News Networks

Fox News Launches Show With 4 Women and 1 ‘Outnumbered’ Man

Airing weekdays at noon, beginning April 28.

Fox News is introducing a noontime panel show titled “Outnumbered,” featuring four permanent female hosts and one rotating male cast member.

“Outnumbered combines a distinctive group of FOX talent with unique experiences and insights that will make for compelling news programming,” said network Senior Vice President Jay Wallace in a statement. “We look forward to once again pushing the envelope with the addition of this new show and are confident the revised line-up will only strengthen the FNC brand.”

Panelists on the show will include Harris Faulkner, Sandra Smith, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Andrea Tantaros, Variety reports.

“Happening Now,” the two-hour long show that currently runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be bifurcated into two one-hour segments beginning at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“Outnumbered” is set to debut April 28.

[Variety]

tragedy

Rapper Severs Penis, Jumps off Building in Apparent Suicide Attempt

The Wu-Tang connected artist was hospitalized along with his severed member

Andre Johnson, a Los Angeles area rapper with connections to the Wu-Tang Clan, cut off his penis before leaping from an apartment building in North Hollywood early Wednesday.

Los Angeles Police Sgt. William Man said Johnson was seriously injured but survived. He and his penis were taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for treatment.

Johnson, who performs under the name Christ Bearer, has been a member of the Long Beach hip hop group Northstar, which was once a part of the Wu-Tang Clan family, CNN reports.

[CNN]

Rock & Roll

AC/DC’s Malcolm Young on Hiatus Over ‘Ill Health’

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From left to right: AC/DC band members Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, Angus Young and Brian Johnson attend the Exclusive World Premiere Of AC/DC "Live At River Plate" Presented By DeLeon Tequila at the HMV Apolo on May 6, 2011 in London, England. Jorge Herrera—WireImage/Getty Images

AC/DC's Malcolm Young has taken some time off due to concerns over illness. The remaining veteran rockers say they’ll continue to make music without their long-time guitarist and wearer of trademark tie-with-schoolboy-shorts

AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young, 61, is taking some time off from the band due to concerns over his “ill health,” the band announced Wednesday via Facebook.

Malcolm Young, brother to AC/DC guitarist and wearer of trademark tie-with-schoolboy-shorts Angus Young, has been with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted group since its founding 40 years ago.

“Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support,” the band said in the statement. “In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music.”

Music

Which Music Service Makes Artists the Most Money?

Online Music Streaming Service Spotify Holds Press Event In New York
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The answer is never easy — and it's devised through fractions of a penny

The digital music realm is complicated: artists like De La Soul want to sell their music online but can’t due to legal restraints on their sample-heavy music; meanwhile, while artists like Led Zeppelin, one of the biggest, longstanding holdouts of offering their music for streaming, are now poised to do so.

Artists like Thom Yorke of Radiohead have pulled their music from Spotify, criticizing the service for doing little to help emerging artists but instead offering sizable advances to marquee bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica for exclusive-access deals. Meanwhile, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails is now the chief creative officer of new subscription service Beats Music.

So what’s the best way to support a band or artist so they can continue making the music you love?

First off, know that broadcast radio stations don’t pay performers or copyright owners. Buy their music and merchandise (directly from the band or artist if possible), go see them live in concert (although not all musicians are live performers, and touring comes with many expenses for the artist), contribute to their Kickstarter campaigns and consider supporting the brands and products they endorse (perfumes, headphones, video games).

The individual deals that streaming services broker for licensing music vary widely, as do agreements with digital distributors like CDbaby or Tunecore. An artist’s role in the creation of their music, genre, and career trajectory also factor in. And there is much speculation as to how services like YouTube, Deezer, SoundCloud and Amazon will continue to change the landscape further. “Its an ever-shifting landscape, with many stakeholders,” says Kristin Thomson, co-director of the Future of Music’s Artist Revenue Streams Project.

Still, here’s a sampling of royalty rates to help gauge your digital streaming or subscription choices:

Pandora or Sirius XM = $0.0023 per song play

A Copyright Royalty Board sets rates for these non-interactive webcasters and digital streaming services, based on many variables: commercial vs. non-commercial, subscription vs. non-subscription. They pay annual fees between $500 and $50,000 to operate.

Spotify = between $0.006 and $0.0084 per song play

On-demand subscription services like Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, Beats Music, Deezer, and Google All Access Play negotiate rates privately, and rates vary due to listener status (paid vs. unpaid subscriber), ads vs. no ads, company revenue, and more. Spotify, who for many music fans has become a substitute for owning music, published their full formula a few months ago, in response to widespread criticism about how much they pay in royalties.

iTunes Radio = $0.0014 per song play

It acts like a webcasting service, but negotiates its own rates, works in tandem with the iTunes store and artists can pull in 19% of their net advertising revenues. Artist revenue generated from services like iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and eMusic varies widely depending on contracts (iTunes keeps about 30%), but even for independent artists like cellist Zoe Keating, an outspoken advocate for artist autonomy and musician’s rights, iTunes is the top revenue source.

BandCamp = varies

Everyone gets the same deal: artists selling on the site are paid directly by fans (roughly $3 million per month, total), and Bandcamp takes 15% on digital and 10% on sales of LPs, t-shirts, and tickets. But there ‘s no contract/agreement with Bandcamp: bands do as they please

YouTube = varies

For those who want to monetize their content, rights owners get a percentage of shared ad revenue; this can be hugely lucrative or relatively insubstantial, depending on the traffic.

movies

REVIEW: Transcendence Has Only Artificial Intelligence

TRANSCENDENCE
Peter Mountain—© 2013 Alcon Entertainment

Johnny Depp is the genius scientist who chats with his widow while planning to transform (or destroy) the world in this provocative but ponderous A.I. thriller

Your late, loving husband Will Castor (Johnny Depp), now a disembodied computer brain, has wired himself into another man’s body, taken over his mind and voice and reaches out, saying, “I can touch you now.” If you’re his/its wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall), you might be touched — at least literally. Anyone else among the characters or the audience of Transcendence is likely to be pretty seriously creeped out.

A love story between a human and a computer: we got one for Christmas, and it was called her. Joaquin Phoenix fell hard for the voice of Scarlett Johansson — who wouldn’t? But in Transcendence, the provocative but ponderous science-fiction thriller written by Jack Paglem and directed by Wally Pfister, the dating game is an endgame. Will, a leading light in the study of artificial intelligence, and Evelyn, his devoted research assistant, are bound in love and work. To keep her love alive, she will enable his existence as a sentient being whose implications she may not have quite thought through.

(READ: Corliss’s review of Spike Jonze’s her)

Smart machines that may serve or dominate mankind are as old as Samuel Butler’s 1872 noel Erewhon and Karel Capek’s 1920 play R.U.R. and as recent as this week’s episode of The Simpsons, in which Dr. Frink revives the dead Homer as a chatty screensaver. Next year, Marvel’s Avengers will reunite to battle a brilliant computer (and Oedipal wreck) in Age of Ultron. A.I. parables usually assume a Doomsday tone, preaching fear of the devices that keep the modern world running — including the computers whose magic makes today’s action-movie effects so very effective. A movie like Transcendence may be pertinent in its political reverberations of all computer data held in a Cloud and monitored by the NSA, but it also rails against the tools its makers so artfully employ. Just don’t tell the techies who masterminded the cool CGI stuff.

In the not-too-distant future, the world is without the Internet. Streetlights don’t work; a cell phone is discarded; a computer keyboard is used for a doorstop. Flashback to five years earlier, when Will and his friend and colleague Max Waters (Paul Bettany) speak at a Silicon Valley conference. Max hopes to cure cancer and Alzheimer’s, but Will wants to create an A.I. greater than the combined brainpower of all humans who have ever lived on Earth. He has devised a Physically Independent Neural Network (PINN) that could build on the work of another scientist who has managed to upload the brain of a Rhesus monkey. Will PINN be the next step in technological and possibly human evolution?

(SEE: Top 10 Japanese Robots)

That notion is toxic to blond Bree (Kate Mara) and her cohorts in a radical, back-to-basics group called RIFT (Revolutionary Independence From Technology). They’re sort of the 21st-century Amish, except that, in a 9/11-ish neo-Luddite attack, they kill computer programmers with exploding slices of birthday cake. One of the RIFTers shoots Will with a bullet that gives him radiation poisoning. Weeks away from certain death, he determines to upload his intelligence, his very soul and essence, into a computer. When he dies, a half-hour into the movie, Evelyn and Max unplug PINN and — in a lovely little frisson — the last thing we see among the tumult of digits on the computer screen is the blink of a message: “ANYONE THERE?”

With some misgivings but much love, Evelyn keeps the system functioning and growing. Under cyber-Will’s instructions she buys up a desolate, depressed town called Brightwood and builds an enormous facility, whose screens show Will’s omniscient visage and whose machines can perform miracle surgery like giving sight to a man blind from birth. Crystalline particles rise from the ground and catch the wind (as in the 1956 sci-fi essential Invasion of the Body Snatchers) to spread the new gospel across the Earth. Is this a Good Word, or a triumph of Will?

(FIND: Invasion of the Body Snatchers among TIME’s Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of the 1950s)

Like God’s Not Dead, the fundamentalist Christian movie that has become a popular hit, Transcendence is essentially a dramatized debate. And as God’s Not Dead stacks the rhetorical cards for the Deity’s existence, the Pfister film eventually hangs back with the Luddites. The man who will soon shoot Will asks him if, by advancing artificial intelligence, he’s not creating a God, and Will wryly replies, “Isn’t that what man has always done?” That’s just what Will, the ghost in the computer, has in mind. When a posse led by old friend Joseph Tagger (Morgan Freeman, who has also played God a few times) and FBI agent Buchanan (Cillian Murphy) confronts Will in Brightwood, he tells Evelyn, “We’re not going to fight them. We’re going to transcend them.” He means subdue and inhabit them, engulf and devour.

The two lead actors have occupied similar roles before. Depp has played many an antic genius, and he slipped inside the body of an Old West chameleon in Rango. In Iron Man Three, Hall was the biologist who helps deranged scientist Guy Pearce create Extremis, a computer program that can “hack into the hard drive of any living organism” and overtake its DNA. In Transcendence, she represents the core emotion: of a woman who wants to hold on to her man even as his wits may be festering in a case of Alzheimer’s with a capacity for mischief on a global scale. That’s poignant, but Hall gets to express these feelings only with a mopey, mouth-agape unease. And Depp, who has gone studiously, sometimes entertainingly, bananas in the Pirates movies and his Tim Burton collaborations, is subdued to the point of entropy. If he can’t overplay, he doesn’t play at all.

(READ: Corliss’s review of Iron Man Three)

Pfister served as Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer on five films, including The Dark Knight and Inception. Borrowing many of Nolan’s favorite actors, Pfister also coopts some of Nolan’s weighty themes — of technology’s gifts and curses, and questing intellect run rampant. But clever ideas early on go rogue, or go missing, in the gallop toward an action-film climax that then, perversely, doesn’t materialize. The movie’s intelligence is artificial, its affect solemn.

(READ: The meta-musings of Inception)

It’s been said there’s one way to tell if a computer is human: Ask it to crack a joke; see if it can understand irony. This computer movie does neither. Bursting with unrealized potential, Transcendence ends up as a trance dance.

celebrities

Jenny McCarthy: I’m Engaged to Donnie Wahlberg

Miami's Ultimate Baby Affair
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The 41-year old actress says she will marry Blue Bloods star Donnie Wahlberg. McCarthy’s son Evan played a starring role in the proposal, handing her a series of cards with the words “will,” “you,” and “marry,” before Wahlberg walked in with a shirt that said "me" on it

Jenny McCarthy is about to become Mrs. Donnie Wahlberg. The View co-host shared her engagement with the world on Wednesday, showcasing her yellow sapphire ring on the talk show, US Weekly reports.

McCarthy’s 11-year-old son Evan had a starring role in the proposal, handing his a series of cards with the words “will,” “you,” and “marry,” before former New Kid on the Block star walked in with a shirt with the word “me” on it, McCarthy said.

“Of course I said ‘yes,’” the 41-year-old McCarthy said. And her son was excited, too. “In that moment Evan yelled, ‘I have another dad!’ and it made all of us cry,” McCarthy shared.

The two have been dating since last summer. The upcoming nuptials (they haven’t yet set a date) will be the second time around for both stars. McCarthy was previously married to actor and director John Mallory Asher.

[Us Weekly]

Music

Sky Ferreira Heads to Compton in “I Blame Myself” Video: Watch

And she even dances

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After more than five years as a rising pop star, Sky Ferreira must be used to her singles going underappreciated, and “I Blame Myself” was the most underappreciated track off last year’s already great Night Time, My Time. Indebted less to ‘90s alt than the kind of sparkly, introspective pop that’s not tied to any decade – like Ferreira’s own “Everything Is Embarrassing” – it was both immediate and searing, sparing no fury for the intersection of condescension, sexualization and (“it’s like talking to a friend who’s trying to be a lover”) she encountered while churning through the major-label teen pop machine, while never being obvious. It goes right for the throat: of its targets, of its hooks.

It’s also, with its John Hughes closing-credits vibe, fertile material to turn into a video. Sadly, the clip for “I Blame Myself” is not really so topical, a fakeout of a gangsta rap clip that – shock? – doesn’t star a gangsta rapper but a be-hoodied Sky, fresh out of the stylist’s room — or at least the “LoveGame” storyboard. There is about a 50 percent chance you will encounter a thinkpiece about this by the end of the week.

 

movies

If You’re a Nerd, This Is the Best Web Site on the Internet Right Now

"Congressional investigators seeking evidence of an improper relationship between Trask Industries and the Nixon White House are stymied when they discover that 18½ minutes of a meeting between Bolivar Trask and President Nixon have been completely erased." 20th Century Fox

As long as you're an X-Men fan

The next installment in the X-Men franchise, Days of Future Past, is close at hand — and that means the hype machine is being kicked into eighth gear. Twentieth Century Fox’s latest gambit is 25Moments.com, a “fictional experience from the world of X-Men.” The micro-site is intended to set the stage for the new film, in which various X-people travel through time to find themselves (literally). The result is an alternate history lesson in which President Nixon chills with giant killer robots and babies are born made of metal thanks to the Chernobyl disaster. Is it a tedious, viral click-through? Yes. Is it amazing? Also yes. Here’s a closer look at some of the best shots from the site.

“During a pivotal moment in the Cold War, missiles launched near Cuba allegedly malfunction due to an unidentified group with unexplained powers.” 20th Century Fox
“The mutant known as Magneto is implicated in the assassination of John F. Kennedy by a witness on the grassy knoll. Magneto denies direct involvement, sparking the ‘Free Magneto’ movement.” 20th Century Fox
“The Chernobyl nuclear power plant melts down, causing a spike in premature mutant expressions for generations.” 20th Century Fox
Television

VIDEO: Chelsea Handler Explains a Hair Disaster

The comedienne got real about her coiffure

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As far as bad hair days go, this is one for the books: Chelsea Handler shared a photo on Chelsea Lately Tuesday night of her shockingly messy hair. And the worst part? She didn’t even know how bad it was until a friend snapped a photo to show her.

“I can’t believe that I got up, went to the airport, and it never occurred to me that, ‘Hey, you might want to check the back of your head,’” the late-night host said.

Handler blames the embarrassing ‘do on the hair extensions she had at the time. Needless to say, she doesn’t have extensions anymore.

movies

Giving Names to Cute Baby Animals Can Save a Species: Jane Goodall Explains

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Jane Goodall holds a baby Cariblanco monkey (cebus capucinus) during a visit to the Rehabilitation Center and Primate Rescue, near Santiago, on Nov. 23, 2013, while visiting Chile. Hector Retamal / AFP / Getty Images

Case in point: the new Bears nature film

The upcoming nature film Bears, out April 18, goes heavy on the cuteness. Disney’s feature-length look at a mama bear and her two babies — the latest from the Disney Nature label, which has produced movies like Earth and African Cats — is narrated by John C. Reilly, who does voices for the bears’ inner monologues. Though the Alaskan landscapes are breathtaking and the bears themselves are (as previously mentioned) super cute, at first glance, the film doesn’t scream “science.” It’s meant for a family audience; the film explains the life of a bear in a way that’s straightforward but rated-G.

For example:

But the film’s actually got some serious environmental cred: legendary primatologist Jane Goodall, who turned 80 this month, is now serving as an ambassador for Disney Nature. Goodall believes that giving cute names and voices to baby bears can actually help save a species — and, by extension, the planet. She told TIME how:

TIME: Do you have any involvement with the actual filming of the Disney Nature movies?

Jane Goodall: Not much. The reason that I agreed to [be an ambassador for Disney Nature] is because I think that these films they’re making are so very important. They’ve spent the time with the animals, they really get to know them as individuals, and it’s very, very important for the general public to understand as much as possible about a lot of these creatures — because we’re going to need help from every quarter to save them. The grizzlies and the brown bears — people have worked really, really hard to bring their numbers back after years of persecution. Now there’s a threat of de-listing them [from the Endangered Species List], which means people could hunt them again, and I’m hoping this film will inspire more people to comment, if that happens. Most people don’t have time to go and spend two years watching a mother bear and her cubs, but Disney did.

In your own career, you’ve named the animals with which you worked, and you were sometimes criticized for it. How do you feel about the anthropomorphizing of the bears in this movie, giving them names and personalities?

First of all, they didn’t give them personalities. When I first talked about the chimpanzees back in 1960 having personalities, minds capable of thoughts and emotions, I was told that this was wrong, that that was unique to the human animal. But I learned as a child from my teacher that the professors who told me that were wrong. That teacher was my dog. You cannot share your life in a meaningful way with a dog, a cat, a rat, a horse — I don’t care what it is — and not know that animals have their own personalities. They’re all different one from another and they have many qualities that they share with us, like emotions. So of course the bears haven’t been given a personality. They have one. And you couldn’t possibly make a film or write a book about animals without names. It just wouldn’t make sense.

How do the names affect what people will take away from the movie?

What it adds is that they do all have different personalities. If you give them a cold number you might, and almost certainly would, notice the personality — and the name doesn’t have to reflect the personality — but quite honestly, when people say you shouldn’t have empathy with the animals you study — when they say that to a scientist, I say it’s the lack of empathy that’s led to some extremely unpleasant scientific inventions. We have to have head and heart, intelligence, intellect and love and compassion working in harmony.

It seems like you’re optimistic about the future of the planet and animals, based on the titles of your recent books, like Seeds of Hope and Hope for Animals and Their World and Harvest for Hope

The hope part has got a big “if” or “but” to it. A lot of scientists believe we’ve gone too far in destroying the environment and nothing can prevent ecosystem collapse. I know that we’re on that path, we’re moving in that direction. I still believe that we can slow it down and ultimately start reversing it. But we have to change attitudes. We have to have people who understand. And we do have much greater awareness around the world. I travel all over the world 300 days a year so I know. It’s partly to do with the Internet, but more and more people understand that we have problems.

But they’re not changing their behavior. That’s the big problem. There’s so much apathy. And why is that? That’s because people look at what’s happening and they feel helpless. They don’t know what to do so they do nothing. The main message is that each one of us makes a difference every day. There’s billions of us so when billions of people start making the ethical decision as to what they buy and wear and so forth, then we can start putting the world on the right track.

In the course of your career, have attitudes toward nature changed? Are we thinking about nature in a way we didn’t used to?

I think we are. But as I say, we need to not only think about it in a certain way, but also do something about it.

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