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Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

Gloria Bell

Movie review written by Jon Patch with 2 out of 4 paws

Gloria Bell

A24, Fabula and FilmNation Entertainment present a 102 minute, R rated, Romance, Drama film directed by Sebastian Lelio, screenplay by Lelio and Alice Johnson Boher with a theatre release date of March 8, 2019.

Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

Climax

Movie review written by Jon Patch with 1 out of 4 paws

Climax

A24, Rectangle Productions, Wild Bunch and Les Cinemas de la Zone present an R rated, 97 minute, Drama, Horror, Music film directed and written by Gaspar Noe with a theatre release date of March 12, 2019.

Humane Society of the United States undercover investigation shows plight of dogs in a laboratory being dosed with pesticides and drugs

There are more than 60,000 dogs used annually in experiments at hundreds of labs across the country

WASHINGTON (March 12, 2019) – Today the Humane Society of the United States revealed the results of an undercover investigation at an animal testing laboratory where thousands of dogs are killed every year. The investigation reveals the suffering and death of beagles and hounds used in toxicity tests for pesticides, drugs, dental implants and other products.

Over the span of the nearly 100 days, an investigator documented nearly two dozen short-term and long-term experiments that involved tests on dogs. The Humane Society of the United States investigator saw dogs killed at the end of studies, and others suffering for months including 36 gentle beagles being tested for a Dow AgroSciences pesticide.

Dow commissioned this laboratory to force-feed a fungicide to beagles for a year, with some dogs being subjected to very high doses – so high that up to four capsules had to be shoved down their throats.  Those who survive until the designated end date of the study in July will be killed. Dow has publicly acknowledged that this one-year test is scientifically unnecessary. The United States government eliminated this test as a requirement more than 10 years ago and nearly all countries throughout the world have followed suit through efforts that have been led by Humane Society International in cooperation with members of the industry, including Dow.

Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and president of Humane Society International, said: “The disturbing findings at this facility are sadly not unique. Experiments are happening at hundreds of laboratories each year throughout the country, with more than 60,000 dogs suffering. But that does not have to be the fate for these 36 beagles. For months we have been urging Dow to end the unnecessary test and release the dogs to us. We have gone to considerable lengths to assist the company in doing so, but we simply cannot wait any longer; every single day these caged dogs are being poisoned and are one day closer to being killed. We must turn to the public to join us in urging Dow to stop the test immediately and to work with us to get these dogs into suitable homes.” 

This investigation was carried out at Charles River Laboratories in Michigan, and this is only a snapshot of what is going on in the U.S. including at for-profit companies, government facilities and universities for various testing and research purposes. The dogs are often provided by commercial breeders -- one of which, Marshall BioResources had more than 22,000 dogs at one facility in June 2018.  

Beagles are used in testing because of their docile nature, which was evident during this investigation conducted between April and August 2018. The Humane Society of the United States shared its findings with Dow and has been negotiating with the company in hopes of securing the release of the 36 dogs in their study.

Video released of the investigation shows workers carrying out experiments on dogs on behalf of three companies – Paredox Therapeutics, Above and Beyond NB LLC and Dow AgroSciences.

Among the beagles tested on, the Humane Society of the United States documented the horrible short life of one dog named Harvey who clearly sought attention by humans and was characterized by the laboratory staff as “a good boy.”

Harvey was being used to test the safety of two substances when poured into the chest cavity in a study commissioned by Paredox Therapeutics that received support from the University of Vermont. Hounds were also used when the protocol called for a larger dog breed, such as a study by Above and Beyond Therapeutics for surgical implantation of a device to pump drugs through the spinal canal. Charles River carried out tests on dogs for at least 25 companies during the time of the Humane Society of the United States investigation.  

Scientific studies have shown that more than 95 percent of drugs fail in humans, even after what appear to be promising results in animals. The Humane Society of the United States is seeking to replace dogs and other animals with more effective non-animal approaches that will better serve humans.  

“It is our obligation to tell the stories of the animals and move science, policy and corporate ethics into the 21st century,” Block added.

Saturday, 09 March 2019 00:00

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

March 9, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jay Stutz - Good Dog U - Animal Planet

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media / Production - Bob Page

Special Guest  - ALICE DE ALMEIDA| EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 03/09/19 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away HAMLET: THE ALGONQUIN CAT book

HAMLET: THE ALGONQUIN CAT

Written by Leslie Martini & Illustrated by Massimo Mongiardo

August 3, 2018; Petaluma, California—A street cat is swept up into a glamorous life at the historic Algonquin Hotel in New York City, a well-known gathering place for writers, editors, and artists. With his predecessor Matilda as his guide, the scrappy Hamlet must learn the ropes of his luxurious new home. But will this stray cat take to life indoors? Hamlet seeks guidance from the writers of the famous Algonquin Round Table, where voices from the past help him find the courage to take his rightful place as king.

 

For those whose imaginations were captured by The Plaza's Eloise, they will find her feline counterpart in Hamlet: The Algonquin Cat.

HAMLET: THE ALGONQUIN CAT

Written by: Leslie Martini

Illustrated by: Massimo Mongiardo

Publisher: Roundtree Press (an imprint of Cameron + Company)

ISBN: 978-1-944903-47-3

Format: Hardcover, 40 pages, 8 x 10

Publication Date: September 25, 2018

Distributor: PGW

Retail: $16.95

Age Range: 4 to 8

Leslie Martini is a book author, copy editor, and freelance journalist. Her first book, Matilda: The Algonquin Cat, was published by Wyatt-MacKenzie in 2016 and won an Independent Publisher Book Award. Leslie works for Fraxa Research Foundation, and is an active member of 826 Boston, Writer’s Room Boston, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

Massimo Mongiardo is a New York artist with a BFA in illustration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Massi's illustrations, drawings, and murals have appeared in children's books and a variety of locations throughout NYC including Urbanspace Vanderbilt, Battery Park, and on skateboards and hot-dog carts. Massi also illustrated Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer, the Foreword INDIES Book-of-the-Year winner in “Biography.”

ROUNDTREE PRESS 149 Kentucky Street, Suite 7 • Petaluma, California 94952

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Friday, 08 March 2019 00:00

Captain Marvel

Movie review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws

Captain Marvel

Marvel Studios presents a PG-13, 124 minute, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi film directed and written by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck with a theatre release date of March 8, 2019.

Saturday, 02 March 2019 00:00

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

March 2, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Hot - Maria Ryan - DogGone Positive

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media / Production - Bob Page

Special Guest - Hour 1 Author Jim Colucci - "Golden Girls Forever" An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai Discussion on the girls with give away of his new book

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“A STAR IS BORN” INVITES MOVIEGOERS TO A SPECIAL ENCORE ENGAGEMENT
OF THE FILM, FEATURING NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN MOMENTS
The award-winning movie, with almost 12 minutes of additional footage, including extended
musical performances, will be released on 1150+ screens in North America
for one week beginning Friday, March 1
Burbank, CA – February 27, 2019 – This Friday, March 1, for one week only, Warner Bros.
Pictures will release an “Encore” version of Bradley Cooper’s global hit “A Star Is Born” in theaters
throughout the U.S. and Canada. This special edition of the film contains extended performances of
such songs as opener “Black Eyes”; “Alibi”; and Lady Gaga’s Ally in her impromptu a cappella
performance of “Shallow,” which received the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 91st Annual
Academy Awards, following Cooper and Gaga’s moving performance during the ceremony.
Moviegoers will also be treated to never-before-seen footage of Ally singing to Jack “Is That
Alright?” in the wedding sequence; Jack in his studio singing “Too Far Gone”; Jack and Ally writing
a new song together, entitled “Clover”; and much more, totaling nearly 12 additional minutes.
About “A Star Is Born”
In “A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fuse their considerable talents to depict
the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life.
Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and the heartbreak of a relationship struggling to
survive.
In this new take on the iconic love story, seven-time Oscar nominee Cooper (“A Star Is Born,”
“American Sniper,” “American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”), made his directorial debut. He
stars alongside multiple award-winning music superstar Gaga, who took home the Oscar for Best
Original Song for “Shallow,” and who was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in her first leading
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role in a major motion picture. Cooper portrays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers
and falls in love with struggling artist Ally. She has given up on her dream to become a successful
singer, until she meets Jack, who immediately sees her natural talent.
The film also stars Andrew Dice Clay (“Blue Jasmine”), with Dave Chappelle (“Chi-Raq”)
and Sam Elliott in his Oscar-nominated performance for Best Supporting Actor.
In addition to playing Ally, Gaga—who also previously earned an Oscar nod for the song “Til
It Happens to You” from the film “The Hunting Ground”—performs original songs in the film with
Cooper, which they wrote with a handful of artists, including Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell, and newly
minted Oscar winners Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt and Anthony Rossomando (Best Original Song,
“Shallow”). The music is original and all vocals for the movie were recorded live during filming.
“A Star Is Born” was produced by Bill Gerber, Jon Peters, Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips and
Lynette Howell Taylor. Ravi Mehta, Basil Iwanyk, Niija Kuykendall, Sue Kroll, Michael Rapino
and Heather Parry served as executive producers. The screenplay was written by Oscar winner Eric
Roth (“Forrest Gump”) and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters.
Cooper’s behind-the-scenes team included Oscar-nominated director of photography
Matthew Libatique (“Black Swan”), production designer Karen Murphy (“The Light Between
Oceans”), three-time Oscar-nominated editor Jay Cassidy (“American Hustle,” “Silver Linings
Playbook,” “Into the Wild”), and costume designer Erin Benach (“Loving”).
Warner Bros. Pictures Presents, in association with Live Nation Productions, in association
with Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures, a Jon Peters/Bill Gerber/Joint Effort Production, “A Star Is
Born.” The film is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is rated R for language
throughout, some sexuality/nudity and substance abuse.
www.astarisbornmovie.com

“Jim Colucci’s book captures all the fun of one of the most enduring series on television – and then some! I am more obsessed with The Golden Girls than ever. If I ever buy a house with a lanai, this book will be the first item I move in!”

— Lisa Lampanelli

“This marvelous book pays tribute to the talents of four remarkable women who left an indelible impression on me. You can be fabulous at any age! Thanks, Jim, for reminding us.

Golden Girls forever!”

— Jane Leeves

“I love The Golden Girls because they were the original Sex and the City girls. This book explores their amazing chemistry, and so much more.”

   — Julie Chen

GOLDEN GIRLS FOREVER

An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai

By Jim Colucci

On sale: April 5, 2016

This spring Harper Design will publish GOLDEN GIRLS FOREVER: An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai (on sale: April 5, 2016; 368 pages; more than 230 color and black & white photos throughout; $35.00; ISBN: 9780062422903) by Jim Colucci, the first ever complete retrospective of the legendary TV sitcom featuring exclusive interviews with the cast and crew.

A treasure trove of must-see, behind-the-scenes material for the millions of fans worldwide, GOLDEN GIRLS FOREVER is an all-inclusive look at the beloved series, allowing readers to peer behind the cameras to trace the show’s journey from its inception to its enduring legacy with new generations.

The book also features synopses of beloved episodes; exclusive interviews with the show’s creators, actors, guest stars, producers, writers, and crew members; and a section of “Why I Love the Girls” commentary from such celebrities such as Laverne Cox, Zachary Quinto, and Perez Hilton. Also included are stills from the show, set design and costume design snapshots, and many never-before-seen photos. The result is a comprehensive depiction of The Golden Girls both in front of the cameras and backstage.

No retrospective of The Golden Girls would be complete without interviews with the stars themselves. Among GOLDEN GIRLS FOREVER’s gems are exclusive and revealing interviews with stars since departed, including one of the last interviews with the famously private Bea Arthur (1922-2009) and Rue McClanahan (1934-2010). Jim Colucci’s interview with the now 94-year-old Betty White rounds out this unprecedented look at the series.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jim Colucci is a freelance entertainment writer whose work has appeared in such publications as TV Guide, Inside TV, Quick & Simple, InTouch, The Advocate, Next, and CBS’ Watch magazine, where he serves as a deputy editor. For over a decade, Jim delivered a weekly on-air report, “Must Hear TV”, as a correspondent for The Frank DeCaro Show on Sirius XM satellite radio and wrote the authorized companion book for Will & Grace, titled Will & Grace: Fabulously Uncensored. Originally from Wayne, New Jersey, Jim now lives in Los Angeles and New Jersey with his husband Frank and their mischievous Boston terrier, Gabby.

GOLDEN GIRLS FOREVER

An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai

By Jim Colucci

On Sale: April 5, 2016

Over 230 color and black & white photos throughout, 368 pages, $35.00

ISBN: 9780062422903

 

 

The Scarlet Tanager is just one of 386 migratory bird species that will benefit from passage of the Natural Resources Management Act. Photo by Dan Behm

(Washington, DC, February 25, 2019) Passage of the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47), expected tomorrow in the U.S. House of Representatives, will signify a bipartisan win for birds and people, and a step in the right direction toward advancing wildlife conservation and recreation initiatives. The bill passed the Senate with a vote of 98-2.

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) strongly believes that passing this bill is essential to achieving our nation’s conservation goals, which support our environment and our economy, through bird-related recreation totaling billions of dollars annually.

The bill includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which supports the protection of federal public lands and waters. It also designates wilderness areas, monuments, and other public lands that will help conserve habitat for birds and other wildlife.

Birds will also benefit from the bill’s reauthorization of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA), which provides direct conservation support for 386 bird species and their habitats in Central and South America, where many birds winter. The Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush, and Cerulean Warbler are just a few examples of bird species that benefit from the NMBCA.

“Thanks to NMBCA funding, we have created a network of reserves to provide essential wintering habitat,” said Andrew Rothman, ABC’s Migratory Bird Program Director. “The NMBCA is one of very few sources of funding available to help protect the full life cycle of migratory birds in the Western Hemisphere. These species engage in one of the greatest animal migrations on the planet. NMBCA is the lifeline for our migratory birds.”

Since 2002, the NMBCA has supported 570 conservation projects — including habitat protection, monitoring, research, and education — on more than 4.5 million acres of critical bird habitat across 36 countries.

The 2016 State of the Birds Report found that over one-third of North America’s bird species are in decline or facing serious threats.

“This decline signals a broader crisis that Congress has now, through its support of the Natural Resources Management Act, acted upon to help reverse,” said Jennifer Cipolletti, Director of Conservation Advocacy for ABC. “Birds are sensitive indicators of how we are protecting our environment as a whole, so this is an important step and a big win, not only for birds, but for the economy as well.”

American Bird Conservancy applauds the broad bipartisan support for public lands and migratory birds in Congress and across a diverse coalition of conservation and recreation interests. Thanks to this support, the Natural Resources Management Act will preserve vital conservation funding for the country’s birds and the critical habitats they depend upon.

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American Bird Conservancy is dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation. Find us on abcbirds.orgFacebookInstagram, and Twitter (@abcbirds).

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