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Alec Baldwin Character Loves Michelle Obama

Tuesday, 07 Apr 2009 04:18 PM

By James Hirsen

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Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Alec Baldwin Character Loves Michelle Obama, Disses Ann Coulter
2. Blondes Have More Professional Trouble
3. Tweeting With the Stars
4. ‘Bruno’ Movie Mocks Angelina and Madonna
5. Review of Pirated ‘X-Men’ Costs Fox News Columnist His Job
 

1. Alec Baldwin Character Loves Michelle Obama, Disses Ann Coulter

If Alec Baldwin is able to get his way, his character on "30 Rock" will fall in love with first lady Michelle Obama.

The actor actually told Hollyscoop.com that he craves the president’s wife as a potential love interest for his “30 Rock” character, and he has apparently already penned the first lady’s part.

“I think my character falls in love with Michelle Obama, of course,” Baldwin blurted. “You know, if it doesn't work out with Barack . . .”

Since Baldwin’s character is a womanizer with designs on the characters played by Tina Fey and Salma Hayek, the president might be wise to step in and provide some of that famous change — to the script.

NBC refers to Baldwin’s character as “the brash new network executive who has turned the show upside down with his meddling ways.”

It seems Baldwin’s onscreen alter ego deosn't care for women of the right-leaning kind, however. His character has been known to diss conservative firebrand Ann Coulter.

“The closest I came to vomiting tonight is when I saw Ann Coulter's shoulder blades,” Baldwin via Donaghy declared in an episode.


2. Blondes Have More Professional Trouble

According to a new survey, almost a third of women with naturally blonde hair have opted to go darker in color.

Why are some of the fair-haired messing with their tresses?

Evidently, it’s being done to shake a bimbo stereotype and to be taken more seriously by employers and co-workers.

The survey was taken by a group called Superdrug, which queried 2,500 women.

Thirty-eight percent of the participants indicated that for employment purposes their hair color had been a disadvantage in some way, and 62 percent were of the opinion that brunettes have an edge over blondes in professional appearance.

Guess when it comes to hair, old stereotypes really dye hard.


3. Tweeting With the Stars

Lately Twitter has been getting a terrabyte’s worth of celebrity buzz.

After a tweeting addiction got pinned with the blame for John Mayer’s breakup with Jennifer Aniston, Mayer opined that posting on the micro blogging social network is “inherently silly and inherently dumb.”

He proceeded to put up a non-silly and fairly astute post on the subject of self-esteem.

“Living by the power of other people's suggestion will slowly kill you. Genuine self esteem isn't a roller coaster. It comes from within,” Mayer texted.

Look for esteem or something like it to end up in a new Mayer song.

Meanwhile Demi Moore’s Twitter wits may have helped save a life.

A distressed woman had sent the “Charlie’s Angels” star an ominous Twitter message that read: “Getting a knife, a big one that is sharp. Going to cut my arm down the whole arm so it doesn’t waste time.”

The alert actress and Ashton Kutcher spouse forwarded the terrible tweet to her 350,000 Twitter followers, adding this supplemental message: “Hope you are joking. Everyone was very torn about responding or retweeting that woman’s post but felt uncomfortable just letting it go.”

Demi’s followers sprang into action and contacted the police who were able to find the woman and prevent the potential suicide.

“Thanks everyone for reaching out to the San Jose PD,” Moore later tweeted. “I am told they are aware and no need to call anymore. I do not know this woman . . .”

“It is my understanding that the situation was not a joke and that through the collective efforts here action was taken to provide help!” Moore added.

It just goes to show that social networks can be used for more than mere amusement.

They can be twitterly important and at times tweetastic.

BTW, I’m a twitterer, too, and if you’re so inclined, please forward me your choicest news twips and H-tweets.

Twanks.


4. ‘Bruno’ Movie Mocks Angelina and Madonna

Despite the large number of children in the U.S. who have no parents, there seems to be some kind of contest going on in Hollywood to see who can adopt the most kids from abroad.

Right now Angelina Jolie has a sizable lead, but Madonna appears to be trying to play catch up.

The Material Girl recently filed a petition to adopt a 3-year-old girl from Malawi named Chifundo James. Chifundo translated means “mercy.”

Because the law in Malawi states that the adopting person must be a resident in the region for 18 months prior to the adoption, Madonna's petition to adopt a second Malawian child was rejected by a Malawian judge.

The judge said that she had “a gripping temptation” to give Madonna a little “mercy.”

But the judge also expressed the belief that granting the petition might induce a dreadful situation: “Removing the very safeguard that is supposed to protect our children . . . could actually facilitate trafficking of children by some unscrupulous individuals,” Justice E.J. Chombo wrote in the ruling.

Human rights activists claimed Madonna was using her fame to skirt the residency requirement for foreigners adopting in the country. They also pointed out that the child is at an orphanage being well taken care of and is enrolled in school.

Madonna reacted in true diva fashion. First, she was able to keep reporters at bay via a shut-down of the road leading to the airport. She then promptly filed an appeal seeking to reverse the High Court’s adoption judgment and skipped town on her private jet.

Incidentally, Madonna does not have to appear before the Malawian Supreme Court of Appeal for the matter to be adjudicated.

Meanwhile Sacha Baron Cohen, who much like Madonna is a master manipulator of the press, leaked a scene from his upcoming film, “Bruno,” which lampoons the celebrity penchant for overseas adopting.

The trailer for the movie has a scene in which Bruno, the gay Austrian fashion journalist character, pulls an African baby out of a cardboard box while at an airport baggage claim. He simultaneously announces, “Angelina's got one; Madonna's got one; now Bruno's got one.”

Bruno then gives his new baby boy a “traditional” African name — “O.J.”


5. Review of Pirated ‘X-Men’ Costs Fox News Columnist His Job

After more than 10 years of acerbic writing, Foxnews.com columnist Roger Friedman has been let go.

The moral of the story is if you work for a company that owns a movie studio, it’s not a good idea to download and review a stolen copy of an upcoming movie.

But that’s apparently what Friedman did.

The entire entertainment industry has been talking about the stolen copy of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” which was posted on the Internet about a month before the movie’s planned debut.

The pirated version was an early, unfinished, special effect-free print, and execs were debating how much of a loss to the box office the leak would represent.

Friedman evidently liked what he saw in the pilfered flick and wrote in his column about ticking off Fox movie execs.

“Right now, my ‘cousins’ at 20th Century Fox are probably having apoplexy,” Friedman professed. “But everyone can relax. I am, in fact, amazed about how great Wolverine turned out. It exceeds expectations at every turn. I was completely riveted to my desk chair in front of my computer.”

Friedman then made the mistake of rubbing the entire creative community the wrong way.

“I did find the whole top 10 [released films], plus TV shows, commercials, videos, everything, all streaming away. It took really less than seconds to start playing it all right onto my computer. I could have downloaded all of it but really, who has the time or the room? Later tonight I may finally catch up with Paul Rudd in I Love You, Man. It’s so much easier than going out in the rain!”

Unfortunately for Friedman, he was accurate in his assessment of his “‘cousins’ at 20th Century Fox.” The studio issued a statement saying, “We’ve just been made aware that Roger Friedman, a freelance columnist who writes Fox 411 on Foxnews.com — an entirely separate company from 20th Century Fox -— watched on the internet and reviewed a stolen and unfinished version of X-Men Orgins: Wolverine. This behavior is reprehensible and we condemn this act categorically -— whether the review is good or bad.”

As industry blogger Nikki Finke posted, Fox News sacked Friedman, explaining that “Roger Friedman’s views in no way reflect the views of News Corporation. We, along with 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, have been a consistent leader in the fight against piracy and have zero tolerance for any action that encourages and promotes piracy. When we advised Fox News of the facts they took immediate action, removed the post, and promptly terminated Mr. Friedman.”

Sources indicate that Fox News head Roger Ailes personally handled the termination.

The FBI is now investigating how the movie made it to the Web.

Notwithstanding the politics of the entertainment business, the private property rights issue hits home when hundreds of millions of dollars are on the line.

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