Monday, September 1, 2014
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POSTED: Monday, September 1, 2014, 4:00 PM
Steve Aoki sprays champagne while performing at the Budweiser Made in America Festival on the Ben Franklin Parkway on August 30, 2014. Supposedly during the act Jay Z throw $2 bills into the crowd. (ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer )

Jay Z tossed enough $2 bills from Made in America 's Philly stage that they rained onto the "rowdy crowd," according to Mashable.

Supposedly it happened Saturday night during Steve Aoki's performance that featured cake-throwing (as seen on video here) and spraying of champagne, writes Brian Anthony Hernandez.

And yet we couldn't find a photo, video or eyewitness quote confirming any kind of Jay Z money shower.

POSTED: Monday, September 1, 2014, 11:47 AM
The name is unassuming -- Batman the Ride -- but it's billed as the world's first "4-D free fly" roller coaster, putting riders through six head-over-heel spins and two drops of more than 90 degrees.

Higher, faster, crazier.

Roller coaster designers are always trying to outdo what's been done before.

Next year's most-talked about ride might be Batman the Ride at Six Flag Fiesta Texas in San Antonio.

POSTED: Saturday, August 30, 2014, 10:35 AM
Philly Jesus enters the Love Park fountain, signifying the end of his walk. (Andrew Thayer / Staff Photographer)

Tourists coming to Philly for Budweiser’s Made in America concert this weekend stopped by LOVE Park Saturday morning and met one of our city’s unique individuals, Michael Grant, who is more commonly known as Philly Jesus.

Dennis Herrera of Staten Island, New York, was passing through the park with his girlfriend and his brother and wanted to get a picture with Philly Jesus, but ended up getting more than he bargained for.

Grant had Herrera get into the fountain to be baptized, which Herrera's brother caught on camera.

POSTED: Friday, August 29, 2014, 3:10 PM
(L-R) County Supervisior Gloria Molina, United Way President & CEO Elise Buik, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, recording artist Shawn "Jay Z" Carter, Council President Herb Wesson, Budweiser Vice President Brian Perkins, and Live Nation Entertainment President/CEO, Michael Rapino Makes Announcement on the Steps of City Hall Downtown Los Angeles for the Budweiser Made in America Music Festival on Labor Day Weekend at Los Angeles City Hall on April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)

As it turns out, making it in Philly doesn't mean that you can make it anywhere. Or, at least that's what the critics of Los Angeles' Made in America festival are saying.

The Los Angeles Times today posted a blog detailing the myriad problems the city is facing with throwing this weekend's MIA, saying in part that the idea to have a West Coast version was inspired by the success we saw with the festivities last year. Unfortunately, though, it looks like that success just isn't translating: 

In its favor, Made in America has L.A.'s top public official — Mayor Eric Garcetti. He pointed to the estimated $10 million the festival pumped into Philadelphia during its first year.

POSTED: Thursday, August 28, 2014, 10:13 AM
Hello Kitty will appear "in person" at the Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles -- more evidence of the character's ambiguous species identity?

Hello Kitty is not a cat, and she's British.


But wait, this just in -- Hello Kitty is not human either.

POSTED: Thursday, August 28, 2014, 7:07 AM
Sigourney Weaver. the bad-ass astronaut in the "Alien" movies, was Sylvester Stallone's first choice to star in a female version of "The Expendables," possibly called "The Expenda-Belles." Alas, Weaver has other plans.

The Expendables was one of Hollywood's schockliest experiments: Corral a bunch of seriously aging movie stars and see if audiences will watch them join forces for another shoot-'em-up.

It worked. Sylvester Stallone ran with the project, rewriting the script and installing himself as director and star, and The Expendables grossed more than $274 million worldwide, with $305 million more for the sequel.

The Expendables 3, still in theaters, had a disappointing start a couple of weeks ago, but part of the blame might belong to a pirated version being seen 5 million times before the opening. 

POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 1:25 PM

When The Sopranos cut to black in 2007, it left a lot of viewers wondering what exactly happened to our hero, Tony Soprano. Did he die? Did your cable cut out? Will we see AJ's horrible chinstrap ever again? The debate still rages to this day.

This day, however, may be the last day for that debate thanks to a Vox piece in which creator David Chase flat-out says that Tony didn't die in the Sopranos finale. Don't get your hopes up, though—there's no explanation, only the simple statement that Tony is not dead.

Vox reporter Martha P. Nochimson got the scoop during an interview in, fittingly, a coffee shop:

POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 12:29 PM

Facebook and Twitter don't always add to the public debate about important subjects because users tend to shy away from polarizing issues.

That's the surprising finding of a new Pew Research Center study that's creating a lot of buzz.

"Social Media and the Spiral of Silence" set out to show whether "those who think they hold minority opinions often self-censor, failing to speak out for fear of ostracism or ridicule."

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