We’ve got The Butler coming up right as I go back to Grey’s. I also played a role in They Die By Dawn, an all-Black Western that we shot here at Melody Ranch in California with Idris Elba, Michael Kenneth Williams, Isaiah Washington, Erykah Badu, Rosario Dawson, Giancarlo Esposito, and Roger Guenveur Smith, a sick cast. It’s a 40-minute pitch project for a long-form Black Western with an amazing director, Jeymes Samuel, out of London. He’s a really intriguing talent for both writing and directing, and there’s amazing cinematography. READ MORE
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1 1 Necessary Roughness / USA / Callie Thorne, Marc Blucas, Mehcad Brooks, Scott Cohen
2 2 The L.A. Complex / CW / Jewel Staite, Cassie Steele, Chelan Simmons, Andra Fuller, Benjamin Charles Watson, Joe Dinicol, Jonathan Patrick Moore
3 3 The Newsroom / HBO / Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn
4 3 Common Law / USA / Michael Ealy, Warren Kole, Sonya Walger, Jack McGee
5 - Project Runway / Lifetime / Heidi Klum, Nini Garcia, Tim Gunn, Michael Kors
6 7 Perception / TNT / Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook, Arjay Smith, Kelly Rowan. Levar Burton
7 5 White Collar / USA / Tim Dekay, Matt Bomer, Willie Garson, Tiffani Thiessen, Sharif Atkins, Marsha Thomason, Hilarie Burton
8 8 Through The Wormhole / Science / Morgan Freeman
9 9 The Closer / TNT / Kyra Sedgwick, Jon Tenney, J. K. Simmons, G. W. Bailey, Corey Reynolds
10 11 Food Network Star / FOOD / Alton Brown, Bobby Flay, Giada de Laurentiis, Bob Tuschman, Susie Fogelson
11 12 HGTV Design Star / HGTV / Genevieve Gorder, Vern Yip, David Bromstad
12 13 ALPHAS / SyFy / Malik Yoba, David Strathairn, Azita Ghanizada, Warren Christie, Ryan Cartwright, Laura Mennell, Mahershala Ali
13 6 The Exes / TV Land / Donald Faison, Wayne Knight, Kristen Johnston, David Alan Basche, Kelly Stables
14 13 Rizzoli & Isle/ TNT / Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Lorraine Bracco, Lee Thompson Young, Bruce McGill, Jordan Bridges
15 15 So You Think You Can Dance / FOX / Cat Deeley, Mary Murphy, Nigel Lythgoe
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All that initial excitement over the first iPhone or iPad has quickly given way to what analysts are dubbing “upgrade fatigue” — with even Apple’s most loyal customers upset about the steady stream of newer models. In fact, when people buy Apple’s latest product, the company is usually already preparing its replacement, says technology consultant Patchen Barrs. READ MORE
In the 1970s my colleague Judith Rodin and I conducted an experiment with nursing home residents.1 We encouraged one group of participants to find ways to make more decisions for themselves. For example, they were allowed to choose where to receive visitors, and if and when to watch the movies that were shown at the home. Each also chose a houseplant to care for, and they were to decide where to place the plant in their room, as well as when and how much to water it. Our intent was to make the nursing home residents more mindful, to help them engage with the world and live their lives more fully.
A second, control group received no such instructions to make their own decisions; they were given houseplants but told that the nursing staff would care for them. A year and a half later, we found that members of the first group were more cheerful, active, and alert, based on a variety of tests we had administered both before and after the experiment. Allowing for the fact that they were all elderly and quite frail at the start, we were pleased that they were also much healthier: we were surprised, however, that less than half as many of the more engaged group had died than had those in the control group.
Over the next several years, I spent a lot of time thinking about what had happened. READ MORE + AUDIO
Tax-free shopping for online goods may soon become a thing of the past. A bill in Congress would make collection of sales tax a standard practice on the web, something traditional brick and mortar retailers argue is a matter of fairness. Stores do all the work, says a top executive at the National Retail Federation, and then online competitors steal the sale because they don’t have to charge state and local sales taxes. Now there’s growing bipartisan support in Congress for legislation to require big online retailers to collect those taxes no matter where you shop. READ MORE