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Senator Scott Brown Asks Dadt Witness ‘What Does Expedited Mean?’

2 December 2010 11:55 AM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

Make no mistake: Senator Scott Brown is a smart man. He is a practicing lawyer who's had a very successful career and was elected to replace Senator Ted Kennedy earlier this year. So it is a bit odd that during tioday's Senate Armed Services Committee meeting over the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, Senator Brown asked a witness to explain "what does expedited mean?" Surely he knows the definition. Or was he playing to a potentially confused audience of 50 or so Cspan viewers (a demographic that almost certainly understand what "expedited" means)? »

- Colby Hall

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The Biggest Leaks From Palin's Book

19 November 2010 5:51 PM, PST | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

A New York judge has instructed media website Gawker to take down its leaked pages of Sarah Palin's upcoming book America By Heart. Sushannah Walshe previews the biggest spills, from a racially charged swipe at Michelle Obama to attacks on Levi Johnston, Eric Holder, and Idol contestants.

It's still days until Sarah Palin's new book, America by Heart: Reflections on Faith, Family and Flag hits store shelves this Tuesday, but leaked pages are popping up all over the media and only adding to the coming frenzy that is sure to accompany the political superstar's book tour, which launches in Phoenix.

Palin's last book, Going Rogue, was a massive bestseller with sales of 1 million copies in the first two weeks alone. This book is set to be an instant hit as well, with Palin describing it on her Facebook page as "a collection of essays and reflections about our exceptional country. »

- Shushannah Walshe

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The Top 20 Bestselling Politicians

7 November 2010 6:49 PM, PST | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

George W. Bush's memoir sold more than 700,000 copies in its first week on sale, but how does he compare to other political authors who have turned votes into books? The Daily Beast analyzes the sales figures.

According to Crown Publishing Group, the publisher of George W. Bush's memoir Decision Points, the former President's tome sold 775,000 copies across all formats during its first week on sale (the hardback version sold 434,000 according to Nielsen BookScan). The last nonfiction author on the house's roster to match that scale was Bill Clinton with his autobiography My Life, which sold 900,000 hardback copies during its first week.

Related story on The Daily Beast: Punching Back at WikiLeaks

But, like many former leaders, Bush did not rank among the country's bestselling titles; Clinton is one of just six former presidents who have landed atop on New York Times bestseller list for nonfiction since the list »

- The Daily Beast

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Jimmy Carter: ‘We’d Have Comprehensive Healthcare By Now If Not For Ted Kennedy’

17 September 2010 9:23 AM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

In 2008, an ailing Senator Ted Kennedy gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention that focused, in part, on the political issue closest to his heart: health care. "This is the cause of my life," he said, adding that he hoped one day soon, "will break the old gridlock and guarantee that every American—north, south, east, west, young, old—will have decent, quality health care as a fundamental right and not a privilege." But according to former President Jimmy Carter, Kennedy himself is to blame for Americans' lack of coverage. »

- Hillary Busis

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Free Flick of the Day: Grey Gardens

24 August 2010 4:18 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

There are few modern families that reach the iconic status of the Kennedys. Naturally, this is due to John F. Kennedy's presidency, womanizing, and assassination, before Robert F. Kennedy suffered a similar fate ... not to mention the continuing politics of Ted Kennedy, Chappaquiddick, and a myriad of fatal plane crashes.

But noteworthy connections swing out past the Kennedy name. There's the media-linked Shrivers and the Lawfords on the Kennedy side, plus further links through Jackie O, including Gore Vidal and the notorious Big Edie and Little Edie Beales, the subject of Albert and David Maysles' 1975 documentary Grey Gardens.

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- Monika Bartyzel

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Afternoon Meme: SyFy's Hunky "Warehouse 13," Nick Adams Works Out, and can Scarlett Manage the Egot?

14 June 2010 12:13 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Plus Bethenny's assistant isn't gay, but his hair is, streaming the Chemical Brothers, and is hunky Eddie Redmayne heading to HBO?

Isaiah Mustafa, famous for his Old Spice commercial where he encourages you to compare your man to him and find him lacking, has signed a talent deal with NBC while they figure out what to do with him. He already appeared on Oprah and was given a movie role with Tyler Perry.

MTV is auditioning TJs. Evidently that's a Twitter Jockey, and is what they replaced the VJs of my youth with. They could just promote me. Except I tweet in full words and not Txt abbreviations.

Pink Satan is in some hot water after tweeting what he claimed was an upskirt photo of 17-year-old Miley Cyrus.  The picture has been removed from his Twitter feed, but once his two million followers saw it, it’s out there.

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- lostinmiami

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2010 Media City: Official Lineup

25 May 2010 6:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan are transformed into an united experimental film mecca when the 16th annual Media City blows into those towns on May 25-29.

The fun kicks off with a (now) familiar face: It’s Kevin Jerome Everson’s 4th feature film, Erie, which has already screened at Migrating Forms and Images Festival this year. The movie is drawing rave reviews for its unique look at the communities in and around the Lake Erie region.

The rest of the festival contains lots of experimental short films and videos from Canada, the U.S. and around the world — there are lots of international programming blocks. There will be films by Robert Todd, Jem Cohen, Ben Rivers, the legendary Michael Snow and many more.

Plus, there are two retrospectives. One is of the late Dutch documentarian Johan van der Keuken, featuring many of his films from 1960 to 2000. The other is »

- Mike Everleth

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Robert De Niro brought to tears as Boston Pops pay tribute to the Kennedy brothers (IrishCentral)

19 May 2010 4:08 AM, PDT | IrishCentral | See recent IrishCentral news »

Robert De Niro was brought to tears just before the premier of the Boston Pops for "The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers" at Boston's historic Symphony Hall Tuesday night. "There's a long history," De Niro said. "I get emotional ... about the whole family," "I met John John...I've seen him when he was a little kid and his sister, and I've seen them when they were older in New York...so there's a little history," De Niro said as his voice broke and he blinked back tears. "It's hard for me to say anything else." The Boston Symphony Orchestra will perform a musical tribute to President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert and Edward Kennedy. Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris and Cherry Jones will join the orchestra reading quotes from the three brother’s iconic speeches. The Boston Pops conductor, Keith Lockhart, commissioned composer, »

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Bill Maher Goes After Obama For Oil Spill, Kennedy For Chappaquiddick

1 May 2010 2:44 PM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

To Bill Maher, nothing is sacred. And while he spent most of his career proving that by supporting those on his side of the aisle, last night he took some time to criticize public officials he has vocally supported, including the recently-deceased Ted Kennedy. Maher is "really mad" at the way the Obama administration has handled the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and refused to let go Kennedy's resistance to wind energy just because he was no longer alive. »

- Frances Martel

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HBO movie 'Senators' Bargain' shows why immigration reform failed in 2007 (IrishCentral)

24 March 2010 6:05 AM, PDT | IrishCentral | See recent IrishCentral news »

    A stunning new documentary on HBO paints a grim picture of why immigration reform went down in flames in 2007,  the summer that we all learned what "cloture" meant. "The Senators' Bargain" shows how hard the late Senator Ted Kennedy worked to drive a bargain between the two sides of the Senate during the summer of 2007. Esther Olavarria from Kennedy's office and Frank Sharry who was then with the National Immigration Forum are shown working tirelessly amid a tsunami of noise from the right-wing championed by Lou Dobbs and Ann Coulter. Dobbs and Coulter in particular shilled a shrill opposition. But the bill was also killed by pro-immigration advocates. Unlike last week's health care vote when Democrats held hands and held their noses and voted for progress, people on both sides "picked the bill to death." They nibbled it to death protesting that it wasn't good enough. Even as immigration heavyweights »

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New HBO movie captures Ted Kennedy's battle for immigration reform (IrishCentral)

23 March 2010 8:50 AM, PDT | IrishCentral | See recent IrishCentral news »

A new HBO movie shows the late Senator Ted Kennedy fighting for one of the key political causes of his life; immigration reform. The documentary airs just days after the House voted in favor of health care reform. Widow Vicki Kennedy says Kennedy would have been thrilled at Congress passing health care. "I think he would've been exhilarated. You know he was always a person about moving forward. You know, he would be thrilled and move forward," she said. And she said Kennedy might have spent quite a bit of time celebrating this victory. "I think on this one, he would take a little more time and celebrate it, I would have to say, because this one was a long time coming," she told ABC News. Another victory that Kennedy did not live to see is immigration reform, another unpopular cause that he championed. The HBO movie, "The Senators Bargain, »

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America doesn't need a royal family: it has Brad and Angelina

4 March 2010 2:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Joe Queenan on why the Us treats film stars like gods who have popped down to earth for a gambol among the ordinary folk

Things were looking pretty bleak here in Tarrytown, New York, back in January. Stores were closing left and right, people were losing their homes, nobody could find work, and out in the street it was colder than a penguin's flippers. Truly, this was the winter of our discontent. And then Keanu came to town.

Keanu Reeves, the first male movie star I ever interviewed, was in town to make a comedy called Henry's Crime, which he both produced and starred in. It was shot in a funky 19th-century music hall that sits right in back of my office building. The music hall has been used in films as varied as The Good Shepherd, The Preacher's Wife and The Purple Rose of Cairo, partly because it is »

- Joe Queenan

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Ayla Brown's Music Video Debuts, 'Cloying Vanilla Pop'

28 January 2010 8:50 AM, PST | newser.com | See recent newser news »

Not surprisingly, Ayla Brown’s Ep was released Tuesday, a mere week after dad Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat—and months ahead of its original April release. The songs emulate “that cloying strand of '90s soft-pop that emulated '80s soft-pop,” writes Chris Richards for the Washington Post , but at least “Brown’s voice is agreeable enough.” And the “vanilla-pop” lyrics “are as squeaky clean as you'd expect from a senator's daughter,” he continues. Despite the Ep’s blandness, the first video—for girl power anthem “Pick It Up”—is a must-see. Don’t have time for the whole thing? Watch Ayla looking »

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Ayla Brown's First Music Video Hits Web

28 January 2010 8:50 AM, PST | newser.com | See recent newser news »

Not surprisingly, Ayla Brown’s Ep was released Tuesday, a mere week after dad Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat—and months ahead of its original April release. The songs emulate “that cloying strand of '90s soft-pop that emulated '80s soft-pop,” writes Chris Richards for the Washington Post , but at least “Brown’s voice is agreeable enough.” And the “vanilla-pop” lyrics “are as squeaky clean as you'd expect from a senator's daughter,” he continues. Despite the Ep’s blandness, the first video—for girl power anthem “Pick It Up”—is a must-see. Don’t have time for the whole thing? Watch Ayla looking »

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Ex-wwe CEO running for state senate

21 January 2010 11:55 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ex-World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon has begun campaigning for the 2010 Connecticut state senate seat as a Republican. The wife of WWE president and current CEO Vince appeared on The View this morning and affirmed that she has a realistic shot at winning, especially now that Ted Kennedy's longtime Democratic seat in Boston has gone to a Republican. "I believe that the people of Connecticut are looking for a change in leadership in Washington to someone more conservative, who can control spending and is more fiscally responsible," she said. When asked whether her history in the wrestling ring as an occasional performer and her first-time political experience would hurt her chances, the former (more) »

- By Aaron Broverman

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The Morning Meme: "The Big Bang Theory" Fix, Textbooks in Texas, and We Love Jane Lynch

21 January 2010 5:47 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Info Meme

I feel a little guilty. Yesterday I forgot to recognize that it was National Penguin Awareness Day. I need to get around to reading The Huffington Post earlier in the day. No slight was intended, my well-dressed bird friends.

I was unaware of the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, which seems somewhat odd, considering what we do here. In any case, they have awards, called the Dorian Awards, and they tossed them at anything with a homo in it. Glee and Precious were big winners.

Richard Branson, billionaire playboy and entrepreneur, has decided to make his start of Virgin Galactic into a reality show. It won’t be his first time at the reality TV rodeo, as his flight attendant show Fly Girls, is in production for TheCW.

NPR has an exhaustive discussion of how The Big Bang Theory, your Favorite Comedy in the Gay People’s Choice Awards, »

- lostinmiami

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Scott Brown, Michael C. Hall And Bad-Weather Driving in L.A. In Today's Twitter-Wood

20 January 2010 2:00 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Scott Brown's win in the race for Ted Kennedy's U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts drew varying reactions in Twitter-Wood today. Rainn Wilson gave the election results a thumbs down. Candace Cameron gave them a thumbs up. And David Pressman thinks that Scott Brown is sexy.

In non-political controversial discussion, the recent rainstorms hitting Los Angeles have provoked predictable commentary on how residents there have no idea how to drive. Since rain in L.A. is so rare, many drivers have problems staying in control on wet Hollywood pavement. Nathan Fillon says Stan Lee is not one of them, however. Check out those tweets after the jump where you can also find out what John Lithgow had to say about his "Dexter" co-star Michael C. Hall and who Chris Rock mistook Elizabeth Banks for last night. It's all in Twitter-Wood for January 20, 2010.

Twitter Pic of the Day:

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- Brian Warmoth

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Senator Scott Brown's nude Cosmo centerfold photo surfaces!

20 January 2010 12:36 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Scott Brown, the hunky Massachusetts Republican Senator-elect, who just upset the Capital Hill power balance by winning Ted Kennedy's U.S. Senate seat, has some abs in his closet. 

Seems he once posed nude for the centerfold of Cosmo. 

Brown won the womens mag's "America's Sexiest Man" contest and appeared in the June 1982 issue, when he was a 22-year-old law student at Boston College.

"Here at Cosmo we've had bachelors go on to be actors, models and reality show stars, so we're thrilled that one has gone on to become a politician," says Kate White, Cosmo's editor-in-chief. 

"Obviously we know how to pick 'em. This particular bachelor has always had political ambitions and even admitted to being 'a bit of a patriot' when we interviewed him."

Move over, Barack Obama. You've got major competition in the swimsuit arena.

Not only is he a hunk but Brown also has an "American Idol" connection. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Massachusetts election 'American Idol' connection -- Scott Brown is not Elvis

19 January 2010 7:46 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Did you know today's election for the late Senator Ted Kennedy's vacant Massachusetts seat has an "American Idol" connection?

The Republican nominee for the Mass. U.S. Senate seat, Scott Brown, is the dad of season five semi-finalist Ayla Brown.

Ayla famously always wore some killer heels with her 6'0 frame and made Ryan Seacrest look like the Keebler elf that he is.

Below are two of her Top 24 performances. The first one is "Unwritten," which was not our favorite Ayla offering but in the video montage before the song she and her dad toss around the football as she talks about thinking her dad was Elvis when she was little. "Unwritten" is the song that got her eliminated, but she had something to fall back on -- playing forward for the Boston College women's basketball team.

The second one is a much better Ayla performance -- it's "Reflection" from Mulan. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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