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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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Howard Stern prods Russell Brand about Katy Perry

Russell Brand called in to Howard Stern’s radio show this morning ostensibly to promote Brand X, but Stern was more curious to talk to Brand about his divorce from Katy Perry, which was finalized two days ago.

Much like his appearance on Ellen, Brand seemed determined to take the high road, passing on opportunities to dish on his ex-wife. While the full interview isn’t available online, you can listen to a clip where Brand says, “[Before] we got married, I just thought, ‘I’ve got to marry her, I just love her so much.’ And then we got married and I thought, ‘Okay, this isn’t really working out.’”

MTV reports Brand touched on tabloid rumors that their issues had to do with whether or not to start a family, but didn’t want to give details, saying, “’I don’t want anything to hurt her. She’s younger than me, she’s a young woman and she’s beautiful and she’s sensitive and I care about her deeply.” He also dismissed rumors that her parents (and their religious beliefs) contributed to the end of their relationship. READ FULL STORY

Sarah Silverman's 'Indecent Proposal' for Mitt Romney supporter -- NSFW VIDEO

Sarah Silverman really wants to help President Obama.  In a new video, she focuses her attention on billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who has pledged $100 million to Mitt Romney’s campaign.

Silverman hopes to tempt Adelson away with an indecent proposal; pledge the money to Obama and she’ll deliver…well, check out the video — depending on where you work, it might be NSFW — with active participation from Silverman’s dog, Duck.


Who's on your dream 'American Idol' judging panel?

Steven Tyler announced yesterday that he would not be returning as a judge to American Idol next season, and just moments ago Jennifer Lopez followed suit, announcing that the past season of Idol would be her last.

With Randy Jackson’s spot up in the air, the judging panel for the 12th season of the singing show staple is wide open. PopWatch got to brainstorming who we’d love to see in the judges’ (non-spinny) chairs.


Jennifer Lopez talks to 'Today' about 'Idol': 'Maybe it's time for me to go'

Jennifer Lopez was on Today this morning talking about her role in Ice Age: Continental Drift (she’ll voice a saucy tigress, of course) when the chat turned to American Idol.

Speculation has been rampant that Lopez won’t return to the program next season after two years as a judge. While Lopez officially said that she hadn’t made a decision yet, her wavering sure sounded like she’s making an exit. She explained that while she loved doing Idol, it’s a busy schedule and there are a lot of other things she has to say no to in order to continue on the program—movies, another album, etc. “At the end of the day, whichever way, it’s a heartbreaking decision if I’m going to have to go,” Lopez said.

She further explained, “Like I said, I’ve just enjoyed it so much. But I am thinking that maybe it’s time for me to go and do other things that I really love to do.”

Watch the Today interview below (the Idol talk starts at 2:25)


Real-life cuteness = onscreen weirdness?

As anyone who saw Mad Men this season knows, good girl Rory Gilmore is all grown up.

SPOILER ALERT! Alexis Bledel’s Mad Men character, Beth, may have had an ill-fated fling with Pete (Vincent Kartheiser), but their onscreen longing has turned into something real. US Weekly reports that the duo have begun dating.

As of press time, Bledel’s rep didn’t respond to EW’s request for comment. Assuming it’s true (there’s some historical precedent, Bledel previously dated her Gilmore Girls costar Milo Ventimiglia) they’ll join a list of celebrity couples that, due to their onscreen antics, make us a little uncomfortable. We can’t help it — poor Trudy!

In that spirit, EW rounded up some of the most memorable celebrity couples with onscreen baggage: READ FULL STORY

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