- - Thursday, August 4, 2011

Lady Gaga weighs in on Winehouse death

There is a fine line between honoring the dead and using tragedy to draw attention to yourself. Has Lady Gaga crossed it?

All last week, the Grammy Award winner mourned publicly for fellow songstress Amy Winehouse, who was found dead in her London apartment July 23.

In a Rolling Stone interview, she spoke about the impact the “Rehab” singer’s death had on her.

“It really affected me quite deeply,” Lady Gaga said. “Isn’t it strange to say ‘She is,’ and now I have to say ‘She was?’ I’m just really glad that we got to admire her and tell her how much we loved her when she was alive. I hope she knows now in Heaven, where she is, how much we all loved her.”

Lady Gaga brought up Winehouse again Monday during a taping of “The View.”

“I’m just so devastated,” she said. “And so sad. I really couldn’t speak for 48 hours straight. I was in such shock.”

This isn’t the first time the “Monster” singer conveyed her sorrow at a fellow pop star’s untimely death. In a 2010 Larry King interview, she said it was difficult to talk about how she was going to open for Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” tour, because it was “personal,” and then went on to discuss it.

“Michael’s death was devastating for me regardless of whether or not I was supposed to go on tour with him,” she said.

In both instances, Gaga expressed sadness for losing a great source of inspiration. She also seemed to blame the media for the destruction of her colleagues.

Of Winehouse, she said, “She’s really special. She just gave me a lot of hope and she deserved a lot better than what people gave her. And I hope that the world learns a lesson from this. I really hope they do. Because it’s not her lesson to learn - it’s the world’s.”

Jenna Fischer film funny, in a ‘Juno’ kind of way

If you can find humor in a sea of tragedy, you can overcome just about anything. That’s what Jenna Fischer (“The Office”) does in “A Little Help,” a new “dramedy” about loss, single parenthood and what it means to be a family.

Although comedies such as “The Hangover” and “Hall Pass” can inspire knee-slapping laughter, “A Little Help” amuses because of its realness, said Austin Wintory, the film’s composer.

“The movie is actually kind of quite funny, but in a very real way,” Mr. Wintory told the Daily Caller. “It’s not like a comedy like ‘The Hangover,’ but it’s a comedy like ‘Juno’ or ‘Sideways’ where it creates these glimpses of real life that are funny because you watch it and feel like, ‘Oh God, I’ve been there,’ or ‘My family is like that.’ It’s funny but also poignant and touching.”

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