Tattle: Confused Iran gives Oscars Tehran-around

Posted: September 26, 2012

WITH ONE DAY to realize how ridiculous it is being, Iran still plans to boycott the Oscars by not submitting a movie for best foreign film.

Well, there go the ratings.

Iran's culture minister Mohammad Hosseini said Monday that his country would boycott the 2013 awards show even though it is home to the defending foreign-film champion - Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won the 2012 Oscar for "A Separation" - in the wake of the oddly named "Innocence of Muslims" video, made in the United States (by an Egyptian), which denigrates Muhammad.

Does Hosseini realize that the anti-Islam film won't be nominated for anything? That the film has nothing to do with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences? And that at the moment there isn't even a movie - just a YouTube trailer?

"Innocence," should it ever see the light of day (which is getting more and more doubtful), is more likely to be represented at the Razzies.

But Hosseini sees the low-budget video, which has the production values of a Cinemax soft-core porn film, as "an intolerable insult to the Prophet of Islam," the semi-official ISNA news agency reported. So, Iran is staying home. Hosseini urged other Islamic countries to boycott as well.

Earlier on Monday, Javad Shamaghdari, head of Iran's government-controlled cinema agency, said the Oscars should be boycotted until the organizers denounce "Innocence of Muslims," which misses the point of the Oscars. They award good films. Perhaps Iran is confusing the Oscars with the Golden Globes.

Yo, guys, "Innocence" is not a film. It has no Hollywood backing, no distribution, no cable deal. And you certainly won't be able to see it on an airplane. If some kook makes a film in his basement and puts it up on YouTube, it doesn't represent America.

It's the Internet age, Iran. Anyone can say anything anonymously. Right now there's probably some "beautiful" 40-year-old "coed" broadcasting salacious images of herself from Tehran while small sums of money get deposited into her ghost PayPal account.

Or maybe not. Internet users in Tehran and other Iranian cities reported having no access to their Gmail accounts this week.

This came a day after Abdolsamad Khoramabadi, of the Iranian government body responsible for Internet oversight, said that authorities would block access to Google services, including Gmail and YouTube, in response to the trailer posted on YouTube.

That didn't work, however. Although Gmail was down, Iranians had no problems accessing the Google search engine.


* Texas judge Patricia Chew

has ordered DNA testing on a man who claims to be the brother of the late Sherman Hemsley ("The Jeffersons").

Richard Thornton, of Philadelphia, is challenging the validity of Hemsley's will, which names the actor's longtime manager, Flora Enchinton, of El Paso, as sole beneficiary. Hemsley died of lung cancer July 24.

Thornton sought the DNA testing and must provide results by Oct. 15. Hemsley was born in Philadelphia but lived in El Paso for the last 20 years of his life.

Court documents indicate that Hemsley's estate is worth more than $50,000.

Vogue magazine is opening a

new cafe in Dubai.

The glossy's global publisher, Conde Nast International, said Tuesday that it expects to open the Vogue Cafe in the glitzy Gulf emirate's largest shopping mall by the end of the year.

Sheesh, Vogue. Dubai before the Gallery?

* South Korean rapper PSY

("Gangnam Style") said Tuesday in a press conference in Seoul that he cried in disbelief when his song entered the Billboard 100 earlier this month. The 34-year-old now says he'll go topless in joy on a stage if "Gangnam Style" gets to No. 1. The song's at No. 11 this week.

The music video for "Gangnam Style" has more than 270 million YouTube views, and people around the world are mimicking PSY's horse-riding dance in the video.

But have insulted horseback riders rioted? Are they threatening to boycott South Korea?


Sarah Michelle Gellar and

Freddie Prinze Jr. have added a boy to their brood.

Publicist Leslie Sloane says that the baby was born in Los Angeles. His name and details of the birth weren't released.

The couple also have a 3-year-old daughter, Charlotte.

It's nice that one of the kids got a name.

Jenna Miscavige Hill, a niece of Scientology leader David Miscavige, is planning a tell-all memoir about the church called Beyond Belief: My Secret Life inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape.

The book comes out in January.

In related news, Jenna is no longer in the running to be Tom Cruise's next wife.

* Britain's Royal Collection

Trust has purchased four famous Andy Warhol portraits of Queen Elizabeth II.

The colorful screen prints are based on a formal photograph of the queen wearing a tiara and necklace that was used during her Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977.

The Warhol works will form part of the "Portraits of a Monarch" exhibit starting in November at Windsor Castle. They'll bring the distinctive style of the American artist to a collection of portraits of British rulers that dates to the 15th century. The purchase was announced Monday, but royal officials refused to say how much the works cost.

* Magician-daredevil David

Blaine is returning to New York City on Oct. 5 for a three-day, three-night stunt called "Electrified: One Million Volts Always On." It will be streamed live.

Hope he has a valid volter ID.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

Email gensleh@phillynews.com.

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