Thursday, January 28, 2010

J. D. Salinger, reclusive author of 'Cather in the Rye,' dies at 91

J. D. Salinger, reclusive author of 'Catcher in the Rye,' has died at 91 - The AP as well as CNN are reporting that the famous author, J. D. Salinger, most known for his coming-of-age novel, Catcher in the Rye, died Wednesday at the age of 91. Mr. Salinger's son, Matthew, sent the announcement of his father's death through the author's agent, Phyllis Westberg. Salinger died of natural causes at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire. There will be no funeral, the family said in their statement, in keeping with the author's intense and prolonged desire for privacy.

The statement from the family indicated that the author had been in good health until he suffered a setback after the first of the year. He broke a hip in May, 2009, but had recovered well. The family stated that he was not in pain when he died.

SEE FULL ARTICLE.
 
(Photo: Little, Brown)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

'Hope for Haiti Now' raises $58 million and counting for earthquake relief, sets record


'Hope for Haiti Now' telethon raises $58 million and counting for earthquake relief, sets record - The "Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief" telethon has raised over $58 million so far, according to MTV.co.UK. MTV was one of the primary organizers of the event which aired on several television networks the evening of January 22, 2010.


Stars from Hollywood, music, and sports staffed a phone bank visible on screen during the telethon. Steven Spielberg, Reese Witherspoon, and Julia Roberts all spoke on camera over the phone with donors who gave amounts such as $25 to the cause.

Performers such as Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson, Shakira, Mary J. Blige, Madonna, Jay-Z, Bono, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Justin Timberlake, Wycleaf Jean, Bruce Springsteen, and more provided tasteful entertainment on simple sets in Los Angeles, New York, and London throughout the 2-hour telethon. Many of the singers could be seen tearing up during their performances as they tied many of their musical selections to themes of the telethon and its cause - hope over suffering.

COMPLETE ARTICLE.

(Photo: HopeForHaitiNow.org)

Puppy cam Shiba Inu litter creates Internet sensation



Puppy cam of Shiba Inu litter creates Internet sensation, stress relief (VIDEO) - It's one of those things that the Internet provides, not from producers and filmmakers in Hollywood, but simply from other Internet users - something odd and crazy that catches on, or "goes viral," as they say. This time, it's a puppy cam.

A couple in San Francisco has a female Shiba Inu (a Japanese breed of hunting dog) named Kika. In 2008, Kika gave birth to 5 puppies that the couple showed on the Internet every day via UStream video for 3 months. People discovered the puppy cam and began to watch. You'd think there'd be little to see after awhile. A few puppies - cute, but what else is going to happen? Well, people did as people do - they became attached to watching the puppies eat, sleep, romp, open their eyes, roll over one another, and otherwise behave as puppies will. When each puppy was held before the camera for the last time before being adopted, tears fell down cheeks of many a computer user across the nation. Now, Kika has given birth again on January 16, and again people are tuning in to watch her small litter of cute puppies.

SEE THE FULL ARTICLE WITH LIVE VIDEO HERE.

(Photo:  Shiba Inu, 3 years old by TakaShiba).

Sunday, January 24, 2010

SAG Awards 2010 - complete winners list


SAG Awards 2010 - complete winners list - Below is the complete list of nominees and winners of the 16th Annual Screen Actor Guild Awards, presented Saturday evening, January 23, 2010. Winners are highlighted in the nominees list (follow the link below for the list).

Awards are presented in the following categories: FILM: Leading Actor and Actress in a motion picture; Supporting Actor and Actress; and a complete Cast. In TELEVISION: Leading Actor and Actress and Supporting Actor and Actress in TV Movie or Mini-series and the same in a TV Drama Series and TV Comedy Series. Also in television, for Outstanding Ensemble in a TV Drama Series and a Comedy Series. Stunt ensembles also win awards for motion picture and television series categories. SAG also presents a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Movies with the most SAG nominations this year included Inglorious Basterds, Up in the Air, and Precious with 3 each. TV shows with the most SAG nominations are 30 Rock, The Closer, and Dexter, also with 3 each. Several actors tied with multiple nominations this year, with no one actor leading in the overall count.

A complete list of this year's nominees and winners:

GO HERE TO SEE LIST.
 
(Photo:  HBO).

Saturday, January 23, 2010

'Glee' ensemble of actors up for SAG Award



'Glee' ensemble of actors up for SAG Award - Fresh off their Golden Globe Award win for Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical, the cast of the popular FOX television musical, Glee, is up for another award Saturday evening--the SAG Award. SAG is the Screen Actors Guild, and it is celebrating its 16th Annual SAG Awards in Los Angeles on January 23, 2010, an event that will be broadcast on both TNT and TBS starting at 8:00 p.m. ET.

According to the SAG Awards website, the Glee actors are being recognized in the Television category for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

SEE THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.

(Photo: SONY).

Friday, January 22, 2010

'Hope for Haiti Now' Telethon takes over television, Internet, radio on Friday for earthquake relief

'Hope for Haiti Now' Telethon takes over television, Internet, radio on Friday for earthquake relief - There are times in the world's history when the global community seems to come together in response to a tragedy or shock. Millions of people around the world watched President John F. Kennedy's funeral and that of Princess Diana on television in two different decades of the twentieth century. Millions watched the television coverage of the 9/11 attacks in the United States and the sorrow and devastation caused by Hurrican Katrina. Friday evening, millions of people around the world will be tuned in to a global telethon organized by Hollywood actor George Clooney and MTV to raise money for earthquake relief in Haiti.




Where to Watch or Listen:

The "Help For Haiti Now: A Global Benfit for Earthquake Relief" telethon airs from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET on January 22, 2010 on these television networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, CMT, PBS, TNT, Showtime, Comedy Central, Bravo, E! Entertainment, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, G4, CENTRIC, Current TV, Fuse, MLB Network, EPIX, Palladia, SoapNet, Style, Discovery Health, Planet Green, CNN en EspaƱol, HBO Latino and Canadian networks, including CBC Television, CTV, Global Television and MuchMusic. International television networks include: BET International, CNN International, National Geographic, and MTV Networks International.


On the Internet, the telethon will broadcast via: YouTube, Hulu, MySpace, Fancast, AOL, MSN.com, Yahoo, Bing.com, BET.com, CNN.com, MTV.com, VH1.com and Rhapsody.

Those on the go can also tune in via their mobile devices to Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and FloTV.

Radio will also cover the event, which is open to all land-based stations which wish to carry it. Satellite radio will broadcast the event via SIRIUS XM Radio as a one-time-only radio broadcast via the MTV Radio Network and Westwood One.

GO HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE.

(Photo: Hope For Haiti Now)

SAG Awards nominees - complete list

SAG Awards nominees - complete list - The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards will take place on Saturday, January 23, 2010 in Los Angeles. The presentation will be broadcast live on both TNT and TBS starting at 8 p.m. ET.


Awards are presented in the following categories: FILM: Leading Actor and Actress in a motion picture; Supporting Actor and Actress; and a complete Cast. In TELEVISION: Leading Actor and Actress and Supporting Actor and Actress in TV Movie or Mini-series and the same in a TV Drama Series and TV Comedy Series. Also in television, for Outstanding Ensemble in a TV Drama Series and a Comedy Series. Stunt ensembles also win awards for motion picture and television series categories. SAG also presents a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Movies with the most SAG nominations this year include Inglorious Basterds, Up in the Air, and Precious with 3 each. TV shows with the most SAG nominations are 30 Rock, The Closer, and Dexter, also with 3 each. Several actors have tied with multiple nominations this year, with no one actor leading in the overall count.

SEE THE COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES.

(Photo: Lions Gate).

Thursday, January 21, 2010

'Extraordinary Measures' starring Brendan Fraser, Harrison Ford based on book, true story


'Extraordinary Measures' starring Brendan Fraser, Harrison Ford based on book, true story -


The movie Extraordinary Measures is based on a true story told in a book. The title of the book is The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 million and Bucked the Medical Establishment In a Quest to Save His Children. The book is written by Geeta Anand.

The story is about a business-savvy couple who is seemingly on top of the world with a new house and three children. Their lives turn upside down when their two youngest children are diagnosed with Pompe disease, an illness so rare that it has not garnered enough attention to be allocated money for research or treatment. John and Aileen Crowley summon up their business sense and invest their assets in starting up a company that will do just that.

FULL STORY.

(Photo: CBS Films).

Legoland Florida updates Cypress Gardens Attraction


Legoland Florida updates Cypress Gardens Attraction -
The Tampa Tribune is reporting that Legoland Florida will replace the older attraction, Cypress Gardens, in the state as of October, 2011. The new attraction will result in 1,000 jobs. Opening later at the site will be a full resort including a hotel and water park.


Fans of Cypress Gardens need not be fully disappointed, since officials say they will attempt to incorporate the existing water ski show and gardens into the overall plan for Legoland. Cypress Gardens opened in 1936 as the first amusement park in the state.


(Photo: LEGO.com)

2010 Printz Award for Young Adult Literature goes to 'Going Bovine' by Libba Bray


2010 Printz Award for Young Adult Literature goes to 'Going Bovine' by Libba Bray

On Monday, the American Library Association awarded its Printz Award for "literary excellence in young adult literature" to the bestselling novel, Going Bovine, by Libba Bray.

(Photo: Random House)