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You can call him Al(armist): In the ongoing Fox attacks on Al Gore, the spinsters at the “news” channel took issue with his remarks excerpted from an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air, “blaming” global warming for the Myanmar cyclone – and other extreme weather conditions. Fox claims his beliefs are part of an alarmist agenda. Gore’s promoting his new book, The Assault on Reason, and apparently the irony escaped those naysayers at Fox…

In response to the tragic lack of response by the Myanmar’s government in getting aid to victims of the deadly cyclone, a series of PSAs from the Human Rights Action Center are attempting to get one million people involved in 30 days. The “Burma Can’t Wait” campaign is obtaining a curious list of celebrities counting off the days, from Will Ferrell on day 1 to Eddie Izzard on day 6…Sarah Silverman’s humor might motivate some, but it’s doubtful she’ll sway the county’s military rulers from balking at foreign intervention.

Gore’s network, Current TV, aired coverage of Pangea Day last Saturday organized by the spreaders of great ideas at TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design). The live event in seven cities (Cairo, Kigali, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro) aired films, music, and speakers via the Internet, TV, movie theaters, and mobile phones. The event had the tagline “Movies alone can't change the world. But the people who watch them can,” and covered a range of issues from human rights to war. The website allows the over one million viewers to take action with orgs such as WE’s climate crisis campaign: We Can Solve It .Legendary Gilberto Gil performed as well as Bob Geldof, and The Eurthymics’ Dave Stewart. The advisory board included Goldie Hawn, Paul Simon, Forest Whittaker, Meg Ryan, and Cameron Diaz. Highlights are online for an hour-long taste, such as Kenyans singing the Indian national anthem, appropriate to Pangea which refers to the hypothetical uber-continent connecting all the planet’s landmasses 250 million years ago.

The Sundance Channel, home of “The Green” programming block, has been sold to Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings for nearly $500 million. Visionary Robert Redford, who launched it in 1996, hopes that Rainbow (owners of American Movie Classics, Independent Film Channel, and WE TV) manage to gain greater visibility on the dial. As one of the first cable pioneers, hopefully Cablevision will have more pull to get Sundance off higher-end tiers than prior owners NBC Universal and Showtime, especially key without Redford’s creative oversight. 

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