Tropical warnings issued for Gulf coast from Miss to TX...
Storm threatens oil rigs...
IN VENICE': MADONNA FILM PANNED...
When It Rains, It
Pours: Yes, August Really Was A Huge News Month (WSJ / Speakeasy)
As we wind up summer, it looks like the BO (that is box office here, my friends), money is up but the audience figures will be down..
Not necessarily a good trend...more money less audience watching the films..almost an oxymoron...I will say this again. The movie that has been seen by the most people ever is "Gone With the Wind."
Top ten movies of all-time BO wise are now all over $1 billion...two this year ago cracked that mark: "Harry" and "Pirates." Congrats to them...
Ah, I was able to catch "Nightline" last night and in the who cares department was an indepth story on why JLo split with that guy (what's his name?)..when it comes to Hollywood breakups, babies and trashy gossip, I take a pass...I like the business of show...
This is what the others will be talking about Friday and over the weekend. Get it here right now/from our partners at Pew
Muslim Americans: No Signs of Growth in Alienation or Support for ExtremismAs the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, a comprehensive public opinion survey finds no indication of
increased alienation or anger among Muslim Americans in response to concerns about home-grown Islamic terrorists, controversies about the building of mosques, and other pressures that have been brought to bear on this high-profile minority group in recent years. Read the full
report and see also a hispanic of highlights, an infographic of
topline findings and a map showing controversies over Mosques and Islamic Centers across the U.S.
United in Remembrance, Divided Over Policies
Ten years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the events of that day retain a powerful hold on the collective consciousness of the public.
Substantial majorities say that 9/11 had a profound personal impact and that the attacks changed the country in a major way. Yet the public continues to be divided over many of the anti-terrorism policies that arose after Sept. 11, and these differences extend to opinions about whether U.S. wrongdoing in dealings with other countries prior to 9/11 may have motivated the attacks. Read more
Who would have thought a little thing like scheduling a speech would split the nation? I did because of the nature of things these days. Protocol calls for a lot and the White House did not work things out before telling us when it would be. Then it got ugly. Ratings for the Packers/Saints would dwarf it if NBC ran the game and then the others ran the speech. One network with the game would beat a combined number on
the other nets. I'm sure of it, judging and tracking all things ratings over the many years doing this crap.
WEEKEND BO"The Debt" is already out
"Shark Night 3D"
NOTES: What happened to other holiday blockbuster weekends? Labor Day is no longer one.