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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Is 007 DEAD?

This next week was to be the premiere of yet another James Bond flick.

It never got made.

A cadre of SPECTRE's top super-villains have gathered to watch and celebrate the demise of 007, James Bond as the MGM Lion suffers and nearly dies at the hands of the recession and the bankruptcy filing of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer itself, the once dominant studio founded by the nations top filmmakers.

Run-on sentence aside, this is not an easy sight to watch (or listen to) if you grew up on 007. Can he escape to once again grace the silver screen, or iPod, or whatever....

NPR is there in this radio exclusive...
Click here to listen to the final moments of Bond, James Bond.

Professional Comedy workshop for actors, writers, comics!

Steve Kaplan’s Comedy Intensive
December 4–5, 2010 

Steve Kaplan’s Comedy Intensive is returning to LA on December 4–5, 2010 at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, located at Hollywood and Highland.

The seminar is The Industry’s #1 Course on Comedy, attracting top writers, producers, directors and executives from such companies as Dreamworks, Disney, Aardman Animation, NBC, Touchstone, ABC and more.

David Fury Emmy–Winning Writer/Producer for 24, Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and more said of Steve:

“I best, funniest sketches thanks, in no small part, to the lessons I learned from Steve Kaplan’s comedy classes. Steve breaks the fine art of comedy down...that helps the unfunny become funny, and the funny become funnier.”

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Health Care Industry: Not So Fast on Overturning Obamacare

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\Repealing health care was a great slogan. Republicans succeeded in making it human and distracting from the actual content by calling it Obama-care. But did they really communicate the cost?

NPR looks at why the health care industry is not in a rush to overturn the new laws, and will resist Republican attempts to overturn it:

Republicans made major gains in the midterm election, running vowing to "repeal and replace" the health law passed with solely Democratic votes earlier this year.
But while a large majority of GOP voters told exit pollsters they strongly support the idea of starting from scratch on the health overhaul issue, major players in the health care industry — usually strong Republican allies — are a lot less enthused about the idea.
"No one has said what this bill would be replaced with," said Richard Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. "But doing away with this would certainly be the wrong thing. ... People have been gearing up for some time, well before this actual bill got passed, to make these changes locally, and have invested a lot."
It's not just hospitals. Employers, particularly large employers, have already put considerable time, effort and money into implementing the parts of the law that have already taken effect. And just the possibility that the law will be repealed or substantially changed could present a serious problem.