A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-10-17 20:40:19 GMT
(RNN) - By passing a last-minute deal on the debt ceiling, and a 16 days-late deal on the government shutdown, Congress finally got back to doing its job. So, what now? Some people may see it as the timeMore >>
With a budget passed only until January, a debt ceiling deal through February and a bunch of days off for Congress until then, the country may be back in the same situation soon.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 5:27 AM EDT2013-10-17 09:27:22 GMT
A last-minute deal has been struck, allowing the federal government to avoid a shutdown. A shutdown would have suspended all federal government services deemed non-essential. All federally-funded museums,More >>
Congress has passed a bill to fund the government and lift the debt ceiling, avoiding default. More >>
Sunday, October 13 2013 6:52 PM EDT2013-10-13 22:52:24 GMT
WASHINGTON, DC (RNN) - Despite the WWII Memorial being closed, members of the Million Vet March have gathered in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown – according to media reports. "We do notMore >>
Veterans gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown.More >>
Saturday, October 12 2013 10:44 PM EDT2013-10-13 02:44:59 GMT
People nationwide have been unable to access welfare benefits through their EBT cards Saturday. Reports on the matter indicated the issue has no connection to the government shutdown.More >>
Xerox, which handles EBT systems in several states, said Saturday night the problem that prevented people from using their cards to shop has now been corrected. More >>
(RNN) – Rumors are swirling that acting legend and Los Angeles Lakers courtside furniture Jack Nicholson has reportedly retired from the big screen.
According to Radar Online, the actor recently turned down a role in the upcoming film Nebraska, starring opposite SNL-alum Will Forte. At 76 years old, an insider told Radar "his memory isn't what it used to be" and he has no plans to return to the silver screen.
However, Maria Shriver confirmed to E!Online that those rumors are false, and Nicholson plans to keep on acting. E! said the actor is currently reading scripts, looking for a new project.
Hoffa (1992) – I bet Jack knows where Hoffa's body is …
EXPLICIT: The Departed (2006) – His role in this film was based on newly convicted Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger.
TV/Film: ‘Sons of Anarchy' star picked as '50 Shades of Grey' leading man
Moms who are into erotic novels, rejoice – the main characters for the movie based on E.L. James' 50 Shades of Grey have been cast.
Actress Dakota Johnson – the daughter of actress Melanie Griffith and ‘80s icon Don Johnson – will play college student Anastasia Steele. She most recently was the star of the canceled FOX series Ben and Kate. As for Christian Grey, sorry fans of Matt Bomer, Ian Somerhalder, Robert Pattinson and Henry Cavill. A television star has been cast in the role of the older, mysterious Christian Grey - actor Charlie Hunnam. The film is set to hit theatres in 2014.
For those unaware of Hunnam, the Brit is currently the star of FX's popular Sons of Anarchy as biker Jax Teller. He was also the cute British guy in the short-lived Undeclared and Queer as Folk and starred in this summer's Pacific Rim.
The casting of Johnson and Hunnam received mixed reviews; some fans began protests and started petitions against the casting. A petition on change.org wanted the lusty pair to be cast as Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel.
This is also a good time for TV lovers to start watching Sons of Anarchy – the new season starts Sept. 10 on FX and you can play catch-up on Netflix.
Want to get better acquainted with Hunnam? BuzzFeed offers a post to help.
Jam of the Week: Sleigh Bells, Bitter Rivals – The song grooves us right out of summer into fall. The Brooklyn duo - Alexis Krauss and Derek Edward Miller - directed this video themselves, and it's the first single from their upcoming album Bitter Rivals, scheduled for release Oct. 8.
Movies: Not even One Direction can stop 'The Butler'
The four-day weekend allowed Lee Daniels' The Butler to remain at the top for the third straight week, despite One Direction: This is Us winning for the first three days.
Here is last weekend's top five, according to Box Office Mojo (listed next to previous week's ranking and weekend gross):
Lee Daniels' The Butler (1) $20,201,272
One Direction: This is Us (NR) $18,472,875
We're the Millers (2) $16,288,094
Planes (5) $10,882,322
Instructions Not Included (NR) $10,378,558
New at the movies: Sept. 6
Riddick – A man betrayed and left for dead, Riddick (Vin Diesel) fights aliens to regain his strength.
Salinger – COOL INDIE FLICK OF THE WEEK – The documentary goes into the life of The Catcher and the Rye author J.D. Salinger. Starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, John Cusack and Judd Apatow.
A little something from YouTube: The best cover of ‘We Can't Stop' ever
I know, you're sick of her. And for your benefit, I am not even going to mention her name.
The raunchy singer's summer anthem We Can't Stop was vastly improved this week by people with talent, Postmodern Jukebox.
Things that made this rendition better: no singing with autotune, real musicians, soul-singing backup singers not shaking their groove thing and it was done with Motown vibe.
You know, things that actually remind you of good music.