The Cricket's Daily 3: Is anti-Islam film a 'hoax'?
Published: September 13, 2012 08:22AM
Updated: September 13, 2012 08:22AM
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An Egyptian protester holds tear gas canisters fired during clashes between Egyptian police and protesters in front of the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt ,Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, as part of widespread anger across the Muslim world about a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad.(AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa)

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]