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Alex Morgan Aiming To Change Attitudes With THE KICKS


Alex Morgan Hopes Her TV Show Changes Attitudes About Women Athletes


U.S. women’s national team and Portland Thorns star forward Alex Morgan and her teammates have been appearing on red carpets, late-night talk shows, and celebrations around the country in what appears to be a sea change of sorts for the attention given to women athletes.

But her latest project, which might end up making even more of a difference in how women athletes are publicly perceived than her team’s recent World Cup win, is one you may not have heard of unless you have middle-school aged kids: Morgan is producing a children’s television show for Amazon.

Read More: Who Attends the Women’s World Cup?

Morgan’s show, The Kicks, is based on a bestselling book series she wrote for middle-schoolers about four soccer-playing girls. The show is just a pilot for now, adapted from Morgan’s books by David Babcock, a writer and producer who worked on big network hits like Brothers & Sisters and Gilmore Girls. The episode is filmed mockumentary style and portrays Devin, the main character, as a normal—awkward at times—tween girl struggling to fit in after moving across the country. Her move is also complicated by the fact that her new school’s soccer team is terrible.

The show doesn’t shy away from showing Devin makeup-less and sweaty during practices and games. This Saturday, July 25, The Kicks wraps up a month-long Amazon pilot season, which features six different shows for kids. Amazon will decide which shows to greenlight for full series based on user ratings and reviews.

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Posted on July 25, 2015 by Editor

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Ingrid Sischy Gone

from Vanity Fair

Ingrid Sischy: An Appreciation


""Photograph by Gasper Tringale.

As the art and fashion worlds mourn the loss of a beloved original, Vanity Fair’s Editor recalls Sischy’s genius for mixing the pleasure of friendship with the business of truth-telling.

Ingrid Sischy, the writer and critic, died today in New York. It was sudden, but also not so sudden. She had been under the care of the legendary oncologist Dr. Larry Norton at a New York hospital for some years. Her health was up and down, but her spirit and her work ethic remained heroically steady. Not once did I ever hear her complain about the fate she had been dealt. Or even talk about it much. She just got on with things. There were so many aspects of her character to admire, but I found her saucy, cheerful stoicism to be highly attractive.

Ingrid became part of the Vanity Fair family nearly two decades ago, back in the days when my fortunes at the magazine were more than a little wobbly. She was coming off a long career in art criticism, writing for her pal Bob Gottlieb at The New Yorker, and I will tell you that with her by my side, my future seemed a lot rosier. She could write about anything, but what interested her most were art and fashion, and she traversed those two hothouses like a bemused empress. She had a crisp mind and an almost uncanny focus when she sat down to write. She was a fun, conspiratorial gossip, but never with malice or envy—the working tools of so many gossips. That conspiratorial manner was evident in her work life as well. I adored cooking up stories with her. I was a sucker for her pitches and I could tell that her editors at Vanity Fair, Bruce Handy and Doug Stumpf, were as well. When she wasn’t producing nuanced, beautifully written pieces for Vanity Fair, she jumped back and forth between the U.S. and Europe, working for Jonathan Newhouse as a sort of international ambassador for the Italian, French, and Spanish editions of this magazine.

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Posted on July 24, 2015 by Editor

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I don’t know, people – it seems like the sharks are really pissed off at us right now.

Posted on July 20, 2015 by Editor

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CASTING PITT: Evan Ari Kelman on Tribeca

from Casting Pitt

Learn How This Student Brought His Thesis Project To Tribeca

by Katie Maloney

As an undergraduate student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, writer and director Evan Ari Kelman founded production company LIONEYES PICTURES through which he directed and produced commercial content for multinational brands. Kelman was awarded the 2015 Undergraduate Wasserman Directing Award from NYU. Today he’s here to talk to Casting Pitt about how he brought his thesis film, Bandito, to the Tribeca Film Festival.

Casting Pitt: We talk about crowdsourcing a lot at Casting Pitt and we’re always trying to find creative ways to get the most out of a crowdfunding campaign. As someone who successfully funded your film through Kickstarter, what is your number one piece of advice to filmmakers looking to successfully crowdsource?

Evan Ari Kelman: My number one piece of advice is to craft a pitch video that is entertaining, informative and fast-paced. Your video needs to capture and hold people’s attention immediately. If you can entertain them at first impression, they’re going to walk away with the knowledge that you know what you’re doing. Unsuccessful campaigns are boring, they’re dreary. You don’t really get a sense of the filmmaker’s personality. They can be very textbook in a monotone sort of way and I don’t think that gets people excited about a project.

My Kickstarter video features me talking and walking through a multitude of spaces. I made sure there was a sense of movement throughout the entire piece. The combined elements of the fast-paced nature, the quick cuts, humor, and personality, all came together to elicit very positive responses from my backers.

CP: And as far as a budget for a crowdfunding video, can you talk a little about how much you do or don’t have to spend?

EAK: I didn’t spend a dime on my own pitch video, so I know that it’s possible to create one without any money. Of course, I had some basic video equipment, my DSLR, and some props, but the trick is all about taking advantage of what’s already available to you. For example, I shot in the Tisch building at New York University, which has some incredibly cool film facilities. Using those spaces in my pitch, I made it visually clear to an audience that we had the capabilities to create high-quality work. So it’s not about spending money to ‘wow’ an audience, it’s about intelligently using what you already have to communicate your potential. Proving energy, passion, and a commitment to quality doesn’t depend on the amount of dollars spent on a pitch.

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Posted on July 19, 2015 by Editor

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Fight Club For Real

from The Daily Mail

Real-life fight club: The models, marines and millionaires who illegally do battle on New York’s underground fighting circuit

By Belinda Robinson

These gritty photographs show the real-life fight club where models marines and millionaires pummel each other during matches in New York’s underground fighting circuit.

The photo series called ‘Old One Two’ by photographer Devin Yalkin captures the raw and unfiltered nature of the illegal fight clubs which take place in venues across New York city.

Reminiscent of the 1999 Hollywood movie called ‘Fight Club’ starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton there is a no-holds bar attitude among strangers who step into the ring ready to draw blood on their opponent.

The fights take place in random venues dotted across New York City, where a baying crowd watches as fighters go head-to-head in the ring.

The violent event is completely unsanctioned but still draws in fighters who range from male models to millionaires.

Yalkin uses his lens to capture the striking, raw, enigmatic and intoxicating fights that are as far from mainstream boxing events as can be.

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Posted on July 18, 2015 by Editor

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Dancing Mushroom Man

Posted on July 17, 2015 by Editor

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No Mo’ MobCrush Beta

from TechCrunch

The Twitch For Mobile Gaming Just Ripped The Private Beta Tag Off Its iOS App


Mobcrush took its iOS and OS X apps out of private beta today, opening the duo to all users of those platforms. The company intends to release a Windows app in the next few weeks, and an Android application will touch down before the end of summer.

As a company, the Santa Monica-based Mobcrush is a bet that mobile gaming will eventually have as large a spectator audience as desktop gaming. Livestreaming console and PC games, an oddity five years ago, has become a well-known content variety with millions of viewers tuning in to tournaments and individual players’ streams around the world

Initially, I was skeptical of Mobcrush’s thesis — can mobile games be as compelling as their desktop cousins? Mobcrush argued to TechCrunch that mobile games are becoming increasingly complex, and that many new gamers are mobile-first from the get go.

[ click to continue reading at TC ]

Posted on July 16, 2015 by Editor

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Morricone Scores “Hateful Eight”

from Deadline Hollywood

Ennio Morricone To Score ‘Hateful Eight’, Quentin Tarantino Reveals – Comic Con

ROME, ITALY - JUNE 12:  (L-R) Ennio Morricone and Quentin Tarantino attend the '2015 David Di Donatello' Awards Ceremony at Teatro Olimpico on June 12, 2015 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)Getty Images

Oscar-nominated composer Ennio Morricone will be doing an original score for Quentin Tarantino’s new movie The Hateful Eight, Tarantino said today during the film’s panel at Comic-Con. It will be the first Western score for the prolific Morricone in 40 years and reunites the two after some harsh words were apparently smoothed over after their collaboration on Django Unchained.

The five-time Oscar nominee was a classmate of Sergio Leone, the king of the spaghetti Westerns, and he scored a bunch of iconic films in the genre including A Fistful Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More and of course The Good The Bad And The Ugly. Morricone has also penned for the likes of John Carpenter, Brian De Palma, Barry Levinson, Mike Nichols and Oliver Stone as well as Giuseppe Tornatore, for whom he did the score for Cinema Paradiso.

[ click to read full piece at Deadline Hollywood ]

Posted on July 15, 2015 by Editor

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To the moon, Wall-E!


REVEALED: How Nasa plan to send robots to Moon to build colony humans may one day live in

By Jon Austin

OUR moon has huge cavernous craters which open onto the surface, but sunlight never reaches the bottom, making them very dark and extremely cold. But Nasa thinks one day human colonies could be set up inside them.

Human colonisation of the Moon, after robots have hopefully made it hospitable, is one of a series of wildly ambitious preliminary proposals the space agency is being funded to explore further.

The Moon proposal would involve a test run at the Shackleton Crater, twice the size of Washington DC, on the Lunar South Pole.

This means sending a rover droid vehicle to set up solar reflectors, which would reflect sunlight so it went inside the crater and caverns below.

The crater would be filled with solar-powered transformers which could then be used to power equipment and make it hospitable to humans.

Robots would have to be programmed to build a mini Earth oasis on the Moon before anyone could live there.

[ click to continue reading at EXPRESS ]

Posted on July 14, 2015 by Editor

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Fairey Arrested For Graffiti

from artnet

Police Arrest Shepard Fairey in Los Angeles Over Outstanding Detroit Warrant

by Christie Chu

Graffitti art by Shepard Fairey on the side of a vacant building on Gratiot Avenue in Detroit. Photo: Courtesy of John T. Greilick / Detroit News.

Graffiti artist Shepard Fairey, who was recently charged with a felony after he reportedly vandalized several buildings during his stay in Detroit, was arrested earlier this week in Los Angeles, according to the Detroit News.

Last month, Fairey, 45, known for his iconic Obama “Hope” posters, was charged with two counts of malicious destruction of property after an arrest warrant was filed in Detroit.

The artist was commissioned to paint a 184-foot by 60-foot mural at One Campus Martius, a public park, and he openly told the press he planned on creating illegal works during his visit. Around this time, several “Obey” logos and murals were seen in the city’s downtown area.

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Posted on July 13, 2015 by Editor

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The Greatest Female Athlete Ever

from The Atlantic

The Astonishing Greatness of Serena Williams

by Matt Schiavenza

After winning her fourth consecutive Grand Slam title on Saturday at Wimbledon, the tennis star has become one of the most accomplished American athletes of all time.

No major sport—with the possible exception of gymnastics or swimming—worships youth like tennis. The best athletes in basketball, soccer, football, and baseball tend to reach their peak in their mid-20s, an age when experience, physical strength, and wisdom converge. But the arc of a typical professional tennis career tends to resemble that of a pop star: Ascendant at 17, dominant at 21, washed up and finished by 30.

Serena Williams, too, was a teenage tennis prodigy, a precocious girl following her older sister Venus from Compton, California, to the sport’s greatest stage. In 1999, the 17-year-old Williams won her first Grand Slam title, defeating Martina Hingis at the U.S. Open. More championships would soon follow, and before long Serena was mentioned in the same breath as the sport’s greats. King. Navratilova. Evert. Graf. Williams.

But Serena, unlike the others, has forgotten to go into decline. On Saturday, the 33-year-old Williams defeated Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 to win her sixth Wimbledon title, concluding her 28th consecutive victory in a Grand Slam match. To the casual fan, another Serena victory has the shock value of a Meryl Streep Oscar nomination. But it’s worth pausing, if just for a moment, to consider just how remarkable Williams’ career has been.

[ click to continue reading at The Atlantic ]

Posted on July 12, 2015 by Editor

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Swifty Taylor and the USWNT

from E!

Taylor Swift Brings U.S. Women’s World Cup Soccer Team Onstage at Concert—See the Photo!

by Corinne Heller

Kevin Mazur/LP5/WireImage

Taylor Swift just got herself a new group of world champion besties!

The pop star has brought up onstage many of celebrity friends since her 1989 tour started in May. On Friday, at her show at MetLife Stadium in Easter Rutherford, New Jersey, she introduced members of the U.S. women’s soccer team, who won the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup last Sunday.

Swift brought out players such as Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd and Abby Wambach, who spurred massive cheers from the crowd as two giant American flags waved behind them.

“How does it feel to have them home?” Swift yelled to the audience, as seen in a video posted by

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Posted on July 11, 2015 by Editor

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“The Snake” Gone

from ESPN

Ken Stabler, former Raiders QB, dies

Former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler died Wednesday from complications resulting from Stage 4 colon cancer, the team confirmed Thursday. He was 69.

“The Raiders are deeply saddened by the passing of the great Ken Stabler,” owner Mark Davis said in a team release. “He was a cherished member of the Raider family and personified what it means to be a Raider. He wore the silver and black with pride and poise and will continue to live in the hearts of Raider fans everywhere. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to Kenny’s family.”

A native of Foley, Alabama, Stabler threw for 27,938 yards during his 15-year career in the NFL, compiling a 96-49-1 record as a starting quarterback and a win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI. He played for the Raiders from 1970 to 1979, winning the NFL MVP award in 1974 and earning Pro Bowl honors four times.

“I was head coach of the Raiders the entire time Kenny was there, and he led us to a whole bunch of victories, including one in Super Bowl XI,” former Raiders coach John Madden said in the team release. “I’ve often said, if I had one drive to win a game to this day, and I had a quarterback to pick, I would pick Kenny. Snake was a lot cooler than I was. He was a perfect quarterback and a perfect Raider. When you think about the Raiders you think about Ken Stabler. Kenny loved life. It is a sad day for all Raiders.”

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Posted on July 10, 2015 by Editor

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Alex Morgan’s book series THE KICKS Now On Amazon TV!

from ExtraTV

US Women’s Soccer Star Alex Morgan Goes Hollywood with New TV Pilot

US Women’s Soccer Star Alex Morgan Goes Hollywood with New TV Pilot

After helping the US Women’s Soccer Team win the 2015 World Cup, star forward Alex Morgan is bringing her soccer and writing skills to Hollywood in the form of a new TV pilot, “The Kicks.”

Based on her series of bestselling books, “The Kicks” follows Devin Burke, a soccer obsessed 12-year-old who moves to a new city and finds herself on a losing team.

Watch it now at

[ click to continue reading at ExtraTV ]

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Editor

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“While Americans were busy buying Simon and Garfunkel records, West Germany was tripping the f†ck out.”

from The Observer

8 Krautrock Artists You Need to Hear Right Now


Imagine if the legendary rock leviathans of the late 1960s and early 1970s didn’t have the Gollum of pop radio whispering hoarsely in their ear, “Make it around three or four minutes long, repeat the chorus three times, and how ‘bout a nice bridge in E-minor?” What magic would the Stooges, the Doors, the Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, the Pretty Things, and others have achieved if there had been no awareness that radio was a destination?

During the first half of the 1970s, a pile of West German musicians escaped from pop’s three-minute veal cage, and the results were fantastic. This movement—not just a branch, but a whole forest of rock fashioned without the radio in mind—came to be known as Krautrock (a vaguely offensive but generally accepted label). Its progenitors created eminently logical magic: They took the fierce, feral essence of the old gods of rock and roll—Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, the Troggs, anyone capable of playing two chords while having a firecracker up their ass—and imbibed it with a truly progressive and revolutionary spirit.

Krautrock is an entire secret history of rock unto itself, and we don’t have the space here to trace its origins, ephemera and trajectory. (I’ll leave that to Julian Cope, who is to this subject what Doris Kearns Goodwin is to L.B.J.) Instead, let’s focus on a few of the absolutely essential artists and tracks in this gorgeously mesmeric movement.

Here are eight Krautrock artists you really need to know about.

Two songs that utterly personify Krautrock are “Autobahn” by Kraftwerk and “Hallogallo” by Neu! (please note that Neu! are the only band permitted to use punctuation in their name without being mercilessly ridiculed). Kraftwerk were a blueprint for the future; Neu!, an outline for a future that hasn’t arrived quite yet.

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Posted on July 8, 2015 by Editor

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Real-life Pac-Man in Space

from endgadget

Real life ‘Pac-Man’ satellite will clean up space junk

The Swiss aren’t big on littering, and that philosophy apparently applies to space, too. After the nation’s EPFL Center for Space Engineering launched its first satellites (the tiny SwissCubes) into orbit, the very next mission planned was “CleanSpace One” to get them out of orbit. For one, the researchers didn’t want to add to the reams of existing space garbage threatening other satellites and astronauts at speeds of up to 15,000mph. But mainly, they want to test a practical system for cleaning space junk with relatively small targets. After considering various systems, the EPFL has settled on a “Pac-Man” solution that will trap the satellites with a conical net.

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Posted on July 7, 2015 by Editor

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JAMES FREY: Check out THE KICKS on Amazon

from Dan’s Papers

James Frey Asks Fans to Watch ‘The Kicks’ on Amazon

by Oliver Peterson

Still from Amazon’s The Kicks pilot

Posted on July 6, 2015 by Editor

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Love Rules World Cup

from The Gateway Pundit

US Women Win FIFA World Cup 5-2 – Star Kisses Her Wife

American Carli Lloyd scored a hat trick in the first 15 minutes of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final against Japan on Sunday.

After the game star player Abby Wambach ran over to the stands to kiss her wife Sarah Huffman.

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Posted on July 5, 2015 by Editor

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The Hills Have Buck Naked People Doing Sex

from NBC SoCal

‘Buck Naked, People Doing Sex’ in Hollywood Hills

By Gadi Schwartz and Christina Cocca

A Hollywood Hills homeowner is fighting back and calling accusations from neighbors “lies” after they claimed to see people openly drinking and having sex on a “campsite” being rented out on her property.

Advertised through the Airbnb website, the site was marketed as a “Hollywood Hills Camping Retreat” on La Punta Drive, but sits in the middle of a multimillion-dollar neighborhood. For the cost of $35 per night — or $800 a month — people get a tent, spectacular views and are within short walking distance of the Hollywood sign.

Man Places Cat Through LAX X-Ray Machine

The listing appeared to have been taken down as of Thursday morning.

But people living in the well-heeled locale are unhappy at the way they claim renters are behaving during their stays — smoking, having sex and drinking — within view of the surrounding mansions.

[ click to continue reading at NBC 4 ]

Posted on July 4, 2015 by Editor

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ARG Guru Brian Clark Gone

from ARGNet

A Group of Friends, Mourning Brian Clark

By Michael Andersen


“All art movements start with a small group of friends…when historians look back on this phase in art, the movement that we will be a part of, what they will marvel at is how interconnected we are.” Brian Clark was fascinated with the formation of movements and creating scenes, and was tireless in his efforts to foster a community of creators looking to find new ways of telling stories in the digital age. Yesterday, Brian passed away after a brief bout with cancer, leaving behind a community and industry he affected deeply.

As president of GMD Studios (originally Global Media Design), Clark helped construct the web realities for Nothing So Strange and Freakylinks, extending the narrative storytelling of film and television onto the internet. He continued exploring different ways of telling stories through his work on beloved alternate reality games like Sega’s Beta-7, Audi’s Art of the Heist, and Eldritch Errors. His projects delighted in stretching the boundaries of fictional worlds outside their comfort zones, asking players to do everything from “stealing” SD cards out of cars on display at events to joining characters at a Lovecraftian cabin in the woods.

Clark worked tirelessly behind the scenes to mentor new creators in the space, offering them help on everything from the craft of subversive storytelling to the realities of running a small business, including knowing what to charge for their work. He delighted in playing with other peoples’ creations and testing their limits, whether that meant donning a Ronald Reagan mask and dancing under his “Jihadi Jazzhands” persona, or creating a well-endowed, chain-smoking sock puppet named “She-Crab” for a game originally intended for children. He was an irrepressible prankster, leading to frequently outlandish conversations punctuated by his staccato laughter.

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Posted on July 3, 2015 by Editor

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Dustin Brown Takes Centre Court

from The Daily Mail

From Montego Bay to Centre Court… in a camper van: Incredible story behind the tennis ace with tongue-piercing, tattoo and a VERY glamorous girlfriend who stunned Wimbledon by beating Nadal

By Richard Spillett and Alan Hall and Emma Glanfield

Until yesterday, he was a little known 30-year-old who spent his time travelling Europe in a camper van attending obscure tennis tournaments.

But Dustin Brown became an overnight superstar when he dramatically knocked out double championship winner Rafael Nadal in the most stunning upset at Wimbledon so far this year.

The German-born Brown isn’t your usual Centre Court idol though thanks to his tongue piercing, dreadlocks, large tattoos and a Las Vegas model girlfriend.

And his journey to the SW19 spotlight is just as unconventional.

While many tennis pros are hot housed from a young age in expensive academies, Brown forged his career at some of Europe’s more out-of-the-way tournaments living on free food where he could and travelling in a tiny camper van bought for him by parents who had to scrimp and save to buy it for him.

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Posted on July 2, 2015 by Editor

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Daisy’s Butt Gone

from The Hollywood Reporter

TV Land Pulls ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Episodes Amid Confederate Flag Uproar

by Kate Stanhope

Courtesy of Photofest

The Duke boys are being put on the bench.

TV Land has pulled reruns of Dukes of Hazzard in light of the recent uproar over the Confederate flag, which is emblazoned on the roof of the show’s iconic General Lee 1969 Dodge Charger, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The show has faced criticism over the depiction of the controversial flag in the wake of the June 17 shooting in Charleston, S.C., that left nine dead, and what many viewed as South Carolina’s delayed decision to take the flag down.

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Posted on July 1, 2015 by Editor

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Drone Attacks Woman During Seattle Pride Parade

from The Seattle Times

Woman knocked unconscious by falling drone during Seattle’s Pride parade


Parade viewers cheer at the 41st annual Pride Parade Sunday. (Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press)

A drone weighing about 2 pounds struck a woman during Seattle’s Pride parade.

Update at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday: Seattle police say the drone’s pilot has come forward and contacted police.

Detectives continue to investigate the case.

Original post: A woman was knocked unconscious Sunday when she was struck by a small drone during the Pride parade in downtown Seattle.

The 25-year-old woman was standing near Fourth Avenue and Madison Street when the 18-inch-by-18-inch drone crashed into a building and fell into the crowd, striking the woman in the head, according to Seattle police. The woman’s boyfriend caught her as she fell to the ground.

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Posted on June 30, 2015 by Editor

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Richard W. Matt, Artist-of-the-Stars and Vicious Gin-soaked Sociopath, Gone

from artnet

Police Shoot and Kill Celebrity Portrait Painter-Convict Who Escaped Prison

by Christie Chu

Richard W. Matt Julia Roberts Photo: heavymetal.comRichard W. Matt Julia Roberts

A nation-wide manhunt for the prisoner escapees from Dannemora Correctional Facility has come to an abrupt end, as the pair were both shot this weekend on separate occasions.

Although David Sweat remained in critical condition, the other, Richard W. Matt, a convicted murderer, died last Friday due to three gunshots to his head, NBC News reports.

Besides being a skilled escapee, whose feats have been compared to those demonstrated by characters in the film Shawshank Redemption, Matt was also regarded as a highly skilled painter.

In an article from the New York Times, Matt was described by a fellow prisoner, John Mulligan, as “the best in the system that anyone could recall.”

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Posted on June 29, 2015 by Editor

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This Is A Tutorial Not A Cheatcode

Posted on June 28, 2015 by Editor

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Man-made Meteors

from AFP via Yahoo! News

Wishing on a shooting star in Japan with man-made meteors

by Miwa Suzuki

Fancy a meteor shower racing across the night sky to mark your birthday? One Japanese start-up is hoping to deliver shooting stars on demand and choreograph the cosmos.

And, say scientists, it’s not just about painting huge pictures on the night-sky that would be visible to millions of people; artificial meteors could help us to understand a lot more about Earth’s atmosphere.

Lena Okajima, who holds a doctorate in astronomy, says her company — ALE — is intending to launch a micro satellite that can eject shooting stars at exactly the right time and place to put on a celestial show.

“I’m thinking of streams of meteors that are rare in nature,” Okajima told AFP in an interview.

“It is artificial but I want to make really beautiful ones that can impress viewers,” she said.

In collaboration with scientists and engineers at Japanese universities, the ALE team is developing a satellite that will orbit the Earth and eject dozens of balls, a few centimetres (an inch) in diameter, at a time.

These balls — whose chemical formula is a closely-guarded secret — will race through the atmosphere at around 7-8 kilometres (up to five miles) a second, glowing brightly from the friction created by smashing into the air.

[ click to continue reading at Yahoo! News ]

Posted on June 27, 2015 by Editor

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Grateful Mess

from The New Yorker

The Glorious Inconsistency of the Grateful Dead


Photograph by Michael Putland/Getty

A few of us here at The New Yorker recently recorded a podcast about the Grateful Dead, on the occasion of a series of five farewell performances (this weekend in Santa Clara, California, and next weekend in Chicago) by the band’s four surviving members. Afterwards, the segment’s producer, hoping to amplify a remark one of us had made about the Dead’s infamous inconsistency, asked if I could point him toward any performances that were “particularly terrible.” Could I ever. With relish! Any Deadhead worth his stash is a connoisseur not just of the good stuff but also of the bad—blown choruses, mangled leads, laryngitis, amnesia. Their improvisational approach to live performance had something to do with this. If you play by the seat of your pants, you are occasionally going to fall on your face. Toss in copious drug use, an aversion to rehearsal, and a genuine anarchic streak, and you have a band that may have stumbled as often as it soared. (If you’re one of the millions who believe that the Dead only ever stumbled, so be it. I’ll spare you the special pleading. If you believe that they only ever soared, well . . . de gustibus.)

We enthusiasts, apologists all, maintain that the uncertainty—the chance at musical transcendence amid a tendency toward something less—was what kept us coming back. This argument is a little like the East Coaster’s on behalf of his weather: the nice days are nicer when there are crappy ones in between. And you come to savor the misty mornings, the squalls, the blizzards, and the cold snaps that freeze the ponds. Transcendence, though, was always heavily contingent on the performance of Jerry Garcia, who, in addition to being the Dead’s (quoting myself here) “most accomplished songwriter, most soulful singer, most charismatic figure, most eloquent interviewee, most recognizable icon, most splendid thaumaturge,” was the one who provided the iridescent guitar leads that transported the band’s fans. When he had a bad night, you knew it. The others, when they were off, could sort of hide. The waning of Garcia’s health, technique, and enthusiasm was a kind of meta-performance. In some respects, listening through the band’s thirty-year touring career is a study in decline. By the end, you hardly ever saw the sun.

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Posted on June 26, 2015 by Editor

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Platonic Fun With Bananas

Posted on June 25, 2015 by Editor

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Spotify Will Save The Music Industry

from The Guardian

Daniel Ek: Spotify and free music will save the industry, not kill it

Taylor Swift has been a vocal critic of Spotify. Photograph: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for TAS

The chief executive of Spotify, Daniel Ek, has predicted that the free online music service will help the industry grow to as much as 10 times its current size, in a future where old distinctions between providers break down.

Having paid out $3bn to music rights holders so far, Spotify is pitching itself as a competitor to traditional broadcasting, having recently added news, weather, podcasts and videos to its service. “The old-world paradigms we used to have are no longer true. When I think about music in the future, I don’t make a distinction between what’s radio, what used to be the music library, and so on,” Ek told the Observer in a rare interview. “It’s only going to be listening – and, as that goes forward, this old notion of these different industries or different competitors will collapse and merge together.”

Spotify is stepping up its efforts to appeal to mainstream radio listeners by emphasising its collection of playlists “programmed” by an in-house editorial team and suggested to users based on the time of day, popular activities and their listening habits. “We’re getting better and better at giving upcoming artists exposure on the service and creating tools to give those new artists a way to market themselves. In the future, people will listen to more music from a bigger variety of artists,” said Ek. “And if we build the revenue model around ‘freemium’ [a business model that gives basic products away for free], the music industry will be much larger than it’s ever been before, more artists will be able to make a living by being artists and more people will listen in turn.”

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Posted on June 24, 2015 by Editor

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Day Chip by Jillian Mayer

Posted on June 23, 2015 by Editor

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Posted on June 19, 2015 by Editor

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I Love Milo Moiré

from artnet

Naked Selfie Artist Milo Moiré Strikes Again at Art Basel With Unauthorized Performance

by Brian Boucher

Milo Moire stands with a viewer of her latest piece, Naked Selfie.Photo: Brian Boucher.

Milo Moiré brought her naked performance art to the people in Basel Wednesday.

In a public square a few minutes from the Art Basel fair during the second day of VIP previews, posing in just sneakers with smiling locals, Moiré performed her latest piece, Naked Selfie. The performance artist was previously known for a piece in which she dropped paint-filled eggs from her vagina.

“This isn’t just for the elite,” the artist’s associate, Peter, explained to artnet News. “That’s why we’re doing it here.”

It might also have had something to do with last year, when a denuded Moiré, with the names of items of clothing written on her exposed skin, was turned away from the convention center (see Art Basel Turns Away Nude Performance Artist).

“The fair was too crowded!” Moiré, wearing only pink running shoes, told artnet News on the Barfüsserplatz (Barefoot Square), outside Basel’s History Museum, in between photo shoots. She had visited the previous day—fully clothed—but bailed out after a couple of hours.

Locals shopped and ate lunch at restaurants on the place as the artist set her camera on a tripod, still wearing a white tank top and cutoff shorts, under the watchful eye of a gaggle of cameramen and video crews. When she had the camera ready, she casually stripped down to her sneakers.

“Who wants to pose for a selfie with me?” she asked the crowd after a few wolf whistles while she disrobed. After an awkward moment, she asked, “What, is everyone shy now?”

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Posted on June 18, 2015 by Editor

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Be Your Own Boss

Posted on June 17, 2015 by Editor

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