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“EX-GAY” ADVOCATE ADMITS HE NEVER WAS

April 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

John Paulk, a man described as the “poster boy” of the ex-gay movement in the 1990’s — he was the founder of the Focus on the Family-sponsored symposium Love Won Out, featuring speakers claiming to have been former homosexuals who underwent “conversion” or “reparative” therapy, and chairman of Exodus International, also sponsored by Focus on […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: PAIN AND GAIN

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Critics are split just about down the middle over Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain with some of them expressing their own mixed feelings about it. Slate critic Dana Stevens writes: “I’m still not sure whether to mildly like or mildly hate this movie.” Simon Abrams in the Chicago Sun-Times describes it “as ambitious and vibrant […]

THEATERS WAITING FOR IRON MAN

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Hollywood appears to be treading water for another week prior to the official opening of the blockbuster summer season with the opening of Iron Man 3 next weekend. Opening wide this weekend is Paramount’s Michael Bay comedy thriller Pain and Gain, which most forecasters agree is unlikely to pass the $20-million mark at the box […]

LUCASFILM LOOKING TO SET DOWN IN CHINA

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Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy is the latest top U.S. studio executive to make the pilgrimage to China to discuss ways in which the burgeoning Chinese film industry and Hollywood can cooperate to their mutual benefit. At a Beijing symposium, Kennedy noted that China’s film industry is developing faster than any other outside the U.S. and […]

NBC TO OFFER GAME SHOW WITH $10M TOP PRIZE

April 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In what sounded to many TV columnists like a desperate stunt that only a long-struggling network would make, NBC announced on Wednesday that it plans to launch a 12-day live competition in the fall (date undecided) called The Million Second Quiz. Competitors will test their trivia expertness while living in a gigantic hourglass somewhere in […]

RATINGS FOR AMERICAN IDOL FALL BY A THIRD

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Ratings for Fox’s American Idol continued to slip Wednesday night, but it nevertheless dominated TV viewing for the night, among both total adults and the key 18-49 demographic group. The talent contest averaged 12.18 million viewers versus 16.87 million for the comparable night a year ago. It also lost about a third of its viewers […]

YOUTUBE TO OFFER COMEDY WEEK BEGINNING MAY 19

April 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

For all of those people who find exploring YouTube on their own too daunting and wait for a friend to email them a link to something they’ve found to be compelling, innovative, clever, or humorous, YouTube has a plan: bring together a knowledgeable group that will present a showcase of top talent who have contributed […]

LONDON NEWSPAPER OFFERS A NEW METHOD TO READ IT

April 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The London Independent has found a way to merge its print edition with its online edition using an app called Blippar that has previously been used principally in connection with advertising stunts. Readers of the newspaper will now be able to hover their smartphones — either Android or iOS devices — over articles marked with […]

HOW SITCOM ACTRESS MAY HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS BOSTON BOMBER

April 25, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Nearly everyone who has ever used a digital spelling corrector has seen it make corrections that were more egregious than the original error or try to correct names that didn’t need correcting. Such presumably was the case when Caption Solutions, which provides some of those running captions at the bottom of the screen during newscasts, […]

DJANGO UNCHAINED DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON HOME VIDEO

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Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained scored a trifecta win on the home-video market last week as it placed first on the DVD, Blu-Ray Disc, and rental charts. The movie, which was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar (it lost out to Argo) and scored a victory for Christoph Waltz in the Best Supporting Actor character and […]

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