Colbert May Be More Than CBS Bargained For

CBS has confirmed that the individual who is going to fill David Letterman’s shoes as the new host of “Late Night” is none other than Stephen Colbert.

Interestingly, he will not be putting on the character that television audiences from his Comedy Central show have come to know and love, but rather he will apparently just be himself.

Colbert has had some moments, during interviews, speeches, and a series of videos that appeared on Slate, in which he has stepped out from behind the quirky conservative persona he has carefully crafted.

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The Real Reason Behind Letterman’s Retirement May Be Lackluster Ratings

David Letterman stunned his audience last week with his announcement that he would retire from late-night television sometime next year.

The CBS “Late Show” host referenced a conversation he had with “the man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves.” He said he had phoned Moonves and told him, “Leslie, it’s been great, you’ve been great, and the network has been great, but I’m retiring.”

“We don’t have the timetable for this precisely down,” Letterman explained. “I think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future.”

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Unbiblical ‘Noah’ Is No Crowd Pleaser

The much-talked about, biblically questionable big-screen release “Noah” finished its debut weekend with a better than expected $44 million in box-office take. But when it comes to the movie’s long term success, there are some dark clouds lurking on the horizon.

CinemaScore is a highly regarded market research firm that polls film audiences and rates their viewing experiences with letter grades. The firm reports its results and forecasts box-office receipts based on data collected.

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Noah Movie Director Disses Potential Audience

Paramount Pictures is not scheduled to release “Noah” until March 28, but the big-screen retelling of the biblical text is already fraught with controversy.

As an epic movie, “Noah” would have been viewed as having several built-in marketing advantages, the thinking being that any given studio might easily market to faith-oriented moviegoers while simultaneously attempting to attract fans from the general contemporary film audience. The public routinely flocks to action movies and to films with disaster themes, and the Noah narrative inherently possesses both of these story dynamics.

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Brown, Bieber, Gaga, and the Cultural Decline

Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and a host of other young celebrities have been making headlines lately, but not necessarily for the reasons one might hope. A segment of the celebrity youth has been setting an example that is anything but stellar for millions of impressionable followers who look up to them.

Brown, who has had a number of platinum-plus chart topping hits, is possibly most famous for pleading guilty to the charge of felony assault of singer and ex-girlfriend Rihanna. He ultimately received a sentence of five years probation and six months community service.

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Parental Authority on Trial

 

Computer screens, tablets, and smart phones across America have been filled with the unsettling images of a couple in a New Jersey courtroom, the two reduced to tears over a lawsuit that was being lodged against them by their own 18 year-old daughter.

The parents found themselves in the position of being defendants at the Morris County Courthouse as a result of a lawsuit that was initiated by their plaintiff daughter after she had moved out of their home.

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Hollywood Visual Effects Artists Protest the Academy Awards

Viewers tuning into the television programming leading up to the 86th Annual Academy Awards ceremony may have noticed an unusual activity that was taking place alongside the red carpet.

Numerous people carrying signs of a significant shade of green had set up a picket line and were engaged in a full-fledged Oscar protest.

The color green in Hollywood typically means that an issue has some kind of environmental connection, but not in this instance. The signs displayed by this particular group were meant to invoke the “green screen,” which is a Hollywood technologically related mainstay used in the creation of modern digital special effects for cinema.

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If You Like Your Free Press You Can Keep It

 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it is suspending the so-called study of American newsrooms.

The federal regulatory agency came to its decision following objections from political figures, journalists, and commentators who were primarily aligned with one side of the political spectrum.

While some individuals are viewing the FCC’s supposed change of heart as a reason to celebrate, in this writer’s humble opinion it is too premature to declare victory, particularly when the seriousness of what was being contemplated by a powerful governmental body is taken into consideration.

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Comcast-Time Warner Merger May Violate Law

Some serious legal and public relations obstacles will have to be overcome before the $45.2 billion proposal from media giant Comcast to acquire Time Warner Cable will be able to materialize.

Our frequently misunderstood current antitrust laws are essentially an aggregate of statutes, which, in order to preserve and encourage fair competition for the benefit of consumers, were designed to oversee the organizational structure of U.S. corporations.

The statutes that date back to the 19th Century seek to place limitations on the mergers and acquisitions of business entities and to put in place restrictions on various elements that could potentially lessen competition within the business arena.

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NBC Reveals a Communist Crush

 

As Valentine’s Day fast approaches, it looks as though Cupid has been at work piercing the heart of one of the major U.S. television broadcast networks.

The media outlet that suffered a love blow is NBC, and from all appearances the network seems to have been struck hard. The problem is that the golden arrow Cupid flung must have originated in a country that had communist affinities.

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