Alfred Hitchcock Mania: BBC Doubles Up on Hitchcock Action with ‘The Girl’ and ‘The Lady Vanishes’

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Alfred Hitchcock Mania: BBC Doubles Up on Hitchcock Action with ‘The Girl’ and ‘The Lady Vanishes’

Are you a big fan of Alfred Hitchcock movies? My all-time favorite is Torn Curtain starring Paul Newman and Julie Andrews. I must admit, I also like Topaz starring a young John Forsythe a lot too. But, next to Torn Curtain are Vertigo and Marnie, which starred Tippi Hedren. In any case, BBC is co-producing The Girl with HBO and The Lady Vanishes:

Deadline:  With Alfred Hitchcock hot right now, the BBC is doubling up on the action. It’s already co-producing The Girl with HBO, a look at the director’s obsessive relationship with The Birds star Tippi Hedren. Now, it’s producing a new take on The Lady Vanishes with a British cast that includes Upstairs Downstairs star Keeley HawesSpooks’ Gemma Jones and The Hour’s Julian Rhind-Tutt. The 90-minute psychological thriller is penned by Fiona Seres and is set to air at Christmas. Seres adapted the source novel The Wheel Spins, which Hitchcock filmed as The Lady Vanishes in 1938. Set in 1931, the story centers on Iris, a young socialite on vacation who leaves her friends to travel alone. But after fainting at the train station, she awakens in a dreamlike state where a woman who comforts her then vanishes. Tuppence Middleton (Spies Of WarsawLove Punch) and Tom Hughes (Cemetery JunctionPage Eight) lead the cast. The film is produced by BBC Drama Productions and Ann Tricklebank. Diarmuid Lawrence (Little Dorrit) is directing. Hitchcock’s Vertigo recently dislodged Citizen Kane as BFI Sight & Sound’s greatest movie of all time. In addition to The Girl with Sienna Miller and Toby Jones, another project based on the director’s life is Fox Searchlight’s Hitchcock, starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson.

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Todd Akin Clarifies ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment: Women Make ‘False Claims’ About Being Raped

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Todd Akin Clarifies ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment Says Women Make ‘False Claims’ About Being Raped (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rep. Todd Akin continues to dig himself deeper in the ‘legitimate rape’ much, by clarifying his comment saying women make ‘false claims’ about being raped. He said the following on Mike Huckabee’s show:

Think Progress:  You know, Dr. Willke has just released a statement and part of his letter, I think he just stated it very clearly. He said, of course Akin never used the word legitimate to refer to the rapist, but to false claims like those made in Roe v. Wade and I think that simplifies it….. There isn’t any legitimate rapist…. [I was] making the point that there were people who use false claims, like those that basically created Roe v. Wade.

It’s interesting to note that John Willke, the pro-life doctor linked to Todd Akin’s forcible rape claims, backed Mitt Romney in 2007. Romney embraced John Willke as an ‘important surrogate.’ Um, I wonder how he feels about him now? Chances are he will throw him under a bus.

Dr. John C. Willke, a general practitioner with obstetric training and a former president of the National Right to Life Committee, was an early proponent of this view, articulating it in a book originally published in 1985 and again in a 1999 article. He reiterated it in an interview Monday.

“This is a traumatic thing — she’s, shall we say, she’s uptight,” Dr. Willke said of a woman being raped, adding, “She is frightened, tight, and so on. And sperm, if deposited in her vagina, are less likely to be able to fertilize. The tubes are spastic.”

Leading experts on reproductive health, however, dismissed this logic.

“There are no words for this — it is just nuts,” said Dr. Michael Greene, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School. Source: NY Times

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REPORT: Michael Strahan to Join “Live” With Kelly Ripa on ABC

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REPORT:  Michael Strahan to Join “Live” With Kelly Ripa on ABC (Photo credit: susu9)

Newsflash:  Former NFL star Michael Strahan to join ‘Live‘ with Kelly Ripa, TMZ reports, succeeding Regis Philbin. The new show will be called Live! With Kelly and Michael. Michael Strahan has served as guest co-host 15 times, most recently on July 3. He is expected to keep his weekend job on Fox NFL Sunday.

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Judge Sets Andrea Sneiderman’s Bond at $500,000, Plus House Arrest in Husband’s Murder Case

Andrea Sneiderman‘s bond set at $500,000 with house arrest, no contact with any witnesses, leading up to the trial in the murder of Rusty Sneiderman by Hemy Neuman. Andrea Sneiderman is smiling now, but she won’t be if she is found guilty when the case goes to trial. Her arraignment is set for September. She has to put up $250,000 cash up front to be released. She must live with her parents and wear an ankle bracelet.

Yahya Abajobir Killed in Front of 12 YO Daughter in Botched Robbery Attempt in Stone Mountain GA

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of  57-year-old Yahya Abajobir, who was shot and killed before his 12 year old daughter outside his estranged wife’s Stone Mountain, Ga., home.

The 12 year girl told WSB-TV her parents, who recently separated, had just returned from getting her younger brother a haircut.  Police believe this was a case of attempted robbery. Yahya Abajobir refused to give up his wallet when the suspected shooter demanded it.

WSB-TV reports Abajobir’s daughter said there were several men inside the gunman’s vehicle, some  were wearing bandanas to cover their faces.  DeKalb police are looking for an older model Ford Explorer, possibly green or another dark color.

Lifetime Releases New Trailer for Upcoming All-Black Cast Remake of ‘Steel Magnolias’

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Lifetime Releases New Trailer for Upcoming All-Black Cast Remake of ‘Steel Magnolias’ (Special Edition)

Lifetime releases a new trailer for its upcoming all-black remake of 1989 Steel Magnolias. The cast of the remake features Queen Latifah (who is also the executive producer) as M’Lynn, Alfre Woodard as Ouiser, Phylicia Rashad as Clairee, Jill Scott as Truvy, Adepero Oduye as Annelle and Rashad’s daughter, Condola Rashad as Shelby.

The original Steel Magnolias starred Sally FieldDolly PartonShirley MacLaineDarryl HannahOlympia Dukakis, and Julia Roberts. Steel Magnolias is one of my all-time favorite movies and I can’t wait to see this remake.

The all-black Steel Magnolias cast is directed Kenny Leon (ABC‘s A Raisin in The Sun, Broadway’s Fences and The Mountaintop).

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Rep. Steve King Backs Todd Akin: Never Heard of a Girl Getting Pregnant from Rape or Incest

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Rep. Steve King Backs Todd Akin: Never Heard of a Child Getting Pregnant from Rape or IncestPhoto credit: Wikipedia)

GOP House wingnut Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is coming to embattled Rep. Todd Akin, who said ‘legitimate rape rarely leads to pregnancy,’ with an equally insulting and despicable comment that he has never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest. Um, this man said he will play a prominent role in the Romney-Ryan administration

Talking Points Memo:  Rep. Steve King, one of the most staunchly conservative members of the House, was one of the few Republicans who did not strongly condemn Rep. Todd Akin Monday for his remarks regarding pregnancy and rape. King also signaled why — he might agree with parts of Akin’s assertion.

King told an Iowa reporter he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.

“Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way,” King told KMEG-TV Monday, “and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”


The tie between statutory rape and teen pregnancy has been the subject of ad campaignsfrom groups like United Way.

H.R. 3, the bill co-sponsored by King, Akin and Paul Ryan in 2011, originally called for an exemption in the federal ban on abortion funding only in the case of “forcible rape.” That language was dropped after pressure from women’s advocates and Democrats. At the time, the Republican sponsors of the legislationweren’t too interested in discussing their reasoning for the wording.

From one Republican jack ass to the next. Shameful attack on women’s rights in this country, courtesy of the Tea Party. One-time teen-star turned right wing evangelical Kirk Cameron also came to Todd Akin’s defense, saying his comment about ‘legitimate rape’ came in the context of his opposition to abortion. Right. If the voters in Steve King’s district are disgusted by his repeated insults, they should kick him out of office. He’s currently up for re-election.

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Poll: Majority of Americans View Paul Ryan Negatively, Medicare Voucher Plan Remains Unpopular

Pew Research poll finds majority rate Paul Ryan fair or poor

Poll: Majority of Americans View Paul Ryan Negatively, Medicare Voucher Plan Remains Unpopular (Pew Research)

A Pew Research poll found that a majority of Americans view Mitt Romney’s ‘bold’ vice presidential pick Paul Ryan negatively:

Pew Research:  “Paul Ryan’s selection to the Republican ticket has put the issue of Medicare squarely on the 2012 campaign agenda. And the latest Pew Research Center survey continues to find the public is aware of a proposal to gradually shift Medicare to a system of vouchers and is, on balance, more opposed than supportive of the idea.

The survey, conducted August 16-19, 2012 among 1,005 adults nationwide, finds 72% have heard a lot or a little about a proposal to change Medicare into a program that would give future participants a credit toward purchasing private health insurance coverage. And among those who are aware, the idea remains unpopular; by a 49% to 34% margin more oppose than favor the idea. This is virtually unchanged from public reactions a little over a year ago, when Republicans in the House voted in favor of this proposal as part of the “Ryan plan.”


“The public offers a relatively negative assessment of Mitt Romney’s selection of Ryan as his running mate. Nearly half (46%) say Ryan is an only fair or poor choice, while 28% say he is an excellent or good choice. By comparison, reactions to John Kerry’s selection of John Edwards in 2004, and Bill Clinton’s selection of Al Gore in 1992, were more positive than negative.”

To be fair, 27 percent say they view Vice President Joe Biden favorably, with 56 percent rating his job performance poor or fair.

BET’s Ed Gordon to Interview President Obama in Columbus OH, Will Air During DNC Convention Sept. 6

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BET’s Ed Gordon to Interview President Obama in Columbus OH, Will Air During DNC Convention Sept. 6 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Talking Points Memo:  “Ed Gordon of Black Entertainment Television, or BET, will interview President Obama in Columbus, Ohio, this afternoon, a network spokesperson confirmed to TPM. The interview will air as part of BET’s live coverage of the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 6 between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET. Politico first reported the news of the interview.”

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Politico Suspends Dave Catanese for Hypothetically Taking Rep. Todd Akin’s Side Over ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment

Politico suspends another reporter,  Dave Catanese, from the publication’s Todd Akin coverage over his tweets about the Missouri Republican Senate nominee, who said “legitimate rape rarely leads to pregnancy” because women have a biological mechanism to prevent it from happening. Catanese took to Twitter to  defend the tea party candidate “for argument’s sake.”

This latest suspension comes two months after White House reporter Joe Williams was suspended for saying Mitt Romney was only comfortable around ‘white people’ and some other crude tweets. Where’s the outrage? Oh, wait. Joe Williams was black and Dave Catanese is white, so left wing outrage won’t be forthcoming. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking on Rep. Todd Akin’s decision to get out of the race at the request of most Republicans.