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NBA on ABC: Cavaliers-Heat Christmas Showdown Up 12 Percent with Strong 5.5 Metered Market Rating

ABC’s blockbuster NBA Christmas Day doubleheader delivered strong overnight ratings across the board on Thursday, Dec. 25, leading to a 12 percent ratings increase versus last year.

Ello Adds New Commenting Features, Announces 2015 Redesign

For those of you still keeping tabs on Ello, they’ve announced some new features for the new year. You can now reply all in comments, cancel nasty comments, and embed images if you like. According to an email they sent out to users,Show More Summary

What Do You Do When You Run Out of Bookshelves?

2 days agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

How many books did you receive as gifts this holiday season? Perhaps you might be running short on shelf space. The Epic Reads team has posted a video (embedded above) about “Limited Book Space” on their YouTube channel. How do you tackle this problem? New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.

The Intense, 4-Month Training Eddie Redmayne Went Through To Play Stephen Hawking

"The Theory of Everything" had a $15 million production budget, but has gone on to earn over $23 million worldwide since its November release. The film — about the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife — is also already getting Oscar buzz. Show More Summary

The Cooper Hewitt Hosts The ‘Maira Kalman Selects’ Exhibit

2 days agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

The “Maira Kalman Selects” exhibit has opened at the Cooper Hewitt (the Smithsonian Design Museum). Kalman, an acclaimed author and illustrator, chose 40 objects for this display. She (pictured, via) sourced these items from the Cooper...Show More Summary

Biographile to Run Series of Essays on Writing by Authors

2 days agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

Book news site Biographile will launch a new series in which authors share their insights on writing called Write Start. Beginning on January 5th, the site will showcase original essays in which more than 40 authors of both fiction and nonfiction share their advice on the craft of writing. Show More Summary

The Protestant Pastor who Brought Down a Dictator

Ever hear about Laszlo Tokes, the Romanian Protestant pastor who helped bring down the Romanian communist government? In December 1989, he stood up to Nicolae Ceausescu and began a revolution among the Romanian people. “Ordered to stop preaching, Tokes refused. Directed to leave the apartment in which he and his family were living and move to […]

John Cleese & Thomas Pynchon Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

2 days agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending December 14, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month. (Debuted at #15 in Hardcover Nonfiction) So, Anyway…...Show More Summary

‘Michael Sam’ Documentary Airs Tomorrow on OWN

Oprah Winfrey Network will air the exclusive documentary, “Michael Sam,” tomorrow night at 9 pm ET. Sam, the first openly gay player in NFL history, is currently out of football after being released by the Cowboys’ practice squad inShow More Summary

CJR's most popular stories of 2014

As the staff of CJR looked back on this year, we wanted to share the most-read stories. Much of this year's traffic was thanks to social media, so we also wanted to include comments from Twitter (collected using Muck Rack's handy Who Shared My Link tool). Below are magazine pieces, interviews, and quick posts that gained the most traction this...

A Tale of Two Counters

The holiday season at work among downtown neighbors.

Daily Double: U.S. Caves In to Two Tyrannies in One Afternoon

Staggering. The United States of America – Earth’s sole remaining superpower – capitulated to both Cuba and North Korea in one day. Final Score: Open-air Museums of Stalinism – 2; Land of the Free and Home of the Brave – 0. Obama announced on Wednesday that Washington and the Castro regime would resume diplomatic relations after a […]

Petra Nemcova Makes the Most of Her Miraculous Tsunami Survival

On this day ten years ago, it all came catastrophically crashing down for supermodel Petra Nemcova and her photographer fiance Simon Atlee. Per an inspiring piece by Philip Sherwell, New York-based Americas correspondent for UK’s The...Show More Summary

Uber is called a “Criminal Enterprise” by Philly Cabs

Uber, the ride-sharing app company, has been called a “criminal enterprise” by Philadelphia cab drivers. Uber has expanded across the U.S. and in parts of the world, and has become a target for criticism. Uber drivers do not have to follow the same rules and regulations (i.e. fees) that cab drivers and their companies have […]

ISIS Claims They Shot Down F-16, but Captured Jordanian Pilot

The Islamic State, known as ISIS, IS or ISIL, claimed to have shot down a F-16 fighter jet belonging to the country of Jordan. But, the U.S. said that ISIS did not do so. More on the story at BBC here.

NBC's Telecast of 'It's a Wonderful Life" Grows Year-to-Year, Sweeping All Categories on Christmas Eve

Last night’s encore of “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1.2/5 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall from 8-11 p.m. ET):

CDC mishandles live Ebola Virus, leaving a Technician exposed

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) cannot get their act together. Instead of giving a dead Ebola virus for observation by technicians in their Atlanta, Georgia headquarters, the CDC mistakenly sent a live sample to an ill-equipped lab. Now the technician is being monitored for the next 21 days, which is the virus’s incubation period. […]

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