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Yesterday I brought you the music videos of David Fincher and today I bring you his commercials. With a strong visual eye and an occasionally dark, yet playful, sense of humor, Fincher has directed commercials for companies such as Nike, Budweiser, Heineken, Coca-Cola, Apple, Motorola, Adidas, Colt 45, Levi's, At&T and Hp and in those commercials he's featured stars such as Brad Pitt, a very young Angelina Jolie, the late Dennis Hopper, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Claire Forlani, Billy Dee Williams as well as sports stars such as Charles Barkley, Michael Vick, Terrell Owens, Adrian Peterson, Ladainian Tomlinson, Troy Polamalu, Shawne Merriman and Steven Jackson. Over the next four pages I have gathered a collection of 23 of Fincher's commercials for you to preview and I'm sure you'll recognize many and yet will have never realized they were directed by the man behind Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac and his latest effort, »
- Brad Brevet
Justin appeared on 'The View' Nov. 23 and Whoopi Goldberg couldn't help but notice the hair growing on his upper lip. "It's for Movember," Justin Bieber explains to the women of The View. Movember is a movement that happens every November where men grow moustaches to raise awareness for men's health issues. Movember supports causes like The Prostate Cancer Foundation and Livestrong and clearly Justin wants to show his support! According to the official Movember website, the goal of the movement is to support cancers that affect men: "The funds raised in the Us support prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Livestrong, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Together, the three channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class »
- Eden Univer
Sport has always had a place in film and every year new movies are released around a sporting theme. This relationship between sport and movies has also seen stars of sport stepping in front of the camera for memorable movie cameos. The latest high-profile sports star to make a movie cameo is Lewis Hamilton, who stars as a self-title racing car (pictured above) in Cars 2. To celebrate the 21st November release of Cars 2 on Disney 3D Blu-ray, Blu-Ray and DVD, we take a look a ten of the best sports star cameos in film.
The morning after the night before and one of the few clues as to what went down is a live tiger in the bathroom. Mike Tyson’s tiger. In a memorable scene the outlandish boxer (playing himself) sings along to Phil Collins as he suddenly punches Zach Galifianakis. John McEnroe »
As the CBS program accuses him of illegal doping, the cycling champion tells Howard Kurtz the show is treating him unfairly. A look at the allegations and the behind-the-scenes war over Armstrong's reputation.
Lance Armstrong and 60 Minutes are on a collision course, with the cycling champion accusing the CBS program of unfair tactics in an upcoming broadcast about allegations of illegal doping by Armstrong.
The show has "basically reneged" on promises made to him, Armstrong told me Thursday night, and "everyone would be frustrated" by such treatment. He said of the producer on the story, "I would not call him a straight shooter... My version of events has never changed on this, and won't."
- Howard Kurtz
The whole world is buzzing about the late-night news that Osama Bin Laden is dead, and celebs are no different! Check out how some of Hollywood’s biggest stars reacted to the May 1 news.
Oprah Winfrey: “Does this mean the war is over?”
Lady Gaga: “Just landed. Watching CNN, what a historical moment in the fight against hatred.”
Katy Perry: “America F**K Yeah, Here To Save The Mother F**Kin Day Yeah! #necessaryusageoftheFbombday”
Demi Lovato: “USA I love my country.. We made history today…. Wow….. #isupportthetroups”
Lindsay Lohan: “Go USA!”
- William Earl
As budget wars heat up, Harry Reid, the Senate's most powerful Democrat, held a rally telling seniors that Social Security doesn't need fixing. But he's dead wrong, writes Mark McKinnon.
At a time when the country needs real leadership on entitlement reform, so that we don't end up like Greece or Portugal, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-nv) is playing pure politics of the worst sort. It sure looks like Reid is paying off the special interests that rescued him from the gallows in his last election. How else to explain how he could so blatantly ignore what is obvious to any objective observer? Right now, as we've been saying at No Labels, we need everything on the table and everyone at the table to have any chance to escape fiscal Armageddon, and Harry Reid is taking a walk and taking Social Security with him.
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- Mark McKinnon
Anheuser-Busch debuted Michelob Ultra in 2002 under the impression the active and physically fit enjoy getting drunk like the rest of us. Since then, the marketing minds behind the pale lager with 97 calories and 2.6 grams of carbs have done their damndest to promote the beverage as the beer of choice of golfers, cyclists, unbelievably attractive Ultimate Frisbee players, and Lance Armstrong. The seven consecutive Tour de France winner and individual with the world’s highest resting metabolic rate signed a three-year deal in 2009 to be the spokesperson for the Michelob offshoot, encouraging drinkers to “Live live to the Ultra.” Part of Armstrong’s duties on behalf of the brand include starring in a web series. The Ultra Reward is a multi-part program/contest which initially asked individuals in need of motivation to submit videos for a chance to win a training session with one of the most physically fit individuals on the planet. »
- Joshua Cohen
CBS Diane and Kalinda
“Ever get the feeling something bad is going to happen?” Kalinda asks early in the “Ham Sandwich” episode of “The Good Wife,” which unfolds at such a leisurely pace, it almost mocks the emotional explosions to come. Certainly, the playful title—referring to Alicia’s comment that a Chicago grand jury would “indict a ham sandwich”– doesn’t suggest the dark waters ahead. Investigator Blake Calamar, recently ousted from Lockhart, Gardner along with his boss Bond, »
- Susan Toepfer
Mike Huckabee supposedly "misspoke" when he said Barack Obama grew up in Kenya. The potential 2012 candidate and other Obama bashers need to accept that the president was born in the U.S. and is Christian-and try to beat him with ideas, argues Mark McKinnon.
Mike Huckabee has really stepped in it. I only wish I could believe it was entirely accidental. But, boy, there sure is a lot on his shoes. People like Mike Huckabee. I like Mike Huckabee. Or, I did anyway. But just because he can be charming and self-effacing doesn't mean we should excuse him from appropriate standards of conduct and character assassination.
Related story on The Daily Beast: Obama's War on Schools
- Mark McKinnon
With the Wisconsin showdown at a fever pitch, Mark McKinnon says America doesn't need public unions anymore-they silence voters' choice, redistribute wealth, and clog the political system.
The manufactured Madison, Wis., mob is not the movement the White House was hoping for. Both may find themselves at the wrong end of the populist pitchfork. While I generally defend collective bargaining and private-sector unions (lots of airline pilots in my family), it is the abuse by public unions and their bosses that pushes centrists like me to the Gop. It is the right and duty of citizens to petition their government. The Tea Party and Republicans seek to limit government growth to protect their pocketbooks. Public-union bosses want to increase the cost of government to protect their racket.
Related story on The Daily Beast: Maine's Tea Party Governor Paul LePage to NAACP: 'Kiss My Butt'
1. Public unions are big money. Public unions are big money. »
- Mark McKinnon
Instead of striving for party purity, Gop elephants and grizzlies must accept moderates and RINOs if they're going to have a prayer against Obama in 2012. Mark McKinnon on why Mitch Daniels and Haley Barbour are on the right track.
If the Gop is going to win the presidency back, we have to put more animals on the ark, not fewer. And that includes RINOs.
Related story on The Daily Beast: The Gop's Race Backslide
President Obama's proposed budget cuts offer little to thwart the deluge of debt that threatens the nation-with "endless deficit spending" and an unsustainable interest burden. While House Republicans are working furiously to stem the coming entitlement tsunami, potential Gop presidential candidates Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-in) and Gov. Haley Barbour (R-ms) are working to expand the size of the lifeboat. Having been at the helm of the ship of state, they recognize more hands on board can change the course faster. »
- Mark McKinnon
Berlin - American cycling star Lance Armstrong on Wednesday announced his second retirement from competitive cycling. The 39-year-old, who won the Tour de France a record seven times, retired for the first time in 2005, but staged a comeback four years later and finished third in the 2009 Tour. Last year he placed 23rd at the Tour after a number of crashes ruined his chance for another victory. Armstrong, who successfully fought against testicular cancer, said in a statement that he was retiring from competitive cycling to spend more time with his children and to work for his charitable foundation. 'Today, I am announcing my retirement from professional cycling in order to devote myself full-time to my family, to »
Cyclist Lance Armstrong is retiring -- or re-retiring, two-plus years into a comeback attempt that never quite got him back to the heights of his career.
Armstrong came back from testicular cancer to win the Tour de France a record seven times and channeled that into raising millions of dollars for cancer research. In recent years he's also been dogged by (never proven) allegations that he used performance enhancers during his Tour run.
"Today, I am announcing my retirement from professional cycling in order to devote myself full-time to my family, to the fight against cancer and to leading the foundation I established before I won my first Tour de France," he says in a statement.
Armstrong initially retired in 2005, shortly after winning his seventh consecutive Tour de France. He got back on the bike in 2008 and finished third in the 2009 race. Last year he finished 23rd after a crash »
Cycling ace Lance Armstrong has announced his retirement from the sport so he can "devote" himself fully to his family.
The seven-times Tour de France winner welcomed his fifth child into the world last year - his second with girlfriend Anna Hansen.
Cancer survivor Armstrong, who previously dated singer Sheryl Crow, made a cycling comeback two years ago but he has now turned his back on racing for good.
In a statement he says, "Today, I am announcing my retirement from professional cycling in order to devote myself full-time to my family, to the fight against cancer and to leading the foundation I established before I won my first Tour de France."
Armstrong's last race was during the Tour Down Under in Australia last month. »
Lance Armstrong is retiring from cycling — this time for good, apparently.
"Never say never," Armstrong joked to The Associated Press on Tuesday. "Just kidding."
Check out photos of Lance Armstrong
Calling it "Retirement 2.0," the seven-time Tour de France champ said he will miss competing, but not the intense training that goes with it. "I can't say I have any regrets. It's been an excellent ride. I really thought I was going to win another [Tour de France]," Armstrong said of his 2009 comeback. "Then I lined up like everybody else and wound up third.
"I have no regrets about last year, either," he said of his 23rd-place finish. "The crashes, the problems with the bike — those were things that were beyond my control."
Armstrong retired in 2005 after winning his seventh straight Tour de France, but returned four years later, partially to raise ...
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- Joyce Eng
Lance Armstrong has retired again from professional cycling. The 7-time Tour de France champion, who returned to the sport in 2009, plans to spend more time at the helm of Livestrong, his cancer awareness foundation. "Today, I am announcing my retirement from professional cycling in order to devote myself full-time to my family, to the fight against cancer and to leading the foundation I established before I won my first Tour de France," said Armstrong in a statement. »
- Daniel Jacobson
Ben Stiller is giving away two free tickets to the Stillerstrong Help Haiti Event he is hosting in NYC on Friday to the person who raises the most money by midnight tonight.
“Starting February 7th, the person who joins my team and raises the most money by February 9th at 11:59pm eastern will win 2 Free Tickets to the Help Haiti Event in NYC on Friday, February 11th,” Stiller has announced on his fundraising page on Edward Norton’s Crowdrise website. "I’m hosting the event which will honor Sean Penn’s relentless efforts to help Haiti. It will also raise money for our foundation and what we are doing in Haiti.
“Inspired by my first visit to Haiti in 2009, I started a unique fundraising campaign called Stillerstrong. Basically, the idea was to rip off Lance Armstrong’s wristband campaign for Livestrong, only do it with headbands. Our first campaign »
In honor of Super Bowl Xlv, we’ve got a football related giveaway for you this week, a signed Tim Tebow football to be exact. Frs Healthy Energy is a company boasting a whole line of products that ditch the caffeine and sugar and are designed to enable your body to use its own energy-producing functions to keep you in top form using the antioxidant quercetin. Not only is Lance Armstrong an Frs athlete, but Derek Fish, Jordan Romero and, of course, Tim Tebow, too. Frs gave us that signed football to handoff to one of our readers in addition to two prize packs, one of which will also go to our [...] »
- Perri Nemiroff
Supporters are as exhausted as Velma Hart, the Tea Party has momentum, and Republicans are now more trusted. Mark McKinnon on why those issues, plus nine others, spell doom for the president's reelection hopes.
President Obama's State of the Union was strongly bipartisan and made smart moves to the center, although it missed a chance to really tackle tough fiscal issues like meaningful entitlement reforms. His Arizona speechwas terrific, his favorable ratings are climbing over 50, the economy is showing steady signs of improvement, and the stock market is up. So, how could he possibly lose his reelection bid? Just ask George H.W. Bush, who had an approval rating of nearly 90 percent two years out from his reelection. $#&! happens when you are at the helm of the free world. What could happen? Let us count the ways...
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- Mark McKinnon
New York -- Two IPOs with media and entertainment industry tie-ins are on tap for this week. And given that this is the first week of 2011 with new stock market entrants, their pricings and early trading trends could help set the tone for this year's market debuts.
Media measurement giant Nielsen, the former parent of The Hollywood Reporter best known for its TV ratings data, and Internet media firm Demand Media, which creates cheaply produced evergreen content for its own and other media companies' sites, are expected to set the final price for their respective IPOs on Tuesday, then start trading Wednesday.
Nick Einhorn, research analyst at Renaissance Capital, an investment management firm that specializes in IPOs, said that any single Ipo rarely says much about market trends.
"But both of these are high-profile IPOs," he said. "If they do well, it will be a positive sign for the Ipo market. »
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