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"I always talk about the things I think I need to be good at and that, first and foremost, is to be a good servant to God and my faith, a good husband, a good father, a good son, a good friend, brother, neighbor. Those are the important things I focus on. If I succeed in business and fail at being a parent or husband, then it was all for nothing. Then I've failed."

—actor Mark Wahlberg, whose most recent film, Contraband, opened this weekend at No. 1 [irishecho.com, 1/11/12]



Ricky Gervais returned for another barb-filled stint as host of the Golden Globes this year. Bawdy humor, including multiple crude jokes about sex and the male anatomy (courtesy of Gervais, George Clooney and Madonna, among others) was almost as frequent as bleeped acceptance speeches. As had been widely anticipated, The Artist and Clooney's film The Descendants walked away with the two biggest movie awards of night (Best Musical/Comedy and Best Drama, respectively). Clooney was also named Best Actor in a Drama. Meryl Streep got the nod for Best Actress in a Drama for her turn in The Iron Lady. The Adventures of Tintin got the nod for Best Animated Film. Other movie award winners included Martin Scorsese (Best Director, Hugo), Woody Allen (Best Screenplay, Midnight in Paris). On the small screen, series honored were Showtime's Homeland (Best Series, Drama) and ABC's Modern Family (Best Series, Musical or Comedy). [NBC, 1/15/11; huffingtonpost.com, 1/15/11]


Katy Perry was among the big winners at the 38th annual People's Choice Awards on Jan. 11. She didn't even have to show up to take home awards in five of the six categories for which she was nominated, including Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Song of the Year and Favorite Music Video. Other musicians voted tops included Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Eminem and Bruno Mars. In the various movie categories, fan favorites included Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Bridesmaids, Water for Elephants, Johnny Depp, Emma Stone, Hugh Jackman and Adam Sandler. TV shows and stars receiving accolades were How I Met Your Mother, Pretty Little Liars, Hot in Cleveland, Castle, Supernatural, American Idol, Neil Patrick Harris, Lea Michele, Nathan Fillion and Nina Dobrev. [usatoday.com, 1/11/12; thehollywoodreporter.com, 1/11/12]



A former model is trying to get Cosmopolitan censored in grocery stores. Nicole Weider has gathered about 11,000 signatures to get the magazine wrapped in an opaque plastic wrapper and make it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to buy it. "As a former reader of the magazine, I happened to pick up an issue and was reading it and was completely shocked at how pornographic and explicit the content had become," Weider told Fox News. "I immediately thought of my young teenage brothers and it horrified me to think that they and their friends could be reading this material, and the damage it would do to them if they did." She's particularly disturbed that Cosmopolitan editors seem to be trying to entice younger readers. The February issue features 17-year-old Dakota Fanning on the cover, flanked by cover blurbs that read "Too Naughty to Say Here: But You Have to Try This Sex Trick," "His Best Sex Ever" and "Um, Vagina, Are You Okay Down There?" [foxnews.com, 1/6/12]



The Jan. 18 episode of Modern Family will feature toddler Lily uttering a (reportedly) bleeped f-word—much to the shock of Cam and Mitchell, her gay adoptive parents. "We thought it was a very natural story since, as parents, we've all been through this," says Modern Family creator Steve Levitan. "ABC will tell you Modern Family gets away with a lot, because I think it's all about context. We are not a sexually charged show. It has a very warm tone so people accept it more. I'm sure we'll have some detractors." [foxnews.com, 1/12/12]



"On broadcast, it's not a word you want to use in the title."

Paul Lee, entertainment president on ABC, referencing the word "b‑‑ch." ABC has two midseason shows that originally included the offensive word—Good Christian B‑‑ches and Don't Trust the B‑‑ch in Apartment 23—but the official titles for both have been changed to GCB and Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23, respectively [time.com, 1/11/12]



The Kardashian clan's popularity may be waning, if TV ratings, magazine sales and product endorsements are any indication. Since Kim divorced husband Kris Humphries last year after just 72 days of marriage, E!'s reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians has suffered a 14% ratings decline, while the circulation of celeb-focused magazines Us Weekly, In Touch, Life & Style and OK! dropped an average of 18% when Kim was on the cover in the month of December. In addition, footwear company Sketchers has ditched Kim as its celebrity pitchwoman, replacing her with … a bulldog. [foxnews.com, 1/13/12]
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