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Philadelphia Daily News Howard Gensler column

November 12, 2013


Nov. 12--THIS TIME, Justin Bieber is blaming food poisoning for forcing him to stop his show in Buenos Aires -- the second stoppage during his South America tour.

"I'm not feeling too good, I think I'm out of energy," he told the unhappy crowd, saying he was sorry and blowing a kiss before walking off the stage while the boos escalated.

Bieber posted a "selfie" photo on Twitter showing himself receiving intravenous fluids, and his manager, Scooter Braun, came to his defense.

Braun said that Bieber's food poisoning was so severe, he spent eight hours on an IV drip before Sunday night's show, and doctors advised canceling, but Bieber didn't want to disappoint his fans.

Warm-up acts kicked off the concert at 4:30 p.m., but the Biebs took the stage after 10 p.m., an hour and a half later than scheduled. He then performed for "nearly an hour" before he had to give up, Braun said.

On Saturday in Argentina, Bieber got booted from the Faena Hotel thanks to rowdy Beliebers. This occurred after Justin performed in Cordoba on Friday night and returned to Buenos Aires for a late night/early morning of clubbing at the Ink club.

A paparazzi video shows Bieber's bodyguards leaving Ink after daybreak Saturday, hustling someone out under a black sheet into one of two vans loaded with young girls. The bodyguards can then be seen chasing down and assaulting the nightclub's house photographer, Diego Pesoa, and damaging his camera.

Can we all acknowledge this isn't going to end well?

--As for the irrepressible Miley Cyrus, she tweeted after her latest controversy that she smoked a joint onstage at the MTV European Music Awards: "Sometimes in life you just gotta decide to not give AF," she wrote.

True that, but sometimes in life you do. We're waiting for those times.


--Simon & Schuster's Children's Publishing has acquired a picture book based on "The Fox," the gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding online sensation by the Norwegian comedy team Ylvis. What Does the Fox Say? will come out Dec. 10 -- before there's a new silly phenomenon.

--A month after undergoing a mammogram on "Good Morning America," ABC's Amy Robach said yesterday that she has breast cancer and will have a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery this week.

Robach, 40, admitted that she had been reluctant to have the public mammogram but went ahead after "GMA" anchor Robin Roberts told her that if the story saved one life, it would be worth it.

"It never occurred to me that life would be mine," she said.

--A new study from the Annenberg Public Policy Center and Ohio State University finds that gun violence in PG-13 movies has increased considerably.

Researchers found that gun violence in PG-13 films has more than tripled since 1985 and that gun violence in PG-13 movies has rivaled the level of gun violence in R-rated movies since 2009, and actually surpassed it in 2012.

Critics of the ratings system have long held that it places too much emphasis on sexuality and too little on violence.

Whereas our society puts too much emphasis on violence.

--It's going to be a sad New Year's Eve for soap-opera fans: On Dec. 31, Disney will cleanse itself of SOAPnet, after 14 years.

The channel, the Los Angeles Times reports, was created to give working women the opportunity to catch up on their favorite soaps when they got home from the job. The channel started out a big cash cow but was eventually marginalized by the DVR.

--In other Disney news, Disney Theatrical Productions said yesterday that it is planning to adapt the beloved romantic comedy "The Princess Bride" for the stage.

The terrific book was written in 1973 by William Goldman, who adapted it for the terrific 1987 film, directed by Rob Reiner.

It's a shame that someday soon the only ideas for entertainment vehicles will be remakes or adaptations of previous entertainment vehicles.

--That brings us to Angela Lansbury, who's not too thrilled that NBC is planning to remake "Murder, She Wrote."

Lansbury, who starred as murder-solving mystery writer Jessica Fletcher for 12 seasons on CBS, recently told the Associated Press that she's a fan of Octavia Spencer, who's set to star in the remake; she just wishes they wouldn't use the name.

Lansbury said: "I think it's a mistake to call it 'Murder, She Wrote,' because 'Murder, She Wrote' will always be about Cabot Cove and this wonderful little group of people who told those lovely stories and enjoyed a piece of that place, and also enjoyed Jessica Fletcher, who is a rare and very individual kind of person."

We're with Angela. And Octavia deserves her own show -- not "Murder, She Rewrote."

Maybe she solves crimes on a bicycle in "Murder, She Rode."

Or she's an actress who finds backstage killers in "Murder, She Emote."

Or she brags about her criminal-catching prowess: "Murder, She Gloat."

Seriously, it's not that difficult to avoid out-and-out copying but still be derivative.

--Now that former 'NSync-er Lance Bass has proposed to his boyfriend, Michael Turchin, Us Weekly says that he's asked Jessica Biel (Mrs. Justin Timberlake) to help him plan the wedding.

"One really cool idea she had was that on the invites -- because we love our onesies -- send out personalized onesies to all our guests so that at midnight after the reception it turns into a pajama party," Bass said. "How fun would that be? I think we might be doing that one."

Tattle would like all our single friends to know that if we ever get a onesie with your wedding invitation . . . we're not coming.

- Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

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