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John Oliver Tears Into Police Militarization
August 18, 2014 – 11:40 am | No Comment

The media landscape is already saturated with pundits ranting about the death of Michael Brown, and you’ve probably already seen too many videos of it today; but ever since his show Last Week Tonight debuted …

Orange is the New Black Wins Big at Creative Arts Emmys
August 17, 2014 – 6:00 pm | No Comment
<i>Orange is the New Black</i> Wins Big at Creative Arts Emmys

The Creative Arts Emmys awards ceremony was held earlier today in Los Angeles, honoring technical achievements in television, but also bestowing some writing and acting awards that don’t make the cut for the Primetime Emmys …

Ferguson Protests Erupt Again Despite Curfew
August 17, 2014 – 1:42 pm | One Comment
Ferguson Protests Erupt Again Despite Curfew

Seven people were arrested and one man was shot on the first night that Missouri State Highway Patrol officers attempted to enforce a state-imposed curfew on Ferguson, Missouri. After protests and looting quieted during the …

Officer In Michael Brown Shooting Identified
August 15, 2014 – 10:38 am | No Comment
Officer In Michael Brown Shooting Identified

At a press conference today, the Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown was identified as Darren Wilson.
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson described Wilson as a six-year veteran of the force who had never been …

“Shark Week” Continues Myths With Shark of Darkness
August 11, 2014 – 4:01 pm | No Comment
“Shark Week” Continues Myths With <i>Shark of Darkness</i>

The Discovery Channel was once an educational network offering great scientific programs, and Shark Week was its most popular educational event of the year. But the channel has found success in “mockumentaries” that often fool …

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles– What Do The Reviews Say?
August 8, 2014 – 12:54 pm | No Comment
<i>Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles</i>– What Do The Reviews Say?

The reviews for the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles started rolling in last night, and they are predictably the opposite of “Cowabunga!” But the biggest complaint across many reviews seems to be that if …

Man Accidentally Kills Self Taking Gun Selfie
August 4, 2014 – 12:31 pm | No Comment
Man Accidentally Kills Self Taking Gun Selfie

A Mexican man is dead after a gun went off while he posed with it pointing at his head. Oscar Otero Aguilar was 21.
The man’s Facebook page shows numerous photos of Aguilar posing with women …

Guardians of the Galaxy Sets Debut Record
August 3, 2014 – 12:10 pm | No Comment
<i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i> Sets Debut Record

It’s no surprise that the latest installment of the Marvel Universe’s interlocking superhero movies is a box office hit; but Guardians of the Galaxy has even exceeded expectations. The action comedy grossed $94 million in …

President Obama Signs Cell Phone Unlocking Law
August 2, 2014 – 10:44 am | No Comment
President Obama Signs Cell Phone Unlocking Law

Unlocking cell phones is now once again legal in the US. President Barack Obama signed the bill, passed with bipartisan support in Congress, into law this week.
The practice had briefly been outlawed when the Library …

LA Cop Says People Called 911 For Facebook Outage
August 2, 2014 – 10:30 am | No Comment
LA Cop Says People Called 911 For Facebook Outage

For most, Facebook’s temporary outage on Friday was an inconvenience. For some, it was an outright emergency. Sgt. Burton Brink of the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department took to Twitter to tell Angelenos (and others) …

First Teaser Trailer For Into The Woods
July 31, 2014 – 4:18 pm | No Comment
First Teaser Trailer For <i>Into The Woods</i>

Disney’s much-anticipated film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim‘s 1987 musical Into The Woods just got its first teaser trailer. Directed by Rob Marshall, it stars familiar faces like Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, …

First Teaser For Hunger Games: Mockingjay Debuts At Comic-Con
July 28, 2014 – 11:56 am | No Comment
First Teaser For <i>Hunger Games: Mockingjay</i> Debuts At Comic-Con

Attendees at this week’s San Diego Comic Con saw the first official teaser trailer for the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay, which is now available on the web. The one-minute spot doesn’t offer much, but gives …

Florida Police Officers Revealed As KKK Members
July 21, 2014 – 6:09 pm | No Comment
Florida Police Officers Revealed As KKK Members

Two members of a small local Florida police force are out of jobs this week after federal and state investigations found they were members of the Klu Klux Klan. Deputy Chief David Borst resigned and …

Internet Goes Crazy Over Spielberg “Dead Dinosaur” Photo
July 11, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment
Internet Goes Crazy Over Spielberg “Dead Dinosaur” Photo

A photo of acclaimed film director Steven Spielberg posing next to a “dead dinosaur”- i.e. a prop from his film Jurassic Park- spread across the Internet this week. Some commenters were apparently unaware that the …

VIDEO: President Obama Offered Legal Marijuana In Denver
July 9, 2014 – 12:25 pm | No Comment
VIDEO: President Obama Offered Legal Marijuana In Denver

Barack Obama, the current Commander-in-Chief and president of these United States, was legally offered marijuana this week. Obama was visiting Colorado, where recreational marijuana was legalized recently.
“Do you want to take a hit of this?” …

Crumbs Bake Shop Closes All Locations With One-Day Notice
July 8, 2014 – 10:49 am | No Comment
Crumbs Bake Shop Closes All Locations With One-Day Notice

The mighty cupcake has fallen. Crumbs Bake Shop, a New York-based chain that once represented the height of the national cupcake trend, announced on Monday that it was closing all of its shops at the …

Star Wars Episode VII Adds 2 New Cast Members
July 7, 2014 – 9:19 am | No Comment
<i>Star Wars Episode VII</i> Adds 2 New Cast Members

JJ Abrams’ Star Wars sequel/reboot has announced the addition of two new cast members… and you’ve probably never heard of them.
In the announcement, Crystal Clarke was described as an American actress studying in Glasgow, Scotland, …

Community To Return On Yahoo Screen
July 1, 2014 – 9:35 am | No Comment

It looks like #SixSeasonsandaMovie still might happen. After being cancelled by NBC in May, cult hit series Community has been picked up for a sixth season by Yahoo Screen.
“I am very pleased that Community will be returning …

Facebook Manipulated News Feeds in Psychological Experiment
June 30, 2014 – 3:02 pm | No Comment
Facebook Manipulated News Feeds in Psychological Experiment

Facebook recently released a study of user behavior, and unwittingly angered many of their billion-plus worldwide users.  The company admitted to manipulating the news feeds of users to see if it had any affect on …

7 Injured In Bourbon Street Shooting
June 29, 2014 – 10:14 am | No Comment
7 Injured In Bourbon Street Shooting

Seven people were injured in a shooting on New Orlean’s Bourbon Street early this morning. The area is a popular hangout for tourists.
The shots rang out around 2:45am on the 700 block of the popular …

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