What scandals? Several morning shows lead with Jolie’s breast surgery

http://twitter.com/#!/Telemachus111/status/334254793579184128

So many scandals, so little lapdog media time.

What story dominated as the morning news programs kicked off? Hint: It wasn’t Benghazi, IRS harassment of conservatives or the DOJ spying on the Associated Press. And of course it wasn’t the verdict in the trial of baby butcher Kermit Gosnell.

The number one story on the morning news shows…. Not IRS, not Benghazi , it’s Angelina Jolie. This is what passes for journalism now.#sad

— Barb J O’Donnell (@barbjodonnell) May 14, 2013

Jolie says she carries a mutated BRCA1 gene and her doctors estimated her risk of developing breast cancer was 87 percent. The actress’ A-list status makes the story of her preventive double mastectomy newsworthy and many appreciate Jolie’s candor.

Angelina Jolie made a brave choice to have a double prophylactic mastectomy. I respect her for that.

— Lisa B. (@politeracy) May 14, 2013

God bless you, Ms. Jolie.I appreciate your honesty and candor: My Medical Choice nyti.ms/10U9HwL #fb

— Aaron Arnwine (@aaronarnwine) May 14, 2013

But it’s telling that CNN, NBC and ABC reportedly opened their morning programs with the Jolie news.

Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy. God bless her. Now back to the REAL news @cnn, @msnbc, @abc & @cbs. #Benghazi #IRS #Gosnell

— Anti Liberal (@SillyLiberals) May 14, 2013

I respect Angelina Jolie for her preventative double-mastectomy decision. However, pathetic MSM lead w/ this today over #Benghazi #AP #IRS

— Terri Mallioux (@TerriMallioux) May 14, 2013

No Benghazi? Gosnell? RT @timcenter: Embarrassed for @todayshow and other news – AP story was 2nd after Angelina Jolie double mastectomy.

— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) May 14, 2013

With all that’s going on GMA leads with Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy. That’s embarrassing. #tcot #teaparty #IRS #tpp #sgp #RS

— Keith Appell (@keithcrc) May 14, 2013

@todayshow – You lead with Jolie?If the IRS or Benghazi happened under GOP leadership, would you have done the same?Shameful!Pathetic!

— Tom Begley (@tbegley) May 14, 2013

Angelina Jolie double mastectomy is the lead with both @gma & @todayshow trumping the news of THREE Obama scandals #journalism

— Rick(@StrokesofCandor) May 14, 2013

Of COURSE those shows kicked off their coverage with Angelina Jolie. What, you thought there was other news happening in the world?

— Brittany Cohan (@bccohan) May 14, 2013

@todayshow leads with Jolie story over AP taps, IRS or Benghazi! Relegate Jolie story to 8:30 block where it belongs. Real news first please

— Benjamin Rife (@benjaminmrife) May 14, 2013

.@todayshow is Entertainment Tonight AM. #benghazi #IRS #gosnell all after Angelina Jolie.

— BorderLine Guy (@SarcasmAndBeer) May 14, 2013

The DOJ secretly collected phone records from the AP. CNN.com leads w/ Angelina Jolie #priorities #pathetic

— Kurt Bopp (@kbopp6) May 14, 2013

For @cnn, Angelina Jolie story is far more important than #Benghazi, #IRS, #DOJ

— For Small Govt (@ForSmallGovt) May 14, 2013

CNN top story online now is about Angelina Jolie – no mention of IRS scandal and only itty bitty mention of AP scandal #mediabias

— Jen M (@texasmcmanus) May 14, 2013

Another reason to stick with Fox?

CNN has spent more time on Angelina Jolie’s breasts than they have on Benghazi. This is why I watch Fox. #tcot

— Thomas Tedder (@thomastedder14) May 14, 2013

Headline on Fox News homepage: Benghazi attack. Headline on CNN: Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy. Good to know where priorities lie.

— Tara Brekke (@TaraBrekke) May 14, 2013

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/05/14/scandals-what-scandals-several-morning-shows-lead-with-angelina-jolies-breast-surgery/

‘Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah wishes ‘pro-lifers’ would devote their zeal to gun control – twitchy.com

There was a sigh of relief across the entertainment industry afterSouth African comedian Trevor Noah managed to earn enthusiastic reviews forhis debut as host of “The Daily Show.” Today, though,we’ll just go ahead and sigh. It’s not that we thought Noah would manage to find humor across the political spectrum; we just didn’t think he’d resort to unfounded liberal clichs so quickly.

The Los Angeles Times notes today that Noah tackled the subject of gun control on Monday night’s show by wishing that pro-lifers would devote some of their zeal to preventing gun violence; i.e., passing gun control.“Imagine if we could bring some of that pro-life passion into being well, more pro-life.” ROTFL!

His comedic observation? Republican anti-abortion activists are like comic book collectors: “Human life only holds value until you take it out of the package, and then it’s worth nothing.”

Because until it’s delivered, the fetus is just a clump of cells. Didn’t you learn anything from Bill Nye’s dropping of hardcore abortion science?

If you can handle the hilarity, the clip “Not so pro-life after all” can be streamed at Comedy Central’s website.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2015/10/06/daily-show-host-trevor-noah-wishes-pro-lifers-would-devote-their-zeal-to-gun-control/

15 Creepy Movies Whose Inspirations Are Even Creepier. No Sleep Tonight!

All fiction is, on some level, inspired by the truth, and sometimes the truth is just as weird–and creepy. Despite all the crazy things that people can come up with to make a horror move, sometimes you don’t need to make up all that much. Do a little digging, and there’s usually a trove of eerie stories involving deranged killers, supernatural beasts and the unquiet dead, along with lots of people who will swear up and down that it’s all 100% true. All places have their share of myths and legends, and the more modern ones are usually called “urban legends,” although they can take place in rural areas, too. 

Urban legends usually reflect a society’s fears. They usually involve revenge, insanity and violence, and often serve as warnings to stay safe and be on your guard. Like, don’t go home with a hot stranger because you might end up in a bathtub full of ice with a kidney missing. 

So we’re taking a look at movies that are inspired by urban legends. And just like the movies are based on the legends, the legends are often based on reality–or some version of it anyway. Take a look and creep yourself out. You might want to read this under the covers, though. 

1.) The Hook Hand of Woodland Heights (1990)

We all know the urban legend about the hook hand guy: A young couple is making out in a car at night, despite warnings of a crazed, hook-handed killer on the loose. They hear something at the door and get scared, but laugh it off on the way home as just an animal. When they get home, they find a sharp hook caught in the door handle. This horror short leaves out the bit about the car, but hits all the other notes with slaughtered teens and pointy prosthetics.

2.) I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

Also using the hook hand legend is this 90s thriller about a group of teens who recklessly hit a pedestrian, try to cover it up, and pay the price. The storyline is kind of convoluted; it seems they used the hook legend as a jumping-off point (the killer in this also wields a hook hand), but developed an original story.

3.) When a Stranger Calls (1979 and 2006)

The legend is that someone, typically a teenage girl, is babysitting alone. The kids are asleep and the phone rings. She answers to hear a creepy voice asking if she’s checked on the children. Some versions feature multiple calls, getting more and more threatening as they progress. She finally calls the cops and has them trace the call, only to learn that the call is coming from inside the house, presumably from a second line. (This legend made its debut well before cell phones.) The legend was made into a film in 1979 and a remake in 2006.

4.) Black Christmas (1974)

This Canadian slasher flick was inspired by both the babysitter-and-caller legend (the heroine receives ominous phone calls) as well as a string of actual murders that took place in Quebec around the Christmas season.

5.) Bloody Mary (2006)

The myth of Bloody Mary is that if you stand in front of a mirror with the lights out and chant “Bloody Mary” three times, her spirit will appear. While modern interpretations almost always cast her as malevolent, she isn’t always. Historically, young women would invoke Mary at night, and she would show them their future husband, or, if they were fated to die before marriage, a skull. More recently, Bloody Mary is said to be a ghoulish creature appearing in the mirror, who can sometimes physically attack the people who summoned her.

6.) Candyman (1992)

Similar to the Bloody Mary myth, this film features a malevolent spirit who can be summoned by repeating his name in front of a mirror. He also kills people with a hook that serves as a prosthetic. Sound familiar? In fact, this movie takes a meta turn and deals with urban legends as part of its story, exploring how they arise and how they shape communities.

7.) Carved (2007)

This film centers on the Japanese legend of Kuchisake-Onna, the “Slit-Mouthed Woman,” whose face was mutilated by her husband. Wearing a surgical mask (which is not uncommon in Japan), she approaches children and asks them if they think she’s pretty, then removes the mask revealing a mouth cut from ear to ear. Needless to say, things don’t end well for the child. The legend started sometime in the late 1970s.

8.) The Exorcist (1973)

This film, which features lots of swearing, head swiveling and green vomit, was based on a novel. The novel, in turn, was based on an actual case that involved the supposed demonic possession of a Maryland boy (not a girl, as in the novel and film) in the 1940s. The case of “Roland Doe,” as the boy was called to protect his identity, is regarded as one of the most convincing cases of possession in recent history, but of course, there’s no proof.

9.) The Entity (1982)

This film follows a woman whose life is being torn apart by demonic entities and poltergeist that assault her on a regular basis. The movie makes it so that the demonic being is the real culprit, but the real-life story behind this is probably much sadder. The film’s writer (who also wrote the novel on which it’s based) created the story around the claims of a woman who said she’d been raped by an invisible entity that was haunting her. The woman, however, was found to have a turbulent past, involving an abusive childhood as well as abusive relationships, and likely had a severe mental illness.

10.) The Amityville Horror (1979)

This story came about when the Lutz family described eerie events in their new Long Island home. It turns out that the house they moved into was the site of a mass murder by Ronald DeFeo, Jr. The DeFeos lived in the same house and one night in 1974, Ronald, Jr. murdered his mother, father, two sisters and two brothers. There have been many theories as to what exactly happened that night and why, but it is completely true that the DeFeo family died in that house. The Lutzes maintained that this horrific act left the house haunted, but inconsistencies and errors in their accounts make for many skeptics.

11.) Bunnyman (2011)

The Bunny Man is an urban legend from the Washington, DC, area, and involves a deranged man in a bunny suit who chases people with an axe. Two creepy incidents, verified by the police, involve a man in a rabbit suit wielding an axe and talking about “trespassers.” One couple had their car window smashed and later discovered a hatchet on the floor of their car, and a security guard encountered a young man chopping at the porch of an unfinished house with a longer-handled axe. However, nothing ever came of these, and it was never determined who the Bunny Man was, or if it was the same person at both incidents. We hope it was, because a forest full of Bunny Men is way scarier. The legend grew in the area to involve half-eaten rabbit carcasses dangling from trees and an escaped psychopath who murdered his family on Easter Sunday.

12.) The Burning (1981)

This film is similar to Friday the 13 in that it involves a camp and a lot of killing, and is based on one of the iterations of the New York State legend of “Cropsey,” a disfigured man out for revenge, who alternately shows up as a camp caretaker or a farmer (I personally learned about him as a farmer), although the term “Cropsey” is used to describe any violent, boogeyman-like figure.

13.) Boogeyman (2005)

Speaking of Boogeymen, here’s a movie about him. Almost every culture across the globe has a figure like this. The appearances might change and the figure might stem from a variety of traditions, but typically, the Boogeyman is used to get kids to behave–if you don’t clean your room, the Boogeyman will get you. That kind of thing. Interestingly, the term “boogey” or “bogey” has cognates in many European languages.

14.) The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

The Mothman is a cryptid, or mythical creature, that several people claimed to have seen in the 60s in the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia. He’s described as a winged man with glowing red eyes, and due to the fact that the creature was sighted shortly before the Silver Bridge collapsed in 1967, killing 46 people, he’s become associated with ill omens. Skeptics say the Mothman people saw was actually a sandhill crane, whose wingspans can reach 7 feet. Today, the town of Point Pleasant holds an annual Mothman Festival and boasts a 12-foot statue of the creature.

15.) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

The legend behind this one is less a spooky campfire story and more a conspiracy theory. It states that on seeing the stunning visuals in this film (and it is a gorgeous movie), the US government approached Stanley Kubrick and asked him to create footage of a lunar landing. Thus, the conspiracy is that the 1969 Apollo 11 landing was actually created in a studio by Kubrick, and that this was the movie that got him involved. Some conspiracy enthusiasts even bring Kubrick’s other well-known film The Shining into all this, saying it’s his veiled confession to the whole thing, but as you can imagine, it’s quite a stretch.

Now that you know the “real” tales behind these films, it might be time to look at some cute cat pictures. And make sure your doors are locked. (Not that it matters…)

Read more: http://viralnova.com/freaky-movie-origins/

Some Of The Most Famous People Voiced TV Commercials You Hear All Of The Time.

We’ve all done it. We’ll be watching TV, then when the commercials come on, we’re mesmerized by whoever is doing the voice-over for the commercial “That voice sounds so familiar.” Well adjusted people will think about it during the commercial break and then move on. People like me, though, will obsess over it until they find out just who was talking about Esurance.

Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of the people who have done voice-overs for some of the most well-known commercials out there. Some of these will shock you (I had no idea who was telling me about trucks and insurance rates).

1.) George Clooney

George Clooney has lent his smooth, leathery voice to several commercials including Budweiser and AT&T.

2.) Will Arnett

One of the more recognizable voices in showbiz, Arnett has been voicing GMC commercials for a while now.

3.) Kelsey Grammer

Grammer is known for his sophisticated, high brow comedic characters and part of the reason for that is because he has a very unique voice. He has voiced commercials for Honey Nut Cheerios, General Foods International Coffees, Helzberg Diamonds, and Disneyland

4.) Robert Downey Jr.

The first voice of Mr. Peanut was none other than the Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr.

5.) Denis Leary

Having portrayed several blue collar workers during his acting career, Leary is the perfect fit for the blue collar Ford truck commercials.

6.) John Hamm

Portraying an advertising guru on television, John Hamm should be voicing more commercials. So far though he has done American Airlines and Mercedes-Benz.

7.) David Duchovny

David Duchovny has certainly had an interesting career and his voiceover work is no exception. He has voiced Pedigree Dog Food commercials and Sprint mobile ads.

8.) Lisa Kudrow

Needing a fun, quirky voice for their ads, Yoplait enlisted the help of Lisa Kudrow to help their advertising campaigns.

9.) Jason Sudeikis

Lovable funny man Jason Sudeikis has recently been voicing commercials for Applebee’s, following in the footsteps of Wanda Sykes and John Corbett.

10.) Jeff Bridges

Bridges has had a great career as a voiceover artist. He has voiced Duracell, Hyundai, Ameriquest, and several other commercials.

11.) John Goodman

Dunkin Donuts was looking for a friendly, blue collar, everyman voice for their commercials. Who better than John Goodman?

12.) John Krasinski

John Krasinski has been all over the voiceover commercial work. He has voiced commercials for Esurance and Blackberry phones.

13.) Zach Braff

Zach Braff is all about quirky, so why wouldn’t he be the voice of the dog for Cottonelle commercials?

14.) James Spader

James Spader’s voice is quite recognizable and unique. Acura knew that he would be a perfect fit when they selected him for their commercials.

Hmm. I feel much better now knowing the voices behind those commercials (and I don’t care how much you judge me for it). Now you know who’s talking to you every time you watch an Acura commercial. 

Now you know.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/voiceover/

Campbell Brown: Biden gave Hollywood a pass on gun violence

http://twitter.com/#!/campbell_brown/status/322337935133405184

President Obama’s gun-control proposal, based on the recommendations of Vice President Joe Biden, didn’t mention Hollywood at all and barely touched on the issue of violence in video games. It asked only that the Centers for Disease Control “research the causes and prevention of gun violence,” including the effects of violent imagery in video games, television shows, and movies.

In an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal published on April 4, former CNN anchor Campbell Brown said the White House gave short shrift to the issue:

Dr. Victor Strasberger, the leading researcher on media violence for the American Academy of Pediatrics, could tell the CDC and the president what to expect: “All our studies show portraying violence is extremely dangerous,” Dr. Strasberger recently told me. “Kids become desensitized, numb to suffering around them and aggressive.” He also says that when you add in other factors like poverty, abuse or mental illness, “you have a perfect storm. This can and does lead to violence.

Dr. Strasberger says he was stunned that the White House seems to have little interest in the available evidence. On the subject of media violence, Mr. Biden met only with representatives of the entertainment and videogame industry and researchers who support the industry. Not a single doctor or researcher critical of media violence met with the vice president.

That’s a shame, since there is a consensus among doctors and mental-health professionals about the danger to children from exposure to the violence depicted by movies, television and videogames.

Today Brown singled out Vice President Joe Biden, who appeared on Morning Joe this morning, for failing to seriously consider the issue:

Biden did not meet with a single researcher on media violence who disagrees w/ entertainment industry. Not one. on.wsj.com/XF5WQW

— Campbell Brown (@campbell_brown) April 11, 2013

Dr. Vic Strasberger w/ Amer Academy of Pediatrics was stunned Biden didnt want to hear its view on media violence on.wsj.com/XF5WQW

— Campbell Brown (@campbell_brown) April 11, 2013

As we wrote late last year, Twitchy does not believe that violent films and video games are to blame for the mass shooting that took place in Newtown, Conn. If we are going to have a national conversation on guns, though, can we at least ask why those in Hollywood who are so appalled by them can’t seem to find a movie prop they love more?

“@rlw_toreria_nyc: How do you feel about the gun violence in Django?” I saw it as satire, not violence. Don’t miss this brilliant film!

— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 20, 2013

“@theonlymackdad: Satire for sure! I giggled with every ‘over the top’ blood splatter.” Correct. Audience howls when racists get their due.

— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 20, 2013

As for specific reforms, Brown calls for restricting violence on television that can be seen by kids; ending channel “bundling” by cable and satellite companies, the practice of forcing subscribers to pay for channels they don’t watch; and improving the movie ratings system.

Most of all, she wants President Obama to step up to the plate:

The president has been more than willing to challenge the National Rifle Association, but that is like a Republican president standing up to labor unions—not a move that risks anything with his core supporters. Mr. Obama could show some real bravery by taking on Hollywood.

Indeed.

Related:

Obama keeps Hollywood out of his gun-grabbing crosshairs

Anti-gun zealot Michael Moore endorses shoot-em-up film, ‘Django Unchained’

Anti-gun fanatic Michael Moore: The gun violence in ‘Django Unchained’ is hilarious!

Hollywood hypocrite: Video roasts gun control nut Jim Carrey over movie violence

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/04/11/campbell-brown-biden-gave-hollywood-a-pass-on-gun-violence/

Strangers And Celebrities Are Helping This Dying Boy Get His Final Wish

One little boy who is battling rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of pediatric cancer, had a simple wish that he wanted people to help him grant before he passed away: to be famous in China. But sadly, after learning that his cancer is terminal, Dorian realized that he’d never get to travel to China and make that dream come true.

That’s when strangers and celebrities across the world did something incredible. People everywhere are taking uplifting photos to stand in solidarity with Dorian.

Listen to what it means to be #DStrong.

Isn’t he incredible?

That’s why it didn’t take long for people in China to make his dream come true.

But it didn’t stop there. Instead, his wish spread across the globe.

People have gathered on local beaches to share their support.

And some have taken #DStrong to the football field!

This boy’s message has captured so many hearts around the world.

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We promise to keep this story going!

Although Dorian’s diagnosis is terminal, he made his dream come true. Now it’s our turn to help. Take a photo with a sign saying #DStrong and stand in solidarity with Dorian by posting it to Twitter and Facebook.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/d-strong/

Larry the Cable Guy sees ‘proud papa’ in Willie Robertson’s selfie with Sadie

http://twitter.com/#!/williebosshog/status/507530719728775168

Sadie Robertson will be a contestant on the upcoming season of “Dancing with the Stars,” and Larry the Cable Guy sees success on the horizon:

http://twitter.com/#!/GitRDoneLarry/status/507534055991414784

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/09/04/larry-the-cable-guy-spots-proud-papa-in-willie-robertsons-selfie-with-sadie-photo/

If Movie Posters Were Totally Honest, I Would Never Have Seen These 15 Films.

I have a lot of respect for the people who market major movies, because they’re very good at their jobs. It doesn’t matter how objectively terrible the film is, they always find a way to put butts in the seats. 

Sadly, the movies usually don’t live up to the hype that the marketing folks planted in your brain. Maybe they can learn a little something from these more honest rewrites of big Hollywood movie posters.

1.) “Frozen.”

2.) “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

3.) “The Hobbit.”

4.) “Conan the Barbarian.”

5.) “Rambo.”

6.) “All Is Lost.”

7.) “Battle: LA.”

8.) “The Dark Knight Rises.”

9.) “Gravity.”

10.) “Inception.”

11.) “Django Unchained.”

12.) “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”

13.) “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.”

14.) “Gran Torino.”

15.) “Les Miserables.”

(Via: Buzzfeed)

… well, that’s about right.

That honest poster for the last Indiana Jones movie is spot on. How did Lucas think that would be a good movie? Share these honest movie posters with your friends on Facebook, and see what they think. 

Read more: http://viralnova.com/honest-movie-posters/