Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Dianna Agron & Lea Michele's Halloween Spirit on the "Glee" Set

Posted Thursday November 1, 2012 12:47 AM GMT

Celebrating two holidays in one night, Lea Michele and Dianna Agron cheerfully posed for pictures on the set of “Glee” during breaks from Wednesday's (October 31) Halloween shoot.

Though the co-stars started off their work day by snapping photos with vampire director Adam Shankman, the cutie castmates just so happened to be prepping for the future.

“Shooting our Christmas episode on Halloween.. Very confusing.. lol,” Lea tweeted.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the show’s creator, Ryan Murphy, dished that this year’s Christmas episode will be created in a “Love Actually” way that's “very emotional.”

“We’ve taken characters that you wouldn’t expect should be together and put them together,” Murphy revealed.

“Glee” makes it’s return to Fox on Thursday, November 8 at 9/8c.

Enjoy the pictures of Dianna Agron and Lea Michele celebrating Halloween on the "Glee" set (October 31).

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‘Arrow,’ Season 1, Episode 4, ‘An Innocent Man’: TV Recap

It may be Halloween night, but the guys who fight rich, bad guys don’t take a timeout to pick up candy. It does make me wonder how many kids in Starling City are dressing up as hooded archers this year.

If it is Wednesday it must be time for another episode of the most popular show The CW has had in years, “Arrow”! When we last left our hooded vigilante, he had been forced to reveal his secret identity to his bodyguard, Digg. Lets see what happens next.

Digg and Oliver Queen are in Arrow’s hideout. Digg is mad that Oliver is “that hooded vigilante.” Oliver tells Digg, “I want you to join me.” Digg says, “You’re not a hero. You’re a criminal and a murderer.” He walks away.

Oliver goes home, where his ex, Laurel, is waiting for him. She’s angry about a whole bunch of stuff. I mostly zone out for this conversation as Oliver and Laurel’s back-and-forth is tiring and pointless. They are going to fall into each other’s arms again at some point. Probably right after Olvier saves Laurel from some dastardly bad guy. It’ll happen in 4 or 5 episodes, I bet.

Flashback time—on the island 5 years ago the untrained Oliver is stuck in cave with his mysterious rescuer. His rescuer is speaking Chinese and Oliver doesn’t know what is going on. Oliver looks at a photo of Laurel from his wallet. He misses her. Just wait a few episodes, dude, you will be back in her arms for sure.

Back in present time, Oliver and his sister are watching a news story about Peter Declan, some man in prison for killing his wife. Hmmm, I wonder if this Declan guy is going to play a role later in the episode?

The next morning, Oliver finds a new bodyguard waiting for him. Oliver is none too pleased that Digg is gone. The news is playing more stories about Peter Declan, who is going to be executed in 2 days. The news says that Declan’s dead wife worked for a businessman named Jason Broduer.

Oliver goes to his secret hideout, where we get some narration explaining that Broduer is one of the bad businessmen on Arrow’s list. We then cut to Broduer talking to one of his henchmen. They discuss the fact that Decaln’s wife was going to blow the whistle on some toxic dumping, which is why they killed her and framed the husband. This show is not very subtle in its storytelling. They lay everything out there in nice easy-to-follow chunk for the audience.

Oliver knows that Declan is innocent and knows that he needs a good lawyer. Laurel is a lawyer. So, Arrow breaks into Laurel’s apartment and tells her she needs to defend Declan. He tells her everything about the case but uses a deep Batman/Dark Knight kind of voice so Laurel won’t recognize that Arrow is really Oliver.

Laurel goes to see Declan in prison. He seems convincing as an innocent man. Laurel is going to take the case.

Meanwhile, Oliver’s mom checks in with her new husband, Walter, at the Queen Incorporated offices. He tells her he has been busy looking into a 2.6 million dollar withdrawal from a corporate account that accounting cannot locate. She acts innocent, but it seems like she knows something about it.

Digg is at his sister-is-law’s restaurant. Oliver comes in and asks Digg to reconsider his “offer” to be his sidekick. Oliver pulls out the notebook his father left him, with the names of all the bad businessmen in Starling City in it. Oliver explains that he knows who killed Digg’s brother and says he hopes Digg will help him take down the people responsible for the killing and other bad stuff.

Back at the Queen family mansion, Mommy tells Walter that she took 2.6 million out of an account to invest in a friend’s start up business a couple years ago. She says she will call accounting and get it cleaned up. Walter looks unconvinced.

Laurel goes to a rooftop where she meets up with Arrow. She tells him there is a man in Brodeur’s company who can probably clear Declan of the murder charges. Arrow is going to question the guy in his own special “I’ll kill you if you don’t tell me the truth” way. Laurel wants to know why Arrow hides his face. He says it is to protect the people he loves.

At Queen Inc, Walter gets the IT woman from previous episodes (the one who is way sexier and more attractive than any IT person on the planet) to look into the missing 2.6 million… the money his wife claims she invested. Walter smells a rat sleeping in the bed next to him.

Arrow grabs Brodeur’s employee and chains him to the train tracks. It takes the man about 2 seconds to give up all the info Arrow needs to clear Declan and put Brodeur in jail. He gives it to Laurel and she has a long speech about how he is just what the city needs. It almost feels like she is falling for Arrow a little bit.

We get another flashback to the island. Oliver is hungry but the mystery Chinese man won’t feed him. He wants him to feed himself and has a captive bird for Oliver to kill and eat.

Laurel is working hard to get Declan freed. She faces off with Jason Brodeur. He is worried she is going to come after him. One of his henchmen says they can take care of Laurel.

Walter is getting a report from the IT babe. She explains that mommy’s investment is just a story. The company she invested in does not exist. Instead, the money was put into an offshore LLC called Tempest. The only thing Tempest has ever done is buy a warehouse.

Meanwhile, Arrow has broken into Brodeur’s office and is poised to shoot the businessman if he will not confess and clear Declan. Brodeur says, “do you expect me to sign a confession or something?” to which Arrow puts an arrow through his hand. Niiiice! Brodeur tells Arrow that his henchmen are going to kill Declan at the prison so there won’t be anything else for Laurel to investigate. Laurel is at the prison too. Maybe that “Arrow saves Laurel and she falls for him” moment will come sooner than I thought!

A riot is going on at the prison, just the cover Brodeur’s henchmen need to kill everyone. But, Arrow bursts in and saves them. One of the bad guys is choking Laurel, but Arrow goes crazy and almost beats the guy to death. Laurel looks disgusted and scared. So much for a romantic moment saving her life.

We go back to the island and see Oliver wrestling with the notion of killing the bird. But, he is starving so he does it. Now we know how Arrow became a ruthless vigilante, he killed birds.

Walter goes to the Tempest Warehouse. He gets inside and sees the savaged wreckage of the boat Oliver and his father were on. Hmmm, I suspect this will eventually be evidence that mommy was behind Oliver’s father’s death.

Meanwhile, Det. Lance is looking at security camera footage of one of the Arrow’s recent sightings. He sees Oliver on the footage and appears to figure out that Oliver and Arrow are one and the same.

Another Island flashback. The mysterious Chinese guy explains to Oliver that the bird is not the last thing he will need to kill if he wants to survive. Oliver relents and breaks the bird’s neck. It is bird stew for dinner! Yum, yum!

Oliver’s mom meets with the “well-dressed man” in his limo. They have figured out that Arrow is targeting “the list” of evil businessmen. At some point they will probably figure out that Arrow got “the list” from Oliver’s dead daddy.

Digg is at Oliver’s house where he tells Oliver he will be Arrow’s sidekick. Just at that moment, the police burst in and Det. Lance arrests Oliver for being “the masked vigilante.”

And the episode is over!

 

Ok, Arrow fans, it is your turn to talk about the episode. Leave your comments below. Personally, I thought this was a so-so episode. I like the investigation into the Arrow and certainly enjoy the little pieces we are getting about Oliver’s mom and her evil plots, but the main story about Declan and Brodeur was too obvious and uninteresting for my taste. The show should trust that it can sometimes leave out the weekly “bad guy businessman” and just tell us other stuff. Heck, the other stuff is why we all keep coming back!

Well, that’s enough from me. Time for you to post your thoughts so we can chat!

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Marvin Lewis singles out Andy Dalton, Rey Maualuga

The Cincinnati Bengals have watched their 3-1 start fizzle away with three consecutive losses that have the team grasping for relevancy in the AFC North.

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Last year's feel-good story has run out of steam.

Coming out of the bye week, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is challenging his roster to wake from its slumber. He singled out quarterback Andy Dalton and middle linebacker Rey Maualuga as quiet types who need to light a fire and lead the Bengals to .500 and beyond.

"We've wallowed around here in mediocrity. Let's go," Lewis said, via The Associated Press. "We're looking for our quarterback and our middle linebacker to take hold of our football team."

Both Maualuga and Dalton seemed to accept Lewis' challenge.

"I guess it is my opportunity -- not like it was never given to me but at the same time, time to be a jerk, time to get in the middle of that defense and start spicing things up," Maualuga later said.

Dalton also responded: "As a rookie, you come in and you are meeting new people. Now, second year, it is your offense. It is your team. That is how I've got to treat it. He just wants some fire out there, making sure we are perfect in practice in everything we are doing. I am not too worried about what he said. It's just he expects a lot out of us."

Something needs to change. The Bengals have plenty of talent on both sides of the ball, but Dalton and friends sandwiched recent home losses to the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers around a defeat to the (then-winless) Cleveland Browns.

Dalton was a revelation during his rookie campaign, but his combined 0-6 mark against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens is distressing. Surging young teams find a way to win a few of those games. Mediocre ones don't.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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TV’s Craziest Halloween Costumes (Photo Gallery)

Posted by Marissa & filed under Photo Gallery, SFW, The Daily Dose (Entertainment News).

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It’s hard to believe but Halloween is already here. While the children work on their trick or treat skills, we’re looking at some fun, innovative and most important of all, entertaining, Halloween television episodes.

There are classics like “Friends,” which had Ross mistakenly dressed as doo-doo (he was actually Spudnik), and had Joey dressed as Chandler and Chandler dressed as a big pink bunny. Another classic is “Rosanne,” where the head of the household and comedienne extraordinaire dressed up like an 80′s “Purple Rain” era Prince.

Some of today’s biggest television hits, such as “Modern Family,” “Glee,” and the always hilarious “How I Met Your Mother,” have all gotten in on the All Hallow’s Eve action.

Even new shows that are still finding their footing have gained ground with fun, festive episodes. These include “New Girl,” “Happy Endings” and “The New Normal.”

Check out the photo gallery below and let us know, which television show do you think had the best costumes?

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Don't Give Government Too Much Credit

In Newsday, Reason magazine Contributing Editor Cathy Young writes:

Entrepreneurs "give back" to society not only in taxes but in products that improve our lives -- and in charity. While individual success is aided by public institutions, private associations such as family and community often play a larger role.

Obama is not a quasi-communist; he is just a liberal. Yet at a time when more than 40 percent of our gross domestic product is spent by government, we should be asking how much government is too much. Obama's speech suggests that his instinct is for more, not less.

Full column at Newsday.

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Post-Sandy Retail Report: Stores Take a Financial Hit, Barneys Reopens and Looting In the South Street Seaport

Photo: Getty

As Hurricane Sandy moves on and New Yorkers are left to clean up the city, the full extent of the damage is becoming increasingly clear.

One particularly hard hit area, at least fiscally, is retail, both in the city and beyond as stores were forced to close their doors to brace for the storm. This morning, WWD reported that across the eastern seaboard, retailers lost an estimated total of between $350 to 550 million dollars per day; NYC-based stores could be losing as much as $30 million per day of closure. With most stores shuttering early Sunday in anticipation of Sandy, and remaining closed yesterday and today, that’s a lot of money lost.

So it can hardly be a surprise that retailers are eager to reopen their doors to potential shoppers. There’s just one problem–buses won’t start running again until this evening and the subway system likely won’t open for another four or five days, which means employees will have a hard time getting to work. Saks Fifth Avenue, which boarded up their flagship store, remains closed today, as well as its outposts in hard-hit areas of New Jersey and Connecticut. Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Henri Bendel, and Macy’s are among the other major department stores who remained closed today. Online retailer Net-a-Porter temporarily suspended its next-day delivery service within the city.

There is at least one store on the island where you can get your luxury retail fix though–Barneys New York tweeted that their store on Madison Avenue will be open for business today. It’s good news for tourists who may have been stranded in the city looking for something to do (and for those New Yorkers who just have to buy a Céline bag–to commemorate surviving Sandy?).

But while initial reports suggested that the recovery efforts were proceeding calmly, new reports are emerging of looting in Brooklyn and the South Street Seaport. Gothamist talked to a security guard at the South Street Seaport who witnissed about a dozen looters at the Brookstone store in the South Street Seaport. The site also mentioned unconfirmed reports of looting in the Rockaways in Queens.

Despite all this, we are a city that likes to shop. We received a photo from a tipster of a crowded shoe store on 34th street–people must really want Uggs? And StyleBistro’s Danica Lo tweeted a photo of a surprisingly long line in front of an Aldo. Just another way New Yorkers are showing their resilience today.

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Jimmy Kimmel Show Returns After Cancellation

Posted by Marissa & filed under SFW, The Daily Dose (Entertainment News).

Jimmy Kimmel (Photo Credit: ABC)

It looks like Jimmy Kimmel might have chosen the wrong week to go back to Brooklyn. However, the talk show host doesn’t seem likely to let something as simple as an emergency alert system level hurricane keep him from taping his late-night show for a second night.

Kimmel announced via Twitter, “Unless something weird happens, tonight’s show in #Brooklyn is ON like fleece on Gov Christie.”

Guests Howard Stern, Tracy Morgan and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings will join Kimmel at the Harvey Theater at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music).

Monday night’s show (with the same lineup of guests), was cancelled when Hurricane Sandy shut down the city due to flooding and power outages. Here’s hoping Tuesday evening brings better luck to everyone affected by the storm.

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UPDATE: Premiere Pics of Ray Liotta, Kerry Washington & Dennis Haysbert for ‘The Details’ (+Video Interview)

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Available on VOD now (but also in theaters in 3 weeks’ time) are Ray Liotta, Kerry Washington, Dennis Haysbert, Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks and Laura Linney in “The Details,” first seen at last year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Check out Celebs.com’s Elliot Kotek interviewing some of “The Details’” team back at that fest.

Here’s the official word:

“After ten years of marriage, Jeff and Nealy Lang (Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks) have an idyllic suburban home but a relationship on the skids. Complicating matters, a family of hungry raccoons ransacks their perfectly manicured backyard and Jeff becomes single-mindedly obsessed with eradicating the pests by any means necessary. Soon the relentless rodents aren’t merely uprooting the lawn, but also overturning the Langs’ entire bourgeois existence, as the man-versus-beast battle leads into an absurd mess of infidelity, extortion, organ donation and other assorted mayhem.

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Hurricane Sandy Offers No Special “Celeb” Treatment

Posted by Marissa & filed under SFW, The Daily Dose (Entertainment News).

Donnie Wahlberg in 'Blue Bloods' (Photo Credit: CBS)

He might fight crime on the CBS drama “Blue Bloods,” but even Donnie Wahlberg‘s character Danny Reagan is no match for Hurricane Sandy.

Wahlberg shared video footage via Telly, of his flooded apartment. The star has a good perspective about it all though. He tweeted, “Don’t worry about me. Material things are meaningless. Check in with those you know in the storm! Stay safe!!”

Other stars weighed in on the storm as well. After Alec Baldwin lost power in his home, he shared with his twitter followers, “Possibly leaving our home to check into a hotel.”

Piers Morgan tweeted about the courageous spirit of New York City. “Got to hand it to New Yorkers, they’re tough as old boots, loads of people out in Manhattan today, carrying on as normal. #Sandy”

Meanwhile, Carrie Underwood sent her support. “Wow…Sandy is one mean lady! Lots of thoughts, prayers and love going out to all in her path…you guys stay strong!”

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Post-Sandy Retail Report: Stores Take a Financial Hit, Barneys Reopens and Looting In the South Street Seaport

Photo: Getty

As Hurricane Sandy moves on and New Yorkers are left to clean up the city, the full extent of the damage is becoming increasingly clear.

One particularly hard hit area, at least fiscally, is retail, both in the city and beyond as stores were forced to close their doors to brace for the storm. This morning, WWD reported that across the eastern seaboard, retailers lost an estimated total of between $350 to 550 million dollars per day; NYC-based stores could be losing as much as $30 million per day of closure. With most stores shuttering early Sunday in anticipation of Sandy, and remaining closed yesterday and today, that’s a lot of money lost.

So it can hardly be a surprise that retailers are eager to reopen their doors to potential shoppers. There’s just one problem–buses won’t start running again until this evening and the subway system likely won’t open for another four or five days, which means employees will have a hard time getting to work. Saks Fifth Avenue, which boarded up their flagship store, remains closed today, as well as its outposts in hard-hit areas of New Jersey and Connecticut. Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Henri Bendel, and Macy’s are among the other major department stores who remained closed today. Online retailer Net-a-Porter temporarily suspended its next-day delivery service within the city.

There is at least one store on the island where you can get your luxury retail fix though–Barneys New York tweeted that their store on Madison Avenue will be open for business today. It’s good news for tourists who may have been stranded in the city looking for something to do (and for those New Yorkers who just have to buy a Céline bag–to commemorate surviving Sandy?).

But while initial reports suggested that the recovery efforts were proceeding calmly, new reports are emerging of looting in Brooklyn and the South Street Seaport. Gothamist talked to a security guard at the South Street Seaport who witnissed about a dozen looters at the Brookstone store in the South Street Seaport. The site also mentioned unconfirmed reports of looting in the Rockaways in Queens.

Despite all this, we are a city that likes to shop. We received a photo from a tipster of a crowded shoe store on 34th street–people must really want Uggs? And StyleBistro’s Danica Lo tweeted a photo of a surprisingly long line in front of an Aldo. Just another way New Yorkers are showing their resilience today.

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Robert Pattinson Lands $12 Million Fragrance Endorsement Deal with Dior

Photo: Getty

Looks like Robert Pattinson’s on-again flame, Kristen Stewart, won’t be the only member of the couple fronting a luxury fragrance. The Twilight star just snagged himself a multi-year deal with Dior, E! is reporting.

Unlike Brad Pitt’s gig with Chanel, in which he was the first man to front a campaign for a Chanel woman’s fragrance (and we all know how that went), this is a more traditional deal: R-Patz will be the face of Dior’s men’s fragrances. This marks the broody star’s first major endorsement deal, and Dior is really making it worth his while.

E! is reporting that the actor will be paid $12 million over three years. (The LA Times tried to get confirmation from both Pattinson and Dior about this deal, but neither parties responded.) Compare this to Pitt, who got paid a measly $7 million to ask confusing questions for 30 seconds. There haven’t been any reports about how much K.Stew got paid for her Balenciaga Florabotanica campaign, but we bet it’s in the same range. One can only hope that Dior makes R.Patz go online and awkwardly answer fragrance-related questions just like Stewart did.

Hopefully Balenciaga’s Florabotanica and the Dior colognes are compatible–the couple will be hitting Breaking Dawn Part 2 red carpets together in a few short weeks. Get ready for a brood-off in the respective campaigns.


Published on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 at 2:18 PM

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Bellator 80 lineup set, Brett Cooper vs. Darryl Cobb completes main card

The fight card is set for next week's Bellator 80 event.

The event features former featherweight champion Joe Warren (7-3 MMA, 5-2 BFC) vs. Owen Evinger (7-3 MMA, 0-2 BFC) in the headliner, as all as two tournament bouts.

A middleweight bout between Brett Cooper (16-7 MMA, 3-2 BFC) and Darryl Cobb (5-5 MMA, 0-1 BFC) rounds out the MTV2-televised main card.

Bellator 80 takes place Nov. 9 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. The MTV2-televised main card follows prelims on Spike.com.

Cooper is on a 5-2 run, which includes recent Bellator victories over Valdir Araujo and Jared Hess. The only loss during the stretch came via decision to notable Alexander Shlemenko.

Cobb, meanwhile, opened his career with a 5-1 mark, which included a pair of Strikeforce victories. However, he's since lost four straight fights and is winless since April 2010.

The Season 7 tournament semifinals include featherweights Rad Martinez (13-2 MMA, 3-0 BFC) vs. Wagnney Fabiano (15-3 MMA, 1-0 BFC) and heavyweights Vinicius Queiroz (6-2 MMA, 1-0 BFC) vs. Alexander Volkov (17-3 MMA, 1-0 BFC).

Bellator 80's prelims include lightweights Mike Quinones (3-0 MMA, 0-0 BFC) vs. Brandon Girtz (7-2 MMA, 0-0 BFC), welterweights Robert Otani (3-2 MMA, 0-0 BFC) vs. Cristiano Souza (5-0 MMA, 1-0 BFC), welterweights Josh Quayhagen (3-0 MMA, 3-0 BFC) vs. Cosmo Alexandre (4-1 MMA, 4-1 BFC), featherweights Sky Moiseichik (2-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) vs. Shanon Slack (4-1 MMA, 1-1 BFC), middleweights Joe Vedepo (13-4 MMA, 0-0 BFC) vs. Mike Bernhard (9-4 MMA, 1-0 BFC), and welterweights Ryan DeRocher (3-4 MMA, 0-1 BFC) vs. Taylor Krahl (3-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC).

The full Bellator 80 card includes:

MAIN CARD (MTV2)

  • Owen Evinger vs. Joe Warren
  • Wagnney Fabiano vs. Rad Martinez - featherweight-tourney semifinal
  • Vinicius Queiroz vs. Alexander Volkov - heavyweight-tourney semifinal
  • Darryl Cobb vs. Brett Cooper
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com)
  • Brandon Girtz vs. Mike Quinones
  • Robert Otani vs. Cristiano Souza
  • Cosmo Alexandre vs. Josh Quayhagen
  • Sky Moiseichik vs. Shanon Slack
  • Mike Bernhard vs. Joe Vedepo
  • Ryan DeRocher vs. Taylor Krahl
For more on Bellator 80, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Rad Martinez)

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Marius Zaromskis gets 30-day medical suspension following TKO loss at Bellator 78

Marius Zaromskis' manager says the Lithuanian fighter's ego is more damaged than his brain following a TKO loss to Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 78.

"He got hit behind the ear, so he was just dazed," Mike Kogan on Monday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

Ohio Athletic Commission Executive Director Bernie Profato said Zaromskis received a 30-day suspension following the fight, which was part of the MTV2-televised main card of the event at Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio.

Profato declined comment on the stoppage, which came at the 2:14 mark of the first round and prompted immediate outcry from Bellator commentator Jimmy Smith.

At the post-event press conference, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said, "I was sitting right in front of it as it happened, and it didn't look like he took a series of unnecessary shots. It takes a lot to bring me out of my chair. It happened when Joe Warren fought Pat Curran, and it just got to a point where you're thinking, 'The guy's arms are down, and he's taking clean shots to the head.' It seems pretty clear and apparent to stop it.

"You have human beings doing those jobs, and human beings are going to in some instances freeze and in some instances they're going to make decisions that we, looking at it with TV screens, would like them to make a different decision. I've seen a few replays. It seemed like it probably could have been stopped three or four shots earlier. But I've got a lot of respect for what those guys do. They're not paid extremely well. They love the game. They want to do the right thing."

Koreshkov and Zaromskis were exchanging strikes when Koreshkov landed a left straight that sent Zaromskis reeling to the canvas at the foot of the cage. Koreshkov pounced and landed 11 unanswered punches before referee Jerry Poe lunged in to stop the punishment.

Koreshkov (12-0 MMA, 4-0 BFC), who trains with two-time Bellator tourney champ Alexander Shlemenko (19-7 MMA, 3-1 BFC), improved his unbeaten streak to 12 fights while Zaromskis suffered the first defeat of his Bellator career.

Kogan pointed to the referee's positioning as a culprit in what he considered a late stoppage.

"If the referee is a foot away from the fighter and taking 20 unanswered punches, it's probably a good time to step in," he said.

Koreshkov is now set to meet fellow finalist and ex-Bellator champ Lyman Good in the finals of the Season 7 tournament, which is targeted for Bellator 82 on Nov. 30 at a venue to be announced.

For more on Bellator 78, stay tuned to the MMA Events section of the site.

(Pictured: Marius Zaromskis)

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Britney Spears & Simon Cowell Team Up on "The Tonight Show"

Posted Monday October 29, 2012 10:42 PM GMT

Dishing about her hit reality show ”The X Factor,” Britney Spears pretaped an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Monday (October 29).

The "I Wanna Go" songstress was looking fab in a cleavage-baring, houndstooth and plaid mini dress as she grabbed a seat at NBC's Burbank studios alongside Simon Cowell to chat with Leno about the FOX competition series.

And while Miss Spears is definitely used to being showered with love from her many adoring fans, she admitted that hearing boos and being critical to others while she sits at the judge’s table is a little difficult.

“It’s really hard, but you know if they’re supposed to be a doctor and they’re wasting seven years of their life doing something like that… I would want to know,” the 30-year-old explained.

During the appearance, which airs at 11:30PM ET/PT on NBC, Britney and Simon also treated viewers to an "X-Factor" political commercial featuring both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

Enjoy the pictures of Britney Spears and Simon Cowell at "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (October 29).

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Is ‘Parenthood’ TV’s Most Underrated Drama?

Posted by Marissa & filed under SFW, The Daily Dose (Entertainment News).

The Cast of NBC's 'Parenthood'

“Parenthood” is now in its fourth season. The NBC family drama has never been a big ratings draw, but has had a steady audience that has helped parlayed its place on the network’s schedule.

This season has raised the stakes for the Braverman family in a big way. The introduction of an overtly cranky photographer, played by Ray Romano, has created a romantic crimp in the love life of Lauren Graham‘s character Sarah.

There’s also the reveal of Kristina Braverman’s battle with breast cancer that has the audience moved to tears. Watching the plight of the TV family and seeing their story unfold with such dignity and thoughtful writing, makes this perhaps one of the most underrated dramas currently on television. This is appointment television for the soul.

“Parenthood” airs on Tuesday evenings on NBC.

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Monday, 29 October 2012

Russell Brand Sued -- Accused of Driving into a Pedestrian

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Allegedly Hit a Pedestrian

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1029-russel-brand-tmz-2Russell Brand just got sued by a pedestrian who claims the actor drove into him earlier this year in Los Angeles ... TMZ has learned.

TMZ obtained a copy of the lawsuit filed today in LA County Superior Court -- and according to the documents ... Brand was driving "negligently" when he collided with the plaintiff, Victor Sneed, back in January.

In the docs, Sneed claims he was a pedestrian, and suffered personal injury, property damage ... and incurred hospital bills as a result of the accident.

The suit does not detail Sneed's alleged injuries, but he does claim he lost wages after the accident.

Sneed is suing for more than 25k.

We've reached out to Brand for comment. So far, no word back.

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NFL trade deadline pushed back to Thursday

The NFL moved its trade deadline back two weeks this season to help encourage more trade talk. It will be pushed back again.

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NFL spokesman Greg Aiello announced Monday that the league will push back the trading deadline 48 hours to Thursday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. ET because of Hurricane Sandy. The original deadline was scheduled for Tuesday.

Aiello first told Around the League via email Monday that the NFL was considering extending the deadline. It makes sense because multiple teams have shut down operations Monday. The NFL office in New York also is closed Monday and Tuesday, which would have made paperwork tricky to pull off for any potential deals.

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson, Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams, Tennessee Titans tight end Jared Cook, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Braylon Edwards and Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe are some of the names rumored to be discussed in talks.

Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.

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Justin Bieber Shows Off His Latest Tattoo

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Justin Bieber posted a photo of his new owl tattoo on Instagram yesterday, and he wrote, "Befo the paps get me." Maybe he's joking? We wouldn't exactly go out of our way to hunt him down just to take a pic of the giant bird inked onto his forearm...

Bieber now has a total of eight tattoos, including the Japanese Kanji symbol for music on his right arm, the word "Believe" on his forearm, a crown, a praying hand on his leg, a bird on his hip, the Hebrew word for Jesus on his ribcage and an image of Jesus on his left calf.

Thoughts on Bieber's new tat?

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Tom Cruise’s House: Invaded By Intruder

Posted Monday October 29, 2012 3:10 PM GMT

It’s no secret that celebrities have been popular burglary targets as of late, and last night (October 28) Tom Cruise's Beverly Hills residence was broken into.

According to a report, the “Top Gun” stud’s home was nearly penetrated by an unidentified man, but thankfully Cruise’s security had the situation under control.

The would-be burglar scaled the fence surrounding Tom’s manor only to get knocked down by a guard armed with a trusty taser gun.

From there, the man was arrested by police and transported to a nearby hospital to be treated for injuries sustained during his attempted break-in.

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Rex Ryan: We'll take a 'hard look' at Tebow's usage

Stop us if you've heard this one before. Rex Ryan is sticking with Mark Sanchez as his quarterback. And he wants to get Tim Tebow the ball more.

"I think Mark's our guy, there's no doubt about that," Ryan said Monday on a conference call, via The Star-Ledger, noting that Sanchez was "fairly accurate" when he got a chance to set his feet and throw.

"I think Mark gives us the best chance to win, and that's how I feel. Can Tim be successful? ... "We'll take a hard look at how we're using him."

Tebow got one snap during Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins, after a week of the Jets' coaching staff saying they wanted to get him the ball more. Ryan gave his players this week off, but the coaching staff will be working.

We'll believe that Tebow's role is changing when we see it. In the meantime, the Tebow Zone will continue to collect dust.

Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.

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Chaz Schilens: Jets fans' chants for Tim Tebow 'B.S.'

The New York Jets are sticking with Mark Sanchez. For now.

Coach Rex Ryan issued a vote of confidence for his quarterback-under-fire after yet another scattered performance in Sunday's disastrous 30-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

MetLife was not a happy place Sunday. The Jets sunk to 3-5 in a defeat that offered little hope for a fan base growing suspicious of the master plan in Florham Park. Many of those in attendance resorted to showering Sanchez with boos amid calls for backup Tim Tebow. That didn't sit well with some Jets players.

"That chanting is just B.S. Mark's the QB," receiver Chaz Schilens told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. "I think the fans are out of place."

"We didn't play well," Schilens acknowledged. "They're pissed. So they have a right to be pissed."

Changing passers -- at least from Sanchez to Tebow -- won't be enough.

Most stunning about Sunday's meltdown was the complete lack of physical play from New York. The offensive line is a shell of what it was, and it never had a chance against Miami. The Dolphins pushed the Jets around, snuffed out the run, dominated on special teams and left Sanchez to tie an ugly ribbon on the affair.

It's going to take more than a quarterback switch to turn this thing around.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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Giants sweep Tigers to win another World Series

Finally pressed in the World Series, the San Francisco Giants finished off a most unexpected and stunning sweep.

Marco Scutaro delivered one more key hit this October, hitting a go-ahead single with two outs in the 10th inning that lifted the Giants over the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in Game 4 on Sunday night.

Nearly eliminated over and over earlier in the playoffs, the Giants sealed their second title in three seasons when Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera looked at strike three right down the middle for the final out.

On a night of biting cold, stiff breezes and some rain, the Giants combined the most important elements of championship baseball — great pitching, timely hitting and sharp defence.

Series MVP Pablo Sandoval and the underdog Giants celebrated in the centre of the diamond at Comerica Park after winning six elimination games this post-season.

"Tonight was a battle," said Giants star Buster Posey, who homered. "And I think tonight was a fitting way for us to end it because those guys played hard. They didn't stop, and it's an unbelievable feeling."

Cabrera delivered the first big hit for Detroit, interrupting San Francisco's run of dominant pitching with a two-run homer that blew over the right-field wall in the third.

Posey put the Giants ahead 3-2 with a two-run homer in the sixth and Delmon Young hit a tying home run in the bottom half.

It then became a matchup of bullpens, and the Giants prevailed.

Ryan Theriot led off the 10th with a single against Phil Coke, moved up on Brandon Crawford's sacrifice and scored on Scutaro's shallow single. Center fielder Austin Jackson made a throw home, to no avail.

Sergio Romo struck out the side in the bottom of the 10th for his third save of the Series.

The Giants finished the month with seven straight wins and their seventh Series championship. They handed the Tigers their seventh straight World Series loss dating to 2006.

NL has won 3 in a row

"Obviously, there was no doubt about it. They swept us," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "So there was certainly no bad breaks, no fluke.

"Simple, they did better than we did."

An NL team won the title for the third straight season, a run that hadn't occurred in 30 years. Some find the streak surprising, considering the AL's recent dominance in interleague play. Yet as every fan knows, the club that pitches best in the post-season usually prevails.

Until the end, the Tigers thought one big hit could shift the momentum. It was an all-too-familiar October lament — Texas felt the same way when the Giants throttled them in 2010, and Tigers knew the feeling when St. Louis wiped them out in 2006.

Howling winds made it feel much colder than the 44 degrees at gametime. Two wrappers blew across home plate after leadoff man Angel Pagan struck out, and fly balls played tricks in the breeze.

The Giants started with their pregame ritual. They clustered around Hunter Pence in the dugout, quickly turning into a bobbing, whooping, pulsing pack, showering themselves with sunflower seeds. A big league good-luck charm, Little League style.

And once again, San Francisco took an early lead. Pence hit a one-hop drive over the centre-field fence for a double and Brandon Belt tripled on the next pitch for a 1-0 lead in the second.

The next inning, Cabrera gave the Tigers a reason to think this might be their night.

With two outs and a runner on first, Cabrera lofted an opposite-field fly to right — off the bat, it looked like a routine out shy of the warning track. But with winds gusting over 25 mph, the ball kept carrying, Pence kept drifting toward the wall and the crowd kept getting louder.

Just like that, it was gone.

Cabrera's homer gave Detroit its first lead of the Series, ended its 20-inning scoreless streak and reaffirmed a pregame observation by Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline.

"The wind usually blows to right at this time of year," Kaline said.

In the fourth, Max Scherzer and catcher Gerald Laird teamed on a strike 'em out-throw 'em out double play. Scherzer yelled, first baseman Prince Fielder clenched his fist and the Tigers ran off the field on a chilly, windy, rainy evening. At last, it seemed, all the elements were in their favour.

Trailing for the first time since Game 4 of the NL championship series, Posey and the Giants put a dent in Detroit's optimism. Scutaro, the NLCS MVP, led off the sixth with a single and clapped all the way around the bases when Posey sent a shot that sailed just inside the left-field foul pole for a 3-2 lead.

Posey, the only Giants player on the field from the starting lineup in the Game 5 clincher in 2010, almost tripped nearing first base and he watched the ball and began his trot.

Detroit wasn't about to go quietly, however. Young, the ALCS MVP, made it 3-all with another opposite-field homer to right, this one a no-doubt drive.

Fielder finished 1 for 14 (.111) for the Series.

All 24 teams to take a 3-0 lead in the World Series have won it all. In fact, none of those matchups even reached a Game 6. This was the first sweep for an NL team since Cincinnati in 1990.

Working on nine days' rest and trying to extend the Tigers' season, Scherzer kept them close into the seventh. Often recognized for his eyes — one is light blue, the other is brown — he's also known as a solid post-season pitcher.

Ditto-plus for Matt Cain, who was working on a nearly perfect year.

The Giants' ace threw a perfect game in June, was the winning pitcher in the All-Star game in July, beat Cincinnati to clinch the division series and topped St. Louis in Game 7 of the NL championship series.

After they left, the relievers decided it.

Octavio Dotel shouted, "Yeah! Let's go!" toward his dugout after striking out Posey to end the eighth. In the bottom half, winning pitcher Jeremy Affeldt got around a leadoff walk when he struck out Cabrera, a flinching Fielder and Young.

Coke returned the favour in the top of the ninth, fanning the side. With Jose Valverde having lost his closer role during a shaky month, Coke stayed in for the 10th and faltered.

The Giants became the first champion that hit the fewest home runs in the majors since St. Louis in 1982. Sandoval's three drives in Game 1 started San Francisco's romp, and its dominant pitching took over from there.

The parade to a sweep masked the problems San Francisco overcame to get this far.

Faced elimination 6 times

Closer Brian Wilson pitched only two innings before an elbow injury ended his year. All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera was suspended 50 games for a positive testosterone test, and not welcomed back when the ban ended. Two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum struggled and wound up in the bullpen.

Swept in a three-game set at Arizona to start the season, the Giants were floundering under .500 in mid-May. They soon hit their stride and, boosted by trade deadline deals for Scutaro and Pence, passed the Dodgers in the NL West for good in late August and posted 98 wins.

Getting past Cincinnati and St. Louis in the playoffs presented challenges. Down 2-0 in the best-of-five division series, they rallied for three straight victories in Cincinnati. Trailing the defending champion Cardinals 3-1 in the NLCS, they again took three in a row to advance, clinching in a driving rainstorm.

Six elimination games, six wins. Facing the Tigers, San Francisco proved it could play with a lead, too.

The Giants became the first NL team since the Big Red Machine in the mid-1970s to win two titles in a three-year span. Shut out for 56 years — Juan Marichal, Willie McCovey and Barry Bonds never won it all — their self-described "misfits" captured that elusive crown in 2010.

While many of the pitchers have remained, the lineup has seen quite a turnover. Posey, the NL batting champion, was the only position player to start Sunday night who also started the Game 5 clincher in 2010 at Texas.

The Tigers' flop finished off a season in which Cabrera became baseball's first Triple Crown winner since 1967. Detroit overtook the White Sox in the final week to win the AL Central and wound up at 88-74, the AL's seventh-best record.

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Livescribe launches Sky wireless smartpen that syncs with Evernote

Livescribe keeps making its smartpens smarter. The company has created a pen that can capture writing, record audio, and then wirelessly transfer the captured data to a smartphone, tablet, or Evernote note-taking software on a PC. By doing so, the company makes it a lot easier to make use of and share notes from lectures that you’ve heard or meetings you’ve attended.

The Oakland, Calif.-based company is launching Sky, the first WiFi-enabled digital pen that can transfer your data to cloud services, including synchronizing with Evernote, which has more than 40 million users. The new Sky WiFi smart pen digitizes and records audio at the same timing, allowing consumers to capture everything they hear and write.

By moving handwritten work or recorded audio to Evernote, Livescribe makes it a lot easier to back up your important notes. Once the data has been securely stored on the cloud, it becomes easily searchable and can be played back, organized, and shared. The target audience is on-the-go people, from executives to students. Those individuals don’t have to choose between writing on paper or writing on a tablet, as the Sky smartpen allows them to write an image on paper and have that image appear automatically on a tablet.

“It’s like a companion to the iPad or Android tablet,” said Byron Connell (pictured), vice president of marketing at Livescribe, in an interview with VentureBeat. “We’ve overhauled our strategy to be more tablet and cloud-centric.”

With Livescribe, you write your notes on a special type of paper that records the strokes in digital form. That data is recorded on the smartpen’s flash memory drive, and when you use the pen to tap on the words later, you can play back the audio recording from that moment in the recording. That makes it easy to find the right spot you want to listen to in the captured audio.

Livescribe can also automatically transfer what you’ve written on paper to a tablet’s touchscreen. That makes sense because 54 percent of Livescribe users also have tablets. About 85 percent of tablet owners want to use those devices for notes, but only 13 percent say they are satisfied with tablets’ abilities to take notes, according to Livescribe’s own survey.

If you underline a word and then associate that word with an app, you can launch that piece of software in the future by tapping on the line. The pen also has a password feature so your data can remain private, and you can put your name on the display, making it easier for someone to return a pen to you if you lose it. With paper, writing is easy, flexible, and precise. But it’s easier to share, search, replay, and save on a tablet. Once in Evernote, the data is searchable and shareable.

Connell said the partnership with Evernote is a natural fit since 57 percent of Livescribe pen owners also use the note-taking software. Evernote allows you to take pictures of notes or other objects and then store them in a digital archive. You can search for those notes or objects and easily find them again when you need to. Evernote started its own cloud storage service that allows people to back data up in a secure way. Rather than create such a solution itself, Livescribe decided it would partner with Evernote, which is dedicated to making sure that you remember everything important. Sky allows you to store 500 megabytes of monthly uploaded data, or 70 hours of recording time, for free. The Evernote sync can be set for automatic updating of material to the cloud storage.

“The Livescribe Sky WiFi smartpen is cool,” said Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote. “It’s one of the deepest partner integrations that we’ve ever done. You get the feeling that a bit of magic just happened when you see your handwriting and words transformed instantly and wirelessly into shareable, searchable ideas in Evernote.”

One of the new apps that goes with the Sky WiFi smartpen is Transcribe Me, an audio transcription service using the latest transcription technology and crowdsourced techniques for providing high-quality audio-to-text conversion for Livescribe customers.

“Thanks to our unique partnership and joint development efforts with Evernote, we have created an amazingly simple and exciting new experience for our customers,” said Gilles Bouchard, Livescribe chairman and CEO. “With the Sky WiFi smartpen, they can easily capture important ideas, presentations, and conversations in the most natural way, on paper, and they automatically appear right where they want them — on their mobile devices and personal computers.”

Livescribe is also launching its Mobile Software Developer Kit (SDK), which allows developers to create apps that work with the Sky smartpen via a WiFi connection. For example, Branchfire, creators of iAnnotate, a popular PDF markup app, is building apps to help individuals make the most of their digital content. Other apps are also in the works. Livescribe showed a prototype app at a Cisco chief information officer conference where 30 people could work on a collaborative whiteboard at once.

“That one has a lot of academic potential,” Connell said.

In the U.S., the Sky WiFi smartpen will be available at Best Buy, Fry’s Apple stores, college campus book stores, and online through sellers like Livescribe.com, BestBuy.com, and Amazon.com. A two-gigabyte Sky smartpen will sell for $169.95 and records around 200 hours of audio. The four-gigabyte version records 400 hours and sells for $199.95. The eight-gigabyte version will be sold only through Best Buy and Livescribe.com. That one sells for $249.95 and records 800 hours of audio, and it includes a one-year subscription to Evernote Premium. The older Echo smartpen sells for $119.

Livescribe has sold at least a million units since its debut in 2008. The pen is the first major product release since the company launched its Echo smart pen in 2010. In September 2010, Livescribe raised $39 million in venture funding, and it has raised more than $100 million to date. Investors include Crosslink Capital, Scale Venture Partners, Qualcomm, TransLink Capital, Presidio Ventures, Keating Capital, and existing investors VantagePoint Venture Partners, Lionhart, and Aeris Capital. Michael Stark of Crosslink and Rory O’Driscoll of Scale will join Livescribe’s board. Livescribe’s technology is licensed from Anoto.

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Sunday, 28 October 2012

Literature is not Data: Against Digital Humanities



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Stephen Marche in The LA Review of Books:

BIG DATA IS COMING for your books. It’s already come for everything else. All human endeavor has by now generated its own monadic mass of data, and through these vast accumulations of ciphers the robots now endlessly scour for significance much the way cockroaches scour for nutrition in the enormous bat dung piles hiding in Bornean caves. The recent Automate This, a smart book with a stupid title, offers a fascinatingly general look at the new algorithmic culture: 60 percent of trades on the stock market today take place with virtually no human oversight. Artificial intelligence has already changed health care and pop music, baseball, electoral politics, and several aspects of the law. And now, as an afterthought to an afterthought, the algorithms have arrived at literature, like an army which, having conquered Italy, turns its attention to San Marino.

The story of how literature became data in the first place is a story of several, related intellectual failures.

In 2002, on a Friday, Larry Page began to end the book as we know it. Using the 20 percent of his time that Google then allotted to its engineers for personal projects, Page and Vice-President Marissa Mayer developed a machine for turning books into data. The original was a crude plywood affair with simple clamps, a metronome, a scanner, and a blade for cutting the books into sheets. The process took 40 minutes. The first refinement Page developed was a means of digitizing books without cutting off their spines — a gesture of tender-hearted sentimentality towards print. The great disbinding was to be metaphorical rather than literal. A team of Page-supervised engineers developed an infrared camera that took into account the curvature of pages around the spine. They resurrected a long dormant piece of Optical Character Recognition software from Hewlett-Packard and released it to the open-source community for improvements. They then crowd-sourced textual correction at a minimal cost through a brilliant program called reCAPTCHA, which employs an anti-bot service to get users to read and type in words the Optical Character Recognition software can’t recognize. (A miracle of cleverness: everyone who has entered a security identification has also, without knowing it, aided the perfection of the world’s texts.) Soon after, the world’s five largest libraries signed on as partners. And, more or less just like that, literature became data.

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Bear neccessities: Defense, Cutler star late


The two things that have been integral to the Chicago Bears success this season- defensive scoring and Jay Cutler’s fourth-quarter success- came through one more time in a win over the Carolina Panthers.

The Panthers were true to form as well, succumbing in a close game yet again. It’s something they’ve done often recently.

Let’s recap the key notes and numbers from a dramatic victory.

An unusual kind of win
This was the third time the Panthers have ever lost a game in which they led by 10 or more entering the 4th quarter (entered 57-2 all-time in such games)

The Bears have won twice in the last 30 games in which they trailed by at least 10 points entering the fourth quarter.

They snapped a 16-game losing streak in such games, winning for the first time since Week 6 in 2006 when they rallied to defeat the Arizona Cardinals, 24-23.

The Bears are now 4-0 all-time at home against the Panthers.

The Panthers are 1-10 over the last two seasons in games decided by seven points or less.

Cutler slices up Panthers in fourth
The Panthers went conservative in their pass rush in the fourth quarter and Cutler made them pay the price.

Cutler went 12-for-14 for 106 yards and a touchdown in the final 15 minutes, all of which was done against four or fewer pass rushers.

As the chart on the right shows, that pass rush worked very effectively against Cutler in the first three quarters of the game.

But Cutler was great in the fourth quarter once again, posting a 92.4 Total QBR. He entered the day with an NFL-best 94.2 Total QBR in the fourth quarter.

Six Pick-Sixes!
The interception return for a touchdown by Tim Jennings was the Bears sixth interception returned for a touchdown this season, the most-ever by a team in its first seven games of a season.

The six touchdowns are a Bears single-season record and only three shy of the record set by the 1961 Chargers.

Both of the Cam Newton’s interceptions were thrown against the Bears’ four-man pass rush.
The Bears entered the game limiting opposing QBs to a 26.0 Total QBR sending such pressure, including 11 interceptions, both of which ranked best in the NFL.

Good as Gould
Robbie Gould’s game-winning field goal was the 200th of his NFL career. Gould ranks second in Bears history in field goals made, trailing only Kevin Butler’s 243.

Gould’s 200 field goals since entering the league in 2005 are the third-most in the NFL in that span. Only David Akers (212) and Rob Bironas (201) have more.

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Survey: Most companies still not capitalizing on social media

For traditional businesses, social media is like a virus: it’s furious, fast-growing, and impossible to ignore.

According to a new survey released by the Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance, the Center for Leadership Development and Research at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and The Conference Board, less than a third of companies today use social media for business purposes.

Executives not confidently using sites like Facebook and LinkedIn to support their corporate strategy whether it’s for the purposes of communication, brand management or identifying risk.

In the report, 180 senior executives and corporate directors of North American public and private companies, were surveyed for their opinions on social media. The findings reveal a disconnect between companies’ understanding of social media and how they are applying it to their business.

“Companies appreciate the potential that social media can have to transform all aspects of their business,” said Professor David F. Larcker of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and lead author of the study, in a statement. “They also realize the serious threats that it can pose. They’re just not doing very much about it.”

The key findings from the report include:

  • 90 percent of respondents claim to understand the impact that social media can have on their organization but only 32 percent monitor social media to detect risks to their business activities (only 14 percent use metrics from social media to measure corporate performance).
  • Only 24 percent of senior managers and 8 percent of directors receive reports containing summary information and metrics from social media. Approximately half of the companies do not collect this information at all.
  • Nearly two-thirds of respondents (65 percent) use social media for personal purposes, and 63 percent for business purposes. This demonstrates that executives and board members are familiar with social media.
  • Only 59 percent of companies in the survey use social media to interact with customers, 49 percent to advertise, and 35 percent to research customers. About 30% use social media for to research competitors, new products and services, or communicate with employees.

To get savvy with social media, the authors of the report recommend that businesses develop a formal set of guidelines for employees and directors, and consider a monitoring or “listening” tool like Sysomos, Sprout Social, or Salesforce-owned Radian6.

Read the full report here

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How Suns get upgrade over Steve Nash

This is the second installment of a series called “Missed or Not Missed?”. The concept is simple -- we take a look at a few Western Conference teams and determine if the players they’ve lost will be missed or if the player they brought in will make them forget that loss. The Phoenix Suns couldn’t compete with the elite teams in the West and traded Steve Nash to the Los Angeles Lakers. In comes Goran Dragic for a second stint and he becomes one of Phoenix’s focal points. Will the Suns be better off with a younger point guard running the show?

Pick & roll master
Few have Nash’s stellar ability to hit the roll man on pick-and-roll plays. He led the league last year with the most passes to the roll man (375) and his teammates made him look good as they ranked first in points per play (1.18) and field-goal percentage (60.3).

Dragic was one of 15 players with at least 160 such plays and is a formidable pick-and-roll player, but his teammates ranked eighth in field-goal percentage and ninth in points per play on the pick-and-roll.

Younger, fresher legs

Dragic, who is 12 years younger than Nash, is a great jump shot defender. There were 121 players last year who were involved in at least 130 plays where they defended a jump shot. Of those 121, Dragic held his opponents to the fourth-lowest field-goal percentage (30.8) and the sixth-fewest points per play (.81).

Nash, on the other hand, allowed his opponents to shoot nearly 40 percent on jump shots and allowed an average of more than a point per play.

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'Basketball Wives' L.A. -- Four Wives Axed From the Show

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Four Wives
Axed From the Show

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"Basketball Wives: L.A.
" axed four of its six cast members -- and TMZ has learned the catalyst was when Gloria Govan shut producers out of her nuptials to L.A. Lakers star Matt Barnes.

Sources connected to the show tell TMZ the producers are getting rid of Gloria, Laura Govan, Malaysia Pargo and Brooke Bailey because the wives, especially Gloria, weren't allowing "all of their reality to be filmed."

We're told the breaking point came when Gloria (who is known for her feisty ways) jetted off to Vegas to marry Barnes -- and didn't even let the show know about it. Our sources say the producers felt extremely disrespected by her actions and made the decision to clean house.

Our sources tell us the producers haven't told the wives they're getting fired yet, but are already looking for new women to fill their spots.

Draya Michele and Jackie Christie will be the only returning members.

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Lewis Lapham's Antidote to the Age of BuzzFeed



From Smithsonian:

Last-Renaissance-Man-Lewis-Lapham-631The counter­revolution has its embattled forward outpost on a genteel New York street called Irving Place, home to Lapham’s Quarterly. The street is named after Washington Irving, the 19th-century American author best known for creating the Headless Horseman in his short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” The cavalry charge that Lewis Lapham is now leading could be said to be one against headlessness—against the historically illiterate, heedless hordesmen of the digital revolution ignorant of our intellectual heritage; against the “Internet intellectuals” and hucksters of the purportedly utopian digital future who are decapitating our culture, trading in the ideas of some 3,000 years of civilization for...BuzzFeed. 

Lapham, the legendary former editor of Harper’s, who, beginning in the 1970s, helped change the face of American nonfiction, has a new mission: taking on the Great Paradox of the digital age. Suddenly thanks to Google Books, JSTOR and the like, all the great thinkers of all the civilizations past and present are one or two clicks away. The great library of Alexandria, nexus of all the learning of the ancient world that burned to the ground, has risen from the ashes online. And yet—here is the paradox—the wisdom of the ages is in some ways more distant and difficult to find than ever, buried like lost treasure beneath a fathomless ocean of online ignorance and trivia that makes what is worthy and timeless more inaccessible than ever. There has been no great librarian of Alexandria, no accessible finder’s guide, until Lapham created his quarterly five years ago with the quixotic mission of serving as a highly selective search engine for the wisdom of the past.

More here.

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Rosie Huntington Whiteley And Alessandra Ambrosio Heat It Up For Halloween

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Leave it to these ladies to do it right!

Last night, Rosie Huntington Whiteley and Alessandra Ambrosio threw on their hottest Halloween outfits as they headed to a private bash in Beverly Hills.

Both models looked sizzling in their sexy attire on the way to the exclusive event, which also included celebrity guests Derek and Julianne Hough and Ryan Seacrest. Talk about star power!

Who do you think is the hotter Victoria's Secret model?

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Want to Work at Niftythrifty.com or Intern at Shop It to Me? Check Out Our Careers Page

Why don’t you dress up as someone who has a brand-new career or internship in the fashion industry this Halloween? OK, that’s a boring costume–you should do it in real life instead! Our careers page can help you get there.

Niftythrifty.com, a Brooklyn-based online vintage store, is hiring an E-commerce processor. In San Francisco, Shop It To Me is hiring a paid marketing intern. Spanish speaking fashionistas can apply for in-office and remote paid internships at the Miami-based Flechada.

To find out more about these jobs, or to check out the other opportunities that are up for grabs, head over to our careers page. We bet you’ll find something quicker than you can say, “Trick or treat.”


Published on Saturday, October 27th, 2012 at 3:00 PM

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Saturday, 27 October 2012

Little Richard "I'm Just a Lonely Guy" (1955)



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Skate Canada International

The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating tour is in Windsor, Ont., for Skate Canada International, where men's world champion Patrick Chan and ice dance champs Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are making their Grand Prix season debuts — and showing off their new programs — along with a host of fellow Canadians.

Check out our Scribble Live blog to follow the event through news, notes, photos, video and analysis from CBC figure skating analyst Pj Kwong, and comments from fans across Canada.

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Rob and Kristen Lock Lips in Newest “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2” Clip

Posted Saturday October 27, 2012 4:14 PM GMT

If it’s even possible, Summitt Entertainment has now created more hype for the highly-anticipated conclusion of “The Twilight Saga” by releasing yet another TV spot.

The newest clip to hit the airwaves not only includes sultry kissing scenes between Edward ( Robert Pattinson) and Bella ( Kristen Stewart), but also includes a line from Swan, saying, “I never felt more alive; I was born to be a vampire.”

Taylor Lautner, who plays werewolf Jacob, also makes a cameo in the clip, and it seems he is getting more comfortable with Bella and Edward's relationship as he says, “You guys really look good together.”

The entire cast, including Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene and Nikki Reed, have jetted around the globe for promotional work, in preparation for the theatrical release.

In “Breaking Dawn - Part 2” Bella is learning how to be a mother for her daughter, Renesmee, but must also learn how to overcome her new bloodsucking urges.

The conclusion of the insanely-lucrative franchise is set to hit theaters on November 16, and will also offer many 10 p.m. screenings the night before for the "Twi-hard" fans.

You can check out the entire clip below!

Winona Ryder Jeri Ryan

Russian opposition protest leaders held in Moscow

Sergei Udaltsov, the socialist leader who was charged Friday then released on his own recognizance, was plucked off the street along with two liberal activists, Alexei Navalny and Ilya Yashin.

The three had spent the morning at a meeting with other opposition leaders, who had been elected to a new coordinating council of activists last weekend. The council was elected by protest-minded citizens to lead the opposition that emerged last December in demonstrations against vote-rigging and Russian President Vladi­mir Putin. After that meeting ended, they went to Federal Security Service headquarters at the Lubyanka to stage individual pickets.

The picketing was a protest against the alleged abduction of Leonid Razvozzhayev, a member of Udaltsov’s Left Front bloc, who said Russian agents seized him in Ukraine on Oct. 19.

Razvozzhayev had gone to Kiev seeking political asylum. He says he was abducted, thrown into a van and driven into Russia, where he was bound hand and foot, deprived of food, water and toilet and threatened for nearly three days until he wrote a confession that also implicated Udaltsov. He turned up in custody in Moscow on Oct. 21 and disavowed his confession Thursday after he was able to meet with a lawyer.

City officials denied the opposition a permit to demonstrate on Saturday, so the opposition called for individual picketing, which does not require a permit. About 50 protesters arranged themselves about 60 yards apart near the Lubyanka, some holding signs saying they were against repression and torture, and began walking toward the headquarters of the country’s top investigative body a few miles away.

Police using megaphones called on them to disperse, saying their presence constituted an unsanctioned demonstration. When the protesters kept walking, the police picked up the three leaders. Police said they were being held for disrupting public order.

Udaltsov reported his detention in a tweet from a police bus. “Walking down the sidewalk. Was detained without explanation. I am in a bus,” he wrote.

Shortly afterward, Navalny, an influential blogger, and Yashin were detained as well.

The detainess tweeted periodically, delivering their messages in upbeat tones, commenting on their cellmates, complaining that their lawyers weren’t allowed to see them, saying they refused to be intimidated. Later in the day, an opposition journalist, Sergei Parkhomenko, was picked up. From the police bus he tweeted: “Lost. Riot police don’t know address of police station. Found it for them on the Internet.”

When Parkhomenko finally arrived at the station, Navalny took a picture of him smiling cheerfully, and tweeted it.

In another development Saturday, Mikhail Prokhorov, the billionaire owner of the Brooklyn Nets who ran unsuccessfully for president in March, said he was quitting business and devoting himself to politics.

After a meeting of his movement, the Civil Platform party, he told reporters that he had arranged for his interests to be managed by a trust. Though Prokhorov was popular with voters in Moscow, who liked his business experience, some suspected he was running to split the opposition and benefit Vladimir Putin, who easily won the election.

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Jennifer Garner: Family Fun in Brentwood

Posted Friday October 26, 2012 5:05 PM GMT

Taking care of her to-do list, Jennifer Garner showed up at the Brentwood Country Mart in Brentwood, California this morning (October 26).

The “Butter” babe brought her daughter Seraphina and son Samuel along for the ride as she gathered supplies for the upcoming weekend.

Earlier this week, Jennifer spent some time with her husband Ben Affleck for a healthy breakfast at one of their favorite spots Farmshop.

Speaking of Ben, he’s been spending a ton of time with longtime friend Matt Damon- they’re reportedly working on a new film about Whitey Bulger, a notorious criminal from Boston.

Enjoy the pictures of Jennifer Garner at the Brentwood Country Mart with Seraphina and Samuel (October 26).

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After Benghazi attacks, Islamist extremists akin to al-Qaeda stir fear in eastern Libya

What is unfolding here may be the most extreme example of the confrontation underway across Libya, underscoring just how deeply the fundamentalists have sown their seeds in the security vacuum that has defined Libya since the fall of Moammar Gaddafi last September.

The extremists have continued to operate here despite the popular backlash that followed last month’s attack in Benghazi, 156 miles to the west, and despite fears of possible retaliation by the United States, whose unmanned drone aircraft can now be heard humming overhead almost every day.

For now, the militants appear to have taken cover in urban homes and farms in the remote Green Mountains that surround the city. But officials say the local government remains powerless to stop them, even as the extremists push their ideology just as fervently as before.

“No one will stop anyone from doing anything,” said Fathalla al-Awam, the head of the largely toothless local council, and militants are free to come and go from the city and surrounding areas as they please. “There’s no police, no army and no militias. Nothing. It’s an open city from east and west.’’

Some Libyans say the extremist views are held much more broadly than just among the Islamist militias themselves, a fact they said the United States has failed to understand in the wake of the Benghazi attack. Not all of the extremists in Darna or elsewhere in Libya belong to a group, they said. But those who share al-Qaeda’s ideology are many, they said, and that creates ample opportunity for recruitment.

“It’s a way of thinking,” said Saad Belgassim, who used to work as a bureaucrat in Darna’s now defunct court system. “They kidnap people like they do in Afghanistan. They delude young people and send them off to bomb themselves.”

In some ways, the sway that Islamists hold here is not a surprise. Neglected, conservative and desperately poor under Gaddafi, Darna stood out for its fierce Islamist resistance to the old regime — and for sending more jihadists to Iraq during the U.S. occupation than any other place in Libya.

The latest bombing here came early Thursday morning, when an explosion ripped through a building on the city’s eastern outskirts that local authorities had hoped to use to support a new security force. Often, the locals say, the target is a car belonging to an official or journalist who has dared to defy the militias. A newly appointed police chief was slain in broad daylight last March with a quick round of bullets to the back as he filled up his tank at the gas station.

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NHL cancels games through Nov. 30

One day after the expiry of a deadline to save a full 82-game schedule, the NHL officially cancelled games through Nov. 30 on Friday.

"The National Hockey League deeply regrets having to take this action," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement. "By presenting a proposal to the NHLPA that contemplated a fair division of revenues and was responsive to Player concerns regarding the value of their contracts, we had hoped to be able to forge a long-term Collective Bargaining Agreement that would have preserved an 82-game regular season for our fans. Unfortunately, that did not occur.

"We acknowledge and accept that there is joint responsibility in collective bargaining and, though we are profoundly disappointed that a new agreement has not been attained to this point, we remain committed to achieving an agreement that is fair for the players and the clubs — one that will be good for the game and our fans."

Friday's announcement could result in 326 regular-season games — or 26.5 per cent of the season — missed should the entire month of November be lost.

NHLPA executive Director Donald Fehr said the news was unfortunate but hardly unexpected.

“The league officially informed us today that they have withdrawn their latest proposal and have cancelled another slate of regular season games," he said through a union statement. "This is deeply disappointing for all hockey fans and everyone who makes their living from hockey, including the players. But it comes as no surprise."

Fehr also met with players and attended a charity game Friday night in Rosemont, Ill, and was trying to make sense of the situation.

"The only thing I'll say about the conversation is, and we repeatedly get asked, 'What is there in the NHL offer that moved in our direction?'" Fehr said. "My problem is all I can do is shrug my shoulders, because I don't know what it is."

A league source also told ESPN that the NHL will cancel the Winter Classic and all-star game with an announcement scheduled for next.

However, Daly said that a quick decision on the status of both events aren't expected.

The annual Winter Classic was set for Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., a contest featuring the Red Wings against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 1.

According to the contract the league signed with the University of Michigan to use its stadium for the Winter Classic, the NHL would recover all but $100,000 US of its $3-million rental fee if it was to cancel the event by Nov. 2 or sooner.

It's believed the league would stand to lose more than the estimated $30 million it earned from last year's Winter Classic if the 2013 edition was cancelled.

"They're going to keep exercising the power that they have to be able to lock us out, and the thought that they can cancel games to try to sway us their way," Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "We'll see what happens in the next little while and see where it goes from there."

Last week, the NHL made a 50-50 proposal to the players on all hockey-related revenues (HRR), giving the National Hockey League Players' Association an Oct. 25 deadline to accept the deal and save the entire regular season.

Two days later, the union sent the owners three counterproposals, which were quickly rejected by the league.

"To be honest with you, more than anything it seems like it's more of a scare tactic to us," Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane said. "The only reason why is they can cancel those games. It don't think it really means too much."

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman maintained a deal needed to be in place by a league-mandated Oct. 25 deadline, allowing for a week of training camp which would've been followed by a full 82-game schedule commencing on Nov. 2.

Both parties now face a difficult task of reaching a new CBA deal if they hope to salvage any of the cancelled games.

"We obviously want to reach an agreement as soon as possible and when we do, we will try to put together a schedule that will maximize the number of regular season games we can play, subject to reasonable logistical and scheduling parameters we will have to discuss with the players," Daly told The Associated Press in an email.

"Having said that, once clubs begin releasing dates and rebooking their buildings, as they will be free to do for the month of November, the process will obviously get more difficult and complicated."

Proposals dismissed

The NHL and NHLPA met in Toronto 48 hours after the owners’ proposal to discuss three of the union’s counteroffers. One proposal called for a gradual move toward a “50-50” split of revenues if current contracts are honoured.

Players received 57 per cent of the $3.3-billion US revenue generated last season. Based on numbers from the 2011-12 campaign, players would forfeit $231 million a year if they accepted a 50-50 split.

But the league wouldn’t budge.

Bettman, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and four owners quickly dismissed all three proposals.

"Last week the owners gave us what amounts to a "take-it-or-leave-it" proposal," said Fehr. "We responded with the framework for three proposals on the players’ share, each of which moved significantly, towards their stated desire for a 50-50 split of HRR, with the only condition being that they honour contracts they have already signed. Honouring contracts signed between owners and players is a reasonable request. Unfortunately, after considering them for only 10 minutes they rejected all of our proposals.

"Since then, we have repeatedly advised the owners that the players are prepared to sit down and negotiate on any day, with no pre-conditions. The owners refused. They apparently are only interested in meeting if we first agree to everything in their last offer, except for perhaps a few minor tweaks and discussion of their 'make whole' provision."

The acrimony only grew when news surfaced Tuesday that owners and general managers were granted a 48-hour window last week to talk with players regarding the league’s latest contract offer — a development that didn’t sit well with the union.

"Most owners are not allowed to attend bargaining meetings," said Steve Fehr, the NHLPA's special counsel. "No owners are allowed to speak to the media about the bargaining. It is interesting that they are secretly unleashed to talk to the players about the meetings the players can attend, but the owners cannot."

With files from The Canadian Press & The Associated Press

Edith Evans Paula Prentis