Eva Longoria predicts a Latino president; Batman-Superman film gets a subtitle; more

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Wednesday’s entertainment news includes a “Lego Movie” spinoff, a chance to be in the next ‘Star Wars’ film and a subtitle for the upcoming Batman versus Superman film.

A spinoff film of the “Lego Movie” has been announced. The spinoff will be called “Ninjago” and will hit theaters in September 2016. It will focus on Lego’s ninja-inspired figures.

Lea Michele admits in her new book, “Brunette Ambition,” that she dated “Glee” co-star Matthew Morrison before the two were ever on the show.

Eva Longoria predicts that the United States will have a Latino president sometime soon. Longoria made the comment while serving as an ambassador for L’Oreal at the Cannes film festival.

J.J. Abrams is giving fans a chance to be in “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Disney, Lucas Films and Bad Robot have created a contest where fans who donate $10 to the United Nations Children’s Fund’s Innovation Labs will be put into a raffle with a chance to land a walk-on role in the film.

Fox’s new reality show “I Wanna Marry Harry” debuted Tuesday night to horrible ratings. The show features a group of women who compete to date a man who they think is Prince Harry, but is actually just a look-a-like.

The upcoming Batman versus Superman film has a subtitle. It will be called “Dawn of Justice.”

Life & Style: Trompe l'oeil

By Leslie Linsley

Contributing Writer


(May 29, 2014)

I love it when
someone creates or invents or thinks up something unusual as a home
project or solution to a problem. It can often lead to a more
creative space. Off-beat, not the usual, something meant for one
thing but used for another, that’s what adds personality.


I need a stair railing on my wall where I have three short steps.
Everyone holds onto the wall and leaves fingerprints. But I don’t
want a stair railing. A friend suggested two boat cleats with heavy,
fat boat rope tied between. My house isn’t nautical, although the
idea might work in a bathroom for holding towels. For that I cut a
long wooden dowel the length of the bathroom wall. Once stained or
painted, secure to the wall with brass ends from the hardware store.
It’s better than a towel rack, holds more towels and looks good.
Do this outdoors for holding beach towels. There’s no eyesore for the
neighbors to complain about. It’s like hanging towels over a porch
railing. My friend Liz hangs her sheets on a clothesline. Remember
those? I want one. Can’t you just see that passing in the historic



Back to the stair railing . . . Steve and JoAnn Marcoux brought me
my favorite Christmas gift last year. When we were all boating last
summer I was looking for the perfect piece of driftwood to look like
a sculpted railing. I never found it. But they did.



Not yet attached. Any ideas how to do this?


Lynn Sherman is a Key West artist. She paints small canvases of
door fronts. Her good friend just built a house with a high ceiling
and a stairway to a loft bedroom. The circular staircase ends in the
middle of the opening at the top-floor level. When you look up at the
loft from down below there are two blank half-walls on each side of
the staircase. I hope you get a mental picture as I forgot to take a
photograph. However, their clever and quite personal solution for
wall décor could be adapted anywhere. I did remember to take
pictures of their projects. A few approaches to blank walls are:


1. Do nothing. Embrace “quiet” space.


2. Hang paintings.


3. Do something creative

Lynn and Jonathon were inspired by the library used-book sale and
designed his-and-her personal trompe l’oeil bookcases using the
spines of the books they bought. I want to do one with my favorite
books chronicling different periods of my life.


Here are the pictures of the finished projects in Lynn’s studio
before they were hung.



So how’s it done?

    1. Paint a piece of plywood with latex paint. A dark color is good.


    2. Attach molding to the top and both sides. You might stain it first.


    3. Divide the background to create “shelves” and paint the strips
    to look like the front of shelving. No it’s not wood!


    4. Then have fun “arranging” the books and objects on the


    Some of the books are created with actual spines removed from the
    books and glued in place. Other “books” are painted. Each artist
    chose personal objects, a photograph, a picture of a clock or dish or
    an Andy Warhol-like painting and glued it to the background.


    This project can be any size. Choose the books by color, title, size
    and subject, and have fun making it personal. I’m thinking of doing
    this in a small bathroom over the toilet from one wall to the other.
    It’s a narrow space to fill and you wouldn’t actually want a
    bookshelf sticking out over the toilet. But it is a “reading”
    room. Kind of a tongue-in-cheek statement!


    This is a great way to tell “your story”. It’s like a personal
    biography of books you love or have influenced you or mark a period
    of time in your life. Of you might just pick the books for their
    colorful spines. Lynn says you don’t have to have any special
    skills for this project.


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Morocco World News celebrates Its Third Anniversary


Morocco World News celebrates Its Third Anniversary


Fez- The foremost English language news site in Morocco has come a long way from its humble beginnings in an apartment in Queens, New York.

The founders, Moroccan brothers Samir and Adnane Bennis, launched the site in 2011 as a gateway for Moroccan-based English language news reporting. At that time, there were no local English language news outlets producing news on the country. Major Western news sources covered stories on Morocco, but there was no cohesive English news site with Moroccan journalists and editors producing stories on the Kingdom.

“Our goal was to launch a news outlet with the aim of providing the reader with a balanced approach to Morocco and also allow Moroccans to freely express their views about their country in an English language website,” Samir Bennis said.

MWN was developed to give readers in-depth and on-site reporting about Morocco from people with an extensive knowledge of the region and issues.

Samir Bennis, a political adviser at an Arab Mission to the United Nations in New York, teamed up with his brother Adnane, then a freelance translator, to launch Morocco World News (MWN) in May 2011.

“MWN strives to report the news that goes unreported in other media and provide the reader with a fresh and independent perspective on Morocco. We also offer analyses and essays about highly important issues, chief of which is the conflict of the Sahara,” Adnane Bennis, the co-founder and managing editor, stated.

The news site has now expanded to include an editorial board of journalists and over ten contributors and correspondents, mainly in Morocco and the United States.

The MWN team includes Moroccan-based journalists that produce stories directly from cities around Morocco, giving the website a countrywide capacity for news coverage. Young American graduates also work on the MWN team to improve the quality of reporting and help young aspiring Moroccan journalists improve their English writing skills.

Ahmed Azizi, an MWN board member, acknowledged the tireless efforts of the MWN staff, writers and contributors for bringing the website to where it is today.

“They have now been working hard for three years to turn what started as a very ambitious idea into an exemplary media outlet that countless people worldwide refer to daily for up-to-date information and valuable insights into a wide range of important and interesting issues,” Azizi said.

Elisabeth Myers, an editor and MWN board member, has seen the news website grow rapidly from its beginning three years ago into “a respected and widely read online publication that provides a platform not only for responsible journalism, but also for timely debate on the pressing issues of our time affecting Morocco, Moroccans, and Moroccan-Americans.”

MWN gives a worldwide community of readers the opportunity to read news in English about Morocco, where the news industry is heavily dominated by Arabic and French media outlets.

“MWN presents a broad, objective perspective on the Middle East. By filling a gap in English-language coverage of such news, MWN significantly contributes to a better understanding of Arab and Middle East politics, culture, and life,” Myers said.

The website has been self-funded since inception, leaving the founders paying out-of-pocket to keep the outlet afloat. Three years later, the website is still struggling to find funding which would accommodate paying journalists there by elevating the overall quality of the reporting.

Despite a lack of monetary resources, the MWN founders said they hope to find a financial solution and hire more journalists and make the site more professional and sustainable.

“The short period that MWN has been in existence is a prime example of how a few people with little resources but with a lot of sincerity, enthusiasm and determination can make a difference and contribute to enrich the media landscape in Morocco and around the world,” Azizi said.




Porky and Buddy Pet Health – More Info On Ticks, Lyme Disease

Dear Porky and Buddy,
A couple of weeks ago, you wrote about removing ticks and mentioned that, among other things, the little buggers can transmit Lyme disease.

What were you thinking???

I have enough things to worry about, without that added to my list. My dog, Bubba,  has had ticks. Not a lot, but some. Is it possible that he has the disease? How would I tell. How can I prevent him from getting it in the future, short of putting  him in a plastic bubble?

Dear Donna,
Calm down. Worry about your emotional bond with Bubba instead while we give you more information.

Information is always better than worrying for dealing with a problem.

Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in the world.

Borrelia burgdorferi, which is the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease, is transmitted by slow-feeding, hard-shelled deer ticks.

Infection typically occurs after the Borrelia-carrying tick has been attached to the dog for at least 18 hours. So, as we will explain later, if you are diligent, time is on your side.

The most common symptoms in dogs is recurrent lameness due to inflammation of the joints. There may also be a lack of appetite and depression.

More serious complications include damage to the kidney, and on rare occasions heart or nervous system disease.

Other symptoms associated with Lyme disease include: a stiff walk with an arched back; sensitivity to touch; difficulty breathing; and lymph nodes close to the site of the infecting tick bite may be swollen.

So it is a serious disease and your worry is understandable (although useless).

If  Bubba displays any of these symptoms you need to call your vet right away.

You will need to give a thorough history of  Bubba’s health, including a background history of symptoms, and possible incidents that might have precipitated this condition. Your vet will probably conduct a complete blood profile to look for the presence of bacteria, parasites, and fungi in the bloodstream.

Fluid from the affected joints may also be drawn for analysis.

If the diagnosis is Lyme disease, bubba will be treated with antibiotics, probably for about four weeks. Do not use pain medications unless they have been recommended by your veterinarian.

Unfortunately, symptoms do not always completely resolve in some animals. In fact, long-term joint pain may continue even after the bacteria has been fully eradicated from Bubba’s system.

How to prevent it? If possible, avoid allowing Bubba  to roam in tick-infested environments where Lyme borreliosis is common.

Yes, we know that is stupid advice for any dog named “Bubba” in upstate New York, but remember what we said about the tick having to be attached for 18 hours in order to transmit the disease?

If you groom him every day and remove any ticks you find by hand you will be doing Bubba and yourself a big favor (and improving your emotional bond with him).

In addition, your veterinarian can recommend a variety of sprays, collars, and spot-on topical products to kill and repel ticks.

So stop worrying and start brushing.

Don’t forget that the “Friends of Maurine Caprin” are holding their annual poker run benefit for the Humane Society in her memory on June 7.

Registration starts at 9 am in the VFW Park on the corner of Fifth and Seward in Fulton. $15 per person. Kickstands up at 11 a.m. Cars are welcome. There will be live entertainment, raffles, a board of dreams, and overnight camping is available.

Check the Humane Society’s website for more details.

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego, NY.

Phone: (315) 207-1070.

Email: ochscontact@hotmail.com

Website: www.oswegohumane.org

Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other!

Kate Middleton's bare bottom; 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' sequel; more

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Wednesday’s entertainment news highlights include Kate Middleton’s bum appearing in a German tabloid, Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women” list and a sequel to “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”

European newsstands have been taken over by a German tabloid that ran a photo of The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s bare butt. The photo was taken as wind from a helicopter blew up her dress.

Amy Poehler has revealed the cover of her new book. The book, titled “Yes Please!,” will be released on Oct. 14.

Rap mogul 50 Cent may still be recovering from his horrendous first-pitch at a New York Mets game on Tuesday night. The video shows proof of one of the worst pitches of all time.

A lawyer for boy band One Direction is looking into a leaked video allegedly showing two of the group’s members smoking an illegal substance. The clip was posted Tuesday by The Daily Mail.

Forbes has released its annual list of the “World’s Most Powerful Women.” No. 1 on the list is German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Entertainers like Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé, Angelina Jolie, Lady Gaga and Shakira all made the list.

“My Big Fat Greek Wedding” was a huge indie hit back in 2002. Now, it’s getting a sequel. Nia Vardalos, writer and star of the first film, says she has written a sequel that she will also produce.

This Week in Tabloids: Beyoncé's in Love With Her Bodyguard

This Week in Tabloids: Beyoncé's in Love With Her Bodyguard

Welcome back! Every Wednesday, we do Midweek Madness, in which Callie Beusman heads to the newsstand and picks up the latest issues of OK!, In Touch, Life Style, Star and Us so that together we may bathe in the sweet waters of gossip. This week: Kim’s wedding was humiliating; KMiddy is 98 lbs. and pregnant; Beyoncé’s behind the partition with her bodyguard. Let’s do this.

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In Touch


Kim Kardashian was humiliated at her wedding, for a variety of probably-gleefully-fabricated reasons. Here they are (glorious side-note: the mag refers to its source as “one of her frenemies”): Kris Jenner got drunk and yelled at Rob for gaining weight, causing him to flee the country; Bruce Jenner was started “crying like a little old lady” while walking her down the aisle (“He was making these noises,” says the frenemy. “It was weird and made people uncomfortable.”); Kim got bad plastic surgery the night before; there were LITERALLY NO A-LISTERS THERE (In Touch cites known non-A-listers, including Ryan Seacrest, Mario Lopez and Eva Longoria as no-shows). Also, being shuttled around in a private jet from Paris to Florence and back again was soooooooo hard on the guests 🙁 Quoth the frenemy: “[The guests] were meant to feel special, but they were herded like sheep and treated like prisoners.” Mmmkay. Next: the editors have come up with an especially cruel and unnecessary article about Tom Cruise’s weight gain, with accompanying diagram (featuring a lil’ blimp icon) (Fig. 1). “He has a gut,” says a source. “It’s startling.” WHATEVER, LET THE MAN EAT LOBSTER AND ICE CREAM IF HE WANTS (the article states that that is, in fact, what he does want). Moving on: Sofia Vergara has dumped her “condiment entrepreneur” fiance, who probably cheated on her a ton and seems like a real dick. Good riddance, condiment entrepreneur! Elsewhere in the mag, a former Bachelor contestant, who was the Resident Villain on Ben Flajnik’s season, “tells all.” Most importantly, she says that several contestants had trouble pooping on the show. Being one of the afflicted, she took a laxative, triggering fears she would “blow” on a date. We love this story so much. And, finally: Selena Gomez is turning to religion in the wake of her breakup and is now a born-again virgin. The evidence for this, mostly, is that she’s been Instagramming Bible verses. Ok.

GRADE: F (washing hair with vomit)

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Us Weekly has a different (i.e., not “HUMILIATING”) take on the Kimye nuptials: they were expensive, stuff happened, hooray. None of the information included here is new to anyone who’s gazed even momentarily upon the Internet this weekend, but here are the most interesting tidbits nonetheless: all the guests sat at a custom-made $478,000 230-foot marble banquet table; instead of place cards, their names were engraved in gold on the surface; Jay Z and Beyoncé reportedly didn’t show up because Rachel Roy, who may or may not have caused the Elevator Scuffle, was there; Jaden Smith apparently wore his white Batman costume to the actual ceremony (Fig. 2); Baby North West ate vegetable tempura at the Valentino pre-wedding brunch. Fascinating stuff. In other news, Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino are secretly dating now that she’s newly single — “He’s loved her for years,” says a source. There is pretty much nothing else contained in this magazine. There’s a page devoted to the idea that “Prince Charles — He’s Just Like Us!” He blows his nose!! Just like us!!! (Fig. 3)

GRADE: D- (sitting in a bathtub of white cake frosting)

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OK! has penned an elaborate fanfiction detailing the varied reasons behind Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick’s divorce, which is not a thing that’s happening. According to a “source,” friends of the couple think that “a divorce announcement seems imminent.” K! Here are the reasons: he maybe cheated on her in 2008; they don’t have anything in common anymore; they rarely see each other because they’re both so busy. Sure, sure. In other news, Selena Gomez is heartbroken about Justin Bieber, and the magazine has roped her grandparents into it somehow? But Grandpa Gomez exclusively tells OK! that Bieber used to be “a nice little fellow,” but not so much anymore. He also says he thinks the former teen stars’ managers are pressuring them to stay together. Sure. Elsewhere in the mag, Miley Cyrus’ friends are worried that she might commit suicide, which is just a gross extrapolation from the fact that Miley is really sad that her dog has died. Trivializing mental health issues is always in horrible taste, especially when doing so involves the following sentence: “While riding on an inflatable hotdog on stage in front of thousands of fans every night looks like a blast, it’s actually incredibly lonely for Miley.” Nope. Just nope. Moving on: Kanye is furious because Kim doesn’t want to have another baby immediately. “Kanye boasts that he and Kim are both incredibly fertile, and he even refers to himself as One-Shot West,” says a source; thus he’s really mad about not being able to put that “one shot” to good use, i.e., creating a mini-Kanye. Ooookay. Moving on: Sandra Bullock has found love with Chris Evans, who plays Captain America. This would be a sweet story — he’s had a crush on her since he saw her in Speed! — if it weren’t framed as “Captain America to the rescue!” Sandra Bullock does not need “rescuing” from her divorce, which happened 1000 tabloid years ago. She is in like a billion movies and beloved of the world and has a great kid. Whoever dates her isn’t automatically a knight in shining armor, saving her from singledom. Sigh.

GRADE: F (showering with curdled milk)

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Life Style


The copy here claims that Kate Middleton is “dealing with the scary side effects of early pregnancy — including losing a shocking amount of weight.” According to insiders. Of course, William is “very concerned.” It should be noted, of course, that we have no official Unsolicited Uterus Update from The Palace, and the 98 lbs. figure comes from an “fitness expert and wellness author” who estimates that as Kate’s weight. Additional proof of pregnancy: “All insiders know is that the normally bubbly duchess has not been herself.” In other words: None of this is true. Moving on: French Montana was seen partying with “an attractive brunette” at a club in Miami and so the mag offers advice: “Be careful, Khloe!” Erin Andrews will probably be replaced by Maria Menounos as the lady who stands next to the guy hosting Dancing With The Stars. The next story wants us to believe Kim and Kanye spent the days leading up to the wedding “fighting over how to handle their daughter’s money if they split” and not gazing into mirrors and perfecting their squinches. Last, but not least: Because a “man’s view” is important in a magazine for women, we are informed that 83% of dudes like Adele better with a nose job. Adjust your schedule accordingly. (Fig. 4)

GRADE: F (gargling with the contents of a pub spittoon)

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This issue is a celebration of women! See, we live in a society that requires women to feel as though they must present a flawless, blemish-free exterior at all times, no matter how much time, effort and products are involved, and then, when, for a moment between the gym and the car, a female celebrity is snapped by a lurking, stalky photographer, that microsecond is documented digitally, blown up and distributed for other women to inspect and judge. WOO HOO! (Fig. 5) There are six pages of this toro caca. Sample captions: “A little lipstick would go a long way”; “give the woman a sandwich and a spa day”; “one haggard-looking mom.” And 73-year-old Academy Award-winning Faye Dunaway “doesn’t look ready for prime time sans makeup.” Sigh. Also inside: Kim Kardashian has “no plans to get pregnant again” and Kanye is pissed because he wants to “make a honeymoon baby.” The article ends: “She would rather have a hot body than another baby.” Next, this might be Maddox Jolie-Pitt’s first love-gossip item? Apparently he has a crush on 16-year-old Elle Fanning, his mom’s Maleficent costar. She gave him her number because she thinks he’s adorable, and he’s been texting and calling her all the time,” says a source. “She adores him but he’s too young for her.” Um, yeah: He’s TWELVE. What else? Blake Lively and Amber Heard are both vying to be in the next James Bond movie, since the plot calls for “a gorgeous Scandinavian woman” and there are only two blondes in Hollywood. Khloe Kardashian’s ersatz boyfriend French Montana was flirting with a “dark-haired beauty named Annabelle” on a video set, so the headline is “HE’S CHEATING!” Here are some actual words from the piece: “‘And when she’d walk off to get something, he would just stare at her ass,’ the source says. ‘It was like he was in love.'” Wait, is that what love is ? We’ve been doing it all wrong. Teach us, oh wise one. Finally, there’s the story titled “Beyoncé’s Secret: Is She Cheating Too?” A source claims that Jay-Z is suspicious of Bey’s bodyguard Julius — also known as the man who held Solange back in the elevator fight — and thinks something romantic may be going down between Julius and Beyoncé. Jay wanted to fire Julius, but Beyoncé would not let him. Once in 2009 (??) Julius was seen leaving a hotel with Beyoncé, “his lips apparently stained with lipstick in the singer’s signature red.” A source points out that Julius and Beyoncé have “spent a lot of time together behind closed doors” and that “he’s even stayed in her hotel room,” to which we point out: Is that not the job of a bodyguard? Also, the cover blares “CAUGHT WITH BODYGUARD!” but seems to mean: caught in a photo with a bodyguard? Not very damning. Anyway, if anyone has footage of Julius cutting Beyoncé’s silk scarf with a samurai katana, you know where to send it.

GRADE: D- (exfoliating with discarded nose cartilage)


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Fig. 1, from In Touch

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Fig. 2, from Us

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Fig. 3, from Us

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Fig. 4, from Life Style

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Fig. 5, from Star


By Van Scott

“World News” Takes First Overall Sweep in the Demo in Over Six Years

“World News” is the Only Evening Broadcast Up in the Demo for the Sweep Compared to Last Year

“World News” Ranks No. 1 for the Week in the Demo with Largest Margin Over “NBC Nightly News” in Over Six Years

“World News” Delivers Top Weekly Demo for Five of the Last Seven Weeks

May 2014 Sweep

ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” won the 2014 May Sweep in Adults 25-54 (2.014 million), according to Nielsen Media Research. “World News” turned in its first sweeps victory in more than 6 years and first win during a May sweep in 7 years – since February 2008 and May 2007, respectively. In addition, “World News” led NBC’s “Nightly News” (1.972 million) by its largest news demo sweep margin (+42,000) in nearly 7 years – since July 2007.

“ABC World News” improved on May 2013 (7.245 million and 1.839 million, respectively) in both Total Viewers (+6%) and Adults 25-54 (+10%) to delivered its best May sweep performance in 3 years – since May 2011. In addition, “World News” stood as the only evening newscast to build on its news demo performance from the year-ago sweep as “CBS Evening News” (-1%) and “NBC Nightly News” (-7%) posted losses.

“World News” led CBS’ “Evening News” by 1.201 million Total Viewers and by 451,000 Adults 25-54 viewers during the May 2014 sweep, scoring its best news demo sweeps advantage in over 4 years – since November 2009.

Week of May 19, 2014

“ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” stood as the No. 1 evening newscast among Adults 25-54 for the 2nd week in a row, for the week of May 19, 2014, according to Nielsen Media Research. Leading in the key adult demo for the 5th time in the last 7 weeks, “ABC World News” outdelivered “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” by +106,000 Adults 25-54 (1.896 million vs. 1.790 million) to score its largest margin of victory over the NBC program in over 6 years – since w/o 4/7/08.

For the 2nd straight week, “World News” outperformed “Nightly News” in 4 of the 5 head-to-head telecasts during the week: Monday (+59,000 – 1.987 million vs. 1.928 million), Tuesday (+255,000 – 1.953 million vs. 1.698 million), Thursday (+166,000 – 2.095 million vs. 1.929 million) and Friday (+77,000 – 1.594 million vs. 1.517 million). In fact, “World News” aired the Top 3 Adults 25-54 telecasts of the week on Thursday, Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

“World News” slashed its Total Viewer margins with “NBC Nightly News” both week to week (-44% – 467,000 vs. 830,000) and year to year (-33% – 467,000 vs. 692,000). In fact, registering its closest performance with “Nightly News” of the season, “World News” posted its closest performance with the NBC program in more than 8 months – since w/o 9/9/13.

Season to date, “World News” is up versus the same point last season in both Total Viewers (+4%) and Adults 25-54 (+5%), delivering its most-watched season in 5 years and best news demo number in 3 years – since the 2008-09 and the 2010-11 seasons, respectively. “World News” also stands as the only evening newscast to improve on its news demo performance from the previous season compared to “CBS Evening News” (-5%) and “NBC Nightly News” (-2%).

In addition, “World News” is narrowing its season margin with “NBC Nightly News” in Adults 25-54 by double digits (-45% – 179,000 vs. 325,000) compared to its season margin from the same point last year. In fact, cutting its Adults 25-54 gap for the 3rd consecutive season, “World News” is seeing its closest news demo performance with the NBC program in 6 years – since the 2007-08 season.

“World News” has nearly doubled its Adults 25-54 lead over “CBS Evening News” versus its year-ago season lead (+99% – 385,000 vs. 193,000).

For the week, “ABC World News” defeated the “CBS Evening News” by 1.386 million Total Viewers and by 450,000 Adults 25-54.

“ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” airs at 6:30 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network. Michael Corn is the executive producer of the broadcast. Follow Diane Sawyer and the “World News” team online: @DianeSawyer; @ABCWorldNews; facebook.com/DianeSawyer; facebook.com/WorldNews.

EVENING NEWS (May 2014 Sweep)

EVENING NEWS (Week of May 19, 2014)

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 5/19/14, 5/12/14 and 5/20/13. Most Current: 2013-2014 Season (9/23/13 – 5/25/14) and 2012-2013 Season (9/24/12 – 5/26/13). All averages based on regular telecasts. Most Current: May 2014 Sweep (4/24-5/21/14), May 2013 (4/25-5/22/13) and February 2014 Sweep (1/30-2/26/14). Sweep periods (November, February, May and July). NOTE: Due to the digital transition, the 2009 February sweep was 3/5 – 4/1/09.

– ABC –

Pet Health Insurance Professionals Attend DC Summit

Pet Health Insurance Professionals Attend DC Summit Leesburg, VA, May 28, 2014 –(PR.com)– Summit is the one time each year you’ll find the top dogs in pet health insurance all in the same room. Add in the coolest cats in marketing from other key industries, and you’ve got a powerful pack charged with all the news you need to know about this growing field. This year’s event is being held at the Lansdowne Resort in the US capital region from May 27 – 29, 2014.

“Pet Health Insurance is a healthy and vibrant industry,” says Kristen Lynch, executive director of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA). “This is the third year we’ve held this Summit and our community has really responded. It’s a great time to be in Pet Health Insurance.” Nearly 1 million pets are insured in North America, she points out, providing owners with peace of mind and pets with better access to quality care.

The upcoming Summit will offer unique expertise and insight on pet insurance related opportunities and issues, including trends and innovation in White Label PHI, Social Media, the Veterinary Profession, Customer Service, Employee Benefits, Brand Culture, and Animal Welfare.

NAPHIA’s Survey and Report will also be presented, an invaluable document that continues to provide the North American Pet Insurance industry with a comprehensive understanding of the size of the industry, and updates to key benchmarking metrics such as total market premium volume, average premiums, total number of pets or policies insured, and more. “This comprehensive report helps companies identify opportunities to further drive insurance growth,” says Randy Valpy, conference co-chair and Top Dog at Pets Plus Us. “It not only provides practical insights on the industry, it also demonstrates industry trends. If you’re serious about gaining momentum in the pet health insurance industry, this is something you won’t want to miss.”

“We’ve brought in speakers that are true innovators in their fields,” says Brent Hinton, conference co-chair and co-founder vice chairman at PetFirst Healthcare. “From disruptive business tactics to employee happiness and new media to tailored solutions, we’ll be hitting key topics that will give participants information they can really use. They’ll be able to get back to business feeling energized and like they’ve gotten great value for their time.”

Presentations include:

Shereen Eltobgy
As an April Fools’ Day prank in 2010, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh announced that his company was suing Walt Disney Company in a class action suit. The claim? Disney was misleading the public by calling Disneyland “the happiest place on Earth.” Clearly, Hsieh argued, Zappos is.

How happy can they be? Well, check out the Zappos.com website. In their own words, in 1999 their earnings were “almost nothing.” Less than 10 years later, they reported over $1 billion. That would thrill any CEO. But Zappos has made Fortune’s 100 Best Companies list five times running, claiming that corporate culture – the satisfaction and fulfillment of their staff – is at the very heart of the Zappos success story.

Summit 2014 speaker Shereen Eltobgy was part of the Zappos team that made it all happen. She’ll be offering an insider’s look at what makes Zappos work and how you can use tips from their success to build your own.

Anat Baron
Making lemonade isn’t hard… unless of course, it is.
Anat Baron is the former head of Mike’s Hard Lemonade well-known corporate change strategist. Baron will reveal why it pays to get creative, what takes to chart a new path, and which rules you can’t afford to follow. She’ll also share her thoughts on why successful companies must challenge the status quo—even if they’re the market leader—or face certain death.

Pet Insurance Fast Facts
· Pet Health Insurance is not new. In fact, the idea is more than 100 years old.
· In 1890, the first pet insurance policy was written in Sweden by Claes Virgin, founder of Länsförsäkrings Alliance. At that time, he focused on horses and livestock.
· In 1924, the first dog received insurance coverage in Sweden.
· In 1947, the first pet insurance policy was sold in Britain.
· In 1982, the famous TV dog Lassie received the first pet insurance policy in the United States, issued by Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI).
· In 1989, pet health insurance was introduced into the Canadian market by Petplan (now Western Financial Insurance), MediPet and Petsure.
· In North America, nearly 1 million pets are insured. By a wide margin, dogs are covered more often than cats. They account for approximately 85% of the pets insured. 15% of pets insured are cats. Less than 1% are “other” (i.e. birds, reptiles, and pocket pets).
· The North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) was founded in 2007 to establish and maintain universal and professional standards for terminology, best practices, quality and ethics in the pet health insurance industry.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Annette Elvers
NAPHIA Communications Coordinator
E: communications@naphia.org
P: 1-877-962-7442

W: https://naphia.org

Hollywood Doesn't Care About "Fanboy" Approval

In a rare entertainment news example of the “Friday News Dump,” it was announced that Edgar Wright would no longer be directing Walt Disney’s Walt Disney’s Ant Man. This was indeed a shocker, as the beloved cult director had been involved with the project since 2006 and was considered the primary reason why fans were excited about said film. And as the story spread on Saturday that this was indeed something of an art vs. commerce struggle, another shoe dropped, this one being that Drew Goddard would no longer be the show runner for the Netflix Netflix Daredevil series. Now this was likely a case of Goddard prioritizing his directing gig for Sony’s Sony’s Sinister Six Spider-Man spin-off. Both stories combined to create a “death of Marvel” narrative. It’s a good story, one that speaks to the hardcore fan as it plays into the cliche of a tyrannical Mickey Mouse sticking his finger into the pie of the fan-friendly Marvel cinematic universe. But the truth of said narrative is mostly irrelevant. In terms of the financial health of these massive franchises, the biggest fans are the least important.

Last week, Warner Bros. (a division of Time Warner Time Warner) announced its title for the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. The title, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, was met with immediate catcalls and criticism, from ours truly included (my fake titles were arguably better, and “Challenge of the Superfriends” was robbed!). I think it’s a goofy title, one that basically involves some Warner executive saying “Well, Batman v Superman isn’t enough, it needs something to explicitly tie it to Justice League” But the very people taking to the Internet to complain about the somewhat redundant and overly wordy title, or pretty much anything to do with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  are also going to be among the first in line to see the picture at the first available IMAX 3D showing.

Director Edgar Wright on the Scott Pilgrim vs.... Director Edgar Wright on the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World panel at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con in San Diego, California. Please attribute to Gage Skidmore if used elsewhere. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ditto the ones who are the most outraged about Edgar Wright leaving Ant Man over “creative differences.” They will protest and criticize, perhaps rightfully so, but they will be the first to post or share the first poster and the first trailer and the first clip. The hardcore fans are the least important demographic for the likes of Walt Disney and Warner Bros. because they are already sold on the property in question. Ant Man won’t be the easiest sell, but Disney knows that the comic book junkies will surely be among the ticket buyers on that all-important opening weekend. Putting aside how often fans are wrong about stuff like this early on (Heath Ledger was a terrible choice for The Joker, Daniel Craig was a horrible pick for 007, etc.) why go out of your way to make the vocal minority happy at the expense of the silent majority?

It goes back to something I complain about quite a bit; the needless over-saturation of marketing materials for the “big” films. The vast majority of the promotional material is about keeping the film in the news cycle for sites that often target the already interested. Now on the other side of that coin, studios know full-well that the difference between success and failure is about getting everyone else into the theater.  Fan outrage isn’t what killed Batman Robin and fan approval didn’t make Batman Begins into a hit. It’s about convincing the general audiences to check out your comic book adaptation or fantasy property that makes it a hit. It’s about convincing audiences who at-best read The Hobbit in middle school to check out Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring on opening weekend.

The “fans” complained about organic web-shooters or the goofy looking Green Goblin in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, but the vast majority of that film’s $114 million opening weekend in May 2002 came from casual Spider-Man fans and/or people who just thought it looked like a good time at the movies (that upside down kiss in the rain sold many times more tickets than fan approval). And the success of Transformers didn’t rest in the deluge of hardcore Transformers fans all flocking to the theater, but rather the copious general moviegoers of all demographics who thought that a big-scale Michael Bay action film about cars that turned into robots looked like a great way to spend the Fourth of July holiday weekend. There are exceptions, such as The Twilight Saga, but most mass-market franchise thrive on general interest rather than fan approval.

The casual moviegoers that propelled Star Trek Into Darkness to $467 million worldwide thought it was an entertaining science-fiction adventure with a fun cast and strong special effects. They didn’t care about the whole “Is Benedict Cumberbatch playing Khan?” controversy or the hamfisted callbacks to Wrath of Khan or the 9/11-truther undertones. It was the hardcore Star Trek fans who took to the Internet to proclaim the film to be the “worst Star Trek film ever.” But Paramount (a division of Viacom, Inc.) knows that most of those  ”Trekkies” will still show up for Star Trek 3 in summer 2016 no matter how much they disagree with the choice of Roberto Orci as director.

It’s not that Hollywood doesn’t care about or doesn’t appreciate the geek fandom. It’s just that said geek fandom doesn’t make up very much total box office for a given film. Edgar Wright is a popular filmmaker among hardcore movie nerds and the geek set. But Wright’s pictures are not what anyone would consider massive moneymakers. In fact, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a prime example of geek adoration utterly failing to translate into mainstream interest, as the $60 million Universal film earned just $47m worldwide despite rapturous geek approval. If Disney and/or Marvel thought Edgar Wright’s Ant Man wasn’t the one that would best appeal to broad audiences, be they right or wrong in that assessment, then the choice of serving general audiences or sticking it out for the hardcore fans was an obvious one.

That doesn’t mean that Walt Disney perhaps should not have taken a chance on Wright’s vision as a matter of artistic principle, especially as Marvel has built enough audience goodwill to roll the dice on a project like Ant Man. And I’m always annoyed when a studio sees a property that is making them lots of money and yet still artistically interferes anyway. But the notion that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is on the precipice of collapse because they are going against the wishes of the hardcore fans is based on a false presumption. The Marvel Cinematic Universe began so successfully precisely because Iron Man appealed to the casual moviegoer to such an extent that fan approval was merely a bonus. The Dark Knight didn’t gross $1 billion worldwide because the hardcore fans thought it was the “greatest Batman story ever told,” but rather because it clicked with all theoretical moviegoers.

Fans hated Spider-Man 3, yet it was the biggest-grossing Spider-Man film of all time. Ditto (for the next few weeks) X-Men: The Last Stand. Sometimes fan approval and box office success meet up, as was the case with The Avengers or The Hunger Games.  The geek crowd didn’t make Lionsgate’s Dredd 3D into a smash and fan disapproval didn’t turn any of Fox’s Star Wars prequels into flops. We can scream “Michael Bay is the devil!” all we want, but the Paramount’s upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot will succeed or fail financially regardless of the hardcore fan approval. The theoretical disapproval of whatever becomes of Ant Man won’t be a darn thing in terms of that film’s box office performance next July. Because the fans screaming the loudest are going to show up anyway.

The current wave of comic book films and fantasy franchise properties are allowing the comic nerds of the world to see their four-color heroes on the film and television screens in a manner that was arguably implausible just a generation ago. But that’s only happening because films like X-Men: Days of Future Past and Thor: The Dark World are appealing to huge swaths of general moviegoers who barely know how to read a comic book and/or care nothing about the properties being adapted. As a result, the very fans who are most excited for this material find themselves pandered to during the marketing campaign but otherwise ignored in terms of artistic and commercial decisions. Because the hardcore fan is going to show up no matter who directs Ant Man and/or no matter how much they claim to disapprove of the latest Amazing Spider-Man film.

Ben Affleck at the MSNBC studios on the set of... Ben Affleck at the MSNBC studios on the set of The Rachel Maddow Show (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Warner Bros. doesn’t care if you approve of Ben Affleck being cast as Batman, and nor should they. The fan outrage meant free publicity and a big movie star like Affleck meant guaranteed mainstream interest among general moviegoers. And Walt Disney doesn’t care what you think about Edgar Wright leaving Ant Man. The success of failure of these films will be determined by the general moviegoers who just-plain aren’t as passionate about these properties as the so-called “fanboys.” Marvel Studios was a success not because of the fans, but because they found a way to make Thor accessible to the non-fans.

The passionate comic book fan is the equivalent of the hardcore left in the Democratic Party. They know you’re not going to stay home, so why bother placating you in the first place? I’m not saying this is a good thing. As a general rule executive interference makes inferior movies. The end result was still a talented filmmaker losing an internal battle with studio executives over artistic differences. But that’s how it is.

Nutritionist talks about living better

(KPLR) – On Monday’s Afternoons on 11, Christine Buck talks with a nationally known nutritionist about the debilitating disease he had, until he changed his life style.

Now, he’s sharing words of wisdom with other people who want to live their best life possible.

To learn more about Shawn Stevenson, go to his websites:



  • How Eating Better Healed Shawn’s Back
  • Shawn’s Podcast and foods that are good for your body
  • Final Thoughts On Helping Your Body

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