April 22, 2014

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Hollywood Bad Times: Part 2

By ROBERT W. WELKOS
The Curse of the Blood Moons isn’t on any studio release schedule this year as far as we know, but then again, we’re not talking about the latest horror flick.
We’re talking about Hollywood itself.
No matter how you look at it, 2014 is shaping up to be among the most turbulent year Hollywood has ever experienced—and we have yet to reach summer.
It wasn’t that long ago that Hollywood was reeling from the drug overdose death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman in his Greenwich Village apartment.
Hoffman’s death followed on the heels of director Woody Allen being accused by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow of molesting her when she was only 7 years old.
Then there was the suicide of Nancy Motes, Julia Roberts’ half-sister, who died of a drug overdose and left a five-page suicide ranting against the Oscar winner. In the weeks before her death, Motes tweeted: “Just so you all know ‘America’s Sweetheart is a B***H.”
And all this coming as we recently said goodbye to Mickey Rooney, Shirley Temple and Sid Caesar.
Now comes the shocking lawsuit by a man named Michael Egan accusing “X-Men” director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when Egan was a teenager at a September 1999 party held at an Encino estate. Egan claims in the lawsuit that he felt “Like a piece of meat to these people.”
Singer’s attorney, Martin Singer, has vigorously denied the allegations, calling Egan’s allegations “clearly fabricated.”
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Fabricated or not, the Egan lawsuit is just the latest bad press endured by a bludgeoned Hollywood—and we haven’t mentioned Miley Cyrus twerking or Justin Bieber allegedly egging a neighbor’s house when not getting busted for DUI in Miami.
If Hollywood were a person, it would be time for intervention.
If Hollywood were a person, it would be time for a crisis management team from Sitrick & Co. to come in to handle PR.
But Hollywood is not a person. It’s a Dream Factory. Only lately it seems to resemble a Nightmare Factory.

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Meryl Streep and Katie Couric join together against cancer

Academy Award®-winning actress Meryl Streep encourages people to get screened for colon cancer in new broadcast public service announcements (PSAs) that launch in March, in conjunction with National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
The PSAs, which will premiere today on Katie!, are the latest collaboration between the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (EIF’s NCCRA), co-founded by Katie Couric, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the CDC’s Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign. This initiative is a multi-year effort to educate Americans about the importance of regular colorectal cancer screening for men and women aged 50 years and over.
Streep is one of the world’s most renowned actors, having won three Academy Awards as well as multiple Golden Globe, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and Screen Actors Guild awards, in addition to Primetime Emmys and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. She is the third Oscar-winning actor to appear in the Screen for Life campaign, along with Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton.
Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, taking the lives of more than 50,000 Americans every year. Yet the disease is highly preventable through screening. Screening can detect pre-cancerous growths called polyps that can be removed before they develop into colorectal cancer. Screening can also detect colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment is most effective.
Streep explains these benefits of screening in the PSA, titled Control, adding that, “For me, screening was simple and quick. It was no big deal, except for the huge sense of relief you feel afterwards.”
The colorectal cancer death rate has declined steadily for several years. According to the CDC, half of this decrease can be attributed to more people getting screened. Despite that progress, one third of U.S. adults age 50 and over are still not up to date with recommended screening.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends colorectal cancer screening for men and women aged 50–75. (The decision to be screened after age 75 should be made on an individual basis. People older than 75 are advised to ask their doctors if they should be screened.)
The CDC considers Screen for Life one of the most effective campaigns it has undertaken to encourage screening.
Streep said she was motivated to get screened after seeing Katie Couric’s [...]

Charlize Theron will be awarded the Honorary Chair of this year’s Cinema for Peace Gala

Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron will be awarded the Honorary Chair of this year’s Cinema for Peace Gala on February 9th at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Berlin.
The South African actress and United Nations Messenger of Peace is the founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP), which calls for medical education and battles against the spread of HIV. Charlize Theron will receive the Cinema for Peace Honorary Award for her commitment against the spread of the disease among young South Africans. More than 300,000 people die each year of AIDS in South Africa alone; an estimated 5.6 million people are infected with HIV or AIDS in South Africa and 34 million worldwide.
“As a South African, Charlize Theron cares deeply about the human suffering of those infected, their families and friends due to HIV and AIDS. Every day thousands of people die of this disease. Charlize Theron’s Africa Outreach Project contributes tremendously in the concerned areas, helping to educate children and minors about HIV and AIDS as well as to support affected persons,” Cinema for Peace founder Jaka Bizilj explains and mentions that “since the FIFA World Cup and a premiere with Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu in 2010, the Cinema for Peace Foundation has been fighting AIDS by presenting cinema screenings of the movie ‘Themba’ to young people in rural areas.”
This year, Africa plays a major role in various program acts of the gala. Fatou Bensouda from Gambia, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, will present the “Cinema for Peace Justice Award.” This category features movies such as “Class Dismissed” with Malala Yousafzai, who barely survived an assassination attempt last October after having refused to accept the Taliban decision not to go to school anymore. Other nominations in this category are “Invisible Children – Kony 2012,” “The Act of Killing,” “The Central Park Five” and “No.” Inspired by the portrait of a campaign leader, who triggered off the fall of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet by using creativity and a 15 minute advertising film, and will tell the story of how one of the most brutal and notorious dictators of the 20th century has been removed by peaceful means.
The “International Human Rights Film Award” category, presented by Amnesty International, the Human Rights Film Network and the Cinema for Peace Foundation, will award the movie “Call Me Kuchu,” the late founder of Sexual Minorities [...]

Dr. Oz discussing SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK and mental illness

By Dr. Oz
When I attended the candlelight vigil memorializing the shooting victims of the Newtown Massacre, I talked with people in the community who kept trying to understand the complex machinations in a sick mind that commits such a senseless act. The Newtown shooting created a new sense of urgency to understand and embrace mental illness. Just as we tackled a threat to our national security with a comprehensive Homeland Security approach, we need to break down barriers with a comprehensive approach to treating mental illness. This is needed to keep us safe and to save us money, as we alleviate the personal pain so many feel. Most importantly as a nation we owe it to the victims of Newtown and their honor.
With the best of intentions, due to past abuses, we have strict rules around confidentiality and confinement of those with mental illness. As a result, mental health professionals have a confined ability to push solutions on families. Yet heart surgeons like me can do whatever we deem appropriate to help a heart attack victim, including emergency transport to catheterization labs.
In many ways, managing mental illness represents the final frontier of medicine because we struggle with the painful reality of coping with an invisible ailment that sneaks up on us unpredictably and has overt consequences on families and communities. But we are surrounded by differing degrees of mental illness in ourselves, in relatives we love, and in some people that we should fear. I was thrilled to witness this reality addressed so tenderly in the hit movie, Silver Linings Playbook. The movie’s humor cracks our natural defense against “messed up people” so wisdom and insight penetrates into our psyche. More importantly, solutions for the unlikely protagonists come from unexpected places as profoundly flawed people complement each other’s ailments. An institutionalized manic-depressive man (Pat Jr.) is freed by his loving mother who is willing to lie to her obsessive, compulsive gambler husband (Pat Sr.) to give the boy another chance. Pat Sr.’s first question after being surprised by his son’s return is, “Are you taking the right dosage?” Pat Jr. falls in love with a complimentarily strange woman and they awaken a dormant sense of hope by understanding each other without judgment. The movie shows us the humanity and similarities in the lives of those who are challenged with major disorders.
Silver Linings Playbook reminds us that what makes us so [...]

Autism Speaks – My Name Is David

“As we all know these are difficult times. Not only for our entire country but also for the millions of people affected by autism. As media outlets speculate on the preposterous link between autism and violence there are many innocent people being harmed. We must try and be as loud as we can that this horrifying act has nothing to do with autism.” Matthew Asner, Executive Director for Autism Speaks.

“My Name is David” is an animated short film from one of the animators of Robot Chicken, Matt Manning, that depicts a young student’s speech to his fellow classmates about his autism. The film features the actual words and voice of the author of the speech,14-year-old David Shapiro Sharif. Sharif’s speech aims not only to educate children and adults about autism but also to give a voice to the more than one million young men and women with autism in schools throughout the country.
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Jenny McCarthy talks mid-life crisis at 40

HollywoodNews.com: Jenny McCarthy has seemed to be enjoying turning 40, but it seems that she has actually been going through a bit of a mid-life crisis.
McCarthy recently admitted that she is handling the aging process just like a typical guy going through it, states RadarOnline. “Turning 40, I noticed I’m in the midst of a minor mid-life crisis. I bought a sports car, started dating young guys and I’m twirling glow sticks at night clubs with kids that could be my own if I had one in my youth,” McCarthy joked.
However, she is enjoying parts of getting older: “I must say, it’s worth it for the wisdom that you gain … I know who I am, I work my ass off to provide for my boy, I have an amazing son and we are both healthy.”
Do you think she’s handling 40 well?
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Jenny McCarthy reveals drug past with ‘Playboy’

HollywoodNews.com: Jenny McCarthy has certainly had a crazy past, and now she is revealing more in her book ‘Bad Habits: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic.’
McCarthy opens up in the book about once using drugs with her fellow ‘Playboy’ playmates, states RadarOnline. “Holding up drugs in front of a group of Playmates was like holding up an arm to a cannibal tribe. We jumped on the box fighting to get as many little white capsules as possible. Instead of saving some for later, we all pounded at least five at once,” McCarthy revealed.
The moment reportedly occurred during a trip to Hawaii where they were all taking Vicodin and Ecstasy.
Do you like how open she is about her past?
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‘Housewives of NYC’ star denying drinking problem

HollywoodNews.com: Last season, ‘Real Housewives of New York City’ star Ramona Singer was accused of having a drinking problem, but she is still fighting those accusations.
Singer recently spoke with Anderson Cooper about the claim that she was drinking too much these days, states RadarOnline. “Jill [Zarin] decided I had a drinking problem last year because she was very jealous I came out with Ramona Pinot Grigio,” Singer said about how she thought it all started.
And just because of the accusations, Singer doesn’t plan to stop drinking when she’s filming: “I haven’t had a wine in two weeks but when we are filming it’s very tense, I need a wine to relax me around those women.”
Do you think she has a drinking problem?
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Kristin Cavallari has apparently dropped her pregnancy weight

HollywoodNews.com: Kristin Cavallari just recently gave birth to her first child, a baby boy, but it seems she is already back in pre-baby shape.
It is rumored that since giving birth on August 10th, Cavallari has been working hard with a trainer in order to snap back into shape, states UsMagazine.com. Cavallari did recently take to Twitter to confirm that she is working hard: “Walking uphill on the treadmill to work out this booty. Bye bye baby weight.”
She has allegedly already lost the baby weight she gained during her pregnancy.
Do you think she’s looking good after her pregnancy?
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Michael Clarke Duncan’s cause of death is respiratory failure

HollywoodNews.com: Michael Clarke Duncan passed away recently after going into cardiac arrest at his home and then receiving treatment at a local hospital.
And now, the cause of death has been determined to be respiratory failure although there are other underlying conditions that played roles, states TMZ. One cause included a lack of oxygen to his brain which occurred when he first went into cardiac arrest.
He also reportedly suffered from an irregular quivering heartbeat along with acute myocardial infarction.
Duncan passed away on September 3rd at the age of 54 years old.
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