Stephan Pastis writes and draws Pearls Before Swine, which most people who still read newspapers can find in their local rag. He often makes fun of his own primitive artwork style, but he has become extremely popular notwithstanding.
Twenty years ago, Bill Watterson wrote and drew Calvin and Hobbes. For those who don't know of him or his strip, let's just say he was extremely popular. But when he put down his pen, almost no one ever saw him again. They called him reclusive; he even reputedly refused to talk with Stephen Spielberg when Spielberg tried to contact him.
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The drastic falloff of "American Idol" has cost the Fox network dearly in terms of ratings and profits, and now it has contributed to the loss of its top entertainment executive, Kevin Reilly.
One consistent criticism of his work was that he selected shows with too rarefied a sense of taste. Programs like "The Mindy Project" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," a show that won two Golden Globes, became critical favorites but were successes only with niche audiences.
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3-D monster movie Gozilla made $93.2 million on its opening weekend, just behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier but easily crushing its competition, including Amazing Spider-Man 2. (Amazing Spider-Man 2 couldn't even beat Neighbors.)
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That was fast!
Will Dean Baquet, Pulitzer Prize winner and one-time editor of the LA Times keep an even keel, or move the Old Gray Lady further top the left or the right?
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In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. Since then, the legal, political, and social movement to recognize gay marriage has spread significantly. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia now allow same-sex couples to marry. Civil unions or domestic partnerships are legally recognized in three more states.
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Not only was Obama the first president to really use the interwebs to help secure his election victories, but without urging, left wing bloggers are defending the President and the White House on a minute-by-minute basis.
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"Toronto, Ontario Mayor Rob Ford has seemingly vanished after a trip to the United States last week supposedly intended to check the embattled city leader into a rehab center was aborted at a Chicago, Illinois airport."
Editor's note - Gadsby submitted this, in the process of adding the video I munged up the HTML so I had to repost
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"How likely is it that we as citizens will change our minds, or reach compromise with those who have differing views, if all of us are getting our news from sources that reinforce the opinions we start with?"
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Because she hates media. I mean HATES. I mean Richard Nixon in skirts.
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British actor Bob Hoskins, star of films including Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Super Mario Bros., has died at age 71 from pneumonia.
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If you see it on Facebook, it must be true, right? Unless it has to do with Wal-Mart selling marijuana in Colorado and Washington State, in which case you probably need to check to see who published that story. In this case, National Report published it. National Report, like The Onion, publishes satirical news, except they try somewhat harder to fool their readers. Wikipedia says of them,
"National Report (nationalreport.net) is a satirical website devoted to often subtle parodies of real news which convince the unwary. It is published by Allen Montgomery. Among headline-generating spoofs are a report that Arizona's governor Jan Brewer intended to introduce mandatory gay-to-straight conversion courses into the state's public school system, and a report that fooled researchers at Fox News Channel, in which the President was purported to have announced his intention to spend his own money to keep a Muslim museum open during a government shutdown. Another report that fooled people in Wyoming claimed that a man in Hanna, Wyoming was the first recipient of a RFID chip which, the report claimed, was part of an Obamacare pilot program. A report published by National Report on November 2, 2013 claiming a fictitious Assam Rape Festival created a furore in Indian national and local media. Several newspapers and blogs reported the same."
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"Colbert would leave behind the pseudo-conservative persona he's cultivated at The Colbert Report and just be himself at his CBS home... He has stepped out of character on rare occasion, though not on his show, and possesses the same wry, incisive interview skills that Letterman has showcased for decades."
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"On Tuesday morning, the country's media watchdog formally cautioned the website after it published an interview with the leader of a Ukrainian nationalist organization that Russia has denounced as fascist."
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Thirty-four years after the debut of the much-acclaimed science series hosted by Carl Sagan, Cosmos has returned. The successor series, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, revisits some the original series conventions (notably, the "ship of our imagination") while updating some of the science, to what is accepted today (Pluto no longer a planet, boo!).
Have you seen the first episode? What did you think?
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