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Disgusting and shocking?


“Sperminator” Schwarzenegger scorned over love child

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – To fans, he was movie star tough guy the Terminator. Then he turned to politics and was affectionately dubbed the Governator. But after acknowledging that he fathered a child out of wedlock, Arnold Schwarzenegger was swiftly given a new name — the Sperminator.

That headline and lede paragraph is distasteful, ugly, and unworthy of a respectable news organization. Sperminator? Ugh!

Just disgusting and shocking. Shame on you.


Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks after accepting an award during the 63rd Israel Independence Day Celebration in Los Angeles May 10, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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The wrong Lewis…


Somebody might want to sort this story out. Jerry Lewis and Jerry Lee Lewis are not the same person.


Indeed. We fixed it, but ouch: GBU Editor

U.S. rock and roll and country music singer and pianist Jerry Lee Lewis performs during his concert in Budapest October 31, 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo/Files

Crouching Nude, hidden date?


First auction of Bacon nude could fetch $15 million

Bacon’s 1961 oil on canvas “Crouching Nude” is one of his large-scale paintings and is feted for its ominous, brooding atmosphere in which the distorted female model grins grotesquely.

I was very disturbed by the apparent fact checking gap in your reporting of the sale of the Francis Bacon painting the crouching nude. The piece dates the work in 1961 and repeats that several times.

Say what?


Critics chime in on Lady Gaga’s latest single

MUSIC-GRAMMYS/LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Lady Gaga has done it again. The singer, whose lyrics like to toe the controversy line, released “Judas,” the latest track off of her new album Born This Way on Friday — a few days earlier than its originally scheduled April 19 drop date.

It appears the author and editor misunderstand the meaning of the idiom “toe the line.”

Buxom actress dies?


Buxom actress Jane Russell dead at 89

PEOPLE-JANERUSSELL/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” movie star Jane Russell, who became a controversial Hollywood sex symbol, died on Monday at the age of 89, her family said.

I was very disturbed at the title “Buxom actress Jane Russell dead at 89″ for your news article about her death today.

Who had the right age?


Comedian Charlie Callas dies at 83

gbu callas 220LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Charlie Callas, a rubber-faced stand-up comedian and Mel Brooks regular who worked on television, in films and on stage for five decades, died Thursday in a Las Vegas hospice. He was 86.

Reading both the AP and your article concerning the death of Charlie Callas via Yahoo! News I noted that your story had him at 86 and AP said 83.

The wrong king?


Geoffrey Rush against re-editing “King’s Speech”

USA/Rush also voiced his frustration over critics who say “The King’s Speech’ distorts history by omitting details, such as Edward VII’s (Guy Pearce) Nazi sympathies and Winston Churchill’s (Timothy Spall) support of Edward VII during his embarrassing abdication of the throne to his brother.

The article wrongly attributes actor Guy Pearce to playing Edward VII. He is in fact playing Edward VIII. King Edward VII was Queen Victoria’s son.

A slew of choices…

- Carrie Fisher is fat but “not like Jabba the Hutt

USA/She weighed about 100 pounds (45 kg) when she wore that iconic metallic gold bikini and slayed Jabba the Hutt, the massive, slug-like alien in “Return of the Jedi.”

“I’ve jumped out of a plane. I’ve walked over coals, repelled down a mountain. And I’m afraid of scales,” Fisher said.

He didn’t win…


Michelle Williams still asks why Heath Ledger died

LEISURE CANDY PREMIEREThe 30 year-old actress, whose romance with Ledger blossomed on the set of “Brokeback Mountain” in roles for which they both received Oscar nominations (he won supporting actor), said she had found “meaning in things and people and relationships that have sprung up and friendships that have strengthened.

You should correct the misstatement of facts in this article.

Heath Ledger did NOT win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Brokeback Mountain, he didn’t win anything at all, though many of us believe he should have. He was nominated in the Best Actor category but did not win.

A bad rep?


“Deadliest Catch” stars quit Discovery show

USA-HEALTHCARE/WELLNESSLOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – A trio of stars of Discovery’s hit reality series “Deadliest Catch” have left the show.

The network sued the Hillstrands for $3 million claiming they failed to show up to finish work on “Hillstranded,” a planned “Catch” spinoff. The Hillstrands’ lawyer Jeff Cohen then called the suit an attempt to “extort” his clients and said the lawsuit could force them to sell their boats and fire their crews. Hansen, also repped by Cohen, later weighed in, backing the Hillstrands, slamming Discovery and saying, “I want people to know the captains stand together, and me and my brothers support them 100 percent.”