'Mad Men' carries heavy baggage
September 6th, 2010
05:01 PM ET

'Mad Men' carries heavy baggage

Editor’s Note: This post contains spoilers for the Sunday, September 5 episode of AMC’s "Mad Men."

Last night’s episode was a good one, no?  We dealt with lots of baggage – figuratively and literally – so let’s get to it!

Tasked with coming up with a campaign for Samsonite, Peggy, Joey, Danny (ugh) and Rizzo (double ugh) presented a mock-up of a commercial that would star Joe Namath manhandling a Samsonite suitcase.  Don was not impressed.  He wasn’t the only one.  Sal’s Patio Cola dance from last season is the benchmark by which I measure all SCDP presentations.  Anyhow, Peggy was admonished while the boys shuffled off to smoke cigarettes and talk about dames, presumably.

Shortly thereafter, while most of the gang left to take in the infamous Cassius Clay – Sonny Liston “Phantom Punch” fight, Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss stayed behind to work on their submission reels for next year’s Emmy Awards.  Man, I thought some of this episode’s scenes were the most powerful of the entire series.

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Cee Lo's YouTube hit sparks parody
September 6th, 2010
03:54 PM ET

Cee Lo's YouTube hit sparks parody

Sure, having a viral video is nice, but you haven’t really hit the masses until your YouTube hit is remixed or redone. Or both as is the case with Cee Lo’s “F**k You” video, which is, without a doubt, one of pop culture’s most memorable moments of the summer.

The video - originally released with lyrics flashing on the screen, karaoke-style - details the singer’s failed pursuit of a gold-digger. “I guess the change in my pocket wasn’t enough," he sings.

Last month, rapper 50 Cent got in on the fun when he created a verse from the perspective of the rich man who ended up with Cee Lo’s girl. “When the bills come your a** just can’t help,” he raps.

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Comedian Robert Schimmel dies at 60
September 6th, 2010
02:44 PM ET

Comedian Robert Schimmel dies at 60

Comedian Robert Schimmel died Friday from injuries he suffered in a car accident a week prior, Bob Merlis, his friend and former rep at Warner Bros. Records, confirmed to CNN. He was 60 years old.

Schimmel, his son and his daughter, 19, were traveling in his daughter’s car on August 26 when she swerved to avoid an oncoming car, the New York Daily News reported Saturday. Schimmel’s daughter is in stable condition. His son was released from the hospital shortly after the accident.

After losing his 11-year-old son to cancer in 1993, suffering a heart attack and being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and hepatitis C, Schimmel, a frequent guest on “The Howard Stern Show,” turned to humor to cope with the perils of life. He penned “Cancer on $5 a Day (chemo not included): How Humor Got Me Through the Toughest Journey of My Life” in 2008.

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Kellan Lutz: A friend to the animals
September 6th, 2010
01:55 PM ET

Kellan Lutz: A friend to the animals

A recent instance of animal cruelty was enough to drive a stake through the heart of "Twilight" actor Kellan Lutz.

Lutz, who plays vampire Emmett Cullen in the hit film series, was so upset after seeing disturbing YouTube video footage of a giggling Bosnian girl throwing six helpless puppies into a river that he took to Twitter yesterday to express his anger.

"I've never been so disgusted before. That video is so incredibly disturbing and plain out wrong," wrote Lutz, an animal-lover who posed with his rescued mutt Kola for a PETA ad urging fans to adopt pets from shelters.

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Kanye West: I'm sorry, Taylor
September 6th, 2010
12:49 PM ET

Kanye West: I'm sorry, Taylor

One year after he interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West is still singing the blues. The hip-hop superstar wrote a lengthy apology to the country queen on Twitter over the weekend, saying his actions had nothing to do with race and claiming that he's been treated like the Wicked Witch of the West.

"She had no idea what hit her," West, who rushed the stage to proclaim that Swift's Best Female Video award should have gone to Beyoncé, tweeted Saturday. "She deserves the apology more than anyone."

West, 33, insists his actions that evening had nothing to do with skin color but everything to do with taking a stand. "I watched Justin Timberlake at the Grammies loose every televised award including album of the year which the Dixie Chicks won," he wrote. "I would have ran on stage for Justin that night because Sexy Back (in my mind) was that important... that impactful to our culture. It's not about race America."

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Jessica Simpson takes her romance to Twitter... again
September 6th, 2010
11:54 AM ET

Jessica Simpson takes her romance to Twitter... again

Following her failed marriage to Nick Lachey and rocky high-profile romances with crooner John Mayer and football star Tony Romo, Jessica Simpson might finally have found Mr. Right.

On Saturday, the singer, who has been dating former San Francisco 49er Eric Johnson since May, tweeted a message to let the world know she's in love. "I met a wonderful man. Damn I'm lucky!" wrote Simpson, who also posted a Twitpic of herself gazing adoringly at Johnson.

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