NBC`s `American Odyssey`: Anti-Corporate and Anti-Free Speech


NBC has launched a new television series called “American Odyssey,” which is based on the premise that an American company that has been funding Islamist terrorist groups is covering up the scandal by using private military contractors who are ready and willing to attack U.S. soldiers.

According to trailers for the series and posters that are being used for marketing purposes, “American Odyssey” purports to be a dramatic thriller similar to Showtime’s “Homeland.” In fact, NBC has released a publicity photo of its female star, Anna Friel, who is shown wearing a blue headscarf and looking quite similar to “Homeland” actress Claire Danes, who in that show’s publicity photos wears a headscarf as well.

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A Defamation Trial for HBO`s `Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel`


A trial is set to begin on April 13, 2015, which has implications for the credibility of the American media and sports news figures.

HBO is the defendant in a defamation lawsuit, which is headed to trial in federal court, over a 2008 episode of “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”

During a segment of Gumbel’s show, it was reported that a sporting equipment maker, Mitre Sports International, manufactured soccer balls using child labor. Mitre makes the exclusive soccer ball of the English Premier League as well as the one used in Major League Soccer.

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Hollywood Stars Express Opposition to Religious Freedom Law


Hollywood has typically been a place where the famed have frequently been known to be adherents of alternative belief systems, ones for which they seek tolerance, acceptance, and even religious freedom.

Of late, though, a segment of the celebrity community has been focusing its attention on a recently signed Indiana piece of legislation, Senate Bill 101, which is titled the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Indiana’s governor Mike Pence has signed the bill into law, and the legislation has the specific design of prohibiting government from interference with an individual’s right to freely exercise his or her religion.

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The Future of Entertainment: Augmented Reality


Entertainment’s future has arrived, and it has come in the form of a developing technology known as augmented reality.

Most are already familiar with virtual reality in which technology is utilized to enable a simulated world to supplant the real one. Virtual reality immerses an individual into a complete digital environment without said person having any cognizance of the world that is surrounding him or her.
Currently, the most recognized virtual reality devices are headsets made by Facebook’s Oculus Rift or Sony’s Morpheus.

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Growth of Streaming Has Cable and Broadcast Worried


Audiences for broadcast and cable television have been gradually diminishing over the last several years.

A recent event, which was held by the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau (CAB) for entertainment advertising professionals, explored the reasons for the decline in viewership.

According to the CAB, roughly 40% of the ratings shrinkage that occurred in the last six months of 2014 was caused by people who opted to obtain their entertainment content from subscription streaming services, which included Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu, among others.

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Time for New York to Lift the Mixed Martial Arts Ban


New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is seeking to reverse an existing state law regarding mixed martial arts (MMA).

MMA was actually banned in New York, the only state in the nation to do so; this occurred when Sheldon Silver held the position of Speaker of the New York State Assembly.

The action that Gov. Cuomo is currently contemplating would provide, among other things, a much needed boost to the economy of the Empire State.

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Tim Allen`s `Last Man Standing` Is a Right of Center Success


In the world of television entertainment, Tim Allen’s show, “Last Man Standing,” is a comedic oasis, especially for viewers who have longed to see more conservative friendly themes appear within the much-loved sitcom category. Now in its fourth season, the series is proving to be a winner for ABC.

Allen is a major star of both the big and small screen, which is impressive in these times considering that he is also one of those rare commodities in Hollywood, a conservative. Reportedly, the comedic actor assisted in fundraising for Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. In what is largely a left-leaning community, Allen stands apart from most of his Left Coast colleagues. He keeps a rather low profile while at the same time consistently demonstrates an old-school work ethic.

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The Oscars: Predictable, Pretentious, and Politically Laden

A slow moving, generally unfunny Oscar telecast resulted in predictable outcomes in almost all of the major award categories.

Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress, J.K. Simmons took Best Supporting Actor, and Julianne Moore received the Best Actress award, three foreseen and expected wins that numerous Oscar watchers had already anticipated.

Eddie Redmayne edged out Michael Keaton for Best Actor, a consequence of having acquired momentum following his SAG Award win in the same category.

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The Darkest Shade of ‘Grey’


The “Fifty Shades of Grey” novels, already “mainstream” in their appeal, had readied conditions across the cultural landscape for a perfect storm of the cinematic kind. The film adaptation of the initial “Grey” book has just broken box-office records. It has also severely chipped away at society’s common conscience and established a deeply disturbing baseline for societal norms.

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Plagiarism Claim over Sam Smith`s Grammy Winning Song Is Settled


At the recent Grammy Awards ceremony, British soul singer Sam Smith snagged some major attention by taking home four Grammys, which included awards for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album.

His biggest hit, “Stay With Me,” was in contention for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year and took both trophies. However, the tune was also the subject of a news story that involved a fellow musical artist, who this year was up for a Grammy as well, the famed producer-singer-songwriter Tom Petty.

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