Hollywood Studio Trains Dogs On How To Fly

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Beyond the squabbling over a government shutdown, the stakes for Obama in the success of his signature legislative achievement are immense. His push for immigration reform has stalled, he was pounded by critics for appearing indecisive on action in Syria, and his approval ratings have sunk. Republican and Democratic groups acknowledge that the fate of many 2014 congressional campaigns will tip on public perceptions of the healthcare law. And the burden of any problems will be shouldered by the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, particularly if it is Vice President Joe Biden or Hillary Rodham Clinton , who is remembered for her healthcare push during her husband’s administration. At this stage, it is difficult to measure the efficacy of the campaign to influence Americans’ perceptions of the law, in part because there is little transparency about how much third-party groups are spending on both sides. Three years after the law’s passage, confusion surrounding it is striking. Americans, even uninsured ones, remain divided over whether the law will help their families, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll. In an August survey, 1 in 8 uninsured Americans said they had been contacted about the law by phone, email, text or a door-to-door visit. That is where Obama’s collaboration with Hollywood long a home to Democratic campaign donors may end up being most helpful. The website for Funny or Die claims 19 million unique users and more than 60 million video views per month, and their demographic strength overlaps perfectly with the young people who must sign up for the healthcare law in order for it to succeed. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that young people will make up 40% of the 7 million who sign up. The website’s video featuring Paris Hilton ‘s response to Sen. John McCain ‘s 2008 campaign ad framing Obama as “the biggest celebrity in the world” snagged 11 million views.

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It was amazing how realistic it was. Two things are deliberately absent in the simulated airport: the smell of jet fuel and a change in cabin pressure that makes your ears pop. Captan opened his studio about six months before Sept. 11. On Sept. 12, the phone started ringing because airports were locked down and movie and television studios couldnt shoot scenes they needed. The studio has grown to include everything from a private jet to a 747, as well as props and supplies. A guide dog takes longer and costs more than any other dog to train because they must be the eyes of their companion. So it wasnt surprising that they all went through with flying colors, Blake said. Going through security, none of the dogs balked or barked at the security wands or pat-downs, even if the wands set off alarms because of their leashes. The dogs sat at their handlers feet in the cabin during the simulated flight, which came with engine sounds, the captain speaking, cabin lights being dimmed, overhead bins being shut and warm-up vibrations, Wilcox said. If there was any nervousness, it was during the simulated takeoff, landing or turbulence. When a dog gets nervous, it might clamp its jaw, lick its lips or get wide-eyed, Blake said.

“The second-most-famous Pitt in his family.” The brothers first stunned fans with their uncanny likeness in 2004 at the premiere of “Ocean’s Twelve.” The younger Pitt is the owner of ServiceWorld Computer Center in Springfield, Mo., where he lives with his family. Larry Busacca/Getty Images | Michael Buckner/Getty Images Aimee Osbourne Jack and Kelly Osbourne’s older sister Aimee may not be as well known as her famous younger siblings after declining to participate in the family’s MTV reality show. But, the aspiring singer and actress has no regrets. “I’m not some weirdo depressed daughter that’s afraid of the world and locks herself in her room all day. I just didn’t choose to do the show,” she once told MTV. “I want to be a singer, and I felt if I’d stayed with the Osbournes and done the whole thing I would have been typecast right away. [Mum] was hurt and we definitely had a tough time with disagreements. I’m more reserved and my private life is very important.” Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images Charlie Murphy Eddie Murphy isn’t the only funny one in his family. His older brother Charlie Murphy, 54, is also a comedian and actor, best known as a cast member on “Chappelle’s Show.” He collaborated with his famous brother on the screenplays for “Norbit” and “Vampire in Brooklyn” and starred alongside him in “Harlem Nights.” Today, Charlie, who shares more than a passing resemblance to Eddie, 52, still appears on television and in comedy clubs. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Elizabeth Olsen No, Olsens are really triplets. But Elizabeth Olsen, the younger sister of the famous Olsen twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley, is quickly making a name for herself. Now 24, the New York University graduate exploded onto the big screen with her 2011 debut “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” She has since starred in “Silent House” and “Liberal Arts” and is starring in four films this year. Don Arnold/Getty Images | Sonia Recchia/Getty Images Antonia Kidman Nicole Kidman’s look-alike younger sister Antonia Kidman is no stranger to the screen. While Nicole is an Oscar-winning actress on the big screen, Antonia is a well-known TV presenter and newscaster in their native Australia. The 43-year-old is also the mother of six children and often writes about her family life.