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Friday, September 24, 2010

My favorite Camp Sci Fi is being remade for a new generation




From Variety.com, click link below.




"Transformers" producer Don Murphy is approaching the apocalypse, teaming with Michael Preger ("Village of the Damned") on a feature version of John Wyndham's iconic sci-fi novel "The Day of the Triffids."



"This original classic has still to be successfully envisioned on the screen," said Murphy. "It is a story that strikes at the heart of what it means to be human -- and does so in an intensely cinematic way."

In "Triffids," first published in 1951, mankind suffers a global crisis due to the presence of plants capable of aggressive behavior, leading to an unprecedented cosmic event causing global blindness.

Preger Entertainment first acquired motion picture rights to the 1951 novel in 1991. Murphy and Preger have been exploring a project based on the Wyndham book for well over a decade, but recent breakthroughs in 3D convinced the producers that the time had arrived to move forward.

Preger noted that several screen adaptations of Wyndham's novel have been produced but were limited by film technologies of the past to convey the sense of horror. "We are confident that with the new technological advances in 3D production, we have the tools with which to create Wyndham's iconic vision of Armageddon," Preger said.

Murphy's credits include "Natural Born Killers" and "Apt Pupil"; Preger's, the 2009 BBC1 miniseries "Day of the Triffids."

The pair are also developing a feature version of Richelle Mead's six-part saga "Vampire Academy."

Contact Dave McNary at dave.mcnary@variety.com.





The Day of the Triffids  
First edition hardback cover
First edition hardback cover
AuthorJohn Wyndham
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Genre(s)Science fiction novel
PublisherMichael Joseph
Publication dateDecember 1951
Media typePrint (Hardback &Paperback)
Pages304 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBNISBN 0-7181-0093-X(first edition, hardback)
OCLC Number152201380


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GUILD OFFERS EXPERT TESTIMONY AT ‘GOSSELIN LAW’ HEARING


Harrisburg, Pa. (September 24, 2010) – Screen Actors Guild provided expert testimony Thursday in regard to “Gosselin Law” child labor legislation being reviewed by the Pennsylvania House Labor Relations Committee.
H.B. 2515, sponsored by Rep. Thomas Murt, originated as a way to protect children working on set and is a reference to Kate Gosselin’s Kate Plus 8, which is shot in Pennsylvania.
SAG National Director of Government Relations and Policy Nancy Fox spoke on behalf of the approximately 4,000 young performers who are members of Screen Actors Guild, many of whom would be affected by the new law.
“We commend Representative Murt for introducing H.B. 2515 and Representative (Jaret) Gibbons for introducing H.B. 19 to address deficiencies in Pennsylvania’s child labor law as it relates to television and film productions,” said Fox early in her testimony. “While this bill goes a long way toward protecting children and navigating the challenges facing production, we are advocating several important changes which we believe will make this an exemplary bill.”
She closed by adding, “Strengthening these protections across the country is of paramount importance to Screen Actors Guild and we look forward to continuing to work with the sponsor, committees and the state of Pennsylvania to ensure that a strong, successful bill will benefit young performers.”
Joining Screen Actors Guild in giving testimony were former child stars of classic television shows, including Alison Arngrim of Little House on the Prairie, Paul Peterson of The Donna Reed Show and Jon Provost of Lassie.
SAG National Board Member Helen McNutt and Philadelphia Branch Executive Director Marcia Fishman were also in attendance to keep track of the legislation.

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Onyx


Rocky Horror is back at The Onyx. The Rocky Horror Picture Show with live cast!
 Featuring Las Vegas' longest running award winning cast - Divine Decadence! Virgin Sacrifice! Insane Preshow! Free prop kits and glow sticks. Show starts at 11:30pm.

Tickets only $7.00!
(Price valid through December 31st, 2010.)
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Pass the word of their existence and use.

Your help, input and contributions are appreciated.

I am not paid or compensated in any way. These are because I believe in the free flow of information, and our future as a student or in whatever you are pursuing.

Zucker to step down after merger

NBC Universal CEO to leave post
 
It's official: Jeff Zucker will be stepping down as NBC Universal CEO when the Peacock's merger with Comcast Corp. is complete.

Zucker has been CEO since 2007.

interview with the New York Times that the decision was spurred by Steve Burke, the Comcast chief operating officer who will oversee NBC U after the transaction.

"We had both gotten to the same place," Zucker told the New York Times. "He made it clear that they wanted to move on at the close of the deal and I was completely comfortable with that."

Comcast has no immediate comment on the news of Zucker's departure.

Zucker has spent his entire career at NBC, joining the Peacock in 1986 as a researcher for NBC Sports' coverage of the 1988 Olympic Games. He rose swiftly through the ranks and became the wunderkind exec producer of the lucrative "Today" franchise in 1992. He was tapped to head programming at NBC in 2000, just as the Peacock was coming off a storied primetime run that the Zucker regime has struggled to match.

While the mothership NBC broadcast net has been a trouble spot, Zucker moved the company deeper into the cable TV biz by helping to orchestrate the 2004 acquisition of Universal Studios, which brought USA Network and Syfy into the fold. He also steered the acquisition of Oxygen Media and most recently the Weather Channel. Under Zucker and his top cable lieutenant Jeff Gaspin launched an amibtious plan to dramatically beef up the volume of original programming on NBC U's cablers, a campaign that has paid off particularly at USA where viewership of the cablers top originals -- "Burn Notice," "Covert Affairs," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" -- at times has outstripped NBC.

Read the memo from Jeff Zucker to NBC U employees


Contact Cynthia Littleton at cynthia.littleton@variety.com.


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Eddie Fisher, "Princess Leia's" read father, dies



Fisher on his NBC-TV series, 1954
Background information
Birth nameEdwin Jack Fisher
BornAugust 10, 1928
Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaUnited States
DiedSeptember 22, 2010 (aged 82)
Berkeley, CaliforniaUnited States
GenresTraditional Pop
Years active1948–1984
LabelsRCA VictorRamrodDot
Source: Wikipedia
Crooner Eddie Fisher, whose ex-wives include Debbie Reynolds, Connie Stevens and Elizabeth Taylor, father to "Star War's" star Carrie Fisher, passed away yesterday at the age of 82. He was a protege of Eddie Cantor and a heart throb for the pre-rock 'n roll generation.

His IMDB Bio can be found by clicking here.

A gossip bio including rumors of the 1950's pop star's many relationships can be found by clicking here.

From CN College News:

Eddie Fisher has been known for more than 40 hit songs during the 1950’s, as well as for a tumultuous personal life that included addiction and several marriages.

The son of Russian-born, Jewish, immigrant parents, Fisher became a real idol in his time, just when rock and roll was gaining popularity.

He was married to not only actress and singer Connie Stevens, actress and singer Debbie Reynolds, but also to Elizabeth Taylor, the Washington Post said.

Fisher had two children with Debbie Reynolds, most notably Carrie Fisher, who is known for the role of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Actress Joely Fisher, currently known for roles on the shows “Ellen” and “‘Til Death”, is Fisher’s daughter with Connie Stevens.

In this film publicity image released by Paramount Pictures, Francisco, right, and his mother are shown in a scene from, "Waiting for Superman." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures)

From:










SCHERR, LYDIA A
To:All course faculty (Sec114_41494103) (COM101 - 114 Fall 2010 - 114)
Subject:posting blog article


Good evening,
I read an article about a documentary that I hope to see ASAP called "Waiting for 'Superman'" and was going to post the article, but have grown tired of making new google accounts, SO i was wondering if you would post the article with you're opinion on the state of public education in america, or even just Nevada.

here is the link: http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_16156438?source=rss



Thank you for your post.

I am on this blog enough. I would prefer students and other readers respond to your request.

See also and feel free to add to or respond to the following links:

Who is responsible for the mess schools are in? Dumbing Down Nevada.

Dumbing Down Las Vegas

Reid $ for schools and Medicade

Racial Divide in Education

Consumer Based Education: the erosion of society


Gates: Is this the future of education?

Budget would be cut under Angle

First Governor's Debate: Education

Community Forum on Education

The Essence of Learning

Education an issue in Senate Race

Can the President wave a wand and fix Education

I am paying for you to teach me

Art for Guys Who Hate Museums


Photo by Adam Krause
Blek le Rat stenciling for Details magazine.

From:






MACARAEG, JANAEL
To:Lynch, Arthur
Subject:an article i found interesting...


Hi Mr. Lynch. I wasn't sure how to send you an article for your blog so I just figured i'd e-mail it to you to see if you liked it. I liked it because of the title of mixing art and men. Usually men don't like to go to museums and I like art. So here's something i found interesting, hope you do too.

-Janael Macaraeg

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/16/fashion/16ROW-1.html

A Friendly Touch


Hand-holding causes levels of the stress hormone cortisol to drop, says Matt Hertenstein, an experimental psychologist at DePauw University in Indiana. This couple joined hands while protesting offshore oil drilling in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon spill during a Hands Across the Sand event in Gulfport, Miss.
Social scientists have shown in many studies over the years that supportive touch can have good outcomes in a number of different realms. Consider the following examples: If a teacher touches a student on the back or arm, that student is more likely to participate in class. The more athletes high-five or hug their teammates, the better their game. A touch can make patients like their doctors more. If you touch a bus driver, he's more likely to let you on for free. If a waitress touches the arm or shoulder of a customer, she may get a larger tip.
But why does a friendly or supportive touch have such universal and positive effects? What's happening in our brains and bodies that accounts for this magic?
NPR looks at the chemestry, psycology and meaning of touch and why it helps everything from waitresses earning tips to keeping relationships strong.

Who put the man in manifest destiny?

Andrew Jackson: victor at the Battle of New Orleans, sixth President of the United States, first westerner in the White House, author of the policies that lead to the Trail of Tears.

Andrew Jackson, the "westerner" who shook up the early ninteenth century with "populism", "the people's White House" and "bring the government back to the people" is also responsible for the road to dominance of America through manifest destiny, "the trail of tears", elminiation of entire bands of Native Americans, the expansion of slavery and the largest recession of the 19th century. This rough edged yet strong leader and statesman is the subject of, believe it or not, a rock musical comedy opening on Broadway.

"Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" began five years ago with a meeting between creative individuals who had never mounted a musical, much less a Broadway musical. Billed as a "musical comedy" the show uses rock music to bring the issues of the early nineteenth century into the focus of the early twenty first century.

NPR's Talk of the nation features an interview with the author of the "book" and lyrics", co-creator Alex Timbers, who was asked why he put "the man" into "manifest destiny."



Benjamin Walker, portraying a young Andrew Jackson, and cast of the Broadway musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.

Wikipedia is not an Academic Source

 Do you wiki? 

Students Use Wikipedia Early and Often, Study Shows

More than half of college students frequently or always consult Wikipedia for course-related research, according to a report published in First Monday, an online, peer-reviewed journal. Only 22 percent of respondents to the survey said they rarely or never use Wikipedia. The study is based on responses from 2,318 students and qualitative data from 86 who participated in focus groups.

The most common reason that students reported using Wikipedia was to obtain background information or a summary about a topic and to get started with research.

Only 16 percent of survey respondents said they used Wikipedia because of its wiki capabilities.

Students were far more likely to use Wikipedia at the very begining or near the begining of research than at the end of the process.

The study also examined which students were most likely to use Wikipedia. Those majoring in architecture, engineering, or science were likelier than others to do so.

The strongest predictor was the use of Google for course-related research. In addition, students at two-year colleges were less likely than those at four-year colleges to use Wikipedia. And students who reported consulting with librarians were less likely to use Wikipedia than other students were.

Now consider the following from the CSN Com 101



Wikipedia is not juried, not academic.
Britannica is juried.
But both are encyclopedia sources.
And both are not counted as academic sources.



No dictionary, encyclopedia, atlas, almanac or text book is an academic or scholarly source.




These are not allowed as academic or scholarly sources for this class. They are directory media, where you go to seek out the initial information.

In the case of Wikipedia, since it is member generated inaccurate material makes it onto the pages of Wikipedia on a regular basis. When you read it or try to use is, keep in mind that there is bias from whomever make or altered the posting, and that while editors attempt to catch errors, the postings on Wikipedia are not juried for accuracy.

-Art