A morning mix of entertainment news...
That Ashton Kutcher Popchips ad in which the “Two and a Half Men” star portrayed an Indian man in a manner that many deemed racist — including the blog “Yo, Is This Racist?” — has been pulled offline. The Associated Press reports that the video — in which Kutcher played four men using a fictional dating service, including a gentleman named Raj — is no longer on YouTube or Facebook. The clip was “created to provoke a few laughs and was never intended to stereotype or offend anyone,” said a Popchips spokeswoman. (AP)
Lady Gaga and boyfriend Taylor Kinney — Mason Lockwood of “The Vampire Diaries” — are reportedly no longer dating. Us Magazine reports that, according to “a source,” Gaga and Kinney are “on a break” because the “Bad Romance” singer is beginning to tour and work on her next album, which leaves no room for a relationship. (Us)
Robert Pattinson is slated to star in the film “Mission: Blacklist,” a thriller about the capture of Saddam Hussein. Edward Cullen will play the role of Eric Maddox, the Army interrogator who figured out where the onetime Iraqi leader was hiding. (The Hollywood Reporter)
The HBO series based on “The Corrections” is not happening. The network decided not to pick up the drama, whose pilot was directed by Noah Baumbach and starred Ewan McGregor , Chris Cooper, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Dianne Wiest. (Vulture)
As superhero movie season begins, a brilliant salute to Prince’s “Batdance,” via Grantland: “Kitschy, shrieky, underratedly funky, thoroughly off-message in terms of the dark, brooding post–Frank Miller vision of the movie it was nominally cross-promoting, basically unconcerned with Batman and/or the Joker except as a metaphor for Prince’s own desire to be two different people so he could sleep with five Kim Basinger lookalikes at once (and then blow up an electric chair), this code-black spoiler alert in the form of a housequake was as inexplicable then as it is unthinkable now.”
Speaking of summer movies, don’t forget, per this call-out post from yesterday, to share which one you’re most looking forward to seeing and why, via a single tweet. Hashtag to use: #mysummermovie.