Wednesday, March 21, 2007

a panda who inspired a movie star

Angelina Jolie must be reading my blog! I'm even retroactively inspiring her movie choices! I'm happy to help, Angie.

From IMDB's celebrity news (i.e. gossip) page:

Angelina Jolie will introduce her new son, Pax, to the world in a magazine spread, just two days after completing his adoption. Jolie and the three-and-a-half-year-old Vietnamese orphan have posed for the Canadian edition of Hello! magazine, which will be released on Thursday. Photos reportedly show Pax playing with his new brother, Maddox [that's him in the picture with Jolie], five, and sisters Zahara, two, and Shiloh, ten months. In an accompanying interview, Jolie says of the new edition to her and partner Brad Pitt's family, "He is a very serious, very sweet little boy. You can imagine what courage it takes to be in all-new surroundings with new people and a new language. He is very strong."

Here's some other PAX/Ion-related news from the past week:

MESA, Ariz. — A Phoenix television station says it has fired an employee suspected of adding about 30 seconds of pornography into a broadcast of a news show.

The unnamed worker for ION Media Networks' KPPX-TV "was immediately terminated and faces further legal action" after an investigation determined who was responsible for the March 12 incident, spokeswoman Leslie Monreal said in a statement.

Palm Beach, Fla.-based ION Media Networks, which offers family friendly programs, called the incident "an intolerable act of human sabotage" and apologized to viewers.

Monreal said the images appeared only in the Phoenix market. The images prompted a flood of calls to local news media outlets and the cable television provider.

"An intolerable act"? Really, Ion? (I refuse to capitalize every letter of your name. I already did that with PAX.) The other night at 10/9c, during the first commercial break of Charlie's Angels, there was an ad for Maxoderm Vivaxa, a product that helps men with "timing" and "control." Those two words even showed up on-screen in quotation marks. How coy of you, Maxoderm. Are you talking about comic timing and control over things like alcohol and nicotine intake? Probably not, since your product was being advertised by a woman who couldn't wait for her boyfriend to come over so they could try Vivaxa.

You're advertising sexual-enhancement products alongside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
, Ion. Have that cake and eat it too, but don't get all high and mighty about your family-friendly programming and intolerable acts of poe-naw-gruh-fee.

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