“I did an awful, awful lot that was wrong,” John Edwards said. “I am responsible. I don’t have to go any further than the mirror. It’s me and me alone.”
The one time President hopeful was found not guilty of using campaign funds to hide his extramarital affair, and a mistrial was declared on five other counts.
John Edwards arrives at a federal courthouse during the eighth day of jury deliberations in his trial on charges of campaign corruption in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, May 30, 2012. Edwards has pleaded not guilty to six counts related to campaign finance violations over nearly $1 million from two wealthy donors used to help hide the Democrat's pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
The Justice Department offered no indication on whether it would Edwards.
In a interview, one juror said “it was real divided” when asked about the deliberations.
Edwards, a former U.S. senator from North Carolina and presidential contender in 2008, was indicted last June after a two-year investigation. He has claimed that he never thought he was breaking the law and that the disputed payments were gifts, the fruit of his pre-existing friendships with Mellon and Baron.
Shawn Edwards travels to England to talk to megastar Kristen Stewart about her role as Snow White in the upcoming movie SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN. Stewart introduces us to a young woman we thought we had long known: “We’re not trying to take Snow White and turn her on her side; we stay very true…
Entertainment industry veteran Alan Horn has been named Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, effective June 11.
Alan has been a prominent figure in the film and TV industry leading creative teams responsible for some of the world’s most successful entertainment properties. He most recently served as President and COO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, where he oversaw Warner Bros. Studios’ theatrical and home entertainment operations. During his 12-year tenure, the studio was the global box office leader seven times and released numerous critically acclaimed films and box office hits including the hugely successful Harry Potter series, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Happy Feet, Sherlock Holmes, The Departed, Million Dollar Baby, the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy, the second and third Matrix films and more.
Before joining Warner Bros., Alan co-founded and served as Chairman and CEO of Castle Rock Entertainment, where he oversaw the creation of the Oscar-nominated films A Few Good Men, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and When Harry Met Sally as well as the most successful show in television history, Seinfeld.
He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the American Film Institute, and the Museum of Broadcasting. He serves on AFI’s Board of Directors and the Autry National Center Board of Trustees in Los Angeles, is a vice chairman of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and is a co-founder of the Environmental Media Association. Alan earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force.
(ABC News) Kathie Lee Gifford had a very awkward moment with Martin Short on the Today show Wednesday, when she complimented him on his marriage, not realizing that his wife died a year and a half ago.
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Gifford remarked that Short and his late spouse, Nancy Dolman, “have one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business.” She then asked him, “How many years are you in love with her now?”
Short didn’t correct Gifford, answering, “We…married 36 years.” Gifford replied, “But you’re still like in love?” Short said, “Madly in love, madly in love.” When Gifford asked him, “Why?” Short joked, “Cute. I’m cute.”
Following a commercial break, Gifford informed viewers that Short told her that his wife died of ovarian cancer in 2010. She apologized both on the show and on Twitter. She tweeted, “I send my sincerest apologies to @MartinShort and his family. He handled situation w/enormous grace and kindness and I’m so grateful.” Incidentally, @MartinShort is not the actor’s Twitter handle.
Short was on the Today show to promote his upcoming film, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.
This isn’t the first time Gifford has committed this kind of gaffe. Back when she was one-half of Live! with Regis & Kathie Lee, she once asked guest James Taylor how his older brother was, apparently unaware that Alex Taylor had died over a year earlier.
Police launched a hunt Wednesday for a male porn star after a human hand was found in the mail at an Ottawa post office, and a decomposing foot was sent to Canada’s ruling Conservative Party. A nationwide warrant has been issued for Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, also known as Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir…
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Asher Allen has retired from the National Football League at age 24, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier announced on Wednesday. Allen has a history of concussions but it was not known exactly what prompted his departure from the gridiron at such a young age. Concussions have…
International music icon Madonna arrived in Israel on Friday to kick off her hotly anticipated world tour with a sold-out performance in Tel Aviv. She arrived amid tight security on a chartered El Al flight from New York, accompanied by partner Brahim Zaibat, her four children and an entourage of 70…
As I walked out of the advance screening of Snow White and the Huntsman, I got nostalgic. Being a child of the MTV generation, I had a déjà vu moment of leaving the theater after 1985’s Legend, directed by Ridley Scott. Yes, the Ridley Scott that is about to bring the science fiction fan in me to orgasm with the Alien prequel Prometheus when it’s releasedin a little more than a week.
Legend starred Tom Cruise fresh off of being in Ridley’s brother Scott’s blockbuster Top Gun. It was a fantasy yarn in which a man was supposed to stop the Lord of Darkness (Tim Curry) from bringing perpetual night to the Earth. The previews had lots of heroic derring-do, and the costumes and special effects looked flawless. Every time I saw the trailer I thought, “This is the guy who directed Alien and Blade Runner. There is no way this will be bad.”
The film was a box office bust, and I was very disappointed in the film, because the it was all scenery and not real cohesive plot. And when there was a plot it dragged. It was a lesson in the fact that if you do not have a script, all of the window dressing in the world cannot save your film.
Fast forward back to Snow White, that attempts to put a twist on the classic fairy tale by turning the princess into a tragic warrior. Ravenna (played by Charlize Theron in stone-cold mode) imprisons young Snow White after seducing and killing her father. Fast forward to teenaged Snow (played by Kristin Stewart in stone-cold mode, you get the idea) who escapes from her cell when Ravenna’s albino-looking brother Finn (Sam Spruell in a damned ugly white wig to boot) tries to seduce her. This evil family just can’t keep their hands off of anyone.
Soon Ravenna looks into her cool-ass melting mirror, and is told by the spectre that comes out of it, that she is not the fairest of them all. When she finds out Snow White is, she sends the monosyballic Huntsman (Thor’s beefy Chris Hemsworth) off to kill her, by acknowledging her as only an escaped prisoner. Of course, Huntsman cannot kill her because he eventually finds out her true identity and her innocence. The Huntsman instead decides to train her to be a warrior in order to destroy Ravenna and rid the kingdom of the darkness she had brought to it.
Unless you are completely brain dead, I think you can figure out act three.
Newbie director Rupert Sanders has some really beautiful people to use, and never quite knows how to get any of them out of three-expression mode. Theron, Hemsworth and Stewart are truly dialing it in. All of them have their serious, fight mode and concerned (aka I look like I just smelled a fart) looks down pat. But no attempt is made to give any of these characters depth. They are merely pawns to walk through the chessboard of a script.
The three screenwriters, including The Alamo director John Lee Hancock, make the film a continuous chase. Snow White and the Huntsman come across an all-woman community in the Dark Forest. We get some chit chat of them oohing and ahhing at Snow. Suddenly the bad guys led by creepy brother Finn show up slinging arrows, and we have an incoherent battle sequence that they barely escape.
Our heroes come across a colorful land of animals and lame looking sprites. They just begin to pet them and the arrows come again. We yawn through another horribly-edited, dark and messy action sequence, with no rhythm or soul. Lots of shaky camera work attempting to show emotion.
Mutli-Academy Award winning costumer Colleen Atwood gives it her all. She will be up for an Oscar again with the all-around stunning outfits. But it is all for naught since they have more character than any of the characters in the film.
The climax is formulaic, and an attempted love triangle between Snow White, the Huntsman and a young childhood crush named William is never resolved. It is all truly a mess. Much like Legend was two generations ago, and much like many fantasy films Hollywood makes, and will continue to make. As long as the studios keep setting up the deal: the stars, the production designer, and the first- time director, without developing the script.
Doc Watson, one of North Carolina’s most beloved musicians, passed away today from complications related to colon surgery. An American folk legend and a pioneer of Travis style finger picking, but most of all, a beloved musician who unified people from all walks of life through song and his…
Frankel also cited Owens’ refusal to play in two upcoming road games that were critical to the Wranglers’ playoff hopes and Owens’ no-show for a scheduled appearance at a local children’s hospital as the breaking points in the team’s relationship with the receiver. “It’s disappointing and unfortunate,” Frankel said of releasing Owens, “but (he) could no longer be tolerated by the Wrangler organization.”
A paparazzo in Calabasas claims he was roughed up by Justin Bieber. Amy Silverstein One photographer’s brush with fame may have taken a violent turn. Justin Bieber is wanted for questioning by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators after he allegedly hit a paparazzo who was trying to photograph…
After the record declining sales of her new release MDNA (an 86.7% drop in week two of the album’s release), pop icon Madonnahas made a surely calculated jab at her younger pop rival. Madonna mixed a version of her 80’s hit Express Yourself with Gaga’s Born This Way, during rehearsals in Tel Aviv for her latest worldwide mega-tour. Usually rehearsals are very hush-hush and videos are not leaked, but somehow this one has gotten out and Madonna’s camp doesn’t seem to be crying foul very loudly.
Surely Madonna wants Gaga to know that she intends to exploit the similarities of the two songs in an attempt to try and regain some media leverage and hype for her new tour.
Earlier this year, Madonna addressed similarities between the Gaga single and her own Express Yourself in an interview with ABC News, saying: “I thought, this is a wonderful way to redo my song. I mean, I recognized the chord changes. I thought it was … interesting.”
Gaga, who’s acknowledged Madonna’s influence on her music and provocative persona, did not take the rip-off talk lightly.
“I’m a songwriter. I’ve written loads of music. Why would I try to put out a song and think I’m getting one over on everybody? That’s retarded,” she told the music news website NME last year, adding: “What a completely ridiculous thing to even question me about. … If you put the songs next to each other, side by side, the only similarities are the chord progression. It’s the same one that’s been in disco music for the last 50 years.”
Both divas seem to be having trouble selling albums lately. The MDNA sales decline surpassed the record set by Gaga’s Born This Way album, when it fell 84.27 percent in its second week. Not a very big margin and nothing for Gaga to be jumping for joy about, either.
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony prove friendship is possible after divorce. The one time couple got affectionate over the weekend when they took to the stage in Las Vegas, for the Q’Viva! talent competition.
US President Barack Obama said Monday on Memorial Day that troops are coming home after a decade of war and must be respected, with no repeat of the “national shame” that greeted many Vietnam veterans. In two speeches to mark the annual commemoration of fallen and missing soldiers, Obama said US troops…
In this film image released by Sony Pictures, Tommy Lee Jones, left, and Will Smith star are shown in a scene from "Men in Black 3." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures-Sony, Saeed Adyani)
That bumps Disney’s“The Avengers” into second-place after three blockbuster weekends on top for the superhero sensation. “The Avengers” took in $37 million over the three days to push its domestic total to $514 million and become only the fourth movie ever to top half a billion dollars.
Distributor Sony estimates that by the end of the four-day holiday weekend Monday, “Men in Black 3″ will have pulled in $70 million domestically and $202 million worldwide.
Universal’s “Battleship” was No. 3 in its second weekend with $10.8 million, raising its domestic earnings to $44.3 million. Paramount’s comedy “The Dictator” took in $9.6 million to finish fourth in its second weekend and lift its total to $41.5 million.
The Warner Bros. horror tale “Chernobyl Diaries” opened at No. 5 with $8 million.
“Men in Black 3″ launched with a bit more cash than its two predecessors, which both had opening weekends of just above $50 million.
But the original “Men in Black” debuted in 1997 and “Men in Black II” premiered in 2002, when admission prices were much lower than today’s. That means “Men in Black 3″ sold fewer tickets than the previous installments.
“Men in Black 3″ reunites Smith’s Agent J and Jones’ Agent K as they battle a new alien menace that travels four decades back in time to do away with the younger Agent K (Josh Brolin).
Among the movie’s box-office highlights overseas were debuts of $19.5 million in China, $18.9 million in Russia, $8.5 million in South Korea and $8 million in Japan.
Distributor Disney estimates that “The Avengers” will take in $47.1 million for the four-day holiday weekend, lifting the film’s domestic total to $523.8 million. That will put “The Avengers” within $10 million of “The Dark Knight,” the No. 3 movie on the all-time revenue chart with $533.3 million domestically.
“The Avengers” will pass “The Dark Knight” in the coming week, leaving only two movies above it: “Avatar” at $760.5 million and “Titanic” at $658.5 million.
With $26.3 million overseas, “The Avengers” raised its international total to $781.6 million, and its worldwide revenues to just under $1.3 billion. “The Avengers” will soon overtake “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ at $1.33 billion to become the No. 3 film on the global revenue list, again behind “Avatar” at $2.8 billion and “Titanic” at $2.2 billion.
Overall domestic receipts for the four-day Memorial Day weekend will come in well behind last year’s record of $276 million. Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst for box-office tracker Hollywood.com, estimated that four-day revenues this time will total $195 million to $200 million, about 30 percent below Memorial Day weekend a year ago, when “The Hangover Part II” delivered a $100 million-plus debut.
Hollywood remains on a record pace this year, with domestic revenue so far at $4.24 billion, up 12.5 percent over 2011 receipts, according to Hollywood.com.
But “The Avengers” and now “Men in Black 3″ have been the only notable successes for the summer season so far, with big releases such as “Dark Shadows” and “Battleship” fizzling on the domestic front.
“We really need to get going if we don’t want to have play catch-up every weekend through the summer,” Dergarabedian said. “Some of these summer movies are just not doing the business people had hoped for in North America.”
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(Breitbart Report)Just in time for Memorial Day, some MSNBC drone named Chris Hayes has lit up the internet with his confession that dead American troops don’t quite measure up to his exacting standards for what qualifies as a “hero.” Memo to Chris: they are heroes, and you don’t get a vote.
Though he may be shocked to hear it, America’s fighting men and women don’t care whether Chris Hayes considers their fallen comrades heroes or not. First, there’s the practical matter that almost no one – in uniform or out – watches MSNBC or the roster of progressive meat puppets that fill the short stretches between endless reruns of “Lock Up.”
Care about Chris Hayes’s comfort level? They don’t even know this leftist twerp exists.
But on a deeper level, our troops don’t do what they do to impress the likes of Chris Hayes – though he is perfectly willing to make his living in the shadow of their sacrifice. In the scheme of things, Chris Hayes’s views are important only as an object lesson in what our progressive elites really think about our military. And it’s not much. So what did he say? Mediaite provides a transcript of his weaselly insights:
I feel… uncomfortable, about the word because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war. Um, and, I don’t want to obviously desecrate or disrespect memory of anyone that’s fallen, and obviously there are individual circumstances in which there is genuine, tremendous heroism, you know, hail of gunfire, rescuing fellow soldiers, and things like that. But it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic. But maybe I’m wrong about that.
No maybe about it, Chris. I love the “rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war” part – he sounds like one of my commie grad students trying to impress credulous freshman girls after a choom session in the quad. But Chris Hayes seems to cultivate a more hipster vibe – no ponytail for him, but I’ll bet that lurking under his blazer is a really cool tat that signals to the world he’s edgy.
And what’s edgier than taking on our troops? After all, at least until the next election, they are “our” troops. Even most progressives – quite willing to diss our troops before while Bush was president — are on message these days. After all, it’s kinda hard to shout about warmongering, baby-killing imperialists when the guy commanding them is your own guy.
I greatly enjoy watching progressives seethe as they are forced, for the sake of appearances, to pretend to support our troops. You know it’s killing them.
But it’s the progressives’ own doing – their sickening performance following the Vietnam War, where they figuratively and literally spit on our troops – so disgusted decent Americans of all political stripes that to do anything but treat our troops with the utmost respect is to draw near-universal contempt and scorn from across the mainstream political spectrum.
So, the real problem for Chris Hayes is that he actually said what he thinks. He thinks our soldiers are suckers and fools at best, brutal sociopaths at worst. At a minimum, he feels that honoring those who died for this country might encourage people to see that actually defending our country is a good thing. He’s not quite ready to make that leap; after all, most progressives are ambivalent about this whole “America” concept, if not actively opposed to it.
Patriotism may be the last refuge of a scoundrel, but when progressives attempt it, it’s comedy gold.
So, like so many other useless progressive fops who glide from cocktail party to panel discussion, Chris Hayes continues to push his progressive vision of collectivist serfdom from behind the unbreachable wall of American warriors. He has not stood with them and, in fact, is unworthy of doing so. He is a parasite taking sustenance from the exertions of better men and women.
And even if those men and women know who Chris Hayes is, they wouldn’t give a half damn about what he thinks. They don’t do it for him.
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