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Social Media Goes Cuckoo Bananas Over Massive Celebrity Nude Photo Leak

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Mashable (and everyone else on earth at the same time) reporting:

A massive leak of what appears to be celebrities in compromising positions has seen the Internet go into overdrive.

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On Sunday evening, a hacker posted photographs to 4Chan purporting to show dozens of stars naked or partially exposed. The images spread quickly across Twitter and other social media platforms.

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The ‘master list’ released by the hacker includes some of the biggest names in the world such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Bosworth, Kim Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson, Selena Gomez, Rihanna and many more. Read the rest of this entry »

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[PHOTOS] Actors John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands, Diane Keaton and Al Pacino

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John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands

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Diane Keaton and Al Pacino


[VIDEO] NSFW: A Tribute to Bacon

NSFW = Not Safe for Wimps - August 30 is International Bacon Day!

The holiday, which was started by a bunch of graduate students, doesn’t have the most legitimate of origins. However, does on bacon-bookreally need a reason to celebrate the glorious food that is bacon?

[Check out the book Bacon: A Love Story at Amazon.com]

In honor of this holiday, here are several ways in which you can celebrate all things bacon. As you will note, many of these ideas come from our Bacontine’s Day celebrations. Again, could any non-vegetarian say having two days devoted to bacon is a bad thing?

1. Make bacon roses. Tell your loved ones “Happy National Bacon Day!” with a bouquet of the best-smelling flowers possible. Instructions are in the video below.

2. Go to the Keystone Regional Chili Cook OffMore than 50 cooks will be competing to have their chili named the best on Aug. 30 at City Island. It’s all part of Kipona and bacon definitely has a part to play here. In fact, there will be a Kunzler Best Use of Bacon Contest. Sounds like a tasty way to celebrate National Bacon Day.

3. Eat pork belly. Specifically the kind served at Smoke BBQ in Lower Paxton Twp., which was featured on our list of 65 things to eat and drink in the midstate. The pork belly there has a jalapeño bacon glaze, which makes it Bacon Day appropriate. Read the rest of this entry »


Urban Ingenuity: Man Turns Unused Basement Room into a Log Cabin Replica for $107

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MAKE Magazine has this gem: For most of us, having a log cabin is only a place we can rent from time to time to get away from the madness in the city. Owning one is out of our reach, however building one is a different matter altogether and doesn’t require a fortune to do so, provided you have an extra room and some basic carpentry skills. Read the rest of this entry »


BREAKING: President Obama Jets to New Rochelle to Attend Wedding of his Personal Chef Sam Kass to MSNBC’s Alex Wagner

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Saturday, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are expected to attend the wedding of MSNBC’s Alex Wagner to his personal White House Chef Sam Kass.

The wedding will be held at the Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a Westchester County farm-to-table restaurant in New Rochelle, New York.

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UPDATE: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest clarified Obama’s schedule Friday afternoon, noting that he would return to the White House tonight after his fundraisers in New York. He is expected to travel back to New York on Saturday for the wedding of his personal chef Sam Kass to MSNBC’s Alex Wagner.

[Related: Secret Service: Possible Threat To President Obama During Westchester Visit]

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MSNBC’s Alex Wagner

According to Earnest, Obama decided to “sleep in his own bed,” do a little work tomorrow, and spend some time with his family before going to the wedding. Read the rest of this entry »


CNN Reporter Posts Video of Her Exit

‘A lot of folks are worried’ about their jobs, CNN reporter Lisa Dejardins says in farewell clip

For Variety reports: Former CNN Capitol Hill reporter Lisa Dejardins posted a video of her final sign off from CNN on Thursday as she prepared to leave the building after being laid off.gpoa-stamp

Dejardins, a reporter for CNN.com who was not an on-air personality, compares the mass goodbye emails from laid off CNN employees to the personal ones, finding a wide discrepancy in the general tone and niceness between the two, and expresses her disappointment CNN’s decision to get rid of a congressional reporter given the bipartisan struggle in the Capitol.

However, CNN is in the midst of expanding its digital staff in Washington, D.C. as it prepares for the 2016 presidential race. The news giant recently recruited Politico alum Rachel Smolkin as executive editor for politics to spearhead an elaborate digital initiative out of D.C. Dejardins’ departure was part of a restructuring of CNN’s Washington bureau and not part of the buyout offer. Read the rest of this entry »


Heartbreak: Chelsea Leaving NBC News

In a posting on Facebook, Clinton thanked NBC News chief anchor Brian Williams for his “stewardship” during her time at the Peacock.

In a posting on Facebook, Clinton thanked NBC News chief anchor Brian Williams for his “stewardship” during her time at the Peacock.

“While my role with NBC News may be coming to an end, I look forward to working with the NBC family well into the future.”

Chelsea Clinton has formally stepped down from her post as special correspondent for NBC News, saying she intends to focus on her work with the Clinton Foundation as well as the baby she is expecting later this year.

Clinton joined NBC News in 2011, a hire that immediately raised eyebrows in journo circles given both her history of avoiding the press and the expected 2016 presidential bid by her mother, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Read the rest of this entry »


Vintage Movie Poster: ‘Taxi Driver’ 1976

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From IMDB:

A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.

Director: Martin Scorsese  Writer: Paul Schrader  Stars: Robert De NiroJodie FosterCybill Shepherd |See full cast and crew »

Trivia:

Before Jodie Foster was eventually cast as Iris, there were more than 250 applicants for the role, including newcomers Carrie FisherMariel HemingwayBo DerekKim Cattrall,Rosanna ArquetteKristy McNichol and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Producer Julia Phillips tells in her auto-biography that Cybill Shepherd had a hard time remembering her lines during the coffee-and-pie scene with Robert De Niro. She writes that De Niro in particular was getting fed up with her and that Phillips and editor Marcia Lucas laughed over all the unusable footage they had to work with in the editing room. Read the rest of this entry »


MILLIONS of TOMATOES Senselessly MURDERED in Streets of Spain at Tomatina Festival: Can Anyone Stop the Madness?

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MailOnline‘s Emily Payne reports: The streets of an eastern Spanish town were awash with red pulp today, as thousands of people pelted each other with tomatoes during Tomatina, world’s most famous food fight.

“The horror…the horror…”

At the annual fiesta in Bunol, trucks dumped 125 tons of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000 participants – many from abroad – to hurl at the hour-long morning festivities.

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Every year, the fiesta begins at around 10am with what’s known as the palo jabon, in which brave revellers attempt to climb a greased pole to reach a ham, which has been placed at the top.

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Then a loud signal begins the onslaught of tomato madness. Tons and tons of especially grown tomatoes are thrown into the town’s main plaza, where they’re crushed, so as not to cause injury.

The fight lasts an hour and covers the whole town square with red pulp. A large scale cleaning operation involving fire truck hoses ensues. Read the rest of this entry »


Pulp Fiction Cover: ‘The Whisperer’

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Hip Kitty: Jazz & Fondue

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Miley’s Homeless VMA Date Wanted by Police


Who Needs Wall Street? Gambling Companies Bet on Hong Kong Stock Market

 Casino companies are betting on Hong Kong's equity markets to raise funds for expansion. Photo: Grand Emperor Hotel Macau

Casino companies are betting on Hong Kong’s equity markets to raise funds for expansion. Photo: Grand Emperor Hotel Macau

Gambling Firms Aim to Raise Funds for Macau, Overseas Casino Operations

HONG KONG— For WSJKate O’Keeffe & Yvonne Lee report: China’s international financial hub, located a quick ferry ride from the world’s casino capital, has seen a throng of gambling companies rush to its equity markets over the past year.macau-chip-vintage

“The Asia gaming industry should be one of the fastest-growing sectors in the next decade.”

– CLSA analyst Aaron Fischer

Since July 2013, at least six casino and VIP gambling companies have unveiled plans to list in Hong Kong, often through so-called backdoor listings. These companies are either hoping to raise funds to expand abroad or to bolster business at home in Macau at a time when the enclave’s $45 billion gambling market is suffering its first revenue declines in five years.

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Most recently, Nasdaq-listed Iao Kun Group Holdings Co. last month filed a formal listing application to go public “by introduction,” where no new funds are raised, hiring Rothschild (Hong Kong) Ltd. as its sponsor. The company is part of Macau’s junket industry, which brings high-spending gamblers from mainland China to Macau, issues them credit and collects players’ debts in exchange for commissions from casinos. Read the rest of this entry »


Congrats to Texas and Arkansas for Having the Best Desserts in the United Sweets of America


American Art: ‘The Wizard of Oz’ turns 75

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The Wizard of Oz” celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. MTV, celebrating its short attention span, has this item:

…Here’s The Whole Movie In 7.5 Seconds

So for the movie’s 75th anniversary, we decided to do something a little different to honor it: we’ve boiled it down to a 7.5 second video that sums up the real theme of the movie faster than you can click your heels three times (spoiler: it involved Dorothy screaming a lot).

Here at punditromanotherplanet, we have a better idea. Fire up the DVD player (or streaming device) make a giant bowl of popcorn, put down the mobile phone, fold up the laptop, turn down the lights, tune out the news, and watch the whole thing.

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Here’s a clip, also short, in honor the 75th, some things you may not have known about the film.

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Have you only seen The Wizard of Oz on a mid-century color TV, when it was broadcast as a national tradition, a cherished baby boomer childhood ritual? (millennials will only know this as a hand-me-down geezer story, I apologize in advance) wizOzHDWell, that was me, until a few years ago. When I first got a peek at the restored, HD version, it overwhelmed me.

[Check out The Wizard of Oz: 75th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] at Amazon]

It was as if a fuzzy, distant, sentimental dream had been suddenly transformed into a hyper-real big-screen display of potent memories, refreshed and magnified. I couldn’t watch the whole thing, all at once, it was too powerful. But I did, and I treasure it. Besides a childhood favorite, it’s an indelible, iconic giant of American cultural history. Next to the remastered Godfather trilogy, this is perhaps the most important American film to be lovingly, painstakingly remastered.

Here’s a sample of what it looks like in HD:

 


Action Comics #1: First Superman Comic Book Sells for $3.2 Million

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A pristine edition of “Action Comics No. 1,” which first introduced Superman, has sold for $3.2 million in an auction conducted on eBay.

[FLASHBACK: First Superman Comic Book Expected to Fetch Millions When it Goes Up for Auction on eBay - punditfromanotherplanet.com]

Bidding ended Sunday evening, with 48 bids received.

A copy of “Action Comics No. 1″ was put up for auction on eBay on Aug. 14, with parts of the final price going to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Bidding began at $1 million…(read more) Variety

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[VIDEO] Hong Kong: Photographer Daniel Lau’s Cuckoo Bananas Skyscraper Selfie

It starts as a video of smiling friends eating bananas but within seconds it becomes a contender for the world’s scariest selfie.

Photographer Daniel Lau pulled out his “selfie stick” to take dizzying footage of a rooftopping adventure 346m (1135 feet) above the streets of Hong Kong.

Lau, fellow photographer Andrew Tso and A.S. are seen in the video snacking while perched dangerously on the spire of The Centre skyscraper, Hong Kong’s fifth-tallest skyscraper.

The video is made all the more sickening thanks to a wide-angle lens mounted on a stick, with each pan of the camera sure to turn the stomach of those scared of heights.

攝影師 Daniel Lau 在中環中心避雷針頂端,與朋友 Andrew Tso 和 A.S. 「吃香蕉自拍」360度天台危攝片段,維港景色一覽無遺,中環「密密麻麻」的高樓大廈­也頓變渺小,成為拍攝者的背景。

 


Sacré Bleu! Maine Teen Nets Rare Blue Lobster

"That's a rare one, indeed. They have their own special dialect, and use a lot of slang, hard to understand, but they sure are pretty, aren't they?"

“Blue lobsters sometimes deal with prejudice, in the lobster community, because of their exoskeleton color. But they’re real pretty, I think.”


[VIDEO] Bill Evans Trio: ‘Waltz For Debby’ London, 1965

Bill Evans – piano, Chuck Israels – bass, Larry Bunker – drums

 


Is this the Most Powerful Woman in China?

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“She has the ability to change the course of people’s lives with a click of her mouse.”

Interview with Actress Yao Chen

The Telegraph‘s Sarah Keenlyside: “Is it like having a superpower?” I ask the actress Yao Chen as she raises her coffee cup to her lips. She breaks into a broad smile as her translator explains my meaning. “I’m getting more mature,” she says, avoiding the question. “These days I am much more careful and cautious.”

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China’s Answer to Angelina Jolie

“Stories abound of children’s operations that were paid for by donations from her Weibo followers.”

One could add the word “modest” to that list, because Yao, self-effacing as she is, has more followers on Weibo (China’s version of Twitter) than the population of Britain. That’s 71 million, in case you were wondering. And when five per cent of the population of one of the world’s most powerful (not to mention politically sensitive) countries is hanging on your every word, you have a lot of influence, no matter how cautious you are.

“When I was younger a family member shared the gospel with me. And over the course of that summer I read the Bible and it just answered all of the questions I had about life, so very soon after I was baptised.”

In fact, so great is that influence, she has the ability to change the course of people’s lives with a click of her mouse. Stories abound of children’s operations that were paid for by donations from her Weibo followers, of old ladies who put their entire savings into causes she supports – even of a condemned man who was suddenly hailed as a hero because of her impassioned online defence of his character (he was a friend of her father’s).

How did a nice middle-class actress conquer Weibo, China’s answer to Twitter, and turn herself into one of the most influential figures in the world?

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So how did a 34-year-old from a small coastal city in south-east China rise from obscurity to become one of Time magazine’s 100 most powerful people on the planet? (Forbes ranked her 83rd among the world’s most influential women.) And, more to the point, why have we never heard of her?

Let’s start with the second question. Unlike her compatriots Gong Li, Jackie Chan and Fan Bing Bing, Yao has never made a Hollywood film and speaks almost no English. Read the rest of this entry »


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