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Review: A charming 'Soul Doctor' returns to NY
In this photo released by Richard Kornberg & Associates, Josh Nelson, left, and Dan'yelle Williamson appear in a scene from “Soul Doctor”, at the Actors Temple Theatre in New York. (AP Photo/Kornberg & Associates, Carol Rosegg)NEW YORK (AP) — You don't have to be Jewish to love Shlomo — but it helps.
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A Jetsons animated movie is reportedly in the works
A Jetsons animated movie is reportedly in the worksThe Jetsons might just get a second chance on the silver screen. Warner Bros. has hired writer
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Harsh world of slavery focus of Louisiana plantation museum
An etching on a memorial wall depicts a suffering slave at the Whitney Plantation in Wallace LouisianaBy Jonathan Kaminsky WALLACE, La. (Reuters) - Life-size sculptures of slave children haunt the clapboard church on the grounds of the old sugar cane plantation, where ceramic heads of black men will soon sway on pikes in the Louisiana breeze. Unlike other plantation museums along the Great River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the newly opened and under-construction Whitney Plantation focuses squarely on the plight of slaves. While nearby sites highlight their antebellum architecture and the lifestyles of the white people who lived there, only 11 minutes of the roughly two-hour Whitney Plantation tour are devoted to the grand house where the German-American masters resided. More time is spent with the granite slabs bearing the names of thousands of Louisiana slaves, interspersed with painful snippets of their narratives.
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JPMorgan Chase results hit by legal costs
A customer uses an ATM at a branch of Chase Bank, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 in New York. JPMorgan Chase reported a 7 percent drop in fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday, hit by more legal costs and a drop in trading revenue. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase & Co. reported a 7 percent decline in fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday, hit by legal costs and lower trading revenue.
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Golden Globes 2015: All the Glitz, Glamour, and Dead Bodies (PHOTO RECAP)
Golden Globes 2015: All the Glitz, Glamour, and Dead Bodies (PHOTO RECAP)The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards And there, among the Aquafina bottles and aggressively ignored Godivas, did the celebrities find themselves showered with that which they craved most: unvarnished scorn and contempt from their own friends. Because sometimes in this foggy, numb, blind man's journey we call human existence, the only emotion that reminds us we're even alive is the sweet spike of pain. "Ah, yes, there it is," Joaquin Phoenix smiled to himself as his friends and co-workers laughed uproariously at the hostesses' laser-targeted barb at his expense. "Excellent," Katie Holmes sighed to herself in relief after Ricky Gervais labeled her an unrepentant sociopath. "Thank Jah," George Clooney silently exalted before his thoughts inevitably led back to images of the dead body he saw that one time. See, the Golden Globes are more than simply a trophy distribution ceremony orchestrated by a voting body of dubious repute; for celebrities the awards are nothing less than catharsis. They needed this even more than we did. (We did not need this.) Still, it's almost amazing how much entertainment value this year's ceremony derived from such a tired, boring, soulless enterprise! We're talking minutes upon minutes of entertainment. Let's talk about it! So, just to get it out of the way right up front, here were the three most important things that happened at the Golden Globes this year. 1. At one point my cable glitched out and it looked kinda cool. 2. Whatever this ad was: (This honestly ruined my night, tbh. If this recap feels off somehow, please remember that I had to write it after seeing this commercial with the hobo monster sleeping in a box on the street.) And finally... 3. So, not bad right? That's at least three things worth talking about! Anyway, before we get to the actual chrono-breakdown of this thing (here's a full list of winners), here's another big thing about the Golden Globes. As we discussed last year, the interstitials that lead into commercials remain not only the best part of the show, but the most riveting and enlightening portrayal of how Hollywood works. They're basically just hastily edited B-roll of celebrities FURIOUSLY NETWORKING with each other. Just networking maniacally as though their lives depend on it, because their lives frankly do depend on it. Anyway, here's a roundup, enjoy the nightmare: I mean, if we as a country took an honest vote, I think we would be totally fine with just three hours of these segments in place of an awards show. The actual Golden Globe trophies, which are the worst and ugliest trophies, could be handed out in the parking lot. Just give us celebrities drunkenly networking. Don't even mic them! That's fine. Like, it doesn't really matter WHAT Ethan Hawke and Matthew McConaughey were angrily shouting at each other, just that they were doing it on national television. Yes! Okay, so here's where the Golden Globes awards took place. In the conference room of a Travelodge or whatever. Oh and guess who hosted again? Just kidding, no need to guess, these ladies were the only reason you tuned in: In my opinion Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are very funny and I'm surprised I even need to say that. Get real. They are great. They had tons of harsh burns for everybody but delivered in a way that didn't make them seem craven or hateable. I don't know either of them personally, but I've heard rumors that Tina Fey might be a bad person, like she throws crumpled-up beer cans at veterans and stuff, but Golden Globe hosts don't have to be good people, just fun and funny people, so here we are. Simply the best! Although they are retiring after this show, so I guess it's more like a retirement party or victory lap. A sad but poignant day. Anyway, the assembled rabble were absolutely starved for harsh burns and these ladies were ready to oblige! A couple of the good ones included a joke about how Emma Stone is a sentient Big Eyes painting. Also, Steve Carrell is a murderer. They made a joke about Wes Anderson that was as witty as it was boring (he rides a bike made of antique tuba parts because he's whimsical), and the sad part was that he wasn't quite as good at masking his hurt as everybody else was. Then they played a game of Would You Rather?, which was very funny, especially during the part when Colin Firth was placed up against Colin Farrell, and a lady I was watching the broadcast with admitted that maybe Colin Firth is not actually as attractive as we've been led to believe in a post- Pride and Prejudice world and maybe never has been and also he looks like Mrs. Doubtfire now. Then one of the ultimate harsh burns came when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made date-rape jokes about Bill Cosby and then proceeded to do Bill Cosby impressions to really hit it home. The audience was VERY uncomfortable, which I enjoyed. This lady knows what I'm talking about: All in all, I enjoyed all the harsh burns (FINALLY somebody made fun of those darn celebrities). Poehler even got in a funny ribbing of Brits trying to do American accents, and also how annoying Sondheim sing-thru stuff can be. But the time for harsh burns would have to pause so that they could hand out some trophies! Next: Page 2 (Continued from Page 1) Fey and Poehler pretended to choose a presenter at random, which led to Benedict Cumberbatch and Jennifer Aniston "meeting" onstage for the first time and Jennifer Aniston seeming annoyed at him for stealing her lines. Cool concept, definitely paid off with mega entertainment value. The thing about this particular ceremony, and why it wasn't completely horrible, was that a lot of really deserving, unexpected people won? Starting with J.K. Simmons for Whiplash. Nobody's mad about this! Right, Lorne? There were even inspired choices when it came to presenters. I mean: I know these two are going to be starring in a disappointingly chaste sex movie soon, but that doesn't matter. Hi, Jamie Dornan. A Downton Abbey lady won something and talked about how she had probably inspired rape victims everywhere. Then a rumored homosexual joked about a rumored actress's breasts right to her face. Then American Horror Story lost, but nobody was mad ( Fargo is supposed to be great I hear). Oh, except maybe this lady: That was the look on Frances McDormand's face immediately after the Fargo creator thanked her for her performance in the original film. I guess the McDormand-Coen household is not a big fan of the show? (Also, note Julia Louis-Dreyfus's knowing glance. That is confirmation enough that something was going on here. You just know JLD lives for shade.) Another Fargo win... Then I actually jumped when I saw Naomi Watt's accessory. Ugh, horrible. A jewel-encrusted nightmare to make Damien Hirst shiver. So then the night's unofficial third host arrived, in the form of Margaret Cho in pancake makeup doing an impression of her mother doing an impression of a North Korean Hollywood Foreign Press member. This led to some funny moments, like this part where she took a snap with Meryl Streep (photographed by Michael Keaton, photobombed by Benedict Cumberbatch) and later when she had creative notes for Orange Is the New Black. Part of me was slightly bummed about this because Margaret Cho is amazing and this is the closest she'll come to hosting a major awards show—dressed up in North Korean drag. Problematic! But fine, whatever gets her name out there. I laughed. I also laugh at the Home Shopping Network and Disney Channel sitcoms. Doesn't matter. Don't worry, this would not just be a three-hour show of good times and harsh burns, there were also plenty of political messages to be had. In particular, there was tons of recognition for the horrible thing that happened in Paris a few days ago. So believe me, the second this foreign press dude name-checked that atrocity, you better believe Meryl Streep was BOUT IT. She sprang to her feet and what unfolded next was an almost Olympic-level competition of who could clap hardest and give the standingest ovation. Everybody won! Problem solved. More presenters came out. And again, there were more surprising and exciting victories! Like the girl from Jane the Virgin won? She's supposed to be great! I don't know. But I will say sometimes the Golden Globes might be TOO hasty with trying to be ahead of the curve. Remember when Brooklyn-Nine-Nine won last year and then wasn't even nominated this year? What was the deal with that? Like, maybe relax a little, Golden Globes. Still, it was undeniably cool to see The CW get a little love finally. And Gina Rodriguez's speech was legitimately moving. Speaking of which: YES. Transparent won. Transparent is just the best. These people are amazing. What a cool and welcome surprise. Creator Jill Soloway even mentioned Leela Alcorn, who, if you don't know who she is, be aware that Googling her will ruin your day. Anyway, this was pretty awesome. I loved it when Melissa McCarthy came out to introduce one of the Best Picture nominees, St. Vincent, and this was the reaction on Bill Murray's face. Seems about right. Then things started to get dark. A rumbling from the sky, a groaning from the earth. Mysterious whiffs of magick wafting across the plains. Until finally... HE APPEARED. Allison Janney and Viola Davis shrieked their approval to the very Heavens (inasmuch as Heaven can even still be called that when the Creator walks among us on Earth). Ladies and gentlemen, his majesty, our savior, Prince, deigned to join the proceedings. Or was he summoned? We may never know. Anyway, he presented the award for Best Original Song, and when Common and John Legend came out to accept it was just an insane montage of reaction shots. I mean, Chrissy Teigen's reaction was instantly iconic: But nothing made me laugh harder than the hard cut from Oprah's emotional face... ...to Prince's: Just standing behind the winners onstage, staring into the middle distance. Prince has places to be, and that includes MENTALLY. Katie Holmes looked intense and Seth Meyers remains TV poison. (Have we not talked about this before? Seth Meyers is TV poison. Still. After all these years! Maybe don't look so satisfied with your own half-baked jokes, guy.) Next: Page 3 (Continued from Page 2) And now, a palate cleanser. Also, just in case you're wondering... Should you ever be featured in a menagerie of nominees and you're shown directly after Matt Bomer, here's what you should do: ALAN CUMMING!! Love these guys. Oh, and look who actually won? OKAY FINE. Ricky Gervais did his thing, which was to deliver ultra-harsh burns as usual, but this year his delivery was slightly more charming. Like there was more muttering and he was resigned, which made him slightly more likeable than when he hosted this show a few years back and told jokes no harsher than Fey-Poehler but became widely loathed for them anyway. But what I'm saying is, Ricky Gervais was funny to me here, deal with it. Big Eyes was not a great film, and that was mostly because the two lead performances were horrible. Like really and truly dreadful. Even Amy Adams seemed confused and a little annoyed at having to now own a trophy bearing her name beside the words Big Eyes, but that's Hollywood! More of this stuff. Miss Golden Globes this year was Kelsey Grammer's daughter. Is that okay with you? Take our poll below! Then a stunningly beautiful elderly gentleman came out and lectured us about geopolitical atrocities. But then, in the night's biggest and most shocking twist, we realized that the whole time we'd been listening, he'd had A PONYTAIL. I'm still processing, but wow. Nothing hits home like a loose braid. Patricia Arquette won for Boyhood, which seemed right. I love her. Hey, know any awards shows that need funny hosts for next year? I have a few I'd like to nominate! Or not. These people are kind of above it, to be honest. But still. Man were they charming and funny. I could listen to them free-associate forever, believe me. I don't know why Jane Fonda didn't seek medical attention after her fire ant attack, but that's between her and the spotlight. Guess who else won an award and was insanely deserving of it? Jeffrey Tambor! Performance of the year and possibly decade or century, to be honest. When Jeffrey Tambor tells you his win is "much bigger than me" then you MUST feel emotions or else go to a facility and chill out for a while. More celebs. Honestly a lot of celebs came out tonight. Maggie Gyllenhaal won for something and thanked women in general and openly hoped that her daughters would become not-garbage someday and here was Julia Louis-Dreyfus's reaction: Oh hey remember that brief moment during the broadcast when we realized we had TWO boyfriends? Awkwardddd. Whom to choose? Decisions, decisions. I can't believe Catherine Zeta-Jones is only 23. She carries herself with such grace. Don't believe all the anti-hype, Heigl and Duchovny's chemistry was OFF THE CHARTS. Kevin Spacey won and then told a story that I'm sure he thought was poignant but was super humble-braggy, something about how, yeah, he won an award, but he just wants to do even better work in the future. Get real, guy. Also, he dropped the F-bomb, which this lady from Orange Is the New Black reacted to. Then it was time for the Lifetime Achievement award to go to George Clooney. Presenting it were two of his old co-workers, Don Cheadle and celebrated comedienne Julianna Margulies. They even showed a montage of all of George Clooney's movies, but guess how many clips from Batman & Robin were included? Zero. Guess how many clips from Roseanne? Zero. Guess how many clips from Leatherheads? ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND. Who doesn't love Leatherheads? Just a perfect flick. Also, really enjoyed this part of the montage, which showed George Clooney's various humanitarian efforts. But even though the image was fleeting, it was mere foreshadowing of George Clooney's entire acceptance speech, which was a nearly 45-minute rumination on one of his darkest days indeed. This went on and on. At one point Margaret Cho came out and sort of gingerly walked Clooney offstage so that he could weep softly by himself in the Golden Globes Instagram Booth. Overall it was a stirring and moving celebration of one of Hollywood's most bankable stars and the time he saw a dead body. Next: Page 4 (Continued from Page 3) Oh, we weren't done yet though. More celebs! For example, a seldom-oiled catcher's mitt walked out and growled at everybody. Also... my next nominations for future hosts? These guys: Has the phrase "Living the Dream" ever felt so true or poignant than when applied to Anna Faris and Chris Pratt? Sometimes it's like their happiness is all we've got. I don't know who this is: I DEFINITELY know who this is: And I would LIKE to know who this is: Just kidding, I know who that is, it's Michael Keaton's son. Michael Keaton's win for Birdman was very poignant in that you could tell he felt grateful to have re-climbed that mountain of success again. But seriously, a lot of his speech was devoted to paying tribute to his son, and who wouldn't do the same? Uh, when Oprah took the stage, to which audience member did the director immediately cut to? Stedman? NOPE. Just Gayle King, hanging out in the cheap seats. Congratulations, guys. Then a Channing Tatum-shaped Cheeto came out and hunked up the place! I don't know who this is: Also, congrats to Wes Anderson! The Grand Budapest Hotel was not my favorite movie (it's no Fantastic Mr. Fox), but I admired it and I really like Wes Anderson in general. God forbid a director establishes a unique visual language and works within his own personal themes! How dare he. Just kidding, I don't need to defend millionaires. He's doing fine. But I LOVED that his entire speech was just to thank the members of the foreign press by first name. It was both sincere and subversive at the same time. Wes Anderson is v. punk rock and I want to be his friend. This was the kind of thing where even when Julianne Moore wins a major award for her work, it still doesn't feel like enough. We've been at maximum Meryl Streep saturation for a while now, but Julianne Moore is easily as amazing (if not more so) than Streep and a legitimate national treasure and one of the greats in general. I haven't seen this movie yet but I know and trust that Julianne Moore deserved her trophy. Couple more awards. Eddie Redmayne, are you cute or maybe just sort of eerie looking? Let me know! Let us ALL know. Also, congrats. And then, movie of the year went to... Boyhood! Again, haven't seen it, but I believe it. Looks good. (And uh, hey, Ethan Hawke, maybe don't mouth-attack Richard Linklater's daughter right there onstage? We can all see you!) Aaaaand that was it! Another year down. A fond Fey and Poehler farewell. Honestly not that terrible of a show. Relatively smooth. Kind of awkward. Very boring. But nothing outrageous (which is both a good and bad thing). I don't know. Tons of harsh burns, to which most of Hollywood is probably applying ointment and salves as we speak! But other than that, a lot of really deserving people took home trophies, the rest returned to their mansions and RVs, and 400 boxes of uneaten Godiva chocolates will be washed down with Aquafina by the homeless population of Beverly Hills today. What did you think, Prince? Agreed! QUESTIONS: ... Did you watch the Golden Globes? ... What was your favorite movie of 2014? ... Who should host the show next year? ... If you won a Golden Globe, would you give it away at a White Elephant party?
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Samsung's Lollipop release timing for Galaxy S5, Note 4 may have just been confirmed
Samsung's Lollipop release timing for Galaxy S5, Note 4 may have just been confirmedSome Samsung flagship devices have already received the official Android 5.0 Lollipop update, and some of them have been caught on camera running unofficial Lollipop versions, but most Samsung Android device users are still waiting for Samsung to roll out the update. Lucky for them, it looks like Samsung may soon be releasing several versions of its
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The Renewable Energy Source That Could Create More Jobs and Power Than Offshore Drilling
Offshore wind energy could yield the energy equivalent of 11.3 billion barrels of oil, while drilling would produce just 6.1 billion barrels, the report said. “If all of the economically recoverable offshore oil and gas in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) were extracted and used, oil demand would only be met for 132 days and gas demand would only be met for 283 days,” the report stated. “Even if offshore drilling could be conducted safely, which the industry has not yet proven, a significant portion of the jobs created from opening the Atlantic Ocean to drilling would not exist for at least 10 years, and the consequences of potential spills could last generations,” the report said.
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Alessandro Michele confirmed as Gucci's new creative director
Gucci creative director Alessandro MicheleA graduate of the Accademia di Costume e di Moda in Rome, Michele has risen through the ranks at the brand, having joined Gucci in 2002, after a stint at Fendi as Senior Accessories Designer. In September last year he was also given the role of creative director of Richard Ginori, the Italian fine porcelain brand that Gucci acquired in June 2013.
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Review: Mike Leigh paints his masterpiece in 'Mr. Turner'
In this image released by Sony Pictures Classics, Timothy Spall appears in a scene from Survey countless films about artistic geniuses and you will not encounter one quite like Mike Leigh's J.M.W. Turner, as played by Timothy Spall.
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Hollande calls for investments in the green economy
Hollande, leaders calls for investments in the green economyFrench President Francois Hollande is calling for investments in green technology as a way to fight both global warming and poverty. Hollande, who will host the next crucial round of climate talks, called ...
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