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Tonight’s two-hour Idol Gives Back special featured performances by Carrie Underwood, Elton John, the Black Eyed Peas, Jeff Beck and Joss Stone, Annie Lennox (stuck in London because of the Icelandic volcano) and Mary J. Blige, who sang Stairway to Heaven with a band that included Steve Vai, Orianthi, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and Randy Jackson – raised more than $15 million dollars.
Now for the results…Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze were the first two declared safe, and Aaron Kelly and Casey James were informed that they were in the bottom three. Tim Urban eventually joined them, meaning that Michael Lynche managed to keep his fans behind him for one more week.
In the end, Tim Urban couldn’t survive another week despite a surprisingly strong amount of fan support.
MAD Magazine is an animated sketch-comedy series produced by Warner Bros. Animation that uses the iconic MAD Magazine, published by DC Comics, as inspiration. Expect a chaotic mix of animation styles and twisted humor to pull back the curtain and expose the truth behind movies, TV shows, games, pop culture and, of course, curtains to appear on Cartoon Network in the near future.
“You can expect to see some familiar faces on screen and big names behind the scenes,” said Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment. “The show will unleash MAD’s irreverent take on pop culture and today’s headlines, and feature classic characters including Alfred E. Neuman and Spy Vs. Spy. Our partners at Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network are helping DC Entertainment revitalize the cherished MAD brand across all media.”
Earlier today at Cartoon Network’s Upfront presentation in New York, it was announced that the new “Young Justice” animated series will debut on Cartoon Network during the 2010 – 2011 season.
The series will focus on Robin, Superboy, Artemis, Kid Flash, Miss Martian and Aqualad as they attempt to prove that they have what it takes to become the next generation of the Justice League. Sam Register (“Batman: The Brave and the Bold”) is the executive producer with Greg Weisman (“The Spectacular Spider-Man”) and Brandon Vietti (“The Batman”) on board as producers.
The “Young Justice” comic book series debuted in 1998 and ran for 55 issues. Although the concept was created by Todd DeZago and artist Todd Nauck, the majority of the series was written by prolific comic book scribe Peter David.
It’s interesting to note that Wonder Girl and Secret — two of the primary characters in the “Young Justice” comic — are missing from the animated lineup. Additionally, Arrowette has apparently been renamed “Artemis.”
The animated “Young Justice” also appears to be heavily influenced by the “Teen Titans” relaunch by Geoff Johns, that featured Impluse as Kid Flash and later introduced Miss Martian to the DC Universe.
Not to say it wouldn’t be the contemporary classic that it is today, but ‘The Matrix’ would’ve taken us down a whole different rabbit hole had Will Smith not passed on the role of Neo, opening the door for Keanu Reeves to don the dark trench coat.
How about if Ralph Macchio went time-traveling as Marty McFly, or Tom Cruise danced his heart out as Ren McCormack in Footloose?
Moviefone thought it would be amusing to portray 15 movie posters re-imagined with the stars originally cast. Check them out HERE.
We are delighted to confirm that although Annie Lennox has indeed been unable to travel to the USA for Idol Gives Back (8 PM on FOX) due to the Icelandic eruptions, she has not cancelled and will still perform on the show via video, accompanied by a live orchestra.
Annie will perform a brand new song for the first time. The song is available to purchase from iTunes USA HERE.
If you are anxiously awaiting Season 3 of True Blood in June and crave “New Blood”. Alan Ball has come up with a “taste of True Blood” to help tide you over until then.
While details on the mini-episodes are a bit sketchy, the trailer alludes to what viewers will see every Sunday, starting May 2nd on HBO.
The U.S. Treasury has unveiled a new $100 dollar bill that officials say is key to staying ahead of counterfeiters.
Speaking at the new C-note’s debut, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said it’s a challenge to guard against counterfeiting as technology becomes more sophisticated and more dollars flow overseas.
Staying ahead of bogus bills is a job that has become “more complex in recent years as technology advances and U.S. dollar flows expand and increase,” Bernanke said. He said as many as two-thirds of all $100 bills circulate outside the United States.
The Treasury has incorporated two advanced and easy-to-use security features which offer a simple and subtle way to verify that a note is real:
- 3-D Security Ribbon: A blue ribbon on the front of the $100 note with images of bells and 100s. Tilt the note back and forth while focusing on the blue ribbon. You will see the bells change to 100s as they move. When you tilt the note back and forth, the bells and 100s move side to side. If you tilt it side to side, they move up and down. The ribbon is woven into the paper, not printed on it.
- Bell in the Inkwell: A color-shifting bell, inside a copper inkwell, on the front of the note. The inkwell and bell are both copper until you move the $100 note. Tilt it to see the bell change from copper to green, an effect which makes the bell seem to appear and disappear within the inkwell.
Three highly effective security features from the old design were retained in the new $100 note:
- Portrait Watermark: Hold the note to light and look for a faint image of Benjamin Franklin around the blank space to the right of the portrait. The image is visible from either side of the note.
- Security Thread: Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread that runs vertically to the left of the portrait. The letters USA and the numeral 100 appear in an alternating pattern and are visible along the thread from both sides of the note. The thread glows pink when illuminated by ultraviolet light.
- Color-Shifting 100: Tilt the note to see the numeral 100 in the lower right corner of the front of the note shift from copper to green.
The new bills goes into circulation on Feb. 10, 2011.
The new design for the $100 note will make its debut on Wednesday, April 21st during a ceremony at the Department of the Treasury’s Cash Room.
The U.S. government redesigns currency in order to stay ahead of counterfeiters and protect the public. Decisions about the redesign of each denomination are guided by the government’s close evaluation of the range of ongoing counterfeit threats, whether from digital technology or traditional printing presses.
The unveiling of the $100 note is the first step in a global multi-government agency public education program implemented by the Department of the Treasury, the Federal Reserve Board and the U.S. Secret Service, to educate those who use the $100 note about its changes before it begins circulating. The $100 note is the highest value denomination of U.S. currency in general circulation, and it circulates broadly around the world. Public education is an important component of the government’s redesigned currency program because a well informed public is our first and best line of defense against counterfeiting.
You will be able to see the new bill at www.newmoney.gov beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT on April 21.