The Cricket's Daily 3: Obama tries his hand at movie criticism
Here's what's happening over the weekend in pop culture:
• President Barack Obama took a turn as Movie Critic in Chief, telling a radio host that seeing "Lee Daniels' The Butler" made him tear up. "I thought Forest Whitaker was wonderful," Obama said. "And Oprah, my girl, she can act." [The Hollywood Reporter]
• A study makes the case that closing down a movie-piracy website helped blockbusters like "The Avengers" but hurt the box-office fortunes of independent films because, the researchers argue, the indies get word-of-mouth publicity that helps boost legal sales. [Entertainment Weekly]
• Celebrity break-up news: Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are informally separated, while their European equivalent, Vincent Casell and Monica Bellucci, have announced they will divorce after 14 years of marriage. [People, The Huffington Post]
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