November 14, 2012 in Nation/World

Biggs dismisses criticism of tweets

From Wire Reports
 

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Jason Biggs is brushing off criticism he received during the recent election season for vulgar tweets that referenced the wives of both Republican Mitt Romney and his running mate in the presidential race, Paul Ryan.

The “American Pie” star took heat for off-color comments posted to his Twitter feed at the time of the Republican National Convention in August. The outpouring of criticism from parents groups, pundits and others led Nickelodeon to issue an apology for the actor’s comments on the social media website. Biggs is providing one of the voices in the cable TV station’s new animated series “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

“I made a political tweet, so I got a little bit of heat from the right,” he said.

Biggs’ tweets have also poked fun at the Kardashians, Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan and the ABC show “The Bachelorette.”

“I’m more afraid of the Kardashians than I am of the Republicans,” he said.

He said he sees Twitter as an extension of the darker side of his humor.

Eisner makes return to movies

Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner is getting back in the movie business.

The 70-year-old said Tuesday that the media company he founded, The Tornante Co., will finance films that will be distributed by Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures.

Eisner built a reputation at Disney, and at Paramount Pictures before that, for backing mid-budget films with recognizable actors and well-written scripts such as “Terms of Endearment” (1983), “Saturday Night Fever” (1977) and “Ruthless People” (1986). He was CEO of The Walt Disney Co. from 1984 to 2005.

Veep discusses issues with Bono

The White House said Vice President Joe Biden has met with U2 frontman Bono to discuss global development, AIDS and efforts to fight poverty.

The singer and activist has been a leading advocate for Africa, drawing attention to issues ranging from poverty and hunger to AIDS.

Spokesman Jay Carney joked that Bono and Jim Messina – President Barack Obama’s campaign manager – were forming a new band. Messina visited the White House on Tuesday. Carney said Obama did not meet with Bono.

The birthday bunch

Former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali is 90. Writer P.J. O’Rourke is 65. Britain’s Prince Charles is 64. Rock singer-musician James Young (Styx) is 63. Pianist Yanni is 58. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is 58. Rapper Reverend Run (Run-DMC) is 48. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher Curt Schilling is 46.

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