Tattle: Advocacy group fights "Django Unchained" toys

Posted: January 09, 2013

A LINE OF action figures based on

the characters from "Django

Unchained" have recently gone on sale ($34.99 retail), but Najee Ali wants them taken off the market.

Ali, director of the advocacy group Project Islamic Hope, in conjunction with other Los Angeles black community leaders, called for the removal of the toys and said they're "a slap in the face of our ancestors" that "trivializes the horrors of slavery."

But do they really?

More than the film itself?

Did the action figures made for Quentin Tarantino's last film, "Inglourious Basterds," trivialize the horrors of the Nazis?

Once a company made a Barack Obama dildo, pop culture's trivialization of history seemed to go out the window.

Probe out the vote

When news commentators say that Congress's approval rating is 9 percent, what does that mean?

According to Public Policy Polling, it means that Congress is more popular than the Kardashians or Lindsay Lohan, but less popular than Nickelback, Donald Trump and colonoscopies.

Ironic, since Congress has been performing colonoscopies on the American public for years.

* Why do people love to hate those Kardashians?

Under the guise of a fundraiser, Khloe is selling her used undies and lingerie on eBay.

Kim and boyfriend, Kanye, have purchased an $11 million Bel-Air mansion to raise their baby.

DGA nominations

Steven Spielberg has extended his domination at the Directors Guild of America Awards, earning his record 11th nomination Tuesday for his Civil War epic "Lincoln."

Also nominated were past winners Kathryn Bigelow, for her Osama bin Laden thriller, "Zero Dark Thirty"; Tom Hooper, for his musical "Les Miserables"; Ang Lee, for his lost-at-sea story "Life of Pi"; and Ben Affleck, for his Iran hostage-crisis tale "Argo."

The winner at the Directors Guild almost always goes on to win the directing prize at the Oscars.

Overlooked by the guild were past nominees Quentin Tarantino, for "Django Unchained," and David O. Russell, for his "Silver Linings Playbook."

Milos Forman, director of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus," will receive the guild's lifetime-achievement award.

'Magic' Matthew

Matthew McConaughey credits his growing family for the success that 2012 brought him.

"One, they ground you," he said Monday at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. "Two, when you have that kind of structure at home and you feel stable at home, it makes it much easier to fly higher and wider when you're outside of home."

McConaughey received the best-supporting-actor honor for "Magic Mike" and "Bernie." He garnered critical success in 2012 for "Mud" and "The Paperboy," both shown in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

"Got a great family that loves what I do; they're happy for papa when papa is happy. Papa is happy when he's working, and they like it when papa goes to work," he said of his busy year.

And when papa takes off his shirt? The box office is happy.


Justin Bieber will be host and

musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" on Feb. 9.

Maybe Justin can bring back Julia Sweeney's androgynous Pat.

Elvis Presley fans from as far

as Japan and Brazil gathered Tuesday in Memphis to sing "Happy Birthday" to the late rock 'n' roll icon on the day he would have turned 78.

Elvis, of course, secretly waded through the crowd and was later spotted at a nearby diner.

And in the foam of a fan's latte.

* South Korea's Defense

Ministry has decided to confine actor/pop star Rain ("Speed Racer," "Ninja Assassin") to his military base for a week for meeting with actress Kim Tae-hee while he was on duty.

Rain is fulfilling his two-year mandatory military service as an "entertainment soldier."

The penalty he received is the lightest a South Korean soldier can face.

David Bowie is celebrating his

66th birthday by releasing his first song in 10 years, "Where Are We Now?"

A new album, "The Next Day," will be out March 12 in the U.S.

Amy Winehouse, meanwhile, died of accidental alcohol poisoning in July 2011, when she resumed drinking after a period of abstinence, a second coroner's inquest confirmed Tuesday.

Coroner Shirley Radcliffe ruled that the 27-year-old "Rehab" soul singer "died as a result of alcohol toxicity," and recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.

Hitting your head on a rock while bungee jumping seems like death by misadventure.

Drinking yourself to death, not so much.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

Email gensleh@phillynews.com.

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