Today’s brief look at the pop-culture world finds a controversial movie on the Hill, Simon Cowell, Ben Affleck, Kristen Stewart, other things, and the mystery music video.
ZERO APPLAUSE: From some senators, anyway, per the New York Times, “In an unusual Congressional critique of Hollywood moviemaking, three United States senators on Wednesday – and others joined the chorus today -- lambasted “Zero Dark Thirty,” the new fictionalized film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, calling it “grossly inaccurate and misleading in its suggestion that torture resulted in information that led to the location” of the terrorist leader. . . Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California; Carl Levin, Democrat of Michigan; and John McCain, Republican of Arizona — weighed in.” http://nyti.ms/12rRCKM
HMMMMM: Hey, good for him, per the Huffington Post, “After weeks of speculation, "X Factor" mogul Simon Cowell has confirmed that he is dating former Playboy model Carmen Electra, but insists she isn't his girlfriend (yet). Cowell called in to 102.7 KIIS FM's "On Air with Ryan Seacrest" on Wednesday and revealed that he and the "Baywatch" babe, who was previously married to Dave Navarro and Dennis Rodman, are seeing each other.” http://huff.to/VSuRZP
RON BURGUNDY: Stay classy, San Diego, per Rolling Stone, “The much-anticipated Anchorman sequel has been given an official release date of December 20th, 2013, according to tweets from writer and director Adam McKay and producer Judd Apatow, who quoted Ron Burgundy's self-appraisal by noting, "It is kind of a big deal." http://rol.st/UfnxeE
REGRETS: From a hot star, per Entertainment Weekly, “Looks like we won’t be seeing any steamy love scenes between Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart after all. Weeks after the ex-Twilight star signed on to star in Warner Bros.’s Focus — the story of an experienced con artist who teaches a young female protegee the tricks of the trade — her co-star Ben Affleck has dropped out of the film. Affleck’s rep confirms to EW that scheduling conflicts were the culprit.” http://bit.ly/ZlWN09
INDUSTRY NEWS: Kind of messy, per The Hollywood Reporter, “A class action lawsuit brought by a former intern at the Charlie Rose show has been settled. On Tuesday, attorneys for Lucy Bickerton, who sued on behalf of herself and other situated, told a New York court that a deal had been struck to end litigation that contended violations of New York's labor laws arising from a failure to pay the show's interns.” http://bit.ly/YqbZrR
AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video. http://bit.ly/14bd9Q
--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)