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General Off-Topic Board / No more smoking in Disney films
« on: July 25, 2007, 07:30:09 PM »
Disney-branded films to ban depictions of smoking
Wednesday July 25 1:05 PM ET

Walt Disney Co. on Wednesday became the first major Hollywood studio to ban depictions of smoking, saying there would be no smoking in its family-oriented, Disney-branded films and it would "discourage" it in films distributed by its Touchstone and Miramax labels.

Disney Chief Executive Robert Iger also said in a letter to U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, whose committee last month held hearings on the effects of movie images on children, that the studio would place anti-smoking public service announcements on DVDs of any future films that feature cigarette smoking.

He said the company would encourage theater owners to show screen anti-smoking public service announcements, or PSAs, before such films.
Iger cautioned, however, that "cigarette smoking is a unique problem and this PSA effort is not a precedent for any other issue."

Markey described Disney's commitment as "groundbreaking" and urged other studios to follow suit.

Dr. Cheryl Healton, president and CEO of the American Legacy Foundation, commended Disney's move but said the studio left "some ambiguity about what would happen in relation to Touchstone and Miramax."

Research cited by American Legacy, a nonprofit created out of landmark litigation between the tobacco industry and states attorneys general, shows that 90 percent of all films depict smoking and children with the highest exposure to smoking in movies were nearly three times more likely to start smoking.

Tobacco is featured in three-quarters of G, PG and PG-13 rated movies and 90 percent of R-rated movies, the studies showed.

The independent Weinstein Co. already is using PSAs produced by American Legacy ahead of its films that depict smoking, Healton said.

I'm sure this will do the trick. 

General Off-Topic Board / ITT we talk about "The West Wing"
« on: July 18, 2007, 02:31:48 PM »
I just watched the finale of the second season where Bartlet just revealed his MS.  I think that scene is really cool when he is standing on the podium and ignores the softball question reporter that CJ had planted. 

General Off-Topic Board / yo yo kid
« on: July 02, 2007, 06:35:39 PM »
Hah, has anyone seen this?  Quite funny.

General Off-Topic Board / Is Radiohead no longer significant?
« on: June 19, 2007, 10:49:34 AM »
Seriously, what happened to this band?  At the turn of the century, Radiohead had just released The Bends, OK Computer, and finally Kid A.  Their last two releases, while having their moments, were not as good as any of those three, and they haven't released an album in more than four years.  Last year Thom Yorke released a kind of interesting solo effort, and the band has been talking about an upcoming album for two years now, but they keep pushing the date back.  Meanwhile, bands like the Arcade Fire and Spoon have captured the fans Radiohead once counted as their own (see the new Spoon song, "The Underdog").  Anyway, I'm worried.

General Off-Topic Board / US Open at Oakmont?
« on: June 16, 2007, 10:04:38 AM »
Anyone watching?  The course is playing pretty tough.  Who will win?  What will the score be?

General Off-Topic Board / Thoughts on Sopranos Series Finale?
« on: June 08, 2007, 04:25:47 PM »
Will be this Sunday night...

Anyone have any predictions?  It seems like they have a lot to wrap up in just one episode.  How will Tony's fight with Phil end?  What will happen to AJ, Meadow, and Carm?  What's the deal with the FBI thing? 

General Off-Topic Board / French Open
« on: June 08, 2007, 11:03:54 AM »
Federer and Nadal will meet in the men's French Open final on Sunday morning--8 AM on NBC.  Who will win?  Probably Nadal. 

I'm sure many law students have parents/friends asking them for legal advice all the time (or just legal questions).  What are you supposed to do in those situations, and is it different from what you actually do?  I already have people asking me vague legal questions ("What do you know about real estate law?  Have you taken any of that yet?  What is racketeering?")  What do you say to these people?  I expect it to become more prevalent once I actually start school, too. 

General Off-Topic Board / Ron Paul on Daily Show tonight!
« on: June 04, 2007, 06:50:47 PM »
11/10c Comedy Central

General Off-Topic Board / Associating certain album with sex
« on: May 29, 2007, 08:54:30 AM »
Is there any album you can't listen to without thinking of a time you had sex wile listening to it?  I am having this problem with Exile on Main Street. 

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