Friday News Bites: Shutdown Ramifications, Healthcare, and More

Happy Friday, everyone. Perhaps the biggest news story this week is that of the U.S. government shutdown, in which all but “essential” employees are not working (or being paid) until further notice. Hopefully this does not make life difficult for too many of you reading, and if it does, we send our utmost sympathies.

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LTP: 5/31

Welcome back, all! For today’s poll we are going to the movies. What actor/actress/director do you like enough that their involvement in a movie is enough to make you go see it? For instance, I’ve been known to say, “I don’t care if they say it’s crap, if Nicolas Cage is in it, I’ll watch it.”

(Ed. Note: Due to technical difficulties, Hattie’s poll was ghostwritten by SaraB. Hattie may or may not share SaraB’s unconditional love for Nick Cage, but if she doesn’t, she should really watch “Valley Girl” again and reconsider.)

Photo by Kirk Weaver, via Wikimedia Commons

 

One More Reason to Love James Franco

With all the pity (and scorn) that I feel toward female celebrities as I see them struggle with conforming to the oppressive beauty standards of their industry, I sometimes forget what the men have to deal with. More so than women, male actors frequently have to deal with invasive questions and speculation about their sexuality. You could probably name several actors off the top off your head that you’ve heard are gay. (I won’t list them all here, because to do so would be somewhat hypocritical, eh?) Read More One More Reason to Love James Franco