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Jenny McCarthy “Cures” Autism
October 17, 2008, 7:31 pm
Filed under: Entertainment, Politics | Tags: , , , , , , ,

In an incredibly controversial interview with US Magazine, Jenny McCarthy has announced that she has cured autism.

McCarthy claims that her 6-year-old son, Evan, ‘contracted’ autism after being vaccinated for measles, mumps, and rubella. After being placed on a strict wheat and dairy-free diet, Evan has emerged from his shell, and McCarthy says he is now a loving and attentive child. McCarthy also claims that Evan’s miracle recovery can be linked to divine workings.

“I heard Evan laugh – I jumped on the bed and started screaming. When he finally hugged me, I prayed, ‘Please God don’t let this be the only time.’ I made a deal with God. I said, ‘You fix my boy, you show me the way and I’ll teach the world how I did it.’ “

McCarthy recently appeared on Oprah, spreading her ‘miracle cure’ and promoting the new book she wrote about how she saved her child. She also approached U.S. presidential candidate John McCain to help spread the word on the supposed link between childhood vaccinations and autism, but McCain’s representatives turned her down. This may be the first smart move in McCain’s presidential run.

[Via Perez, US magazine, CelebEdge]

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Too Much Angelina?

Angelina Jolie is set to grace the cover of W Magazine’s November issue, and headlines are already screaming about the picture. But why? Jolie, her baby-daddy Brad Pitt, and their 6 children are almost always on the cover of one magazine or another. It’s all because Jolie is breast-feeding one of her 3-month-old twins in the black and white photo.

The picture is part of an exclusive set shot by Pitt at the couple’s home, and is sparking debate about its appropriateness even before it hits newsstands. While La Leche League International, a breastfeeding advocacy group, is applauding Jolie’s willingness to share the intimate shots with the public, others are quick to say that Jolie is revealing too much.

Jolie and Pitt made headlines the last time they appeared in W Magazine as well. In the shoot released shortly after his split with then-wife Jennifer Aniston, Pitt and Jolie were depicted as the quintessential cookie-cutter family complete with 5 blonde boys and a Brady Bunch-style home. At the time of the shoot Pitt and Jolie were denying rumors that they were a couple – just 3 years and 5 kids later the two are being called America’s Most Beautiful Family.

So exactly what is all the fuss about? Jolie reveals little more on the magazine cover than she would in one of her notoriously revealing award show dresses. What we see is a happy mom in a quiet moment with the man she loves, caring for one of her children. If not for the small hand of Vivienne (or Knox, baby hands are so hard to tell apart) peeking out from her open shirt, it would be difficult to tell that Jolie was breastfeeding. Why is this shot too much for a world constantly prying into the Brangelina brood’s personal life? Have we finally seen too much of Angelina Jolie, or are people overreacting about the maternal pics?



When in Doubt, Deny, Deny, Deny

Lately it seems that celebrities (and their publicists) are spending a lot of time backpedaling. We all know how it goes – Celebrity X is seen kissing Celebrity Y (or better yet, Celebrity Y’s best friend), there are pictures to prove it, Hollywood is abuzz with the new couple, and suddenly everybody is denying it ever happened. No, Kirsten Dunst never dated Justin “Mac-Guy” Long, because they have never even met! All those pictures? Of them together? Fabricated on Justin’s iMac. Several big denials have been circulating around Hollywood over the past few days, here is the inside scoop on two favorites.

Among the latest to have their publicists release a statement denying their relationship are Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson. As we reported last week, Lohan confirmed she and Ronson had been together for quite some time, finally confirming what the rest of the world has been saying for years. Flash forward a few days and Lohan’s publicist is telling TVGuide that Lohan did not “confess” anything. So when DJ Ted Stryker blatently asked Lohan how long she had been seeing Ronson, and Lohan responded “A long…a very long time”? That was just her way of playing along with Stryker’s obvious come-on. Yup, I’m convinced. Lohan and Ronson are definitely not dating. They just co-ordiate their outfits, kiss in public, and go on vacation alone because they’re best friends. Makes perfect sense.

Sharon Stone is also quick to deny reports that she wanted Botox injections for 8-year-old son Roan. Stone says that she was never seeking such treatments for her son, and the entire media-fueled debate was a complete fabrication. This one might be true. Did anybody actually think that the same woman who called the devastating earthquakes in China “karma” could be responsible for such horrible actions towards her son? Really people. Give Ms. Stone some credit.



Six Degrees of Celebrity Gossip

Everything in Hollywood is connected, one way or another.


Late last week shocking reports surfaced that a private plane carrying Travis Barker (former Blink-182 drummer) and DJ A.M. had crashed. The plane reportedly blew a tire upon take off and ran into an embankment, setting on fire. Barker and A.M. luckily escaped the wreckage, which killed the pilot, co-pilot, and Barker’s personal assistant and security guard. Both musicians suffered extensive burns, but are expected to make a full recovery.

A few days after the crash, DJ Samantha Ronson and Lindsay Lohan called into the radio show Loveline to discuss DJ A.M., a close friend of Ronson’s. Near the end of the interview Loveline host DJ Ted Stryker asked Lohan how long she and Ronson had been together. Ending media speculation over their relationship, Lohan responded “A long…a very long time.” This confirmation makes Ronson and Lohan (a former Disney movie star) one of the youngest high profile lesbian couples Hollywood has ever seen.

Scandal circled around Lohan’s fellow Disney movie star Miley Cyrus as reports surfaced that Cyrus was dedicated to ending her run on the popular Disney Channel show Hannah Montana. Cyrus later denied the reports, stating her commitment to the show that launched her career.

Yet another Disney star, actor Shia Labeouf was cleared of charges stemming from the July car accident that injured the 22 year old star. Labeouf, who was hit after another driver ran a red light, had been charged with a misdemeanor DUI. This was not the first alchohol-related incident for Labeouf, who had previously been arrested following a drunken outing at Walgreens. Perhaps Labeouf should take a cue from other celebrities who have sought treatment for their addiction!

Keith Urban has been back in the news, but for other reasons! Urban’s wife, Nicole Kidman, recently stated that it was a swim in magic fertility waters in the Australian Outback that lead to her pregnancy and the birth of her daughter, Sunday Rose. There’s definitely something in the water…

…and has Eva Longoria been sipping it? Amidst celebrity baby births and pregnancy announcements popping up all over, Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria is denying rumors that she is pregnant. Longoria maintains that she is “..just fat”, sparking debate over her possible baby bump.



Free Katie Holmes! Free Katie Holmes!
September 19, 2008, 10:57 am
Filed under: Celebrity Gossip, Entertainment | Tags: , , , , , ,

Katie Holmes just can’t catch a break. Her last film, Mad Money, received poor reviews, she appears to have severed ties with former best friend and hairstyle icon Victoria Beckham, and now her Broadway debut is being protested.

Protesters gathered outside the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre Thursday night, in what OK! Magazine reports was their way of “… just showing her support pretty much.” Holmes has been receiving similar “support” since her 2006 marriage to Scientologist-extraordinaire Tom Cruise, whom many of Holmes’ more vocal fans suggest is holding her hostage inside his Xenu-worshipping vault. Cruise entered the theatre to applause as he took in his wife’s first showing of All My Sons.

Despite the protest outside, Holmes reportedly put on a good show – at final curtain Holmes and cast received a standing ovation. But just how good was Holmes’ performance? Maybe the audience was just afraid of shunning a poor performance and upsetting Holmes’ crazier-half, the couch-jumping Cruise?

[Via OK! Magazine, IDon’tLikeYouInThatWay.com, YouTube]



AHOY!
September 18, 2008, 10:20 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , ,

September 19th is International Talk Like A Pirate Day! Who doesn’t love an excuse to walk around yelling “ARRRR!” all day?

Get ready and learn to speak Pirate from the very creators of this day, Cap’n Slappy and Ol’ Chumbucket!

[Via YouTube]



9021..oh..really?
September 12, 2008, 11:24 am
Filed under: Television | Tags: , ,

Let me preface this by saying that I like television. I enjoy sitcoms (laugh tracks make me laugh), the daily news isn’t the ‘daily news’ unless delivered by a stuffy reporter in a bad suit, and late night programming is a great undiscovered treasure. Like many children of the 80s, television was a huge part of my childhood, and continues to play a significant role in my life today. This is why I feel I must address a disturbing trend I have noticed occurring in television programming as of late. I’ve dubbed this trend Questionable Remake Syndrome (or QRS, if you will). QRS occurs when a popular past TV show is revamped and presented as a great new show, despite the past TV show having been cancelled/run off the air because it was no longer worth watching.

The latest show to fall victim to QRS is none other than Beverly Hills: 90210. The ‘new’ version, dubbed simply 90210, has so far aired two episodes this season. I have watched both episodes, and admit they weren’t entirely awful, but present this argument as to why Beverly Hills: 90210 should never have been resurrected: it’s old! Since the original series aired we’ve seen the likes of Dawson’s Creek, The OC, and in the really-we-aren’t-scripted ‘reality’ category, The Hills, all of which follow the Beverly Hills established formula of ‘watch the pretty boy ask the pretty girl on a date, encounter a defined teenage issue, fight, fight, make up, and solve the issue by the end of the hour’. Do we really need a remake of the original when we have so many ‘new’ versions that don’t force us to watch Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty, and Joe E. Tata (the Peach Pit guy) painfully reprise characters that should have been retired years ago? I mean, really, how forced is this? Can’t we just leave well enough alone?


[Via YouTube]