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MARIAH CAREY & NICKI MINAJ LEAVING “AMERICAN IDOL”

It’s official!  Mariah Carey is exiting the Fox show and Nicki Minaj has confirmed her looming exit from “Idol.”

TITANIC II

For some, this could be a long-cherished dream: to board and cruise on a voyage on the Titanic.  No, this will be Titanic II, being built in China by billionaire Clive Palmer.  The vessel will be a high-tech replica of the Olympic-class ship (with updated safety measures)  that went down in 1912.  The ship will travel from Southampton to NYC.  At a conference, Palmer stated, “Why build the Titanic?  Why go to the moon?”

OSCARS SPOTS SOLD OUT

With less than three weeks to go before the Oscars, ABC has sold out its inventory of ads for the Feb. 24 event.  The average cost per spot is up to $1.85 million.  The Oscars telecast is one of the last remaining reach vehicles along with the Super Bowl and the NFL playoffs.  The three and a-half-hour show audience has been made up in the past of 62 percent female and 45 percent of viewers 18-49, according to Nielsen ratings.  “Family Guy” Seth MacFarlane will host this year’s extravaganza.

TONY KUSHNER – “THE FATHER OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WOULD BE A DEMOCRAT TODAY” : BRANGELINA IN SPRINGFIELD, MO.

Pulitzer and Tony Award-winner Tony Kushner, screenwriter of the new biopic, “Lincoln,” says that Abraham Lincoln would be a Democrat today.  Kushner: “The Republican Party today has turned into a group of people, who don’t actually believe that government is a good thing. . .Lincoln was a lawyer who had a profound belief in the conviction that government was a great blessing for humanity”. . .As the annual meeting of U.S. Conference of Bishops ends, it marks a win for a current St. Louis prelate, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, who succeeded on a 236-1 vote, of securing passage of the bishops’ first new document in 30 years on preaching, “Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily.” But New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan, in what a Religion News Service writer calls an “extraordinary” failure, couldn’t get his colleagues to issue a statement about the economy, and was “obviously disappointed”. . .Even stargazers stay clear of Arris’ Pizza in Springfield, MO when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie go there with their children.  Folks in Pitt’s hometown aver the place shuts down for the night and “their kids raise a ruckus jumping on tables and throwing food at each other.” Brangelina leave their nannies at home and let the kids enjoy themselves.”

“DEADLINE IN DISASTER” – TORNADO DOCUMENTARY SCREENINGS

It was standing room only at William Woods University in Fulton for the screening of “Deadline In Disaster,” the acclaimed documentary film about how The Joplin Globe staff covered the devastating 2011 tornado while dealing with their own storm losses.  The screening was arranged for the audience of several hundred by Mary Anne Beahon, director of University Relations at William Woods and an associate of the Missouri Press Association, which sponsored the film’s production. “Deadline In Disaster” will receive another public screening this week evening as part of the documentary series during the St. Louis International Film Festival. The screening is set for 6:30 p.m., Thursday at the Landmark Plaza Frontenac Cinema. Film producers Beth PikeScott Charton and Stephen Hudnell spent months interviewing Joplin Globe staffers and following them on assignments and in their personal lives. One-third of the newsroom staff lost their homes, and a news page designer was among more than 160 people killed in the EF-5 tornado, the deadliest in America since 1947. After the screening, Pike, Charton and Hudnell will be joined for audience q&a by MPA executive director Doug Crews and Globe reporter Emily Younker, who is among those profiled in the film. Screenings on public television are also in the works.

WHAT? YOU DIDN’T WATCH JON STEWART ON “THE DAILY SHOW?”

Claire McCaskill legitimately raped Todd Akin!,” mugged Stewart.
Shifting demographics caught Republicans off-guard with Team Obama’s campaign recruiting Chicago behavioral scientists.  They tapped into a new source of voters via a sophisticated data base packed with names of millions of undecided voters and potential supporters. That created “a portrait of shifting voter allegiances.. .The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has forked over $30 million to Mizzou to continue funding operations of the journalism institute bearing his name. . .Key sales figures fell for McDonald’s in October for the first time since 2003.  So, the Oakbrook, IL-based firm is ramping up its advertising for Dollar Meal.  Longtime rivals, Burger King and Wendy’s, meanwhile, are launching new ad pushes, while Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread are flourishing. . .Hats off for Christopher McGraugh who has been anointed by Guv. Nixon as St. Louis associate judge filling the vacancy created by Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer. . .Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper andRobert DeNiro star in “Silver Linings Playbook,” (tonight-Nov. 18) at the Tivoli as the opener of St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF).  More than 400 films will be unspooled with 50 countries represented throughout the festival..  More than 100  filmakers including Beau Willimon, recipient of the Charles Guggenheim St. Louis Award. . .Not to be missed – “The Mikado,” which hits the boards at 8 p.m., Friday at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade. . .Dierbergs is being romanced to build a market in Glen Carbon, IL by the Moran Economic Development on behalf of the Premiere RE, Inc.  No businesses have yet been signed for the planned mall on the 328-acre site but establishments are being sought similar to those in Edwardsville.

PRO-CHOICE PROTESTORS AT CONVENTION MASQUERADE AS VAGINAS

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Willie Nelson have cancelled their performances at the Republican National Convention in Tampa due to the threat of Hurricane Isaac. . .As they arrived with country star Rodney Atkins, delegates to the convention were allegedly accosted by pro-choice protestors – some of whom were dressed like vaginas. . .Robin Roberts will leave “Good Morning America” on Friday for a bone marrow transplant. . .For calling  Jay Leno a “spineless maggot,” Howard Stern, judge on “America’s Got Talent” is facing a threat from NBC.  Stern responded, “Take my job away from me.  Who cares?”

“GOOD MORNING AMERICA” CLOBBERS “THE TODAY SHOW” RATINGS

After heading back to its New York studio from the Olympics, NBC’s “Today Show” was bested by ABC’s “Good Morning America” according to ratings of the coveted 25-54 viewers. “Today” drew l.86 million, while “GMA”  attracted 4.52 million on Wednesday. The “GMA” show on Wednesday got a boost by the much-hyped interview with actor Robert Pattinson of “Twilight” fame by George Stephanopoulos.

“GOOD MORNING AMERICA” TOPS “THE TODAY SHOW” IN RATINGS

Now that the St. Louis College of Pharmacy is in deep debt, thanks to former prez Tom Patton’s efforts in issuing bonds, WashU is flirting with the idea of merging it with Mark Wrighton’s kingdom.  BTW:  Entry-level pharmacists at Walgreens are paid about $110k. . .The Tower on south Brentwood Boulevard has been placed on the sale block by Cassidy Turley and wonder if the late Bob Hyland’s estate will get his 10 percent. . .Countdown to the primaries and an ethics complaint was filed against Russ Carnahan “for allegedly illegal and improper use of taxpayer dollars outside of the Congressional District”. . .ABC’s “Good Morning America” (on FOX 2) topped its rival, NBC’s “Today Show” (KSDK) in overall viewers and adults 25-54 for the first time in nearly 17 years.

HOLLYWOOD SUPERHERO FLICKS ON THE RISE, NEW TOME ON EAGLETON, GUV. NIXON ON NUCLEAR ENERGY

A dozen years ago tomorrow, George W. Bush tapped Dick Cheney to be his running mate.  And in a second new book about Missouri Sen. Tom Eagleon, Joshua Glasser writes, “On paper, the young, liberal, border-state Catholic who enjoyed popularity among blacks, women and labor seemed to be the ideal match” for Democratic nominee George McGovern. Explaining why Eagleton didn’t disclose his three hospitalizations for depression, Glasser says that “To Eagleton they were a thing of the past.  If he considered his mental health disqualifying, Eagleton would never have promoted the idea of his candidacy. . .”. . .Today’s edition of The New York Times has published an article, “Today’s Hunt for No. 2,” in which it outlines McGovern’s less-than-an-hour decision to pluck Eagleton for No. 2.  Eighteen days later, Eagleton was forced to resign. . .Writing in the latest issue of the New Yorker, Jack Hitt explains the growing popularity of forensic linguistics, using cases like the Unibomber, the congressional Abscam scandal, and the 2009 Columbia Illinois murder by ex-Joyce Meyer Ministries staffer Chris Coleman.  An expert in the field, Roger Shuy, believes that forensic linguistics can do for language of crimes, like bribery, blackmail, extortion, what DNA has done for violent crimes. . .Congrats to Adam Hackbarth of O’Fallon (the Missouri one).  He’s one of three finalists in the New Yorker’s caption contest this week.. .Gov. Jay Nixon has created the Local Government Task Force to assist Westinghouse Electric Co. in its bid for funds from the U.S. Dept. of Energy to design, license, manufacture and commercialize American-made small modular nuclear reactors to bolster the nation’s energy needs. . .Hollywood superhero movies are on the rise.  In production are: “Guardians of the Galaxy”; a reboot of “The Fantastic Four”; “The Amazing Spider Man”; “Man of Steel”. . .Look for Bloomberg Daily to produce a 32-page issue of “Bloomberg Insider” for both the Dems and GOP.


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