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With liberal Democrats in an uproar over President Barrack Obama’s tax cut deal with Republicans, one man is not taking the compromise lying down. Independent senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, took the floor in the Senate and began speaking against Obama’s proposal at 10:25am on Friday, and wrapped up over eight hours later, around 7:00pm. It was a heartfelt filibuster, and made headlines everywhere.

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A lot of comedians discuss race in their stand-up routines, but has there ever been a comic with such broad multicultural material as Russell Peters? One of the things that makes Peters so compelling to watch is that he leaves almost no racial stone unturned. And of course, there’s this most pertinent fact: he’s funny. His latest concert DVD, Outsourced, along with a new book, Call Me Russell, attest to both his razor sharp insight and global popularity.

When Canadian-born actor and widely loved comedic genius Leslie Nielsen passed away this week at age 84 due to complications from pneumonia, I couldn’t help but wax a little nostalgic. What really surprised me was the overwhelming public reaction to Nielsen’s death. He seems to have been a personality who was nearly universally loved and revered. But then how could you not love Nielsen’s oblivious slapstick routine, best exemplified in his two most famous films, Airplane! and The Naked Gun?

Attention fans of great TV! One of the best and most influential television series of the ‘90s is now available in its entirety on DVD. The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Series is on shelves now, and for longtime fans or curious newcomers, this is essential viewing. Garry Shandling’s satirical and "meta" look at show business set the bar for single-camera comedies, and is almost single-handedly responsible for much of the way we view TV these days.

The 38th annual American Music Awards took place Sunday in L.A. with big names were out in full force. Taylor Swift, Usher, Justin Bieber, Black-Eyed Peas, Pink, Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi, Katy Perry, and many more made the star-studded event the spectacle that it is renowned for. In fact, if there was any doubt, this year’s show proved it’s much more about spectacle and promotion than celebrating the year’s best artists.

Three years since the woeful wrong turn they took with Good Morning Revival, Good Charlotte are back with a new full-length, Cardiology, which was supposed to be a return to form for the MTV poster boys. But while Cardiology is definitely a step in the right direction, it’s not totally the re-exploration of the Maryland band’s pop-punk roots that was advertised.

Nashville’s Kings of Leon had hit the big time overseas well before most audiences stateside had ever heard of them. But 2008’s Only By The Night changed everything. That album went platinum or multi-platinum in eight countries around the world including the U.S., and included huge radio hits “Use Somebody” and “Sex on Fire,” the latter earning them a Grammy Award. This Fall’s Come Around Sundown peaked at #2 on U.S. charts while shooting to #1 on various other international charts, putting Kings of Leon right back in the spotlight.

The Nashville quartet is comprised of three brothers – Caleb, Nathan, and Jared Followill - and their cousin, Matthew Followill. The band got its start in the early ‘00s, when they moved to Nashville following their unusual childhoods.

Who hasn’t longed to soar through the air? The Wright Brothers made the dream of human flight a reality, but now wingsuits and extreme sports innovators like Jeb Corliss are giving humans an even more incredible flying experience.

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Music-based video games like the Guitar Hero and Rock Band series have become an outrageous success. These games allow players to go through the motions of idols ranging from Metallica to the Beatles. But the relationship between popular music and gaming goes back a few decades.

Here’s a quick look at some notable examples of the marriage of rock n’ roll and video games.

Even though their fan base is now composed primarily of people half their age, thrash metal pioneers Megadeth show no signs of retiring any time soon. The band is one of the “big four” of thrash metal, along with Anthrax, Slayer, and Metallica, and remain as relevant today as they ever were.

Punk rockers have a long history of being socially conscious and politically active. Although a faction of the music genre’s musicians and fans are often stereotyped as chaos-loving nihilists, many punks around the world have proven to be anything but. Add the Dropkick Murphys to that list. The Boston-based band filmed a video for their song “Tomorrow’s Industry” aimed at supporting their hometown healthcare workers. Boston area nurses, paramedics, and others are campaigning to join 119SEIU, one of the biggest healthcare unions in the U.S.A.

Few musical acts in the history of music have inspired as frenzied and loyal a fanbase as Los Angeles thrash metal pioneers – Slayer. The quartet’s fans worship the band with a devotion to rival the likes of Grateful Dead, Phish, and Jimmy Buffett fans. Therefore, it is with great joy that Slayer fans received the news of this Fall’s U.S. tour, which unites the band with two of their fellow “Big Four” thrash acts – Anthrax and Megadeth.

He is hands down one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time, but Slash peeked in the ‘80s, and no matter what he tries, he can’t get close to recapturing the magic. His new self-titled solo album, Slash, certainly isn’t doing it.

Okay, maybe that’s too much to expect of the ex-Guns ‘N Roses axe-wielder. But could we get a sniff, at least, of the balls-out razor’s-edge rock-and-fucking-roll that made Appetite For Destruction such a timeless bomb blast?

Mad Men's Jon Hamm stars in The Town, directed by Ben AffleckMad Men's Jon Hamm stars in The Town, directed by Ben AffleckBen Affleck has had his ups and downs as an actor. After appearances in Oscar winning films like Good Will Hunting and Shakespeare in Love early in his career, Affleck starred in a series of colossal flops in the early ‘00s. Worst among them were Paycheck, Surviving Christmas, and the infamous Gigli, which co-starred Jennifer Lopez. Affleck had gone from Academy Award winner to Razzie winner in a decade.

Then something interesting happened. In 2007, Affleck took to the director’s chair to helm his first feature, Gone Baby Gone, which starred his brother, Casey Affleck. The film was a critical and commercial success, but more importantly, it made Ben Affleck relevant again.

In 1987, Oliver Stone directed Wall Street, starring Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, and Darryl Hannah. One of the year’s most memorable movies, it earned Douglas an Academy Award for Best Actor, and made for a successful follow up to Stone’s Platoon, which earned much critical praise the year before. This Fall, Stone and Douglas reunite for a sequel – Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps – co-starring Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, and Frank Langella.

The new film marks Stone’s first attempt at a sequel. Will he hit the jackpot again, or will his stock crash in the ashes of another ill-conceived Hollywood sequel?

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