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The Cricket's Daily 3: Is anti-Islam film a 'hoax'?

Published September 13, 2012 8:22 am

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Here's what's happening today in pop culture:

• The more we learn about this so-called "film" that denigrates Islam – which has been blamed as a flashpoint for the deadly attack on American diplomats in Libya and the assault on the U.S. embassy in Cairo – the more suspicious it all sounds. As Roger Ebert asks: "Isn't it obvious this is an inflammatory hoax?" [AP, via Google; Roger Ebert's Journal]

• "Saturday Night Live" is reassigning its Barack Obama impersonation to cast member Jay Pharaoh. The show's old Obama, Fred Armisen, remains "the backbone of our show now," assured producer Lorne Michaels. [The New York Times]

• NBC is reportedly apologizing to affiliates for not covering a moment of silence Tuesday to mark the anniversary of 9/11 – instead playing an interview with Kris Jenner about her breasts. [The Hollywood Reporter]