Archive for January 19th, 2011

Adam Lambert at “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

By Greg Hernandez

hollywoodnews.com: Superstar Adam Lambert has been able to make the scene more in LA now that he is no longer on a world tour. The singing sensation created quite a stir last night when he attended thepremiere party for RuPaul’s Drag Race at Rage in West Hollywood.

I’m sure all the Adam fans know this already but for the rest of you: Adam celebrates his 29th birthday on Jan. 29!

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According to Joan Rivers, she has learned the power of Sarah Palin the hard way.

Rivers claims Fox News Channel canceled her Thursday morning appearance after TMZ reported that she called the former Alaska governor “stupid” and “a threat.” Rivers, 77, tweeted about the incident Wednesday, writing, “Outcome: DON’T PISS OFF SARAH PALIN. She’s apparently ‘very powerful,’ and is obviously still smarting from the end of her reality show.”

Joan Rivers takes aim at OWN and Jersey Shore

Rivers also made light of the snub, threatening, “Wait till I REALLY shock them with Aretha Franklin is a bit chubby!”

Palin is a special correspondent for the Fox News Channel, which denied Rivers’ claims, stating that her appearance has just been pushed back. “Due to the volume of news topics tomorrow morning and a full show, our booker mistakenly canceled Joan’s appearance instead of re-scheduling her for Friday’s show,” Lauren Petterson, executive producer of FOX and Friends told Us Weekly. “We’re in the process of booking her on an upcoming show.”

Rivers is currently promoting her new WE TV reality series with daughter Melissa Rivers, Joan Knows Best?




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The Eight States Running Out of Homebuyers

Of course Florida your on the damn list sinec as always


The single biggest problem in the U.S. real estate market is simple: There are very few homebuyers.

That seems obvious, but the “buyers’ strike” has caused house prices to drop, along with an epidemic of foreclosures. What’s worse, the long depression in real estate is probably not over. S&P has forecast that home prices will drop by 7% to 10% this year. The S&P Case-Shiller Index has dropped for most of the 20 largest real estate markets over the last several months. RealtyTrac recently reported that more than 1 million homes were foreclosed upon in 2010.

Many economists argue that the housing market may take four or five years to recover. Even if that’s proven to be true, the all-time highs of 2006 may never be reached again.


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Scott Caan & Alex O’Loughlin

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When Netflix started up more than 10 years ago, its sales pitch was pretty simple: Hey, subscribe to us, and we’ll mail you DVDs that you can then mail back to us without worrying about any late fees. But as the rental market moves toward online and on-demand models, Netflix’s iconic red envelopes may eventually become as antiquated as VHS tapes. Beefing up their streaming business, Netflix has predicted that in about two yearstheir economics will be geared more toward their “Watch Instantly” service than through physical discs. For that to happen, Netflix will have to nudge their DVD-loyal customers to the new platform. And on Monday, the company learned just how hard that may be.

In a seemingly innocent 109-word blog post, Netflix director of product management Jamie Odell announced, “We’re removing the ‘Add to DVD Queue’ option from streaming devices,” suggesting that it was being done so that the company “can concentrate on offering you the titles that are available to watch instantly.” Granted, the Netflix website still allows DVD queue updating, but this post, dropped on the morning of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, created an immediate firestorm of comments — most of them very, very angry.

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“Clearly Netflix wants to send less discs through the mail, and therefore wants to make it more difficult for the user to add to their queue in furtherance of that,” wrote “Eldendor.” “Horrible idea!” wrote “usrbingeek.” “Especially when there are still few titles available for streaming and the titles that you do have, seem to have very narrow license windows.” On and on came the complaints, with most responders saying essentially (1) I like having access to DVDs even if I use a PS3 or mobile phone to stream movies on Netflix; and (2) there aren’t enough good titles available on “Watch Instantly.” “I think this is a totally foolish move on your part. I like to be able to add movies to my DVD queue from my iPhone,” commented “b.dsign.”  “[I]f this means that netflix is going to add more movies to watch instantly i support the change,” “Beto” wrote, “but if they are not, then it’s just a bad idea.”

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As of yet Netflix hasn’t released any response, which, really, is their response. Whether customers like or not, Netflix knows that the future is moving away from physical discs and toward instant access. And, really, none of us who use Netflix should be surprised: Back in November the company announced that they were offering a new lower subscription rate for streaming-only customers while increasing the rate for people who still wanted DVDs. Right now, if you want DVDs from Netflix, the company is less than thrilled with you: They need you to get used to the idea of streaming films and TV shows so that you’ll drop the physical disc habit: a craving, ironically, that they themselves created thanks to the ease of their iconic red envelopes.

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But while Netflix is slowly discouraging the continued interest in DVDs, they face a different challenge even if their business model transformation succeeds. As Slate reported, if Netflix’s streaming business takes off the way they think it will, it could prove a serious drain on America’s broadband capacity, which is far less nimble than other countries’. Netflix is angering customers right now because the company wants to do away with DVDs: We don’t even want to think of a future where Netflix angers the entire Internet community because too many people are streaming old episodes of “Friends” at the same time.



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