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Sarah Silverman Blasts Lazy Journalists

hollywoodexclusive1Sarah Silverman has often been the target of heated articles thanks to her controversial, raunchy comedy, but she takes it in stride. "If it's just someone's opinion — I'm always respectful of a writer's opinion because it's become so rare," claims Silverman, whose Comedy Central show, "The Sarah Silverman Program," returns for a third season Feb. 4.

"Writing is so special, and journalism — the majority of it, I find, is just so unoriginal and so lazy. It's glued together quotes with no opinion of their own," she complains — unfortunately, not without reason.

"Whenever a writer has their own opinion, even if it's that they hate my guts, I respect it more than a bunch of quotes getting glued together because they have a deadline. It's like, have a little passion for what you do, or don't do it," she says.

"I understand, like, money gigs or whatever, but I don't do them personally," adds the comic, who prides herself on being independent. "I am making a living. I'm 39. I'm happy that I support myself. Sometimes, I've got to go on the road. I'm still paying for my apartment, but I'm definitely the poorest to ratio of celebrity, I would say. I wouldn't have it any other way, though. I realized a long time ago I'm not meant to be super rich. I mean, really, I have no complaints."

MORE THAN A ROLE: Julia Ormond says she walked away a changed woman after filming her "The Wronged Man" cable film. The actress portrays Janet "Prissy" Gregory, who spent decades on a quest for justice for a man who was wrongfully convicted, in the Lifetime Movie Network drama, premiering Sunday (1/17).

"Here you had a story about a white woman helping an African-American man," she says of the movie also starring Mahershalalhashbaz Ali ("The 4400"), "but it's not as much about race; it's really about somebody who doesn't really have resources herself, and she put herself at financial and personal risks because she believed strongly that this was a wrong that she could right," says Ormond.

"I came away with deep sadness for what happens to these exonerated people after they're released. This man was given the bus fare home and that's it. He was denied the rehabilitation services given to convicted felons as far as how they go back into society. He had to pay to have his record cleared. They had to raise money. You come out of 22 years or more of prison with no help of getting a new life back together and no apology. This was horrific."

Ormond was able to spend a lot of time with the actual Gregory, who is passionate about bringing this story to light. "This was a 22-year journey for her that she was very reluctant to go on," notes the actress, who adds that Gregory wanted to serve as a good role model to her son. She says that she believes "there are ramifications for all of us because the justice system should serve everybody — not leave a section of society feeling like it's working against them."

WORTHY OF NOTE: With the shocking devastation of Haiti putting into perspective the various aggravations and tiffs that have been clogging the show business blogosphere of late, it is heartening to see the literally dozens of celebrities who've been using their Twitter feeds and websites to appeal to fans for help and provide information. Wyclef Jean and his Yele charity (www.yele.org/action) lead the way, with the long list of stars ranging from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to Ellen DeGeneres, Lindsay Lohan, Adam Lambert, Chris Gorham, Alyssa Milano and Lisa Rinna among those who've donated or tweeted info about Unicef, Red Cross and other help agencies. Bravo to those using their fame toward a good purpose.

HEY, COULD BE GOOD: Preproduction is moving right along for "Drive Angry," a thriller to which Nic Cage is reportedly attached to play a convict who breaks out of prison in order to save his baby granddaughter from being sacrificed by a sadistic cult. Interesting.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster

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