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  • Bryan Singer’s Accuser Names Three More Alleged Sex Abusers

    04/21/2014 8:46:40 PM PDT · by Mariner · 45 replies
    Variety ^ | April 21st, 2014 | Film Reporter Dave McNary
    Hollywood executives Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard have been accused of sexually abusing teenage boys in lawsuits filed Monday in Hawaii federal court. “I would not wish on my worst enemies what I went through,” declared plaintiff Michael Egan at a Monday news conference at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. Ancier is the former president of BBC Worldwide America and also served as head of programming for Fox, NBC and the WB. He’s also the head of year-old Quad Media Partners, formed to launch four fully curated linear TV networks, “each built around a modern decade in...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales"(1982)

    02/02/2014 11:50:58 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    Watch 32 ^ | 1982 | Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones
  • Saturday morning cartoon: "By Word Of Mouse"(Looney Tune, 1954)-Pro-capitalism!

    10/06/2012 8:41:09 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 3 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1954 | I. Freleng It's hard to imagine Hollywood making an animated short with this message nowadays but back in 1954, WB produced this Looney Tune teaching a short primer on capitalism and in favor of it! After seeing all those DNC delegates tell Peter Schiff how they want to "ban profit" makes me realize how many folks need to watch this cartoon.
  • Warner Bros. Removing Confederate Flag From ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Car

    08/30/2012 2:37:55 PM PDT · by Teflonic · 66 replies
    Screen Crush ^ | 8/27/12 | Mike Sampson
    The General Lee – Bo and Luke Duke’s vehicle of choice from ‘The Dukes of Hazzard‘ – is a classic and instantly recognizable Hollywood car. But it’s about to get a little less recognizable as Warner Bros., the studio that owns the theatrical, DVD and licensing rights to ‘The Dukes of Hazzard,’ has decided to remove the confederate flag from all future versions of the car. The news has reportedly been floating around the hobby community over the past few days as ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ collectors became aware of a new regulation. A collector on was told by a...
  • Jewish Leaders Slam Mel Gibson, Warner Bros. for Judah Maccabee Movie (Exclusive)

    09/09/2011 10:30:21 AM PDT · by TEXOKIE · 89 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | Sept 9 2011 | Alex Ben Block, Daniel Miller
    "Casting him as a director or perhaps as the star of 'Judah Maccabee' is like casting Madoff to be the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission," says Rabbi Marvin Heir. Prominent Jewish leaders are beginning to speak out against Mel Gibson and Warner Bros. over their planned movie based on the life of religious icon Judah Maccabee. SNIP
  • Rio Bravo on TCM 10:30PM E.S.T. tonight

    05/06/2009 3:29:55 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 17 replies · 1,012+ views
    It has been said that director Howard Hawks made Rio Bravo (1959) as a reaction to two popular westerns which angered him - High Noon (1952) and 3:10 to Yuma (1957). His comment on the former was, "I didn't think a good sheriff was going to go running around town like a chicken with his head off asking for help, and finally his Quaker wife had to save him." Hawks also considered 3:10 to Yuma, which had outlaw Glenn Ford playing psychological games with lawman Van Heflin, "a lot of nonsense." So Rio Bravo was the director's take on heroism...
  • DVDs on demand: Warner dips into untapped vault (LAT, VAR, WSJ, THR)

    04/14/2009 8:26:08 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 13 replies · 830+ views
    Hollywood Wiretap ^ | 3-23-2009 | Nancy Tartaglione-Vialatte
    Warner Bros. today will launch a service giving the public the opportunity to custom-order DVDs of films never before released via the medium. The move is seen as a response to dwindling DVD sales and also to customer demand for titles that while not totally obscure, didn't necessarily generate enough heat to merit a full-on DVD release. The Warner Archive Collection, available at, includes films dating back to the silent age and for $19.95 per disc Warners will burn, package and ship for receipt within an estimated five days. Currently there are 150 titles available with for a total...
  • World Bank Spent More Than a Year Covering Up Destruction of Albanian Village

    02/10/2009 6:30:07 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 2 replies · 335+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 9, 2009 | Richard Behar
    Managers at the World Bank provided false information to the agency's board of directors about a $39 million, politically-connected European "coastal cleanup" project that led to the destruction and destitution of a powerless village in Albania in 2007 — and then spent nearly two years trying to cover it up, FOX News has learned. Bank insiders also misled and stonewalled a panel of independent investigators commissioned by the board to investigate the scandal, according to the investigators themselves. World Bank sources tell FOX News that the panel's report, submitted to the 24-member board in late November, is one of the...
  • Golden West deal doomed Wachovia in crisis

    12/26/2008 8:38:29 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 32 replies · 1,770+ views
    The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, NC ^ | 2008-12-22 | Rick Rothacker
    In front of a ballroom full of N.C. bankers in January 2006, Wachovia chief executive Ken Thompson warned of the dangers of “toxic” home loans. A problem with so-called option adjustable-rate mortgages, he told the group, was that homeowners can end up owing more at the end of the month than the beginning, which can be a “tough situation” for customers and lenders. “I have literally been amazed at the terms offered by some mortgage lenders, thankfully not at Wachovia and thankfully not so much in North Carolina,” he said. Four months later in May 2006, Thompson took a $24...
  • The Retail Financial Losses Caused By Warner Brothers Decision To Delay Harry Potter Release

    08/19/2008 11:42:12 AM PDT · by Jabrown · 5 replies · 194+ views
    Accio DA ^ | 08/19/2008 | Unknown
    Beyond the scores of angry fans that are protesting Warner Brothers' decision to delay the release of the sixth Harry Potter movie, is the untold story of retailers scrambling to deal with the merchandising fallout from the announcement. The most notable fallout is occurring in regards to the release of ...
  • Warner Brothers Facing Backlash From Legions Of Potter Fans

    08/18/2008 11:43:49 AM PDT · by Jabrown · 6 replies · 158+ views
    Accio Dumbledore's Army ^ | 08/18/2008 | Unknown
    Warner Brothers continue to face increasing backlash from tens-of-thousands of Harry Potter fans as news spreads of the delayed release of the 6th Harry Potter Movie - The Half-Blood Prince. Warner Brothers is preparing for an onslaught of red envelopes that will begin arriving later this week in addition to the massive email campaign and more than 35,000 signatures to a WB petition launched 3 days ago. From Accio Dumbledore's Army: Despite Internet rumors attributing the delayed release to the Writer's Guild Strike this past spring, further statements have made it clear that the movie is completed and that the...
  • WB Arbitrarily Delays Harry Potter Release, Online Petition Gathers 17,000

    08/15/2008 9:01:05 PM PDT · by Jabrown · 8 replies · 292+ views
    PDOP ^ | 08/15/2008 | Jarid Brown
    With news broadcasts dominated by election coverage, the Edwards scandal and Russian Invasion of Georgia, the news has been slow to spread that Warner Brothers announced yesterday that they were postponing the November Release of Harry Potter: Half-Blood Prince until July of 2009. If you hadn't previously heard the news then I apologize for being the one to break it to you. In the immediate wake following Warner Brothers announcement, Internet rumors spread attributing the delayed release to the Writer's Guild Strike this past spring. However, upon further clarification by Warner Brothers it now seems that the movie is ...
  • Fannie, Freddie, Banks and Government Debt ( will need steel, lead and brass, not money.)

    07/14/2008 10:34:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 182+ views ^ | July 14, 2008 | Karl Denninger
    Ok folks, its time for a long sit-down type of Ticker - the sort that I usually don't write. Let's start with Fannie and Freddie. As anyone who has been reading The Ticker knows, I have been saying for quite some time that Fannie and Freddie are in fact "short to zero" candidates for the common stock. This is simply due to the mathematics of their financial situation - they are levered up anywhere from 60 to more than 200:1, depending on what you include and exclude from "capital" and "credit book." I use the worst-case set of numbers, because...
  • WB Network to Return as a Web Site (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    04/29/2008 4:35:26 AM PDT · by abb · 11 replies · 80+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 29, 2008 | Brian Stelter
    The WB brand, born as a broadcast network in 1995 and closed in 2006, will return as an online video Web site, combining short original series with classic shows, the Warner Brothers Television Group announced Monday., and a complementary site for children called, are part of a “digital destination” strategy by Warner Brothers, a subsidiary of Time Warner, to tailor Web sites to specific audiences. In trying to compete for consumers’ time, Warner and other media companies have sought new outlets for content, sometimes bypassing the traditional network structure and creating broadband Internet channels. “My 20-year-old daughter and...
  • World Bank Scholar

    05/17/2007 1:16:01 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 4 replies · 1,005+ views
    WSJ / OpinionJournal ^ | May 17, 2007 | Bret Stephens
    World Bank Scholar Paul Wolfowitz's judges may have ethical issues of their own. BY BRET STEPHENS Thursday, May 17, 2007 12:01 a.m. In the winter of 2006 an email was sent to the investigations hotline of the World Bank's Department of Institutional Integrity, or INT. Its subject was the "Hypocrisy of ED Tom Scholar." "Please know," read the text of the email written by a bank employee, "that UK ED Tom Scholar is continuing an affair with [a bank employee]. This woman has been given preferential treatment in [the department] because of her relationship with this powerful ED, this affair...
  • Banking on Obsolete Statism

    05/12/2007 1:57:13 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 423+ views
    WSJ Commentary ^ | May 10, 2007 | George F. Will
    WASHINGTON -- The kerfuffle over whether Paul Wolfowitz, the World Bank's president, behaved badly regarding the contract for his companion to facilitate her departure from the bank involves no large issue. The bank's existence does. The bank's rationale, never strong, has evaporated. Born in 1944, at the apogee of confidence in governments and international governmental organizations, the bank's mission is "to fight poverty with passion and professionalism." The great prerequisite for curing poverty is, however, economic growth, and the world has learned that the prerequisite for growth is free markets allocating private capital to efficient uses. Much of what recipient...
  • Rice Launches Wolfowitz Defense

    05/10/2007 2:38:57 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 5 replies · 547+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 10, 2007 | Neil King Jr. and Greg Hitt
    WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has launched a behind-the-scenes campaign in defense of World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz against calls he relinquish his job. While President Bush and other senior administration officials have publicly praised Mr. Wolfowitz, Ms. Rice has begun a quiet but concerted effort to reverse low European support for his leadership. Over the last week, Ms. Rice "spoke with several European foreign ministers about her positive impression of Paul Wolfowitz and the job he is doing at the World Bank," said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack. Other U.S. officials said the involvement of the U.S.'s...
  • Axis of Soros

    05/08/2007 11:20:54 PM PDT · by april15Bendovr · 26 replies · 1,116+ views
    Axis of Soros May 9, 2007; Page A16 Mark Malloch Brown spoke Monday to a crowded auditorium at the World Bank's headquarters, warning that the bank's mission was "hugely at risk" as long as Paul Wolfowitz remained its president. Only hours earlier, news leaked that a special committee investigating Mr. Wolfowitz had accused him of violating conflict-of-interest rules. A coincidence? We doubt it. Mr. Malloch Brown, remember, was until last year Kofi Annan's deputy at the United Nations. In that position, he distinguished himself by spinning away the $100 billion Oil for Food scandal as little more than a blip...
  • The Whistleblowers' Tale (The real disgrace at the World Bank.)

    05/08/2007 12:30:48 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 7 replies · 700+ views
    WSJ / ^ | May 8, 2007 | Bret Stephens
    In the summer of 1997, two senior World Bank officials published an academic article under the cheerful title, "Africa on the Move: Attracting Private Capital to a Changing Continent." The authors, Jean-Louis Sarbib of France and Callisto Madavo of Zimbabwe, were responsible for the bank's work in Africa, and they took an optimistic view. "A new spirit of social and economic progress has energized much of the region," they wrote, "and gradually the rest of the world is beginning to take notice." Among the bank's own contributions to this African Renaissance, as it was then being billed, was something called...
  • Deal Is Offered for Chief’s Exit at World Bank

    05/07/2007 8:11:53 PM PDT · by freedomdefender · 25 replies · 1,103+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 7, 2007 | Steven R. Weisman
    Leading governments of Europe, mounting a new campaign to push Paul D. Wolfowitz from his job as World Bank president, signaled Monday that they were willing to let the United States choose the bank’s next chief, but only if Mr. Wolfowitz stepped down soon, European officials said. European officials had previously indicated that they wanted to end the tradition of the United States picking the World Bank leader. But now the officials are hoping to enlist American help in persuading Mr. Wolfowitz to resign voluntarily, rather than be rebuked or ousted. The goal, they said, is to avert a public...
  • Picture This: Warner Bros. Having a Rare Down Year (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    08/18/2006 4:46:03 AM PDT · by abb · 17 replies · 629+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 18, 2006 | Claudia Eller
    Underperformers such as 'Poseidon' have given the studio and investors a sinking feeling. Last year Warner Bros. President Alan Horn was at the top of his game. Boy wizard Harry Potter, eccentric candy maker Willy Wonka and crime fighter Batman catapulted Warner to its most profitable year. But the hot streak ended with a thud. Not even Superman could prevent a crush of movie losses that has shaken the venerable Burbank studio and its affable leader. The costly disaster movie "Poseidon," director M. Night Shyamalan's fantasy thriller "Lady in the Water," the computer-animated "The Ant Bully" and the urban drama...
  • How I upset the Arab propaganda machine: Canadian Nigel Parry

    07/03/2006 10:30:30 AM PDT · by veronica · 4 replies · 1,160+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 7-3-06 | Lee Kaplan of Stop the ISM
    International Solidarity Movement, Electronic Intifada, Boycotting Israel Since I started my column here at Canada Free Press it seems the Palestinian propaganda movement, which also likes to call itself the International Solidarity Movement, is upset with me. After all, a movement that likes to tell the world it is a "peace and human rights" movement out for "social justice," but then works to steal foreign aid money and to aid terrorists to murder women and children can get very upset when it is exposed to the light of day. They are so upset with me that no less than five...
  • WB show tamed for TV, uncut on Web

    03/30/2006 12:13:30 PM PST · by Panerai · 3 replies · 303+ views
    Cnet ^ | 03/30/2006
    The WB television network, seeking to avoid the ire of federal regulators, debuts its sexually charged series "The Bedford Diaries" on Wednesday with some of the more suggestive shots removed. Viewers who prefer to see the show as its creators originally intended, including scenes of two female college students kissing and another upzipping her pants, can watch an uncut "streaming" version on the network's Web site. Julie Martin, one of the show's executive producers, said on Wednesday that the version of the episode offered on the Web was the one originally approved by network censors after some initial alterations. She...
  • New CW network: who wins, who loses (Dinosaur Media Extincion Alert)

    01/24/2006 12:46:15 PM PST · by abb · 24 replies · 1,479+ views ^ | Jan 24, 2006 | Paul R. La Monica
    Cable could benefit from merged WB and UPN while some local affiliates get left out in the cold. NEW YORK ( – Who will be the big winner from the creation of the new CW television network? Here's a hint. It might not be CW or even the other major TV networks. Media buyers said cable could wind up gaining more viewers once the CW, created from the merger of CBS (Research)-owned UPN and Time Warner (Research)-owned WB, begins broadcasting in the fall of this year. (Time Warner also owns Sure, the WB and UPN will have the luxury...

    01/24/2006 8:39:18 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 62 replies · 1,069+ views
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Two small, struggling television networks, UPN and WB, will merge to form a new network called The CW, executives from them companies that own them said Tuesday. The announcement was made by executives from CBS Corp., which owns UPN, and Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc., which owns WB. Both UPN and WB had struggled to compete against larger rivals in the broadcast TV business, including Walt Disney Co.'s ABC, News Corp.'s Fox and CBS Corp.'s CBS.
  • CNN Fires Switch Board Employee Who Berated Callers!!

    11/24/2005 7:22:54 PM PST · by Minus_The_Bear · 178 replies · 6,286+ views
    The following is an update from Daily Pundit who has chronicled the UNBELIEVABLE behavior of CNN employees in the wake of the X/Cheney incident. A switch board operator who berated callers to CNN telling them "Bush and Cheney should stop lying" and that "Putting the X over Cheney's face was freedom of speach" has been fired by CNN. This has been confirmed! Visit this link to hear the tape. I just got off the phone with Laurie Goldberg, Senior Vice President for Public Relations with CNN. Her statement confirms the authenticity of the tape recording and reveals the actions CNN...
  • SPITZER EXPOSES PAYOLA SCAM AT WARNER MUSIC--- my, my, my---who woulda guessed {snicker)

    11/23/2005 8:19:07 AM PST · by Liz · 109 replies · 1,587+ views
    NY POST ^ | November 23, 2005 | PAUL THARP
    BACK-SCRATCHING BIZ: Lil' Kim, one of many artists whose popularity was rigged. WireImage Eliot Spitzer.......unveiled a deal to halt bribery of DJs and rigging of ratings — schemes designed largely to hype mediocre acts, but also bigger names, in order to score higher returns. Four months ago, he extracted a $10M settlement from industry leader Sony BMG to break up its payola ring involving DJs, radio station executives and crooked middlemen. He's still probing the industry's two remaining mega-firms — EMI and Universal Music. In his crackdown on Warner music — the industry's No. 3 label — Spitzer accused...
  • Garbage on Television (a vanity thread)

    09/18/2005 5:21:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies · 2,082+ views
    any network you can name | Sunday, September 18, 2005 | me and everyone else
    "Prison Break" looks like an abomination. I don't think criminals need further glorification -- BET and MTV are more than enough for anyone, regardless of how strong their stomach is. The ads for "Prison Break" really tinkled me off, and IMV FR is the place to talk about it. The jackasses responsible for the show should be fired and blackballed.
  • The Next anti-WTO/IMF/WB/UN blockbuster seeks film crew

    07/21/2005 7:11:46 AM PDT · by thinking4me · 305+ views ^ | 7/21/05 | The Money Files
    If humanity cannot live with the dangers and responsibilities inherent in freedom, it will probably turn to authoritarianism - Erich Fromm >>>>>>>>Do you have a centrist POV?<<<<<<<<< Are you willing to investigate the world monetary powers behind the giant corporations and expose them for what they truly are... >>>>>>>>U-L-T-I-M-A-T-E.... P-R-E-D-A-T-O-R-S <<<<<<<<< The topic is raceless/cultureless, it exposes an elite phenomenon and shabby secret which has always plagued Humanity since e-v-e-r. (yep, sorry for this extremely bad news) "The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists." -- J. Edgar Hoover...
  • 'Crazy Cooter' says profanity, sexual content in new 'Dukes' movie makes a mockery of TV show

    07/14/2005 5:40:32 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 43 replies · 3,929+ views
    Lubbock, TX, Avalanche-Journal ^ | 07-14-05 | Gross, Doug (AP)
    'Crazy Cooter' says profanity, sexual content in new 'Dukes' movie makes a mockery of TV show DOUG GROSS Associated Press Writer ATLANTA — If television's "Crazy Cooter" has his way, fans of the "Dukes of Hazzard" may be speeding away from a new movie version of the cornpone classic faster than the Duke boys running from Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane. Ben Jones, a former Georgia congressman who played the wisecracking mechanic on the popular series from 1979-85, said profanity and sexual content in the film make a mockery of the family friendly show. "Basically, they trashed our show," said Jones,...
  • It's 2772. Who Loves Ya, Tech E. Coyote? (Updated Looney Tunes characters)

    06/06/2005 7:22:30 PM PDT · by 68skylark · 31 replies · 1,193+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 6, 2005 | GEORGE GENE GUSTINES
    Four months after initial designs caused an Internet uproar, the final look of the characters in "Loonatics Unleashed," a new animated television series starring descendants of the stars of the famous Warner Brothers Looney Tunes cartoons, have been completed. "Loonatics Unleashed," which is part of the Kids' WB fall schedule, is a comedy adventure set in the year 2772. The series finds the Earth flung off its axis and protected by six superheroes, the Loonatics. The team comprises Ace Bunny (Charlie Schlatter), Danger Duck (James Marsden), Spaz B. Wilde and Tech E. Coyote (Kevin Michael Richardson), Rev Runner (Rob Paulsen)...
  • WB, Ashton Kutcher Plot Reality Show (Kutcher Asks, "Dude, Where's My Movie Career?")

    01/22/2005 10:27:25 PM PST · by silent_jonny · 16 replies · 2,994+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 1-22-05 | David Bauder
    LOS ANGELES - Take seven brainy nerds and seven dim beauties, add Ashton Kutcher as a matchmaker and what do you get? A television reality series, of course. Kutcher, the brains behind MTV's "Punk'd," is producing the new series for the WB network this summer. The goal of "Beauty and the Geek" is to couple seemingly mismatched pairs and see which can work best together, said David Janollari, the network's entertainment president, on Saturday. "It's really looking at stereotypes of people and how we look at beautiful women and not-so-beautiful men," he said. They will go through a series of...
  • Virginity Lost

    11/23/2004 11:59:12 AM PST · by DTaggart · 8 replies · 5,225+ views
    Let's talk about sex On Everwood, the WB's family drama about life in a small Colorado town, Ephram (played by Gregory Smith) has been in love with Amy (Emily VanCamp) since the show's first episode in the fall of 2002. Their tumultuous journey to coupledom spanned the show's first two seasons, which corresponded with their sophomore and junior years in high school. The pair faced many obstacles, most of them resulting from the fact that Amy's boyfriend, Colin, was in a coma. Finally, at the end of last season, Amy and Ephram made it through the wilderness and began dating....
  • Jack and Bobby on the WB - PRO Kerry Edwards?

    09/19/2004 6:07:47 PM PDT · by Darth Gill · 5 replies · 338+ views
    I was just watching the WB with my wife because she wanted to see what this new show, "Jack and Bobby" was about, and a bunch of actors were wearing "Kerry-Edwards '04" political buttons. Is the WB listed as a 527? I got mad and stormed out of the room. LOL
  • India to give $50 mn to African countries

    09/16/2004 7:46:11 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 11 replies · 338+ views ^ | September 16, 2004 |
    Taking its 'Focus Africa' policy forward, India on Thursday announced a 50 million dollar assistance to connect 53 African countries through satellite and fibre optic network. "Yesterday I had a discussion with my Prime Minister. In honour of Indo-Pan African partnership, our Government has decided to provide seamless and integrated satellite fibre optics and wireless network connecting 53 African countries for tele-education, tele-medicine and e-services," President APJ Abdul Kalam said in a historic address to Pan-African Parliament session of African Union. The network would connect five universities, 53 learning centres, ten super specialty hospitals and 53 patient-end locations in rural...
  • "Superstar USA" - A "Swan" for Music? No, Just another summons to the Oval Office

    05/17/2004 11:21:03 AM PDT · by Bobby Chang · 5 replies · 340+ views
    My thoughts | May 17, 2004 | Bobby Chang
    I've had to open the Oval Office doors more frequently for a bad performance on television than for somebody whose temper flared enough to cause for such summons, since the doors to the Oval Office, and the term itself, debuted February 22 at Rockingham, NC. (And Francis Ferko should . . . I can't say it. He homewrecked two cities and a whole state to please himself.) But now the Oval Office doors are opening wide again for a looney show on the WB called "Superstar USA". "Auditions for The WB's Superstar USA were held in Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Orlando...
  • The Problem with Superman ("Americans don't want to be told what to aspire to anymore")

    05/10/2004 12:08:15 PM PDT · by Hawkeye's Girl · 87 replies · 697+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | May. 17, 2004 | LEV GROSSMAN
    For America's multimillion-dollar Superman industry, it's a serious problem. This is a guy who's from outer space — he was born on the planet Krypton, let's not forget — but he's also from another time. He debuted in the 1930s, when Americans liked their heroes like they liked their steaks: tough, thick and all-American. Nowadays we prefer our heroes dark and flawed and tragic. Look at the Punisher (wife and kids dead), or Hellboy (born a demon), or Spider-Man (secretly a nerd). Look at Batman: his parents were killed in front of him, and he dresses like a Cure fan....
  • Superman Goes Communist

    05/04/2004 8:07:00 AM PDT · by Akira · 58 replies · 1,516+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 4, 2004 | Alexander Rose
    Though I read them occasionally as a boy, I have never been overly interested in comic books, especially the American sort, the ones featuring superheroes dressed in super-tight costumes fighting super villains, none of whom ever seemed to receive super-long jail sentences for attempting, yet again, to destroy Our Way Of Life. A junior realist, I tended to read, instead, the British-produced, four-times-a-month Commando comics, which were generally set during the Second World War. Commando — whose fabulous titles included Hun Bait, Iron-Cross Yankee, Ghost Stuka, and the unforgettable Deserters Deserve Death! — abjured those pathetic ads one saw in...
  • The WB Cancels Joss Whedon's "Angel"

    02/15/2004 9:37:59 AM PST · by mosel-saar-ruwer · 82 replies · 941+ views
    IGN Insider ^ | February 13, 2004 | KJB
    In a move that has completely blindsided producers and fans alike, the WB Network announced late Friday that it was cancelling its long-running Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff, Angel."Those bastards!" was the reaction from Loey Lockerby, film critic and operator of  Loey's Guide to Angel, an Angel review site. "I haven't trusted the WB Network since the debacle over 'Graduation Day Part 2.'"Many fans like Loey have already turned to the first wave in most cancellations these days,  An online petition has already gathered almost 5,000 signatures within hours of its creation.  Lockerby expects that number to rise quickly...
  • New HBO Series Presents Not-So-Angelic Agenda

    12/11/2003 6:08:30 AM PST · by NYer · 69 replies · 321+ views
    Crosswalk ^ | December 10, 2003 | Cal Thomas
    New HBO Series Presents Not-So-Angelic AgendaCal ThomasSyndicated Columnist HBO's latest film, Angels in America, is a two-part, multi-hour production that aired Sunday and Monday nights and will continue being broadcast all week. Angels is based on the Tony Kushner play about the American homosexual experience. I didn't want to watch it, but I did, and must admit it is one of the most effective pieces of propaganda I have encountered. Gays and lesbians are portrayed as victims -- not of their own choices but of Republicans and specifically the Reagan administration during whose second term the drama is set. British...
  • First pics of Catwoman costume (Just damn. They know how to screw up a good thing)

    09/29/2003 5:32:07 PM PDT · by mhking · 89 replies · 1,342+ views
    FIRST PICTURE OF CATWOMAN!! Source: TIME magazine Monday, September 29, 2003 The new issue of TIME magazine has a first look at Halle Berry in her Catwoman costume. Here's the picture followed by the article. Thanks to 'Hmmm...' for the heads up. The cat is finally out of the bag. HALLE BERRY slinks into a strapping new ensemble this week when filming starts in Vancouver for Catwoman. The Oscar-winning actress plays the Felonious Feline (see also: Princess of Plunder, Mistress of Malevolence) from the Batman series, a role made famous by Eartha Kitt in the '60s TV show and...
  • Superheroes for saving Saddam?

    09/19/2003 12:52:53 AM PDT · by kattracks · 18 replies · 465+ views ^ | 9/19/03 | Brent Bozell
    It was only a matter of time, I suppose. Comic-book superheroes have gone into the liberal political indoctrination business.The September issue of the DC Comics book "Justice League of America," or "JLA," presents Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman as U.N.-promoting paper dolls for a thinly disguised propaganda play against President Bush's war on Saddam Hussein.The story begins with a "napalmetto" attack on home soil. President Lex Luthor -- how nice, a supervillain standing in for President Bush -- connects the terror attack to "Qurac" and says the "Joint Chiefs are recommending military pressure." Wonder Woman protests: "International law and...
  • Networks Shrink 9-11 Anniversary Coverage(ABC loses EXCLUSIVE on tape ownership dispute)

    09/12/2003 7:42:03 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 12 replies · 357+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Sep. 11, 2003 | AP DAVID BAUDER
    NEW YORK - Television networks somberly paused Thursday to remember the terror of two years ago, although coverage was scaled back from the first anniversary of the attacks on New York and Washington. NBC's Katie Couric and Ann Curry wore black outfits on the "Today" show, with Couric saying, "Obviously, Sept. 11 will never be just another day on the calendar." Yet in contrast to a full morning of special coverage last year, ABC, CBS and NBC offered only brief reports during key moments of memorial services on Thursday, otherwise sticking with regular programming. "The coverage reflects the events of...
  • IDF arrests 6 Palestinians with bomb belt in West Bank

    07/21/2003 4:42:30 AM PDT · by yonif · 9 replies · 194+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jul. 21, 2003 | JOEL LEYDEN
    An IDF patrol arrested 6 Palestinians this morning who were in possession of a terror suicide bomb belt near the Jewish settlement of Bracha in the West Bank, a military source told The Jerusalem Post. "The anti-terror patrol unit spotted the men in an open field and as the troops approached them they began to flee, leaving behind a daypack," the source said. "Part of the unit gave chase and arrested the terror suspects as other soldiers searched the bag and discovered a suicide bombers belt. We immediately called in IDF sappers to defuse the belt. At present, the Palestinian...
  • NASA uses Looney Toons characters on mission patches (my title)

    06/04/2003 12:21:34 PM PDT · by mhking · 36 replies · 1,488+ views
     Marvin The Martian and Daffy Duck (as Duck Dodgers) will appear on official patches that Warner Bros. has designed for two NASA Mars Exploration Rover Missions this summer. The special patches will act as the defining logo for the mission and will be worn by TEAM DELTA crews, comprising members from NASA, the United States Air Force, and Boeing. They will be featured on mission control and launch pad crew suits, jackets, and mugs. "Daffy Duck and Marvin The Martian struck us as such a perfect fit, capturing the fun and adventurous spirit of these important explorations, that we were...
  • Sweden Blocks Idea to Name Baby Superman

    05/06/2003 1:20:46 PM PDT · by yonif · 70 replies · 1,844+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Tue, May 06, 2003 | AP
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden - It's a bird. It's a plane, but it's not Superman. At least not in Sweden, where a couple who wanted to name their child after the comic book hero found the law harder to bend than the man of steel himself. The tax authority, which oversees rules for names in the Scandinavian country of 8.9 million, nixed a request by Sara Lindenger and her live-in boyfriend, Johan Leisten, both 28, to name their child Staalman, Superman in Swedish. "We wanted to call him David Rune Staalman Leisten," Lindenger told The Associated Press Tuesday. "It would be much...
  • The Why of Homeschool

    02/25/2003 8:31:03 AM PST · by Jason Kauppinen · 13 replies · 259+ views
    Ludwig von Mises Institute ^ | February 25, 2003 | Isabel Lyman
    The Why of Homeschool By Isabel Lyman [Posted February 25, 2003] It was only a matter of time before Hollywood "discovered" homeschoolers. Ponder the promo from The O'Keefes, a sitcom, which will premiere this summer on the Warner Brothers network. "Harry and Ellie O'Keefe are loving but eccentric parents who've homeschooled their three children to protect them from the loud and libidinal world." (Translation: The parents are losers.) "Despite a ban on all things pop culture, teenagers Danny and Lauren and younger brother Mark are growing increasingly curious about what lies beyond the walls of their school/dining room." (Translation: The...