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  • As ESPN Got More Political in 2016, It Lost Republican Viewers

    04/28/2017 3:41:15 AM PDT · by C19fan
    Deep Root Analytics ^ | April 27, 2017 | Staff
    Yesterday, it was announced ESPN is laying off upwards of 100 employees – many of whom are prominent on-air talent. The challenges facing ESPN are newly discovered; a lot has been written about ESPN’s recent decline in ratings and subscriptions. FOX Sports – the primary TV competitor to “the worldwide leader in sports” – has enjoyed twisting the knife as ESPN faces cutting on-screen talent to make up for budget shortfalls. The FOX blog “Outkick the Coverage” has attributed ESPN’s decline to the rising partisanship coming out of Bristol, labeling the network “MSESPN” in pieces like this one, headlined “ESPN...
  • Well, this is an interesting take...

    04/27/2017 5:56:26 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 25 replies
    Twitter ^ | 27 April 2017 | From Twitter
  • Ridley Scott: Aliens exist and they will come for us

    04/27/2017 5:06:46 PM PDT · by Mariner · 77 replies
    Sky News ^ | April 27th, 2017 | Unattributed
    Film director Ridley Scott has revealed he is convinced that aliens are really out there - and one day they will come for us. The veteran filmmaker is preparing to release the sixth film in the Alien sci-fi horror series, Alien: Covenant, next month. He said: "I believe in superior beings. I think it is certainly likely. "An expert I was talking to at NASA said to me 'have you ever looked in the sky at night? You mean to tell me we are it?' That's ridiculous. "The experts have now put a number on it having assessed what is...
  • What Fans of The Handmaid’s Tale Prefer To Ignore

    04/27/2017 11:23:57 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | April 27, 2017 | Heather Wilhelm
    Exciting news, America! In case you haven’t heard, we’re living in The Handmaid’s Tale. Normally, I would take this shot of news with a chaser of instant panic, given that The Handmaid’s Tale — first published by Margaret Atwood in 1985 and now elevated to larger-than-life status with a much-ballyhooed new miniseries on Hulu — is a downright nightmarish story. In Atwood’s dystopian world, a sinister cabal of fundamentalist Christians (it’s always those dastardly Christians, it seems) seizes power, transforming what remains of the United States into the cruel Republic of Gilead. In this terrifying new world, certain fertile women...
  • ESPN Publishes Poetry Tribute To Fugitive Cop Killer on FBI Most Wanted List

    04/27/2017 10:54:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Heat Street ^ | April 27, 2017 | Lukas Mikelionis
    The failing sports network ESPN, which is quickly losing its audience thanks to its overtly liberal pandering, has published a poetry tribute to a convicted cop killer who’s on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list. Just a day before the network laid off 100 employees, including most of its on-air talent, it published five poems about feminism and political resistance on its website’s section aimed at women. This was first noticed by The Federalist.
  • UC Berkeley to Offer Class on Fake Language from ‘Game of Thrones’

    04/27/2017 10:32:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 27, 2017 | Jerome Hudson
    Students at the University of California Berkeley may not be able to hear conservative commentator Ann Coulter speak on campus — however, they can take a school-sanctioned course on a made-up language used in a popular HBO fantasy show. The university, already embroiled in a free speech controversy, reportedly plans to offer a six-week course inspired by the fictional Dothraki and High Valyrian languages used by characters on the HBO series Game of Thrones.
  • Bill Nye Trashes People With Large Families, Wants Them Penalized for Having “Extra Kids”

    04/27/2017 9:29:19 AM PDT · by Morgana · 61 replies
    Life News ^ | April 26, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    Bill Nye “the Science Guy,” famous for hosting a children’s educational TV show, is not as kid-friendly as he initially may appear. An abortion advocate, Nye recently hosted a new Netflix show that The Federalist describes as bordering on eugenics. The episode “Earth’s People Problem” is part of the Netflix series “Bill Nye Saves the World.” In the half-hour show, Nye and several panelists discuss how they think large families and population growth are affecting the world, according to the report. One of those panelists is an abortionist named Nerys Benfield who practices at the Montefiore Medical Center in New...
  • Alien: Covenant | Prologue: The Crossing | 20th Century FOX [Video]

    04/27/2017 8:37:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 26, 2017 | Staff
    The Crossing, an official prologue short to Alien: Covenant, reveals what happened to crew members Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and the synthetic David after the events of Prometheus. Set aboard an abandoned Engineer vessel, Dr. Shaw repairs David as they continue their search for humanity’s creators.
  • Tale of the Tapes ("13 reasons Why" review)

    04/27/2017 6:37:58 AM PDT · by outofsalt · 2 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 04/29/2017 | Megan Basham
    "If you’re over the age of 30, you may never have heard of 13 Reasons Why, a best-selling young adult novel that Netflix has adapted into a hit series. But chances are just about every teenager you know has. In the course of one week, four parents of adolescents called or emailed to ask me (the author) about the drama that premiered on March 31, saying their kids and all their kids’ friends are buzzing about it."
  • Journalists fire back at ‘dirtbags reveling in ESPN’s layoffs’

    04/26/2017 1:27:47 PM PDT · by C19fan · 81 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 26, 2017 | Cindy Boren
    Job cuts, whether they’re called layoffs or buyouts, are an unpleasant fact of life and when they hit a sports-media company that bills itself as “the Worldwide Leader,” they’re a hot-button target. Plenty of social media users, unhappy at the network’s emphasis on debate and de-emphasis on news, were happy to see misfortune strike the company. Of course, the people affected have lives and families and mortgages and pets and the company’s Bristol, Conn., campus was “in shock” and “frozen” by the departures of what could be 100 colleagues. Others in media, where layoffs and cuts are frequent, felt their...
  • Like it or not, ESPN isn't sticking to sports

    04/26/2017 1:23:30 PM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    ESPN ^ | April 12, 2017 | Jim Brady
    “Hey, ESPN: Stick to sports.” I’ve read thousands of social media posts and reader emails about ESPN over the past 15 months. If there’s one phrase that tends to surface most frequently, it’s that chestnut suggesting the network’s only proper place is in the athletics lane.
  • Fallon still losing ratings war — but winning where it matters

    04/26/2017 9:08:46 AM PDT · by lacrew · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 25, 2017 | Richard Morgan
    The late-night TV audience appears to be splitting into two distinct groups, ratings data out Tuesday reveals. While “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” attracted more total viewers for the 12th straight week — widening its lead last week over its NBC rival — NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” for the week ended April 21, widened its lead in the demographic favored by advertisers.
  • Did Mark Hamill Ruin 'Last Jedi' Twist in 1980s Interview With Gene Siskel?

    04/26/2017 8:50:34 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    April 25, 2017 ^ | April 25, 2017 | Ryan Parker
    Odds are, the story has completely changed, but who knows for sure. Ah! Decades-old spoiler alert! Mark Hamill may have spilled the beans about his iconic Star Wars character years ago while doing an interview with the late film critic Gene Siskel around the time Return of the Jedi was released. In the unearthed interview, Hamill said George Lucas explained to him his layout for the prequels and also told Hamill to be ready, because he had plans for Skywalker many years down the road.
  • ESPN To Cut About 100 Employees; Layoffs To Be Made Public Today

    04/26/2017 6:37:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Sports Business Daily ^ | April 26, 2017 | John Ourand
    ESPN will lay off around 100 of its on-air and online anchors, reporters and analysts today, sources tell THE DAILY. So far, no specific names have been confirmed; they are expected to start becoming public this morning. ESPN is not announcing officially who is getting let go. Most of the people who are being laid off are not based in Bristol, which means much of the talent will learn their fate via a phone call. Execs making those calls this morning include Senior VP/Event & Studio Production Stephanie Druley, Senior VP/”SportsCenter” & News Rob King and Senior Coordinating Producer Seth...
  • 'Star Wars': The Impossible Task Facing 'Episode IX'

    04/25/2017 6:47:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    No, the potential problem with Episode IX is its strange placement in the bigger Star Wars picture. It is, technically, a final chapter to the current trilogy, if not the entire "Skywalker Saga" that has run through seven of the eight Star Wars movies to date. Fandom had long considered the model of a trilogy of trilogies to be the length of the series, even before The Force Awakens was announced, so there's a double weight of expectations resting on it from the very start; it has to not only tie up the themes and plots of the past two...
  • Chris Pratt Says: ‘Blue-Collar Americans’ Not Represented in Hollywood, Then Promptly Apologizes

    04/24/2017 1:08:44 PM PDT · by drewh · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 24 2017 ast | Jerome Hudson
    Actor Chris Pratt, one of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars, has apologized for saying his industry does not represent “the average, blue-collar American.” In an interview with Men’s Fitness, the Parks and Recreation alum decried the disparity of roles that “resonate” with him. “I don’t see personal stories that necessarily resonate with me, because they’re not my stories,” Pratt told the outlet. “I think there’s room for me to tell mine — and probably an audience that would be hungry for them. The voice of the average, blue-collar American isn’t necessarily represented in Hollywood.” It did not take long before social...
  • Bill Nye Saves the World

    04/24/2017 12:13:11 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04/21/2017 | Netflix
    A scene from the April 21, 2017 premiere of Bill Nye's new show, Bill Nye Saves the World.
  • Report: Megyn Kelly to Make NBC Debut in June

    04/24/2017 12:06:54 PM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 24, 2017 | Daniel Nussbaum
    Former Fox News host Megyn Kelly is set to make her long-anticipated debut at NBC News in June, according to a report. Kelly will report for duty at NBC in May, with her Sunday newsmagazine show eyeing a June launch date, according to the New York Post‘s Page Six. Former Dateline executive producer David Corvo will reportedly EP the new show alongside NBC producer Elizabeth Cole.
  • The Handmaid’s Tale Star Yvonne Strahovski: “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights” — Tribeca Studio

    04/24/2017 9:26:55 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 20 replies
    Deadline ^ | April 23, 2017 | Matt Grobar
    Like her co-star, Strahovski is perturbed by parallels between the reality of the Hulu series and reality itself, finding the timing of the project to be particularly interesting, beginning production pre-election, watching the election results come in, and continuing on with the series following this apparent turning point. “The Handmaid’s Tale is a human story, and women’s rights are human rights, and it’s all about equality, but at the end of the day, it’s not equal,” the actress says of the series’ resonance. “You need a feminist movement—you need to label that with something in order to shed light on...
  • Sean Hannity Accused of Sexually Harassing Fox News Contributor

    04/24/2017 5:00:40 AM PDT · by Road Warrior ‘04 · 77 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/24/17 | Road Warrior '04
    Sean Hannity is the latest Fox News personality facing allegations of sexual harassment.During a Friday interview with Tulsa, Oklahoma-based radio host Pat Campbell, former Fox News contributor Debbie Schlussel accused Hannity of inviting her to his hotel room before and after a debate with a pro-Palestinian guest in Detroit. Schlussel said she rejected Hannity’s alleged advances and that she was never invited on his show again.