Friday, April 22, 2011

The Trivial Pursuit: Earth Day/Good Friday Edition

Yay!  Earth Day!  Also, that other day. What's so 'good' about Good Friday, anyhow?  To seriously religious readers: that question was hypothetical.  I already got the answer from the internet, thank you very much.  Moving on...

Nicholas Cage was arrested in New Orleans on charges of domestic violence and disturbing the peace last Saturday morning.  He was reportedly “very drunk” when a couple cops claimed to see him pushing his wife, Alice Kim, during an argument on the street.  When the officers told Cage to go home, he allegedly dared them to arrest him.  Kim claims he didn’t touch her, and cops say Cage wasn’t even in a cell, but just left to sit and sober up in the station.   [source]

RIP: Restrepo director and photojournalist Tim Hetherington was killed on assignment in Libya this past Wednesday.  [source]

RIP: TV on the Radio bassist Gerard Smith passed away on April 20th.  He had been battling lung cancer.  [source]

Jennifer Egan won the Pulitzer for her novel A Visit from the Goon Squad. I have found that though I read this book last summer I can’t remember exactly what happened, and have been subbing details from Nick Hornby’s tepid Juliet, Naked in for filler. I don’t know why this is. Apparently they’re similar in my head…

People Magazine reported this week that troubled Disney girl Demi Lovato has not only been suffering with anorexia, bulimia, and issues with self-mutilation, but with bipolar disorder as well. Lovato was recently released from a three month stay at a treatment center. [via People]

Meanwhile, Catherine Zeta Jones is also bipolar.  [Source]
Emma Watson (Hermione Granger to the general public) is temporarily putting her college career at Brown University on hold. She states it’s a matter of acting commitments, but there is speculation her departure is the result of frequent teasing on campus. The Daily Mail reports that Watson’s attempts at in-class participation were met with comments like “three points for Gryffindor!” [source]
Cult BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous may be returning to television screens. [source]

That "Jenna’s gas-induced hysterical pregnancy" subplot on last night’s episode? Not totally fiction. 30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski gave birth to a son on Wednesday, her first.

Evan Rachel Wood announced she was bisexual and apparently this was news. This is strange because I thought Evan Rachel Wood had basically made this clear like a long long time ago, but I have no actual evidence to support why I would think this…

Lady Gaga unveiled her single “Judas” and the supposed cover art for her album Born This Way. I’m choosing not to believe that that’s the cover art for the album because that shit is terrible. Like, really? Look at that font. Also, I don’t know what the image has to do with anything. This crap is, for me, pretty much the most shocking thing she could have done. Dreck.

Weird Al took to the internet to post his “Born This Way” parody after it was supposedly nixed by Gaga.  Not too long after, Gaga’s camp claimed the artist herself never even heard the work and that it was her manager who barred it.  Gaga is said to approve.  Though, the press was so bad she’d have had to whatever the case may be…[source]

Hugh Grant and Liz Hurley may actually be living the real life version of those movies they tend to appear in.  It’s absurd.  [source]

The “world’s first” 3D erotic/porn film (though it features no penetration) Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy obliterated box office records in its first day of release in Hong Kong.  It topped Avatar.  That’s all.  [source]

James Franco is reportedly seeking another PhD at University of Houston in Creative Writing.   Alright.  This is enough already.  Newsflash, James Franco: these schools only let a few people into these programs every year.  Each time you decide to casually pick up another degree, you’re depriving someone who is actually trying to make a name for themselves in that field of their education.  You’ve already got enough careers for several lifetimes. 

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