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JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater's publicist: 'There's a lot of stuff that's coming in'

Steven-Slater-BragmanImage Credit: Todd Williamson/WireImage.comQuitting your job usually leads to bookmarking Monster.com on your laptop and watching M*A*S*H DVDs in your underwear, not fame and fortune. Of course, if for your final act at said job you lay down an expletive-laced tirade over an intercom system and exit via an emergency escape tube, the way former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater reportedly did, the standard rules may not apply. After a week of his story saturating a strangely obsessed media, on Sunday Slater procured the services of top publicist Howard Bragman to help deal with media relations and manage the numerous offers said to be coming his way.

First, however, there’s the little matter of sorting out the legal ramifications stemming from Slater’s public display at the end of that fateful JetBlue flight (he’s been charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief, felonies that could have him looking at seven years in prison). “We don’t get out of the starting gate until we get through the criminal charges and deal with what happened on the airplane,” Bragman says.

Though there are, apparently, plenty of opportunities to consider. READ FULL STORY

Lunchtime Poll: Cats in Costumes Looking Horrified

Life-cats-costumes2Image Credit: Courtesy of Life.comLife.com has a staggeringly creepy photo gallery today called Cats in Costumes, Looking Horrified. Slezak inexplicably likes the diva in the green gown haughtily suffering from an eating disorder, but I am most intrigued by “Baldwinner Gets a Pompadour” on the right. The blazer and tee initially threw me way off. Somehow my brain had forgotten that my finger had been recklessly clicking “next” and “next” on A GALLERY OF CATS. So upon coming face to face with a big-haired dude in multiple layers of catsualwear, my first thought was “Oh no, this has to the ugliest person ever, how horrible for him.” It probably took at least a whole second before I realized it wasn’t the guy’s fault and it was okay anyway because he was a cat.

All parties here — the internet, the cats, LIFE, you — deserve better from me than this. But at least my latest “Animals dressed as humans!” trauma can populate our “Everything Reminds Us of Friends” category and serve as a perfectly functional Summer Friday Lunchtime Poll.

Read more: Yesterday’s Lunchtime Poll: Aliens invade the earth and you must dress like ‘Glee,’ dirty Jerz or a ‘Mad’ lady. What do you do?

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

Chelsea Clinton's wedding: Sorry, no Oprah or Spielberg, but oh! That dress!

Though the weeks leading up to Chelsea Clinton’s wedding buzzed with speculation about the celebrity guest list — Oprah! Steven Spielberg! Barbra Streisand! — in the end, the true stars of Rhinebeck, N.Y. were none other than the bride and her famous folks. And no, I don’t think attendees Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen would be offended by that assessment. Yesterday, as crowds followed the actors, who are longtime friends of the Clintons, Danson remarked, “We must be the only celebrities in town. I’m sorry.” Funny!

Though I’m a bit baffled by all the frenzied interest in the former First Daughter’s nuptials—by the way, she married Marc Mezvinsky, pictured, far left—I get that it’s the closest our aristocracy-less country gets to a royal wedding. And even my cold, cynical heart felt a pang when I saw the picture of Bill Clinton walking his only child down the aisle. Awww…misty-eyed, I was! In that instant, he wasn’t the formerly most-powerful-man-in-the-world Clinton. He was just a proud (and mightily slimmed-down!) dad accompanying his daughter on her big day. Immediately following the ceremony, Bill and Hillary Clinton released this statement: “Today, we watched with great pride and overwhelming emotion as Chelsea and Marc wed in a beautiful ceremony at Astor Courts, surrounded by family and their close friends. We could not have asked for a more perfect day to celebrate the beginning of their life together, and we are so happy to welcome Marc into our family. On behalf of the newlyweds, we want to give special thanks to the people of Rhinebeck for welcoming us and to everyone for their well-wishes on this special day.”

So congrats to Chelsea. Those of us old enough to remember the Clinton years can marvel at her transformation into young womanhood. And the girly girls among us (and our gay b.f.f.’s) can coo over the gorgeous Vera Wang gown she wore. Stunning! Well done, lady! (Here’s another shot of it. The New York Times also has a slideshow.) Do you share my assessment of her wedding gown? Beautiful, right?

Lunchtime Poll: Darth Vader robs a bank

darth-vaderbankImage Credit: Suffolk County PDA man dressed as Darth Vader robbed a bank in Long Island yesterday. Armed robbery is a serious offense, so we here at PopWatch are restraining ourselves from making any of the 20 million jokes that just popped in our head. (I do have a question, though: Is this bank robbery considered canonical?) As we all know, in the criminal justice system, it’s important to ensure that the punishment fits the crime. Join me, PopWatchers, for a geek-tastic game of Judge, Jury, and Executioner.

Darren always preferred Exar Kun, anyways. Follow him on Twitter: @EWDarrenFranich

'The Company Men': Check out Ben Affleck's other Boston movie

Last week we got the trailer for The Town, the cops and robbers crime drama directed by and starring Ben Affleck. Today, the Ben Affleck Comeback Tour continues, with the trailer for The Company Men, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Written and directed by ER writer/producer John Wells, The Company Men is another Boston-based tale (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it) with a great cast — Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Craig T. Nelson, and Rosemarie DeWitt. Affleck stars as a Bobby Walker, a 37-year-old father whose company merger leaves him jobless (along with his colleagues Cooper and Jones). He’s left bitter about his situation, particularly when it forces him to do manual labor for his brother-in-law (Costner). The trailer almost plays like the sequel to Up in the Air…if Up in the Air depicted white collar executives who go golfing and own Porsches as victims of the recession, and not long term mid-level managers. See the trailer embedded after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Shirley Sherrod: A riled Matt Lauer is 'shocked' by the whole mess

This morning, Matt Lauer conducted an impassioned interview with Shirley Sherrod, the Georgia-based official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Obama appointee who was asked to resign after a story she told this March at an NAACP dinner about her initial hesitance to help a white farmer save his land more than 20 years ago was taken out of context by a conservative activist and the Fox News Channel to make her look racist.

“I don’t know who to blame here, Ms. Sherrod. I mean, the activist who put forward this garbage in the first place has an agenda, we shouldn’t be surprised by that. The cable news network that played this garbage on and on and talked about it has an agenda, we shouldn’t be surprised by that. I am shocked at the NAACP, I have to admit, that they did not investigate further before condemning you, and I’m shocked at the Obama Administration for not putting an investigation in place either.” READ FULL STORY

Angelina Jolie wanted Brad Pitt to cameo in 'Salt'

brad-salt-cameoImage Credit: Andrew Schwartz; Janet Mayer/PR PhotosIt’s not easy being a mother to six children and the biggest female star in the world. After all, when you’re not dangling from ledges hundreds of feet up in the air or head-butting goons or weaving cars through high-speed traffic, there’s that whole “Who’s gonna look after the kids?” thing to juggle. Apparently, that’s all that stood in the way of a Brad Pitt cameo in Salt, Jolie’s upcoming film. When EW spoke to the actress in March, we asked if she had any plans to reunite with her Mr. and Mrs. Smith costar on-screen. Back then, she said, “I love working with him. He’s my favorite actor to work with and the only complicated thing is to find the right project.”

Now, Jolie tells USA Today that she wanted Pitt to make a blink-and-you’d-miss-it cameo in one of the action scenes in Salt. But, apparently, he had to look after their ever-growing brood instead. “He was almost going to be the motorcycle guy that I knocked down, and then he’d call me a bad name,” she said. “But he was with the kids that day, and we couldn’t work it out.” Ever hear of a babysitter? Jeez!

Still, maybe Pitt knew something. After all, seeing his dreamy, A-list mug might have pulled audiences out of the film and given it too much of a cheeky, self-referential Ocean’s 12 vibe — and no one wants that! Then again, it’s not like Pitt hasn’t done this sort of thing for a significant other before. Remember his turn as Will, the guy who started the rumor that Rachel was a hermaphrodite on Friends back when he and Jennifer Aniston were together? If not, see the clip embedded after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Lunchtime Poll: Rachel Maddow can't use props

On last night’s Rachel Maddow Show, during a segment called “Attention COLON Deficit Disorder,” Rachel boldly attempted to create her own graphic with huge pieces of red felt and failed miserably. The video is truly hilarious in a “wait a minute, I thought this was 2010″ way; you can watch it after the jump.

My right-brained self seriously loves that she went analog for this, but the evil/reasonable Annie fairydevil over my left shoulder is ruining the party, as usual. “I mean…how easy would it have been to just have the graphics department raise a bar?” she is wondering. Shut up, bitch!

Have you ever botched a presentation this badly? [TV Squad]

Read more: Yesterday’s Lunchtime Poll: Which celebrity couple should represent humans in front of judgmental aliens?

Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston: Is their goal to be the Alaskan Speidi?

Bristol-Palin-Levi-JohnstonImage Credit: PA Photos/Landov; UPI Photo/LandovNow that Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston have announced their surprise engagement, rumors are swirling that they will next reveal plans for a reality show, something like a young Republican-version of Bethenny Getting Married?. (Now there’s a million-dollar pitch!) Quite frankly, the move would not surprise me. But do these two have what it takes to become the next Heidi and Spencer? Now that The Hills has ended, there’s room for a new Speidi in the reality show landscape. And though Bristol doesn’t seem to share Heidi’s love of injectables or lucite heels, Levi has certainly shown a Spencer-esque proclivity for attention-getting quotes.

But the big question is: What will their combined name be? Brevi? Levistol? Sadly, those both kind of sound like high-cholesterol medications (faux advertisement: “Side effects for Levistol include spontaneous pregnancy, Playgirl pictorials…”).

Would you watch a Bristol/Levi reality show, PopWatchers? What should their combined name be?

'Kill the Ground Zero Mosque' ad rejected by CBS, NBC: Was it the right decision?

CBS and NBC have rejected an ad by the National Republican Trust PAC that seeks to rally viewers against a proposed mosque that would be built two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York City. The one-minute spot (embedded below) begins with the words “the audacity of JIHAD” flashing on the screen followed shortly thereafter by the image of a plane flying into the World Trade Center; an accompanying voiceover declares that “to celebrate that murder of 3,000 Americans, they want to build a monstrous 13-story mosque at Ground Zero.”

The national spot “didn’t meet our broadcast standards,” said a spokesperson for CBS, confirming the network’s decision not to run it. An NBC spokesperson also confirmed the decision to reject the spot, but did not offer an explanation why. Nonetheless, EW obtained a letter from NBC Universal advertising standards manager Jennifer Riley to the NRT PAC explaining that: READ FULL STORY

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