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6 items from 2012


Election Results Coverage: Best, Worst and Loopiest

7 November 2012 3:43 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Barack Obama was re-elected President of the United States last night. But we'll leave the analysis of the Electoral College to CNN and other news outlets.

TV Fanatic will instead, as you might expect, focus on the world of television, specifically: which anchors handled the evening's coverage the best? Which made us laugh the hardest? And which made us wish we had taken a swig of whatever she drank before going on the air?

Best Non-Use of a Hologram: CNN, for foregoing the ridiculous, expensive way in which it transported will.i.am into its studio four years ago.

Most Colorful Network: NBC turned its iconic 30 Rockefeller into an electoral map, while tracking the results in red and blue over the front of the famous building itself. It was the place to be for anyone remotely visually impaired.

Journalist We Most Believe May Have Been Drunk: Speaking of impaired... Diane Sawyer »

- matt@mediavine.com (Matt Richenthal)

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Election Night 2012: News anchors and pundits say the funniest (and craziest) things

6 November 2012 7:42 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Presidential election nights historically bring out the best, the worst and sometimes just the weirdest in the men and women whose job it is to bring us the news.

Dan Rather was a veritable quote machine in his days at CBS, and as the results flowed in Tuesday (Nov. 6) in the contest between President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, he found a number of spiritual successors. Here's a collection of some of the head-scratchingest quotes from the night's news coverage (refresh the page for updates).

"The feeling that people have about Barack Obama, that he's a hero and a historic figure. ... I think we're finding that people really don't want to let go of that, a great many people." -- Fox News analyst Brit Hume on why the race figures to be so close in the face of a sluggish economy

"There are a lot of lawyers in Ohio. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Sterile Cuckoo

30 July 2012 2:41 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 16, 2012

Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Olive Films

The 1969 film The Sterile Cuckoo, an amalgam of comedy, drama and romance, marks the directorial debut of the late filmmaker Alan J. Pakula (All The President’s Men)

Liza Minnelli and Wendell Burton fall for each other in The Sterile Cuckoo.

Liza Minnelli (Lucky Lady) stars as Pookie Adams, a kooky coed who falls in love with a reserved young college student, Jerry Payne (Wendell Burton, Fortune and Men’s Eyes). The eccentric Pookie actively pursues the shy boyish-man and helps him through the tough first months in school. They both benefit from the relationship, with Jerry gaining self-confidence and Pookie finally coming to grips with her unhappy home life. But it’s through their awkward relationship that Pookie actually prepares Jerry for the world of “weirdos” she doesn’t fit in with.

Based on the novelby John Nichols and written by Alvin Sargent, »

- Laurence

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How Alec Uses Budget Crises To Hijack Small Towns

19 June 2012 11:02 AM, PDT | Celebsology | See recent Celebsology news »

To understand how the conservative movement has been so successful in shaping government policy over the past couple of years, it helps to take a look at the organization behind the movement. One such organization is the American Legislative Exchange Council, or Alec. Alec first drew attention for its support for Florida's Stand Your Ground law, but that’s not all they're up to: in state after state, Alec has been pushing conservative plans for education, taxes, and the environment, with The Koch brothers giving an undisclosed amount of money to the organization.

John Nichols at The Nation summarizes Alec's modus operandi:

Alec is a critical arm of the right-wing network of policy shops that, with infusions of corporate cash, has evolved to shape American politics. Inspired by Milton Friedman’s call for conservatives to "develop alternatives to existing policies [and] keep them alive and available," Alec’s model legislation reflects long-term goals: downsizing government, »

- Joe Hines

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Crowdfunded Cinema: ‘Detropia’, ‘Fat Kid Rules the World, ‘Dublin Berlin’ & More

4 June 2012 7:30 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

There are many film projects seeking funds via crowdfunding platforms these days, which offers the unique opportunity for an audience to interact and connect with a film, sometimes before the first shot is captured. This bi-weekly column will highlight projects that demonstrate potential, and deserve a closer look (and possibly a donation).

Detropia

The Gist: This documentary, which chronicles the life of the city that had once been symbolic of the American Dream and the devastating effects of economic downturn, premiered at Sundance is raising funds to release independently.

Why it Should be Kickstarted: Created by veteran documentary filmmaker team Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp, 12th & Delaware,  Freakonomics), this release will be their effort to bring their film directly to fans, hoping to spur discussion. In this own words, “This film is our truly most independent (and visual) work and a creative departure for us – we wanted it »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Nokia to sponsor this year’s UK Asian Music Awards

10 May 2012 6:10 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

The Lebara Mobile Asian Music Awards (UK Ama) is proud to announce Nokia as a sponsor of the show’s landmark 10th anniversary event at Wembley Arena on 25th October 2012. Nokia is the presenting sponsor for the UK Ama’s ‘Unsigned’ Competition, a talent search launched last month with the aim of finding the next breakthrough artist from the international South Asian community.

The ‘Nokia Unsigned’ winner will be given the opportunity to perform at this special event, in front of a capacity crowd at Wembley Arena. In addition, the ‘Unsigned’ winner will win a much coveted production deal with a leading UK record label, allowing the new talent to record music professionally with some of the country’s hottest producers.

John Nichols, Head of Marketing, Nokia UK commented: “We are delighted to support the search for a new South Asian music star with the Nokia Unsigned Award. It’s »

- Press Releases

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