alone and Home Alone 2.

Think about it—Bond rigs his house with loose floor boards and explosives; light sockets that explode with nails. All that’s missing is the dapper secret agent using a tarantula to freak the evil guys. Also, Judi Dench is just a few dirt smudges away from being the bird lady in Home Alone 2 and Albert Finney is totally giving Home Alone Old Man with the Shovel vibes. Frankly, I’m surprised there wasn’t a scene where Old Judes and Albie rode down the stairs in a sled.

I guess my big issue with this climax is that I love Bond movies for the gadgets and gizmos. I don’t really wanna see 007 being low-tech and running around with a sawed off shotgun—Bruce Willis’ John McClane can do that just fine.

What do you think, PopWatchers?

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