September 22nd, 2009
08:34 PM ET

Perez Hilton a "cyber-bully"?

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton is "nothing more than a vulgar cyber-bully".

So says the conservative Culture and Media Institute (CMI) in a new report that chastises the mainstream media for giving Hilton a platform while failing to challenge him for misogynistic and "vile" remarks.

"Perez Hilton has proved that demonstrable talent or skill is no longer a prerequisite for fame," the report says.  Ouch!

The CMI blasts Hilton for using the "b-word" to describe The View's Elisabeth Hasselbeck and former Miss California Carrie Prejean, outing closeted stars and for re-printing a Margaret Cho blog in which the comedian fantasized about having oral sex with Sarah Palin.

It's not keen on those "doodles" he draws on celeb photos either, especially the ones showing Prejean speaking into a microphone made to look like a member of the male anatomy.

The CMI (a non-profit run by Brent Bozell, the former head of the conservative Parents Television Council) charges the media has given Hilton "a free pass to say and do outrageous things" and spread "his particular brand of venom." 

It cites examples of interviews on ABC, CBS and NBC where reporters sugar-coated the content on Hilton's popular website.   And it chided HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell (host of "Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell") for defending Hilton in his public spat with Prejean.

What's your take on Perez?  Is he a cyber-bully or just a cyber-smart aleck?

September 22nd, 2009
01:04 PM ET

'Entourage' fans go Ashley-free

"Entourage" fans... how does it feel? I feel great, and you should too. After all, we are officially "Ashley-free"! This blog should be a celebration!

Ashley

After a season full of lows and "lowers", I watched the latest episode of "Entourage" with a strange euphoria. This bowl of euphoria simmered, it boiled, and it runneth over into E breaking up with the girl we love to hate. That's right people, Ashley's "outta here"! Celebrate good times, come on!

I'm feeling so "Kool and the Gang" about this. I'm giddy to think the season's two remaining episodes should be (as my french friends from France would say) "sans Ashley". It was wonderful to watch Ashley's gradual spiral into panic once she realized she couldn't control Eric anymore, and then witness her ultimate melt-down as E said "buh-bye". I even wondered aloud, "I think this is happening. I think E's gonna do it!"

The breakup was pretty beautiful and pretty ugly. As I pumped my fist for E's beautiful moment of liberation, there was the not-so-pretty reality of exactly how short of a full deck Ashley is playing with. Fans, I can promise you this: she won't go quietly and she's got some crazy left up her sleeve.

My prediction? Pain and embarrassment. Ashley WILL pull a foolish act of biblical proportion. However, it will guarantee that Eric swears himself off this girl we've been dying to see get voted off the island. After this, he won't touch her with a laser pointer through tempered glass.

Footnote to the guys: If you're trying to figure out how to break up with that overbearing "chick du-jour", take a page from E's classic walk-away. His demeanor was textbook. He stated the facts, never sank to Ashley's level of "nutty" and made his exit with head held high. Then, he returns the hot assistant's call (with her hot friends) for drinks afterward. Cue the slow crawl of a tear down my cheek. Brilliant.

Elsewhere, the Ari versus Lloyd battle turned ugly also. In his quest to make Lloyd's new life a living hell, the situation turned into an all-out war for Drama. I thought Lloyd's ability to be endearing and true was the difference. Combine that with Ari's inability to do the same and that was pivotal for Drama. He made the right choice to stay with Lloyd.

Summing it all up, Lloyd's exclamation as he won the right to represent Drama speaks for all of us when it comes to Ashley's run coming to an end: "Yippee-ki-yay!"

Fans, we've got a bonus for you this week. Jordan Belfi (aka Adam Davies) talked with us about his thoughts on the show, his character and gives us some inside scoop. You can check out the Jordan Belfi interview here.

Loved, kinda liked or hated this week's episode? Let us know.

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September 22nd, 2009
09:46 AM ET

Your pop culture cheat sheet

Here's what's going on in the world of entertainment:

  • The Michael Jackson documentary "This Is It" will play advanced screenings as early as 9 p.m. on October 27 in around 2,000 theaters, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Moviegoers can purchase early tickets as early as Sunday.
  • If you're looking forward to the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes," starring Robert Downey, Jr., you can now look forward to two of them, according to Variety. Warner Bros. is already in talks to have a sequel written.
  • Not surprisingly, Variety reports that Fox has made the first pick-up for a new show this season, due to the success of "Glee." Now a full season of episodes will be produced.
  • Legendary comic book character Archie isn't just getting married, he could be getting a movie deal. Variety reports that the CAA agency will seek opportunities in movies and television for Archie Comics Publications in the same way that Marvel Comics has done successfully.
  • On DVD today: "Observe and Report," starring Seth Rogen, the direct-to-DVD full-length sequel "Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death," "30 Rock: Season 3," "Castle: The Complete First Season," "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Season 2," "Ugly Betty: The Complete Third Season," "The Mentalist: The Complete First Season," and "Law & Order Special Victims Unit: Year 10."
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