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Published: 03/4/11

Mike Huckabee Rips Natalie Portman Over Out-of-Wedlock Pregnancy

By  Mara Gay - AOL News
Mike Huckabee Rips Natalie Portman Over Out-of-Wedlock Pregnancy

Mike Huckabee slammed actress Natalie Portman on a radio show for glamorizing out-of-wedlock pregnancy at the Academy Awards and sending an irresponsible message to women. The former Arkansas governor and possible presidential hopeful said on "The Michael Medved Show" this week that most unwed mothers aren't able to support their children on a Hollywood actress' salary. "You know, Michael, one of the things that's troubling is that people see a Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet who boasts of, 'Hey look, you know, we're having children, we're not married, but we're having these...

Published: 03/2/11

Want to Wear Wallis Simpson's Lingerie? It's Up for Auction

By  Lee Speigel - AOL News
Want to Wear Wallis Simpson's Lingerie? It's Up for Auction

Elegant lingerie, luggage and handbags once owned by Wallis Simpson -- the American socialite whose affair with Great Britain's King Edward VIII resulted in his abdication -- will be auctioned for charity in London, the BBC reports. Some of the items set for the March 17 sale by Kerry Taylor Auctioneers include a 1964 Christian Dior black crocodile handbag and a scarlet chiffon nightdress. ...

Published: 03/1/11

James Franco Not Totally Baked During Oscars, Apparently [VIDEO]

By  David Knowles - AOL News
James Franco Not Totally Baked During Oscars, Apparently [VIDEO]

There goes that theory? James Franco's rather lackluster performance as co-host of the Academy Awards set off a storm of speculation that the young actor/scholar/performance artist may have gotten high backstage before the show began. Pundits pointed to pictures of Franco in which his eyelids were captured at half-staff as some sort of empirical proof that marijuana had been smoked. But following a day of reefer theorizing, one of Franco's representatives decided that enough was enough and let the world known that the Yale Ph.D. candidate don't play like that. "James does not drink or do...

Published: 03/1/11

Academy Awards Help Save Family From Tornado [VIDEO]

By  Susanna Baird - AOL News
Academy Awards Help Save Family From Tornado [VIDEO]

A cement block sits where Patrick Shipley's head usually rests on his pillow. Massive shards of roof cover the sink area of the master bathroom, where his wife usually stands to take out her contacts before bed. Had Sunday night been any other night, the Shipleys might have been the victims of one of three tornados that touched down in the St. Louis area, including in their community, St. Albans. Thanks to the Oscars, they're safe and sound, though out one roof. Instead of turning in at their usual bedtime, the couple stayed up late watching the Academy Awards, enjoying the glitz and glamour...

Published: 02/28/11

Natalie Portman's Motherhood Shout-Out Gets Raves From This Feminist

By  Joanne Bamberger - Politics Daily
Natalie Portman's Motherhood Shout-Out Gets Raves From This Feminist

Natalie Portman has been getting flack for her Academy Awards acceptance speech for her role in "Black Swan." Not because of anything she said about the uber-psych-thriller role that won her the award or because of any Oscar night faux pas like forgetting to acknowledge her fellow Best Actress nominees. She's coming under fire for a speech that acknowledged her nascent motherhood as "the most important role" of her life, referring to her ever-growing pregnancy, which I must say was beautifully draped in a luscious plum-colored Rodarte gown that I wouldn't mind owning. Some women are...

Published: 02/28/11

Melissa Leo's Unscripted Moment at the Academy Awards

By  Bonnie Goldstein - Politics Daily
Melissa Leo's Unscripted Moment at the Academy Awards

The Oscars didn't really hold my attention Sunday night and sadly, after I got distracted,they still went on and on. Before the first commercial, however, I was glad to hear winning cinematographer Wally Pfister thank his "union crew" on the film "Inception." As my husband is a member of the screenwriters' guild, I was also glad to see, for the two winners in his professional category, that the Academy got it exactly right. Related Stories The Oscars: 'The King's Speech' and Natalie Portman Reign The Oscars: Young, Pretty, Snarky, So Who's...

Published: 02/28/11

Arkansas Earthquake Strongest Since 1969

By  Mary Phillips-Sandy - AOL News
Arkansas Earthquake Strongest Since 1969

Sunday night, while many Americans were glued to the Academy Awards, residents of Arkansas were feeling the effects of a 4.7-magnitude earthquake that struck northeast of Greenbrier. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, more than 700 earthquakes have hit the region in the past six months. Scientists aren't entirely sure why, but leading theories include the impact of natural gas drilling and a naturally occurring "swarm" or cluster of earthquakes that take place within a short span of time. Despite the ongoing pattern of small tremors, Sunday's shaker was the biggest recorded in Arkansas...

Published: 02/28/11

Setting the 2011 Oscars Record Straight: It's 'Kirk Douglas,' Not 'Kurt Douglas'

By  Steven Hoffer - AOL News
Setting the 2011 Oscars Record Straight: It's 'Kirk Douglas,' Not 'Kurt Douglas'

Pay attention: It's "Kirk" Douglas, not "Kurt" Douglas. Why the need to issue a clarification? Because even after a memorable appearance during Sunday night's Oscar ceremony (and with more than 60 years in the acting biz), the man's name still managed to show up incorrectly on Google Trends' Hot Searches. People got it wrong on Twitter too: .bbpBox42040599024635900 {background:url(http://a3.twimg.com/a/1298664727/images/themes/theme1/bg.png) #C0DEED;padding:20px;} p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px...

Published: 02/28/11

'King's Speech' Writer Lived the Monarch's Story [VIDEO]

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'King's Speech' Writer Lived the Monarch's Story [VIDEO]

While much has been made about the true story of King George VI overcoming his stammer in the Oscar-winning movie "The King's Speech," overlooked is the man who wrote the screenplay, whose triumph is just as inspiring. "NBC Nightly News" talked to David Seidler about his own stutter and what the Queen Mother said when he asked her permission to make the movie. Seidler, 73, won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay Sunday night. He also won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award and was nominated for a Golden Globe....

Published: 02/28/11

Oscars 2011: Twitter Wonders Whether Host James Franco Was Totally High

By  JJ Helland - AOL News
Oscars 2011: Twitter Wonders Whether Host James Franco Was Totally High

Maybe it was the perma-grin, the squinty eyes or just the generally goofy vibe he gave off. But whatever the reason, a lot of the online chatter this morning is centered around the fact that Oscar host James Franco looked high to many folks during last night's ceremony. We'll probably never know whether he was or wasn't, but that of course hasn't stopped people on the Interwebs from opining -- with supreme confidence -- on the subject. Let's go to the tweets. .bbpBox42233639827804160 {background:url(http://a3.twimg.com/a/1298664727/images/themes/theme1/bg.png)...

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