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Nielsen: 16 Million US Homes Have Cut The Cord

TechCrunch reports: The number of U.S. households without a traditional cable or satellite TV subscription that instead receive broadcast stations using a digital antenna has jumped by nearly 50 percent over the past 8 years to reach 16 million homes, according to a new report from Nielsen. Today, 14 percent of all U.S. TV households are watching television over the …

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The Tired Old Queen Reviews White Christmas [VIDEO]

From movie reviewer Steve Hayes: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen have a musical filled day singing and dancing to the tunes of the legendary Irving Berlin in Michael Curtiz’s WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954). Along for the festivities are Oscar winner Dean Jagger and the irascible and hysterical Mary Wickes. It’s a Technicolor, musical extravaganza that will have …

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Obama Features On New Hamilton Remix [AUDIO]

CNET reports: On Friday, Lin-Manuel Miranda shared a new remix of the song One Last Time from his hit musical Hamilton. The rework, a gospel version titled One Last Time (44 Remix), features original cast member Christopher Jackson, who played George Washington; Grammy Award-winning artist BeBe Winans; a gospel choir; and none other than former US President Barack Obama. At …

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YouTube’s 2018 Rewind: Adam Rippon, Drag Queens, Fortnite, K-Pop, John Oliver, And Dance Crazes [VIDEO]

Variety reports: YouTube has released its annual Rewind video highlighting 2018’s biggest viral events, trends, and more. Epic Games’ battle royale phenomenon “Fortnite” features prominently in the montage. The video begins with Will Smith wishing for a mashup of “Fortnite” and technology-focused YouTuber Marques Brownlee. Cut to a Battle Bus full of YouTube personalities (Ninja is driving, naturally). They parachute …

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Tumblr To Permanently Ban All Adult Content

The Verge reports: Tumblr is permanently banning adult content from its platform as of December 17th in a move that will eradicate porn-related communities on the platform and fundamentally alter how the service is used. The ban includes explicit sexual content and nudity with a few exceptions, the company tells The Verge. Its announcement comes just days after Tumblr was …

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South Carolina Player Wins $1.6B Lottery Jackpot

CBS News reports: One winning ticket was sold for the record Mega Millions jackpot of what turned out to be just under $1.6 billion. The winning ticket was purchased in South Carolina. South Carolina Education Lottery spokesperson Holli Armstrong told CBS News officials aren’t releasing the address yet of the outlet that sold the winner — or even the city …

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New York City’s Legendary Village Voice Shutters

Gothamist reports: Three years after buying The Village Voice, and a year after the paper shut down its print edition, owner Peter Barbey told the remaining staff today that the publication will no longer be posting any new stories. “Today is kind of a sucky day,” Barbey told the staff, according to audio obtained by Gothamist. “Due to, basically, business …

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Prince Harry Sings At London’s Hamilton [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Prince Harry stole the show at London’s West End after bursting into song at the hit US hip-hop musical Hamilton. The Duke of Sussex gave those in the theater something to remember on Wednesday night after breaking into song at the end of a charity performance of the show, treating the cast to a song sung by the …

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Marketing Company Dupes Dozens Of NYC Men Into Showing Up For “Tinder Date” With Model [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: Natasha Aponte is a New York-based model who isn’t afraid of some drama on a first date. Over the past month, she’s been using Tinder to arrange for hundreds of guys to meet her at the same place, at the same time, unbeknown to each other. At 6pm on Sunday, hundreds of men arrived at Union Square …

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Trans Woman Crowned Miss Universe Spain 2018

Gay Star News reports: A trans woman was crowned as Miss Universe in Spain yesterday. This is a first for the international beauty pageant. Angela Ponce, 25, will represent Spain in the upcoming Miss Universe pageant scheduled end of the year. The beauty pageant lifted the ban on trans women competing in 2012. Three years later, Donald Trump sold the …

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Miss America Scraps Swimsuit Competition [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: Miss America is scrapping its swimsuit competition and will no longer judge contestants based on physical appearance, the organization announced Tuesday. “We are no longer a pageant,” Gretchen Carlson, the first former Miss America to be named chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Organization, said on “GMA.” “We are a competition.” In place …

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Man Shouting About “Nazis Of The UK Media” Crashes Eurovision Stage During UK’s Performance [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: A man stormed the stage while the UK’s entry, SuRie, was performing at the Eurovision Song Contest. SuRie was singing her song Storm when a man wearing a rucksack ran onto the stage, grabbed her microphone, and appeared to say: “Nazis of the UK media, we demand freedom.” He was swiftly dragged off stage and SuRie continued …

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Gossip Columnist Liz Smith Dies At 94 [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Liz Smith, the longtime queen of New York’s tabloid gossip columns, who for more than three decades chronicled little triumphs and trespasses in the soap-opera lives of the rich, the famous and the merely beautiful, died on Sunday at her home in Manhattan. She was 94. Her friend and literary agent, Joni Evans, confirmed her …

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British Poll: 37 Is Too Old To Go Clubbing

According to a survey conducted by a British electronics retailer, 37 is the average age at which respondents felt people are too old to go clubbing. The Independent reports: Once you hit 37, you’re seen as too old for a night on the town, with a brutal 37 per cent of respondents saying that there’s nothing more “tragic” than seeing …

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Ten Nations Select Eurovision 2017 Entries [VIDEO]

The International Olympic Super Bowl Of Homosexuality And Camp, more commonly known as the Eurovision Song Contest, arrives in May and ten nations so far have selected their entries. Watch below. You’ll note that a “Celebrate Diversity” logo appears between every snippet. This year’s contest will be held in Kiev as Ukraine won last year with their grim song about …

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Carrie Fisher In Critical Condition After Cardiac Episode

The Los Angeles Times reports: “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher was in critical condition Friday after suffering a “cardiac episode” during a flight from London to Los Angeles, according to emergency officials. Fisher, 60, was rushed to the hospital by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics shortly after noon, after her flight touched down at LAX. A source who said they …

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VIRAL VIDEO: Google’s 2016 Year In Search

Via Mashable: Google has posted its top lists of most popular topics in 2016, and a lot of it is a painful reminder of all the great people that left us this year. In overall global searches, Prince and David Bowie are in fourth and sixth place. Google lists a category called “Losses” this year, and there the two rock …

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On The Gay Subtext In The TV Classic Rudolph

Over at Vulture, Brian Moylan today unpacks what he sees as the glittery gay subtext in the 1964 television classic, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. An excerpt from the slightly tongue-in-cheek piece: “For a year the Donner family did a good job hiding Rudolph’s — non-conformity,” the narrator tells us, pausing slightly before landing on the right euphemism. This is the …

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2016 Presidential Medal Of Freedom Honorees: Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen, Others

Note that two of this year’s honorees, De Niro and Springsteen, are among the loudest Trump critics. CBS News reports: The White House on Wednesday announced the recipients of the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The prestigious accolade is given to people “who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the …

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NEW YORK CITY: Petition Launched To Legalize Bodega Cats After Bitchy One-Star Yelp Review Goes Viral

Bodega cats are a beloved Gotham institution and the subjects of popular Tumblr and Instagram accounts. But their technical illegality is in the news this week thanks to an outraged Yelp review that has gone locally viral. Yahoo News reports: Don’t mess with the bodega cats. Walk into any corner store a.k.a bodega in New York City, and you’ll find …

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