News: Suri Cruise, Arctic Monkeys, Hot Gardeners

road.jpg Homophobic bias in America’s film rating system revealed in This Film is Not Yet Rated. Director: “If you show a certain kind of straight sex and you are allowed to see a certain level of nudity, but the rating system does not allow that same level of nudity with gay sex, then what you are doing is subtly suggesting to the audience that there is something wrong with showing the same amount of gay sex that you might show in a straight sex scene.”

Cruise_suri_1road.jpg Suri Cruise debuts

road.jpg Katie Couric debuts: “The first program was certainly a work in progress. Hard news was followed by the softest of features, including a first look at the cover of Vanity Fair showing Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’s long-unseen baby, Suri (adorable). Perhaps worried that the segment would look too frivolous, Ms. Couric introduced it with a clip of a 1949 CBS newscast with Douglas Edwards showing a baby picture of Prince Charles, as if there were a grand tradition of baby pictures at the Tiffany network.”

road.jpg Franchising Desperate Housewives. Every country needs its own hot gardener.

road.jpg Arctic Monkeys win Britain’s Mercury Prize for their album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. Last year’s winner was Antony and the Johnsons.

road.jpg Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters says Kylie Minogue wouldn’t be too happy if the group ever worked with Madonna: “I think Kylie would have my head on a plate if I worked with Madonna. Really, I’m not interested in collaborating with her, I love Kylie too much. We had a real ball and I have a massive crush on her. She is just a really amazing, funny person and really cool. I didn’t meet her until we went in the studio, but we hit it off!”

Comments

  1. Rad says

    I was disappointed in Katie Couric and her debut as the CBS News achor. The broadcast came over as more frivoulous than professional; akin to that bastion of weekend mornings, CBS Sunday Morning. The photo they showed as the lead-in was of baby Prince Charles, a future head of a foreign state. She followed it up with Suri Cruise…? Who is that? The future head of some alien race? I found myself switching channels back to Brian Williams to see what else was going on in the world.

    I also was not impressed with her closing “contest” for viewers to suggest a signoff for her. That just lacked the polish and professionalism I would have expected with the network news.

    I do not anticipate it will be long before either she tones down the paparazzi and opionion segments for harder news, or is moved to the likes of CBS Sunday Morning, where I am sure she would be a fine eventual replacement for Charles Osgood.

    Rad

  2. hoya86 says

    yeah – did not love Katie last night. Felt alot like a souped up Entertainment Tonight. Hopefully for CBS and all the money they are paying her, she’ll/they’ll do better over time.

  3. Wayne says

    Bash Katie Couric all you want, she’s not going anywhere. America loves her, for whatever reason, and CBS is paying her WAY too much money to dump her on any weekend show. You watch, she’ll be number one before this is over with.

  4. Rad says

    Yes, that’s it! The news show came off as a souped up version of “Entertainment Tonight”. America loves Mary Hart, too, but there is a time and place for celebrity and chatty op/ed pieces. Network news just is not it.

    I am not bashing Couric, I >hope< Katie can season well. The problem is she IS a personality in her own right, and it is one of… well… not journalistic strength. She was much stronger as “Guest Host” of the Tonight Show when she swapped places with Jay Leno a couple years back.

    Also… she has a speech impediment! Not quite the “Ba Ba Wa Wa” nasal drone that Gilda Radner superbly zeroed in on, but this underlying… lisp that surfaced as Katie got four or five sentences into each news piece. Unlike “Today”, I guess there is just no room for a social cup of tea or glass of water on the CBS News set that she can tap into in between bantering co-anchors. [THERE! That’s a Katie bash! : ) ]

  5. nuflux says

    John C–I agree, Guillemots is a MUCH more innovative band. Maybe because they didn’t release a full album (?)–or maybe because the awards are given out by tools who actually think Arctic Monkeys are “edgy.”

  6. JOE 2 says

    a) the baby looks exactly like k. holmes, and nothing like t. cruise.

    b) why is the baby wearing a wig?

    c) what about the fact that t. cruise and n. kidman “couldn’t get pregnant” for a decade, and they publicly stated that extensive testing had revealed cruise’s sperm to be the culprit? we’ve seen kidman pregnant since then, so why was cruise able to impregnate holmes within five minutes?

    i say holmes was already preggers when cruise’s people offered her a gazillion dollars to marry him.

  7. FunMe says

    I knew it!

    It is SO obvious that they adopted. What a shame that in this day and age closeted gays like Tom Cruise still lives a life based on LIES. Pathetic and self-loathing if you ask me.

  8. stan says

    Re: MPPA Discriminates Against Gay Films

    Back in 2004, Sideways got an R rating and Bad Education got an NC-17 rating. The sex scenes in Sideways were much more ‘in your face” than the ones in Bad Education and it pissed me off. The bias with the MPAA has always been pretty apparent.

  9. zinc alloy says

    Lord, who makes that Cruise baby’s wigs? The same person who made Elton’s circa ’95.

    Now that the world has seen Suri, let the world collectively sigh, “We’ve seen enough!”

  10. Anon says

    There is no mystery to the MPAA ratings group really. They are a cross section of “typical” “opinionated” Americans–those most likely to raise a fuss about a movie corrupting our youth. This then represents a “community standard” for the country as a whole. Of course they are going to object to gay sex more than straight sex, that’s the way the country as a whole is leaning! It’s not meant to be objective or fair. It’s a focus group designed to help producers avoid controversy before the movie comes out. However, the movie still sounds provocative.

  11. steve says

    Well since I am an Australian i can let you all know that the Australian film ratings are alot more grown up that Americas.

    i.e Brokeback Mountain was rated R in the States i believe, whereas it was rated MA in Australia.

    You’ll also find that to be the case with most movies when they are released in Australia…most American movies that are rated R only end up being rated MA…even movies without gay sex scenes

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