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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

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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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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