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Palin Daughter's Baby Photos Spark Bidding War

31 December 2008 10:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former U.S. vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin's teenage daughter Bristol has signed a deal with an American magazine to publish snaps of her newborn son for $300,000 (GBP209,790) following a fierce bidding war, according to reports.

Bristol Palin, 18, delivered Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston in Palmer, Alaska on Saturday, People magazine reported.

And the weekly publication has reportedly snatched up the first baby photos of the tot and his mum after battling it out with rival tabloids. The bidding allegedly began at $100,000 (GBP69,930).

Alaskan governor Sarah Palin, a mother-of-five, caused a stir when she disclosed the pregnancy three days after she was nominated as John McCain's running-mate in the race for the White House in September.

The pair lost out to Democrat Barack Obama and Joe Biden in the historic election.

The baby's father is apprentice electrician Levi Johnston, who has been dating Miss Palin for three years. »

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AFI Lists 2008's Moments of Significance

30 December 2008 4:26 PM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

The American Film Institute has been issuing a variety of year’s best lists and over the weekend, a new one came to our attention:

AFI Moments of Significance may include accomplishments of considerable merit; influences with either a positive or negative impression; trends, either new or re-emerging; anniversaries or memorials of special note; and/or movements in new technologies, education, preservation, government or other areas that impact the art film, television and digital media.

The AFI Moments of Significance selections are listed below:

Slumdog Millionaire — A Celebration of the Global Film

Slumdog Millionaire stands as a monument to the possibilities of cross-cultural storytelling. Danny Boyle's masterwork is rooted in the worlds of Dickens and Dumas but captures their spirit with a visual and narrative splendor that serves as a cinematic passport to a vibrant, modern India. A love story at its core, the film is also a powerful »

- Robert Greenberger

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Sarah Palin's Daughter Delivers

29 December 2008 3:58 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Sarah Palin is a grandma at 44. What a Tripp, eh? Bristol Palin, the 18-year-old and eldest daughter of the former Gop vice-presidential candidate, has welcomed a son with boyfriend Levi Johnston. Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston was born Sunday in Palmer, Alaska, weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces, People reports. "We think it's wonderful," Colleen Jones, the sister of Bristol's grandmother Sally Heath (Sarah's mom), told the magazine. "The baby is fine, and Bristol is doing well. Everyone is excited." The teenage couple, who caught a lot of flack from some corners and an outpouring of praise and support from others, revealed they were expecting not long after John McCain »

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Sarah Palin: First-time Grandmother

29 December 2008 3:43 PM, PST | TheInsider.com | See recent The Insider news »

Bristol Palin, the daughter of former Gop vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, has given birth to her baby.   People magazine reports that 18-year-old Bristol gave birth to a 7-pound, 4-ounce baby boy on Sunday in Palmer, Alaska. Citing the sister of Bristol Palin's grandmother, the mag says Bristol and her fiancé Levi Johnston have named the baby Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston. "We think it's wonderful," Colleen Jones tells People. Jones is the sister of Bristol's grandmother Sally Heath. "The baby is fine and Bristol is doing well. Everyone is excited." Bristol's pregnancy grabbed headlines when the then-17-year-old's mother ran for vice president alongside John McCain in this year's presidential election.

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- TheInsider

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Bristol Palin Welcomes a Son

29 December 2008 3:05 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Bristol Palin, the 18-year-old daughter of former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, gave birth on Saturday to a healthy 7 lb., 7 oz., baby boy in Palmer, Alaska. "We think it's wonderful," said Colleen Jones, the sister of Bristol's grandmother Sally Heath, who confirmed the news. "The baby is fine and Bristol is doing well. Everyone is excited." The baby's name is Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston and he was born at 5:30 a.m., according to Jones. Baby Tripp takes his surname from his dad, Levi Johnston, an apprentice electrician and former Wasilla High School hockey player who has been dating Bristol for three years. »

- Lorenzo Benet

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The Top 8 Lgbt Political Videos of 2008

22 December 2008 8:18 PM, PST | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

This year, gay videos were viral.

From Keith Olbermann’s speech on gay marriage, to the Prop. 8 musical, to Wanda Sykes's take on "That's so gay," 2008 was the year that gay news made good video.

Here are our picks for the American political Lgbt videos that made the most impact this year.

Note to our international readers: much of this video may not be viewable to those outside the U.S. Our apologies! We try to limit our use of U.S.-only video, but sometimes we have to make exceptions. For more on this topic, read Sarah's explanation of why and when we use geo-blocked content.

1. Prop 8: The Musical!

This sly, star-studded response to the passage of California's Proposition 8 — starring Jack Black as Jesus — made the economic case for gay marriage in such a funny, subversive way, you can’t help but sing along.

2. Keith Olbermann: »

- sarahwarn

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Poll: 'Wall-e' or 'The Dark Knight' - Which One has the Best Chance at an Oscar Nomination?

19 December 2008 5:53 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I know the Internet has been dominated by The Dark Knight this year and that comes as a result of fanboy fervor as well as the fact it was a great movie. However, it's not the best reviewed film of the year, that distinction goes to Wall-e according to MetaCritic.com, not to mention the equal 93 point score earned by the phenomenal French film The Class, which opened today. Earlier this year I posted the following in my review of Wall-e, "Wall-e is certain to get a Best Picture Oscar nomination this year and will most likely be nominated for sound and the score." I made a similar statement in an article posting clips from the film in which I said, "I will guarantee right now that this will be nominated for an Oscar Best Picture." And then I followed that up a few days later with an article headlined "For Your Consideration, »

- Brad Brevet

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Why Obama Picked Rick

17 December 2008 6:25 PM, PST | Digital Media Law | See recent Digital Media Law news »

For a good ten minutes, I puzzled over why President-elect Barack Obama would select an anti-gay conservative preacher, Rick Warrant, to give his invocation speech. Several reasons occurred to me.

Perhaps Obama wanted to distance himself from Bill Clinton, who began his presidency on a pro-gay note by loosening restrictions on gays in the military. That didn’t turn out well for Clinton, so Obama may be taking a different tack. Maybe Obama enjoyed the controversy over his last pastor, Jeremiah Wright, so much that he wanted another brouhaha. After all, that contretemps led Obama to give a moving and well-regarded speech on race in America; maybe we’ll get a gay rights speech this time. Or possibly the soon-to-be President wanted to prove that he could pander to conservatives as well as John McCain. Watch out: If Biden gets tired of the vice-presidency, maybe Sarah Palin will get her chance after all. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Handel)

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RuPaul Offers Change We Think We Can Believe In

16 December 2008 7:25 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

As if to prove that he's both man and woman enough to embody the nation's First Couple-elect, drag deity RuPaul has posed for a picture in which he appears as both Barack and Michelle Obama. The gag is for his upcoming Logo series. Do you approve his message? Or are you wondering why John McCain and Sarah Palin have gotten shut out of the media coverage once again? If you can't sort out your feelings exactly, you can always go old-school and check out Bill Clinton making a spectacle of himself with star turned talk-show host Elvis Costello. »

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John McCain to Letterman: Don't Want to Talk about "Bleeping" Campaign

12 December 2008 1:11 PM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Unlike his last mea culpa appearance on The Late Show, John McCain was much more lighthearted during his segment on Thursday night, joking: "I don't want to talk about the bleeping campaign."

The former Republican presidential candidate sat down with David Letterman to talk about several topics: He praised President-elect Barack Obama for some of his staff choices, including Secretary of State-designate Hillary Rodham Clinton...

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- Erin Fox

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Ben Affleck Travels to Arizona -- Finds a sad John McCain

9 December 2008 | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

What will be Ben Affleck's follow-up to his highly-acclaimed directorial debut, "Gone Baby Gone"? Now that it's cool to like Affleck, everyone is anxious to know what he'll do next as a director (as an actor, indifference remains, but if you're curious, he'll be in "He's Just Not That Into You" followed by "State of Play"). The answer may be "Arizona", a fact-based drama based on the death of Don Bolles, an investigative reporter for the Arizona Republic. In 1976, Bolles was killed in a car bomb explosion as he was investigating the infiltration of organized crime into state government. Bolles was a co-founder of a group called the Investigative Reporters and Editors (Ire), whose members rallied to his cause shortly after his death, completing the work that Bolles had begun, so note to mafia: do not blow up guys who are founding »

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De Niro Wept Over Obama Election Win

8 December 2008 8:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Legendary movie tough guy Robert De Niro was so overjoyed with U.S. president-elect Barack Obama's historic election win in November, he was moved to tears.

De Niro was an outspoken supporter of the Democrat throughout his campaign for the White House, speaking at public rallies to gather financial backing for the politician's election trail.

And the veteran actor couldn't hide his emotions as Obama's win was announced - especially after his producer pal Art Linson started to well up.

He tells Britain's Sunday Times magazine, "He (Linson) cried. It was ridiculous. He cried."

When quizzed if he joined in with his pal's tears, De Niro admits, "I did (cry). I did."

And the Oscar-winner is adamant America's future would be at stake if Obama's political rival John McCain and his Republican administration had been voted into office instead.

He adds, "It would have been a disaster for our country, and the world, if it had gone the other way. Period. Thank God." »

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David Gregory fills 'Meet the Press' role

7 December 2008 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

New York -- David Gregory inherits the longest-running program on television as well as a position of power at "Meet the Press."

It's something the late Tim Russert, who was moderator from 1991 until his death in June, knew well: "Meet the Press" is the place for politicians to make their name, try to rebuild their reputations or undergo a trial by fire. It's where a dedicated audience hears from newsmakers every week. It was also, and still remains, the highest-rated Sunday public affairs program. It's what Russert built to be the top Sunday morning show for the past decade.

It's a legacy that Gregory respects and wants to continue.

"The mission is very much the same, holding our leaders accountable and being a treasured platform to do that," he said Sunday afternoon, hours after NBC News had signed him to a multiyear contract to moderate "Meet the Press." "I'm humbled »

- By Paul J. Gough

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Who's the Most Underrated Teen Star?

7 December 2008 6:01 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Can you list the most underrated teen stars of this century, like maybe Leighton Meester, or, uh, Brenda Song? —F.S.G. If I say Leighton Meester, will you stop sending me questions about Brenda Song? Please? Do we have a deal? Meantime, forget Miley Cyrus. Rent season four of The Wire and check out Jermaine Crawford, now 16, and the ridiculously hot, cradle-robbery-worthy Tristan Wilds, 19, who's currently being wasted on the revamped 90210. I am a huge Jonas Brothers fan, and I was wondering if either Joe or Kevin voted? If so, who did they vote for? I'm hoping that if they did vote that they voted for John McCain. —Bethany Per their publicist, "We don't »

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Tubefilter Tuesday Picks - December 2, 2008

2 December 2008 5:11 PM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

It's safe to say that this week's web series picks are the only place that gives you a tasty mix of John McCain-loving sexy neo-cons with a side of spooky Massachusetts high school girls and topped-off with a creepy middle-aged New Jersey man. How do we even begin to pull a theme out of that? We can't. But we watched them, laughed, were creeped out a little, and laughed a little more. So here they are - Oldbury Hill, The McCaingels and The Speed Creeper. Oldbury Hill The premise of this thriller from OurTVSpace and creator Doug Kirkpatrick is like 90210 in reverse—a high school senior moves from Beverly Hills to a small sleepy town in Massachusetts (fictional Oldbury Hill) and tries to fit in to her new life and new school all while trying to figure out a "centuries old dark secret that threatens to change the world. »

- Tubefilter News

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Best of 2008: Complete and Total Speidi Overload!

28 November 2008 9:01 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Bad videos, worse outfits, melons, bikinis and...John McCain! Speidi stepped in all of it during the last year and then topped it off with, of all things, a wedding. Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt were the celeb couple that kept on giving in 2008, and we celebrate their headline-nabbing exhibitionist ways in our Speidi overload gallery, part of E! Online's year-end spectacular Replay '08. Ogle our Speidi gallery Get all the year's best in Replay '08! »

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From Barack to Brad & Angelina: Meet the 8 of '08

27 November 2008 12:01 AM, PST | TheInsider.com | See recent The Insider news »

The year of 2008 was remarkable for a variety of reasons, politically and entertainment-wise, and now "The Insider" is singling out eight remarkable persons for their incredible impact: The "8 of '08." Kicking off the list is Miley Cyrus, currently lending her voice to the animated family film 'Bolt' opposite John Travolta. From movies to magazines to her second album Breakout debuting at No. 1, Miley is taking the world by storm -- all before the age of 16! "At the end of 2007, I said that I wanted 2008 to be the year of total adventure," said an appreciative Miley. "God granted my wish to the fullest extent." Next up it's Kim Kardashian at No. 7 on our list: Whether she was giving it her all on "Dancing with the Stars," fighting with her family on her hit reality show "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" or simply getting a pedicure on Hollywood.TV, the fascination with Kim is never-ending. »

- TheInsider

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McCain Campaign Over, but Battle Over Unauthorized Song Rages On

20 November 2008 10:27 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

As far as John McCain is concerned, it's Jackson Browne who's the pretender. The beaten Republican presidential nominee is firing back at the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, claiming Browne is so desperate for publicity to boost his career that he sued McCain for using "Running on Empty" during a TV commercial. The Arizona senator has filed a pair of motions in response. The first seeks to have the suit tossed, claiming McCain's unauthorized use of the 1978 hit was covered under fair use provisions of federal copyright law. "Given the political, non-commercial, public interest and transformative nature of the use of a long-ago published song, the minuscule amount used and the lack of any »

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Baldwin: 'Obama Comment Was A Joke'

19 November 2008 3:57 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Republican actor Stephen Baldwin will stay in the U.S. - he was "just joking" when he vowed to flee the country if Democratic politician Barack Obama was elected president.

The star stunned fans when he appeared on U.S. TV show Fox News and made the promise, poking fun at his liberal brother Alec, who reportedly announced in 2000 he would move abroad if George W. Bush was voted into the White House.

A string of Obama-supporting stars - including Seal, Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin and Michael Stipe - similarly vowed to leave the country if Republican John McCain was the eventual victor this year.

But just two weeks after Obama was named the 44th U.S. President, Baldwin has backtracked on his pledge - insisting the remark was made in jest.

He tells New York gossip column PageSix, "The liberal Democrats who didn't get that I was joking need to lighten up. Obama is obviously talented and intelligent, and I have great respect for the man.

"He's got my full support, and I'm gonna be praying for him and his administration." »

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Howard Hated Acting For Obama Video

18 November 2008 5:37 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former Happy Days star Ron Howard hated reprising his most famous acting roles for a pro-barack Obama video - and he can't wait to have it pulled from the Internet now the presidential race is over.

Howard rolled back the years to play Opie Taylor from The Andy Griffith Show, as well as Richie Cunningham alongside Henry Winkler from Happy Days, in a video urging Americans to choose Obama over his Republican rival John McCain.

Now the Democrat has secured his place in the White House, Howard admits he is itching to take the promo off the net.

He says, "The video's still online. I'll pull it off in a couple of weeks. I never do endorsements but I felt so strongly about Obama's candidacy that I went and did it. I felt it was a time where our country and our democracy needed to show the world and prove to ourselves that it works and we can change" »

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