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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

State of the Union Address Feedback

What are your thoughts and observations on the State of the Union Address?

What did you notice about the audience?
The speaker?
Media coverage?

What do you remember from the speech?

What would you agree with?
Disagree with?

What phrase, event or topic most grabbed your interests?

Click here for the written form of the speech.

Inside the State of the Union (

USA Today coverage of the speech (photo from USA Today).

The Washington Post Face Checker Blog.

A regular contributor to the SAG Foundation, Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine read a children's book earlier this month for Storyline Online, which is presented by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Brognine will receive a Life Time Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild during the Screen Actors Guild Award to be broadcast this Sunday on TBS and TNT. Photo credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

GM, Mark of Excellence for China

For the first time ever General Motors sold more cars in China than in the US.  

12 years ago the company sold 20,000 vehicles. This year 2.7 billion.

But the numbers are not as good as they look.

The average cost of a car is half that in the US and all the Chinese government owns 50% of the company so half the profits go to the Chinese Treasury. A good way for a country to remain solvent, but not one that the US Congress will consider to balance the budget.

Meanwhile the government in Beijing, the Chinese capital, have limited licence plates to a lottery. The move was made to reduce the number of exhaust spewing cars in what has surpassed Mexico City to become the most polluted lowest air quality major city in the world.

Academy Award Nominations led by Kings Speech, but some of the unexpected shown as well

Academy Award nominations were announced at 5:30 this morning. For additional information and analysis I suggest The Wrap, Hollywood Reporter or Variety. 

And the nominees are


"Black Swan" (Fox Searchlight)
A Protozoa and Phoenix Pictures Production
Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers

"The Fighter" (Paramount)
A Relativity Media Production
David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers

"Inception" (Warner Bros.)
A Warner Bros. UK Services Production
Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers

"The Kids Are All Right" (Focus Features)
An Antidote Films, Mandalay Vision and Gilbert Films Production 
Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers

"The King's Speech" (The Weinstein Company)
A See-Saw Films and Bedlam Production
Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers

"127 Hours" (Fox Searchlight)
An Hours Production
Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers

"The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
A Columbia Pictures Production
Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers

"Toy Story 3" (Walt Disney)
A Pixar Production
Darla K. Anderson, Producer

"True Grit" (Paramount)
A Paramount Pictures Production
Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers

"Winter's Bone" (Roadside Attractions)
A Winter's Bone Production
Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers
To continue with the full list of awards that will be presented on camera (there are others given), click "read more" below or also available at other media sources.