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A US film version of The Inbetweeners is to be made, according to reports on several Hollywood trade magazine websites.
Paramount Pictures is said to want Iain Morris, who created the original series with Damon Beesley for E4, to write and direct the new movie.
It is unclear if the cast of the US TV series will also star in the new film version, as happened in the UK.
The American version of the television show starts on MTV on Monday 20 August.
The US series stars Joey Pollari as Will McKenzie, Bubba Lewis as Simon Cooper, Zack Pearlman as Jay Cartwright and Mark L. Young as Neil Sutherland.
It follows the lives of four high school students who live in suburban America.
The pilot was directed by Flight of the Conchords' Taika Waititi.
A pilot for a US version of The Inbetweeners was first commissioned by ABC in 2008 but was not picked up by the TV network.
Meanwhile, the UK film version of The Inbetweeners is due to be released in the US on 7 September.
The movie, which cost around £3.5m to make, grossed more than £45m at the box office worldwide last year making it the most successful British comedy to date.
"Katie hinted at new phase.."
Katie Holmes hinted at her state of mind in an interview conducted weeks before dropping her divorce bombshell, saying she was entering “a new phase” and “I know where I want to go."
“I definitely feel much more comfortable in my own skin,” Holmes told Elle magazine when asked about being in her 30s, for an upcoming cover story. “I feel sexier. I think in my 20s, it’s like you’re trying too hard to figure everything out . . . I’m starting to come into my own. It’s like a new phase.”
Six weeks after Elle’s mid-May interview, the actress revealed her “new phase” would not include her husband and the father of daughter Suri, Tom Cruise.
Holmes further indicates an independent state of mind in the interview, which hits newsstands July 17, in response to a question about her identity as Mrs. Tom Cruise. “He has been Tom Cruise for 30 years,” she says. “I know who I am and where I am and where I want to go, so I want to focus on that.”
A source close to the magazine told us that during the interview — and accompanying shoot with fashion photographer Carter Smith — “Katie didn’t speak about Tom in a lovey-dovey way at all. She deflected the Tom questions and brought them around to herself.”
Holmes also says in the piece that being married to Cruise didn’t help her career, and that she had to work harder because of the role.
“Things are not handed to anyone,” Holmes says in excerpts exclusive to Page Six. “If anything, you work a little bit harder when you’re in such visible circumstances.”
Holmes subsequently filed for divorce June 29, reportedly catching the “Rock of Ages” star by surprise while he was filming in Iceland. Holmes also fled to her own apartment in Chelsea.
The Elle piece — which went from a good get to a hot property with the divorce news — was not pegged to any of Holmes’ films, but to her fashion line, Holmes & Yang, which she launched with friend and stylist Jeanne Yang, and is being sold at Barneys.
OP's note: Remember when Bi Rain fans got together and got him the top spot in TIME 100 for three years straight? Remember how they were subtle about it?
Lee Daniels' "The Butler" adds one more actor to the list. "Magic Mike" star Alex Pettyfer is joining the star-studded movie in the role of Thomas Westphall which has a pivotal influence on Forest Whitaker's Eugene Allen and the rest of the character's life.
Based on Wil Haygood's Washington Post "A Butler Well Served by This Election", the movie has had stellar cast ensemble including Jane Fonda playing Nancy Reagan. There will also be Oprah Winfrey, Minka Kelly, Cuba Gooding Jr.,Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, David Oyelowo and Alan Rickman. Meanwhile,Vanessa Redgrave is still in talks to join.
The pic revolves around Eugene Allen, a black man who served as a White House butler for 34 years. Allen started at the White House as a "pantry man" in 1952 when blacks weren't allowed to use public restrooms in his native Virginia. He ended up serving eight presidents and had a unique front row seat as political and racial history was being made, from the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement to the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., President John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy Jr.
Filming will start in mid-July in New Orleans.
Still hot, tbh.
And for anyone interested in more info on this film, IMDB has a whole slew of actors listed including someone I think is a current ONTD fave (Jesse Williams). Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan just boggles my mind.
The original article by Wil Haygood for the Washington Post is entitled "A Butler Well Served by this Election." All the things Eugene Allen must have seen...the people he must have met....wow.
Can we take a moment to discuss that one of Katie's guards / secretly placed Scientologist staff members approached me last night while I was investigating the scene? (my original post here)
Here's a pap photo from xliquidskiesx's entry. (marvelously was the first to spot this breaking news in this comment)
And the photo I took maybe an hour or so earlier (unless Katie keeps Suri out past 11)
Had I not freaked out assuming I was being approached by a Sea Org what would have happened? Did he think I was working for the enemy? Would he have invited me to meet Queen Suri for ice cream? Was he really just crossing the street? Does Katie actually live across the street? Please discuss.
Source: it's just a fact
Greeting him in a rather excited manner, Niall replied to their appreciative shouts, saying: "Remeber the last time I walked out here? Remeber the last time I walked out here and sprained my knee, you shower of c***s!"
Although it sounds like he was being a bit rude to his fans, he also quite happily wished them a happy birthday while flashing them a thumbs up. The girls in question didn't seem to be too bothered about it either, posting the video online and saying: "We didn't mob him, he called us a shower of c***s as BANTER."
Niall seems to agree with this and has since tweeted to apologise saying: "Really sorry if I caused any offence. It was just banter with fans who I think of more as mates.
"But I understand that it's not a word I should be using at all," he added.
The new season of Bad Girls Club (Season 9) premiers July 9th and it already looks like women's GLOW wrestling. I got a chance to chit chat with the newest cast member, the voluptuous and 'white washed' Mehgan James!
As you will see in the preview below...she's not just a
Obviously Mehgan was BORN to be a 'Bad Girl'...but why did this senior at University of Houston decide to go the reality TV route? Check out my EXCLUSIVE interview with "Kim Kardashian's Black Sister"...
Carlton: How did you end up being on Bad Girl's Club? Why did you chose to do the show?
Mehgan: I honestly did this show to get my foot in the door to the entertainment industry. It's so hard starting from the bottom , but when you get on a reality show that has millions of viewers each week you have all ready surpassed the many steps of getting into the industry .
Carlton: How do you feel about the bad rap Black women are getting for doing 'ratchet' reality TV?
Mehgan: I feel like its funny. The world revolves off of stereotypes anyway . People automatically judge you on what they THINK you will be like but people often times for get that just because it's called Reality TV doesn't mean it's REALLY REAL...
Carlton: Do you feel you represent the typical Black woman?
Mehgan: On the show, not really the typical black woman has the stereotype of having an attitude all the time . I probably represented the typical "white washed" black woman . I see my personality as a mixture of Evelyn & Jennifer from Basketball Wives.
Carlton: How do you respond to people like Wendy Williams, Star Jones, and other prominent Black women who want to boycott shows like 'Basketball Wives' and 'Atlanta Housewives'?
Mehgan: I feel like it's jealousy . As Black women, I feel like we should support each other not
Carlton: Why do you think the Black community is so up in arms about reality TV?
Mehgan: I feel like the Black community in itself are like crabs in a bucket . I feel like Black people in general have these unspoken competitions between each other and there isn't any love or support where it's needed.
Carlton: What role did you play this season on BGC?
Mehgan: I played the Princess if the house. I was spoiled - always wanted my way & always got it :).
Carlton: How many fights did you get in? With who? Who won?
Mehgan: You'll have to watch...but I won ALL of them!!!!
Carlton: Do you feel the production team encourages you to fight?
Mehgan: No I don't think they encourage it. But you have to realize your 15 mins of fame will fly by you. You have to stand out to be the star of the show. So in order to do that, you must do what ever it takes. I treated every moment on that show as a business move.
Carlton: How do you respond to critics who may see Black women reality stars as groupie or gold diggers?
Mehgan: I think it's funny because deep inside the critics wished they could be in that position. I've always said get it how you live.
Carlton: What do you expect to gain from the exposure? What's your end game?
Mehgan: I expect to gain a lot from this exposure ! I'm going to use my knowledge to make sure this experience is very prosperous for me . I want to build an empire.
Carlton: Are you dating anyone right now? If so who?
Mehgan: Yes & it's TOP SECRET .
Carlton: Have you ever dated anyone famous? Who?
Mehgan: YES. But I plead the 5Th on that too!
Carlton: Whats reality shows are on your MUST watch list?
Mehgan: Basketball Wives .
Carlton: Who do you think are the Queen / King of reality TV?
Mehgan: The Queen is most defiantly Kim Kardashian and the King is probably Chad Ochocinco.
Carlton: How do you feel about celebrity sex tapes? Have you ever recorded yourself in the act? Ever text sexy photos of yourself to your significant other?
Mehgan: I feel like people live in the moment & not think about future consequences...and the answers to those questions are "I plead the 5th & Yes...LOL!
Carlton: Do you feel Michelle Obamas, Oprah Winfreys, and Beyonces watch shows like yours?
Mehgan: I'm sure they don't because they probably think that they are "too good". I wish they would though. They are missing out on some good laughs .
Carlton: What does your family think about you doing BGC?!
Mehgan: They hate it , but they are being more supportive than I thought they would be.
Carlton: What is your second career option? Third?
Mehgan: My second career option is to become an actress. I've always wanted to be in a Tyler perry movie or on a sit com & my third career option is to work for Live Nation. I enjoy music.
I can't wait to see Mehgan this season! Catch of preview of an EPIC fight Mehgan gets into with cast members Rima and Falon...she can whip some AZZ! Let's just hope she last in the house...
Follow Mehgan on Twitter for updates on her life after Bad Girls!
Commiserations to the other houses, but your chance will come again as competition for the next Pottermore House Cup is already underway!
As part of their reward for winning the Pottermore House Cup, Slytherin will be able to explore the new chapters of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 24 hours ahead of the other houses.
Please be aware that only students who were in Slytherin when the inaugural Pottermore House Cup was awarded, will get early access.
For students who are not in Slytherin, don’t despair. The first chapters of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets will be available for everyone immediately after this 24-hour period.
From then on, all users will be able to explore the new chapters, discover new Moments and continue their journey on Pottermore.
your thoughts on last night's episode?
Joe Armstrong interview, Tom Hughes and James Purefoy scans
Spoilers, I guess. Can you spoil Shakespeare? Everybody dies or everybody dances.
If anybody has the scans for James and Tom let me know, I was really in it for the Armstrong.
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Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston are bringing the history plays to the BBC.
Andrew Billen talks to them
Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown — uneasy even, one imagines, if it is worn merely for Harry, England and the BBC. Any actor playing the king in Shakespeare’s second tetralogy of English history, the Henriad, composed of Richard II, the two parts ofHenry IV, and Henry V, must feel the crown’s weight. It has rounded the mortal temples of Alec Guinness, Paul Scofield, Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance (among the Richards), of John Gielgud, Jon Finch and Tom Fleming (the last of whose Henry IVs became the voice of royal ceremonial for the BBC), and, most burdensomely, of an army of hyper-distinguished Hals led by Ralph Richardson, Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton and the just-knighted Kenneth Branagh.
But for Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston, who sequentially play the kings in the BBC’s cycle, The Hollow Crown, there is another responsibility. Shakespeare on TV has fallen out of fashion. The once familiar BBC Shakespeare production — there were more than 60 between 1945 and 2000 — has disappeared to be replaced by the occasional BBC film of a hit stage version. Even with Ian Holm as Lear, David Tennant as Hamlet, and, tomorrow on BBC Four, Jeffrey Kissoon as the RSC’s current Julius Caesar, this is not quite the same. The BBC’s last Richard IIs, for instance, were Fiona Shaw (from the gender-swapping 1995 National Theatre production) and Mark Rylance, filmed at the Globe in 2003. Incredibly, there has not been a BBCHenry V for 32 St Crispin Days. That play begins by apologising for cramming “so great an object” within the “wooden O” of the stage. Today, the question is whether Shakespeare, with his worrisome language, lengthy scenes and habit of arriving DOA in classrooms, is interesting enough to fill our great plasmatic rectangles.
Well. I have seen all four films in the BBC’s The Hollow Crown series, and my living room echoes resoundingly “yes”. When the BBC announced the project in September 2010, the histories seemed an odd place to begin a Bard revival. Now, in the summer of the Jubilee, as the kingdom again ponders a succession, they seem oddly relevant, if not as controversial as when Richard II’s abdication scene was removed from print editions so as not to offend the first Elizabeth. Politicians now, as Shakespeare’s monarchs then, strain for legitimacy amid shifting alliances. Nor is there anything remote about sending young men abroad to die for opaque causes: as the grunt Williams tells Henry V just before Agincourt, when he dares to speak of the justice of his cause: “That’s more than we know.”
Taking advantage of the nation’s widescreens, the executive producers Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris have opened the dramas out, cinematically, into Britain’s countryside, castles and cathedrals. The plays’ respective directors, Rupert Goold, Richard Eyre and Thea Sharrock, have encouraged their casts to deliver often heavily-cut speeches conversationally. Soliloquies, following the convention of Olivier’s 1948 Hamlet, are delivered as voiceovers. But what casts! Not even counting those kings, to whose number one must admit the dourly brilliant Rory Kinnear as Richard’s successful challenger Bolingbroke, there is the fat-suited Simon Russell Beale as a delicate, scheming Falstaff, Joe Armstrong as Hotspur, and, down in Falstaff’s unruly alternative court in Eastcheap, Julie Walters as Mistress Quickly. Again and again, actors we have taken for granted prove true Shakespeareans.
But it is when the kings wrangle over the crown that the films electrify. Ben Whishaw as Richard, reluctantly persuaded to abdicate in Bolingbroke’s favour (“Here cousin!”), bursts into tears, almost hands over the crown, takes it back and finally rolls it truculently towards Kinnear, who is wearing an expression that might be texted as “WTF?”.
“When someone is that deluded about themselves, it is always slightly comic,” says Whishaw, last seen in The Hour on BBC Two, and, at 31, two years younger than Richard at his deposition and death. “I felt his story was the story of someone who was forced to confront their vulnerability, who has constructed an identity of power and invulnerability and godlike authority, and whose illusions about himself are shattered.”
Whishaw dresses for his sacking in a priestly white gown trimmed in orange. In an earlier beach scene, in which he makes a stage of a rock, he wears his crown over a scarf worn a la Lawrence of Arabia. Mixed in with his divinity is a dessert helping of camp. “What Rupert [Goold] and I talked about was a Michael Jackson parallel. That was our reference in terms of his theatricality, the sense that everything is a performance and everything is about maximising the mystery around him. And like Jackson he is surrounded by people who just say yes to him.”
But there are more mundane parallels for an age of economic uncertainty. Whishaw sees Richard both as a megastar and a bloke who loses the job that defined him. Yet, once reduced to nothing, in his cell, his imagination spring opens and he identifies with others, even his old horse. “When I had finished working on this play — and maybe all Shakespeare is like this — I had the sensation that the play seemed to be about everything in life,” Whishaw says. “It is at once very specific and completely universal.”
For Jeremy Irons, who takes over from Kinnear as Henry IV in the two plays that follow Richard II, the story burrows towards the particular and the personal. Henry, so assured when he was Henry Bolingbroke, a duke unjustly exiled by the whimsically despotic Richard, is now plagued by ill health brought on by guilt at having usurped a divinely anointed king. The barons, not liking their new monarch much more than the last, again divide the kingdom. Any actor playing this Henry finds the plays’ form following their content. He is the star in title only. In performance he vies for attention with his tearaway son-and-heir Hal, his rebellious rival Hotspur (OP - lbr Joe is the unnamed star of everything he is in), and, above all, Falstaff, who not only represents that hedonistic boozer faction in the English character but is a dissolute second father to his son. For many theatre-goers over the centuries, and for Orson Welles in his movie Chimes at Midnight, the star of Henry IV is Sir John Falstaff.
Irons’ solution to the plays’ divided attentions is to make Henry’s throne its own centre of gravity, turning it into a virtual sick bed. Irons, 63, six years older than Henry at his death, wears the hollow crown over a hollow face, in a performance informed by his research into the real Henry, a “dazzling youth”, champion jouster, unjustly exiled and rightly outraged when Richard takes the estate of his dead father (Patrick Stewart’s John of Gaunt). “You would think he would be perfect, but in fact illness got him,” Irons says. “He used to have these fits. He would lie there apparently dead for ten, 20 minutes and then he would revive. No one quite knows what it was.” But it adds to the scene when Hal believes his father dead.
In a 1979 Henry IV, the BBC gave Jon Finch’s king leprosy, allowing for some Pilate-style hand-washing undermined by an off day in the continuity department that resulted in the king both wearing and not wearing gloves at the time. This time Richard Eyre determined leprosy would only mean Irons getting up even earlier into make-up. Instead Irons complicates his malaise with a father’s despair.
“For me it is a domestic play and a play about a father and a son — quite common themes: I am missing a boy who is not there and is up to I-know-not-what. I think quite a lot of fathers go through that time with their sons when they are demanding their independence. I certainly had it with my first boy. He pulled away and some years later he came back and realised how similar he was to me.”
Sam Irons is a photographer, but Max Irons is already, at 26, a Hollywood leading man (Red Riding Hood). He has talked openly of being expelled from Bryanston when a master caught him having sex. “Now Max is trying to steal my crown,” his father jokes. “But you also think of our current Prince of Wales. He is not up to making a fool of himself, but he has no function and he is trying to find his place. Of course, like Hal, as soon as he gets the job, I am sure he will be magnificent.”
Richard Eyre rang Tom Hiddleston to say he had won the part of Hal/Henry V on the wedding day of Prince Charles’s elder son two Aprils ago. Tom said yes. Now 31, barely two years older than Henry at Agincourt, he had been alerted to the “muscular, visceral” Shakespeare as a schoolboy when he saw Branagh’s 1989 film of Henry V. Over a term at Rada, he paperbacked his way through Shakespeare at a Café Nero near Archway, London. “I distinctly remember the weekends I read the histories. When I got to Henry IV and Henry V, I thought to myself, very privately: ‘What a prospect that character is! What a journey he goes on!’ ”
No prep, however, could forearm him for his first day of filming, which, owing to the professional commitment of Beale, was on Henry V (15 weeks later Hiddleston’s reverse journey would end in the studio that mocked up Eastcheap in Henry IV). “It was an extraordinary thing. Day one, take one, slate one was riding along the moat of Arundel Castle and then delivering, ‘Once more unto the breach.’ ”
Branagh renders the Harfleur battle speech from a white horse, crisply and at speed, revving up the “r” in “tiger”. Olivier before him, riding an equally pristine steed, waits for perfect quiet and speaks unlisping Churchill. But Hiddleston dismounts and kneels amid a group of soldiers, fixing them in turn. Breathlessly, almost desperately, he gives his pep talk as if the English are one-nil at half time and he is going on himself. The playing owes much to the realism of HBO’s Band of Brothers (which, of course, owes much to Shakespeare).
“The play is an examination of war through the eyes of this one man,” Hiddleston says. “There are brutal speeches in there that are not pretty. I must be careful. Thea Sharrock has not made an anti-war film but it is certainly a pro-peace film. When Henry tells Williams ‘every subject’s duty is the king’s, but every subject’s soul is his own’ it is an exhortation to accountability. Take responsibility for who you are and what you stand for.”
Hiddleston, who has played in several father-son struggles (Randolph Churchill to Albert Finney’s Winston in The Gathering Storm, Loki to Anthony Hopkins’s Odin in Thor last year) clashed lightly with his scientist father about whether to go into acting. One of the funniest moments of his Henry is when he delivers a perfect Irons impression down at the Boar’s Head. But the Henriad has got to him deeper than that, either that or 4am starts, pre-dawn runs and filming till dusk did.
“I don’t want to sound too pompous or pretentious but people I have spoken to who have played Hamlet and other huge, totemic parts say they change you permanently. And having played Henry V, I tend to agree. Part, I think, of the appeal and strength of Henry V as a character is his astonishing ability to back up words with action. I truly think I understand the nature of responsibility a little more.”
The responsibility of returning Shakespeare to television was not the three kings’ alone, but Whishaw, Irons and Hiddleston have more than delivered. As Whishaw says, we are told, and sometimes think, that Shakespeare doesn’t work on television: “His poetry needs a space to live in. It is metaphorical. Blah, blah, blah.” The Hollow Crown refutes such pessimism. Shakespeare is as intimate as television and as outsized as its widest screen. Our wooden O is the box in the corner of our little rooms, confining mighty men, and liberating them too.
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So ONTD, everybody ready for tomorrow? I'm ready.
SAILOR MOON GETS NEW ANIME SERIES
Publisher Kodansha and creator Naoko Takeuchi announced on Friday that a new anime adaptation of Takeuchi's Sailor Moon manga is being produced. The new anime series is aimed for release next summer, and the idol group Momoiro Clover Z will perform a theme song.
Kodansha and Takeuchi made the announcement during a live event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the manga. Momoiro Clover Z sang the first Sailor Moon anime's theme song "Moonlight Densetsu" at the event via a live video feed from France, where they are guests of Japan Expo.
Update: More background information added. Although Kotono Mitsuishi and Tohru Furuya, the voices of Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino and Tuxedo Mask/Mamoru Chiba in the first Sailor Moon anime, were present at the live event, the event did not specify that they will reprise their roles in the new series. The event also did not specify which song Momoiro Clover Z will perform as a theme song of the new anime.
Note from the OP: Supposedly, this is going to be a "more mature" retelling of the series intended for both new and old fans of the series (see pic after my paragraph!) I can't believe Sailor Moon has been around for 20 years, and that I've been a Moonie for over fifteen years myself! <3
Source: Anime News Network.
Newly 40-year-old John Cho and his SENSELESSLY HOT UPPER ARMS learned a few tips from E! correspondent David Burtka about making wontons the fast and fun way.
The result was a truly delicious dish. oh and I guess the wontons were probably okay too.
all glory be to the choverlord, perfect father and husband, he who grows ever more witty and sexy and big-eared as the blessed days of his ageless reign pass. Also, this is the four-year-old he's talking about in case you've forgotten.
In an effort to prove all is well in their relationship, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez went out TOGETHER in L.A. last night ... and made sure the cameras caught them holding hands.
As TMZ reported, the relationship has been on the rocks ... with the two breaking up multiple times in the last few months.
But last night, it appeared things were back on ... when Biebs and Gomez hit up the Pink Pepper restaurant in Hollywood for a romantic dinner date.
When asked about the status of their relationship, Bieber told the photogs, "What does it look like?"
Looks like a bunch of teenage girls are gonna be heartbroken again ... for now.
In June 1999, popular radio personality Dr. Drew Pinsky used the airwaves to extol the virtues of GlaxoSmithKline PLC's antidepressant Wellbutrin, telling listeners he prescribes it and other medications to depressed patients because it "may enhance or at least not suppress sexual arousal" as much as other antidepressants do.
But one thing listeners didn't know was that, two months before the program aired, Dr. Pinsky—who gained fame as "Dr. Drew" during years co-hosting a popular radio sex-advice show, "Loveline,"—received the second of two payments from Glaxo totaling $275,000 for "services for Wellbutrin."
The payments, made by a communications firm working for Glaxo, are revealed in an attachment to a complaint the U.S. government filed in October 2011 in federal court in the District of Massachusetts. The documents were disclosed this week as the U.S. Justice Department announced a $3 billion criminal and civil settlement with Glaxo over illegal drug marketing and other matters.
Asked about the radio program and the payments, Dr. Pinsky said in an emailed statement Tuesday: "In the late '90s I was hired to participate in a two-year initiative discussing intimacy and depression which was funded by an educational grant by Glaxo Wellcome," one of the companies that later merged to form GlaxoSmithKline. He said that the campaign "included town hall meetings, writings and multimedia activities in conjunction with [a] patient advocacy group." He added, "My comments were consistent with my clinical experience."
The U.S. government complaint against Glaxo followed a nine-year investigation of the company's marketing practices, and led to the settlement announced this week. As part of the deal, Glaxo is pleading guilty to criminal charges related to illegal drug marketing and failing to report important drug-safety data to the Food and Drug Administration.
The $3 billion fine will also settle the government's civil claims against Glaxo, including allegations that the company plied doctors with cash and lavish trips to resorts to get them to promote Glaxo drugs for uses beyond those specified in the drugs' FDA-approved prescribing labels.
Doctors are allowed to prescribe drugs as they see fit, but it is illegal for companies to promote drugs for uses not approved by the FDA, a practice known as "off-label" marketing. Wellbutrin's prescribing label doesn't state that the drug is less inhibiting of sexual libido than other antidepressants.
In an email Tuesday, Glaxo declined to answer questions about its financial relationship with Dr. Pinsky or other physicians.
The company said: "The complaint to which you refer concerns events in 1999, 13 years ago. It does not reflect what would be allowed in GSK today." It added: "The government has made many allegations and legal conclusions concerning Wellbutrin that GSK disputes. GSK admits, however, that during the period from January 1999 to December 2003, there were some occasions on which certain GSK sales representatives, speakers, and consultants promoted its antidepressant Wellbutrin to physicians for uses which were not FDA-approved in violation of federal law."
Dr. Pinsky is only one physician mentioned in the U.S. government's complaint. It also accuses a number of other doctors of taking large payments from the drug maker and improperly plugging its drugs, including one doctor who received $2 million from Glaxo between 2001 and 2003.
The complaint says the physician, James Pradko, gave hundreds of talks to doctors and Glaxo sales reps about depression and frequently made "off-label claims" about Wellbutrin's effectiveness against a number of conditions for which it isn't FDA-approved, including weight loss, chronic fatigue syndrome, erectile dysfunction and chemical dependencies.
In a phone interview Tuesday, Dr. Pradko said the complaint takes his speeches "very much out of context." He said he only ever spoke about treating depressed patients, and that his talks "weren't meant to sell drugs, ever."
He added: "During my numerous lectures I tried to answer a common question which many doctors have: How does a doctor choose one specific antidepressant medication for a certain patient from the many excellent medications available? The vast majority of doctors attending my lectures stated that they felt I answered this question and did so in an unbiased and scientifically sound manner."
On his 1999 radio appearance, Dr. Pinsky spoke at length about depression's damaging effects on relationships and intimacy. He describes antidepressants as a "cornerstone" of treatment but also calls therapy crucial and notes that antidepressants can cause people to lose interest in sex.
He also gives a plug for a website, www.intimacyanddepression.com, where he says listeners can get information about town-hall meetings being organized for depression experts to talk to the public about the illness. That website today redirects to a Wellbutrin site—www.wellbutrinxl.com—established by GlaxoSmithKline. Web registry records show that Glaxo also established www.intimacyanddepression.com in 1999. A Glaxo spokesman declined to answer questions about www.intimacyanddepression.com or about the town-hall events Dr. Drew referred to.
In his radio appearance, Dr. Pinsky says he participated in some of the town-hall meetings in New York, San Francisco and Seattle but doesn't mention any connection to Glaxo.
"It was a very neat event. We go into big halls, three or four thousand people and you sit down with some really exceptional people who themselves are high power professionals in the field of the treatment of depression," Dr. Pinsky says.
In his email Tuesday, Dr. Pinsky sent a link to a cached version of www.intimacyanddepression.com, and called it a website associated with the campaign he had been paid to help carry out. The site features a photo of Dr. Pinsky and a message from him that says, among other things: "Some of the most prescribed antidepressant medications can have a negative effect on a couple's sex life. However, couples should know that there are other effective antidepressants that do not disrupt sexual desire and function, and that partners should not have to tolerate sexual side effects." The site also includes details about the town-hall meetings, and notes that the program is sponsored by an educational grant from Glaxo.
Damn Skippy... you are slut, you need an intervention
if the caption fits... Basically what I learned in a nutshell is that he was tainted from go...
PS - this is news/ different for those wondering because.. He/others took money specifically to promote the drug for off-label purposes. It is illegal for drug companies/doctors to profit and promote products for uses other than those approved by the FDA after trials.
Beyoncé Knowles and Kim Kardashian are reportedly bonding over religion.
The singer's husband Jay-Z and Kim's boyfriend Kanye West are good friends and have been touring to promote their joint album.
It was initially reported that Beyoncé wasn't that interested in getting to know Kim, but they have now struck up a firm friendship.
"Beyoncé and Kim are both regular churchgoers with strong Christian backgrounds so no doubt Kanye will have encouraged them to bond over that," an insider told the British edition of Grazia magazine. "They'll also be able to swap some exercise tips."
The pair apparently began to bond after Kanye suggested a joint dinner. Beyoncé then began to realise how much the rapper wanted them to get along.
"When Kanye invited both women out to dinner, Beyoncé decided to give Kim a chance. Kanye's never been in such a serious relationship and she saw how much it meant to him that they get along," another insider explained. OH SHIT, THEY HAVE TWO INSIDERS. THEY BETTER KATIE HOLMES-STYLE CLEAN HOUSE "It's unlikely that they'll be texting each other every day, but Beyoncé doesn't want a feud."
Katy Perry has revealed that she has a soft spot for One Direction.
The ‘X Factor’ runners-up posted a note about the ‘Firework’ singer after they saw her new film ‘Katy Perry: Part Of Me 3D’, writing: "Wow, what an amazing woman. True talent!"
Katy, whose divorce from Russell Brand is set to be made official this month, joked: "They went and just saw the movie and tweeted some really nice things about it. They are very cute boys but very illegal for me."
Katy revealed that she wouldn't mind further big-screen appearances in the future. She previously filmed a cameo in Russell's film ‘Get Him To The Greek’, but it was later cut out.
"I think maybe if it's right for me in the future and it does something great, then maybe I will be associated with it," she added.
But now that her year-long California Dreams world tour and film are done, she is finally eyeing some time off. She said: "I'm very congested with thoughts and I can't wait to get them all out, but until then I will probably kind of recharge."
- Her name means fairy in Swahili.
- She is on the honor roll, Maths is her favourite subject. Hates Social Studies, because of the "studies" part.
- Was cast in the movie at age 5. She lied that she was 6 to get the audition.
- She auditioned because she was 5 and wanted to try and get money.
- She was tired after working 12 hour days and refused to work, so they gave her a pizza party.
- Tells Jay she doesn't know what the "bath tub" is and he should ask the director.
So precious, funny, sassy.
Random fact: The story was originally a play written by a white woman about herself (as a boy), but they made a few tweaks when they cast a black girl.It is crazy how people are able to do that even when they have studios to answer to. Great interview with her here.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes barely looked each other in the eyes on what we're told was their final meal together as a couple.
The photo was snapped on June 16th in Reykjavik, Iceland, where Tom was shooting his new movie. Katie filed for divorce in New York less than two weeks later on June 28th.
Tom and Katie were sleeping apart in the weeks leading up to the divorce filing. And according to her divorce docs, Katie insists her marriage had been "irretrievably broken" for at least 6 months before that.
As we reported, Tom was "blindsided" by Katie's decision to divorce -- but as you can see in the pic ... the writing was on the wall.
Beth Ditto performs at the Shepherds Bush empire
Helena Bonham Carter
Catherine Zeta Jones
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield on El Homiguero
Bar Refaeli in Paris
Audrey O Day
Olivia Palermo at Paris fashion week
Halle Berry and Nahla
Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson
Lily Cole at Berlin fashion week
*Summary - Missy fucked her over.
I caught up with the winner of that ol' Missy Elliot reality show from about 7 years back, 'Road To Stardom'. Back then, the world wasn't ready for what Jessica Betts represented, a lesbo-stud-R&B-crooner who didn't give a fudge about how you felt about her.
Jessica revealed how she went from being Missy's latest protege to having to fend for herself in the music industry...alone! Check it out...
Carlton: What were your expectations after winning? What actually happened?
Jessica: To blow tha fuck up!!! That's where my mindset was at that time like any other 22/23 year old... like think about it, I could do what I love and know I'm blessed to do, which is SING!! and I'm gonna be rich and famous doing it?!?! Yep, I was set to go! Unfortunately, what actually happened is reality and business and bad deals (with Missy's label) and disagreements and bad feelings resulting in an overall bad situation.I don't want to go into details because I've been built a bridge over that trouble water and waved goodbye to any bad feelings because I learned valuable lessons...I played my role in it too, so I won't sit here and act like I was an angel...but there were also reasons. At any rate, my focus for the last 2 years, after I was finally not contractually obligated to anybody, has been to regain business control of my own career... and so far using what I learned since the show, I think I'm on the right path...and it's the right time!
According to Jessica, she's been in and out of situations, business and personal, both good and bad, that have kept her from focusing full time on music. That's changed now. She's back with a vengeance, way out of her Missy contract, and ready to be herself...unapologetically!!
In case you need a refresher on Jessica Betts...check her out below!
Carlton: Tell us what happened immediately after you won the Missy show. How did it change your life?
Jessica: That did a lot for me. It allowed me to travel the world...meet interesting people...and best of all buy my Grandma (a preacher) her church. It also taught me a lesson that when creativity and business meet within a dynamic that also involves interpersonal exchanges/relationships, a lot can happen. Once you understand that and can navigate that, you're good.
Carlton: Best part about being on a show like RTS? Worst part?
Jessica: It's a crash course in the music industry that exposes you to a lot of things and people and experiences...and you realize just how big the world really is and just how universal music is. Worst part? Having it all end and going back to the grind.
Carlton: Early in your career, before the show, I heard you were being groomed to be the “Brandy killer’. Explain what happened?
Jessica: First off, vocally, I think Brandy is in-fuckin-credible and I always loved what she represented and think she was/is a great role model for young girls/women...When I had my deal with Sony, my image was a lot different then and I was a lot younger then and sorta still green and willing to 'play the game'... it wasn't a written out mandate like 'you're going to be Brandy killer', but I was smart enough to see that Brandy was poppin everywhere at the time on tv, film, radio and endorsements...and we had a similar look and sound and a general 'black girl next-door' appeal... so I wasn't clueless about how it would be perceived and where my handlers were heading image/sound wise... but I want to be clear that there was not any kind of animosity or bad blood between us... just in case folks wanna take this and 'run' with it...
Carlton: Do you feel your sexuality / image had alot to do with you not "blowing up" like you should have? What else contributed to a halt in your career?
Jessica: I think it did, but I think it was also because I didn't want to conform to an image that wasn't really me...the label turned me all the way off that after trying so hard to fit me in a box (no pun intended :-)...and after winning Road To Stardom as more or less myself and not this image, I didn't want to go back to faking something I'm not. I do think the image thing played a big part but not because of something I could control. I could've kept playing the game, but for me, I would've been miserable.Carlton: What did you do in the meantime? How did you make money?
Jessica: Odd jobs here and there, friends, family...landing gigs off the fumes of 'Jessica Betts-Road To Stardom Winner'...that got me a long way for a good while I gotta say, but obviously not nearly what I expected to get!
Carlton: Who do you blame for the Missy deal gone bad?
Jessica: Its not a 'who'...because in that case, I blame me. For not having a firmer grip on my music-business as I should. On being a little too trusting because I thought 'this is a little more family than just a label and business'. I had to learn that its easier said than done that business and personal need to be clearly outlined and defined IF they are to be mixed.
It was just bad timing for an artist like me.
Carlton: What made you decided to reemerge on the scene?
Jessica: I love to sing and was found by a management team (Phil and Berka from sixonenine group) that believes in me and my voice and who I am as me. When you have that, there isn't any reason why you shouldn't pursue your dream.
Carlton: What is your biggest fear about being an 'out' artist? Do you feel closeted artist should come out the closet?
Jessica: At this point I don't have a 'fear'... I mean to me it's like asking an Asian person who lives in Harlem 'what is your biggest fear about being Asian in Harlem'... not sure if that makes sense... I just think of being 'out' as who I am...just as much as I am black and I am a woman so whatever fear I have as an 'out' artist are probably the same fears I'd have as a woman or a black person...I think ideally everybody should come out of the closet, but realistically, I know we all have our own paths to walk and ultimately I think everybody should do what makes them comfortable.
Carlton: Many people have stated artist like Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Jada Pinkett, even your mentor Missy were lesbians. Do you feel these rumors are unfair to them?
Jessica: I don't think these rumors are unfair to them at all... not because of the type of rumors, but because of their 'jobs'...these women are celebrities in the public eye and, as such, people are always going to try to dissect what they perceive as your 'achilles heel'... these women are smart and fully aware of what comes with the celebrity territory and I think every lady you mentioned handles these rumors gracefully and tactfully and continue to live their lives. So I dont think I'd say they think it's 'unfair' as much as probably that it's annoying..haha!
Carlton: Tell us about your latest single? Who wrote it and what is the song about?
Jessica: 'Holding On' was written by me a few years ago actually. It's about holding on to a love that has a lot of bad times and ups and downs, but when you look back on it, the good times outweigh the bad and the relationship is worth holding on to. Ironically, my managers where the ones who brought it to my attention that the lyrics could also apply to me and the internal balance between being a girl but also identifying with my masculine side...and holding on to both sides even though they conflict.... yeah it got deep up in there lol. Anyway, video concept is soooooooo dope...people will be blown away at how simple and beautiful it is but also how universal it is... it's amazing!! I can't wait to unleash it.
Carlton: What do you want people to take away from your music?
Jessica: A piece of who I am and a better feeling about themselves or whatever situation they may currently be in good or bad-- as long as they feeleven slightly better and just cracked a smile after listening to my music, I'm happy and inspired.
Carlton: When can we expect more? What would an album sound like?
Jessica: Album is R&B, soul inspired but don't be surprised for some unexpected stuff on there. I love dance music and I love foreign music and experimenting, but the basis of it all whether house, rock and roll, alternative, techno, reggae-influenced, whatever is going to be true soul and R&B.
Carlton: How do you feel about comparisons to Meshell Ndegeocello / Lauryn Hill?
Jessica: I appreciate them and I understand them and I think they're both masterful artists, but I like to think I'm a little more versatile and moreso a mixture of both among other artists such as Whitney Houston, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Tina Turner, etc...I say this because I feel like folks tend to pigeon-hole Michele and Lauryn into 'granola'/'crunchy' folksy artists...and while I am that as well, I am also pop, rock and roll, dance, techno, house, etc...
Carlton: Who are you dating now? Have you ever dated anyone famous?
Jessica: I'm not dating anybody at the moment...and yeah I've dated one or two famous divas!! Hollaaaaa...out of respect I'll leave it at that!
Check out Jessica performing her new single, 'Holding On' on 106 & Park....
I'll keep you updated on Jessica Betts album release info and dynamic new music video for 'Holding On' which is scheduled to be released at the end of the month!! Or you can check out her website, Jessica Betts Music for updates!!
Source: Carlton Jordan