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Wednesday, October 27, 2010


From:MACARAEG, JANAEL
To:Lynch, Arthur
Subject:An article I found


Hey Mr. Lynch,
I found an article that was kind of similar to another article you recently posted on your blog about Physical Exams Fading. Well this is another article dealing with a patient who had a serious infection and was put in an isolation room for precautions. I think that this was one of the cases where the "Fading Art of the Physical Exam" should not matter, just because of the seriousness of the infection and the dangers of it. I've seen isolation rooms at hospitals and they are a pain to deal with, but they are very important for the patient, other patients in the building, and also the caregivers. So I thought this was interesting. Hope you do too.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/21/health/views/21chen.html?_r=1&hpw

Dam Short Film Festival in BC

The Dam Short Film Festival is a film festival held annually in Boulder City, Nevada, typically in early February. Lee Lanier and Anita Lanier are the original co-founders of the festival. The festival is currently run by the Dam Short Film Society, a non-profit Nevada corporation. Regular sponsors have included The Art Institutes of Las Vegas, the Nevada Film Office, and the Hacienda Hotel and Casino.

Started in 2005, the Dam Short Film festival is a showcase of only short films, always topping 100 selections. Although most of the festival shorts are from "up-and-coming" filmmakers, the stiff competition means many of the shorts have been produced involving film professionals. These have included Oscar-winner Louis Gossett Jr., "Window," Oscar-winner, Tom Hanks, William Shatner, and Michael York in "Why Shakespeare?" the late Bela Lugosi narrating an animation based on the Edgar Allan Poe classic "The Tell-Tale Heart", Francesco Quinn in "The Gnostic", and Robert Wagner and Lori Singer in "Little Victim ".

Update on The Hobbit

SAG and other unions joined in International solidarity to keep "The Hobbit" union and to influence producers to negotiate with unions representing New Zealand talent. SAG Talent may now work the project and it appears it will remain in the Shire where the first three films were lensed.

From SAG Watch: Click title for link to web site:


HOBBIT TO STAY IN NEW ZEALAND

After all the flapping about moving the production and the short lived FIA led Do Not Work order, Warner Brothers has cut a deal to keep The Hobbit project in New Zealand.  Jonathan Handel at THR was first with details of the massive tax rebate deal the New Zealand government cut with WB to keep the project there. The Wrapalso has a post.
Word is that WB even got the New Zealand government to commit to changes in the way it classifies workers, making more of them independent contractors instead of employees. That’s seen as an employer-friendly move, because ICs don’t get the same kind of protections that employees do.

Avatar 2 and 3 in works from James Cameron

James Cameron is returning to Pandora for an extended stay, inking a deal with 20th Century Fox to direct a sequel and three-quel to "Avatar." Those two pics will be his next projects.


Cameron and Fox are eyeing a December 2014 release for the tentatively titled "Avatar 2," and a December 2015 release for "Avatar 3.".

Cameron will begin working on the scripts for the two films early next year. He hopes to commence production later in 2011, but won't decide whether he'll shoot them back-to-back until he finishes writing.
Pics will be produced by Cameron and his partner Jon Landau for Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment.

"In the second and third films, which will be self-contained stories that also fulfill a greater story arc, we will not back off the throttle of 'Avatar's' visual and emotional horsepower, and will continue to explore its themes and characters, which touched the hearts of audiences in all cultures around the world," Cameron said. "I'm looking forward to returning to Pandora, a world where our imaginations can run wild."


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