Kim K.'s Selfie-Per-Minute Vacation

Kim Kardashian said she took 6,000 selfies on vacation in Mexico during four days in August. That means the 35-year-old reality star took 1,500 photos per day—which works out to roughly one selfie per minute. [dailycaller.com, 9/15/16]

Don't Post That. I Might Sue You.

An 18-year-old woman from Carinthia, Austria, is suing her parents for posting pictures of her on Facebook without her permission for the last seven years. The woman, whose name has not been released, said of the photos, "They knew no shame and no limit—and didn't care whether it was a picture of me sitting on the toilet or lying naked in my cot—every stage was photographed and then made public." The images reportedly included old photos of her diaper being changed when she was a baby and others documenting her potty-training process as a toddler. The woman asked her father to remove the photographs online, but he refused, saying that the images were his to use publically. [mashable.com, 9/14/16]

Toy Companies Fined for Collecting Kids' Data

New York's attorney general slapped some hefty fines on prominent toy companies recently for illegally collecting data on their underage consumers. Mattel, Viacom, Hasbro and JumpStart Games will have to cough up a collective $835,000 because they violated a 1998 federal law that prohibits companies from gathering personal information via websites focused on kids ages 13 and under. [latimes.com, 9/13/16]

Trust in News Media Erodes

Americans' trust and confidence in the news media "to report the news fully, accurately and fairly" has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with a mere 32% of the populace surveyed saying they have a "great deal or fair amount of trust in the media." This percentage is down eight points from last year. Gallup began asking questions about media trust in 1972 (and yearly since 1997). Americans' trust and confidence peaked in 1976 at 72%. After staying in the low to mid-50s through the late 1990s and into the early years of the new millennium, Americans' trust in the media has fallen steadily. Currently, just 26% of those ages 18 to 49 say they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media, compared to 38% of those aged 50 and older. [gallup.com, 9/14/16]

Offing Pops

According to Entertainment Weekly's Darren Franich, Hollywood's summer blockbuster season has been notable for one sad reason: Many of this season's main characters, from Iron Man in Captain America: Civil War to Jason Bourne, lost a father. Franich suggests that these paterfamilias passings are the result of moviemakers trying to heighten dramatic tension.

"It's curious, how these dead dads change blockbusters," Franich writes. "Bond used to fight Blofeld because Blofeld wanted to take over the world; now he fights Blofeld because, man, they've got some history." Franich says other recent films where a main character lost a father include Terminator Genisys, Fantastic Four and Pan. For those who didn't see the latter, he says, "You missed the exciting part when Blackbeard killed Peter Pan's father and then later on killed Peter Pan's mother, because it's hard to justify fighting Blackbeard unless he killed both of your parents." [ew.com, 9/2/16]

Millennials More Conservative?

It's commonly assumed that young people tend to be more liberal than their parents or grandparents. But a new study suggests that generalization may not be as accurate as it once was. Nearly 30% of graduating high school seniors in 2014 characterized themselves as conservative. That's up from 21% of high school seniors in 1976. Moreover, the number of students who described themselves as liberal was nearly the same: In 2014, 34% of seniors said they were liberal, compared to 35% in 1976. "My impression is that too many folks across America and even in the pundit class think of this generation as a monolith waving a socialist flag," says John Della Volpe, director of polling at Harvard University's Institute of Politics. "It is so far from the truth. It is much more nuanced than that." [latimes.com, 9/8/16]

'This Ain't Philanthropy'

There's been a great deal of discussion recently regarding Hollywood's diversity issues, with many arguing that not enough is being done to include minorities. But when a reporter for The New York Times asked Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington, director and star, respectively, of The Magnificent Seven remake, about the significance of casting a black man as the lead character, both seemed to bristle. "I didn't think about it as a black lead," Fuqua said. "What does it mean, a black lead?" Washington added. "I've never been one."

Washington said that there's more diversity than ever on screen, in part because more movies than ever are being made. But he believes that the market should ultimately dictate what shows up on screen. "Listen, it's called show business," Washington said. "This ain't philanthropy. If I give you $25 million, and you go make a movie, I don't want to hear about what the experience was for you. I want my money back, with profit. Or you're not getting $25 million from me next time. Now is that because I'm black and you're white? No, it's because this is business." [nytimes.com, 9/14/16]

'Game' of Emmys

Game of Thrones usurped the all-time Emmy throne on Sunday night. HBO's explicit fantasy drama walked away with 12 awards in the 24 categories in which it was nominated, including Best Drama Series. The series' total of 38 Emmys over its six seasons pushed it ahead of NBC's hit comedy from the mid-'90s, Frasier, for the most total Emmy Awards ever for a single series. Another HBO show, Veep, got the nod for Best Comedy Series, while FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson was named Best Limited Series. Actors taking home trophies this year included: Rami Malek (Best Actor in a Drama Series, Mr. Robot), Tatiana Maslany (Best Actress in a Drama Series, Orphan Black), Jeffrey Tambor (Best Actor in a Comedy Series, Transparent) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Best Actress in a Comedy Series, Veep).

Meanwhile, one of the most talked-about moments of the broadcast came courtesy of an unlikely comedian: Jeb Bush. The show's intro featured the former Republican presidential candidate as a limo driver for host Jimmy Kimmel. A faux shocked Kimmel climbs in the front of the limo and says, "Hey! You're driving?" Bush responded, "Yeah, I'm in between jobs right now. You know you can make $12 an hour driving for Uber?" Talking about Jimmy's own Emmy chances, Bush advised, "Well here's what I know: If you run a positive campaign, the voters ultimately will make the right choice." As Kimmel starts to respond (talking about his psychic), Bush interrupts: "Jimmy, that was a joke. Get out of the car. And shave that wig off your face, you godless Hollywood hippie," As Bush pulls away shouting "Jeb exclamation point!" we see a bumper sticker reading "Jeb 2016!" that's crossed out and now says, "2020." [abc.go.com, 9/18/16; ew.com, 9/18/16; theguardian.com, 9/18/16; hollywoodreporter.com, 9/18/16; miamiherald.com, 9/18/16]