Sideshow: President admires Eastwood's career

Posted: September 04, 2012

President Obama isn't shy about his affection for Clint Eastwood - as an artist, if not a campaign speaker.

"[Eastwood is] a great actor, and an even better director," Obama told USA Today after Eastwood's startling, wry, off-the-wall appearance Thursday at the GOP convention.

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly star addressed Obama's perceived shortcomings in a surreal folie à deux with an empty chair occupied by an imaginary Obama.

The president was "coy when asked if he was offended by the performance," USA Today said.

He dispensed with the question with a generality. "If you're easily offended," he said, "you should probably choose another profession."

Demons sell tickets

Horror rules Labor Day weekend at the movies. Ole Bornedal's moth-dominated The Possession, about a Hasidic scholar and part-time exorcist who battles a moth-spewing demon rooming inside a 10-year-old suburban girl, wins the box office race, earning $17.7 mil from Friday to Sunday, according to studio estimates. Depression-era crime saga Lawless, which stars Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, and Jessica Chastain, is at No. 2. It made a paltry $9.6 mil, giving it $11.8 mil since opening on Wednesday. The Expendables 2 dropped two rungs in its second week to land at No. 3 with $8.8 mil.

Political docu 2016: Obama's America, which last week rocketed to fourth place after it was given a wide release, slipped this week to No. 9 with $5.1 mil. Since opening on July 13, at first in limited release, it has earned an impressive $18.2 mil.

No Walk of Fame for Kim

Sad day for the Kardashian Kabal: Kim will not be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Kim recently said her life's goal was to be the first reality star to get one. It seems one actually has to be an accomplished actor or musician to get one. Ridiculous, right? "Part of the criteria . . . is receiving awards such as Emmys, SAG Awards, Oscars etc.," a rep for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce told the Hollywood Reporter.     

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