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Male Breast Cancer Survivor Speaks Out on His Surprising Diagnosis: 'I Was Embarrassed'

Male Breast Cancer Survivor Speaks Out on His Surprising Diagnosis: 'I Was Embarrassed'
Michael Singer had ignored the small lump under his left nipple for months, when he finally decided on a whim to mention it to his doctor during an exam in December 2010.

After a surgical biopsy, Singer returned to the clinic five days later to get his stitches removed and was floored when the doctor said, “Mike, I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but you have stage 2 breast cancer.”

“I thought, ‘No way — men don’t get breast cancer,'” recalls Singer, a retired federal government facilities manager from New York City, now 57. “What in the world is he talking about?
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Batman & Robin had a prop made from 450 Santa wigs

Simon Brew Feb 9, 2017

1997's Batman & Robin needed, for some reason, giant magenta gorillas. Turned out they were made from Santa Claus wigs...

It would be correct to say that very few people pick 1997’s notorious movie Batman & Robin as their favourite Dark Knight adventure. The film wasn’t an outright flop, but the critical slamming it received left the Batman movies in a darker place than usual, and plans for future sequels in tatters. It would take Christopher Nolan’s 2005 adventure, Batman Begins, to bring the series back to life.

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As was pretty much the norm for major blockbuster films in the 1990s, Batman & Robin’s release was accompanied by an official ‘making of’ book. When we recently picked up a copy and read through it,
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Whoops! Sarah Michelle Gellar Mistakenly Tweets #RIPBoyGeorge In George Michael Tribute Tweet

Looks like somebody wasn’t paying attention too closely during the ’80s after Sarah Michelle Gellar made an embarrassing mistake on Twitter following the death of George Michael by confusing him with a different musical hitmaker from the that era. Following news that Michael singer had passed away at age 53, the former “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” […]
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Batman & Robin: 25 things we learned from its making-of book

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Gorilla suits in Batman & Robin were made from old Santa wigs. And that cape swoosh? It was some old tarp...

It’s less of a thing now, but in the 1980s and 1990s, major blockbusters were sometimes accompanied by a making-of book. Sure, these tended to be quite glossy and promotional, but they also had to fill 100-200 pages with something. And in the case of Batman & Robin, one of 1997’s two notorious blockbuster flops (Speed 2 being the other), Michael Singer penned a 128 page guide to what was supposed to be the biggest film of the year.

It’s interesting, too, digging in far more detail than you might expect into the technical details. Here are 25 of the things that we found out from reading it…

1. Bob Kane was involved with the script

Batman co-creator Bob Kane is one of the many interviewees for the book, and
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‘Gravity’ Wins Publicists Award for Top Movie Campaign

Hollywood union publicists have selected Warner Bros.’ “Gravity” as the winner of its Maxwell Weinberg award for top movie campaign last year.

“Gravity,” which has grossed $703 million worldwide, won over Sony’s “American Hustle,” Universal’s “Despicable Me 2,” Fox’s “The Heat” and Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks.” The award was announced at Friday’s 51st Annual International Cinematographers Guild Publicists Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven,” from 20th Century Fox TV, copped the Weinberg TV trophy, winning over three other 20th TV titles — “Glee,” “The Crazy Ones” and “How I Met Your Mother” — along with CBS’ “The Good Wife.”

Guild president Steven Poster called for a moment of silence at the top of the show in recognition of the accidental death last week of second assistant camerawoman Sarah Jones, a member of the guild, which operates as Local 600 of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.
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Publicists Guild Awards Winners Announced

The campaign teams from Warner Bros’ Gravity and FX’s American Horror Story: Coven came away with the respective Maxwell Weinberg Publicist Showmanship Award for Motion Pictures and Television at today’s 51st annual Icg Publicists Awards. Michael Singer received the Les Mason Lifetime Achievement Award. Other winners announced at the Beverly Hilton luncheon ceremony were Access Hollywood‘s Scott Mantz (American Press Award), former HFPA President Philip Berk (International Media Award). Peter Fountain (Excellence in Still Photography, Motion Pictures) and Michael Yarish (Excellence in Still Photography). Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger were presented with the Motion Picture Showmanship Award by the Divergent duo of Shailene Woodley and Theo James, and Shonda Rhimes received the Television Showmanship Award from her Scandal actor Tony Goldwyn. Jerry Lewis also was on hand to accept his Lifetime Achievement Award. A complete list of winners follows. Motion Picture Showmanship Award Rob Friedman,
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Publicists Guild Nominees Announced; Mike Fleming Back For More

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The Publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild (Iatse Local 600) have announced some of this year’s nominees, with winners to be unveiled at the 51st annual Awards Luncheon on February 28 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Last year, Deadline’s Pete Hammond and Mike Fleming were both nominated for the American press award, with Hammond winning for a second time (he’s the only U.S. journalist to win it twice). This year Fleming is back on the nominee list alongside Variety‘s Tim Grey, Entertainment Weekly‘s Jeff Jensen, Access Hollywood‘s Scott Mantz and ComingSoon.net’s Ed Douglas. Here are the rest of the noms unveiled today: Les Mason Lifetime Achievement Award Sharon Black, director of written communications, Warner Bros. Pictures Maureen O’Malley, senior staff publicist, Warner Bros. Pictures International Michael Singer, VP marketing and publicity, Jerry Bruckheimer Films Murray Weissman, founder/chairman of Weissman/Markovitz Communications Deborah Wuliger,
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Variety’s Tim Gray Among Publicists Guild Nominees

Variety senior VP and awards editor Tim Gray and Deadline Hollywood’s Mike Fleming are among nominees for the Press Award of the Publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild (Iatse Local 600).

The Publicists Guild annual awards luncheon will be held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Feb. 28.

Members of the guild nominated for the Les Mason Lifetime Achievement Award are Warner Bros.’ Sharon Black, Warner Bros. Intl.’s Maureen O’Malley, Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ VP Michael Singer, Weissman/Markovitz Communications founder Murray Weissman and Deborah Wuliger, unit publicist.

Also nominated for the Press Award are ComingSoon.net’s Ed Douglas, Entertainment Weekly’s Jeff Jensen and Access Hollywood’s Scott Mantz. Nominees for the International Media award are Nelson Aspen, Australia; Philip Berk, Australia; Peter Michell, Australia; Elisabeth Sereda, Austria; and Lynn Tso, Taiwan.

Nominees for Excellence in Unit Still Photography in Motion Pictures are John Bramley, Peter Mountain, Dale Robinette,
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Bruckheimer Releasing Career Coffee Table Tome

Bruckheimer Releasing Career Coffee Table Tome
Pirates of the Caribbean. National Treasure. CSI. Top Gun. Beverly Hills Cop. Flashdance. The Amazing Race. Uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer's career-spanning work over 40 years has made him one of the most legendary producers in Hollywood, and now his incredible legacy is being immortalized in a new, visually-arresting coffee-table book: Jerry Bruckheimer - When Lightning Strikes: Four Decades of Filmmaking.

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With a foreward by Bruckheimer's frequent creative collaborator Johnny Depp, Jerry Bruckheimer - When Lightning Strikes: Four Decades of Filmmaking commemorates the uber-producer's entire career so far, from his early years in advertising, all the way through to his most recent blockbusters, with inside stories behind the projects written by Bruckheimer's VP of Publicity, Michael Singer, who has worked beside the producer in deserts, on tropical islands, and at every conceivable filming location in between.

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Fifth Estate Red Carpet Premiere Photos; Plus New Clip Stars Benedict Cumberbatch

DreamWorks Pictures’ The Fifth Estate, a dramatic thriller based on real events, had its Red Carpet Gala Worldwide Premiere at the opening night of the Toronto Film Festival at Roy Thompson Hall.

Among “The Fifth Estate’s” distinguished cast and filmmakers in attendance for the Red Carpet Gala on September 5th included stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander and Carice van Houten, as well as director Bill Condon, screenwriter Josh Singer and producers Steve Golin and Michael Singer.

Photos by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for DreamWorks Pictures/AP Images.

Read Variety’s Toronto Film Festival review here: http://variety.com/2013/film/reviews/the-fifth-estate-review-toronto-1200601032/

Check out the brand new clip from the film.

Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, The Fifth Estate reveals the quest to
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Oprah is pushing a new guru! by Roger Friedman

I don’t know how she does it: it was only six years ago that Oprah Winfrey was touting new age nut Eckhart Tolle as the all time genius of the world. He was her spiritual mentor. Winfrey actually ran podcasts and internet classes with the guy who has since quietly vanished from the spotlight. Now, maybe because she’s in her own personal crisis with her Own network, Oprah is pushing a new guru. (She still hawks Marianne Williamson.) This guy is named Michael Singer, author of a book called “The Untethered Soul.” But Michael Singer is indeed better known in his hometown of Alachua, Florida as Mickey Singer. And in 2005 he was indicted in a massive government fraud case against his company Medical Manager Health Systems, which was an offshoot of WebMD. http://www.gainesville.com/article/20051216/Local/212160339 Singer was accused with nine others of inflating Medical Manager Health Systems profits,
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Publicists Guild Nominations Announced

The Publicists Guild has announced its 48th annual award nominees in four categories.

For the Les Mason Lifetime Achievement Award, the nominees are Jennifer Allen of Viewpoint Inc.; Tony Angellotti of the Angellotti Co.; unit publicist Rob Harris; Michael Singer of Jerry Bruckheimer Films; and Murray Weissman of Weissman/Markovitz Communications.

For the Press Award, the nominees are Geoff Boucher and Claudia Eller of the Los Angeles Times; Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly; Tom O'Neil of Gold Derby; and Sharon Waxman of the Wrap.

For the International Media Award, it's down to Philip Berk of Australia/Malaysia; Jose Ignacio Cuenca of Spain; Elaine Lipworth and James White of the U.K.; and Stevie Wong of Asia.

For excellence in unit still photography in motion pictures, the finalists are Frank Masi, Jamie Trueblood, Darren Michaels, Barry Wetcher and Michael Yarish. In the TV category, nominees are Michael Desmond, Danny Feld, Ron Jaffe,
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Film Department no longer going public

Film Department no longer going public
The Film Department, the indie production and distribution company which Mark Gill and Neil Sacker founded in 2007, no longer plans to go public.

The company said Wednesday that it has withdrawn its registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and that it is negotiating with private investors to raise $200 million in equity and debt that will be used to finance the production and distribution of five to 10 films per year.

In charting the new course, the company cited several developments: It has signed a U.S. home entertainment deal with Fox, and it has an output deal, through the Weinstein Co., with Showtime.

The Film Department said that it's improved its financial position over the past 12 months by more than $75 million, by paying off more than $60 million in debt and raising $15 million in additional private equity. In that same period the company has also generated more than
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/Film Visits The Set of Prince Of Persia - Part 1

It has been over a year since I boarded a plane to London to visit the Pinewood Studios set of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Disney's big screen adaptation of the popular video game. It's a one hour ride from our hotel near downtown London to Pinewood Studios. Prince of Persia has taken over the UK-based production studios, currently occupying eight out of ten of the sound-stages on the lot. Our shuttle driver drops us off on Goldfinger Ave, and we enter a building numbered Building Seven. Posters line the walls of every building in Pinewood, showing some of the many movies that have been filmed at the studio. In the lobby of Theater Seven, the posters include Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Hellboy 2, The Mutant Chronicles and Quantum of Solace. It is in this lobby that we meet with Michael Singer, the unit publicist
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Jerry Bruckheimer and Jordan Mechner Delve Into Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Last week I was invited down to Santa Monica to the offices of Jerry Bruckheimer Films to check out the brand new trailer for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which is set for a release date of May 28, 2010 ( to watch both the domestic and international trailer for the film). Of course, we weren't invited all the way down to the west side just to watch a trailer before anyone else, we got to talk to two of the men responsible for bringing this film to the big screen. Jordan Mechner created the original video game in 1989 and also the more recent games from Ubisoft (which serve as more of a basis of the film than the original game, as he will explain), and he also wrote the original drafts of the script and serves as the executive producer. Mechner was also responsible for getting his video game to Jerry Bruckheimer,
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