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Briefs: Adam Lambert's Narrow Escape, GLAAD Will Honor Bill Clinton, and The Science of Cats

3 April 2013 2:19 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Birthday shoutouts go to Jamie Bamber (above), who is 40, Alec Baldwin is 55, and David Hyde Pierce is 54. The GLAAD Media Awards will honor Bill Clinton. Okay, then. Towleroad has the video and translation of a wonderful, inclusive Swedish ad for mobile carrier Halebop.Busta Rhymes wants his condiments on the bun. Sorry, but I have to ask. When has he ever been a "very important person?"In ratings news, the first episode of The New Normal matched the ratings of Go On from last week, while the finale was up 8% from last week.I feared the worst when I noticed he hasn't done much on his site lately, and today Roger Ebert announced he is taking a leave of presence to fight the cancer that's returned.Save the Rainbow Crossing! (h/t Julianjoo)The Science Of Cats.

Below you can see fired Rutgers coach Mike Rice apologize for the physical »

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Top 10 Tuesday: Cartoon Franchises We Wish Were Films

2 April 2013 12:54 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

While you savored your colorful eggs, Marshmallow Peeps, and chocolate bunnies this past holiday weekend, many ventured out to their local theaters to cheer on the Joes in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Paramount Pictures’ Easter basket was overflowing as the action-figure fueled movie took in over $132 million across the globe. Here in the U.S. the Jon M. Chu sequel totaled in the $51 million range.

This isn’t the first cartoon franchise to hit the big screen and won’t be the last. When TV was king, Frankenstein, Jr. and The Impossibles, Pirates of Dark Water, Valley of the Dinosaurs teleported us to another place and the animation studio Hanna-Barbera reigned supreme in every kid’s universe.

Filmgoers have seen their beloved Saturday morning shows and comic book heroes transfer from the small screen to wildly, gigantic movie heroes. Whether you grew up with them as a kid planted in front »

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'Saturday Night Live' recap: Welcome to the Five-Timers Club, Justin Timberlake!

10 March 2013 7:02 AM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

You guys, Justin Timberlake is onto us. Here’s how this season’s most highly anticipated SNL host began his monologue last night: “There are so many exciting things about hosting five times. You get to see old friends. You get to try new things. You get to inevitably let everyone down thanks to overly high expectations — thanks, Internet!”

But unlike poor Jennifer Lawrence, Timberlake didn’t fall victim to the perils of fervent anticipation. His show was a thrilling, joyous, cameo-stuffed affair that easily ranks among this season’s best, second only perhaps to Martin Short’s Christmas episode »

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How Do Celebrity Activists Impact The Fracking Debate?

5 March 2013 2:21 PM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

New York — The scene: a Manhattan art-house theater. The cause: a campaign against the gas drilling process known as fracking that's being led by more than 100 celebrities, including Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Robert Redford, Mark Ruffalo and Mario Batali.

Outside, demonstrators in hazmat suits circle the theater. Inside, actress Scarlett Johansson attends a benefit screening of "Gasland," the documentary film that has become the movement's manifesto. Johansson tells The Associated Press that her "Avengers" co-star Ruffalo introduced her to the cause, and that she found the film "incredibly shocking."

The campaign has galvanized hundreds of thousands of followers, but as with many activist causes, the facts can get drowned out by the glitz. Now, some experts are asking whether the celebrities are enlightened advocates or NIMBYs – crying "Not in my backyard!" – even as their privileged lives remain entwined, however ruefully, with fossil fuels.

Much of the anti-fracking activism is centered in New York City, »

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