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Whitney Houston and the Politics of Posthumous Pricing

Early on Sunday morning, somewhere around 4 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, the going price of “The Ultimate Collection,” a greatest-hits compilation by the newly departed musical icon Whitney Houston, jumped 60 percent on the U.K. version of Apple’s iTunes store. By Sunday night, the price had dropped, but by then The Guardian had also taken note.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 READ MORE


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And Now, This Presidential Appraisal From Scarlett Johansson

There may be untold millions of onetime Obama boosters whose feelings of hope have significantly diminished since, say, November 2008—and with good reason. But on Tuesday night, one of the president’s celebrity supporters, Scarlett Johansson, showed she’s still willing to stump for Obama at a gathering in New York that brought fashionistas and politicos together.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Lorax’ Banks on Green Marketing

Animated movies make a bundle on commercial tie-ins, but “The Lorax” presented something of a challenge for Universal. After all, you can’t have plastic replicas of Dr. Seuss’ champion of the environment piling up in a landfill somewhere. The studio found a way to cash in by greenwashing its licensing with help from the EPA and Whole Foods.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Norris Throws Down for ‘Warrior’ Gingrich

Conservative power ranger Chuck Norris has come out swinging for the GOP once again—this time, he’s willing to lend his unique celebrity brand to give Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign a boost with a memorably worded endorsement only he could compose.

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Super Bowl Scandal Du Jour: M.I.A. Flips Bird, NBC Apologizes

The funny thing about certain TV watchdogs getting their collective knickers in a twist over upstart pop star M.I.A.’s bird-flipping antics during her performance with Madonna and Nicki Minaj at Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show is that millions of Americans might otherwise have blinked and missed it.

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 READ MORE



The Huffington Post

Eastwood on Detroit: ‘Motor City Is Fighting Again’

Those who caught the Super Bowl broadcast Sunday might have heard Clint Eastwood’s gravelly growl emanating from their sets during one of the big game’s coveted ad breaks.

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Soul Train’ Creator Don Cornelius Dies

In 1970, Don Cornelius set “Soul Train” rolling into American homes in Chicago, and soon the R&B-heavy weekly broadcast became a showcase for predominantly black musical acts and a fixture on TV sets around the country—and it didn’t stop for 35 years.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE



Sony Pictures

‘Dragon Tattoo’ Shows Too Much Skin for India

India may be the world’s biggest democracy, but it has a little something to learn about free expression. Film censors have banned the Hollywood version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” because of three sexual and/or violent scenes.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE



The Consumerist

H&M Denies Plagiarizing Artist

Bargain hipster clothing store H&M apologizes “if anyone should think we have copied” Georgia artist Tori LaConsay, whose feel-good graffiti somehow found its way (without permission) onto a bunch of knickknacks. The brand now says it is following up with the artist, but not before taking its lumps on the Internet.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE



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A Year’s Worth of Street Art

Did you see the one about the Bulgarian street artists who used a little color to repurpose a public monument commemorating the Soviet takeover of their country in 1944 into a cartoonish visual joke?

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 READ MORE


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