Michelle Obama is receiving a lot of media attention after her confrontation with a heckler at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser on Tuesday. About halfway through the first lady's 20-minute speech, a female gay rights activist began to shout a demand for President Obama to sign an executive order that would ban federal contractors from employee discrimination based on sexual orientation.
In contrast to her husband's generally calm responses to hecklers, FLOTUS (am I the only one that thinks this acronym sounds like the name of a spa?) took a slightly more aggressive approach. "One of the things that I don't do well is this," she said to a roar of applause from the crowd when she was interrupted. Obama then left the podium and approached the protester, stating that the attendees could "listen to me or you can take the mic, but I'm leaving. You all decide. You have one choice." The crowd shouted that they wanted the first lady to stay, and the woman was escorted out of the room. Michelle Obama then resumed her speech about the importance of educating children.
The protester was later identified as Ellen Sturtz, a member of the gay rights group GetEqual. As she exited the event, Sturtz shouted that she was "... lesbian looking for federal equality before I die." Check out the audio of the incident below. She later told the Washington Post that she was "taken aback" by the confrontation, stating that the first lady "came right down in my face."
The fundraiser was a private event held in Northwest D.C. at the home of LGBT power couple Nan Schaffer and Karen Dixon. Sturtz reportedly paid $500 to attend as part of a scheme cooked up by GetEqual to draw more attention to the employment discrimination issue.
While Sturtz's cause was admirable, her choice of venue and target was extremely inappropriate. News sources are expressing mixed reactions to the way the first lady handled the situation, but one thing's for sure, Michelle Obama has once again proven that she is not a woman to be messed with.
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The new fall pilots haven't even premiered yet, but already the networks are looking forward to their next big task: finding the right pilots and scripts to order for the 2013-2014 season. Development season is well underway and has been for the past few weeks — although this season is marked by a declaration from some networks (namely ABC and NBC) that the typically order-happy suits would not be as quick to bulk up their pilot orders this year. In other words, less is more.
Most of the majors have already made their first-round choices for specific projects, and the trends that have emerged seem to be all about big-name attachments (e.g. Vince Vaughn, Jodie Foster, Ryan Reynolds), period dramas (e.g. Aztec empire, Cold War America, 1890s Europe), international transplants (from Israel, England and Scandinavia) and — in an interestingly-revived yet well-worn trend — book adaptations (including Dracula and two Sleepy Hollow reboots).
Here's what ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX, NBC and more have coming down the '13-'14 pipeline so far:
— Dumb F*ck: Single-camera comedy about an average Joe and his brilliant wife who move in with her intelligent yet emotionally stunted family of geniuses; written by Hank Nelken (Saving Silverman), executive produced by Vin Di Bona, Bruce Gersh, Susan Levison and Shaleen Desai.
— Burns & Cooley: Medical procedural about two New York neurosurgeons who compete as they strive to be the top in all aspects of their lives; written by Meredith Philpott (Awkward), exec produced by Matt Gross (Body Of Proof).
— Founding Fathers: Drama about a war veteran whose Texas hometown is in the hands of a militia group led by his older brother; written by Rich D'Ovidio (Thir13en Ghosts), produced by Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott.
— Untitled McG Project: Retelling of Romeo and Juliet, revolving around two rival families fighting for control over Venice, California; written by Byron Balasco (Detroit 1-8-7), produced by McG (The OC, Supernatural, Nikita).
— Untitled Kurtzman/Orci Project: Drama about a mysterious game; written by Noah Hawley (The Unusuals), produced by Heather Kadin, Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci.
— Dracula: 1890s-set period piece about the iconic vampire; written by Cole Haddon, produced by Tony Krantz and Colin Callender; starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors).
— The Blacklist: Drama about an international criminal who surrenders himself and helps the government hunt down his former cohorts; written by Jon Bokenkamp, exec produced by John Davis, John Fox and John Eisendrath.
— Hench: Based on the comic about a man who becomes a temp for super villains; written by Alexandra Cunningham (Desperate Housewives), exec produced by Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey (Prime Suspect).
— Cleopatra: Period drama about the Egyptian queen Cleopatra; written by Michael Seitzman (Americana), exec produced by Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott.
— Pariah: Drama inspired by Freakonomics about a rogue academic who uses economic theory to police San Diego; written by Kevin Fox (The Negotiator), exec produced by Kelsey Grammer, Stella Stolper and Brian Sher.
— After Hours/The Last Stand: Medical drama about Army doctors who work the night shift at a San Antonio hospital; revisited from last season; written by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah.
— Untitled Parkes/MacDonald Project: Drama about an interpreter at the United Nations who works with diplomats and politicians from around the world; written by Tom Brady (Hell on Wheels), produced by Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Ted Gold.
— Untitled Charmelo/Snyder Project: New Orleans-set drama, described as a "sexy Southern Gothic thriller"; created by Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder (Ringer), exec produced by Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan.
— Untitled Rand Ravich Project: Drama-thriller following a secret service agent at the center of an international crisis in Washington, DC; created by Rand Ravich (Life), produced by Far Shariat.
— Island Practice: Based on the book Island Practice: Cobblestone Rash, Underground Tom, and Other Adventures Of A Nantucket Doctor, about an eccentric doctor with a controversial medical practice on an island off the coast of Washington; written by Amy Holden Jones (Mystic Pizza, Beethoven), produced by Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Oly Obst.
— The Brady Bunch: Reboot of the series, about a divorced Bobby Brady who re-marries a woman with children of her own; written by Mike Mariano (Raising Hope), co-developed and exec produced by Vince Vaughn (Sullivan & Son).
— A Welcome Grave: Based on the book series about a private investigator who comes under suspicion when a rival turns up dead.
— Backstrom: Based on the book series about a House-like detective who tries to change his self-destructive nature; written by Hart Hanson (Bones), produced by Leif G.W. Persson (novel) and Niclas Salomonsson.
— Ex-Men: Single-camera comedy about a young guy who moves into a short-term rental complex and befriends the other men who live there after being kicked out by their wives; written and directed by Rob Greenberg; starring Chris Smith and Kal Penn.
— Sleepy Hollow: Contemporary reinterpretation of the Sleepy Hollow short story; written by Patrick Macmanus and Grant Scharbo, produced by Scharbo and Gina Matthews.
— Gun Machine: Based on an upcoming novel (of the same name) about a New York detective whose chance discovery of a stash of guns leads back to a variety of unsolved murders; written by Dario Scardapane (Trauma), produced by Warren Ellis (book author), Scardapane, Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope.
— Sleepy Hollow: Modern-day thriller based on the Sleepy Hollow short story, following Ichabod Crane and a female sheriff who solve supernatural mysteries; written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Fringe, Hawaii Five-0) and Phillip Iscove, produced by Heather Kadin and Len Wiseman.
— The Beach: Based on the 1996 novel and 2000 movie about a group of youths who try to start society over on a remote paradise; written by Andrew Miller (The Secret Circle).
— Hard Up: Single-camera comedy based on Israeli series about four twentysomething guys who are strapped for cash; written by Etan Frankel (Shameless), produced by John Wells.
— Lowe Rollers: Animated comedy about a struggling Titanic-themed casino in Las Vegas; written by Mark Torgove and Paul Kaplan (Outsourced) and Ash Brannon, produced by Ryan Reynolds, Jonathon Komack Martin, Steven Pearl and Allan Loeb.
— Untitled Chris Levinson Project: Cop drama about a detective who puts his life under surveillance when he begins to lose his memory; written by Chris Levinson (Touch), produced by Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope.
— Untitled Friend/Lerner Project: Drama set on an aircraft carrier following young naval officers and a female fighter pilot who tries to solve an onboard murder; written and produced by Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner (House).
— Untitled Ryan Reynolds Project: Half-hour comedy about a disgraced hotelier forced to manage a rundown airport hotel; written by Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay (Clash of the Titans), produced by Ryan Reynolds, Allan Loeb, Jonathon Komack Martin and Steven Pearl.
— Untitled Jason Katims Project: Romantic comedy about a single female attorney; written by Jason Katims (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights) and Sarah Watson.
— Getting On: U.S. adaptation of a British comedy about a group of nurses and doctors working in a women's geriatric wing of a run-down hospital; Big Love creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer to exec produce with Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner and Geoff Atkinson.
— Buda Bridge: Belgian-set crime drama about a woman who is found dead on a famous bridge in Brussels; written and directed by Michael R. Roskam (Bullhead), produced by Michael Mann (Luck) and Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad).
— Hello Ladies: Comedy about an oddball Englishman who chases women in Los Angeles; written, directed by and starring Stephen Merchant (The Office), produced by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (The Office).
— Angie's Body: Drama about a powerful woman at the head of a crime family; written by Rob Fresco (Heroes, Jericho), directed and executive produced by Jodie Foster, Fresco and Russ Krasnoff.
— Conquest: Period drama about Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes, who clashes with the Aztec ruler Moctezuma II; written by Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries), produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo.
— Low Winter Sun: Based on 2006 British miniseries about the aftermath that follows the murder of a cop by a fellow detective; written by Chris Mundy; James Ransone, Ruben Santiago Hudson and Athena Karkanis to star.
— Those Who Kill: Based on Danish series about a detective and forensics scientist who track down serial killers; written by Glen Morgan, produced by Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Peter Bose and Jonas Allen, directed by Joe Carnahan.
— Untitled LaGravenese/Goldwyn Project: Legal thriller about an attorney who discovers new evidence that re-opens a sensational murder case; written by Richard LaGravenese, directed by Tony Goldwyn, exec produced by David Manson; Marin Ireland to star as female lead.
— The Americans: Period drama about two KGB spies posing as Americans in Washington, DC; created by Joe Weisberg, exec produced by Weisberg, Graham Yost, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey; directed by Gavin O'Connor; Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich to star.
— The Bridge: Based on the Scandinavian series, about a murder investigation opened up after a dead body is discovered on a bridge connecting the United States and Mexico; written by Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid (Cold Case), produced by Carolyn Bernstein, Lars Blomgren and Jane Featherstone.
— Untitled Dr. Dre Project: One-hour drama about music and crime in Los Angeles; written by Sidney Quashie, exec produced by Dr. Dre.
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While recent animated blockbusters have aimed to viewers of all ages starting with fantastical concepts and breathtaking visuals but tackling complex emotional issues along the way Ice Age: Continental Drift is crafted especially for the wee ones — and it works. Venturing back to prehistoric times once again the fourth Ice Age film paints broad strokes on the theme of familial relationships throwing in plenty of physical comedy along the way. The movie isn't that far off from one of the many Land Before Time direct-to-video sequels: not particularly innovative or necessary but harmless thrilling fun for anyone with a sense of humor. Unless they have a particular distaste for wooly mammoths the kids will love it.
Ice Age: Continental Drift continues to snowball its cartoon roster bringing back the original film's trio (Ray Romano as Manny the Mammoth Denis Leary as Diego the Sabertooth Tiger and John Leguizamo as Sid the Sloth) new faces acquired over the course of the franchise (Queen Latifah as Manny's wife Ellie) and a handful of new characters to spice things up everyone from Nicki Minaj as Manny's daughter Steffie to Wanda Sykes as Sid's wily grandma. The whole gang is living a pleasant existence as a herd with Manny's biggest problem being playing overbearing dad to the rebellious daughter. Teen mammoths they always want to go out and play by the waterfall! Whippersnappers.
The main thrust of the film comes when Scratch the Rat (whose silent comedy routines in the vein of Tex Avery/WB cartoons continue to be the series highlight) accidentally cracks the singular continent Pangea into the world we know today. Manny Diego and Sid find themselves stranded on an iceberg once again forced on a road trip journey of survival. The rest of the herd embarks to meet them giving Steffie time to realize the true meaning of friendship with help from her mole pal Louis (Josh Gad).
The ham-handed lessons may drag for those who've passed Kindergarten but Ice Age: Continental Drift is a lot of fun when the main gang crosses paths with a group of villainous pirates. (Back then monkeys rabbits and seals were hitting the high seas together pillaging via boat-shaped icebergs. Obviously.) Quickly Ice Age becomes an old school pirate adventure complete with maritime navigation buried treasure and sword fights. Gut (Peter Dinklage) an evil ape with a deadly... fingernail leads the evil-doers who pose an entertaining threat for the familiar bunch. Jennifer Lopez pops by as Gut's second-in-command Shira the White Tiger and the film's two cats have a chase scene that should rouse even the most apathetic adults. Hearing Dinklage (of Game of Thrones fame) belt out a pirate shanty may be worth the price of admission alone.
With solid action (that doesn't need the 3D addition) cartoony animation and gags out the wazoo Ice Age: Continental Drift is entertainment to enjoy with the whole family. Revelatory? Not quite. Until we get a feature length silent film of Scratch's acorn pursuit we may never see a "classic" Ice Age film but Continental Drift keeps it together long enough to tell a simple story with delightful flare that should hold attention spans of any length. Massive amounts of sugar not even required.
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Do you know what a Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is? I didn't either really, until I sat through the clanging blur of Transformers 3: Quest for Untold Riches and she was the British girl in it. She apparently was a lingerie model before and, since no one ever heard of her, that sort of makes her Victoria's secret.
Anyway, she just backed out of hosting Lifetime's second season of Project Runway All Stars at the last minute. Um, Rosie, why the hell are you turning down work? It's not like Hollywood is beating down your door. According to the gossips at Page Six, Rosie took time off from boffing serious thesbian Jason Statham to lobby hard for the role of host to replace the cardboard cutout named Angela Lindvall that they used for Season 1. Rosie was all locked and loaded to be the host of the second season of a spin-off of a tarnishing, once-great reality show that no one really watches anymore except to remind themselves of how good it used to be when it was on Bravo. Then she bowed out just three weeks before filming started to take a part in Mad Max: Fury Road. Apparently Rosie never met a sequel with a colon in the title she didn't like.
After a quick audition process, producers finally tapped model Carolyn Murphy to host Project Runway: The Search for Mondo's Gold, which is currently filming in New York. I'm sorry, Rosie, but Katie Holmes — who may or may not have a thing or two going on in her personal life — found some time to be a guest judge, and you can't be on freakin' Project Runway? Seriously, child, snatch it together! Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan More: Watch: 'Project Runway' Finale Clips! Heidi Klum Goes Nude for 'Project Runway' 'Project Runway' To Return with an All-Star Edition
Last night on Andy Cohen's Big Bravo Dog and Pony Show (otherwise known as Watch What Happens Live) we finally got to lay eyes on the three women who will be joining "Countess" LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, and Ramona Singer for cattiness in the Big Apple as full-fledged Real Housewives of New York? Last summer Bravo slashed the cast of the stagnating Real Housewives of New York firing Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon, and Cindy Barshop (who I still think is some sort of bedazzling zombie unleashed on New York City as a sign of the apocalypse) and now we get a look at their replacements.
From the clip we saw last night (check it out below) it looks like they're not going to mix well with the veterans. Just who are these women and what do we know about them? Here's all the info we could dig up for now.
Occupation: She's a real actual housewife.
Family: Divorced from real estate mogul Harry Dubin, who fathered her son Harrison. Currently married to fancy pants banker Reid Drescher, who fathered her children Hudson, and Sienna. She is helping to raise Veronica, her husband's daughter from a previous marriage. The Nanny star Fran Drescher is her cousin and thinks Aviva shouldn't be doing the show.
Fun Facts: Aviva, a native New Yorker, has a masters degree in French Literature and a law degree. She had a childhood accident on a conveyor belt at a diary farm which resulted in her losing part of one leg. Housewife She's Most Likely to Feud With: Fellow former banking wife Sonja Morgan.
Occupation: Journalist and author.
Family: Carole's husband Anthony Radziwill died of cancer in 1999. His mother is Lee Radziwill, who is Jackie Kennedy Onassis' sister. She was close friends with Carolyn Bessette, who married her husband's cousin John F. Kennedy Jr. She has no children.
Fun Facts: Carole has won three Emmys and a Peabody award for her work with ABC news covering topics like the Gulf War and landmines in Cambodia. She wrote a New York Times bestseller What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love about the death of her husband, his cousin, and her best friend. She's been on Oprah and her net worth is estimated on the internet (the most trusty resource in the world) as $50 million.
Housewife She's Most Likely to Feud With: Fellow married-into-royalty Countess LuAnn de Lesseps.
Age: A lady never reveals
Occupation: Fashion designer and founder of Spanx rip-off Yummie Tummie
Family: Hmmm. We can't find any. Can she be single?
Fun Facts: Heather helped Sean Puffy Doody Combs start his Sean Jean fashion line and has also designed for Beyoncé and other celebrities who lend their names to clothes. Her shapewear was one of Oprah's Favorite Things but she was not actually on the show like Carole Radziwill. But she was on Nate Berkus. She is not the comedian.
Housewife She's Most Likely to Feud With: Fellow wannabe fashion tycoon Ramona Singer.
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U.N. goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie joined Secretary of State Colin Powell at a celebration of World Refugee Day on Thursday in Washington, D.C. AP reports Powell quipped, "Ms. Jolie is the only ambassador I deal with who has her own fan club." The event paid tribute to the women and children who make up most of the world's 22 million refugees. Jolie has been tirelessly visiting refugee camps in Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Cambodia, Pakistan and Ecuador.
Newlyweds Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards exchanged more than just rings. In People's latest cover story, Richards, 31, told the magazine that Sheen, 36, had her name tattooed on his left wrist. "I love that!" said Richards, who now plans to tattoo his name on her ankle. "I've never had anyone tattoo anything for me!"
The hardest-working performer in the business is at it again. Jackie Chan will star in a remake of the Jules Verne classic Around the World in 80 Days. The original 1956 movie starring David Niven followed the adventures of inventor Phileas Fogg and his hapless companion Passepartout around the globe on a bet they could do it in 80 days. In the remake, the focus will be on Passepartout (Chan) who guides and defends Fogg on the journey (emphasis on defends, we're sure).
Oscar-winning Halle Berry is in negotiations to star in Need, a psychological thriller in which she would play a psychiatrist who victimizes a suicidal female patient after she discovers the young woman is having an affair with her husband. Berry as a bad girl--interesting.
At last! TBS is producing a biopic on John F. Kennedy Jr., the handsome and famous son of the late president whose own fairy-tale life ended in tragedy. America's Prince: The JFK Jr. Story will focus on the women in his life--his mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (played by Jacqueline Bisset), and his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy (played by Ally McBeal's Portia de Rossi). No one has yet been cast to play John-John. TBS plans to air the movie in late December 2002-early January 2003.
Sean "P.Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Records and parent company Arista Records have ended their decade-long joint venture. AP reports Combs announced Wednesday that he now owns 100 percent of Bad Boy, including its catalogs and all its current artists, including R&B singers Faith Evans and Carl Thomas, group 112 and teen pop quartet Dream. The split was described as amicable.
Hip-hop artist R. Kelly is already singing a song about his recent criminal charges of child pornography. The song "Heaven, I Need a Hug" debuted this week on a Chicago radio station. In the song, Kelly says he hopes to regain his fans' support.