Cash-strapped Chicago Desperately Seeks Revenue by Taxing the Cloud


“If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street. If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.
If you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat. If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.”
–George Harrison

The Windy City has done the Beatles’ “Taxman” lyrics one better by going after streaming concerns, which happen to include Netflix, Spotify, Xbox Live, and Apple Music, among others.

As brick-and-mortar retail outlets are on the decline and costs of online services are on the rise, cash-strapped municipalities burdened with upside down financial statements have been eyeing the Internet for some relief.

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Lessons in Finance from the Famous

Success in the music, sports, and entertainment industries is frequently marked by an increase in personal financial resources. The material enhancements often occur to such a heightened degree and in such a rapid manner that the celebrated beneficiaries are left unprepared to effectively deal with their circumstances without the assistance of professional guidance.

Many well-known celebrities have found themselves in financial ruin, despite having had huge amounts of money placed within their hands.

Actor Nicolas Cage, boxer Mike Tyson, rapper MC Hammer, actress Kim Basinger, and singer Willie Nelson are a few examples of some of the famed individuals who unfortunately ended up with their balance sheets in negative territory.

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Donald Trump Is a Real Contender


Donald Trump recently became the twelfth Republican candidate to enter the 2016 presidential race.

The successful real estate developer and host of long-running television show “The Celebrity Apprentice” recently gave a speech in which he declared his candidacy for president.  True to the mogul’s inimitable style, it quickly became the announcement heard ‘round the world.

Because he possesses heightened name recognition and communicates in a refreshingly direct manner, the business magnate appeared to receive a greater degree of news coverage than his rival colleagues in the GOP field. In attendance at the media event were reporters from Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, and Page Six, among others.

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Is Political Correctness Killing Comedy?


Known for his brand of sophisticated observational humor, comedian Jerry Seinfeld may seem like an unlikely individual to be ringing a warning bell about the mounting threat against freedom of expression that political correctness is currently posing.

However, after remarks made on ESPN radio and “Late Night with Seth Meyers” appeared on the Internet, Seinfeld appears to have taken center stage on the touchy speech issue.

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Former Sen. Dodd Gets Three-year Contract Extension from MPAA


Christopher Dodd is the former U.S. senator who represented the state of Connecticut for thirty long years.

As Glenn Greenwald reported in Salon, Dodd announced in 2010 that he would not seek re-election, but he came to the decision amid a cloud of allegations.  When news stories emerged that he was seeking a lucrative post-Senate lobbying position, Dodd responded by telling The Hartford Courant that he would “not lobby, but, like [former U.S. senators] Hagel and Nunn, he may teach.”

The Connecticut Mirror quoted the then-senator as answering in an unequivocal manner the question surrounding his future employment by asserting the following: “No lobbying, no lobbying.”

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Hollywood Blindsided by L.A. Minimum Wage Increase


Los Angeles recently became the largest city in the nation to raise the minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour.

Opponents of the increase have been concerned about the negative economic impact that the wage hike will likely have on L.A. businesses, particularly those that are operating under the dazzling dome of the entertainment capital of the world, Hollywood.

Supporters of the landmark salary expansion continue to claim that the move will have little effect on the entertainment industry, arguing that most workers in Hollywood are already paid far more than the newly established hourly rate.

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Clooney`s Preachy `Tomorrowland` Tanks at the Box Office


Despite the fact that Disney’s latest film “Tomorrowland” cost $190 million to make, was cleverly marketed, had a coveted Memorial Day weekend release date, and counts among its cast members major A-lister George Clooney, the environmentally correct movie has turned out to be a debut dud.

Falling far short of its Hollywood expectations, the film managed to garner only $33 million in its three-day opening and disappointedly took in a lower than expected $40 million over the four-day holiday span, barely edging out “Pitch Perfect 2” in its second high-note week.

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Savvy Marketing Helps `Pitch Perfect 2` Drown Out `Mad Max`


This weekend’s box-office results have sent shock waves through Tinseltown, with “Pitch Perfect 2” bringing in an unexpected $70 million plus in ticket sales.

Not only did the a capella face-off film eclipse the big budget action movie “Mad Max: Fury Road,” it also became the first film to unseat the superhero blockbuster “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

“Pitch Perfect 2” made record-breaking news as well for having the largest take for a cinematic musical opening and the biggest debut weekend for a first time feature film director, in this instance, Elizabeth Banks.

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Natalie Portman to Star in Hollywood Biopic on Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Despite the times in which our country finds herself, it is somewhat mystifying that an individual, who has used the highest of judicial posts to further radical abortion views, shares perspectives held by high profile ill-famed eugenicists, and has conveyed negative statements regarding the U.S. Constitution, holds a seat on the High Court bench.

Equally mystifying is that such an individual would be the honored subject of a major upcoming Hollywood biopic, but it is true. The life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who Forbes once named as among the “100 Most Powerful Women,” will evidently be immortalized on film.

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Hollywood Loses Faith but Finds Religion


In a media world that has largely become more and more antagonistic toward religion, an interesting trend appears to be emerging in the entertainment business.

A number of films, some of which are currently in various stages of production, contain content that is appealing to faith-oriented individuals, particularly those who are committed to Christianity.

Entertainment industry studios have been witness to the high profit margins experienced by faith-based movie fare such as “Son of God,” “Heaven Is for Real,” and “God’s Not Dead,” all of which exceeded expectations last year.

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