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ObamaNation: John McCain vs. Barack Obama in Pop Culture Showdown

After John McCain compared Barack Obama to Britney & Paris in a recent campaign ad, the presidential candidates sound-off on where they stand on some major pop culture issues in Entertainment Weekly's new feature, "The Great Presidential Pop-Culture Debate." Readers get a chance to see what entertains both the Democratic and Republican nominees (Did you know? McCain's a huge ABBA fan? And the last videogame Obama played was "Pong"?). Here are a few choice battles between McCain and Obama: First Movie Ever Seen McCain: Bambi (Hmmm...New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd calls Obama "Bambi"!) Obama: Born Free American Idol Pick McCain: Jordin Sparks Obama: David Archuleta (Daughters Malia & Sasha are big Archie Fans) Favorite Onscreen Presidents McCain: Dennis Haysbert in 24 Obama: Jeff Bridges in The Contender ( "He was charming and essentially an honorable person, but there was a rogue in about him.") PHOTO: Entertainment Weekly
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Pac-Man Coming To A Theater Near You?

Children of the eighties rejoice! Word on the video game street is that former Marvel Studios chairman Avi Arad is planning to bring arcade powerhouse Pac-Man to the big screen. The big yellow mouth will be made into a live-action character, an arcade geek (what else?) who will transform into Pac-Man and "use his Pac-Man powers to do the right thing," Arad tells Fortune magazine. Arad has herded countless comic book superheroes to the screen, including Spider-Man, Blade and Fantastic Four, but turning a video game into a film might be a bigger challenge with such flops as Super Mario Brothers (which still makes Nintendo fans cringe). Let's just hope the film, which is expected to chomp its way across movie screens in 2010, is nothing like this Pac-Man movie spoof.
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Ga Ga: Penélope Cruz & Javier Bardem in Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Woody Allen's new film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, is a sexy flick about a ménage-à-trois between Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson. Need we say more? The film, which premiered Monday in Westwood, drew raves at the Cannes Film Festival and Oscar talk for co-stars Bardem and Cruz. Entertainment Weekly film critic Lisa Schwarzbaum raved of the Spanish duo at Cannes, "I'm grateful that, in this festival year of subject-matter darkness and Indiana Jonesy manufactured light, the torch-bright Spanish duo of Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz were on hand in Woody Allen's blithe Iberian romance Vicky Cristina Barcelona to dazzle the Cannes crowd the old-fashioned way with crystalline performances, rather than a crystal skull." Adding to the rave reviews, Variety says, "VCB is by several degrees more hot-blooded than [director Woody Allen's] usual norm, thanks especially due to the palpable chemistry of Bardem and Cruz..." Blindie can't wait for this steamy Allen flick!
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Ga Ga: Corbin Bleu, Blindie’s High School Musical Crush

Move over Zac Efron because Corbin Bleu of the hugely successful Disney franchise High School Musical is our new teen crush. Born in Brooklyn to an Italian mother and a Jamaican father, Bleu sports a killer curl-fro that would make most girls jealous. He acknowledges his signature hairdo in an interview with USA Today, "I don't want to cut it just to create shock," but admitted he would consider cutting it for a strong movie role. Unlike his co-star Efron, Bleu isn't on the radar of the celebrity gossip mags but he is popping up at county fairs throughout the country this summer delighting scores of pre-teen girls with high energy songs from his 2007 debut album Another Side. Vanessa Hudgens is scheduled to perform with him at the Iowa State Fair on August 14th.
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Ga Ga: Jesse Williams Of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

Blindie is eagerly awaiting the release of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (Aug. 6) with Ugly Betty herself America Ferrera, our favorite Gossip Girl Blake Lively, and Gilmore Girls alum Alexis Bledel. But there's a stunning new star in town for the sequel: fetching newcomer Jesse Williams. With killer looks, piercing eyes, and a Temple University degree to boot, Williams is definitely going places. The Chicago native already starred in The N's Beyond The Break, an episode of ABC's Greek as the "Hotness Monster" (seriously), and will be playing with the A-listers next year when he stars in Antoine Fuqua's Brooklyn's Finest alongside Don Cheadle and Richard Gere. We're ga ga for Williams and the interview trailer where he talks about his nude modeling scene in The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants 2.
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Samuel Jackson Fights Kerry Washington’s Miscegenation in Lakeview Terrace

In the upcoming thriller Lakeview Terrace, Samuel L. Jackson plays a veteran LAPD police officer who doesn't care for his new neighbors, played by the beautiful Kerry Washington and the equally stunning Patrick Wilson. Jackson's character primarily doesn't like the incoming yuppies because they are an interracial married couple. "It was a different take, something that is not often portrayed," James Lassiter, who with Will Smith produced the film, told the Los Angeles Times. Race, Lassiter added, "is not the singular driver of [Turner's] hate. But he is a racist." "People will say they are not voting for [Barack Obama] because he's black, but of course they are. They have no idea what his platform is," Jackson said of the topical nature of the film. "Race is an issue that everybody thinks about but you avoid talking about." Speaking of race: Lakeview Terrace, which opens September 19, also refers to the neighborhood where Rodney King was beaten by police in 1991.
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Ga Ga: Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura in Star Trek Movie Poster

While director J.J. Abrams is keeping mum about his upcoming Star Trek film, he recently gave a slight sneak peek of his promotional posters, featuring the always-fabulous (and underrated) Zoe Saldana. The film, which hits theaters on May 8, 2009 and also stars Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock) and Eric Bana (Nero), features Saldana as Nyota Uhura--the Enterprise's only female and African-American crew member. "It’s great to see an exotic face in sci-fi," Saldana told Latina magazine. "Little girls who look like me, or who are Arab, Filipina, whatever, are going to go, ‘Oh, my God, we can be in space, too!'"
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ObamaNation: John McCain vs. Barack Obama in Pop Culture Showdown

After John McCain compared Barack Obama to Britney & Paris in a recent campaign ad, the presidential candidates sound-off on where they stand on some major pop culture issues in Entertainment Weekly's new feature, "The Great Presidential Pop-Culture Debate." Readers get a chance to see what entertains both the Democratic and Republican nominees (Did you know? McCain's a huge ABBA fan? And the last videogame Obama played was "Pong"?). Here are a few choice battles between McCain and Obama: First Movie Ever Seen McCain: Bambi (Hmmm...New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd calls Obama "Bambi"!) Obama: Born Free American Idol Pick McCain: Jordin Sparks Obama: David Archuleta (Daughters Malia & Sasha are big Archie Fans) Favorite Onscreen Presidents McCain: Dennis Haysbert in 24 Obama: Jeff Bridges in The Contender ( "He was charming and essentially an honorable person, but there was a rogue in about him.") PHOTO: Entertainment Weekly
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Pac-Man Coming To A Theater Near You?

Children of the eighties rejoice! Word on the video game street is that former Marvel Studios chairman Avi Arad is planning to bring arcade powerhouse Pac-Man to the big screen. The big yellow mouth will be made into a live-action character, an arcade geek (what else?) who will transform into Pac-Man and "use his Pac-Man powers to do the right thing," Arad tells Fortune magazine. Arad has herded countless comic book superheroes to the screen, including Spider-Man, Blade and Fantastic Four, but turning a video game into a film might be a bigger challenge with such flops as Super Mario Brothers (which still makes Nintendo fans cringe). Let's just hope the film, which is expected to chomp its way across movie screens in 2010, is nothing like this Pac-Man movie spoof.
Read More

Ga Ga: Penélope Cruz & Javier Bardem in Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Woody Allen's new film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, is a sexy flick about a ménage-à-trois between Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson. Need we say more? The film, which premiered Monday in Westwood, drew raves at the Cannes Film Festival and Oscar talk for co-stars Bardem and Cruz. Entertainment Weekly film critic Lisa Schwarzbaum raved of the Spanish duo at Cannes, "I'm grateful that, in this festival year of subject-matter darkness and Indiana Jonesy manufactured light, the torch-bright Spanish duo of Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz were on hand in Woody Allen's blithe Iberian romance Vicky Cristina Barcelona to dazzle the Cannes crowd the old-fashioned way with crystalline performances, rather than a crystal skull." Adding to the rave reviews, Variety says, "VCB is by several degrees more hot-blooded than [director Woody Allen's] usual norm, thanks especially due to the palpable chemistry of Bardem and Cruz..." Blindie can't wait for this steamy Allen flick!
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Ga Ga: Corbin Bleu, Blindie’s High School Musical Crush

Move over Zac Efron because Corbin Bleu of the hugely successful Disney franchise High School Musical is our new teen crush. Born in Brooklyn to an Italian mother and a Jamaican father, Bleu sports a killer curl-fro that would make most girls jealous. He acknowledges his signature hairdo in an interview with USA Today, "I don't want to cut it just to create shock," but admitted he would consider cutting it for a strong movie role. Unlike his co-star Efron, Bleu isn't on the radar of the celebrity gossip mags but he is popping up at county fairs throughout the country this summer delighting scores of pre-teen girls with high energy songs from his 2007 debut album Another Side. Vanessa Hudgens is scheduled to perform with him at the Iowa State Fair on August 14th.
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Ga Ga: Jesse Williams Of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

Blindie is eagerly awaiting the release of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (Aug. 6) with Ugly Betty herself America Ferrera, our favorite Gossip Girl Blake Lively, and Gilmore Girls alum Alexis Bledel. But there's a stunning new star in town for the sequel: fetching newcomer Jesse Williams. With killer looks, piercing eyes, and a Temple University degree to boot, Williams is definitely going places. The Chicago native already starred in The N's Beyond The Break, an episode of ABC's Greek as the "Hotness Monster" (seriously), and will be playing with the A-listers next year when he stars in Antoine Fuqua's Brooklyn's Finest alongside Don Cheadle and Richard Gere. We're ga ga for Williams and the interview trailer where he talks about his nude modeling scene in The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants 2.
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Samuel Jackson Fights Kerry Washington’s Miscegenation in Lakeview Terrace

In the upcoming thriller Lakeview Terrace, Samuel L. Jackson plays a veteran LAPD police officer who doesn't care for his new neighbors, played by the beautiful Kerry Washington and the equally stunning Patrick Wilson. Jackson's character primarily doesn't like the incoming yuppies because they are an interracial married couple. "It was a different take, something that is not often portrayed," James Lassiter, who with Will Smith produced the film, told the Los Angeles Times. Race, Lassiter added, "is not the singular driver of [Turner's] hate. But he is a racist." "People will say they are not voting for [Barack Obama] because he's black, but of course they are. They have no idea what his platform is," Jackson said of the topical nature of the film. "Race is an issue that everybody thinks about but you avoid talking about." Speaking of race: Lakeview Terrace, which opens September 19, also refers to the neighborhood where Rodney King was beaten by police in 1991.
Read More

Ga Ga: Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura in Star Trek Movie Poster

While director J.J. Abrams is keeping mum about his upcoming Star Trek film, he recently gave a slight sneak peek of his promotional posters, featuring the always-fabulous (and underrated) Zoe Saldana. The film, which hits theaters on May 8, 2009 and also stars Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock) and Eric Bana (Nero), features Saldana as Nyota Uhura--the Enterprise's only female and African-American crew member. "It’s great to see an exotic face in sci-fi," Saldana told Latina magazine. "Little girls who look like me, or who are Arab, Filipina, whatever, are going to go, ‘Oh, my God, we can be in space, too!'"
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