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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."

POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 10:29 AM

In the last few weeks, we've seen everyone from billionaires like Bill Gates to the regular joes on your Facebook timeline take the ice bucket challenge, raising upwards of $88.5 million to help fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in the process. Now, though, things have gotten a little more surreal with the addition of—who else?—David Lynch. 

Lynch posted his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video yesterday following nominations from Wild at Heart's Laura Dern and Justin Theroux of Mulholland Drive fame, leading to the two ice bucket dumps to which we're treated here. The difference, however, is that Lynch goes David Lynch and takes the challenge with an iced coffee bucket while playing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on the trumpet.

And then, of course, there's the nomination for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Very few stranger things have happened, but, hey, it could work. After all, this is the guy who brought us the infamous chicken dinner in Eraserhead—if he could make that work, Putin's a snap.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 2:39 PM
A masked assailant robbed a horse and buggy, like the one pictured above, in East Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, early Monday morning. (Photo via iStock)

The Discovery Channel's Amish Mafia may well have come under fire recently for its negative portrayal of Amish people, which critics call "potentially damaging." But, as we learned today, there is still crime in Amish Country, only it's not the Pennsylvania Dutch—it's us, the English.

East Lampeter Township (about five miles outside Lancaster) can attest to that following the robbery of a horse and buggy early Monday morning. At around 12:40 a.m. on East Eby Road, a masked gunman driving a white minivan forced a group of three Amish travelers off the road, demanding money at gunpoint. He eventually got away, but not before the driver of the buggy sprung into action to protect his travel companions.

As per Lancaster Online: 

POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 10:59 AM
A chart describing ingredients of Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte, from Vani Hari's blog,

Starbucks has sold more than 200 million Pumpkin Spice Lattes since 2003, and no doubt hopes to sell many more starting, well, this week.

(Officially, the "hysteria" starts next week but a Tumblr page has an easy riddle ... think initials ... to "unlock" the way to order early: You simply say "First PSL" to a barrista.)

But guess what's NOT in a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

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