Entertainment behind the scenes
She might not have had much to say for herself during her three month stint on “Dancing With the Stars”, but Bristol Palin is wasting no time now hitting back at her critics.
Message: beware of making a Bristol Palin joke — especially if it’s on national television.
The latest celebrity to get the pushback from Bristol is comedian Kathy Griffin, who joked at a concert for U.S. troops at the weekend that the oldest daughter in the Palin clan was “the only contestant in the history of the (“Dancing with the Stars”) show to actually gain weight”.
In fact, suggested Griffin, 50, (who incidentally was showing off her crash-diet new figure in a military-style bikini), Bristol was “like the white ‘Precious’,” in a reference to the obese black teen star of the acclaimed 2009 movie.
Back in June, when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said it would expand its list of best film Oscar contenders to 10 from five, then Academy President Sid Ganis told reporters doing so would “cast our net wider, and it casting that net wider, who knows what will turn up.” (Read about that here). Essentially, what that meant was the Academy wanted more populist fare among its nominees after years of seeing its membership favor low-budget adult dramas over box office hits like Batman movie, “The Dark Knight.”
Why is that important? The Academy knows that nominating popular movies helps boost the audience size for the Oscar telecast. Last year, when “Slumdog Millionaire” was on a roll at box offices ($141 million), more than 38 million people tuned in to the Oscars compared with 32 million the previous year when gritty drama “No Country For Old Men” ($74 million) won best film.
So far , the movies with the biggest momentum behind them seem to be “Up in the Air”, with George Clooney, harrowing urban tale “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”, Quentin Tarantino’s summer box office hit war fantasy “Inglourious Basterds”, the much-talked about sci-fi epic “Avatar”, glittering musical “Nine”, Iraq war drama “The Hurt Locker” and British coming of age movie “An Education”.
When Disney’s animated “A Christmas Carol” debuted over the weekend in U.S. movie theaters, it marked the beginning of Hollywood’s holiday season — the second most-trafficked period at theaters after the summer. But the movie failed to generate a huge amount of excitement with fans judging by its box office tally of $31 million. By contrast, last year’s animated film that opened on roughly the same weekend, Dreamworks’ “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” took in $63 million.
But does that spell “humbug” for “A Christmas Carol”? Maybe not.
She’s better known as a pop singer and her work in the movie “Glitter” didn’t earn her much respect as an actress, but her next film, “Precious,” will likely do a lot to change perceptions of Mariah Carey.
The pop diva appeared in front of reporters alongside her co-stars in the gritty, urban drama here at Cannes on Friday after a smashing debut at last January’s Sundance Film Festival. (Read about that here) In the film, she portrays a welfare case worker to a young, overweight teenager, Precious, whose life in the ghetto is hard.