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Tweet Follow me Justin Bieber’s agent, Nick Styne of CAA, says that TMZ’s photos that allegedly show Mr. Bieber with a joint in his hand have been doctored. “The images were altered and my client, singer Justin Bieber, was not involved with them at all,” Nick Styne writes. But his words are falling largely on deaf ears because the overall media narrative has been that he did it. Indeed, Bieber has not issued a statement that he did not do it. Fans Don’t Care What’s interesting...

Tweet Follow me George Lucas And Mellody Hobson, the seven-year-long relationship between the legendary filmmaker, creator of Star Wars, and Irish Coffee-lover (I had one with him at the old Aqua Restaurant in San Francisco six years ago), and the businesswoman who is president of Chicago investment firm Ariel Investments has turned into an engagement. First, congratulations! That means if he can do it at 68, there’s still time for this blogger! Second, the announcement catapulted “George Lucas”...

Tweet Follow me James Bond will get an Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, sort of. The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced that the presentation ceremony will have a celebration of the 50th Birthday of James Bond. “We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday,” said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “Starting with ‘Dr. No’ back in 1962, the 007...

Tweet Follow me The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has what could only be called a “Votergate” problem. First, the main news is that the Oscar Nominations Voting Period has been extended to January 4th (press release below). Second, according to Deadline.com, a number of Academy members were having problems adjusting to a new online voting format, when they were used to the old snail mail system used over the past 84 years of The Oscars. You can ask for a paper ballot only if your dues...

Tweet Follow me 2012 will be remembered as the year of Mad Men, PSY, and Online TV. Consider that, for the first time in history, the number of people watching television in TV dropped over the previous year. While Cary Carr at TargetCast TCM says this new development is “not cause for alarm” this blogger disagrees. This shift has already alarmed many in the acting community, as my 2010 Comic Con interview with veteran actor Victor McCay reveals: The overall problem is the expansion in the number...

Tweet Follow me Chris Brown and Rihanna (Robyn Rihanna Fenty) were at the LA Lakers v. NY Knicks NBA Christmas Day Game and were sitting close and getting along in a lovey-dovey way. That would be fine except that Mr. Brown beat Rihanna’s face to an awful condition in 2009. Rihanna’s a public figure sending the wrong message to her fans, especially those who are little girls growing up to be teenagers. It’s like the little girl who was on Oprah’s Show in 2009, saying that “maybe...

Tweet Follow me Olivia Culpo is the 2012 Miss Universe winner, and became the first American to do so since 1997 when she was crowned at Planet Hollywood last Wednesday in Las Vegas. Olivia Culpo, a Boston University sophomore, calls herself a “cellist nerd” but she just may be the first “round the way girl” to win Miss Universe, let alone be Miss USA. That this is so is no small issue: Culpo’s rise points the way toward an evolution in American Culture that’s far more inclusive...

Tweet Follow me Even though he was born in Philadelphia and passed away in Los Angeles, Jack Klugman’s someone I always associate with New York City. The reasons are simple: his role as Oscar Madison, the sloppy, smart but everyman sports writer friend and roommate to Felix Unger, expertly played by the late Tony Randall. Klugman’s ties to New York, both before and after The Odd Couple. But most of all, that simple, all-knowing, seen-it-all way that’s the hallmark of almost everyone from New...

Tweet Follow me The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences reports that there are 75 original songs up for “Best Orignal Song” at the 85th Academy Awards. Among them is Adele’s amazing, haunting song “Skyfall” from James Bond’s Skyfall is up for consideration. Here’s that song: Nominations will be announced January 10th; here’s the giant list of songs: “For You” from “Act of Valor” “Metaphorical Blanket” from...

Tweet Follow me There are 282 movies eligible to be nominated for Best Picture at the 85th Academy Awards. According to The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, to be eligible for 85th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days. Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited...

Tweet Follow me Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards opened Monday, and that included the first time use of electronic voting for the 5,856 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Academy Members will have until 5 p.m. PT, Thursday, January 3, 2013, to vote electronically or mail in a paper ballot. Any paper ballots received after the deadline will not be counted. Nominations and final Awards ballots will be tabulated and verified by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to ensure that all aspects...

Tweet Follow me What’s the economic impact of The Lord Of The Rings movie series? That’s a question explored in the newest video by Online MBA. The video explains that New Zealand, the place where the movies were made, experienced a 40 percent jump in tourism due to the series between 2000 and 2006. Book sales have totaled $2.25 billion. The movies series is the sixth highest grossing of all time, earning just over $4 billion. Well, I shouldn’t give away the entire video. Here it is: Stay...

Tweet Follow me The Legendary Billy Crystal, arriving in all of his Hollywood / New York presence to grace the stage at the #121212Concert, was being totally blasted on Twitter, even as he spoke. I have to report that even my own mother, who I’m visiting here in Georgia, remarked that BC looked different – older. “It still looks like him, but it’s not him,” she said. No. It’s Billy Crystal. I thought perhaps Mom was the only one who was criting pour Mr. Crystal. Nope The Twitterverse...

Tweet Follow me The Man Of Steel Trailer was released just a few hours ago by Warner Bros, and it’s already a Twitter trend. While the video posted on the studio’s YouTube channel should hit over a million views by tomorrow, the message the 1:32’s of image gives will frame how this movie will be received: as sad, somber, contemplative, and at points threatening. Without knowing the storyline in detail, this blogger can offer what appears to be The Story: Clark Kent grows up on Earth a child of...

Tweet Follow me The giant legion of fans of Justin Bieber, including 31 million Twitter Followers, is pissed off that The Grammy Awards have failed to nominate either artist for any one of the awards at the upcoming ceremony. But, as explained in the video, the reason is simple: both Justin Bieber and One Direction play to a teen audience, mostly, whereas a performer like the awesome Adele, who took The Grammy’s by storm in 2011, appeals to everyone from 8 to 80. (And her latest, Skyfall, is just incredible.)...

Tweet Follow me Star Trek: Into Darkness is creeping up on us Trekkers in a J.J. Abrams sort of way. The poster for the next installment in the series of J.J. Abrams movies, posted by various publications starting just about midnight PST, has already caused “Star Trek Into Darkness” to appear as a Twitter Top Trend. What this proves, if anyone needs a demonstration, is that the hunger for “Star Trek” has not died one bit. From the Zennie62 “Kirk v. Picard” debate video on a...

Tweet Follow me Cameron Diaz is a beautiful woman. This blogger stood just 10 feet away from her as she was seated at The Beverly Hills Polo Lounge in 2011. The thing I wanted to do was buy her a cocktail and complement her on how she maintains her toned body (she loves to show her arms). This year, Ms. Diaz said the words that I suspected she’d say: that she, and most women, love a complement. Some call this objectification, which has a negative connotation. Bu, according to Psychology Today, Cameron...

Tweet Follow me CNN just had a segment devoted to “Black Nerds” that was just completely annoying. The reason is, Carolyn Costello, the CNN Anchor over the telecast, was trying to push being black and being a nerd as something new, and the guest, some brother with the Tampa Bay Tribune, who’s name I didn’t catch, just went along with it. In his case, and what set me off, was that he said he didn’t have a black role model for being a nerd. Then, he associated nerdom with pop-culture,...

Tweet Follow me The X-Factor on this evening featured a group called Emblem3. Emblem3’s a group of three teen boys who look like someone you’d pass on the street without giving them a second look – but that’s this blogger. The teen girls seem to like them, and that’s all that matters when you’re talking about moving music. But with that, their music’s not just moving. Demi Lovato was right when she gave them a crit for just sort of going through the motions. And that...

Tweet Follow me Carly Rae Jepsen. Did the wildly popular singer of the massive hit “Call Me Maybe” get on YouTube and flag Beverly Hills singer AZA’s song “Hunky Santa” with an adult tag so fewer people would see it? That’s the claim of the latest press release that popped up in this blogger’s email just about 13 minutes ago from this writing. If you’re not familiar with what’s going on, AZA, who was interviewed introducing her album AZA Highspeed at The Night...