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Monday, May 3, 2010

Coming attractions just keep coming and coming and coming

It's not your imagination.

You are seeing more trailers when you go to the movies.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that not only are you paying more to go to the movies, but you are seeing more paid advertisements as theater owners are being paid to show an increasing number of movie trailers or previews.

Another trend is that trailers are geared to specific audiences that may not be the audience forced to watch them. Too often they give away far too much of the plot or show the best scenes in the film, in some ways impacting potential story telling and the craft of the film.

Meanwhile psychologist report that the trailers impact your mood and your perceptions in ways that could run counter to the intent of the filmmaker whose movie you are paying to see.  

More at Hollywood

Historic note

May 3, 1971 All Things Considered first aired on National Public Radio. Public radio news shifted from unaffilated stations sharing public affairs to the birth of a news organization.

100 year old master of sound, drama and theater

Today, most people don't recognize the name Norman Corwin — but in the 1940s, he was much admired and nearly as well known as President Franklin Roosevelt. On Monday, he turned 100 years old.

Back in the days when Americans gathered around their radio sets every night, Corwin — a young newspaperman from Boston — showed up at CBS and pushed the boundaries of what radio could do. And before long, he had a list of well-known admirers.

As a story teller, writer, producer, director and actor, reporter and wire service correspondent he excelled in all he did and managed to capture the fabric of many of America's major events and experiences.

The above is part of a thirteen minute story worth listening to if you are a student of history, broadcasting, theater, film or televion, aired on NPR All Things Considered. If you are a reader, a print verison of the story (not quite the same impact) can also be found on the same link.

40 years since Kent State

“Four Dead in Ohio”
-Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Fourty years ago Tomorrow (Tuesday) four students died at Kent State University in Ohio, shot by armed National Guard solidierss. Two of the dead were just walking to class. Thirteen in all were shot that day.

The student shootings sparked national protest across America, with over 100,000 hitting the streets in New York and 150,000 in San Francisco.

Survivors have voiced that they fear that America today is moving back toward the polarized society that led to the Kent State shootings and the radical movements of the 1960’s. They come from both sides of the political spectrum, conservative and liberal.

It was President Richard Nixon's escalation of the war, after campaigning to get out of Viet Nam, that led to the ill fated protest. The incident also led to a policy that US military on US soil do not carry loaded weapons unless directly ordred to do so or on military land. Increases use of military on US soil since 9-11 have many who remember Kent State nervous about what may happen in the future.

It was "kids" in the National Guard against "kids" on campus, if you consider the energy of youth in young adults as a factor. US citizens shot unarmed US citizens that day in Ohio.

NPR has an excellent written and audio report, including the sound of the shots, witnesses and current students. Feel free to share other reports with this blog (links or observations).

Photos above include iconic shot of shooting (Mary Ann Vecchio in photo lives in Las Vegas) and of the memorial to Jeffry Miller (Wikipedia): 

John Filo's iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of Mary Ann Vecchio, a fourteen-year-old runaway, kneeling over the body of Jeffrey Miller after he was shot dead by the Ohio National Guard.
DateMay 4, 1970
12:24 PM[1]
TargetKent State University students
First posted 5-1-10

Lynn Redgrave

Lynn Redgrave is dead. Nominated for Tony, Emmy and Academy Awards, she was a member of an acting family with her brother Cornin and her sister Venessa. her up and coming daughter, Natasha met a high profile death from brain injuries while sking.

KCRW reports the star of "Georgie Girl" and many other films is dead. For a full report from Variety, click here. Variety reports, in part:

Lynn Redgrave, an introspective and independent player in her family's acting dynasty who became a 1960s sensation as the freethinking title character of "Georgy Girl" and later dramatized her troubled past in such one-woman stage performances "Shakespeare for My Father" and "Nightingale," has died. She was 67.

Her publicist Rick Miramontez, speaking on behalf of her children, said Redgrave died Sunday night at her Manhattan apartment. In 2003, Redgrave had been treated for breast cancer.

Her death comes a year after her niece Natasha Richardson died from head injuries sustained in a skiing accident and just a month after the death of her older brother, Corin Redgrave.