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Jay Z Bought A Luxury Champagne Brand Just To Spite Cristal

On Wednesday, it was announced that a new company led by Jay Z had acquired Armand de Brignac Champagne — a celebrity favorite — from Sovereign Brands for an undisclosed amount. The luxury champagne brand, more commonly name-checked in rap lyrics as "Ace of Spades" because of its logo, sells bottles for $300 and up. Show More Summary

Inspired by John Oliver, Recalling Malcolm X: Comedy's Explosive Potential for the Left

When HBO announced that John Oliver would host his own prime-time weekly TV news show, there was little reason to believe it would differ much from the political satire pioneered by John Stewart and Stephen Colbert in the early 2000s. Show More Summary

Today in Media History: In 1928 Felix the Cat began testing a new tech called television

2 months agoIndustries / Media : Media Wire

Felix the Cat was a television and technology pioneer. In 1928 RCA/NBC began testing their early television equipment with a Felix the Cat statue. During the coming years, the Great Depression and World War II slowed the developmentShow More Summary

How Jimmy Fallon Catapulted To Hosting 'The Tonight Show' Through Exceptional Networking

In the span of about five years, Jimmy Fallon went from a "Saturday Night Live" alum unsuccessfully navigating Hollywood to a late night star to the host of NBC's "The Tonight Show," one of the most respected franchises in entertainment. Show More Summary

Fox News crushed competitors on election night

2 months agoIndustries / Media : Media Wire

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories. Fox News beat broadcast networks on election night It also crushed in 2010, the last Republican wave. (NYT) | "Fox News is normally the dominant player in cable news, but its high ratings on Tuesday...Show More Summary

The Physics You Need To Know To Really Understand 'Interstellar'

Editor's note: There are no spoilers in this post. In fact, we strongly advise you to read this before going to see the film. Christopher Nolan's latest mind-trip "Interstellar" will be premiering in theaters across the country on Friday, Nov. Show More Summary

Epic Tuesday Night for Republicans in Washington

2 months agoIndustries / Media : FishbowlDC

Bloomberg Politics’ Griffin Hammond documented the lively and booze filled night of Republications celebrating the party gaining control of the U.S. Senate following Tuesday’s Midterm Elections. From a gathering hosted by and at theShow More Summary

'Interstellar' Animators Discovered New Physics While Creating A Black Hole For The Movie

Soon, astrophysicists will receive a physics lesson from an unlikely source: Hollywood. The movie-making business has, unintentionally, helped make something more: a scientific discovery. One that you can experience first-hand in the film "Interstellar," coming out in US theaters everywhere on Friday, Nov 5. Show More Summary

'Interstellar' Is An Ambitiously Beautiful And Wacky Adventure Into Space

“Interstellar” is one of the year's most-anticipated films. It's expected to have a huge opening weekend making north of $50 million. S o far reviews have been somewhat mixed and that may be because "Interstellar" is the sort of film...Show More Summary

Jon Stewart Drops by CNN

On this Election Day 2014, Jon Stewart is in the belly of the beast. The man responsible for the cancelation of “Crossfire” (the first time), who launched a campaign earlier this year to buy the company, and who, earlier this week, called...Show More Summary

5 Important Points About the Bill Maher-UC Berkeley Controversy

As you probably already know, the University of California, Berkeley, is embroiled in a commencement speaker controversy. Students are protesting UC Berkeley's invitation to evangelical atheist and comedian Bill Maher to speak at the...Show More Summary

Blank on Blank Creates the ‘Maya Angelou On Con Men’ Video

2 months agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

The Blank on Blank organization has created an animated video starring I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings memoirist Maya Angelou. The video embedded above features an unheard interview that took place in 1970 between the late author and Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction writer Louis “Studs” Terkel. Show More Summary

NaNoWriMo Tip #2: Get Some Pep

2 months agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

Need some pep in your step? Every year, the organizers behind National Novel Writing Month reach out to authors to write “pep talks” so that participants can turn to a source of encouragement as they work on this daunting task. SomeShow More Summary

The Price of Failure and Rise of Extremism: How Democrats Blew It

Politicians of all stripes since the dawn of time have perfected the art of feigned regret and false outrage in the face of opposition, while embracing blind indifference to their own failures. Standard fare for the left and right. But...Show More Summary

Nightcrawler Nation

When I heard my research into the amount of time local TV news spends on crime (plenty) and government (nearly nada) coming out of Jake Gyllenhaal's mouth, I could have kissed him. If he'd added that those same civically negligent, inflammatory...Show More Summary

What Makes Men 'Gay'?

David and Jason Benham aren't gay. Each is married (to a woman), and they have nine children between them. In fact, the twin brothers lost their HGTV reality show, Flip It Forward, last April, before it even got off the ground, after...Show More Summary

The Texas Tribune is 5 years old and sustainable. Now what?

The newsroom of The Texas Tribune is buzzing in the waning days of the 2014 election. Covering political contests takes a kind of muscle memory, something the nonprofit news site has accumulated since it first appeared in 2009 with the mission of covering politics, policy, and government in the capital of the Lone Star state....

Here's The Scene The MPAA Wanted To Give 'The Hobbit' Sequel An R-Rating Over

A little more than an hour into "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," there's a scene that takes place between Elvenking Thranduil (Lee Pace) and his son Legolas (Orlando Bloom) where they're interrogating a captured Orc. Thranduil ends up killing the Orc by brutally taking off his head. Show More Summary

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