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LA Times Chronicles City’s Other Celebrity-Endorsed Religion

Though coincidental, the timing of an excellent two-part LA Times series on LA’s Kabbalah Centre seems almost anti-spiritual, given the current marital troubles reportedly enshrouding Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore. In happier times, they were wed by a Kabbalah teacher.

In Part Two of the investigation, reporters Harriet Ryan and Kim Christensen focus on an aspect that is as critical for religious success in LA as it is for ascension in the movie, TV and sex tape businesses. The celebrity factor:

The first celebrity drawn to the Kabbalah Centre was Sandra Bernhard, who began studying in 1995… She dove into kabbalah classes with a charismatic Israeli teacher, Eitan Yardeni. She was effusive in the media about kabbalah, which she said had eliminated “at least 80% of the chaos in my life.” In her Hollywood circle, she was a one-woman marketing campaign for Yardeni and the center.

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Ashton Kutcher Going After Village Voice Media Advertisers

After an initial Twitter flamewar with The Village Voice–and by extension Village Voice Media–over its recent story trashing his “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls” anti-human-trafficking campaign, Ashton Kutcher‘s Twitter feed went silent on the matter for about 16 hours. The Village Voice took that time to mercilessly ridicule Kutcher.

Well, Kutcher isn’t sleeping anymore. He’s going after Village Voice Media’s major national advertisers. Disney, Domino’s and Columbia University all received tweets from Kutcher announcing that their advertising dollars helped support a “digital brothel.”

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Village Voice Media REALLY Wants to Hold on to Its Adult Classified Ads

Village Voice Media has launched another “special investigation” into the secret and tawdry world of anti-child-sex-trafficking advocacy. A few months ago, VVM ran a lengthy piece snarkily dismissing a Women’s Funding Network study, which showed child prostitution is a booming business, aided by online ads–like the kind VVM sells on its site Backpage. Now they’re back with another opus, posted on the website of every paper in the chain, belittling Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore‘s “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls” campaign. Why? Because the actors dared to argue there may be 100,000 to 300,000 child sex slaves in America.

“There are not 100,000 to 300,000 children in America turning to prostitution every year,” VVM argues in its latest expose. “The statistic was hatched without regard to science. It is a bogeyman.”

To help prove their point, the authors of the piece note that there is an average of only 827 annual arrests for underage prostitution in Americas 37 biggest cities.

Hmmmm…that’s a good point….oh wait! No, it’s complete horseshit.

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Demi Moore & CNN Team Up for Documentary on Sex Trafficking

Demi Moore, in conjunction with CNN’s Freedom Project, will host an hourlong report for the network on child sex trafficking. The documentary, called “Nepal’s Stolen Children,” is scheduled to air on June 26.

The New York Times details some of the program’s content:

Ms. Moore meets girls as young as 11 who had been forced into prostitution and were rescued by a Nepalese nonprofit.

At one point she talks to Nepal’s prime minister, Jhalanath Khanal. At another, she goes home with one victim to find out if the girl’s family will accept or reject her. Rejection is pervasive because of the stigma of sex trafficking in some cultures.

Along with her husband Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore heads up The Demi and Ashton Foundation (DNA) to combat child sex slavery. Wonder how they would feel about the adult ads in the back of the LA Weekly that likely involve victims of human trafficking?

Patrick Schwarzenegger: Politics? No. Dating Miley Cyrus? Maybe…

The May issue of Details magazine contains a well-timed profile of Patrick Schwarzenegger, the 17-year-old son of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Despite the Kennedy blood, Patrick made it clear to interviewer Laurence Lowe he wasn’t interested in going the Governator route: “No, politics isn’t on the list.”

Hollywood, however, is a different story. Patrick has already started his own clothing company, and just recently landed a modeling agent. And then there are the starlets:

“I just saw Tallulah over winter break,” he says, referring to the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. “I was at their house in Sun Valley.” Although he just reunited with an ex, Patrick cockily refers to his tweet-mates Kendall Jenner and Selena Gomez as “girls for the future.”

“My eye, though,” he adds, “is set on Miley.”

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Two Very Different Ashton Kutcher ‘Exclusives’

Over at today, it’s all sweetness and light as far as Ashton Kutcher‘s decision to sell a home he purchased in 2004 and then extensively renovated with the help of his dad. The realtor involved will donate part of his commission to Ashton and Demi’s charity, and tours of the home and special designer merchandise are also to be auctioned off via to raise further such funds.

But hold on a minute. Over at Radar Online, the sleazy headline blares “Ashton Kutcher Puts House Up for Sale Where He Had Alleged Affair on Wife Demi.” There’s only one problem; the text of the article directly contradicts the headline:

As previously reported, Kutcher was accused of having a steamy one-night affair with 21-year-old Brittney Jones – in the home he shares with  Demi Moore – after meeting her out one night at Lucky Strike bowling alley in Hollywood.

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Maria Shriver To Serve As Editor For O, The Oprah Magazine Poetry Issue

Fresh off her eight-year run as the First Lady of California, Maria Shriver is going to see how she can fare in the print world as the first-ever guest editor for April’s edition of O, The Oprah Magazine.  Shriver will oversee the “Express Yourself” – themed poetry issue and work with O’s editorial staff to develop ideas to commemorate National Poetry Month.  The issue will debut on newsstands on March 15 and showcase work from some of the world’s premier poets, actors, athletes, musicians, and writers.  Contributors will include actress Demi Moore and former boxing superstar Mike Tyson who will both share poems that resonate deeply with them.  Shriver discussed the value of poetry and its effect on her life.

I try to mark the occasion of each new day by reading something inspirational. Sometimes the inspiration comes from a book of tips or quotations, but it usually comes from a book of poetry.  Poetry can help us through hard times and bring us closer to our joy. Poetry can be prayerful and somber or irreverent and playful, but what runs through all poetry is the search for meaning and understanding that connects us together. While a poem may bring us deep personal meaning, it becomes more meaningful when we share it with others. That is why we’re asking readers to submit their own cherished poems. Poetry has had such a powerful influence on my life, and I’m thrilled to be celebrating National Poetry Month with the readers of O, The Oprah Magazine.

Journalists, Celebs Swarm DC For WHCD Weekend

whcd.pngNothing gets New Yorkers to jump on a bus faster than a party, especially a party where the guest of honor is the Barack Obama. For the second time this year, journalists and celebrities flocked to the Beltway to party it up with the prez–this time for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday.

Our colleagues over at FishbowlDC have extensive coverage of the weekend in the capitol. They hit all the fashionable pre-parties including ones hosted by The National Journal and The Atlantic and CBS. They hung out with celebs like Connie Britton, Ellen Burstyn, Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Kerry Washington and Rachael Leigh Cook at the Creative Coalition’s Thursday night fete and spied Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Rashida Jones, Jon Bon Jovi, Owen Wilson, Jason Bateman, Natalie Portman, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Brad Hall, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Dennis Leary, Glenn Close and BJ Novak at the Vanity Fair/Bloomberg after-party.

Of course, FBDC correspondents were also at the main event. If you missed it, you can watch Obama’s full (and pretty funny) speech here. Our favorite part of the President’s speech was when he teased Rahm Emanuel with a Mother’s Day jab: “He’s not used to saying the word day after ‘mother.’”

W Cover Features Angelina Jolie Breastfeeding

wmagazineangelinajoliebreastfeedingcoverawardsmarkpasetsky.jpgRemember way back in the early nineties, before the Internet and the end of capitalism, how the world almost ended because Demi Moore posed naked and pregnant on the cover of Vanity Fair? Those were the days. The cover of this month’s W features Angelina Jolie breastfeeding.

The “intimate” photos were apparently taken by baby daddy Brad Pitt. Also revealed: the kids like to sleep in bed with them. Larger photo after the jump

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Fashion Week: What Celebrity Drought?

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Front row at this morning’s Miss Sixty show at Bryant Park, from left: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hilary Swank, Demi Moore, Clive Owen, tent security guy, Mischa Barton and Joy Bryant.