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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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MailOnline published Elizabeth Taylor's only Nude Photograph

Countless photographs have paid homage to Liz Taylor’s fabulous figure. But none has been so revealing as this.

A private collector has released the only known picture of the star – then aged 24 – posing nude. It is understood to be the first time the photo has been shown publicly. 

It was an engagement gift from Miss Taylor to producer Michael Todd, who was her third husband.

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Verizon saves Tennis. YouTube serves up X Sports. Both Sides of the SOPA Battle. Vintage Glasses in High Demand in Hollywood. 'Idol' back. Tebow passes on CBS.

Shaun White wows crowd The X GamesYouTube Sports Channel. Dominant online video site YouTube has launched a new lineup of sports channels featuring some of the biggest names in action sports — including pro skateboarder Tony Hawk, snowboarder Shaun White and surfer Kelly Slater.

The four channels seek to tap into the rising popularity of action sports — especially among teens and twentysomethings — by offering clips, commentary and live events on YouTube. The original content represents another step in the site's efforts to augment its user-created videos with more professionally programmed offerings.

YouTube's sports outlets will include the Red Bull Channel, which will feature a new 13-episode series chronicling the daily lives of some of the world's best-known action sports athletes, including urban mountain biker Danny MacAskill, skateboarding pro Ryan Sheckler and big wave surfer Jamie O'Brien.

Another channel, Network A, will offer highlights and interviews with well-known athletes such as skateboarding pros Sheckler and Paul Rodriguez, White and Slater.

Alli Sports will feature tips from favorite athletes discussing how they pull off their signature moves. It will also seek to identify rising stars and offer news and highlights.

Hawk will lend his backing to Ride, a 24-hour channel devoted to the skateboarding lifestyle. One show, "Tony Hawk's Dissent," will offer subscribers behind-the-scenes access to celebrities. "One in a Million" will give amateurs the chance to compete for sponsorship.

"Bringing these new channels from some of the world's leading producers will be a welcome addition to our already broad base of action sports fans on YouTube," said Claude Ruibal, global head of sports for YouTube.

Picking up speed? In 2011, NASCAR ended a ratings slump that had the networks that carry the sport -- Fox, ESPN and TNT -- a little nervous. In an interview with Broadcasting & Cable, NASCAR Chief Executive Brian France says he'd like to sign new deals before the old ones expire in 2014.

The Daily Dose: Now that it has announced its merger with Summit, Lions Gate wants to unload its TV Guide Network, which once ran just TV listings but now has a heavy load of reruns and a handful of original shows. "This is going to be a tough sell," predicts SNL Kagan analyst Derek Baine. Indeed, while the channel is in over 80 million homes, its low ratings may turn off whatever potential buyers are out there. Also, the big cable players -- Discovery, Scripps, Viacom and Time Warner, already own plenty of channels and don't need to add an underachiever.

Wikepedia went dark in protest of SOPA anti-piracy legislation

Blackout. In what may be best described as the Web equivalent of black arm bands, many popular sites and portals including Google, Craigslist and Wikipedia are voicing their concerns about antipiracy legislation that Hollywood is trying to get through Congress. Silicon Valley and media activists say innovation and speech will be stifled. Hollywood counters that piracy is a drain on its bottom line and hurts the creative process. Wikipedia and other sites have shut down while Google has blacked out its logo on its home page. A look at the passions this legal fight has stirred up and how Hollywood got outmaneuvered from the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

Why the bill? Internet piracy cost the industry, and the United States, billions of dollars in income and taxes each year and is growing expediently. In an age when respect for intelectual property, pay for individual working musicians (not to be confused with superstars) is down, arts subsodies have been cut to near nothing and foreign influence increasing, the SOPA bill was crafted to stop the bleeding and put pressure on the foreign based sites openly violating US law and stealing films, music and other creative product.

Motion Picture Association of America CEO Chris Dodd takes aim at SOPA strike
Taking Aim on the SOPA Strike. Hollywood's chief lobbyist lashed out at tech companies for mounting Tuesday night's planned online blackout to protest proposed anti-piracy legislation that has pitted Southern California movie and music distributors against Silicon Valley Internet corporations.
Motion Picture Assn. of America Chief Executive Chris Dodd, the former Senator from Connecticut, accused technology companies such as Google, Mozilla and Wikipedia of resorting to stunts.

As part of the largest online strike in history, thousands of websites planned to black out their pages or shut down completely starting Tuesday night to protest anti-piracy bills they feel would limit freedom of speech and saddle legitimate websites with onerous legal costs.

But Dodd called the blackout a "dangerous gimmick."

"It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and who use their services,'' Dodd said in a statement. "It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today."

Meanwhile, NetCoalition, a group of leading Internet and technology companies, announced that it launched a radio advertising campaign highlighting the Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

"We want to let people know that these bills will harm American jobs and our economy by stifling innovation and chilling investment in one of the few industries growing and hiring,'' said Markham Erickson, executive director of NetCoalition.

Not a sunny Sundance. Studio executives will be invading Utah's Park City this week for the annual Sundance Film Festival, looking for the next quirky hit or Oscar-winning documentary. The New York Times says many of this year's films and documentaries are a little on the dark side, a reflection of our times. The movies may be grim, but my hunch is the festival itself will still be filled with the usual partying. So good of everyone to put on a brave face.

Anytime, anywhere. Remember the Taylor Lautner movie "Abduction" that you ignored when it hit theaters? Now you can ignore it on Facebook too. Lions Gate, which produced the kidnap drama, released the movie via Facebook at the same time it goes out on DVD. Details from Variety.

Russ Campbell, owner of Old Focals

 Vintage Eyeglasses Provide a Clear Path to Hollywood. Even in Hollywood, it’s rare for anyone to be able to boast a connection to dozens of Oscar-contending films and blockbusters over the last 25 years. But Russ Campbell can hardly turn on the television or go to a movie theater without seeing something he’s made a mark on — including the high-profile films “J. Edgar,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Rum Diary,” “Cowboys & Aliens,” “A Single Man,” “Catch Me if You Can” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” as well as such TV shows as “Mad Men.”

Campbell isn’t a big-shot producer or a studio honcho. He’s the owner of Old Focals, a vintage eyewear store in Pasadena that over the last 21/2 decades has supplied glasses for movies, television and commercial productions.

When he was young Campbell, who is dyslexic and a college dropout, had a habit of setting his alarm clock at 2 a.m. to write down his dreams and ideas. One night when he was 20, he said, he dreamed about an old man wearing a pair of sunglasses. Campbell complimented him on his glasses, to which the old man responded, “Oh, you like these old focals? Here, you can have ’em.”

Though he had no experience with eyewear and didn’t wear glasses himself, Campbell decided to buy boxes of old spectacles from optical stores and garage sales and learn how to refurbish them. He paid a lab to cut sunglass lenses for $3 a pair, brought the glasses back to their original luster and started selling them to stores.

Tebow passes on CBS. In a move aimed at pumping up ratings for its pregame show, CBS Sports tried to land Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow to join the network's coverage of this Sunday's AFC championship game between the Patriots and Ravens. Tebow, who has become a TV phenom and ratings draw, said no thanks. More from USA Today.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Fox's "American Idol" faces intense competition this season. Russ Campbell is the man to see if your character needs some distinctive glasses.

-- Joe Flint

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