Sean Hannity vs. East Coast Comicon: Kevin Sorbo not banned, says Comicon head

It’s Sean Hannity vs. the East Coast Comicon of Secaucus.The conservative commentator went after East Coast Comicon founder Cliff Galbraith for a perceived slight of Hannity and actor Kevin Sorbo. “I turned down Kevin Sorbo for East Coast Comicon,” posted Galbraith on his Facebook page. “He’s pals with Sean Hannity. I just can’t do it.”Sorbo is a star of TV’s “Supergirl” who was also the star and director of the faith-based film, “Let There Be Light.”  Hannity is the executive producer of the movie. More: Ranking the comic book movies of 2017 Hannity went after Galbraith of Red Bank on Fox News Radio’s “The Todd Starnes Show.”“I’ll pity the poor insecure guy who cannot escape his comic book world, and handle a little real world truth and reality and an opposing viewpoint,” said Hannity to Starnes. “Take that Batman.”  Sorbo is not banned from the convention, said Galbraith. He’s not appearing at the con because Galbraith passed on him, he said.“Never at any point did we agree to have Sorbo and retract it,” said Galbraith to the Asbury Park Press. “In my Facebook post I said we passed on Sorbo and Fox and all their friends on the internet are using the same language, saying that we banned him and that’s very different than saying we passed on him.”Sorbo’s breakout role is considered the 1994 TV film, “Hercules and the Amazon Women.”“I’ve never even heard of the East Coast Comicon,” said Sorbo to Starnes. “They don’t have any A-Listers attending. I think they are looking for free publicity.” More: Fan Theory: All the cool stuff we saw at New York Comic Con Paul Michael Glaser and Antonio Fargas from “Starsky and Hutch,” Butch Patrick from “The Munsters,” Burt Ward from “Batman” and Continue Reading

Remember ‘Shazaam’? The Sinbad movie that doesn’t exist? You’re not alone

Parallel universes have long been a staple of science fiction. But a bizarre phenomenon involving a large group of people remembering a movie that does not actually exist (at least in this universe) has led some authors, perhaps after using a bong, to speculate that this amounts to evidence of overlapping realities. This week, we escape a mind-numbing news cycle to explore a mind-bending situation.The Science.Mic website had some key details in a December post:Hundreds of people claim to remember a classic ’90s movie starring comedian Sinbad as a wish-granting genie — but the problem is, that movie [remembered as “Shazaam”] never actually existed....This phenomenon is not new. Sinbad went to Twitter to mock the idea the movie existed — in 2009 — and has used social media to correct people ever since. Science.Mic offered a tidy explanation.“A false memory is, you could think of it as an extreme example of the general phenomenon of memory distortion,” Christopher Chabris, co-author of “The Invisible Gorilla” and a professor of psychology who has researched false memories, said in a phone interview ... . “Memory distorts, it’s not like a DVD. ...”“All memories, when we retrieve them, are constructed out of stuff that’s been stored and is in our minds somehow,” Chabris said. “This ‘Shazaam’ thing is a fairly simple example, or at least starts, with a fairly simple example of exactly that.”The Vox website offered a like theory:Human memory is really, really malleable.Elizabeth Loftus, psychology’s leading researcher on false memory, has shown this time and time again. In her research, just the mere suggestion by an interviewer that cars “collided” instead of “hit” will lead people to recall a car accident as more severe than it was. More famously, she showed that people can be made to Continue Reading

PHOTOS: Colorado Mug Shots — The Rogues Gallery

Office of the District Attorney, 18th Judicial DistrictRicky Lee ReasonerProvided by Aurora PoliceChristopher Tarr, 42, was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder for hitting and killing a 22-year-old pedestrian, who was in a crosswalk on Aug. 21, 2016. Dalton McCreary, 22, pushed a friend out of harm’s way before he was killed. Tarr was also found guilty of DUI, reckless driving, careless driving and two counts of vehicular homicide.Provided by El Paso County Sheriff's OfficeRomello Leach, 22, an El Paso County minister, was arrested in November 2017 on suspicion of multiple counts of sexual assault on a child is accused of impregnating a 14-year-old girl, arrest records show.Provided by Aspen Police DepartmentCourtlandt Kirk, 52, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault in November 2017 after police say he sprayed his 57-year-old neighbor in the face and head with bear spray after a confrontation.Provided by Garfield County Sheriff's Office via APMichael Lee Syperda, 52, was charged in the cold-case killing of his estranged wife in Iowa, where they used to live and where she was last seen 17 years ago. Syperda, 52, was taken into custody without incident Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, near Glenwood Springs.Provided by Denver PoliceDarius Ratcliff, 21, was found guilty of first-degree murder and other charges in the shooting of Cristian Martinez, 21, at a house party near West Bayaud Avenue and South Bannock Street on a Friday night in November 2015.Provided by Aurora Police DepartmentLloyd Rickey Henderson, 38, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 30-year-old J. Corey Clemons. Henderson fatally shot Clemons in the back to settle an argument the victim was having with the suspect’s cousin. Henderson was sentenced to 32 years in prison.Provided by Jefferson County Sheriff's OfficeZachary Vincent Myers, 23, was convicted in December 2017 of sexual assault of a child and other charges after he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old Continue Reading

Why Do Funny Black Women Still Need To Be Trailblazers In 2016?

This summer was supposed to be Leslie Jones’ coronation.Her year started fortuitously enough, with an in-depth New Yorker profile heralding the 49-year-old stand-up veteran as a woman on the cusp of major stardom, thanks to her promotion from SNL writer to regular cast member in 2014 and a coveted role as one of four new Ghostbusters in the eagerly anticipated all-female remake of the 1984 film.Instead, as we now know, throughout the buildup to and release of Ghostbusters in July, Jones was subjected to virulent, vitriolic online abuse by a certain strain of white nerdboys apparently incensed by the fact that she was both black and a woman. Even her exuberant patriotism during the Summer Olympics couldn’t spare her from what came next: the hacking of her personal website and release of nude photos, demonstrating the nasty venom of “alt-right” trolls led by Milo Yiannopoulos, tech editor at the conservative news site Breitbart (among others). Ijeoma Oluo wrote recently in The Guardian: “professional abusers like Milo Yiannopoulos and the rest of the staff at Breitbart [are] gleefully doing their best to encourage abuse from their millions of followers who also see loud black women as a threat and a source of what they view as their denied birthright of power and respect as white men.”Jones’ presence as a "funny black woman," perhaps the most mainstream "funny black woman" in some time, is a somber reminder of the consequences of being highly visible in a field that has never been particularly welcoming to women like her. The amount of criticism Jones received is doubly cruel considering how hard it was for her to gain visibility in the first place. “I have my very short American history book, which I will recite to you right now,” says Steve Rosenfield, founder of the American Comedy Institute, which counts Jim Gaffigan as its most famous alum. “It goes like this: first white men, second black men, third Continue Reading’s Marc Benioff No. 1 in Comparably ranking of top CEOs

Corrections & clarifications: A previous version of this story stated the incorrect headquarters location for T-Mobile. Who’s the best CEO in America?According to compensation,   culture and career monitoring website Comparably’s latest survey, among large companies, it’s billionaire tech businessman-philanthropist Marc Benioff, CEO of customer relationship management and cloud services company,“As the original founder of Salesforce he has a deep connection with the product and employees that uniquely inspires his team,” says Jason Nazar, CEO of Comparbly. “Besides continuing to grow a massively successful public company, he’s been a dynamic leader and consistent voice of company culture issues.”One of those issues has been closing the gender pay and promotion and gap, an issue that has been top of mind given the large number of sexual harassment allegations coming to light in entertainment, politics and business. Benioff pledged to close the gap in 2015 and by early 2017 Salesforce said it had achieved equal pay, promotion and opportunity for female employees.  More: Salesforce's Marc Benioff makes sales pitch in first meeting with Trump More: Meet Tony Prophet, Salesforce's chief equality officer More: The one thing the best entrepreneurs have in common Second in Comparbly's ranking is Brian Halligan, CEO of marketing software company HubSpot. Shares of the company have risen to above $80 a share from an initial offering price of $25 in 2014. Like Benioff, Halligan is also considered a philanthropist, notably giving $1.6 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center. "HubSpot has some of the best overall ratings on Comparably across all categories, and stands out as a company whose employees are deeply engaged and passionate about their corporate mission," Nazar said. Women CEOs who made the large-company list included General Continue Reading

In honor of Freddie Mercury’s birthday, 11 other HIV-related deaths

Freddie Mercury would have turned 69 on Saturday — but the legendary Queen frontman died of complications from AIDS in 1991. In honor of the iconic singer’s death, here is a list of 11 other notable HIV-related deaths: Rock Hudson Rock Hudson was one of the first mainstream celebrities to die from an AIDS-related illness. The hunky Hollywood actor was known for films like "Giant," "Pillow Talk" and "Send Me No Flowers." Before his death in 1985, he came out about his AIDS diagnosis and his homosexuality. Anthony Perkins This famous actor is best known for his role as the creepy killer Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." Though he kept his diagnosis a secret, Perkins died of AIDS-related pneumonia in 1992. Rudolf Nureyev A Russian ballet dancer and choreographer, Rudolf Nureyev died of AIDS in 1993 — 10 years after taking a job as the ballet director for the Paris Opera. But afterward Nureyev’s death, his long-time lover, Robert Tracy, told The Guardian that he believed the government had poisoned Nureyev. Arthur Ashe Ashe, the first black man to win in singles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion. He became an HIV activist and made efforts to raise awareness before dying in 1993. Isaac Asimov The Russian-born science fiction writer was best known for his "Foundation" trilogy. He contracted HIV from a blood transfusion during heart surgery and, according to CBS, later died of AIDS-related heart and kidney failure. Liberace Wladziu Valentino Liberace was a world-famous pianist who starred in "The Liberace Show," a musical TV show with more than 35 million viewers, according to Bio. Over time he became known for his flamboyant and lavish lifestyle. Before he died in 1987, there were rumors that he'd contracted HIV. He denied it, but after his death the coroner found that Liberace had died of AIDS-related Continue Reading

His huge heart will lead the fight … Mike Lupica’s column on Magic Johnson’s stunning 1991 announcement

(Originally published by the Daily News on Friday, Nov. 8, 1991; written by Mike Lupica) He came down the court with a basketball in his hands, and suddenly there was a playground at everybody's house. Whatever thrill sports can offer, whatever that lyrical, magical thing is that sports does to the heart, Earvin Johnson, known perfectly as Magic, he always had that. He had as much of it as anyone ever had in this world. He had it as sure as Ali had it, or Willie Mays. He made sports feel the way it is supposed to feel, made it feel like childhood, like pickup games on summer mornings forever. Magic Johnson showed up to play a basketball game with joy and this splendid talent to win, and that great smile, which he threw across a whole sport, from the time he got to Michigan State and started beating everybody. He showed up with all that every night, every arena. Now he shows up with a test that says he is HIV-positive. Now Magic brings the AIDs virus into everybody's living room. There is this line I read once about Rock Hudson's death from AIDS. I don't remember who wrote it, or where it was, but the line went like this: Now everybody knows somebody with AIDS. And now everybody knows someone who has tested positive. And maybe that was the only positive yesterday. Maybe the fight against AIDS puts a champion, as much champion as there has ever been in American sport, at the point now. "I'm gonna beat it," Magic Johnson said yesterday, and spoke of the AIDS virus. "It's just a bad day," Knicks coach Pat Riley, Johnson's coach for all those years in Los Angeles, said yesterday afternoon. Pat Riley said more than that, and probably left all the important things unsaid, because you could always see with Riley that it was a fierce honor to coach Magic, and be his friend. But there was, on a day of such big news, eloquence in the simplest statement. Bad day for everybody. Then it was Magic Johnson, saying Continue Reading

Paul Michael Glaser of ‘Starsky & Hutch’ arrested on marijuana charges in Kentucky

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The actor who played David Starsky in the 1970s police drama "Starsky & Hutch" is fighting a drug charge in Kentucky for what he says is medical marijuana from California. The Daily News in Bowling Green reports an attorney entered a not guilty plea on Thursday on behalf of 69-year-old Paul Michael Glaser of Venice, Calif. Bowling Green police charged Glaser with possession of marijuana and a pipe on May 10, hours after he read an excerpt of his young adult novel, "Chrystallia and the Source of Light," to students at a middle school. According to a police citation, Glaser said he had medical marijuana prescribed to him in California. He was arrested after an anonymous call to police that a man was smoking marijuana in a hotel. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

BATTLE GETS TOUGH OF MAGIC. Hall of Famer stands tall

LOS ANGELES When Earvin (Magic) Johnson revealed on Nov. 7, 1991, that he had the AIDS virus, Americans learned that even towering sports heroes were not immune to the disease. At the time, AIDS was largely associated with gay men and IV-drug users. Johnson, star of the Los Angeles Lakers and married to his college sweetheart, seemed the least likely person to contract the scourge. In the climate of fear that surrounded HIV in 1991, Johnson’s diagnosis was considered a virtual death sentence. Everyone thought I was going to die, like a year later,” Johnson, 46, told CNN last year. But nearly 15 years after he was diagnosed, the basketball Hall of Famer’s story is one of personal and medical triumph. Today, the 250-pound, 6-foot-9 ex-NBA great appears strong and healthy as he jets around the country heading his multimillion-dollar business empire, Magic Johnson Enterprises, which includes restaurants, movie theaters and health clubs as well as a charitable wing, the Magic Johnson Foundation. Most people who are healthy, and I’m healthy, can’t even live my life. Trust me. I get up at 5:30, 6 every morning. I run a couple of miles. I lift weights and then I’m at work until 8, 9 at night,” he told CNN. I tell you. It’s funny because the only time I think about HIV is when I have to take my medicine twice a day,” he said. Johnson didn’t reveal what medication he takes but said he downs four pills a day and eats a diet heavy on lean chicken, fish and vegetables. His doctors have said the virus is now in a dormant, nonprogressive state. But when he was first diagnosed, people with HIV were not expected to last long, and fear of infection meant they were often treated as pariahs. The worst moment was driving from the doctor’s office to tell my wife I was HIV positive, said Johnson, who says he was infected through unprotected sex before he wed college sweetheart Earletha (Cookie) Continue Reading


Get ready for a Hawaiian shirt revival: It was recently announced that a big-screen version of TV's "Magnum, P. I. " is on the way, though series star Tom Selleck will not be behind the wheel of the red Ferrari (or behind the cheesy mustache and forest of chest hair). No casting choices have been announced, so we're throwing our lei into the inflatible pool ring and suggesting actors who might do the 1980-88 detective series proud. THOMAS MAGNUM, former Navy SEAl- in-'Nam-turned-private investigator Was: Tom Selleck (left) Ought to be: Jason Lee (right) HIGGINS, royally-descended English butler and royal pain Was: John Hillerman Ought to be: Alan Rickman T. C. CALVIN, loyal helicopter pilot Was: Roger E. Mosley Ought to be: "SNL's" Kenan Thompson ORVILLE (RICK) WRIGHT, doughy club owner Was: Larry Manetti Ought to be: Jack Black SUPERSIZING Inflating a TV show to fill out a movie screen (and put butts in seats) requires more than just a rock band doing the theme music. There have to be new twists to the old formula - but not too many, because then you get "Bewitched," which left people bothered and bewildered. Here's a rundown of five recent efforts that the makers of "Magnum, P. I. " should study. "The Dukes of Hazzard" (2005) Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott Who knew it was possible to make the 1980 TV show look sophisticated? With Jessica Simpson showing off her Daisy Dukes, this moonshine-fueled monstrosity drew enough kids to have a $30 million opening and proudly raised the TV show's Confederate flag of idiocy. But it typified a common problem: If the source material is bad, chances are the movie won't be much better. "Bewitched" (2005) Stars: Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell A perfect example of more is less. Here's the movie's plot: Kidman is a sexy witch who, wanting to live as a Continue Reading