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Studios to Stars: No Twitter for You

There was a time when Hollywood studios kept their stables of stars on a short leash, keeping close watch over their public personas and even arranging their marriages. Actors at least appear to have more leeway these days, but some studios are requiring that they refrain from broadcasting the minutiae of their daily lives via social media like Facebook and Twitter.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 READ MORE


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God Gets the R. Crumb Treatment

Drawing God is an age-old challenge, but ultra-quirky illustrator R. Crumb was up for it—although it took a lot of white-out to do the job, which seems fitting somehow. Crumb tackled the first 50 chapters of the Old Testament in his latest creation, simply titled “The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb,” and lo, it is good.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 READ MORE


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Michael Kazin on Dorothea Lange and the Great Depression

Two new books explore the cultural achievements of the 1930s that continue to shape the American imagination.

Posted on Oct 16, 2009 READ MORE


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Turkish TV Show Causes Conflict With Israel

A Turkish television series, “Separation,” caused a diplomatic clash between Turkey and Israel after an episode this week portrayed an Israeli soldier shooting and killing a Palestinian baby. The fictional scene was shown on Israeli television Wednesday and drew criticism from Israel’s foreign minister Thursday.

Posted on Oct 15, 2009 READ MORE


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Pepsi Amps Up the Sexism with Pickup App

PepsiCo Inc. ran into trouble trying to be all hip and stuff with an iPhone app aimed at young male consumers of Amp energy drink. It was bad enough that the app was built around the charming idea of bagging 24 different types of women—and then posting the conquests online. Almost worse was the company’s Twittered apology after reception of its “Amp Up Before You Score” app fell flat.

Posted on Oct 14, 2009 READ MORE


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Swinton vs. Trump in Golf Resort Dispute

Donald Trump is plotting to plop down a deluxe golf resort in an “environmentally sensitive” part of Scotland—a plan that’s getting some of the locals good and riled up, including actor Tilda Swinton, according to the AP. Swinton has added her name to a petition signed by some 15,000 Scots to block Trump from breaking ground, which does not please The Donald.

Posted on Oct 13, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Jae C. Hong

The Victims of Pornography

Pornography does not promote sex. It promotes masturbation. It promotes the solitary auto-arousal that precludes intimacy and love. Pornography is about getting yourself off at someone else’s expense.

Posted on Oct 11, 2009 READ MORE



‘A Bomb in Every Issue’

A new book on Ramparts Magazine, “A Bomb in Every Issue,” marks the significant contribution of the alternative San Francisco-based publication that gave a viable and legitimate voice to 1960s radicalism. Check out the NYT’s review of it here.

Posted on Oct 9, 2009 READ MORE


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telegraph.co.uk

Japanese Anti-Flu Suit Lets Wearers Fight H1N1 in Style

Worried about catching the dreaded swine flu? Need to update your wardrobe with some stylish and tailored work solutions? You can do both with the Haruyama Trading Co.’s dapper new anti-flu business suit. That, or you could smear yourself in toothpaste, which isn’t exactly the best look for the workplace.

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Roberto Pfeil

Swiss Nix Polanski’s Bail Request

After his legal team came up short Tuesday with its request that Swiss officials reconsider his recent arrest and release him on bail, film director Roman Polanski remained behind bars, unable to spend his time awaiting his fate from his resort home in Gstaad.

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE


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