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Posts Tagged ‘Hollie McKay’

High School Student’s Petition Fails to Sway MPAA

Katy Butler, a 17-year-old Michigan student who has experienced bullying first-hand, traveled from her home state to LA this week to deliver an online petition to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). The document contains an impressive 220,000+ signatures calling for the organization to revise down its “R” rating for upcoming Weinstein Co. documentary release Bully.

But according to Fox News columnist Hollie McKay, MPAA reps were less than forthcoming today:

“The MPAA told me they did not want to change the rating…” Butler said. “I felt very dismissed, like I was talked down to because I’m a high school student. They only wanted to talk ratings; I was hoping they would really listen to what I have to say.”

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Should Clive Davis Have Canceled Pre-Grammys Bash?

On the red carpet for Saturday’s pre-Grammys party at the Beverly Hilton hosted by Clive Davis, retired CNN host Larry King was clearly not happy to be there. With Whitney Houston tragically passed away just a few floors above, he suggested to interviewer Tai Beauchamp the event should have been canceled. He was there with wife Shawn Southwick, who disagreed.

Originally, it appeared that the event had been canceled. A report on Just Jared (since scrubbed) and tweets by the likes of Beauchamp’s fellow reporter Alison Haislip indicated that an original decision to ditch the event was communicated, then quickly reversed.

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Today’s Faux Media Controversy: Dakota Fanning on the Cover of Cosmopolitan

Actress Dakota Fanning will celebrate her eighteenth birthday on February 23rd, several weeks after that month’s issue’s of Cosmopolitan hits newsstands. Which is enough to inflame some media critics, who feel that a dolled up picture of a 17-year-old should not share cover space with saucy, sex-tip article teases.

FishbowlLA prefers to side with’s Amelia McDonnell-Parry. She tells columnist Hollie McKay that the Fanning piece is likely of a different stripe:

“I’m generally not all that worked up about the still-17-year-old actress appearing on the cover of Cosmopolitan,” said McDonell-Parry. “Generally the actor-actress interviews in Cosmo are nothing more than puff pieces accompanied by cheeky Q&As, not all that different from the type of questions Fanning would get from Teen Vogue.”

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This Kennedy Has Kind Words for Schwarzenegger

There’s a glimmer of good news today for the deposed Governor of Californication, via column “Pop Tarts.” The National Fitness Hall of Fame in Minooka, Illinois has decided NOT to expel Schwarzenegger from its ranks, despite some strong sentiments from many polled members.

Arnold was inducted in 2005, and per an email announcement yesterday from the organization’s founder John Figarelli, a decision has been made to keep the Austrian Oak firmly planted in the exhibit. FishbowlLA also couldn’t help notice this ironic little bit of endorsement in Hollie McKay‘s report:

Robert Kennedy, who publishes such titles as Muscle Mag, Oxygen, and Maximum Fitness, and counts himself a close friend of Schwarzenegger for over 44 years, concurred. “Arnold was known and admired for his bodybuilding over a considerable time span, so basically this scandal will only impact very, very minimally,” Kennedy said. “We run every issue of Muscle Magazine International with an Arnold column. We’ve been doing that two-page piece in every issue and we will keep that going. He’s still very popular in the bodybuilding world.”

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Critics Question ABC-TV’s ‘Bitchy’ Pilot Season Language

It’s still not a “go” series, despite the involvement of Sex and the City maestro Darren Star. And while the title of the ABC-TV pilot Good Christian Bitches comes from a source novel by Kim Gatlin, there’s no confirmation that would be the name of the Dallas-set show starring Leslie Bibb, if it gets picked up.

Still, the use of the title has Christian and women’s media critics worried. Hollie McKay, “Pop Tarts” columnist for Fox News, caught up for her latest column with Tessie DeVore, of Christian publisher Charisma Media, as well as with the VP of Communications for the NYC Jane Fonda-Gloria Steinhem curated non-profit Women’s Media Center:

Yana Walton said Christians aren’t the only ones who should be upset. “It is not an appropriate term to use to describe any woman, regardless of their faith,” Walton said. “Entertainment media, especially music and films, have been normalizing misogynistic language for years.”

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