The entertainment industry trade publication Variety is on the sales block once again. On Friday, Reed Business Information announced it was looking to sell the venerable trade paper, which is the last in a group of business magazines it had owned. (The others were sold in 2008, but Variety was not because Reed said it couldn't get the price it wanted.) The potential sale comes as The Hollywood Reporter has changed the entertainment business news landscape dramatically. In November 2010, the 80-year-old daily was transformed into both a new weekly magazine and the leading entertainment website.
The question of how Whitney Houston died has been answered. Accidental drowning combined with effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use have been revealed as the official causes of the pop icon's death on Feb. 11 at the rather young age of 48. There was cocaine in her system when she was found submerged in water in the bathtub in her fourth-floor room at the Beverly Hilton, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner. And cocaine wasn't all the coroner found. Traces of marijuana, the antianxiety drug Xanax, the muscle relaxer Flexeril and the antihistamine Benadryl also turned up in her system, but they did not contribute to her death.
In the weeks after the arrest of the owner of Megaupload and the shuttering of his sites the internet has changed drastically. Not in terms of piracy but in terms of how hosting companies are now treating webmasters. We are under a ton of new scrutiny from both law enforcement and companies who exist solely to sell hosting. Sites such as this one with any level of streaming content whether legal or illegal is dealing with nasty business practices at the hands of their web hosts. Over the past week or so our own web host has been tampering with this website rendering it completely useless on many occasions, last night going as far as to outright delete critical files that makes our web player work. They denied and denied and denied and finally gave in to admitting as much (I have it all documented), now mind you Cinema Haven does not host any videos at all, nor do we have any pirated content on this website at all.
I started this website over 4 years ago with the intension of being ahead of the streaming curb legally. I for one felt like people's entertainment wouldn't be one provide by their cable/satellite provider but one where the internet and television became one. I have poured countless thousands of hours into building this website and countless thousands of my own dollars. My mission was free content for the world and never to pirate or violate any copyright laws. The majority of entertainment out there is already free but scattered, my idea was to simplify the enjoyment of all of this content removing the need to visit a ton of different websites. We achieved this goal as a team of developers and just flat out fanatics of the web. Now today I speak to you as someone on the verge of losing this all because of a web host. We could go to a company like godaddy but we wont because of their own business practices, but we do have options of where to move the website to that will keep it running without interruption. Unfortunately we do not have the financial resources to do so, and I am reaching out to our users in hopes of raising enough capital to make this move and sustain it for at least the next year while we secure private funding for the community.
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Philadelphia (CNN) -- Two runners died while participating in Sunday's Philadelphia Marathon, the race's director said.
Melanie Johnson, executive director of the Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend, said in a statement that race organizers "are deeply saddened" by the deaths.
The two runners' identities were not immediately disclosed, as officials were still working to notify their families, according to Johnson. That information will be provided to the public "as it becomes available," she added.
"Our thoughts remain with the runners' families and friends," Johnson said.
New York (CNN) -- Authorities have arrested a man they claim was plotting to detonate pipe bombs, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday night.
The Manhattan man's intended targets were U.S. military personnel who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as U.S. postal facilities and police stations, a source close to the investigation said before the mayor's announcement.
The suspect allegedly learned how to make a pipe bomb after reading Inspire, the al Qaeda terrorist network's English-language online propaganda, recruiting and training magazine, according to the source. He is believed to have been acting alone.
He'd acquired all the material need for the explosive device, going as far as drilling holes into the would-be pipe bomb in an informant's apartment, the source said. But while he'd allegedly made plans for his attacks, the explosive device was not yet operational.
News Corp. has given Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of its scandal-ridden News of the World tabloid, quite a severance package -- $2.7 million, use of her company limousine and driver and an office in central London â€“ the Guardian reports. Brooks, a close associate of News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, resigned in July from her post as CEO of News International, News Corp.â€™s British publishing division. This followed allegations that she knew about the company's complicity in a major phone-hacking scandal. For her troubles, Brooks not only received the....
NYC's Mayor Bloomberg who has been a long time member of the 1% today is quoted as saying "It's obnoxious, it's annoying..they should be out there changing the world instead of protesting". Wait..What? Isn't that exactly what a protest does? Last I checked they weren't down there keeping the world as it is. Last I checked they aren't down there turning a profit. Last I checked unlike hundreds of millions of citizens who've had to change their lifestyle over the past year Mr. Bloomberg did not. In fact Bloomberg actually made a ton of money during a recession (Which I still say should be investigated).
Funny enough former Mayor Ed Koch had the quote of the day "We have young people going to jail for standing up for what's right and a financial market person who commits fraud but only pays a fine". The look on Bloombergs face was priceless because he thinks we haven't realized that we know most of his social circle would be in jail if politicians actually did their publicly appointed jobs. Quite frankly it's time the wealthy of the world realize that they are now the enemy and not all of them are guilty of being horrible human beings but most are. We all know why fundraisers exist..not to help a good cause but be added to a list of who's who with toss around money. That's the reality of the world we live. People of wealth using causes to further improve their own stature amongst other wealthy people. You want a reality check? Go live for a week in those neighborhoods you only read about and despise. I'm sure any number of Americans would open the door to their home to you just to give you a taste of how the 99% lives.
"By the people for the people" has long been something that's been said but in actuality wasn't the truth. Since earning our independence America has long tried to spread democracy around the world. The issue here is, How can you promote democracy if your own system is flawed?
I am one of the proudest americans you will ever meet but I am not blind to the fact that our politicians care more about protecting their corporate friends then ensuring that I can educate myself or even eat for that matter. It is on the rare occasion that a fellow citizen can honestly say 'I reached out to such and such politician and he actually helped me". If the government is set up to represent the people and the majority are crying foul over the minority 1%". The only time politicians feel they need the public is come election time outside of that we are just sheep to be shaved of our talents and youth to pay into a system that protects the interest of the top tier in wealth. The rich do not feel they need to pay the same taxes we working class pay, but they feel entitled to use our roads, to use the law enforcement we pay for, to use us and never give back. This isn't about political parties, this isn't about personal beliefs, this is about living up to the jargon we so proudly spew at the world about freedoms and the pursuit of happiness. It's time we as americans take control of our country and demand more for the many and stop this protection of the rich.
Hank Williams Jr controversial comparison of President Obama to Adolf Hitler has just earned him a quick trip to the unemployment line. ESPN announced they have parted ways with Williams over the comments. Hank has since tried to dismiss it by saying "It was his choice"...right...yeah a right winger passing up millions of dollars by choice is not something I see happening...ever.
As a fan of ESPN I could not be happier by this news and I stand up and applaud ESPN for taking the steps to separate themselves from political opinions. To those saying this is a violation of his amendment rights, he wasn't on a street corner saying this which he legally can without repercussions but when you drag your employer into a political storm they have the right to fire you and send you packing. Kudos to you ESPN..the comments were so outrageous that even Fox News wouldn't touch it and that's saying something.
Adding insult to injury a popular high ranking gop member has been quoted as saying "Wall street protestors don't know their place in life" only minutes after President Obama made it clear as day that the Republican members of congress have been fighting tooth and nail to protect Wall Street's interest over that of the citizens of this nation.
Republicans best known for their propaganda filled speeches about how they represent the average joe of america have a long history of protecting the 1% over the interest of the country itself. This is further evidenced by the fact they want to return to an old system they created that got us into a financial crisis in the first place. Said republican who has been quoted has a long history of being backed by investment bankers and even serves on two fortune 500 company boards.
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So Operation Occupy Wall Street on it's 19th day has gained steam with the support of citizens across America. Union leaders, democratic leaders, and even attorneys have cheered on in support of the rights of the protestors. Yet the originating city in which this occurred which has a Mayor self appointedly nick named "The people's Mayor" is nowhere to be found, has no comment on the situation, and hasn't given a damn at all about it.
As a New Yorker i've been arguing for a decade that Mayor Bloomberg with his bi-lingual attempts, nerdy awkward charm, and great P.R. teams has completely pulled the wool over the eyes of the residents of the state. This is a statement i've stood by this entire time and finally people are seeing him for what he is. An opportunist who used the Mayor's office to triple his estate (Bloomberg's net worth prior to being Mayor 4.1 Billion, Bloombergs net worth today 18.1 Billion) meanwhile all the city he oversee's has gone straight down the toilet. People can't afford to live in NY, there are less jobs today, crime stats are padded (PROVEN!!) but it's all sunshine and smiles in the world of Bloomy. He's refused to address the public over these protest and the behavior of his goon squad the "NYPD".
Most are shocked by the pictures and video of cops assaulting innocent bystanders, macing them, arresting them and so forth. This isn't new..the only thing new is that it's now happening in Manhattan instead of exclusively in the other boroughs. Ask people of the outer boroughs whether this is new to them and they'll say no. I personally can attest to that, after being illegally stopped, questioned, and frisked for no other reason than being of color. Welcome to the New York they keep out of the newspapers, welcome to the new york you don't see in your travel brochures, welcome to the New York anyone outside of the borough of manhattan is all too familiar with.
What do you expect a member of America's 1% club to do? Stand up for the poor? Stand up for the people who's taxes actually keep New York running. Bloomberg may say he's independent but he's a republican til the death of him. Let him sit in his townhouse and continue to ride the subway trying to give the public the impression he's one of them, the true nature of people has a way of revealing itself regardless of how many hundreds of millions they throw at public relation guru's to change public opinion. Mr Bloomberg you and your cronies are the real reason this country has fallen from grace.
Lately there has been a louder outcry of foul in regards to Barrack Obama's time as President. The problem here is that people aren't crying about the things they should, instead they are crying over propaganda that is more science fiction than reality. Obama isn't creating jobs, Obama isn't fixing the economy, Obama is the reason the economy is bad, those liberals and their spending...this is all a crock of poop if you ask me.
What most Americans don't realize is the presidency does not work like that of a company CEO, just because the president wants something done doesn't mean it will. If you look at any bills Obama has tried to pass he's had to fight tooth and nail and even has had to give the republican what they want just to get 10% of his initiate bill passed. It's kind of hard to run anything when 3 of the 4 wheels on the vehicle refuse to cooperate. You want someone to blame for the mess this country is in? Blame the Republicans and their openly admitted conspiracy to debunk Obama's image. They've been quoted as saying "Our focus is to make him a one term president" yet that completely escapes the public it seems. They had no choice but to deal with him because he was elected..how do they deal with it? Ensure he doesn't get elected..how do they do that? Prevent him from doing his job successfully. Many of you deal with this day in and day out in your work lives..we've all had one member of the staff who's sole purpose is to make themselves look better and make you look incompetent.
In any other big economy this would not be acceptable but since america often can't tell it's ass from it's face I don't expect the population to get it.
So over the past two years or so we've heard the recurring theme of President Obama is bad for america and bad for the citizens of this great nation. Its the song and dance that has been so heavily sold to the public to an extent never before seen in the political forum. The problem is we hear one thing but the facts and statistics sing another tune.
Even the strongest urban Obama supporters have had moments of doubts regarding our Presidents ability to lead this country from it's doom and gloom financial situation. They've been hounded by false statistics and by non-stop ranting from tea party and republican politicos alike. What happens when more people are screaming foul then people singing praise? People start buying into the former and this is a problem because it masks the truth of the situation. Amongst educated citizens of liberal backgrounds this is nothing more than propaganda blown out of proportion, yet the majority of america does not share the same level of education or understanding so they don't understand the difference between propaganda and actual fact. This is made further proof by the household debt difference between the two classes of citizens.
The fact is americans should believe half of what they read and/or see and at least attempt to sit down and face the facts. Liberals are known historically as passive and republicans have been historically known as aggressors this creates a gigantic problem for our current president. The fact is that this passive nature is hurting the democrats, the truth is being buried so deep that soon propaganda will start being referred to as fact when in fact it should not.
The first stimulus package was Bush's baby, he made the deal to take care of the banks and financial institutions. This was not Obama's brain child, it was not his negotiating that made that happen. It was not Obama who said ok to handing billions of dollars to bankers, bankers who turned around and never used the money to keep business in this country going. In fact Bush did such a horrible job with this package that bankers deemed it their war chest, this money was supposed to go to loans and mortgages and to helping businesses continue their operations. What did that package do? Nothing but sit in the vaults of a select few banks and investment firms collecting interest. This was Bush created, bush designed and bush approved.
The second stimulus package was Obama's, and it was done because of the whammy Bush's package created. The Obama stimulus package was for the people, not for big business. The package from start to finish was tailored to benefit the citizens and not the business owners. Having known people who were out of work at the time of this package I personally saw the effects this had on these individuals. People felt relieved and felt more able to survive the countries economic turmoil. Fact is this package saved countless jobs and companies indirectly. People with money to spend keeps positive cash flow in the markets therefore saving businesses from having to close or having to lay-off most of their work force. Forensic accountants have dissected the results of this package and every single last one has come to the conclusion that this package saved america from another great depression.
After September 11th 2001 our country launched an immediate war in two separate locations. The cost of these two wars was extremely high, thus taking money that would normally be designated for social programs and for assisting the citizens and shifting it to the war machine.
Here are some up to date costs of the wars:
The war in Iraq to date has cost this country:
The war in Afghanistan has cost this country:
Now add that tally to the 2003 tax cuts by Bush which included corporate breaks previously unheard of and you have a gigantic cluster f**k of bad deals. Corporations who moved their main offices outside of the U.S. would become exempt or pay an abysmally low tax rate to the U.S. government. This included companies who had billion dollar contracts from our own federal government. Now when people ask what happened to the jobs? Where did all the jobs go? Take a look above and you have your answer. How many companies have you called over the past 8 years only to speak to an employee of that company in another country? This includes companies such as Banks, utilities, and even health. Let's say the average company has a call center of between 200 and 1000 employees, now move those jobs out of the country for tax incentive and multiply those jobs by x amount of companies and you have your answer to what happened to the jobs. This is not democrat created, this is solely and should be owned by the republicans who during the bush era bent over backwards for special interests related to the corporate world. To hear these same republicans who voted in these tax cuts and this whammy on the american public scream that Obama has cost us jobs is laughable and down right shameful to those who actually sit down and read the facts.
Like Obama or not he's done everything in his power to turn all of that around while having to fight a republican dominate government. A same republican party who's tried to derail every single last bill or tax change he's attempted to enact. This is a classic situation of sabotage. On one hand they are holding the rope preventing him from making progress forward and in the other hand they are holding speeches to say "look he's not doing anything". The problem is people are focusing on the wrong hand and it's hurting this country in more ways than financially. Pick up any foreign written newspaper and read about our finances and you will see how it is presented instead of how it's sold to us here within our own publications. It seems everyone outside of the U.S. sees what's really happening while the citizens of this country in their desperation and the constant reminder that we are financially in trouble are focusing on the lies and buying into it. You want change? You want Obama to live up to his promises? Then vote out of office those impeding his success. Show the republican party that you will not buy into it's lies. Show these politicians that they will be held accountable for not protecting the interest of the people. Show the rest of the world that we are not as deaf, dumb, and blind as they are perceiving us to be. Give our president the tools and access he needs to give us a brighter future. The irony is that if we voted a republican president at the next election they'd follow the exact same path Obama has tried and unlike Obama they'll get their ideas and bills passed without a fight and they'll work but it wouldn't be Obama getting the credit for it it'll be them and that's what they are counting on. This is pure sabotage and it's time for american's to wake up and take control of their country and demand more from it's politicians. Sit down and educate yourselves the voting records are public it's not hard to see who's in on the sabotage, it's not hard to disprove these false allegations from the republican party. We have to be willing to find and use this information.
President Obama unleashed his jobs program last week calling for an influx of 447 billion to generate jobs and encourage more product building within America's own soil. The bill also carries new tax regulations for America's wealthiest, forcing them to stop writing off specifics and closing a number of tax loop holes popular amongst the wealthy to lower their already discounted tax rates. This same tax regulation is also being enforced on several industries. Of course most of these industries have lobbyists whose sole purpose in life is to keep politicians in the pocket of these companies. Wonder what people mean by "special interests"? Well I just explained it.
Since Obama's announcement of the new job plan most Republicans have been up in arms. Why? Well a party that believes in no social programs will raise its arms at anything that forces the rich to pay taxes. What really seems to escape rep supporters is that had Obama stated he was raising the taxes on Joe Six Pack the republicans would not be saying anything at all. So at the end of the day who do the republicans support? Certainly not the middle class and certainly not the poor. It amazes me to hear a person earning less than 150k a year say they support the republican party. Why? Because the republican agenda does not and has not and will never include them. In fact the republican agenda is to build America's future on the back of the worker versus building it's future on the backs on the industries that truly have the means to keep Joe Six Pack living a decent life. Instead Joe Six Pack should not only pay close to half of his wages in tax, but his boss should pay at least 20% less than he does regardless if the comma's on their yearly gross are worlds apart.
So Obama makes another suggestion to improve Joe Six Pack's earning ability but they scream it's another glorified "stimulus package" well guess what the first one was outgoing President Bush's stimulus and all it did was benefit the banks. Yet Obama gets blamed for the structure of that particular deal. Can anyone say propaganda? Some how Bush's short comings are being blamed on a President who inherited a country crippled by having it's war machine at full blast. Wars cost money people, money that if we weren't spending would not have us in the financial trouble we are in currently. It wasn't Obama who launched three simultaneous wars, and out of those 3 wars we only truly belonged in 1. The war on terror. I guess we spent over $3 million a day in private security to protect the oil fields of those politically connected..that wasn't Obama people that was Bush.
Yes Obama passed a stimulus package of his own, and as much propaganda as people want to spew out there anyone with any remote financing background has admitted that without it we would've entered a new great depression. This is proven by fact and statistics that cannot and will not be disputed by anyone who actually sits down to read them. These are not democrats writing these reports these are Joe Six Packs of the world who just happen to be accountants creating these reports both republican and democrat, yet they all come to the same conclusion the second stimulus package indeed worked better than you've been led to believe.
I don't really care about party lines, I am pro america but I am truly tired of the slander being tossed at the current president. It seems like there are other motivators there. We fully know that if the republicans and the undercover racists of this great nation could travel in time we would never hear of Obama. We know they feel stuck with him in office and the agenda seems to be let's trash him so bad and make his life so difficult that he'll either quit or we'll cement the perception that a man of color isn't ready to hold the office because "they had one but look how he failed". That's cynical and very anti american. Ruin the lives of the people in order to carry out your bigotry is not what we as citizens pledged to. Instead of trying to fix the country and providing solutions all we hear is criticism of the president. Bush messed up this country something awful but he's praised, Obama brings it back from the bring of collapse at the hands of Bush and he's the one who's guilty. I don't know about you but I want elected officials to leave their personal feelings and there deep rooted bigotry at the door and for them to do what's best for me, my family and my country.
Washington (CNN) -- As it considers President Barack Obama's $447 billion jobs plan, many members of a divided Congress appeared Friday to be in a compromising mood, seemingly eager to placate voters sick of infighting and inaction when it comes to jump-starting the economy.
Top House Republicans -- who have butted heads with Obama and his fellow Democrats on most every major policy effort since taking over the chamber early this year -- went into the speech reserving judgment, and struck a collaborative tone after listening to the president's laundry list of proposals.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who served as one of Obama's chief foils during this summer's debt debate, was among those signaling an intent to cooperate.
Official: 9/11 threat from al Qaeda operative intercepted
Washington (CNN) -- American spy networks have intercepted communications from an al Qaeda operative in Pakistan indicating plans for a terrorist strike in New York or Washington, according to a senior U.S. official.
The communications come from a source who has provided accurate information in the past, the official said, prompting intelligence officials to sift through communications from other al Qaeda cells.
No other corroborating evidence of an attack has been uncovered, the official added.
But the information indicates the plan -- thought to involve a vehicle-borne explosive device -- is meant to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Daryl Hannah was arrested by U.S. Park Police Tuesday at a protest in front of the White House, a police spokesman told TheWrap. Hannah was participating in a sit-in against the construction of a pipeline that would stretch from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The actress was handcuffed by police after she refused to move. She paid an $100 fine and was released from custody, a police spokesperson told TheWrap. Hannah, who starred in such classic '80s films as â€œRoxanneâ€ and â€œWall Street,â€ has been active in environmental causes for years. She was previously Â»
Update at 2:18 p.m. ET: In "the East Coast you have this old hard, cold crust that does a lovely job of transmitting the waves," says Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. "This large of an earthquake â€¦. could definitely have been felt hundreds of miles away."
Update at 2:16 p.m. ET: Fox News reports that JFK airport has been shut down because of the quake.
Update at 2:15 p.m. ET: "It scared the heck out of me, I'm still shaking," said Joan Morris, spokewoman for the northern district of the Virginia Department of Transportation. A few minutes after the quake, there were no reports of damage to roads or bridges in the state, Morris said.
Update at 2:13 p.m. ET: The USGS now puts the magnitude of the quake at 5.9.
Update at 2:12 p.m. ET: The quake could be felt in McLean, Va., headquarters of USA TODAY. It caused the building to sway. Some items could be heard falling from shelves. A number of employees went left the building.
Update at 2:10 p.m. ET: NBC reports that the quake was centered nine miles from Mineral, Va., which is 100 miles south of Washington, D.C.
Says Doug Kammerer, meteorlogist with the NBC affiliate in Washington, calls the tremor a "very big earthquake for our area."
The quake struck around 1:15 p.m. ET and lasted for about 30 to 45 seconds.
There have been no reports of injuries or widespread damage.
Update at 2p.m. ET: Reuters reports a 6.0 magnitude earthquake centered near Mineral, Va., rocked the mid-Atlantic states and was felt as far north at Manhattan and as far south as North Carolina.
Update at 1:57 p.m. ET:The Associated Press reports that the Pentagon is being evacuated.
An apparent earthquake rocks Washington, D.C. area.
Fox news reports that several public buildings, including the Capitol, have been evacuated.
Maybe the funky headgear obstructed her vision. A slight mishap took place last Friday on the Pittsburgh set of The Dark Knight Rises when Anne Hathaway's Catwoman stunt-double found herself careening into a camera! So how bad was it? Fortunately, no one was hurt during the accident, which occurred at Carnegie Mellon University, but the camera will no doubt need a little fixing. In footage obtained by TMZ, the stuntwoman can be seen coming down a flight of stairs on what appears to be the Caped Crusader's Batpod before accidently coming face-to-face with the lens catching all the action. Meanwhile, the Catwoman costume itself is catching a lot of comments, many of which veer toward the Â»