A & E Briefs – Feb. 7, 2011

Compiled by Elika Roohi

Sorry Palin, Montana Theater Group says

When producing “The Mikado,” a well-known Gilbert and Sullivan comic operetta, it’s common practice to change some of the lyrics by adding names of well-known people.  A community theatre in Montana suggested Sarah Palin should be beheaded in a sequence in which the lead executioner read a list of those he intended to behead.  An affronted audience member wrote a letter to the theater group, telling them to reconsider, given the current climate in the aftermath of the Arizona shootings.  The theater group apologized.  For the curious, the offensive lyrics were: “That crazy Sarah Palin needs a psychoanalyst / She never would be missed, no she never would be missed.”

Source: Anchorage Daily News

White Stripes break up

The Grammy award-winning musical group the White Stripes announced on their website on Wednesday, Feb. 2, that they have “officially ended and will make no further recordings or perform live.”  The break up is for “a myriad of reasons,” according to the announcement, but mostly because the White Stripes don’t want to ruin a good thing.  The statement continued on to say, “The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore.  The White Stripes belong to you.”  The announcement thanked White Stripes fans for all the good times.  All in all, it’s not you, it’s me.

Source: CNN

Lots of kissing in ‘J. Edgar’

Clint Eastwood is directing a new movie based on the life of J. Edgar Hoover, the first director of the FBI.  Hoover had a controversial career, and was rumored to be a cross-dressing homosexual.  Hoover will be played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Clyde Toulson, the Associate Director of the FBI and Hoover’s rumored lover, will be played by Armie Hammer. “It’s not a kissing scene,” Hammer said in an interview with E! Online regarding the amount of kissing in the movie. “It’s a ton of kissing scenes.”

Source: The Huffington Post

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