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  • 'Star Wars' film production company sued for Harrison Ford accident

    02/11/2016 8:53:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    l a times ^ | 02/11/2016 | libby hill
    Harrison Ford's accident on the set of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is coming back to wreak havoc on Foodles Production, a British subsidiary of the Walt Disney Co. In 2014, Ford suffered a broken leg on the set, after being struck by a hydraulic door aboard his character Han Solo’s famed ship, the Millennium Falcon, causing the actor, who was 71 at the time, to be airlifted from Buckinghamshire to Oxford to undergo surgery for the fracture. On Thursday, British Health and Safety Executive announced their intent to prosecute Foodles Production on four charges of violating workplace health and...
  • Burt Reynolds 10 Greatest Films — An 80th Birthday Tribute

    02/11/2016 3:59:16 PM PST · by V K Lee · 99 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 2/11/16 | Nolte
    Clips at link http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2016/02/11/burt-reynolds-10-greatest-films-an-80th-birthday-tribute/
  • Pauley Perrette: Claims Second Attack By Homeless Man

    02/10/2016 6:01:19 PM PST · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    TMZ ^ | February 10, 2016
    "NCIS" star Pauley Perrette claims she was attacked by another homeless guy ... this time in her car and narrowly escaped after getting all evangelical on the dude. Perrette says she was stopped on a busy street in Hollywood when she gave a buck to a "pretty off homeless guy" asking for change. Perrette says the guy then grabbed her wrist and stuck his head into her car demanding to know the time. She says her immediate reaction was to yell "I rebuke you satan in the name of Jesus Christ!" And then she told him the time ... 5:37...
  • 'Adventures of Tom Sawyer' Child Star Tommy Kelly dead at 90

    02/10/2016 5:04:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 27 replies
    foxnews ^ | February 10, 2016 | fox
    Tommy Kelly, who played the titular boy hero in the 1938 movie "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," has died. He was 90. Kelly suffered congestive heart failure on Jan. 25 in Greensboro, N.C., his son announced Tuesday. Along with the adaptation of the Mark Twain novel for which he's best known, Kelly appeared in "Gone With the Wind," "He Walked By Night," and "The West Point Story" before retiring from Hollywood at age 25.
  • TRIBUTE: Jimmie Haskell (1936- 2016)

    02/10/2016 2:24:11 PM PST · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    LondonJazz ^ | February 7, 2016 | Dr. Richard Niles
    Dr. Richard Niles remembers composer/arranger JIMMIE HASKELL, three-time Grammy winner, Emmy winner, and responsible for 135 gold or platinum albums, who died last week aged 79. Richard writes: Jimmie Haskell was successful as a composer, arranger and producer from the late 1950s onwards. Starting out with Ricky Nelson, he worked with Sheryl Crow, Steely Dan, Barbara Streisand, Elvis, Blondie, Tina Turner, The Bee Gees, Chicago, Bobbie Darren, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Doobie Brothers, Jose Feliciano, Barry Manilow and Michael Jackson. He won Grammys for his work with Simon & Garfunkel (Bridge Over Troubled Water), Chicago (If You Leave Me...
  • Kanye West Declares Bill Cosby Is Innocent

    02/10/2016 12:17:57 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 9, 2016 | Lindsey Kupfer
    Kanye West is once again causing drama online. The rapper declared 'BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!' via Twitter on Tuesday night. 'Kanye please don't do this,' one fan pleaded with him.
  • Turner Classic Movies is running a Steve McQueen marathon tomorrow night

    02/09/2016 9:27:49 PM PST · by DemforBush · 26 replies
    TCM ^ | N/A | Self
    Just a heads up for fellow Steve McQueen fans. TCM is showing The Great Escape, Bullitt, and Papillon tomorrow night (2/10/16)
  • Worst ‘Family Feud’ contestant ever can’t think of another word for ‘mother’

    02/09/2016 4:06:50 PM PST · by SMGFan · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 9, 2016
    “Family Feud” host Steve Harvey experienced a dumbfounding case of déjà vu when a contestant on the game show inexplicably kept giving him the same answer. Sheila Patterson was asked, “What’s another way people say mother?,” to which she answered, “Nana” — seconds after the family member standing next to her gave the same answer with a different pronunciation. After Harvey politely explained that both answers are spelled the same way, she answered, “Mommy” — the same word given by her relative the round before. “What about Mom-my?” she ventured next, putting the accent on the later syllable.
  • The Ugly 'SNL' Joke You Missed While Chuckling at 'Bernie Sanderswitzky'

    02/09/2016 10:09:21 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Forward ^ | February 8, 2016 | J.J. Goldberg
    his one went by so fast that most of us seem to have missed it. This past weekend’s Saturday Night Live had not one but two Jewish jokes. One was moderately funny, notable mainly for the fact that it came from the mouth of Senator Bernie Sanders, during a back-and-forth with his doppelganger Larry David. The other, delivered by Weekend Update fake news co-anchor Michael Che, was far more pointed and may just have crossed a line. Here’s Che’s bit: “On his first visit to a U.S. mosque, President Obama called on U.S. television producers to create characters that are...
  • Glamorous Megyn Kelly arriving at The Late Show hand-in-hand with her husband and hot off back [tr]

    02/09/2016 6:10:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 9, 2016 | Alexandra Genova and Clemence Michallon
    Megyn Kelly has gone from TV host to guest as she and her husband, novelist Douglas Brunt, arrived hand in hand to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Kelly, 45, was all smiles in the same elegant black jumpsuit she later wore on air. Brunt, 44, opted for a casual pair of jeans and dressed it up with a blazer. The Fox News anchor was just about to reveal how she would welcome back Donald Trump during the network's next GOP debate on March 3. She wouldn't say what her first question would be, but instead joked that her first...
  • Fridays - Michael Richards in The Mad Chiropractor Sketch (1980)

    02/08/2016 5:11:36 PM PST · by DemforBush · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | N/A | N/A
    A pre-Seinfeld Michael Richards and Mark Blankfield star in this infamous Friday's skit about a maniacal chiropractor with some very unusual therapy techniques.
  • Peppa Pig Puts Kids Off Pork

    02/08/2016 11:52:15 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Latin Correspondent ^ | 28th January 2016
    Peppa Pig puts kids off pork by Latin Correspondent | 28th January 2016 229 SOCIAL BUZZ A traditional Colombian lechona. Photo: Pinterest. A traditional Colombian lechona. Photo: Pinterest. Peppa Pig, a firm favorite among kids across the globe, is causing uproar in one Colombian department. Parents in the town of Ibagué, in the Tolima department, famed for its pork dishes and traditional gastronomy, are hitting back on social media over claims that Peppa is putting their kids off pork. One of the region’s typical dishes includes Lechona, a whole roast pig stuffed with chick peas, rice, onions and spices –...
  • Bill Romanowski calls Panthers QB Cam Newton ‘boy’ on Twitter: Social Media Explodes

    02/08/2016 8:38:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 98 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 02/08/2016 | John Healy
    Former NFL player Bill Romanowski still hasn't learned to keep his mouth shut. After Panthers quarterback Cam Newton aburptly walked out on his postgame press conference, Romanowski tweeted: "You will never last in the NFL with that attitude. The world doesn't revolve around you, boy!" Romanowski's use of the word "boy" — a racially inflammatory term — was met with heavy criticism, including from some African-American athletes. Chad "Ocho Cinco" Johnson tweeted at Romanowksi, "Boy? You never watched Good Times Bill?" Boy? You never watched Good Times Bill? https://t.co/YV2wrjvZP5 -- Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) February 8, 2016 Former Bengals cornerback Rico...
  • Peyton Manning After Super Bowl 50: Was this the Sheriff’s last rodeo?

    02/08/2016 8:15:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/08/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    Anyone looking for a storybook ending to one of the most celebrated active NFL careers in the league had to think it was coming. Peyton Manning, buoyed by a dominant defense, had finally returned to the winner’s platform in a Super Bowl at 39 years of age, the oldest starting quarterback in all 50 Super Bowls. All that would be necessary would be two simple words: “I’m retiring.”Sorry, storybook fans. Manning couldn’t quite say it — not even after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell all but announced it moments before Manning took the microphone on stage: It certainly sounds as...
  • Bern Your Enthusiasm - SNL

    02/07/2016 9:59:08 PM PST · by beaversmom · 9 replies
    SNL via YT ^ | February 6, 2016 | SNL
    You Tube link
  • Gayle King's interview with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. [CBS 2pm Pre-Game]

    02/07/2016 11:33:03 AM PST · by SES1066 · 25 replies
    CBS Sports | 02/07/16 | CBS
    Not broadcast yet - transcript? later?
  • Sam Spence, longtime composer for NFL Films, has died

    02/07/2016 9:24:13 AM PST · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 7, 2016 | David Barron
    Sam Spence, whose energetic, muscular musical compositions were an integral part of NFL Films' celebration of pro football, died Saturday morning at a nursing center in Lewisville... His son, Kim Spence, said the fact that Spence died on the eve of the 50th Super Bowl reflected his flair for the dramatic...
  • Box Office: 'Hail, Caesar!' Underwhelms Friday

    02/06/2016 8:29:37 PM PST · by fireman15 · 58 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 02/05/2016 | Pamela McClintock, Rebecca Ford
    The third new offering of the weekend, Nicholas Sparks' film adaptation 'The Choice,' is also struggling; 'Kung Fu Panda 3' will beat all three to stay at No. 1. Ethan and Joel Coen's Hail, Caesar! grossed an underwhelming $4.3 million from 2,222 theaters Friday for a projected $11.6 million debut, the lowest nationwide start of the duo's directing career. The news is even more grim for mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The movie may only debut to $5 million after earning $2 million on Friday from 2,931 theaters. That puts it behind the the third new movie daring to...
  • Mike Minor, Actor on TV's 'Petticoat Junction,' Dies at 75

    02/06/2016 6:32:41 PM PST · by iowamark · 22 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 2/5/16 | Mike Barnes
    The son of producer Don Fedderson, he married Linda Kaye Henning (Betty Jo Bradley) on the CBS series and then in real life, too. Mike Minor, a singer and actor who wed one of the beautiful daughters on CBS’ Petticoat Junction and then married her in real life about a year later, has died. He was 75. Minor, the oldest son of Don Fedderson, the producer behind such series as My Three Sons, Family Affair and The Millionaire, died Jan. 28 at his home in New York City, his family announced. Minor joined Petticoat Junction for the show’s fourth season...
  • GOPe Debate vs the Greatest Superbowl commercials.

    02/06/2016 5:03:47 PM PST · by hadaclueonce · 4 replies
    me | me
    It is a tough choice, hot air of laughs.
  • The FRiday Night Movie (double feature) - Compulsion (1959)

    02/05/2016 8:15:29 PM PST · by DemforBush · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | N/A | N/A
    Our second film tonight presents a different take on the same subject as our first film - the Leopold-Loeb Murders. This time, two wealthy law school students (played by Dean Stockwell and Bradford Dillman) in 1920's Chicago are intent on doing in a fellow classmate in order to commit the perfect crime and flaunt their superiority over the law. The perfect crime never is, however... Co-starring Orson Welles, Martin Milner, E.G. Marshall, and Edward Binns.
  • The FRiday Night Movie - Rope (1948)

    02/05/2016 8:04:07 PM PST · by DemforBush · 26 replies
    Youtube ^ | N/A | N/A
    A classic from Hitchcock tonight. Two vain and wealthy young men (played by John Dahl and Farley Granger) are eager to try to pull off "the perfect crime." Murdering a classmate they deem "inferior", they hide the body in their apartment and then hold a party, confident that none of the deceased's friends or even his former teacher Rupert Cadell (Jimmy Stewart) will be clever enough to uncover their crimes... Based upon the real life Leopold-Loeb Murders.
  • Touchdown! Yes, Astronauts in Space Can Watch the Super Bowl

    02/05/2016 5:28:37 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    space.com ^ | 02/05/2016 | sarah lewin
    While NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra on the orbiting laboratory haven't announced their picks for the big game, they will be off duty and able to watch. (Kelly is a Houston Texans fan and watched football on Thanksgiving with former crewmember Kjell Lindgren.) "Crew will be able to watch in real time; it will be sent up as usual for live events from Mission Control Houston," NASA spokesman Dan Huot told Space.com in an email. "It's a nominal off-duty Sunday for the entire crew, so no additional tasks for them aside from exercise." After their day off, the...
  • Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour #8 with Governor Ronald Reagan

    02/05/2016 3:59:52 PM PST · by SMGFan · 14 replies
    They were playing supper clubs and Las Vegas nightclubs when Johnny Musso, a friend of the couple's, was jumping from an executive position at Atlantic to run Decca Records' Kapp label subsidiary, and brought the duo with him. At around the same time, their stage act -- which had evolved into a kind of "with it" domestic comedy routine nearly as prominent as the music, with the tall, wry-witted Cher cutting up on the seemingly dim-witted Sonny -- was spotted by Fred Silverman, who was then the head of programming for CBS. They ended up with a summer replacement try-out...
  • Should Marco Rubio Become GOP Nominee, What Will Alan Grayson Do?,Have A Cow?

    02/05/2016 3:55:52 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 23 replies
    And at this time, we have Rubio creeping up on both Trump and Cruz. So Alan Grayson threatened to sue the Honorable and Legal American, Ted Cruz should he become the nominee?,but now there is a pretty good chance that Rubio may over-take Cruz. If so, what will be Grayson's argument? That Rubio's Parents were born in Cuba, therefore that disqualifies him? Or will Grayson claim that Rubio made it to Miami on a raft? Should we have either a Cruz/Rubio or Rubio/Cruz ticket, let the games begin with Alan Grayson!
  • Filmmaker Michael Moore Says He's In The ICU For Pneumonia

    02/05/2016 7:07:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 90 replies
    Newsy ^ | February 5, 2016 | Melissa Prax
    After protesting water conditions in Flint, Michigan, filmmaker Michael Moore announced he has been hospitalized in New York City for pneumonia. The filmmaker said on Facebook he's been in the intensive care unit since Sunday. "Let's just say things didn't look good Sunday night. But thanks to a combination of good doctors, decent hospital food and 2nd-term Obamacare, I'm doing much better."
  • There's talk about bringing back the Black Oscars

    02/05/2016 5:23:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 3, 2016 | Tre'vell Anderson
    They gathered at the Beverly Wilshire, the men in tuxes, the women draped in evening gowns. The finest black talent in Hollywood was there that night in 2002, Quincy Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman, James Lassiter, Doug McHenry and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs among them. It was an annual gathering held at one posh hotel or another on the eve of the Academy Awards. Officially, it was called the Tree of Life Awards. But most people called it by its informal name: the Black Oscars.
  • The mother from the classic Prince pasta commercial has died

    02/04/2016 7:07:39 PM PST · by massmike · 46 replies
    boston.com ^ | 02/04/2016 | Brian Burns
    <p>Mary Fiumara, the woman who shouted “Anthony! Anthony!” in an iconic Prince pasta commercial, died on February 2 at 88 years old. Fiumara’s son confirmed Fiumara’s passing to The Boston Globe .</p> <p>Anthony Martignetti—Fiumara’s son in the commercial—was 12 years old when he starred in the “Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day” commercial alongside Fiumara, according to the Globe . In the 1969 advertisement, Martignetti is seen running home for a pasta dinner after Fiumara shouts his name from a Powers Court apartment window. According to Martignetti, even before the commercial gave Fiumara TV recognition, Fiumara was a “legend” of the neighborhood.</p>
  • Stephen Curry is showing why he's one of the greatest shooters in NBA history

    02/04/2016 10:29:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/04/2016 | Scott Davis
    Stephen Curry put together one of his finest performances Wednesday night, scoring 51 points on 68% shooting while going 11-for-16 from 3-point range, as the Warriors beat the Wizards 134-121. Even more impressive is that Curry accomplished this feat relatively quickly — he played just 36 minutes and dumped in 25 points in the first quarter alone. The climax of his game-opening explosion came on a broken play off an inbounds that Curry turned into another dazzling highlight. After a Draymond Green layup, the Wizards inbounded the ball quickly to try to push the pace. As they got the ball...
  • Time for a New "Hollywood Squares" (Candidate Roster) VANITY

    02/03/2016 6:35:40 PM PST · by Dr. Sivana · 2 replies
    self | 2/3/2016 | self
    For a while, someone posted a 16 panel "Hollywood Squares" Type setup of candidates. Can anyone redo it now that we are down to the correct number, nine? Cruz Trump Rubio Carson Bush Kasich Fiorina Gilmore Christie
  • Giorgio A. Tsoukalos Behind the Scenes of Our Super Secret Commercial | 2016 Taco Bell

    02/03/2016 2:45:04 PM PST · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 1, 2016 | Taco Bell
    Try Taco Bell's new ----- It's ----- of ----- and it's totally -----. Just ask Alien Expert Giorgio Tsoukalos.
  • BOB ELLIOTT, R.I.P. (Of Bob & Ray)

    02/03/2016 12:47:21 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2.3.16 | Aaron Goldstein
    Comedian Bob Elliott passed away yesterday at the age of 92. Elliott is best known for his collaboration with Ray Goulding. The team of Bob & Ray met here in Boston in the 1940's as disc jockeys for competing stations. Their comedy act began to catch on when they did broadcast in rain delays during Red Sox games. Over the next four decades, Bob & Ray were a fixture on radio and TV and even on Broadway. Sadly, Goulding passed away in 1990. However, Elliott carried on often performing with his son Chris Elliott most notably on the FOX TV...
  • Steven Avery says his own brother killed Teresa Halbach

    02/02/2016 9:55:26 PM PST · by Reddy · 39 replies
    wbay.com ^ | 02/02/16 | Steve Schuster
    Steven Avery has accused his own brother, Earl Avery, of murdering Teresa Halbach, during an exclusive interview with Access Hollywood this week, his brother said. During one of Earl Avery’s first on-camera interviews he said while he hasn’t seen Steven in more than a decade, he talked with him via telephone for the first time in eight years, last week. During that call Steven allegedly told Earl his new lawyers told him to say Earl killed Teresa Halbach, Earl says. Earl also said that he believes Steven Avery may be granted a new trial in Wausau. “Everybody in Manitowoc County...
  • 'We are so medieval': Malcolm McDowell says A Clockwork Orange is becoming reality, 45 years…

    02/02/2016 9:33:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Alexandra Genova
    When dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange came out in 1962, few thought it was a plausible imagining of the future. But, according to Malcolm McDowell, who stared in the novel's 1971 adaptation, it was in fact a chillingly accurate forecast. Speaking to the New York Daily News, McDowell explains how the Stanley Kubrick film shows a 'world in which all older people stay indoors with televisions on'. [...] The novel's central theme follows a group of violent 'droogs' - or gang members - who seek to illicit 'ultra-violence', mayhem and sexual depravity. The four young men pursue their pleasures after...
  • Billions

    02/02/2016 10:53:53 AM PST · by shotgun · 58 replies
    2/2/2016 | Shotgun
    Just checking in to see whose been watching Billions on Showtime?
  • Aliens find Earth relics in Super Bowl ad: Scott Baio, The Dress and avocados

    02/02/2016 10:51:04 AM PST · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    Zap2it.com ^ | February 2, 2016
    Avocados from Mexico has spent some big bucks to buy an ad during Super Bowl 50, which debuted on early on Facebook. In the spot, an alien tour guide is showing his fellow extraterrestrials “the bounty of Earth,” which includes “the cube of Rubik described as a “simple puzzle [that] was actually considered unsolvable by the humans.” There are also airplane seats, “a 21st century torture device”; the alphabet, which is made up entirely of emojis; the infamous “white and gold dress that caused a civil war”; and Scott Baio in a cage
  • A Ventriloquist and His Dog

    02/01/2016 4:28:15 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    You Tube ^ | 2-1-16 | Britain's Got Talent
    A Ventriloquist and His Dog Click on link to see hilarious dog act. https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/xU7FdD1SpHc?rel=0
  • Airplane!’s Creators Reveal the Origins of ‘Don’t Call Me Shirley’

    02/01/2016 1:40:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 131 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 2/1 | Abraham Riesman
    There are few movies as quotable as the 1980 disaster-movie parody Airplane! — and of the movie's many memorable gags, arguably the most enduring is the moment when reluctant pilot Ted Striker (Robert Hays) tells Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielsen), “Surely you can’t be serious,” and Rumack replies, “I am serious — and don’t call me Shirley.” As part of our weeklong 100 Jokes That Shaped Comedy series, we dug into the origins and execution of that exchange — as well as the overall comedic mechanics of Airplane! — with the trio who wrote and directed the film, Jim Abrahams, David...
  • Vanessa Hudgens performs in ‘Grease: Live’ after dad dies

    02/01/2016 1:08:23 PM PST · by TBP · 23 replies
    Page Six ^ | January 31, 2016 | Emily Smith
    <p>Vanessa Hudgens performed on “Grease: Live!” Sunday, hours after announcing that her father, Greg Hudgens, had lost his battle with cancer.</p> <p>She appeared alongside Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Keke Palmer and Carly Rae Jepsen on the Fox special.</p>
  • TV Ratings: 'Grease Live' Surges on Fox, Nabs 12.2 Million Viewers

    02/01/2016 9:34:19 AM PST · by Mariner · 37 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | February 1st, 2016 | by Michael O'Connell
    Grease will be the word in the halls of Fox this week. The network's three-hour live telecast of the musical was a ratings success. Nielsen has the performance averaging 12.2 million viewers and a handsome 4.3 rating among adults 18-49. That's after early numbers gave the performance a 7.4 overnight rating among households. Fox easily had first-place status on broadcast for the night and saw its score in the key demo rival TV's biggest live musical in recent memory. This being the network's first live musical, its only ratings comparisons will be to NBC's last three efforts. Topping the first...
  • Frank Finlay dies at 89 (British Oscar-nominated actor)

    01/31/2016 9:05:34 AM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    Pakistan Today ^ | January 31, 2016 | Agencies
    ...In a wide-ranging career across stage and screen, Finlay starred as Porthos in the Three Musketeer films of the 1970s, alongside Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain and Michael York, and opposite Susan Penhaligon in the taboo-challenging television series Bouquet Of Barbed Wire. He also took the lead role in Dennis Potter's serial, Casanova, and starred in Shaft In Africa, the follow-up to the famous black private detective film starring Richard Roundtree. It was in a supporting role to Laurence Olivier in Othello back in 1965, for which he was nominated for an Oscar in 1965...
  • It's time to kill the cable box with apps

    01/31/2016 6:25:16 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 40 replies
    CNET ^ | 01/31/16 | David Katzmaier
    Commentary: A proposal by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler calls for cable companies like Comcast to "unlock the set-top box." Unlocking isn't enough. The box should die, once and for all, and be replaced by apps. There's no technological reason that Comcast, or Time Warner Cable, or Charter or any other cable TV provider needs to provide physical hardware at all. There's no need for warehouses full of cable boxes or arduous "service windows" where the technician supposedly shows up "sometime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m."-- or not--to fix (or more likely just replace) your device. Full-fledged pay...
  • 28-year-old Angelique Kerber upsets Serena Williams to win the Australian Open

    01/30/2016 6:02:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Business Insider via AP ^ | 01/30/2016 | John Pye
    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Angelique Kerber upset Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the Australian Open title on Saturday, ending the six-time champion's unbeaten streak in finals here and winning a major title for the first time. Williams was an overwhelming favorite at Melbourne Park, where she had won all six previous times she'd reached the final, and was trying to equal Steffi Graf's Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles. For the second time in as many majors, though, she fell short. Williams won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles last year before losing to...
  • The FRiday Night Movie - My Man Godfrey (1936)

    01/30/2016 5:33:42 PM PST · by DemforBush · 19 replies
    Youtube ^ | N/A | N/A
    William Powell Night at the DfB Theater. A ditzy but good-hearted socialite (Carole Lombard), hires a down on his luck hobo named Godfrey (William Powell) to be the family butler. Zaniness ensures, and we learn there just might be a lot more to Godfrey than we realize...
  • TV drama depicting Russian invasion premieres in Norway

    01/30/2016 4:06:49 PM PST · by SampleMan · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Oct. 2, 2015 | David Crouch
    Norwegian thriller Occupied has been condemned by Moscow and is likely to tap into fears in Scandinavian countries of Russian aggression EXCERPT
  • 'Celebrity Apprentice' adds Warren Buffett, Boy George

    01/28/2016 11:35:57 AM PST · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | January 28, 2016
    When Arnold Schwarzenegger succeeds Trump in the boardroom, the show gains impressive advisers. The most impressive would be billionaire Warren Buffett, one of the world's most-respected businessmen. The show also adds Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO; TV host and businesswoman Tyra Banks; and actress-entrepreneur Jessica Alba. Schwarzenegger will follow the Trump model and put a relative in an advisory role: His nephew, entertainment attorney Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger, joins the show.
  • 'You, Me and the Apocalypse' greets the end of the world with brilliant wit and wisdom

    01/28/2016 8:03:45 AM PST · by SMGFan · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 27, 2016
    Just when it seemed the television renaissance had become more about quantity than quality, NBC's "You, Me and the Apocalypse," co-produced with Britain's Sky 1, sends a meteor across the heavens to destroy Earth and blow the narrative bar another notch or two higher. Yes, this is a show you really need to see. Those already feeling overburdened may take some comfort in the fact that it's a 10-part miniseries. Though it's not difficult to imagine calls for a sequel, starting with mine. Brawling, sprawling, absurdly ambitious and ambitiously absurd, Iain Hollands' black comedy pushes its many characters and fabulous...
  • Crumbling 6th Street Bridge Closed Ahead of Upcoming Demolition

    01/27/2016 6:26:42 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    ktla ^ | January 27, 2016, | by Anthony Kurzweil, and Lynette Romero,
    Major demolition work was set to begin next week, which will also require a 40-hour closure of the 101 Freeway scheduled to being 10 p.m. on Feb. 5, the Los Angeles Times reported. The freeway will be closed from the 10 Freeway near Union Station to the 5 Freeway interchange south of downtown during the demolition, the newspaper reported earlier this month. The work will also require the onramp to the 101 Freeway from the westbound lanes of the 60 Freeway to be shut down. Tuesday night, hundreds of people and cars gathered on the bridge to celebrate it's 84-year...
  • HIDDEN CAMERA: Debunking the "Gun Show Loophole" Myth By TRYING to Buy Automatics With No...

    01/27/2016 4:27:25 PM PST · by StevenCrowder · 46 replies
    www.LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 01/27/2016 | Steven Crowder
    If you’re a leftist who believes other leftists, it’s probable you think guns (even fully automatic ones) can easily be purchased without a background check. You hold this notion for a simple reason: your leftist leaders in political circles reaching as high as the White House, say such silly things as “Guns are easier to buy than books.” A myth which is as true as receiving a college scholarship from the tooth fairy. To prove how wrong leftists are about guns, we took a hidden camera to gun shows and gun dealers. We tried weaseling through the “gun show loophole”...
  • FCC wants more companies making cable boxes

    01/27/2016 2:57:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2016 4:14 PM EST | Tali Arbel
    The government wants to make it easier for you to buy and use cable boxes from companies other than your cable provider. This could help companies like TiVo, Roku and Apple deliver a cable feed, too, as part of their video recorders or streaming-TV devices. Introducing competition could also help lower people's cable bills. The Federal Communications Commission says that 99 percent of cable and satellite TV customers rent boxes from their cable providers, and that the price of cable boxes has nearly tripled since 1994. Meanwhile, prices of common consumer electronics like cellphones, TVs and computers have fallen sharply....