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Monday, October 11, 2010

Fall Fun Fest and Concert at CSN West Charleston

Monday, October 11, 2010 at 6:15 PM

Ner Tamid Debate
55 North Valley Verde
Henderson, NV 89074

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No 3-D for Harry Potter

'Harry Potter' decision puts focus on new technology


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Warner Bros. puts 3D in check

Warner's decision to reverse course and not release "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" in 3D has drawn applause from advocates of the format but also illustrates the problems all studios are facing as they grapple with the 3D boom.

"Deathly Hallows: Part 1" becomes the first major pic to cancel a previously announced 3D release due to production problems.

Though the decision reps a financial hit to Warner, which will have to absorb whatever it's already spent on the conversion and forego tens of millions in box office from premium tickets, 3D pros see it as an important step forward in the evolution of the format.

For the first time, the argument goes, a studio has drawn a line, preferring no 3D to bad 3D. The hope is that now there will be more pressure to do 3D well than to do it everywhere.

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Subscription based unlimited music from Apple?

From CES Smart Brief:

Report has Apple in talks with record labels on new music service
Apple iTunes executive Eddy Cue has been in talks with major record labels about creating a new music service, according to a published report. The service apparently would have a subscription model by which users would pay $10 to $15 per month in exchange for access to a wide variety of songs for a certain amount of time.

Dr Who to film in Utah


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The rebooted "Doctor Who" is once again heading for pastures new -- by filming the opening episodes of the next season, series six, in the Utah desert.

The doctor, played by Matt Smith, will travel to the U.S. in November to shoot scenes for a two-part opener of series six, due to air next spring.

The story is set in the late 1960s. In addition to a sequence shot in the Utah desert, the storyline involves a secret summons to the White House's Oval Office.

For the episode, co-produced by BBC America, Alex Kingston will reprise her role as River Song.

"Doctor Who" showrunner Steven Moffat said: "The Doctor has visited every weird and wonderful planet you can imagine, so he was bound to get round to America eventually.

"And of course every 'Doctor Who' fan will be jumping up and down and saying he's been in America before.
"But not for real, not on location -- and not with a story like this one."

Unusually for a U.K. TV show, the sixth series of the revived "Doctor Who" will be split into two blocks, to be screened next spring and fall.

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LA public TV cuts strings with PBC, adds ties to KCRW and KCPP radio

KCET flies without a PBS net

Station looks to collaborate with radio, BBC, L.A. Times

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L.A. pubcaster KCET is crafting an extreme programming makeover.

The station's decision to drop its longtime PBS affiliation at year's end will prompt a radical restructuring of its offerings but is also likely to inflict harm on its own prospects as well as on PBS in the short run.

KCET, which acted after a protracted disagreement over the amount of dues PBS collects, could lose significant support from its viewers, while PBS will have to attract auds in the No. 2 TV market from three smaller, lesser viewed PBS outlets. Orange County's KOCE is likely to pick up the slack as Southern California's new primary PBS station, unless a last-minute deal can be worked out. (The Inland Empire's KVCR, which is not available on all Southern California cable providers, and the L.A. Unified School District's KLCS also carry some PBS programming.)

Beginning next year, staples such as "News Hour," "Sesame Street" and "Charlie Rose" will be gone. KCET plans to fill some of that void with more fare from American Public Television, which syndicates programs such as "Rick Steves' Europe," "Globe Trekker" and music specials like "Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison" to pubcasters.

"We will become a much bigger customer of theirs," said KCET prexy-CEO Al Jerome, who announced the decision on Friday. Conveniently, APT is holding its next programming marketplace next month in La Quinta, Calif.

KCET will also continue its relationship with Huell Howser, whose folksy California-based travelogues already make up a chunk of the station's sked.

And, per Jerome, KCET is in discussions with L.A. public radio stations KCRW and KPCC about collaborating on TV projects. That could mean televising KCRW music concerts or KPCC interview shows on KCET.

"Combining talents with public radio makes a lot of sense," said Jerome.

KCET is likely to start airing more BBC World News fare; it already has a deal in place with the BBC to distribute news programming to public TV stations across the country.

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BC Candidate mixer Sunday

Best Candidates by a Dam Site!

Lynn Goya
Candidate for Assembly District 20

Hosts Candidates for Clark County

Sunday, October 17
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Boulder Dam Hotel