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Roger Friedman Suffers Through The Fault in Our Stars

FaultInOurStarsCoverThe early Rotten Tomatoes line on The Fault in Our Stars is pretty good – 90% from critics, 96% from the public.

Then there’s Roger Friedman‘s take. The Showbiz 411 columnist does not link his stuff through RT. If he did, and if RT was still allowing reader comments on individual reviews, the teen Multiplex crowd would be all over him for his slam of Hollywood’s adaptation of John Green‘s bestselling tearjerker:

Just as the Beebs hoped Anne Frank would have been a Belieber, Green picks the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam as the spot where his romantic (and cancer stricken) teen couple can make out. This is followed by slow clapping from the other tourists visiting the most famous spot in the world where Jews hid from the Nazis. Why not?…

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Boy George Pays Justin Bieber a ‘Beautiful’ Backhanded Compliment

BoyGeorgePromoPicNew York freelance writer Lawrence Ferber logged a fun interview with Boy George for Dallas Voice. Celebrity Q&A’s are ultimately all about the questions, and Ferber asked some fabulous ones.

At one point, Gerber picked up on George’s observation that George Michael was once the “Karma Chameleon” singer’s nemesis, exhorting the performer to “Be Justin Bieber‘s nemesis!” Prompting this reply:

“No, he doesn’t need me to be his nemesis. He’s his own nemesis! I feel kind of sorry for him. He’s a kid. Who’s taking care of him? That’s the question I want to ask. Who’s taking care of this child? He’s clearly in a bad place, so I don’t want to slag him off. I think he’s beautiful, a beautiful boy. Let’s not pretend here. He’s a beautiful boy.”

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Justin Bieber Graces Rolling Stone Cover

Justin Bieber is your new Rolling Stone cover dude. The 19-year-old Canadian appears shirtless, alongside copy reading “Why Justin Bieber Just Won’t Behave.” We have a few theories on that:

1) Bieber simply enjoys throwing dairy products at houses too much.

2) Constantly having to pull up your ill-fitting leather pants is taxing; misbehaving alleviates stress.

3) Bieber is a few blocks short of a Jenga tower.

The new issue of Rolling Stone hits newsstands Friday.

NBC News Investigates Justin Bieber ‘Pot Plane’

Just when we thought the Justin Bieber press couldn’t get any worse, along comes the NBC News Investigations team of Richard Esposito, Tom Winter, Jeff Rossen and Monica Alba. The quartet’s exclusive report outlines a litany of additional recent Team Bieber offenses that occurred during Friday’s Gulfstream IV flight from Waterloo, Ontario to Teterboro, NJ.

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It’s becoming increasingly clear that much like Lindsay Lohan and the Kardashians, the Biebs has a parent very much in the middle of the mix. Bieber’s dad was on the flight and apparently did nothing to try and stop the reefer madness:

“The captain of the flight stated that he warned the passengers, including Bieber, on several occasions to stop smoking marijuana,” says the official report of the incident. “The captain also stated he needed to request that the passengers stop their harassing behavior toward the flight attendant and after several warnings asked the flight attendant to stay with him near the cockpit to avoid any further abuse.”

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Thursday was another sensationally bad news day for Justin Bieber. In honor of that fact, a special-edition FishbowlNY Newsstand look at some of the front-page reactions in the singer’s ‘Home and Native Land,’ beginning with the Toronto Star.

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Shirley Halperin, Music Editor of THR, on Landing an Interview with Bieber

ShirleyHalperinShirley Halperin has seen it all. She’s been covering music since the mid-90s and has worked everywhere from US Weekly to The Los Angeles Times to where she is now, the sole music staffer for The Hollywood Reporter.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Halerpin talks about the difficulties of getting Justin Bieber to sit down for an interview, his changing physical appearance, and the importance of getting his story just right:

The one challenging thing about writing this piece is that there were so many different ways into it. There were literally six or seven completely different ledes, angles, focuses that I could have done. It was really coming up with the one that was most relevant for right now — that also appealed to [Janice Min, editorial director of THR] and our deputy editorial director, Mark Miller, and was also a really interesting read, [one] that felt exciting. But there were so many different ways to do that.

To read more about Halperin’s ascent from intern at High Times to music expert at THR, read: So What Do You Do, Shirley Halperin, Music Editor For The Hollywood Reporter?

 

A Tale of Two Lists: PMC vs. The Hollywood Reporter

This morning at 2:50 a.m. PT, Nikki Finke leveled a bunch of Miley Cyrus-like accusations at The Hollywood Reporter. Relying on data compiled by parent company PMC, she claimed that the bulkhead of THR‘s latest monthly uniques and page views connects to the Hollywood trade world’s equivalent of twerking at the VMAs.

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There’s only one problem. Her top-viewed September/October THR articles list (above) is completely different from the one shared in response by The Hollywood Reporter (see below). For example, Justin Bieber appears at both ends, but on the PMC list it’s articles about plastic surgery and the song “Believe” while THR lists a Batman vs. Superman-related post.

So who’s right? The logical assumption is that THR has a better handle on its own Web stats. But we also figured that PMC must be pretty sure about its methodology to tell Finke it was OK to publish this internal data.

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Joel McHale Digs Up Some Bachelor Rose Dirt

Chances are 60 Minutes will never shrink by half, replace its august roster of correspondents with a group of stand-up comics and focus exclusively on reality TV and pop culture. But fear not, Sunday night dreamers; Joel McHale is coming to the rescue this Wednesday.

Airing June 19 at 10:30 p.m., The Soup Investigates is a spinoff special of McHale’s slap-happy ten-year-old E! clips compilation show The Soup. He will deadpan-introduce three reports including a look at one of the boob tube’s most iconic blooms. From the good folks at E!:

Correspondent Michael Kosta traces the dramatic path of one of reality TV’s most enduring symbols: the rose from The Bachelor. From a manure-caked greenhouse to its ultimate destination at a picturesque rental mansion in Agoura Hills – we follow a lone rose from humble beginnings, to its moment in the spotlight… to its bittersweet end as a stagehand scoops it out of a pool filter and tosses it in the trash.

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DC Think Tank Scores with Justin Bieber Billboard

The timeline for this publicity campaign is impressive. On Thursday night, the billboard pictured below went up on Pico Blvd. between Fairfax and La Cienega; less than a day later, it was being relayed by E! Online, Gossip Cop and others.

This may surprise you, but the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) – the D.C. non-profit responsible for the billboard – did not have to secure Bieber’s permission. The photo of the performer was licensed through Getty Images; a rep for EPI tells FishbowlLA the picture was taken during Bieber’s arrival for last year’s WANGO TANGO KIIS-FM concert at Home Depot Center in Carson. The expression on Bieber’s face was deliberately posed.

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Entertainment Media Gang Tackle Justin Bieber Over Anne Frank House Guest Book Comments

TMZ has always had the best weekend PR pipeline into folks like Justin Bieber. Sure enough, the website has an update this morning at the bottom of a snarky take on the Anne Frank could-have-been-a-Belieber furor. It reads:

A source connected to Bieber contacted TMZ and said the Biebs spent a full hour in the museum learning about Anne Frank. One of the things he learned was that she was really into the pop culture of the time. The source says that is why he wrote his “Belieber” comment.

This is very true. This morning for example, New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick reminded via Twitter that Frank had a picture of Hollywood actress Deanna Durbin affixed on the attic wall.

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