Some celebrities are just better at taking a joke than others. Macaulay Culkin, for instance, laughed off a Facebook death hoax this weekend by tweeting a “Weekend at Bernie’s”-style photo of him from the Twitter account of his band, the Pizza Underground. Fake reports circulated over the weekend that Culkin had been found dead, but as more photos posted by the band prove, he’s very much alive. “We’re on tour, you silly people,” the band tweeted.
— pizza underground (@cheesedayz) November 9, 2014
In not so surprising news, Mark Zuckerberg didn’t enjoy watching “the Social Network.” The topic of the David Fincher-directed, Aaron Sorkin-written film about the founding of Facebook came up during a live Facebook Q&A recently when an audience member asked Zuckerberg how accurate the movie was. “Wow, I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about that movie in a while. I kind of blocked that one out. It was a very interesting experience to watch a movie that was supposedly about my life,” Zuckerberg said. “They went out of their way in the movie to try to get some interesting details correct, like the design of the office, but on the overarching plot, in terms of why we’re building Facebook to help connect the world, or how we did it, they just kind of made up a bunch of stuff that I found kind of hurtful.” Poor guy. So what hurt the most? “They kind of made up this whole plot line about how I somehow decided to create Facebook to, I think, attract girls,” he says. Which is totally off-base. The real reason he did it was because he was tired of playing Farmville alone.
Speaking of Aaron Sorkin: Hey, did you like the premiere of the final season “the Newsroom” last night? Well, enjoy it, because that’s all the Aaron Sorkin-created TV you’re getting. The man behind “the West Wing,” “Sports Night” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” says he’s taking his show-running ball and going home. “I know the whole ‘never say never stuff,’ but I’m pretty certain I’m about to write my last three episodes of television,” Sorkin tells the L.A. Times. “I’ve had much more failure, as traditionally measured, than success in television. I’ve done four shows, and only one of them was the ‘West Wing.'” So if you need your fill of cantankerous, hard-nosed angels fighting injustice with giant vocabularies alongside female colleagues who are always wrong and disastrously preoccupied with their love lives, you’ll just have to turn to Netflix.
Andy Dick is in trouble with the law, which really shouldn’t count as news, I know, but there you go. So what did the ever-volatile comic do this time? Dick allegedly stole a necklace from a man after an encounter on Hollywood Boulevard last week, according to TMZ. That encounter apparently consisted of Dick riding up to the guy on his bicycle and asking if he could see his chain, reportedly valued at $1,000. Recognizing Dick as a famous person, the guy said yes, at which point Dick took it and rode away. The owner of the necklace reported the theft, and cops spotted Dick this weekend — also while tooling around on his bicycle — and nabbed him. He was released on $25,000 bail. I’m hoping his legal team goes with the “it’s Andy Dick, what did the guy expect to happen?” defense.
Matt Damon is making his return to the “Bourne” franchise official. After reports in September that the series’ original star was mulling a comeback after sitting out 2012’s “the Bourne Legacy,” Damon himself confirmed that he’s back, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “It’ll be in 2016 when the movie will actually come out,” Damon says. “[Director] Paul Greengrass is going to do another one and that’s all I ever said. I just needed him to say yes.” So there you go.
Looking for something to get the “Too Many Cooks” theme song out of your head? Jon Cozart, the scarily talented film student behind the Disney parody “After Ever After,” teamed up with fellow YouTuber Peter Hollens for “Boy Brand,” a sickeningly catching medley mocking the titans of boy band-dom. The harmonies are tight, and the jokes at the expense of the bands — particularly N*SYNC and Backstreet Boys — are genuinely funny, if a little mean. Just be glad the One Direction section isn’t at the end.
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