Oscar-nominated actress Quvenzhane Wallis has been cast as the lead in a film remake of "Annie."
The film also stars Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stacks (Daddy Warbucks) and Cameron Diaz is Miss Hannigan, who is more comical than scary, notes US Magazine (video below).
While remakes are always risky, many of the responses on Twitter have been downright racist.
Blogger Matthew Elliot noted many of the nastier responses posted by people on Twitter on his Storify.com page:
I don't like this remake of Annie. There can't be a black Annie.
Just seen new Annie trailer. Don't mean to sound racist as it does look amazing. But WHY THE F--- IS ANNIE BLACK?! Should be ginger & white
#ANNIE is black? IN WHAT WORLD.
They are remaking Annie with a black girl. If it's a remake, shouldn't she be white? Just like Annie.
They made a n------ Annie. Why.
How is a black girl playing Annie in the Anne remake? a f------ travesty.
They're redoing the Annie movie and making the little girl black. The f--- gonna be going on next? A black snow white????
A black Annie- really? should we now have a white Aunt Jemima?
Four daughters of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have written a new book to inspire young people across America.
Growing Up Duggar was written by Jana, 24, Jill, 22, Jessa, 21, and Jinger, 20, notes EOnline.com.
The young Christian women have starred with their 15 siblings and parents on the TLC reality TV series "19 Kids and Counting."
Part of their new book includes their rules on dating.
According to the Daily Mail, the girls advise, "It's easy to put yourself into physical and moral danger and give into those emotions or sensual thoughts that promise pleasant, but only temporary, fulfillment."
"By censoring our thoughts through the filter of God's word, we will be able to recant any wrong thoughts or temptations that try to sneak in," add the Duggar daughters.
The young women also say they avoid men to ensure they don't sin, but "have a natural physical desire toward men" and "thank God for making us ‘normal.'"
The daughters also mention their struggles with weight as teens, their mother's battle with the eating disorder bulimia and their father's temper, reports Radar Online.
Miley Cyrus tweeted scandalous photographs of her latest toy this week: a dildo shaped like a hand.
The sex toy is called the “Hand of Adonis” from manufacturer Pink Cherry.
The production description on its website states, “NOT for the faint of heart, the Hand of Adonis is a unique tool for size enthusiasts, or anyone interested in fisting. The ultra realistic, 16 1/2 inch arm ends in a 'duck bill' positioned hand, with thick fingers for lots and lots of sensation."
Cyrus posted the following image to Twitter under the hashtag #tourlife:
Cyrus, who broke off an engagement to Liam Hemsworth in the fall of 2013, is reportedly not looking for anything serious.
"I heard when you turn 40, things start to get a little less sexual. So [I'll stop] probably around 40," she said on Today last year. "I heard that's when people don't have sex anymore."
Rock icon Prince will be the only guest of “The Arsenio Hall Show” on March 5.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Prince invited himself on the show via a letter that was delivered on the air by the singer’s “clone,” who did not speak (video below).
“‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ has always been so welcoming to us in the past, and we wanted to return that favor,” Hall read from Prince’s letter.
“Just say the word and we will bring our whole crew over to your place and do a performance you will never forget," Hall continued. "Just in case you haven’t heard, I’ve been practicing and I’ve gotten pretty good now. If that’s cool, we’d like to come in next week, perhaps Wednesday. Have your people contact my people and we’ll invite some more people, like all of America.”
“Hey Prince, I don’t have people,” Hall stated to the camera. “The answer is Yes! Thank you, and we’ll see him Wednesday.”
In October 2013, Prince hosted an all-night pajama party at his house to promote his "Breakfast Can Wait" video.
According to Pitchfork.com, Prince, his band 3rdEyeGirl and the audience all wore pajamas.
Earlier this month, Prince guest-starred on the Super Bowl episode of the TV show "New Girl."
Mike Rowe, who hosts "Dirty Jobs" on the Discovery Channel, recently caught criticism for narrating a Walmart ad entitled “I Am a Factory" during the Olympics.
CBS News reports that Rowe says in the Walmart commercial (video below), “We will build things and build families and build dreams."
The ad plugs Walmart’s sudden patriotic commitment of “$250 billion to work to help create new manufacturing jobs in America.”
Walmart is famous for importing cheaply-made goods created by near-slave labor in countries such as China and Bangladesh, so why would it suddenly sell American goods?
Reuters reported in 2013, "In many cases, Walmart's suppliers had already decided to produce in the United States, as rising wages in China and other emerging economies, along with increased labor productivity and flexibility back home, eroded the allure of offshore production."
Rowe attacked his critics earlier this week on his Facebook page where he wrote: "Walmart’s $250 billion investment in US manufacturing is worth talking about” and “I’m happy to ‘shill’ for any company that gets this country back to work.”
But Rowe doesn't mention how Walmart helped put Americans out of work in mid-size and smaller towns where local businesses were destroyed by the retail giant, noted Forbes in 2013.
Jobs With Justice, a labor-backed nonprofit, has urged its members to send Rowe an email to meet with Walmart workers.
In response, 5,048 people sent a Rowe an email, which he said “had the same effect as a flood of telemarketing calls during my dinner, or a bag of dog crap set ablaze on my front porch."
Rowe also claimed that Jobs With Justice was “trying to wring out a modest increase for people who feel unappreciated by their employer and unhappy in their work,” while he [Rowe] was was “trying to get those same people excited about possibilities and opportunities that go beyond their current positions.”
Of course, getting "people excited" to move beyond their "current positions" has never been opposed by Jobs With Justice.
The issue is how Walmart, which Rowe supports, treats its workers today in the real world.
Rowe did not mention that Walmart is notorious for paying for low wages, not paying overtime as required by law, making employees work off the clock, lying to workers about the dangers of joining a union, discriminating against women and fixing timecards.
On Thursday, Jobs With Justice issued an open letter to Rowe on its website:
...It’s hard for us to trust Walmart’s promise to invest in U.S. manufacturing when they’ve made a pledge to change before and the results have been questionable at best. Instead of following through on that pledge, the Alliance for American Manufacturing reports that Walmart actually upped its overseas purchasing and increased pressure on its suppliers to reduce costs, even if that meant outsourcing at our economy’s expense.
...Change at Walmart doesn’t start with an ad campaign, it starts with the actual workers who are a core part of Walmart’s success and yet are subject to low wages, erratic scheduling, dwindling benefits and retaliation when they try to raise these issues with their bosses.
Celebrity chef Paula Deen recently compared herself to black and gay college football star Michael Sam.
"I feel like ‘embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name," Deen told People magazine, according to The Wrap. "It’s like that black football player who recently came out. He said, ‘I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player.’ I know exactly what he’s saying.”
Deen admitted using the N-word during a court deposition in 2013. She has also been accused of demeaning her black employees by forcing them to dress like Aunt Jemima, noted RawStory.com. In her 2009 biography, Paula Deen: It Ain't All About the Cookin, Deen recalled wanting to make a "Sambo Burger" on the Food Network, which would not allow it.
Deen also told People that she feels "empathy" for "Duck Dynasty" reality star Phil Robertson, who insulted gays, blacks, "Shintos" and "Islamists" during an interview with GQ magazine last year.
“It’s amazing that some people are given passes and some people are crucified,” added Deen. ”I have new empathy for these situations, though. My dad always told me, ‘Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.’”
For its part, People magazine is doing its best to repackage the smiling Deen on its cover.
According to news reports, "Dancing with the Stars" co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet was suddenly fired this week because the producers wanted to hire a younger woman to bring in young male straight viewers who have avoided watching the series for nine years.
An “insider” told US Weekly that Burke-Charvet had no idea she was going to be fired and then replaced by Erin Andrews.
"Everyone loved [Brooke], but the execs wanted a whole new show," said the insider because a "young male following" is what ABC is "desperate" for.
"Dancing with the Stars" also fired their house band, the Harold Wheeler Orchestra and Singers, in another effort to recruit straight male viewers.
"People who love 'Dancing With the Stars' also love the superb performances of the orchestra because it is such an integral part of the show," American Federation of Musicians president Ray Hair told The Hollywood Reporter.
"The tight, elaborate musical productions that catapulted the show into the top 10 in 17 countries can’t be duplicated by recordings and a small combo," added Hair. "Viewers, whether they are young or old, will reject that as artistic fraud."
For her part, Burke-Charvet took her firing with good humor on Twitter, “Weird day….Shocking pre-season elimination #DWTS…ME. @Tom_Bergeron didn't even read my name. I won't be returning to the show this season.”
Meanwhile, Andrews could barely contain her glee in replacing Burke. Andrews tweeted, “Very excited! I have HUGE shoes to fill RT @GMA: #DWTS Announcement: Joining @Tom_Bergeron as a co-host this season will be @ErinAndrews!”
Sources: Twitter, The Hollywood Reporter, US Weekly
At the beginning of February 1, 3.3 million Americans had signed up for Obamacare.
That number doesn't include an additional 6 million low income uninsured Americans who are now covered by the expansion of Medicaid via Obamacare.
The Congressional Budget Office originally predicted that 6 million would sign up for health insurance via Obamacare, but there were website problems when Obamacare first launched, notes CNN.
In an effort to encourage Americans to sign up for health care coverage before the March 31 deadline, comedian Will Ferrell recently posted a picture of himself on Facebook with the caption, "Still not covered? Get healthcare now! And put some clothes on. #GetCovered."
However, that posting yesterday incited anger among thousands of Facebook users who hate Obamacare.
Many of the anti-Obamacare posters linked articles to the right wing website Townhall and the conspiracy "birther" website World Net Daily, notes Ad Age.
Many of the anti-Obamcare Facebook comments were laced with profanity, cursing the actor for advocating health care.
Some of the tamer posts included:
I always new you were a talentless idiot. Now I also know you have a room temperature iq.
You suck in your attempts at lame humor and you suck as a political mouthpiece.
Now is will really this dumb or did the government give him a dollar amount he could not refuse?
Ex-Gay Pride Month organizers Christopher Doyle and Chuck Peters claimed last week that strong female celebrities and dumb TV dads somehow cause children to become gay.
According to RightWingWatch.org, Doyle and Peters made their claims on Sandy Rios' Christian-based American Family Association talk show (audio below).
"I believe a lot of gay-identified men really worship these celebrities, these strong women, like Madonna or Cher or Lady Gaga because these women are strong women," claimed Peters.
"Like the mom that I grew up with, [they] are very opinionated, have a chip on their shoulder, wear the pants in the family, and these are the women that I wanted to be like or I wanted to identify with because I didn’t have a man in the house who wore the pants, who would teach me how to be a man," added Peters.
"All the dads are stupid and all the women are supermoms [on TV]," said Rios. "I’m the anti-feminist, if you want to complain about that you’ve come to the right studio. I just can’t stand what they’ve done to manhood."
"It’s absolutely damaging for kids," stated Doyle. "In so many minority cultures now it’s still an epidemic problem that the father is not in the home. Then they turn on the TV, which is basically where they have to go because they don’t have two parents in the house and dad’s not there, then they see this caricature of men on TV."
However, homosexuality has been around long before TV.
The Telegraph reported in 2011 that archeologists discovered what they believed to be the oldest homosexual, dating back to between 2900 and 2500 B.C.
The male skeleton was surrounded by domestic jugs, which were normally used for burial of women in the Copper Age.
GOP Texas Gov. Candidate Greg Abbott to Appear with Ted Nugent Despite Singer's Sex With Underage Girls (Video)
Republican Greg Abbott, who is running for governor in Texas, will appear at campaign events today with NRA board member and rocker Ted Nugent, even though the singer has admitted to sexual relationships with underage girls.
Nugent and Abbott will appear together today in Wichita Falls and Denton, Texas.
The Dallas Morning News reports that a big part of Abbott's campaign has been boasting about his record, as attorney general, of prosecuting sex criminals and keeping young girls safe from sexual predators.
“I was addicted to girls. It was hopeless. It was beautiful,” Nugent told the 1998 VH1 program Behind the Music (video below). “I got the stamp of approval of their parents… I guess they figured better Ted Nugent than some drug-infested punk in high school.”
One of the young girls who slept with Nugent says that what he did back then would be considered criminal today.
In a statement, Lone Star Project director Matt Angle said, “Greg Abbott has crisscrossed our state publicly promising to protect Texas women and children while he’s been making plans to appear at campaign events with an admitted sexual predator."
Nugent also has a history of making racial comments about black people, including President Obama.
TalkingPointsMemo.com notes that Nugent called President Obama a "Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel…ACORN community organizer gangster" and a "chimpanzee."
According to The Los Angeles Times, Abbott’s campaign communications director Michael Hirsch said in a statement, "Ted Nugent is a forceful advocate for individual liberty and constitutional rights, especially the Second Amendment rights cherished by Texans. While he may sometimes say things or use language that Greg Abbott would not endorse or agree with, we appreciate the support of everyone who supports protecting our Constitution.”
However, Hirsch did not specifically address Nugent bedding minors or his racist comments.