Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sandra Bullock Not Attending U.K. Premiere Due to Husband’s Alleged Affair

Sandra Bullock Not Attending U.K. Premiere Due to Husband’s Alleged Affair

Sandra Bullock has pulled out of the U.K. premiere for her Oscar-winning movie ‘The Blind Side,’ scheduled for March 23, because In Touch Weekly is reporting her husband Jesse James had an 11-month affair. Tattoo model Michelle McGee is claiming that she had a relationship with the owner of West Coast Choppers while his wife was filming the movie that finally earned her a best actress Academy Award.

In response to the allegations and Bullock pulling out of the movie’s press events, Warner Bros. stated that the premiere, which was scheduled to take place in London, has been canceled. “Because (Sandra) isn’t coming any more, there isn’t going to be an actual premiere. She isn’t coming over, no,” the film company said, also adding that they weren’t given an official reason why she pulled out. The company also declined to comment on the alleged affair.

McGee told In Touch that in April of last year, when she was looking for a modeling job with West Coast Choppers, James contacted her, but not for business reasons. During the interview with the magazine, McGee also said that when she asked James about his wife, he told her that Bullock has a house in Austin, implying they weren’t together anymore. McGee also said that they had sex three times the first night they were together.

The allegations also come after Bullock took her stepchildren, Chandler and Sunny, who James had during his previous marriage, out shopping the day after her Oscar win. Bullock has grown close to them since her wedding nearly five years ago.

Written by: Karen Benardello

Cable Companies, Movie Studios Launch Extensive VOD Campaign

Cable Companies, Movie Studios Launch Extensive VOD Campaign

In an effort to promote and capitalize on the videos on demand (VOD) option, cable companies are entering into a $30 million advertising campaign with Hollywood studios, the Hollywood Reporter announced on March 17.

With theater prices rising and the recession continuing, more people are turning to VOD to watch the latest releases. After accepting this fact, cable companies and Hollywood studios decided to launch the television, print and internet ad campaign, titled “The Video Store Just Moved In.” The campaign is focused on showing digital cable subscribers how easy it is to use their remotes to order movies on demand.

Some of the movie studios who are participating in the campaign are Time Warner’s Warner Bros Entertainment, News Corp.’s 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Entertainment and NBC Universal’s Universal Pictures and its division companies, Focus Features, Rogue, Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment. The cable companies who are taking part in the campaign include Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable, Cox, Cablevision’s digital service iO TV, Insight, Armstrong, Bend Broadband and Bright House Networks.

The movie companies seem to like the campaign, which will be releasing such hit movies as ‘The Blind Side’ and ‘The Fantastic Mr. Fox’ in the coming weeks. For example, the President of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, Kevin Tsujihara, said that the VOD option is a great way for people to rent movies, as “They are reasonably priced and always available.” He added that there will be more new releases than ever before that will premiere on demand closer to their theatrical release date.

The President for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Worldwide, Mike Dunn, also agreed that the campaign is a great idea, saying “We’ve seen on-demand rentals hit an all-time high this past year, and research shows that it will continue to grow.”

Written by: Karen Benardello

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

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Myanmar's Secretary-General Supports Release of Political Leaders Right Before Elections

What Are Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Intentions?

The Leader from Myanmar Supports Release of Political Leaders Right Before Elections

March 2010 National Scene Magazine International Article

Written by: Karen Benardello

In an effort to bring a more credible and inclusive political process to his country, the Secretary-General of Myanmar, Ban Ki-moon, accepted the release of U Tin Oo, one of the nation’s prominent opposition politicians, according to Oo, the Vice-Chairman of the National League for Democracy (NLD), had been under house arrest for the past six years, and his sentence ended on February 13. He was subsequently released in Yangon, the largest city in the country.

In a statement released by Ki-moon’s office, the Secretary-General acknowledged that he hoped Oo’s release will help further the dialogue between the NLD and the country’s government. The statement also noted that Ki-moon wanted to help the government’s relationship with the NLD by supporting the release of all the country’s remaining political prisoners.

Ki-moon’s acceptance of Oo’s release seems as though it was a public relations move in order to gain positive feedback from the world. After all, Oo was released two days before Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, was scheduled to arrive in the country for an official visit. Myanmar’s first elections in more than two decades are also scheduled to take place later this year, in an effort to lead the country toward democratization.

The Secretary-General has also stated his repeated intention to work with his offices and the government and citizens of Myanmar to address the political, humanitarian and development challenges facing the country. While it’s noteworthy that Ki-moon is publicly acknowledging his country needs improvement, especially if it wants to become a democracy, the timing is suspicious. Hopefully Ki-moon will release the prisoners and speak with the NLD for the right reasons, and not just to improve his career.

Is the Geography on Mars Similar to the Geography on Earth?

Is the Geography on Mars Similar to the Geography on Earth?

Gale Crater on Mars Shows Detailed Record of Planet’s History, Much Like Craters on Earth Do

March 2010 National Scene Magazine Space Article

Written by: Karen Benardello

The layers in a Mars crater the size of Connecticut shows a detailed record of the planet’s history and major environmental changes from a billion years ago, NASA announced on February 11. The layers of the Gale Crater show the dominant planet-wide pattern for early Mars, according to a new report from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Scientists have long been looking at Earth’s rocks and geological layers to understand stages in the evolution of its climate, and decided to do the same for Mars. The Reconnaissance Orbiter report shows that “This thick sequence of rocks appears to be showing different steps in the drying-out of Mars,” Ralph Milliken of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California said of the discovery.

Milliken wrote a report with two co-authors in Geophysical Research Letters, and stated that clay minerals, which form under very wet conditions, are concentrated in layers near the bottom of the Gale crater. In the middle are sulfate minerals, which can be deposited when the water in which they are dissolved evaporates. At the top of the crater are layers that bear no detectable water-related minerals.

Other craters have been discovered with rock exposures on Mars. However, the Gale is the first to show a single series of layers with clay-producing conditions followed by sulfate-producing conditions followed by dry conditions in a sequence of older rocks to younger rocks.

Evidently, NASA made the right decision when it chose the Gale Crater in 2008 as one of four finalist sites for the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity. Since a crater has finally been discovered on Mars showing similar physical characteristics as those on Earth, NASA scientists will finally have the evidence they need to support looking for life forms on the red planet.