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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
September 6

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FILM SMOKING SWAYS TEENS STUDY SHOWS

A new survey that claims to show a link between smoking on film and teenage tobacco use is giving ammunition to advocates of an automatic R rating for movies that feature smoking.

A study released Monday in the journal Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine proposes a direct link between viewing smoking in movies and established adolescent smoking.

Conducted by Dr. James Sargent at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, N.H., and funded by the National Cancer Institute and American Legacy Foundation, the study—"Exposure to Smoking Depictions in Movies: Its Association With Established Adolescent Smoking"—contends that it is the first national study to indicate that exposure to smoking in movies predicts whether young people will become lifelong smokers.

According to the study, youth that are exposed to movie smoking double their risk of becoming established smokers, who are at high risk to suffer the consequences of adult tobacco addiction.

The American Legacy Foundation is one of the most vocal advocates for an R rating for movies that contain a depiction of smoking.

"What we need to do to effect meaningful change is to keep smoking out of the G, PG and PG-13 films currently influencing our youth," said Dr. Cheryl G. Healton, American Legacy Foundation president and CEO. "As the summer movie blockbuster season comes to a close, we have witnessed some positive changes in the landscape in this arena."

Earlier in the spring, the MPAA announced a new ratings clarification to consider smoking as a factor when it rates movies.

APPLE UNVEILS THE iPOD

Apple unveiled a new line of iPods and slashed the price of its iPhone in advance of what Steve Jobs is obviously hoping will be a huge holiday season.

At a promotional event in San Francisco Tuesday, Jobs announced a new wireless version of iTunes, a series of upgrades to the iPod line, and a partnership with Starbucks to promote wi-fi music downloads in the coffee chain's stores.

And in a bid to boost sales of its iPhone, which at $599 has thus far sold fewer than one million units primarily to tech-heads with lots of discretionary income, Apple slashed the price of the well-received device by one-third, and discontinued a poor selling version with less memory that had cost $499.

"We want to put iPhones in a lot of stockings this holiday season," Jobs boasted.

The company also unveiled a new, and widely expected, version of the iPod called iPod Touch. It essentially has all of the features of the iPhone except for the phone itself. Jobs also announced that the device's wi-fi connection will connect to a new wireless version of the iTunes Music Store that will let users download songs wirelessly. A software upgrade to the iPhone will soon let that device do the same thing.

Though a few other devices that allow wireless music downloads are already on the market, none have been able to make a dent in iPod sales. With the addition of wi-fi, Apple has now countered one of the few advantages other device manufacturers have been able to claim.

"'Finally,' I know some of you are saying," Jobs noted when introducing the feature.

Due to the large size of video files, TV shows and movies likely won't be available for wireless download.

In the wake of NBC Universal's decision not to renew its deal to sell shows on iTunes due to a pricing dispute, and Apple's subsequent pulling of NBC's new fall shows from the service, Jobs made little mention of video at the event, except to note that Apple has sold over 95 million TV shows in the past two years. The event was primarily about music.

Starbucks partnership will see the coffee chain offering free wi-fi access to iPod touch and iPhone users in some of its stores, along with a channel featuring songs that are playing in the store or available through its Hear Music service.

WOMEN PLAN AFFAIRS AS NFL SEASON BEGINS

It is that time of year again. The NFL is kicking off another season. Time for men to get settled in their favorite chair and spend each Sunday afternoon in their underpants, watching hours upon hours of NFL games and highlights. It is also time for wives and girlfriends to meticulously plan and carry out sexual affairs, mostly with foreign men who have little or no interest in American football.

Sally (not her real name) lives in suburban Pittsburgh, PA and her husband is an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. "He watches every game, every highlight, every report. He doesn't miss anything, and that gives me time to have a torrid affair with Simon, my British lover," she told The Blue Brick.

Like Sally, a growing number of American women now look forward to the NFL season, instead of dreading it as they had on the past. "God, I used to get so angry during football season," said Sally, "but now, it's a great time for both of us. He gets to watch all of the games, and I get to sleep with a British guy, pretty much guilt-free." Last year, Sally suggested to several of her girlfriends that they too, have an affair during the NFL season, and a new subculture was born.

"At first, I wasn't sure if I should," said Sally's friend Allison (also not her real name). She said that she tried to keep her husband interested in her by cooking and cleaning naked, but it did not work for long. "He would hop on me during pre-season, but once the regular season started, my breasts could have been on fire and he wouldn't have noticed."

Soon, Allison found herself on a date with Simon's friend Niles, and an affair began soon after. "It's nice," says Allison. "Niles doesn't care about football, and by the time he has bored me to death with all of his British nonsense, the season is over and I can get back to my relationship with my husband. Everybody wins this way."

Marriage experts frown on what are being called "gridiron affairs," but acknowledge that in some cases, it can keep a relationship or a marriage together. "Some men really do care way to much about the NFL," says relationship guru Alan West. "Having the affairs may keep wives and girlfriends from getting angry and resentful, and therefore keep an otherwise healthy relationship together." West stresses that there are better ways to deal with the NFL season, such as planning a night together each week when football is not televised.

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