February 19th, 2010
10:33 AM ET

'Family Guy' Down syndrome actress weighs in on Palin

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An actress with Down syndrome who guest-starred on the animated show “Family Guy” thinks Sarah Palin just doesn’t get the joke.

The former vice-presidential candidate and Alaskan governor slammed the Fox animated series after the show racked up some laughs with a line she felt mocked her family.

On a recent episode, a character with Down syndrome named Ellen goes on a date with one of the show’s teenaged characters, Chris. Ellen tells Chris that her mother is “the former governor of Alaska.”


August 14th, 2009
08:37 AM ET

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Stewie from Family Guy

"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane says that the character of Stewie is gay, according to The Los Angeles Times.

"We had an episode that went all the way to the script phase in which Stewie does come out,” MacFarlane told Playboy in an interview. "But we decided it’s better to keep it vague, which makes more sense because he’s a 1-year-old."

MacFarlane also revealed that radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh and former Bush administration strategist Karl Rove are set to play themselves on a future episode of the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Limbaugh previously made a cameo on the show in 2007.

It's full speed ahead for a sequel to this summer's "Wolverine."
Variety reports that Christopher McQuarrie, who worked on the first "X-Men" movie uncredited, has been tapped to write the film's script.

Meanwhile, Bryan Singer, the director of the first two "X-Men" will take on a feature film version of "Battlestar Galactica," according to Variety.

The heirs of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel won a round in court against DC Comics and Warner Bros., according to The Hollywood Reporter. A judge ruled on Wednesday that they had recaptured rights to key portions of the character's origin story, including the first two weeks of the classic Superman comic strip.

At the box office this weekend: "District 9," "The Time Traveler's Wife," "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard," "Bandslam" and "Ponyo."

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