Ashton Kutcher's 'Pop Fiction' punks media

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Tbdparishilton030708 A word of warning to Juice*heads: Ashton Kutcher is out to get us.

Most other gossip outlets were splashing photos of a certain unnameable heirhead wandering the streets with a supposed Buddhist monk last week, but The Juice* refrained, because that woman has been the charter member of our official blacklist for almost a year because she does nothing worth attention.

It’s a good thing, too, because that monk turned out to be Maxie Santillan Jr., an actor who has been on CSI and My Name Is Earl, and the whole thing was staged for a new show that punks paparazzi. USA Today says Pop Fiction is a new, eight-episode show premiering on E! Sunday at 10:30 p.m., and targets us gullible media types.

The Kutcher-produced show was so good at keeping its pranks secret that even E! fell for the joke. But not your Juice*! We love the sensational, but there are lots of things that are too fishy even for us, which is why you didn’t read about the monk or Kevin Federline apparently gaining 50 pounds, because now anything could be a joke.

“You’re speaking their language. We live in a culture that’s driven by media and obsessed with celebrity, to the point where they don’t have private lives anymore,” co-producer Jason Goldberg says. “Two people going out to eat turns into, ‘They’re engaged.’ It’s a feeding frenzy. It’s dangerous and it’s irresponsible in some cases.”

That’s why The Juice* filters your trash — so you don’t have to!

[Photo: Getty Images]

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:36am]

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