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Friday, December 3, 2010

Tron Legacy Reviewed

Tron: Legacy....actually rather cool. 

Tron: Legacy most resembles — in its lustful embrace of high technology, the combat-game format, corporate control angle, enduring father-son allegiance and fundamental silliness — is the Wachowskis' Speed Racer. To be fair, the premise of the current film is more intriguing, as it's built around a rescue mission in which, to retrieve Dad, the son must venture into the grid designed by his father but subsequently taken over by “programs” led by his old man's doppleganger.

Could "Tron: Legacy" be the first official sequel made nearly three decades after the original film? There are perhaps good reasons why Disney waited so long, beginning with the obvious matter that the 1982 "Tron" was an awfully lame movie. Sure, it deserves a footnote in film history for marking the beginning of the CGI era.  


The above is part of a mixed review from The Hollywood Reporter, which has to admit that the 30 year after the fact sequal is a better film than its predicessor. Click here for the full review.

With budget cuts things may get worse...let the legislature know

Monday, July 12, 2010

Do Clark County schools prepare you to be in college?

The Las Vegas Sun reporte on a study through UNLV of why college freshman are not truly ready for college level work. Drop out rate now exceeds 58% (only about four out of ten students end up graduating). More than one in three high school graduates require remedial classes prior to taking required college credit course. The expense of these programs fall on the college and university system and my be seen at the expense of courses and programs college students may need to complete their degrees in a timely manner.

Who is responsible for a student's education? Why are so many not ready for the transition to college? What do you feel can be done? Do you agree with the "more than one in three assessment?

The low response to this blog, in terms of students adding sustentative response to posted items, tends to support the feeling of educators that students are not taught to perform at the entry-level college level prior to achieving a high school degree.

Extending beyond that is the issue of how prepared students are for their civic responsibilities, financial lives and other roles they are required to play in society as adults?

Or are the standards of academia unrealistic or outdated?

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Obama again say no to Yucca Mountain "dump"

"I will not reconsider shutting down Yucca Mountain" President Obama told a meeting of newly elected governors from across the country.

Those who hate him so much had best consider what would happen if Harry Reid in the Senate and Obama as President were not in Washington and Nevada once again became the proposed site of dumping high level nuclear waste, less than 90 miles from Las Vegas, and even closer to the edge of the populated portion of the metro.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reports on the Governors' meeting (click here) and Nevada Governor-elect Brian Sanavol:

"It was a fast exchange," said Nevada Gov.-elect Brian Sandoval, "but it reaffirmed to me the president will not be supporting the long term storage of nuclear waste in Nevada. I have the understanding the administration has not changed its position....South Carolina Gov.-elect Nikki Haley asked Obama if he would rethink terminating Yucca Mountain, a decision her state is challenging in court.

It's a Boulder City Christmas, Boats on the Lake, Lights at St Judes and Main Street, a Parade and Holiday Bazaars

The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting takes place on Friday, December 3, 2010 at 6 p.m. in Frank Crowe Park. Join Santa and Jingle Cat welcome in the holiday season. For further information, call the BC Chamber of Commerce at 293-2034

Ultimate Bass Team Tour Fishing Contest  Friday, December 03, 2010 thru Saturday, December 04, 2010 At Callville Bay. Call 435/586-2746

Faith Christian Church, 1100 Buchanan Boulevard, sponsors the 8th Annual Christmas Cookie Sale on Saturday, December 4 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the church. Cookies priced at $5 per pound with some prices higher for specialty items.

The Annual Doodlebug Bazaar, sponsored by the Boulder City Community Club, takes place Saturday, December 4, 2010 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the two gyms at the Parks & Rec Department, 900 Arizona Street. Vendors will also be selling their items on the lawn around the Parks & Rec Building. There will be 139 vendors selling various hand-crafted items. Refreshments will be available. All proceeds from this event go to Boulder City charities. For further information, call Phyllis at 293-4381.

The second Trunk Sale event staged by Rudi Kraft will be held at The Corner Gallery,1325 Arizona Street #B, this Saturday from noon til 5pm. Opal jewelry, better watches and seasonal items will be offered for sale. All items will be offered with 50% on the second item of equal value.

Brings the kids and the young-at-heart to visit with Santa on Saturday, December 4, 2010 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Bicentennial Park. For further details, call the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce at 293-2034.

St. Jude's Ranch for Children hosts the annual Night of Lights Open House on Saturday, December 4, 2010 from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. The event is a family-friendly extravaganza that helps raise funds for the abused, abandoned and neglected children living at St. Jude's. The event is free and open to the public. There will be a silent auction, hay rides, photo ops with Santa, entertainment, arts and crafts, numerous displays and activities for all ages. Please call Sarah Sheehan at 294-7102 to donate items to the silent auction.

The Annual Santa's Electric Night Parade takes place on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. Parade begins at Nevada Way and Colorado Street and proceeds down Nevada Way to Fifth Street and then to Avenue B. To submit an entry in this year's parade, call the Chamber of Commerce at 293-2034.

The final annual Parade of Lights on Lake Mead takes place from 6 to 8 PM. The best places to view the boats and lights are Boulder Beach or the Lake Mead Arena. This will be the last year for the festival on the lake.

Nutcracker at Paris Hotel

ABC makes surprise move in naming new head of news: Ben Sherwood

Success in ratings and experience in producing an entertaining talk centered news program have won out at ABC as the network promotes success in ratings to the top of their broadcast news division.

It would be a confirmation of the now classic film "Network" if it were not for the hard news reporting, producing and overall experience of the man selected to head the Network news Division at Disney's ABC Television Network.

The following is from Variety:

ABC has appointed former "Good Morning America" exec producer Ben Sherwood to succeed David Westin as prexy of ABC News.

Sherwood worked in news beginning in 1989, when he joined ABC as investigative associated producer and producer for "PrimeTime Live," hosted by Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson. He worked at NBC's "Nightly News with Tom Brokaw" in 1997 before rejoining ABC at "GMA" in 2004. Sherwood left the org in 2006.

"His previous tenure at ABC led to the most successful seasons in GMA's history," said Disney/ABC Television Group prexy Anne Sweeney, "and his success as a bestselling author and digital entrepreneur demonstrate a unique skill set that is as valuable as it is diverse."

The Los Angeles Times continues the story:

'"Ben combines an intimate knowledge and success in the news business with a creative flair and entrepreneurial spirit that are second-to-none," said Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group, in a statement. "While at ABC News, he.... guided prize-winning coverage of some of the biggest stories of the day."
Sherwood left “Good Morning America” in 2006 to write books. He is the author of two novels, 2000's "The Man Who Ate the 747" and 2004's "The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud," as well as the 2009 book, “The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life."
In Sherwood, ABC News gets someone who knows his way around the network's newsroom, but who at the same time may not have allegiances to anyone at the division because he's been gone for almost five years. Sherwood inherits a news unit that is No. 2 behind NBC in the mornings and evenings.
ABC had made clear after Westin announced his departure that it was not necessarily going to promote someone from within the unit to take the job. Like other broadcast news divisions, ABC News has had to endure severe cuts over the last several years as it struggles to adjust to the digital age. ABC News has flirted in the past with possible partnerships with CNN and Bloomberg Media and determining whether such an approach is the best bet to ensure a solid future for the unit may be one of Sherwood's first tasks.

Party Monday Night, Everyone Welcome!

Las Vegas Theatre Forum (ATCVegas) SAG Nevada Branch President Barbara Grant and the Nevada SAG Council invite you to a party open to all actors and those in the entire entertainment industry..
Rule One is one of the founding principles and strengths of our union: we stand together as actors and do not work without a Guild contract.

Bring home to the troops this holiday.

Tron Legacy (2010) Trailer (HD)