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Bono Learns that Forgiving Debt is Not Enough

Always impressed to see musi­cians learn how the world really works.  You never know just how they might react.

Take U2’s Bono, who for years thought that just hav­ing coun­tries for­give bil­lions in for­eign debt would be enough to get sub-Saharan Africa on its feet.  Nope, he’s now dis­cov­ered that those pesky cap­i­tal­ist pigs — you know, the evil ones — can be damned helpful.

Bono has learned much about music over more than three decades with U2. But along­side that has been a life­long les­son in cam­paign­ing — the activist for poverty reduc­tion in Africa spoke frankly on Fri­day about how his views about phil­an­thropy had now stretched to include an appre­ci­a­tion for capitalism.

The Irish singer and co-founder of ONE, a cam­paign­ing group that fights poverty and dis­ease in Africa, said it had been “a hum­bling thing for me” to real­ize the impor­tance of cap­i­tal­ism and entre­pre­neuri­al­ism in phil­an­thropy, par­tic­u­larly as some­one who “got into this as a right­eous anger activist with all the cliches.”

Job cre­ators and inno­va­tors are just the key, and aid is just a bridge,” he told an audi­ence of 200 lead­ing tech­nol­ogy entre­pre­neurs and investors at the F.ounders tech con­fer­ence in Dublin. “We see it as startup money, invest­ment in new coun­tries. A hum­bling thing was to learn the role of commerce.”

Bono’s work with ONE was borne out of a char­ity he co-founded in 2002, DATA, which sought to raise aware­ness around debt, AIDS and trade in Africa; it cre­ated ONE in 2004 and the two orga­ni­za­tions were merged under the name ONE in 2008. (Dis­clo­sure: Bono is a man­ag­ing part­ner of Ele­va­tion Part­ners, a invest­ment firm that owns a stake in Forbes Media.) As part of his work on the board of ONE, Bono has lob­bied Amer­i­can con­gress­men, pres­i­dents and other lead­ers from devel­oped nations.

The singer, who dropped by the F.ounders con­fer­ence on Fri­day in between work­ing on songs for U2′s next album, said he’d had other, sim­i­larly tough real­iza­tions: that there are “enor­mously use­ful,” peo­ple on the left and right. “You just have to reach them.”

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Today’s Sign the End is Nigh!

Thanks MTV…for being you!

Sarah Jones, the ex-Bengals cheer­leader who plead guilty to hav­ing sex with her 17-year-old stu­dent in early Octo­ber, has been offered her own real­ity TV show.

Jones has been approached by 495 Pro­duc­tions, cre­ators of MTV’s “Jer­sey Shore,” reports the New York Daily News. The attrac­tive 27-year-old was a teacher in Ken­tucky when she began her sex­ual rela­tion­ship with the student.

After her plea, she said, “I feel guilty as to what hap­pened and that other peo­ple were hurt in this in a sense from our fam­i­lies hav­ing to go through this,” but she left the court­room hold­ing hands with the stu­dent. The two are report­edly still in a rela­tion­ship together.

Remem­ber when they used to just show only music videos?

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The Obligatory “Disney Buys Star Wars” Post

Hon­estly, I’m not that shocked by this.

George Lucas is not eter­nal, and he’s been look­ing for buy­ers for var­i­ous parts of the Sky­walker Ranch (and empire) for months, if not years.  Dis­ney gets another well-known and universally-accepted brand, just as it did when it bought Mar­vel for the same fig­ure in 2009.  Plus — and this might be the biggest coup in the deal — it gets Indus­trial Light and Magic, THE dig­i­tal spe­cial effects house in all of movie making.

Now, Dis­ney doesn’t have to pay con­tracts for its com­puter effects; it can just ship them off to another wing of the com­pany or merge with ILM what­ever they already had in house.  Some­body had to make the effects for the more recent “Tron” after all?

The Walt Dis­ney Com­pany has agreed to buy Lucas­film Ltd., which includes the Star Warsfran­chise, for $4.05 bil­lion in cash and stock from George Lucas, it was announced Tuesday.

The deal includes a ten­ta­tive 2015 release date of Stars Wars Episode 7, along with the pos­si­bil­ity of grow­ing the fran­chise with more fea­ture films.

Lucas­film reflects the extra­or­di­nary pas­sion, vision, and sto­ry­telling of its founder, George Lucas,” Robert A. Iger, Chair­man and Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer of The Walt Dis­ney Com­pany, said in a statement.

Cur­rent Co-Chairman of Lucas­film, Kath­leen Kennedy, will become Pres­i­dent and report to Walt Dis­ney Chair­man Alan Horn.

This trans­ac­tion com­bines a world-class port­fo­lio of con­tent includ­ing Star Wars, one of the great­est fam­ily enter­tain­ment fran­chises of all time, with Disney’s unique and unpar­al­leled cre­ativ­ity across mul­ti­ple plat­forms, busi­nesses, and mar­kets to gen­er­ate sus­tained growth and drive sig­nif­i­cant long-term value,” Iger said.

The com­pany said Kennedy will serve as the brand man­ager for Stars Wars, as well as the exec­u­tive pro­ducer on the upcom­ing film.

It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new gen­er­a­tion of film­mak­ers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was impor­tant to set up the tran­si­tion dur­ing my life­time,” Chair­man and Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer of Lucas­film, George Lucas said. “I’m con­fi­dent that with Lucas­film under the lead­er­ship of Kath­leen Kennedy, and hav­ing a new home within the Dis­ney orga­ni­za­tion, Star Wars will cer­tainly live on and flour­ish for many gen­er­a­tions to come. Disney’s reach and expe­ri­ence give Lucas­film the oppor­tu­nity to blaze new trails in film, tele­vi­sion, inter­ac­tive media, theme parks, live enter­tain­ment, and con­sumer products.”

Lucas will be serv­ing as cre­ative con­sul­tant on Stars Wars Episode 7, Dis­ney said.

Frankly, I was never much of a Star Wars fan, so this news doesn’t effects me like some other geeks.  If the fol­low­ers of “The Force” are upset and think they’ve become one with “the Dark Side,” clearly they were asleep dur­ing Episodes 1 through 3.

One of the imme­di­ate losers in this deal from what I can see is Dark Horse Comics, who has had the Star Wars license since 1991.  No one yet knows what will become of that con­tract now that Dis­ney owns them.  After all, while Dis­ney owns Mar­vel Comics (which had the Star Wars license back in the days of the orig­i­nal movies), it has let “Boom Stu­dios” con­tinue to make new books for Mickey, Don­ald, and the rest of the gang until the cur­rent con­tract expires.   In the mean­time, some books have tran­si­tioned over to the Mar­vel umbrella.

No imme­di­ate news on that front other than a state­ment from Dark Horse say­ing that so far, noth­ing has changed.

Mean­while, Car­toon Net­work just started the newest sea­son of its pop­u­lar “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” ani­mated series.  If it con­tin­ues after this sea­son, expect to see it moved over the Disney’s “young boys” net­work, “Dis­ney XD.”

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“Sandy” Rips Off NYC Building Facade">Sandy” Rips Off NYC Building Facade

Caught on cam­era across the street and then posted raw on YouTube.  So do be mind­ful of the lan­guage; it’s on the salty side.

(H/T Bader Blog)


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Bond Meets “Q”

Finally, it’s been released on YouTube!

 First saw this when I went to see “The Dark Knight Rises” on IMAX out at May­fair Mall this sum­mer.  The “Sky­fall” gang had a spe­cial “IMAX-only” trailer they put together and showed how Daniel Craig’s James Bond meets “Q” for the first time.

The next Bond film is already out in the U.K., it’s U.S. release is slated for Novem­ber 9th.

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TD">Only 10 Packers on the Field During Blocked Punt for TD

I highly doubt I have any Jack­sonville Jaguars fans read­ing this blog, so what’s a lit­tle salt in the wound of yesterday’s Pack­ers vic­tory to them?

Appar­ently some­one looked at the tape of yesterday’s blocked punt, which the Pack returned for 6, and found the green and gold were a man down — and only had 10 on the field.

Obvi­ously, it didn’t matter.

Davon House saw sev­eral play­ers on the Jack­sonville Jaguars’ punt team point him out as he shifted toward the ball from his jam­mer posi­tion and fig­ured he would have no chance to get to rookie punter Bryan Anger.

He was wrong.

Even though they iden­ti­fied him as a pos­si­ble rusher, no one blocked him, and it turned into the biggest play in the Green Bay Pack­ers’ closer-than-expected 24–15 win on Sun­day at Lam­beau Field.

House, one of the Pack­ers backup cor­ner­backs, had a free rush at Anger and blocked the punt, which was recov­ered in the end zone by rookie line­backer Dez­man Moses. The touch­down gave the Pack­ers a 14–3 lead with 8:45 left in the sec­ond quarter.

They called it out, so I don’t know if they just blocked it wrong or what,” House said. “But I came scot-free. No one touched me at all. When I motioned in, they said some­thing and they pointed at me, and I still came in free.”

Adding to the Jaguars’ indig­nity on that play was this: The Pack­ers had only 10 play­ers on the field, and Jack­sonville still couldn’t get every­one blocked. Sev­eral play­ers on the Pack­ers’ punt return team said they had no idea that they were one player short. Indeed, they had only eight play­ers in the box plus the jam­mer on the right side, Jar­rett Bush, and return man Ran­dall Cobb deep. The miss­ing player appeared to be rookie Jar­rett Boykin.

Is that right?” Moses asked. “Well, we got it done anyway.”

Indeed you did.


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