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Teen Choice Awards and More!

By Travelingdivas

HOLLYWOOD—With the recession still in shambles, and possibly headed for a depression, it is no wonder producers are turning to shows about financial woes. The economy continues to deteriorate and so many people are downsizing, so We TV decided to bring back “Downsized.” The reality show brings us the Bruce family from Arizona. With the help of a financial planner, the family begins to see some hope, then they are faced with a medical crisis and almost pushed into debt once again. The show will be aired on August 13.

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With less than 30 days of summer left, your multiplex is the cinematic equivalent of a day at the boardwalk. To make us more aware of the unfortunate true story of Bernie Madoff, coming to the big screen on August 26 is “Chasing Madoff.” The documentary reveals the Bernie Madoff scandal. It covers the arrest of Madoff back in December 11, 2008, the admitted mastermind behind the largest act of financial fraud in world history.

The same day, August 26, the movie “Our Idiot Brother” is scheduled for release. The movie stars Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer. The pitch is that they take pity on sibling Paul Rudd, who is smarter than he looks.

The last day of the month, August 31, brings us “The Debt,” starring Dame Helen Mirren in the psychological thriller. Mirren becomes a war hero after she and three agents claim to have killed a Nazi war criminal in east Berlin in the 1960s. The film is directed by John Madden. The pitch is that retired Israeli spy Dame Mirren knows the war criminal died 30 years ago in Berlin. The audience will have to wonder, why did he just turn up in Ukraine?

Having said that, the concern of the economy and debt crisis was mentioned at the 13th annual Teen Choice Awards that took place on August 7 in Los Angeles. The show was hosted by Kaley Cuoco, star of “The Big Bang Theory.” Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez both tied with five awards, the infamous surfboard-shaped trophies. Taylor graciously accepted the Ultimate Choice Award, which is the show’s version of an Oscar lifetime achievement award.

One of the surprises of the show was the emotional appearance of Sean Kingston. It was his first live televised appearance since his near death crash on his jet ski in Miami Beach. Demi Lovato took the stage to accept two awards. The other winners included Cameron Diaz, Ellen DeGeneres and Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher, who usually wins, began singing Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.” He also surprised the audience by giving some financial advice. “Don’t ever charge anything on a credit card if you don’t already have the money in the bank to pay for it,” he said. Somehow, before he took to the stage he triggered off Fergie. Ashton Kutcher does it all. He sings, acts, models and saves No. 1 sitcoms.

Last, but not least, Rebecca Black won the Web Star Award. Black is the beautiful 14-year-old who became a You Tube sensation with her “Friday” music video. She was nominated along with Keenan Cahill, Shane Dawson, Elle and Blair Fowler and Sgt. Scott Moore.

Rose’s Scoop: “The Help,” the film that was released August 10, was based on the original manuscript for Kathryn Stockett’s bestselling novel. It was rejected 60 times before being published.

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