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Carly Simon's Clue about 'You're So Vain' Mystery Man

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Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Carly Simon’s Clue about ‘You’re So Vain' Mystery Man
2. Producer May Have Harmed ‘Hurt Locker’ Oscar Odds
3. Fox's ‘Family Guy' No. 1 in FCC Indecency Complaints
4. Paris Hilton Beer Ads Anger Brazilian Government
5. Movie Destruction of Christ Statue Garners Church’s Wrath


1. Carly Simon’s Clue about ‘You’re So Vain' Mystery Man

For almost 40 years folks have been speculating about who it was that Carly Simon was singing about in her 1972 hit song, “You’re So Vain.”

“You had me several years ago
When I was still quite naïve
Well, you said that we made such a pretty pair
And that you would never leave…”

Based on lyrics such as these, the unnamed person was assumed to be someone Simon had been romantically involved with, like maybe Warren Beatty, Mick Jagger, Kris Kristofferson or even Cat Stevens.

The folk/pop/rock star had been so adept at keeping her lips locked when it came to the mystery man, she could have landed a gig with the CIA.

But now (possibly as part of a marketing ploy) Simon is revealing a clue via an acoustic variation of “Vain” on an upcoming album.

She told Uncut magazine, “The answer is on the new version of You're So Vain, on my new record Never Been Gone. There's a little whisper and it's the answer to the puzzle.”

What she’s talking about is that when the record is played backwards, the name that is whispered isn’t Warren, Mick, Kris or Cat. Instead it’s David.

The U.K. Sun claims to have found the inspiration for Simon’s tune in the person of record producer David Geffen.

The newspaper reported that Simon harbored some resentment for Geffen because of his attention and promotion of another popular recording artist at the time, Joni Mitchell.

Geffen had signed Mitchell to his Asylum Records label. Simon and Mitchell were purportedly rivals, and Simon was signed on another Geffen label, Elektra.

Simon's publicist, however, disputes the accuracy of the claim.

“The man's first name is David, but it could be one of many Davids,” the publicist told CNN.

Simon has been asked the “who is it” question countless times in the past.

In 1994 she told NBC, “It's the kind of thing that if I actually tell it'll lose the whole mystique. What's the point of telling? Why bother to tell?”

But now that she has spilled the mini bean on the mystery man’s first name, will Simon keep mum for another forty years about who’s the David in the apricot scarf?

2. Producer May Have Harmed ‘Hurt Locker’ Oscar Odds

The Oscars are coming.

This means that producers, directors and actors, et al., are pulling out all the stops.

Sometimes in the quest to snag a little gold statue, though, the senses go dull.

Take, for instance, producer Nicolas Chartier.

Chartier recently sent out an e-mail to Academy voters urging that they cast their votes for the movie “Hurt Locker” rather than “Avatar.”

He also asked e-mail recipients to pass the word to other Oscar voters that they may be acquainted with.

“We need independent movies to win like the movies you and I do, so if you believe The Hurt Locker is the best movie of 2010, help us!” Chartier wrote.

“If everyone tells one or two of their friends, we will win and not a $500M film,” he added.

Unfortunately, the producer’s e-mail violated Academy rules against campaigning directly to voters and disparaging the competition.

Chartier has since apologized on another e-mail to the same Academy members.

Sources indicate that Summit Entertainment immediately jumped into damage control by ordering the producer to cease and desist and is talking directly to the Academy to avoid some kind of punitive action.

Apart from the flack, my sources suggest that a lot of folks in town are whispering in agreement with Chartier, which may bode well for “The Hurt Locker” flick.

Tune in on Sunday, March 7, when the Academy Awards are given out at Hollywood’s Kodak Theater, to find out how the saga ends.

3. Fox's ‘Family Guy' No. 1 in FCC Indecency Complaints

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Enforcement Bureau has a mailbox chock-full of indecency complaints.

SNL Kagan, an online research organization, via a Freedom of Information Act request, acquired the numbers on complaints coming into the FCC.

By the end of 2009, the FCC had a backlog of 1.45 million pending complaints and 12,049 open cases.

So which broadcast TV network garnered the most complaints?

That would be Fox TV.

Fox's animated sitcom, “Family Guy,” pulled in the most complaints among those filed. A March 2009 episode of the show in which a baby drank horse semen with his breakfast cereal brought in 188,368 complaints alone.

Thousands of complaints about other episodes of Seth MacFarlane’s family unfriendly cartoon show poured in as well. The sizable amount of indecency complaint letters for the program could present a problem for executives at the network if the FCC starts implementing fines.

Thanks to “Family Guy” and sports programming, almost 50 percent of the top 50 television indecency grievances sent to the FCC involved Fox shows.

When it comes to cable television, the No. 1 indecency complaint getter is CNN. Wolf Blitzer’s “The Situation Room” received the highest cable complaint count due to a Jack Cafferty rant against China on a show that ran in April 2008.

4. Paris Hilton Beer Ads Anger Brazilian Government

Paris Hilton has riled authorities in the Brazilian government.

A spokesperson for Brazil’s Secretariat for Women's Affairs (BSWA) wants an advertisement that Paris appears in to be removed from the airwaves because of its racy content. So says the Associated Press.

In the ad, Hilton is seen posing in a little black dress while rubbing a can of Devassa (translates to “naughty”) beer on herself as onlookers peer through a window.

The BSWA cited several complaints that were received concerning the ad campaign.

Three separate investigations have been launched by the country’s advertising watchdog.

“It's an ad that devalues women — in particular, blonde women. The problem with the ad isn't a lack of clothing, but its sensual nature. A woman in a bikini on a beach isn't necessarily sensual; it depends on the context,” a spokesperson for the BSWA said.

Hilton tweeted a response via Twitter.

“Are they serious? So ridiculous,” she wrote.

5. Movie Destruction of Christ Statue Garners Church’s Wrath

For those who have suffered through the movie “2012,” you may remember a scene in which Rio de Janeiro’s landmark Christ the Redeemer statue is destroyed.

Columbia Pictures may regret including that scene in the flick if the lawyer for Brazil's Catholic Church is successful.

Attorney Claudine Dutra told the French wire service, AFP, that Columbia did not have the right to use Brazil’s best-known statue in the film.

The lawyer’s claim is based on copyright law.

Dutra said that 99 percent of requests to use images of the statue are approved, but the Church didn’t think it was a good idea to give permission to people who wanted to show a statue of the son of God being knocked down by a tidal wave.

Brazil’s copyright law is similar to that of the U.S., with a copyright lasting until 70 years after the copyright owner’s death.

Paul Landowski created the Christ the Redeemer statue in 1931. The French artist was commissioned by the Rio archdiocese. Landowski died in 1961, and so the copyright does not expire until after 2031.

Columbia claims it received permission from the estate of the sculptor. However, the Church claims that the estate did not own the rights to the statue.

Columbia and the archdiocese are purportedly talking, but there may be a way for the studio to avoid going to court by showing a bit of contrition.

“We want Columbia Pictures to publicly declare that it did not intend to cause offense,” Dutra said.

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