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Alec Baldwin’s rant makes an ugly situation even uglier

An open letter to Alec Baldwin: Greetings! The results of the Life Lottery are in, and guess what? You won! Big-time. Your prize package is simply incredible, more than 99.9 percent of the planet’s inhabitants would dare even dream about. Forbes has you at No. …

Roeper: Hollywood couldn’t make up anything as exciting as this Hawks season

Wow. If that wasn’t the most thrilling championship clincher in Chicago sports history, what was? Michael Jordan’s game-winner against the Utah Jazz in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals was a moment for the ages — but if the Bulls didn’t win that game, …

Jim Carrey’s ‘Kick-Ass 2’ grandstanding helps no one but himself

Prediction: before the week is over, Jim Carrey will announce he’s donating at least a portion of his paycheck from “Kick-Ass 2” to some organization dedicated to eradicating gun-related violence. Because that’s the question Carrey’s going to have to answer again and again after he …

Pursuit of fame trumps most expectations of talent

“This is America, where everyone has the right to life, love and the pursuit of fame,” Ryan Seacrest said. There may be no limit to the number of ways in which one can achieve fame in the 21st century.

Kanye West isn’t living the ideas he’s rapping on ‘New Slaves’

Last Friday night, Kanye West took performance art to a global level, with the video for “New Slaves” premiering on a total of 66 buildings from London to Sydney to Paris to Berlin to New York to Chicago. According to Vibe, the “Wizard of Oz-like …

Latest ‘Mad Men’ episode reads the tea leaves for current broadcast landscape

RICHARD ROEPER: The late ’60s era for Don Draper and company sets the tone for today’s television viewing habits.

Zach Braff, rich with ‘Scrubs’ money, pushes the limits of Kickstarter

Zach Braff is a rich guy asking us for money. That’s the 10-word summation of why there was such a backlash against the actor best known for starring in the hit TV show “Scrubs.” Let’s click back to the beginning of the timeline. As you …

Charles Ramsey: He’s funny, and we should enjoy him without guilt

“The Troubling Viral Trend of the ‘Hilarious’ Black Neighbor.” —headline from The Slatest “Charles Ramsey is an Internet Hero for All the Wrong Reasons.” —headline from The Atlantic “Stop being sensitive, Charles Ramsey is a Hero and He Happens to be Hilarious” —headline from …

Relationship woes for Pam and Jim on ‘The Office’ sour the sitcom romance formula

RICHARD ROEPER: As “The Office” nears the end of its run, some topics should remain off limits.

On so-called ‘Nerd Prom,’ Sarah Palin’s a hypocrite — who’s right

The Tweet of the Weekend comes from Sarah Palin, who had this to say about the White House Correspondents Dinner: “That #WHCD was pathetic. The rest of America was out there working our asses off, while these DC assclowns throw themselves a #nerdprom.” Whoa! There was immediate speculation Palin had been tippling the Pinot, or perhaps her Twitter account had been hacked. Since when does the former governor of Alaska and erstwhile candidate for veep talk like a trash-talking poker player at the Borgata circa 2009? Also, at what job is Palin working her ass off? She has a job?

When fame collides with real life, many times life trumps celebrity

RICHARD ROEPER: Fame does funny things to people. Not just the famous people — also the people that come into contact with the famous people.

So many new media updates from Boston depended on the old media

Flawed as they were during this dramatic week, the TV networks, cable news outlets and newspaper websites still were the best sources for accurate information.

Visit to Anne Frank museum catches Justin Bieber between history lesson and shameless narcissism

If our respect for Anne Frank can be rattled by a pop star’s ignorant comment or a subsequent joke in a column, that doesn’t say much for our own set of beliefs.

In movies and reality, Internet helps mean kids be meaner

The whole thing starts with a fleeting moment of eye contact in a shopping mall. Early in the four-star movie “Disconnect,” two teenage skateboard punks (Colin Ford as Jason and Aviad Bernstein as Frye) cackle wildly as they witness the payoff moment of a nasty …

RICHARD ROEPER: ‘Accidental Racist’ joins the ranks as the worst pop songs of all time

Words — and music — cannot describe the epic bowl of awfulness that is “Accidental Racist.” Since it was released on Monday to a stunned American public, there’s been near-universal derision, with Twitter nearly exploding with criticism and the blogosphere blowing up with negative reviews.

If there were a Mount Rushmore of movie critics, we’d start with Roger Ebert

RICHARD ROEPER: After hearing the terribly sad news of the passing of my writing hero, my friend, my television partner, I sat at the keyboard and tried to come up with the perfect lead to sum up my feelings about Roger Ebert’s passing. Five, six minutes went by — an eternity when you’re on a deadline. Roger would have told me to stop fretting and start writing.

Unstable times for TV hosts

Matt Lauer is on his way out as host of “Today.” It’s only a matter of time. Or is that really the case? Maybe Lauer will be there for another 10 years, if he can just weather this storm. Elisabeth Hasselbeck? She’s gone from “The …