'Shame' Shame Shame + Kim Kardashian Defense & More Ricky Gervais?


“Shame, shame, shame”: Michael Fassbender shows that sex is in the eye of the beholder in the trailer for director Steve McQueen's psychological drama Shame, also featuring Carey Mulligan.

Steve McQueen's Shame follows the horrific, lurid, disgusting, vile, filthy, putrid life of a … sex addict. Michael Fassbender plays a predatorial New Yorker who thinks about sex all the time – even on the subway! – unlike normal people who think about sex all the time except on the subway.

The Shame trailer above features various flashes into the mind of a person thinking about sex. And it's revolting. Everything happens so quickly it's impossible to actually see what's going on. Anyhow, at least he's fantasizing about a woman; had it been a guy it'd have been not only immoral and disgusting and filthy and putrid and totally gross, but probably illegal in most countries.

By the way, when I say “predatorial” I don't mean that Fassbender's character is violent. It's just that this guy is incapable of censoring his own sexual fantasies featuring other people who unwittingly populate his sexual thoughts without their written or verbal consent. Worse yet, because Fassbender is so handsome, that often leads to (mutually consensual) hot-and-heavy action with a variety of individuals. And that's disgusting and lurid and immoral and quite possibly a lot of fun – except that Fassbender's character is never happy because, well, if you're an addict, especially a super-handsome one, you want more and more. That's what makes him different from billions of perfectly normal, plain and/or ugly people, who remain perfectly happy no matter how miserable and unsatisfying their sex lives (if any).

Surprisingly, Brad Pitt managed to beat Fassbender at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards announced earlier today. Fassbender, however, will definitely get a Best Actor Academy Award nomination, though the statuette itself will quite possibly be dropped into somebody else's hand. After all, the Motion Picture Association of America's NC-17 rating will likely keep the more prudish members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences away from Shame.

Tyler Perry Defends Kim Kardashian 'The Marriage Counselor'

Kim KardashianA couple of months ago, Christian filmmaker Tyler Perry cast reality TV star Kim Kardashian in his youth-oriented movie The Marriage Counselor. Just recently, Kardashian's 72-day marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries sparked an outcry online, whether from those with no life of their own, those who worship TV trash and feel betrayed by their goddess, those who – unlike Clint Eastwoodbelieve in the “sanctity” of marriage (even if only in the sanctity of other people's marriages), or those who point out that in the United States Kardashian and Humphries can get married as often and for as little time as they want while gay couples, no matter how long-lasting their relationship, can't.

After some of Perry's fans – who tend to be a traditionalist lot – condemned his casting of Kardashian, Perry defended his decision by writing on his blog:

After I finished writing this movie, I sat back and re-read it. Half way through my read, the gravity of what I had written hit me. I knew that this message was not only for my age group, but for all audiences, especially the youth. ESPECIALLY THE YOUTH!! YOUNG FOLKS NEED TO SEE THIS!!! And not just the young people that follow me, but the young people that are following other young people, as well. I wanted a younger cast, that's why I put Jurnee [Smolett] in the lead and invited Lance Gross, Robbie Jones and Brandy. About two months ago, long before I even heard about Kim's marriage or divorce, I was trying to finish up the casting. I said to one of my producers, “who else is out there that young people are looking up to?” One of my producers showed me pictures that his daughter had taken of several hundred kids lined up around the corner to get into a Kardashian store. They wanted to meet Kim. I thought, what better person! She literally has millions of young people following her. I thought and still do think, that it would be very responsible of her to be a part of this film. To have the young people that look up to her, see her in a film that is about, what happens in life when you make the wrong choices. Whether you're aware of it or not, to be honest with you I wasn't, millions of young people adore her and are following her every move. If one of those young people see this film and find the strength to live a better life and not go through what these characters went through in this movie, then we have all done what I feel I'm being led to do here. I hope you understand. I really do!

And lastly, because I believe that my films speak from the inside out, why wouldn't Kim Kardashian be invited into a film about Faith, Forgiveness and the healing power of God? What is wrong with that??

Kim Kardashian's scenes have already been shot. Also in The Marriage Counselor: Vanessa Williams, Renee Taylor, and Ella Joyce.

Ricky Gervais to return as Golden Globes host

Will Tom Cruise boycott the Golden Globes ceremony if he gets a Best Actor nomination for Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol? (Hey, Tom Cruise is Tom Cruise and the Golden Globes are the Golden Globes; a Best Actor nomination in this case is as much a possibility as one for Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie for The Tourist, which, if you'll recall…)

Ricky Gervais has been confirmed at host of the 2012 Golden Globes ceremony, which will take place – possibly while a trial decides the fate of the ceremony's “ownership” – on Jan. 15. NBC will broadcast the show.

Earlier this year, Gervais' hosting duties at the Golden Globes created a stir following jokes about gay Scientologists, Mel Gibson's anti-semitism, sex with Hugh Hefner, Charlie Sheen's antics with a porn star, Robert Downey Jr's former drug addiction, nominations for The Tourist's Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's alleged kickbacks, and even HFPA president Philip Berk's dentures.

At the time, Berk said that Gervais had “definitely crossed the line. And some of the things were totally unacceptable,” but a statement released by the HFPA conveyed a lighter tone that – if one read between the lines – indicated the possibility that Gervais might be coming back to offer Hollywood some more abuse:

“We loved the show. It was a lot of fun and obviously has a lot of people talking. When you hire a comedian like Ricky Gervais, one expects in your face, sometimes outrageous material. Certainly, in this case, he pushed the envelope and occasionally went too far. The HFPA would never condone some of his personal remarks. Overall, however, the show was among the best we've ever had and we were pleased.”

The 2011 show's ratings, by the way, were up 0.5 percent from the previous year, when James Cameron's blockbuster Avatar took home the Best Picture - Drama Golden Globe.

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Ricky Gervais is in talks to return as host to the Golden Globes ceremony in 2012, as per The Hollywood Reporter. Citing “a source close” to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), THR says that HFPA president Aida Takla-O'Reilly and Douglas Vaughn, senior vp specials at NBC, had dinner with Ricky Gervais in Paris “to discuss a potential deal.”

With Gervais ridiculing Hugh Hefner and his (at the time) much younger wife-to-be, former drug addict Robert Downey Jr, rumored gay Scientologists (in clear reference to Tom Cruise and John Travolta), in addition to nominees The Tourist, Johnny Depp, and Angelina Jolie (and the HFPA for shortlisting them), the 2011 Golden Globes ceremony averaged 17 million viewers on NBC, up 5 percent from the previous year. The network, which has been in doldrums of late, surely needs any kind of ratings boost it can get. If that means bringing back Ricky Gervais…

A while back, Gervais claimed that “NBC have offered it - they think they can persuade the Hollywood Foreign Press Association … But I don't think they will go for it. I love NBC and I love the fact that they have stuck with me through it all. But I don't think I should do it anyway.” Unless, that is, NBC and the HFPA help Gervais to change his mind.

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