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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The inexplicably wonderful “Meet the Robinsons”

This is the next entry of a reoccurring feature of sorts, spotlighting the movies that aren’t just my favorites, but films that I probably hold in higher esteem than anyone else out there in the critical community.
Next up is a film that celebrates its sixth-anniversary this Saturday. But I saw it six years ago today at a press screening. No, I’m not talking about Blades of Glory, but the inexplicably wonderful Meet the Robinsons.
I walked into said press screening for this one knowing almost nothing about it, save for a few pieces of promotional art and something about musical ‘wiseguy’ frogs. I distinctly remember walking out of the press screening, my eyes more than a little watery, and immediately calling my wife to inform her that I had just wasted a Wednesday afternoon. I had just seen something truly special and she was going to have to accompany me for a repeat viewing as soon as possible.
It was that kind of remarkable discovery, a completely unexpected masterpiece during a time when Disney animation of the non-Pixar variety had fallen into a bit of a rut. Six years later, it is perhaps my favorite film of the prior decade and in a just world would stand alongside the Katzenberg Waking Sleeping Beauty era as one of Disney’s modern crown jewels. At the time, what stood out about Meet the Robinsons was how unassuming it was. It was not a fairy-tale story, it was not a talking animal comedy, and it was not a would-be animated epic of any kind.
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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 [...]

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 [...]

Drug charges dropped against Jon Bon Jovi’s daughter

HollywoodNews.com: Jon Bon Jovi’s daughter, Stephanie Bongiovi, will not be facing drug charges after allegedly overdosing on heroin.
The Oneida County District Attorney’s Office will be dropping the charges due to a New York law that states people experiencing a drug overdose — as well as the people who help them seek medical care — cannot be prosecuted in those instances, states TMZ.
Bon Jovi’s daughter was treated at a hospital for a drug overdose after being found unconscious at a college dorm room. After that, she was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and criminally using drug paraphernalia.
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‘Jersey Shore’s’ Snooki on being ready for more kids

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Jersey Shore’ star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi may have just welcomed her first child, but it sounds like she is already ready for more.
Snooki recently revealed that she is looking forward to growing her family because it wasn’t so bad the first time around, states Hollyscoop. “Four babies, yes, because the delivery was really not that bad, even though I was in labor for 27 hours. I didn’t feel anything because I had the epidural, and him obviously coming out, that hurt,” Snooki commented.
However, dealing with the pre-delivery nerves weren’t as easy: “I was shaking because when I get really nervous or scared my teeth start chattering like I’m freezing and I did that the whole time.”
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Sharon Osbourne reveals she had double mastectomy

HollywoodNews.com: Sharon Osbourne has been through a lot with her health as she has previously suffered cancer, and now decided to undergo a double mastectomy to prevent further problems.
Osbourne decided to go through with the surgery after finding out she was genetically likely to get breast cancer, states UsMagazine.com. “I’ve had cancer before, and I didn’t want to live under that cloud . . . The odds are not in my favor. I decided to take everything off, and had a double mastectomy,” Osbourne revealed.
And although it seems difficult, it wasn’t a hard decision for Osbourne: “I want to be around for a long time and be a grandmother to Pearl.”
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Giuliana, Bill Rancic planning for more children

HollywoodNews.com: Giuliana and Bill Rancic just welcomed their first child via gestational carrier, but now they are already looking forward to adding to their family.
Giuliana recently revealed that they are doing what they can to keep their family growing, states Hollyscoop. “We’ve got a few embryos on ice. They’re ready to go! A lot of people have one kid and it’s enough. But for us, we’re just having so much fun that we’d love to have another child!” Giuliana commented.
As Giuliana is still on medication due to her breast cancer battle, they would give surrogacy another go: “We’d have to go down the surrogacy path again. Thankfully, before I went on my medication, we did another round of [in vitro fertilization], so we have embryos ready to go.”
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Tori Spelling shows off new baby on ‘Us Weekly’

HollywoodNews.com: Tori Spelling recently welcomed her fourth child with husband Dean McDermott, and now she is showing off the little guy on the cover of ‘Us Weekly.’
Spelling is not only showing off the new addition, Finn, but she is revealing what a difficult and dangerous pregnancy it was this time, states UsMagazine.com. Spelling was diagnosed with placenta previa twenty weeks into the pregnancy which is a condition where the placenta covers the cervix, leading to massive internal bleeding. She was allegedly at risk to start bleeding so much that the pregnancy would have to be terminated.
During the pregnancy, she ended up spending ten weeks in the hospital and four months on bed rest.
“I just remember thinking, I can’t leave three children behind,” Spelling said about being in fear of dying during the pregnancy.
Now, both mom and baby are doing well at home.
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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.”
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