This morning on "Fox & Friends," self-described obesity expert MeMe Roth argued against Disney's creating plus-size female characters because it would "glorify obesity."
According to MediaMatters.org, Roth runs the National Action Against Obesity website and blog, whose tagline is "MeMe Roth: Reporting From FATOPOLIS."
Roth and the Fox News co-hosts were discussing teenager Jewel Moore's Change.org petition, which calls for a “positive representation of plus-size females in the media” that would help "women who struggle with confidence and need a positive plus-size character in the media."
Roth strongly opposed the idea, notes RawStory.com (video below).
“It’s dangerous, it’s unhealthy and we don’t want to glorify obesity,” said Roth. “I understand that many people are overweight, but having a princess represent that is really not a great message.”
However, Emme, a plus-size model, said that the Change.org petition was not calling for obese princesses.
“She would like to have a princess that’s a little bit more realistic, more normalized in size, so that more kids that represent the America will not feel left out in the kingdom,” said Emme. “She’s really hitting home that it’s important to have more diverse representations of beauty for kids.”
Roth countered, “If you’re going to do a storyline with obesity, then you’re going to need to do a Princess Diabetes, Princess Cancer, Princess Fertility Problems. She specifically asked for a plus-size princess.”
"She's not asking for an obese," said Emme before she was interrupted by Roth.
“She’s asking for a plus-size princess!” Roth exclaimed. “Let’s just stop and pause on that request! It’s the same as asking for an anorexic princess. It’s the same! ... You shouldn't be trying to identify with a cartoon character! That in itself is an odd thing."
Fox & Friends co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck later asked, "Is plus-size obese?"
"It's unhealthy. If you like cancer and diabetes, if you want fertility problems, then plus-size is beautiful," Roth said.
The producers of the upcoming horror film "Devil's Due" recently pulled a hilarious stunt on the streets of New York City.
"Our devil baby was covered and a hidden speaker inside the stroller would play looped audio of a crying baby," Thinkmodo co-founder David Krivicka told Yahoo! "It was an interesting social experiment to see how many people would bother to check an abandoned stroller."
Using a remote control, Thinkmodo was able to make the baby "cry," which caused concerned New Yorkers, mostly women, to walk over to the baby carriage.
That's when the mechanical devil baby popped up with an evil grin, moved its head and made scary noises.
Hidden cameras recorded people's shocked reactions when confronted with the demonic infant robot.
The video, entitled "Devil Baby Attack," already has 300,000 views in one day on YouTube.
Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence is an actor, comedian, film director and producer. He established his Hollywood career in the 1990s with films like House Party, Bad Boys, and Big Momma's House. He has starred alongside such actors as Eddie Murphy and Danny DeVito. In January 2013, it was announced that Lawrence will star in a comedy show for Lionsgate TV.
1. Bad Boys (1995)
2. Death at a Funeral (2010)
3. House Party (1990)
4. National Security (2003)
5. Life (1999)
6. Big Momma's House (2000)
7. Open Season (2006)
8. Wild Hogs (2007)
9. Boomerang (1992)
10. Nothing to Lose (1997)
11. Blue Streak (1999)
12. Black Knight (2001)
13. Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins (2008)
14. Rebound (2005)
15. College Road Trip (2008)
A spin-off movie featuring the beloved Boba Fett is in the works, according to Metalocalypse director John Schnepp.
“One of them is Boba Fett. It is. I know. I know for a fact,” Schnepp said. “I will never reveal my source, but it is the one written by Lawrence Kasdan.”
Ever since Disney bought the Star Wars franchise, fans have been dying to know how the series will continue. While episodes seven through nine were confirmed early on, it was unclear what the spin-off movies might detail. Boba Fett was a likely character considering his popularity, despite having little actual screen time.
Many have considered that the movie may not be an origin story so much as a story chronicling Boba Fett’s growth toward becoming a ruthless bounty hunter.
Some plot theories include Boba Fett knowing that most of the Empire’s army are clones of his father, or the bounty hunter making a deal with Darth Vader.
Though Disney has kept casting a secret, it is rumored that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher will return to play their original roles.
The first franchise movie is expected to hit theaters in 2015.
Walt Disney, the man, has had a squeaky clean reputation much like the entertainment empire that he founded.
While there have been reports of Disney being a union buster, racist and anti-Semitic, his name is still synonymous with wholesome entertainment and family values.
Actress Meryl Streep questioned his legacy at the National Board of Review dinner last night, noted Variety.
Streep was not there to accept an award, but rather to honor fellow actress Emma Thompson who played “Mary Poppins” creator P.L. Travers in the Disney film “Saving Mr. Banks.”
After praising Thompson, Streep slammed Disney for his reported sexist and anti-Semitic positions, which are not mentioned in “Saving Mr. Banks," noted Entertainment Weekly.
“Disney, who brought joy arguably to billions of people was, perhaps, or had some racist proclivities," stated Streep. "He formed and supported an anti-Semitic industry lobbying group and he was certainly, on the evidence of his company’s policies, a gender bigot.”
“Some of his associates reported that Walt Disney didn’t really like women,” added Streep, who quoted Disney animator Ward Kimball: “He didn’t trust women or cats.”
Streep then quoted a 1938 letter in which the Walt Disney company rejected a female animator and informed her that only men worked on their cartoons.
“When I saw the [Saving Mr. Banks], I could just imagine Walt Disney’s chagrin at having to cultivate P.L. Travers’ favor for the 20 years that it took to secure the rights to her work," said Streep. "It must have killed him to encounter in a woman an equally disdainful and superior creature, a person dismissive of his own considerable gifts and prodigious output and imagination.”
A 2013 documentary about SeaWorld, "Blackfish," is a serious contender for an Academy Award nomination this year.
The film includes interviews with numerous former SeaWorld trainers who described the small holding pools for killer whales, the early separation of killer whale babies from their mothers, misinformation read to the public by Sea World employees and the numerous attacks on trainers by killer whales that are not made public by SeaWorld.
The focus of the film was on the killer whale "Tilikum," who killed senior SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010 and another trainer in Canada years earlier.
Before "Blackfish" even debuted, there was a massive PR campaign by SeaWorld to discredit the film, which SeaWorld officials refused to appear in.
SeaWorld claimed that the film "exploited" the death of Brancheau, but couldn't explain why Brancheau's sister appears in the film.
In response to the film, numerous musical acts have canceled their concerts at SeaWorld, including Willie Nelson, Heart and Barenaked Ladies, reports The Guardian.
SeaWorld responded to the film by citing its contributions to "education and science," as well as its own research papers in an email interview with CNN.
Now, SeaWorld is being accused of rigging an online poll to show fake support for the company over the film, notes the Orlando Business Journal.
The poll, created by the Orlando Business Journal, asked "Has CNN's 'Blackfish' documentary changed your perception of SeaWorld?"
On Jan. 2, about 99 percent of those responding to the poll claimed that the film had not changed their view of SeaWorld.
But more than 54 percent of all the votes came from one Internet Protocol Address that is owned by SeaWorld.com and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.
“Our team members have strong feelings about their park and company, and we encourage them to make their opinions known,” said SeaWorld Spokesman Nick Gollattscheck.
However, after this story about the possibly poll-fixing got out, the numbers drastically changed with 79 percent saying the film has changed their perception of SeaWorld.
Scott Gurney, the creator and producer of the A&E reality TV show “Duck Dynasty” starred in a 2001 independent film about the gay porn world entitled “The Fluffer.”
According BuzzFeed.com, Gurney played a drug addict who acts in porn videos (video below).
Gurney’s character becomes the object of obsession for a male film student (played by Michael Cunio) whose job is to keep Gurney aroused on porn sets, reports RawStory.com.
Currently, "The Fluffer" appears on Gurney’s IMDB page and on the film's IMDB page.
While working as actor, Gurney also made appearances on "Beverly Hills 90210," "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" and "Baywatch."
Buzzfeed.com called Gurney's production company, but was told by Gurney's wife Deirdre that no one talks to Scott on the phone and to email him, which Buzzfeed.com did.
"Duck Dynasty" has been in the headlines because of star Phil Robertson's derogatory remarks about homosexuals and his claim that black people were "happy" under Jim Crow laws in a GQ magazine article.
Ironically, Illinois Republican congressional candidate Ian Bayne sent out an email today proclaiming, "Duck Dynasty Star is Rosa Parks of Our Generation,” even though Parks fought against Jim Crow laws.
Ignoring his own contradiction, Bayne added, “In December 1955, Rosa Parks took a stand against an unjust societal persecution of black people, and in December 2013, Robertson took a stand against persecution of Christians.”
Netflix has released a trailer for its upcoming documentary "Mitt," which followed Republican Mitt Romney's presidential runs in 2008 and 2012, including the moment when he realized the presidency was lost to Obama.
After he gets the bad news, TalkingPointsMemo.com reports that Romney asks his aides, "Someone have a number for the President? I hadn't thought about that."
Romney also doesn't seem to have a concession speech prepared (video below).
Like many candidates, Romney comes across more personable behind the scenes than he ever did in public. He is humorous, self-effacing and describes himself as the "flippin' Mormon" candidate.
He also admits how President Obama is "a very good debater" and "much more effective" than the Republican candidates in the primary.
At one point Romney laments his campaign: "This is like trying convince people that Dan Quayle is smart. You're not going to convince them that Dan Quayle is smart."
He also addresses the "flip-flopping" accusations of his opponents and adds, "I think I'm a flawed candidate."
While Romney's sons are very supportive, his wife Ann is both angry and intense. She appears to take defeat far more personal than her husband.
According to Mediaite.com, the documentary was directed by Greg Whitley, a friend of the Romney family, who shows unguarded moment of Romney sleeping on the floor of an airplane and trying to iron a shirt that he's wearing (with painful results).
"Mitt" will open at the Sundance Film Festival Jan. 17, 2014 and air on Netflix on Jan. 24.
Last Thursday night's “Jimmy Kimmel Live” included a parody trailer for the Fox News' version of the Christmas film classic "It's a Wonderful Life."
However, instead of George Bailey being the hero, the Fox News' version featured Mr. Potter, the villainous banker, as the hero, notes RawStory.com (video below).
The voiceover of the parody version states: "In the economically backwards town of Bedford Falls, there is an extraordinary citizen, Henry Potter."
"This capitalist had a dream," says the announcer. "To transform Bedford Falls into an entertainment and business mecca creating hundreds of new jobs."
The clip then shows "Pottersville" with its cheap bars, night clubs and strip joints taking over what used to be known as Bedford Falls.
The trailer then shows Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey with the voiceover, "But one man would stand in his way, draft-dodger George Bailey and his socialist building and loan. Will Henry Potter's common sense reforms win the day?"
"Or will George Bailey succeed with his scheme to redistribute wealth?" warns the trailer. "How far will Bailey go to to destroy free markets and economic progress?"
In more parody fun, Saturday Night Live had "President Obama" address all the controversies ginned up by the media during his appearance at Nelson Mandel's memorial service last week, reports CrooksandLiars.com (video below).
Obama talked about his "selfie" picture with the Danish Prime Minister, shaking hands with Cuban President Raul Castro ("I thought he was Edward James Olmos") and a fake sign language interpreter, who snook in behind Obama as he spoke about health care.
Skateboarder Koki jumped the subway tracks at the 145th Street stop in New York City back in March as part of a documentary film "Tengu: God of Mischief" by director Colin Read.
"We waited till about 5 a.m. to get this trick, but it was worth it," Read wrote on his blog. "I wasn't sure Koki was going to do it when we went down, but after a few run ups he landed it first try."
In a trailer (video below) for the film, Koki actually falls while trying to do the jump at the 24 second mark, notes Gothamist.com.
It should be noted that Koki was jumping toward the electrified third rail, making the attempt life-threatening and highly illegal.
"People online have been saying he should've come from the other side, so he wasn't going toward the third rail, but it would have been impossible," photographer Allen Ying told New York Magazine. "We had scouted the subway pretty well. This spot is probably the only one where that was doable."