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Roseanne Barr is an outspoken actress and comedienne who never shied away from tackling difficult and controversial issues, even if that meant being unpopular or being tagged as “crazy” by mass media. While I can’t say that I agree with all of her views, she remains one of the very few people in Hollywood who dare talking about its most damning issue: MK ULTRA. In a recent interview with RT, Roseanne talked about the dark side of the entertainment industry and directly mentioned MK ULTRA as being a major force in Hollywood. Here’s the interview (it is set up to start at the part about the entertainment industry). Roseanne basically says that Hollywood stars are terrified of using their status to speak out about important issues because there’s a “culture of fear” going on there, where “speaking out” almost automatically equals being shunned from the industry and having one’s career destroyed.
Picture People Cindy Lee Garcia Earlier this week, Chris Armenta , the attorney for Innocence of Muslims actress Cindy Lee Garcia , phoned up the defense attorney for Nakoula Basseley Nakoula , the jailed producer behind the anti-Islam film that has stoked violent protests across the Muslim world.
Ah, stupid copyright licensing rules block perfectly normal activities yet again. This past weekend, Saturday Night Live ran a mildly amusing skit involving a power outage at internet streaming radio company, Pandora, in which an intern -- played by Bruno Mars -- has to step in and sing a variety of songs to keep the streams running. It's a slightly hacky trick to show off Mars' singing mimicry, but done pretty well.
OTTAWA - August 13 - Nine Nobel Peace Laureates today issued an open letter to the Chairman of NBC Entertainment, as well as General Wesley Clark and others involved in the new “reality” show premiering tonight on NBC—“ Stars Earn Stripes” —calling on them to walk away from the show immediately.
26 Viacom properties including Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, CMT, Logo, and BET, have gone dark for DirecTV's 20 million subscribers after both sides failed to reach an agreement over carriage fees. According to a statement released by DirecTV shortly after midnight, Viacom is looking to increase fees by up to 30% — over $1 billion. "We have absolutely no problem compensating Viacom fairly, but they have now knowingly put our customers in the unreasonable position of either accepting their extravagant financial demands or losing some of their favorite TV shows," said DirecTV exec VP Derek Chang .
A couple years ago, we wrote about the bizarre case filed by Brownmark Films, who produced the "viral" video "What, What (In The Butt)," against South Park for doing a parody of the video.
We've been pointing out all week that the anti-SOPA folks who just discovered ACTA shouldn't stop there, but should pay close attention to what's happening with the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership). That's the agreement that the entertainment industry is betting on to get SOPA-like laws introduced around the globe. And, if you thought that ACTA was negotiated in secret, you haven't seen anything.
This one is a little bizarre.
The Motion Picture Association of America ( MPAA ), Hollywood's lobbying group, has been one of the strongest supporters of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act. Both of those bills were originally designed to block or re-route DNS (Domain Name Service) requests for sites considered to be illegally hosting copyright-protected content. But the DNS provisions have now been struck from both bills — and the MPAA is apparently not trying to get them back.