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Anti-Defamation League seeks apology from Susan Sarandon for calling Pope Benedict XVI a 'Nazi'

The Anti-Defamation League has called on Susan Sarandon to apologize for comments she reportedly made on Saturday in which she called Pope Benedict XVI a “Nazi.” During an interview at the Bay Street Theatre in Long Island, Newsday reports the Oscar-winning actress made her controversial comment while discussing her 1995 film Dead Man Walking, which was based on an anti-death-penalty book by Sister Helen Prejean. Sarandon remembered that she had sent a copy of the book to the pope. “The last one,” she said. “Not this Nazi one we have now.”

The Anti-Defamation League responded on Monday, asking Sarandon to apologize to the Catholic community and to anybody else she may have offended with her remarks. ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman issued the following statement:

We hope that Susan Sarandon will have the good sense to apologize to the Catholic community and all those she may have offended with this disturbing, deeply offensive and completely uncalled for attack on the good name of Pope Benedict XVI.

Ms. Sarandon may have her differences with the Catholic Church, but that is no excuse for throwing around Nazi analogies. Such words are hateful, vindictive and only serve to diminish the true history and meaning of the Holocaust.

It is unclear whether Sarandon was commenting generally about the Pope’s current policies or on his childhood experiences with the Nazi party during World War II. EW was unable to reach Sarandon for comment.

Zachary Quinto comes out as 'a gay man'

Though he’s been cagey about his sexuality in the past, Star Trek star Zachary Quinto refers to himself as “a gay man” in an interview with New York magazine about his new film Margin Call. While speaking about his recent Broadway stint in Angels in America, Quinto remarked, “As a gay man, it made me feel like there’s still so much work to be done, and there’s still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed.” Quinto will next be seen playing a gay interior designer on FX’s American Horror Story.

UPDATE: Quinto has written a blog entry on his official website about his decision to come out. He was inspired to do so after the highly publicized suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer.

when i found out that jamey rodemeyer killed himself – i felt deeply troubled.  but when i found out that jamey rodemeyer had made an it gets better video only months before taking his own life – i felt indescribable despair.  i also made an it gets better video last year – in the wake of the senseless and tragic gay teen suicides that were sweeping the nation at the time.  but in light of jamey’s death – it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it – is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality.  our society needs to recognize the unstoppable momentum toward unequivocal civil equality for every gay lesbian bisexual and transgendered citizen of this country.  gay kids need to stop killing themselves because they are made to feel worthless by cruel and relentless bullying.  parents need to teach their children principles of respect and acceptance.  we are witnessing an enormous shift of collective consciousness throughout the world.  we are at the precipice of great transformation within our culture and government.  i believe in the power of intention to change the landscape of our society – and it is my intention to live an authentic life of compassion and integrity and action.  jamey rodemeyer’s life changed mine.  and while his death only makes me wish that i had done this sooner – i am eternally grateful to him for being the catalyst for change within me.  now i can only hope to serve as the same catalyst for even one other person in this world.  that – i believe – is all that we can ask of ourselves and of each other.

Read more:
The end of the ‘glass closet’? Why Zachary Quinto coming out matters to Hollywood
Zachary Quinto joins ‘American Horror Story’

Netflix abandons plan to spin-off DVD service

Netflix has reversed its decision to spin-off the company’s DVD delivery option into a new service called Qwikster, according to the New York Times. “Consumers value the simplicity Netflix has always offered and we respect that,” Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings said in a statement. “There is a difference between moving quickly — which Netflix has done very well for years — and moving too fast, which is what we did in this case.”

On September 18, Netflix announced its intention to separate the company’s online streaming and DVD-by-mail services. The plan attracted criticism from users and prompted the price of Netflix stock to slide.

Many Netflix customers had already been disturbed by a recent price increase which raised the cost of having both online streaming and DVD-by-mail delivery from $10 to $16 a month. That increase is unaffected by today’s announcement.

Shirley MacLaine to be awarded AFI Life Achievement Award

The American Film Institute announced today it is honoring Shirley MacLaine with its 40th Life Achievement Award. The actress will receive the award on June 7 in Los Angeles at a gala tribute TV Land is set to broadcast later the same month. Previous recipients of the Life Achievement Award include Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Tom Hanks, and Morgan Freeman.

'X-Men' star James Marsden splits from wife

According to People, the 38-year-old actor (Straw Dogs, 27 Dresses) and his wife Lisa Linde are divorcing. The couple, who are the parents of two young children Jack and Mary, have been married for more than a decade.

Christoph Waltz injured training for Tarantino film

Inglourious Basterds star Christoph Waltz, 54, was injured while training with his horse in preparation for a role in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie Django Unchained, reports People. The Oscar-winning actor is “being treated for a dislocated pelvic bone and is looking forward to getting back in the saddle,” according to his rep. Waltz is expected to make a full recovery.

Read more:
Kevin Costner drops out of ‘Django Unchained’
Quentin Tarantino signs Samuel L. Jackson for ‘Django Unchained’
Jamie Foxx in talks for Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’
‘Django Unchained’ gets Christmas 2012 release date

Utah theater fined for serving alcohol at 'Hangover II' screening

Usually alcohol brings on a hangover, but at one Utah theater, it was the other way around. Salt Lake City’s Brewvies theater was fined $1,600 for serving the hard stuff during a screening of The Hangover Part II, reports the Associated Press. But it wasn’t the alcohol alone that got the theater into hot water, it was the explicit nudity portrayed on screen. Utah’s liquor board determined that the theater would be subject to the same rules as a strip club — meaning, it couldn’t serve alcohol during any fully nude dancing — since the film featured scenes of female, male, and transvestite nudity, as well as a monkey simulating a sex act. If Brewvies violates state law again, the theater could be subject to a $25,000 fine and a 10-day liquor license suspension.

Bob Hope's widow, Dolores Hope, dies at 102

Dolores Hope, widow of the iconic comedian Bob Hope, died Monday morning at her home in Toluca Lake, Calif., reports People. Hope (who was born Dolores DeFina) was 102, and was married to Bob from 1934 until his death in 2003. The couple had four children, and Dolores gave up her singing career to stay home and raise them. She will be buried beside her husband in the San Fernando Mission Cemetery on Friday, in a private service.

Fire damages one of Jack Nicholson's homes

A two-story Hollywood Hills home owned by Jack Nicholson was damaged in a fire on Friday night, according to the Los Angeles Times. Two firefighters were injured while trying to extinguish the blaze. KTLA reports that two actors — including William Tynan, who appeared with Nicholson in 1990’s Chinatown sequel The Two Jakes — were renting the house from the three-time Oscar winner.

Reese Witherspoon hit by car while jogging

Reese Witherspoon was hit by a vehicle while jogging in Santa Monica, Calif. Wednesday afternoon, reports People. A rep for the 35-year-old actress confirmed that she is not severely injured, and is resting safely at home.

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