News Bits: Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Transformers 2, Oscars and Spread


Here's a little roundup of some of the entertainment news bits that are being talked about most in mainstream and social media right now.

Farrah Fawcett died at the age of 62, after fighting cancer for the last three years. Her pin-up poster is still the best-selling poster in history, selling over 12 million copies.

Michael Jackson, the King of Pop also died earlier today at the age of 50. He was reported to have suffered a heart attack and died of cardiac arrest. His autopsy results and more details on the cause of his death should be revealed by Friday afternoon in the States. The sudden news of his death has sent shockwaves around the world. Millions of fans around the world are mourning the loss of this legendary icon.

Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day) was also reported dead but later it was confirmed that it was only a horrible hoax. His rep released a statement saying Goldblum is “alive and well”.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen opened in theaters on Wednesday in the US and managed to gross $60.6 million in just that one day. This figure is the highest ever for a Wednesday opening. Experts say the movie could easily reach $150 million at the end of the week. However, movie critics are continuing to pan the movie. The movie currently has a score of just 22% on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to 38% just four days ago. Topping the bad news some more is the controversy created over the racist innuendos of two of the Transformers 2 characters; The Twins- Skids and Mudflap. They very clearly speak with African American accents, use relatively vulgar language (as vulgar as PG-13 would allow), talk slang like “bust a cap in somebody’s ass,” admit to being illiterate, and one of them even sports a gold tooth.

Best Picture category at next year’s Academy Awards will have the number of nominees increased from five to 10. This will give movies like Pixar’s Up and new comedy The Hangover a chance to maybe get nominated where they had no chance previously.

Spread, Ashton Kutcher’s new comedy, out August 14 in the US, now has a trailer. I’ve embedded it below.

Ashton Kutcher was one of countless celebrities voicing their grief on Twitter over the news of Michael Jackson’s passing. He had this to say-

I plea to the public to refuse to consume media that does not respect the anonymity of Michaels children.

Below are some of the many celebrity heartfelt Tweets:

@mileycyrus michael jackson was my inspiration. love and blessings

@mrskutcher I am greatly saddened for the loss of both Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. Especially for their children!

@Tyrese4ReaL I can’t believe I’m about to write this Michael Jackson May God Bless your SOUL WE LOVE YOU FOREVER REST IN PEACE I’m sad this is horrible

@ashleytisdale So sad. Saying a prayer for Michael Jackson

I was never a super hardcore fan of Michael Jackson, but I was a decent fan of his. The strongest memory I have of Michael Jackson is that of the numerous people who have made fun of my name and called me Michael Jackson, instead of Michael Jason Campton, which is my proper name. I love his music, and his dancing even more. I think he is the best dancer to have ever lived. His music and videos will definitely be around for many years to come.

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