Michael Bay`s Benghazi Film May Shake Up the Presidential Primaries

Paramount recently announced the release date for “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” which is an action movie produced and directed by Michael Bay.

The upcoming film will make its debut on January 15, 2016, which is a significant date in presidential politics since the Iowa Caucuses are slated to be held about two weeks after the film hits the theaters.

It also happens to be the same weekend that Clint Eastwood’s movie “American Sniper” made its 2015 wide release debut. Due to the content of the film and its potential effect on Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions, Bay’s movie, much like Eastwood’s “Sniper,” is likely to be a topic of discussion on numerous cable television programs and an array of talk radio shows in the lead-up to its release and beyond.

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China Goes to Hollywood

Hollywood is in the midst of a major investor makeover.

In a way that has never really been seen before, cash from China is flowing into the Entertainment Capital of the World, and coming along with it are influence on industry content, power over project production, and control of media messaging.

Start-up entertainment companies have been popping up with seasoned chief executives at their helms, particularly heads that were formerly in charge of prominent Hollywood studios.  Additionally, some high-profile entertainment companies have been increasingly looking to overseas business entities for financial assistance and greater access to foreign markets.

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Replacement Search Is On for Exiting `View` Co-host Nicolle Wallace

ABC’s daytime talk show “The View” has had a great deal of host turnover in its eighteen season run.

Back in 2014, when producers of the show were looking for a replacement for conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, reports circulated that someone with ideological positions that could provide some counterbalance to the perspectives of Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell was being sought.

Names of potential co-host candidates that surfaced were not particularly representative of conservative thought, though, especially in regard to many of the issues typically raised for discussion on the show. Individuals purportedly under consideration at the time included U.S. Sen. John McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain, former GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman’s daughter Abby Huntsman, and columnist-commentator S.E. Cupp.

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Ariana Grande and the Law

Ariana Grande has been on a career roll. She has enjoyed a string of chart-topping hits, accrued a huge fan base, and secured a starring role in a high-profile television show, which is set to air soon.

All of her success aside, the pop singer may now have caused irreparable damage to her brand, and in the process, earned herself a serious rap sheet.

In our ultra-technologically advanced society, most people realize that public places are, more often than not, under surveillance 24/7. However, in a single visit to a Southern California donut shop, Grande somehow let that factoid slip her celebrity mind.

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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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