Endless Oscar talk
You thought that by Tuesday, all the Oscar chatter would die down, didn't you? But you remember that selfie to end all selfies? Of course you do, because it "broke Twitter." Well, as much as we wanted to believe the idea was simply borne of Ellen DeGeneres's creativity, it turns out the selfie was just one giant Samsung product placement -- part of a $20 million sponsorship deal with the Oscars. And it worked (on some of us).
Peter Thal Larsen with Reuters pointed out, "Everyone who retweeted that Oscars selfie was in fact an unpaid employee of Samsung's marketing department." Buzzfeed's Rosie Gray pouted, "the Ellen selfie is no longer fun." WSJ's Mathew Passy confessed via tweet: "<--- Duped." WaPo's Mark Berman implored, "You shouldn't read a single word on the Ellen/Oscars photo bc life is short but if you must, remember nothing is real."
No word yet on whether the pizza stunt was product placement, too, but some unfortunate soul at the Daily Mail apparently had to take notes on which celebs chose to partake, right down to what topping they preferred.
And you know what else hasn't died down? John Travolta's flagrant murdering of Idina Menzel's name. At the Canadian Press, Victoria Ahearn admitted, "Can't stop watching this Travolta Vine. He says it with such authority." But more importantly, now you can find out your very own Travolta-mutilated name -- thanks to Slate. Aamer Haleem at CTV News tweeted, "Travoltify your name! Love, Ameer Hazeem..." Angie Goff with NBC Washington concluded, "I go by Antoine Greez now."
Speaking of Idina Menzel, she just made an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to perform another rendition of her famous "Let It Go" with The Roots. Carmen Wong Ulrich at Marketplace Money divulged that it "[s]eriously made my 7 yr old's morning." Entertainment Weekly's Tim Stack couldn't resist quipping, "This lady does a spot-on Adele Dazim."
Relatedly, the New York Times just made a 161-year-old correction to an article for misstating someone else's name: that of Solomon Northup, the very man whose true story inspired 12 Years a Slave. The mistake was noticed on Twitter, and corrected just today.