M.I.A. vs NFL

Tammy Jones Gibbs talks about the ongoing feud between rapper M.I.A. and the NFL.

The dispute started when M.I.A. made a supposed offensive gesture during the broadcast of the Super Bowl, for which she was fined $1.5 million, a sum that was recently increased to $15 million. The NFL is now seeking “what advertisers would have paid in the two-minute appearance” during Madonna’s halftime show performance. M.I.A. is apparently reaching out to Madonna for help with the fine, and has criticized the NFL for singling her out while other performers have made similar transgressions.

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Actress Alysia Reiner

Summer Rayne Oakes interviews actress Alysia Reiner, best known for playing warden Natalie Figueroa on Netflix’s original series Orange is the New Black.

Reiner talks about her method of getting into character, comparing it to raising children in that one needs to be “willing to keep on wondering about your child… and with your character, the same… ‘I wonder who you are.'” She says that she will “experience something, and then I sort of digest it to see how it relates to this character.” She also mentions the roles she won’t take, including “a killer” or “someone whose spouse has been killed.”

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Need For Speed reviewed

Ru Instant Reaction Review talks about new movie Need For Speed, based on the popular video game franchise and starring Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad fame.

They find the movie mediocre, saying that “even the stuff that was good, I didn’t really like it,” saying that Michael KEaton’s performance was the best part and that it “elevated what was there.” Of particular contention is the two-hour-plus running time, as well as “bad dialogue.” They concede that it could appeal to a “built-in audience” of car enthusiasts and fans of the video game series.

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Eddie Huang on Rick Ross

On the first episode of his show Monosodium Glutamate, celebrity chef Eddie Huang and cohost Elena Bergeron talk about hip-hop and life in New York.

They mention rapper Rick Ross’s past as a corrections officer, saying that he “couldn’t run from it anymore” and asking “why should we care?” They mention that the revelation was at odds with his drug-dealing persona, but saying that most “never believed Ross” in the first place. He also mentions that Ross invested in rapper Wale’s now-suffering career.

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Almost Human’s Lili Taylor

Milling About talks to actress Lili Taylor. Taylor has appeared in such films as Say Anything and Mystic Pizza, as well as HBO’s Six Feet Under, and is currently starring in Fox’s sci-fi drama Almost Human.

Taylor talks about growing up, saying that her upbringing was “chaotic… but then, what family’s normal… we were average in our abnormalty.” She also talks about her current lifestyle, saying that she does “love the outside” but, unlike her character in the 2013 film The Cold Lands, is “not an off-the-gridder.”

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Horror documentarians Josh Zeman and Rachel Mills

America’s Most Haunted talks to documentary filmmakers Josh Zeman and Rachel Mills, directors of Chiller’s upcoming two-hour special Killer Legends. The special investigates famous urban legends and the true crimes behind them.

Zeman and Mills talk about the inspiration for the show, saying that “finding the [urban legends] that have some truth behind them,” is of interest to them, and that, although “all of them do have truth behind them… there needs to be some part of it that’s unanswered, and it’s the unanswered part that allows us to create these urban legends.”

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Moonrise Kingdom reviewed

ScreenPicks reviews the new film Grand Budapest Hotel. The film is the latest effort by Wes Anderson, director of The Royal Tennenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom. The movie stars Ralph Fiennes and F. Murray Abraham.

The critics say that Anderson is “just getting more and more interesting as a filmmaker” as his career progresses, and that the new film is “a lot funnier” than his previous work. “The feel, the look” of Anderson’s other films remain intact, and they agree that “if you like Wes Anderson, you’ll like this film.”

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Mobile Insights Radio

Cell Phones in Flight – Nirvana or Nightmare?

Most of us are familiar with being told to ‘turn off and stow away all portable electronic devices’ for take-off and landing. But that’s changing now – for better or for worse. Recently, the FAA lifted their ban on electronic devices, meaning that flyers could – potentially – use their gadgets from gate to gate.

In this month’s episode of Mobile Insights Radio with Steve Power Brown, Steve is joined by active airline pilot, air travel blogger and author Patrick Smith, and etiquette expert and former flight attendant Jacqueline Whitmore to discuss the pros and cons of the rule change that have greatly polarized the public and airline passengers. 

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