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“Bruno” Fatigue

That, and other news, in today’s Roundup and Recap.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s new movie “Bruno” makes its long-awaited debut today, a followup to “Borat” that already has angered certain groups, caused a lawsuit and created other sorts of flaps. (Rep. Ron Paul is still angry, apparently).

In today’s Variety, I look at why those who may be offended by “Bruno” have such mixed emotions in responding to it, not the least of which is that they don’t want to be caught not having any sense of humor at all. (Story here).

Having seen the pic a couple weeks ago, I am kind of over the character and all the promotion surrounding it. The movie itself has its hilarious moments — but I found myself exhausted in the end. I’ve said this before, but it reminded me of an evening at the Comedy Store a decade ago, when comic after comic took the mike and essentially had the same routine. It seemed as if all the jokes centered on the anus. By night’s end, I vowed never again to go to a comedy club, and I’ve kept that promise.

D.C.’s Culture Shift:
Politico’s John Harris has an interview with the Kennedy Center’s George Stevens Jr. on the shift in culture in Washington since the Obamas moved into the White House. Stevens, who was an early supporter of the president, said, “The fact that he decides he wants to go to New York and see a play, and he chooses a three-hour August Wilson play, as opposed to, you know, something frothier.

“[During President John F. Kennedy’s term], Jackie was known to have
said of her husband, ‘He really likes music; his favorite tune is “Hail
to the Chief.”’ But I think it makes people whole human beings to have
an interest in music and the theater and film, and my sense is that
they have that and that they’re going to use the White House to
demonstrate it.

Levi’s Claim: Levi Johnston, Bristol Palin’s former fiance and the father of her child, said he believes that Sarah Palin resigned over money. He claims he heard Palin say how nice it would be to take advantage of deals for books and a reality show. Palin’s spokeswoman said, ‘It is interesting to learn Levi is working on a piece of fiction while honing his acting skills.”

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