Louisiana’s lieutenant governor may want to see Phil Robertson and his Duck Dynasty family stay in the reality TV business for the sake of his state’s tourism, but one person who wants to halt capitalization on the controversial Robertson is Rev. Jesse Jackson. According to ABC News, which obtained a statement from Jackson dated Dec. 23, he and his Rainbow PUSH Coalition, along with GLAAD, are asking to meet with execs from A&E and Cracker Barrel to discuss Duck Dynasty memorabilia and content. Cracker Barrel had removed select Duck Dynasty merchandise from its shelves Dec. 20 but returned it two days later — and apologized for offending its customers. A&E is being pressured to reverse its decision to suspend Robertson from the show after comments he made in a GQ article expressing his views on homosexuality and pre-Civil-Rights-era Louisiana. READ FULL STORY
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HBO has debuted new Game of Thrones merchandise at Comic-Con. Top of the list is a Comic-Con exclusive Pop! Ned Stark figurine that has his head held to his body by magnets. If you don’t know why that’s awesome, we won’t spoil it for you. (Though it’s fairly obvious.) Limited quantities are on sale at booth #5343 (and at the HBO online store for those of us not in San Diego). Other new products:
Factory Entertainment plushes: We’re talking adorable 8″-tall Direwolf cubs (available later this year), and 6″-tall dragon eggs and 10″-tall three-eyed raven (due in early 2014). Check them out at booth #3351. And, 4D Cityscape’s 4D Puzzle Map of Westeros: Sneak a peek at booth #2401, because this won’t be on sale until November. “Featuring three different layers and more than 1,200 jigsaw pieces, this puzzle replicates the topographical landscape of the Seven Kingdoms and includes miniature replica models of famous Westeros cities and castles, including King’s Landing, Eyrie, the Wall and many more.” Pics below, plus more merch! READ FULL STORY
True Blood wraps its fifth season on Sunday, but perhaps a forthcoming cookbook inspired by the show will tide you over until next summer. True Blood: Eats, Drinks, and Bites from Bon Temps will hit shelves Sept. 5 and feature 85 recipes, some from “unforgettable scenes.” Any True fan will know that Gran’s last pie best be there, along with Maxine Fortenberry’s tuna cheese casserole and Lafayette’s gumbo (bleach optional). Also, I’d like at least one recipe in tribute to Talbot — he loved to entertain.
Below, watch a trailer for the book in which Alan Ball talks about food and hunger being central to the show (and also about his mother’s penchant for combining Miracle Whip with fruit for dessert).
The defender of Gotham comes complete with batarang, utility belt, and a permanent Gilbert Gottfried facial expression. And because this model ties in to The Dark Knight Rises, the Batsuit is noticeably (and thankfully) sans nipples. READ FULL STORY
Seems like everyone, even Newsweek magazine, wants a piece of Jon Hamm.
Newsweek editor Tina Brown announced today that in promotion for Mad Men’s fifth season premiere on March 25 (!), the magazine would be going Mad. (Well, not Mad.) Specifically, the entire publication would revert back to its 1960s design — including the advertisements.
Brown told Ad Age, “Newsweek was very much on the cultural forefront at the time of the show. It covered the events that are so much of the background for the show’s drama — the burgeoning civil rights movement, the women’s rights movement, the Vietnam War. That was Newsweek‘s cutting-edge beat and its flourishing journalistic subject. So it seemed like a wonderful marriage in a sense to take that and apply it to the magazine, to make the magazine an homage to the period.” READ FULL STORY
Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry Barbies to be auctioned for charity: Which celebs should get the doll treatment?
Seeing as Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry have already technically modeled their entire makeup, hair, and wardrobe after Barbie (though, in all fairness, Barbie has never had to worry about a nip slip), it seemed only fitting that Mattel would transform the singers into their iconic dolls.
And they can be all yours for the low, low starting bid price of… $1,000. Starting on Friday, CharityBuzz.com began to auction off the dolls, including Minaj’s plastic likeness named, perfectly enough, Minajesty Barbie, which boasts that the 11-½ inch replica of the colorful “Super Bass” singer has every part of her down pat, from her pink hair (jeez, bangs are everywhere today), right down to the tattoo she has on her left arm. READ FULL STORY
Six more hours until the beautiful beef jerky runway show begins! (10 p.m. ET on CBS.) Check back after the show airs on the west coast, when I’ll have updated this post with my Top 6 (or more) Reflections. They’re gonna be deep!
Why I’m excited for the VS Fashion Show
6. Glitter train wreck
5. Celebs in the audience wearing sunglasses — are you serious? READ FULL STORY
Consider it a practical holiday present for the devoted fan of The Office. Quill.com, a subsidiary of Staples, is now selling Dunder Mifflin copy paper. Stock up now through Jan. 31 for $34.99 a carton (that’s 5,000 sheets).
My favorite part of the ad is the tiny print: “No celebrity endorsement implied.” I’m guessing that’s so they don’t have to pay the actors for using their characters’ likenesses, but I’d like to believe it’s because they think there could be someone who’s never heard of The Office who will liken this photo of The Hangover star Ed Helms to that pre-Mad Men Elisabeth Moss Excedrin commercial.
They say you can’t take it with you, but some leave a lot more behind than others. Forbes unveiled its list of “Top-Earning Dead Celebrities” today, and it came down to two Kings. Once again, King of Pop Michael Jackson took the top spot, earning a massive $170 million this year even as the circumstances of his 2009 death are still examined in court.
In fact, Jackson’s posthumous income made him 2011′s second-highest earning act (dead or alive) after U2. Jackson blew away his closest deceased competitor, King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Elvis Presley (whose $55 million was buoyed by Cirque du Soleil show Viva Elvis) by more than $100 million, thanks to his publishing company Mijac Music. Who else made the list? Read more after the jump. READ FULL STORY