Filed under: Government/Legal License plates can be great ways for states to show off their history, but as Oklahoma has realized, they can create some drama, too. In this case, Keith Cressman is attempting to sue the state over the depiction of the "Sacred Arrow Rain" sculpture used on the official Oklahoma license plates. This sculpture shows a Native American warrior shooting an arrow at the sky in the hopes of a rain god bringing rain, and Cressman, who is identified as a Christian, feels this is a violation of his First Amendment rights because he is forced either to display an image he finds offensive or pay extra money for a plate he finds more acceptable. The state does issue an "In God We Trust" license plate, but at an initial cost of $18 and an annual renewal fee of $16.50). Cressman's case was originally dismissed in 2012 at the district court level, but that dismissal was reversed earlier this week by the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals because it felt the license plate constituted an act of compelled speech. Thus, the case itself is far from decided, but Mr. Cressman has now been granted permission to pursue it. Of course, license plates are no stranger to controversy, particularly when it comes to people being offended by what's on them. Offense is most often generated by vanity plates that display something others don't want to read, like the case of this bean-curd-loving Tennessee woman who wasn't allowed to display a plate reading "ILOVETOFU," or this Georgian man whose gay pride was too hot for the state to handle. Rarer, though, are cases like Cressman's in which the state itself comes under fire for what's on a license plate, but it's not unheard of - Mississippi came under fire in 2011 for just considering a license plate honoring controversial KKK leader and Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.Oklahoma man allowed to sue state over native american rain god on license plate originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Bronson, Bane, Forrest Bondurant, Eames...Elton John? Is it time for Tom Hardy to sing and sashay across a stage wearing wild and garish costumes? If movie producers get their wish, it might be a possibility. The Elton John biopic "Rocketman," which has been brewing since at least 2011, continues the hunt for a leading man. Way back in 2012, Justin Timberlake was eyed as a possibility, but now according to HitFix, it's Hardy that's being considered. Sort of. The site stresses that there is no formal offer, and no one really knows if Hardy would consider it, but "the project is out to" him which means that if it piques his curiosity, perhaps some conversations can begin. It's all very tentative and wishlist-y at the moment, though apparently, Ben Foster is wanted to play the younger Elton. Hardy and Foster in "Rocketman"? That would be inspired, if anything. Anyway, this movie is being produced by John himself, and penned by Lee Hall. It features choreographed sequences,...
Filed under: Marketing/Advertising, Videos, Volvo, Celebrities If we were to paraphrase the opening lines of Kenneth Graeme's Wind in the Willows for our own purposes, we'd write, "Have you heard about Volvo? They never planned a new crossover at all. It was all a horrid low trick of theirs...." To be fair, though, we can't blame them for our own presumption. When the Swedish car company created a site called LeaveTheWorldBehind.com and teased a couple of videos for some kind of collaboration with Swedish House Mafia, we thought the crossover in one of the teasers pointed to a new vehicle on the way. Turns out that's not the case. It really is 'just' a collaboration with the band on a music video for Swedish artist Lune's cover of their 2009 song, Leave the World Behind. But there are Volvos in it, and you can watch it below and hear original song alongside. We've also included the press release with more details on why it all came together, and a behind-the-scenes video on the collabo. To paraphrase Forrest Gump, "That's all we have to say about that."Continue reading Scratch that new crossover, Volvo teases ad campaign for XC60Scratch that new crossover, Volvo teases ad campaign for XC60 originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 26 May 2013 19:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
†"Letís get this straight up front: I am now writing a blog post, not blogging a blog,"†writes Forrest Wickman at Slate,†the good people who brought you the great two-spaces-after-a-period debate. Oh yes. Oh yes. They are at it again, this time with a post by†in which he takes on the matter of what to call this thing we do.
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