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Are You Getting Enough Sleep? - Video

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The ASAP Science duo (who recently publicly came out as gay) tackle another head-scratching science question: how much sleep do we really need? Is six hours enough? Ten too much? Is there a scientific sweet spot? Considering we sleep a total of 24 years during our entire lifetime and that it factors into our overall health, this is good info to know. 

Watch the non-snoozy video, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Ohio Posters Advertising 'Straight White Guy Festival' Annoy Locals

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Misspelled posters advertising a "straight white guy festival" recently appeared near a gay-friendly neighborhood of Clintonville in Columbus, Ohio. The festival, ostensibly scheduled for September 20, will "celabrate [sic] our enjoyment of being straight, white and male" at Goodale Park.

The posters could be a hoax since city officials have reportedly received zero event permit requests for the park. 

The UK Mirror states:

The event has been taken by some as a homophobic backlash against the gay pride festival held at the park last month... Many have reacted with outrage, claiming every day is a straight white guy festival. Others have defended the unknown organisers, arguing that they have the same right to celebrate their sexuality and heritage as the LGBT community and other minorities.

In 2007, "straight pride" supporters marched in a Pride parade in Telluride, Colorado. Meanwhile, in 2011 the local government of Sao Paulo, Brazil approved a "straight pride day... protest against the privileges the gay community enjoys." 

But proponents of "straight pride" responses to gay pride events may want to consider CNN contributor LZ Granderson's thoughts on the matter:

Gay Pride was not born of a need to celebrate being gay, but our right to exist without persecution... So instead of wondering why there isn’t a straight pride movement, be thankful you don’t need one.


The Horrifying Trailer for Kevin Smith's 'Tusk' is Here: VIDEO

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Kevin Smith was supposed to have given up on making movies. After his latest project Hit Somebody languished in development hell and the ever-rumored Clerks III failed to materialize, the filmmaker all but alluded to being content with retirement. Or perhaps not. Smith and Co. have just dropped the trailer for his next major film project, Tusk, due out this September. The idea behind Tusk initially began as a twisted musing between Smith and Smodcast co-host Scott Mosier. The premise: how can we turn The Walrus and the Carpenter into a Human Centipede-esque horror film?

Smith laid out his thought process in detail to The Hollywood Reporter last fall, describing the film as an “old British Hammer horror film:”

For those not playing at home, the podcast episode was inspired by a listing from GumTree.uk, a website that specializes in living situations and apartments to rent. In one memorable listing, a homeowner offers a living situation free of charge -- the only caveat being the lodger would have to dress like a walrus from time to time.

Yes -- a motherf---ing walrus.

The listing was written eloquently and briefly mentioned that the writer had once been lost at sea with a walrus he nicknamed Gregory as his only companion. The author writes of being heartbroken by the separation from the walrus and identifies the whiskered beast as better company than any humans he'd ever known. To this end, the author is interested in recreating the best time of his life with a would-be lodger in a realistic walrus costume standing in for the beloved Gregory.

Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Johnny Depp, and Genesis Rodriguez are set to star in the film this fall. Check out the disturbing trailer AFTER THE JUMP...

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The New 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Trailer Teases Rebellion: VIDEO

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The late Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was filming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, at the time of his untimely death, figures prominently in its first teaser trailer as former head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, as he discusses Katniss, rebellion, and other urgent matters with District 13 President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore).

LawrenceDirector Francis Lawrence spoke about how Hoffman's character would be handled last May:

"We finished the majority of his work. I think he might have had eight to 10 days left on our schedule. In most of those scenes, Phil didn’t have any dialogue. We are going to put him into those scenes, but we’re only using real footage. We’re not creating anything digital or a robotic version of him."

The new trailer premiered at Comic Con in San Diego last Friday.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Sarah Palin Launches Online Network: VIDEO

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In case your conservative hag programming isn't quite what it needs to be, there is a new channel dedicated solely to that, and it is being launched by a failed vice presidential candidate-turned wannabe reality tv player.

Said Palin in a Facebook post announcing the venture: "Tired of media filters? Well, so am I. So, let’s go rogue together and launch our own member-supported channel! This will be OUR channel, for you and for me, and we’ll all get to call it like it is."

Subscribers will pay $9.95 per month or $99.95 annually for access to hear her prattle on.

Watch the announcement video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Alaska Supreme Court Implements Survivor Benefits for Gay Couples

AlaskaGay marriage is not legal in the state of Alaska, but on Friday the state's Supreme Court made a major decision the state's fight for equality.

The court ruled the case of Harris v. Millennium Hotel, and their verdict ensures same-sex couples in Alaska are now offered the same survivor benefits as their straight counterparts. The ruling extends the scope of the state's workers’ compensation law, which requires employers to provide benefits to the spouse of a person who dies from a work-related injury.

Now everyone will have their day in court.

The case of Harris v. Millennium Hotel was filed by Lambda Legal, on behalf of Deborah Harris, who was seeking survivor benefits after her partner Kerry Fadely was killed by a disgruntled former employee at her place of employment, Anchorage’s Millennium Hotel.

(h/t Lambda Legal)


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