- - Thursday, September 8, 2011

‘Entourage’ actor to Obama: ‘Lead, don’t concede’

President Obama isn’t such a Hollywood favorite these days.

“Entourage” actor Adrian Grenier took to Twitter on Tuesday to call out the president for withdrawing a plan to strengthen emissions regulations for smog-causing chemicals.

“COME ON @BarackObama why did you cave :( ? Lead, don’t concede!” the 35-year-old celebrity tweeted, linking to a blog post on SHFT.com titled “Obama Bails on Smog Plan.”

Mr. Grenier has been interested in environmental issues for years. In 2008, he starred in a show called “Alter Eco,” which followed the actor and several green experts demonstrating changes that have to be made to be more eco-friendly.

Mr. Grenier’s not alone in his frustration over recent Obama administration moves.

Hollywood icon Robert Redford wrote in a Sept. 2 Huffington Post column that he’s displeased with the manner in which Mr. Obama has handled recent environmental issues.

“One reason I supported President Obama is because he said we must protect clean air, water and lands. But what good is it to say the right thing unless you act on it?” the 75-year-old actor wrote. “Since early August, three administration decisions — on Arctic drilling, the Keystone XL pipeline and the ozone that causes smog — have all favored dirty industry over public health and a clean environment. Like so many others, I’m beginning to wonder just where the man stands.”

Read more: dailycaller.com/2011/09/07/entourage-actor-to-obama-lead-dont-concede

Filmmaker von Trier again discussing Nazis

Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier is in trouble once again for talking sympathetically about Nazis.

Mr. von Trier, who made headlines before this year’s Cannes Film Festival for saying he was “actually a Nazi” and “sympathized with [Adolf Hitler] a bit,” told a public forum at the Berlin Film Festival that “history shows that we are all Nazis somewhere … the way we do not investigate it is to make it a taboo to talk about it.”

The controversial director also commented to German journalists that “the French are the real Nazis.” The Hollywood Reporter suggested that Mr. von Trier was referring to France’s anti-Gypsy policies.

He tried to deflect criticism by reaffirming the Jewish heritage of his stepfather, Ulf Trier, telling the Independent that “since he was Jewish and gave me a cultural Jewish upbringing, I am as good a Jew as any.”

For his comments earlier this year, Mr. von Trier was banned from the Cannes Film Festival for life.

Read more: dailycaller.com/2011/09/07/cannes-banned-filmmaker-von-trier-talks-nazis-again

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reveals breast cancer diagnosis

NBC’s chief foreign-affairs correspondent, Andrea Mitchell, announced on air Wednesday that she has, and has undergone treatment for breast cancer.

“On a personal note, or how I spent my summer vacation, I had planned to be hiking in Wyoming last week but instead discovered that I am now among the one in eight women — incredibly, one in eight women — who have had breast cancer,” the 64-year-old revealed at the end of her MSNBC program, “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” adding that the cancer was discovered in her annual screening “just a short time ago.”

The anchor went on to call herself lucky for catching the deadly illness early.

“Luckily for me, I am one of the fortunate ones who discovered it in the earliest stage. It did not spread, and I’m already back at work with a terrific prognosis,” Ms. Mitchell said.

She added that she’s a big proponent of breast cancer prevention, cures and research.

“For years, I participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and other events in solidarity with friends and other survivors,” Ms. Mitchell said. “Now my connection to that community is personal and much deeper. I’m looking at this as another of life’s lessons.”

The NBC anchor then urged women to get tested and checked for breast cancer, as it’s not always fatal if treated in time.

“For you women out there and for the men who love you, screening matters. Do it. This disease can be completely curable if you find it at the right time,” Ms. Mitchell said.

Ms. Mitchell expressed appreciation for her husband, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan; family members; co-workers; doctors and nurses; and fans.

“As for me, I am incredibly grateful to my wonderful doctors and the nurses … to my husband and family and to the loving members of my other family, my colleagues here at NBC and MSNBC, and of course to you, my loyal viewers.”

Read more: dailycaller.com/2011/09/07/nbcs-andrea-mitchell-announces-she-has-breast-cancer

Compiled by Laura Donovan, Michael Watson © 2011 The Daily Caller

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