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Philadelphia Daily News Howard Gensler column

November 27, 2013


Nov. 27--IF YOU'RE like Tattle, you waste way too much time thinking about Kardashians and pondering the gossip equivalent to "Did Oswald act alone?"

Who is Khloe's father?

Come on, you've always wondered why Khloe was the size of a basketball player and her sisters were more like curvy Keebler elves.

Well, now it can be revealed.

Her daddy is Frank Sinatra.

Just a little Thanksgiving joke there. Sorry, Woody.

Actually, the new In Touch magazine says Khloe's dad could very well be O.J. Simpson.

O.J.'s manager, Norman Pardo, claims that Khloe's mom, Kris Jenner -- at least we think she's Khloe's mom -- slept with O.J., and that he -- not her late ex-husband, and O.J.'s best friend/attorney Robert Kardashian -- could be where Khloe gets her juice.

"It's all going to come out sooner or later," Pardo tells In Touch. "Khloe could be O.J.'s kid."

"Whenever I bring it up, he giggles," Pardo says of O.J., who's never struck Tattle as a giggler, and is currently serving a 9 to33 year sentence in a Nevada prison for kidnapping and armed robbery.

Kris and O.J. were close. Kris and Nicole Brown Simpson were close.

"They all took their vacations together. There was a lot of partying going on back then," says Pardo. "Kris cheated on Robert -- she was known for having a good time."

With a husband rumored to be a crack addict and a possible father believed to have murdered his wife, it seems no one can keep up with Khloe Kardashian.

'Slave' meets Spirit

"12 Years a Slave" received seven nominations yesterday for the 29th Film Independent Spirit Awards. Nods included best picture, best director, lead actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, supporting actor for Michael Fassbender and supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o.

Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" received six nominations, including best film, best director, lead actor for Bruce Dern, supporting actor for Will Forte and supporting actress for June Squibb.

Other best film nominees are "All Is Lost," "Frances Ha" and "Inside Llewyn Davis."

Battling Dern and Ejiofor in the brutal lead-actor category will be Oscar Isaac, for "Inside Llewyn Davis"; Michael B. Jordan, for "Fruitvale Station"; Matthew McConaughey, for "Dallas Buyers Club"; and Robert Redford, for "All Is Lost."

Lead actress candidates are Cate Blanchett, for "Blue Jasmine"; Julie Delpy, for "Before Midnight"; Gaby Hoffman, for "Crystal Fairy"; Brie Larson, for "Short Term 12"; and Shailene Woodley, for "The Spectacular Now."

The Spirit Awards will be handed out March 1, on the beach in Santa Monica. Patton Oswalt is hosting.


--CBS ordered "60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan and her producer, Max McClellan to take a leave of absence yesterday following a critical internal review of their handling of the show's October story on the Benghazi raid, based on a report on a supposed witness whose story can't be verified.

The review, by CBS News executive Al Ortiz and obtained by the Associated Press, said that the "60 Minutes" team should have done a better job vetting the story, which featured a security contractor who said that he was at the U.S. mission in Libya the night it was attacked last year.

Questions were quickly raised about whether the man was lying -- something "60 Minutes" should have better checked out before airing the story, the report said.

The move will surely lead to a new GOP talking point: More people at CBS have been punished for Benghazi than in the Obama administration.

--Getting a permanent boot was Alec Baldwin, whose talk show was canceled by MSNBC after his most recent anger-management failure led him to use an anti-gay slur against a photographer on a New York City street.

--Oakland-based toy company GoldieBlox is fighting for its right to parody the Beastie Boys song "Girls."

GoldieBlox filed suit in federal court seeking permission to continue using a spoof of the rap song. The company's marketing video of the spoof has gone viral, with 8 million people viewing it on YouTube. The video depicts girls singing about building spaceships and coding software.

The company said that it filed the suit after the Beasties threatened their own legal action for copyright infringement.

The two surviving band members said in an "open letter" that they support the company's message of empowering girls. But they have a blanket ban on using their songs in advertisements.

--The Broadway-bound play about President Lyndon B. Johnson, starring Bryan Cranston, has named Brandon J. Dirden its Martin Luther King Jr. and Michael McKean its J. Edgar Hoover.

Cranston plays Johnson during his first year in office following the assassination of John F. Kennedy and explores both his fight for re-election and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Dirden and McKean are reprising the roles they played at the American Repertory Theater's production of the play earlier this year. Opening night on Broadway is set for March 6.

--James Franco and Chris O'Dowd will make their Broadway debuts in March as unlikely friends in a stage adaptation of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men."

Producer David Binder said yesterday that Franco will play George, and O'Dowd will play Lennie in the revival, which will be performed at the Longacre Theatre.

The show has not been seen on Broadway in 40 years, but it's sure been read in a lot of high-school English classes.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

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