Carly Rae Jepsen: Billboard's 'rising star,' Katy Perry also cited

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Today’s gaze toward the galaxy of the pop-culture worlds finds Carly Rae Jepsen, a naked therapist in Helen Hunt, a rare Picasso, many other things, and the mystery music video.

WITH A BULLET: Old-school caption, as opposed to this, per Billboard, “Carly Rae Jepsen has been named Billboard's "Rising Star" for 2012 following a year of dizzying success for the "Call Me Maybe" singer-songwriter. The Rising Star Award acknowledges Jepsen's breakout year and will be presented at the Billboard Women in Music event, presented by Nikon 1, on November 30 in New York City. The artist will join Katy Perry, Billboard's Woman of the Year, at the event.”

THE RATINGS GAME: Rather, how to avoid XXX, per indieWIRE, “The new film "The Sessions" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival as "The Surrogate," a reference to the fact that the main character, poet and journalist Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes), hires a "sex surrogate" (Helen Hunt) to help him lose his virginity at the age of 38, a plan complicated by the fact that as a result of a childhood bout of polio, Mark is essentially paralyzed from the neck down and spends 20 hours a day inside an iron lung. But a strange truth of the movie's sexual content suggests another layer of relevance to the discarded original title: while Hunt spends a hefty portion of the film totally nude, Hawkes never does.”

MIND GAMES: This is a good read, per the New York Times, “Picasso painted "Woman Ironing" when he was in his 20s. And like so many struggling young artists he often reused old canvases. He first began painting a portrait of a man with a mustache; abandoned it and several years later turned the canvas upside down and painted the image of a skeletal woman ironing over it.”

CLUELESS: Of a deeply held secret, per Radar, “Jessica Simpson was completely blindsided by her father’s reported gay bombshell, a source close to the Simpson family exclusively tells The pop star-turned-fashion-designer is struggling to come to terms with the revelation that dad Joe, 54, a former youth minister and Baptist pastor, has come out of the closet the source says.”

GET OUT THE VOTE?: Not exactly, per the Huffington Post, “Guns N' Roses might have an "Appetite for Democracy," but that doesn't mean lead singer Axl Rose participates in the democratic process. Guns N' Roses singer Rose sat down with Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday night and, although he (kind of) endorsed President Barack Obama, Rose revealed that he really isn't the voting kind.”

STILL STANDING: Just the facts, per Access Hollywood, “LeAnn Rimes touched upon her recent 30-day treatment for stress and anxiety in a new interview. When asked about her treatment, by talk show host Katie Couric for Thursday’s “Katie,” LeAnn said she was standing strong.”

A VISION: And so far, a successful mission, per The Hollywood Reporter, “Ben Sherwood is on his third go-round at ABC News, having left in 1993 and again in 2006 after a 2 1/2-year stint as executive producer of Good Morning America. When he returned to New York in December 2010, it was to a division decimated by layoffs and battered by the digital commoditization of news. His "marching orders" were simple. "Restore the greatness of ABC News and win the future of news and information," he says.”

MICHAEL CORLEONE: He knows how to make a buck, per Bloomberg, “Film and sometime stage star Al Pacino is being paid a minimum of $125,000 a week for playing washed-up real estate huckster Shelly Levene on Broadway in “Glengarry Glen Ross.” It’s one of the biggest-ever pay packages for a Broadway star, proving that death aside, the life of a salesman isn’t so shabby. For the 10-week run of David Mamet’s drama about sniping, struggling Chicago scam artists, Pacino is also entitled to 5 percent of profits.”

THE DONALD: And the President, per Celebuzz, “President Barack Obama took a swipe at Donald Trump during a visit to The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Wednesday after Trump demanded for Obama to release his college records and passport. “This all dates back to when we were growing up together in Kenya,” Obama quipped during the interview. “We had constant run-ins on the soccer field,” he continued, “And he wasn’t very good at it. When we finally moved to America, I thought it would be over.”

ONE-HIT WONDERS: In a good kind of way, per the Los Angeles Times, “Two of the filmmaker's most beloved works, “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction,” are getting the one-night-only theatrical treatment. “Reservoir Dogs” will play nationally Dec. 4 and “Pulp Fiction” will play Dec. 6 in events being dubbed “Tarantino XX,” a group of companies that includes Miramax (which owns rights to the films) and special-event firm Fathom have announced. Several Tarantino trailers and a short retrospective on the filmmaker’s career will also accompany the films.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)