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Monday, December 27, 2010

Larry King warns TV News is now a land for political preaching




The legendary broadcaster says while it hurt his ratings staying neutral, he has a "problem" with the biased pundits.




On Sunday, Larry King appeared on CNN again courtesy of an interview with Howard Kurtz's Reliable Sources. During the chat about his 25-year career, King took aim at the pundit style of his former time slot rivals Rachel Maddow and Sean Hannity.

While he had kind words for the respective MSNBC and Fox News hosts ("I'm not objecting what they do, they're more about what television is about today…they're both very good at what they do"), he opened up about his "problem" with their programs.
"They're preachers of their opinion. They're telling you what they know. They're not learning. There's no learning experience from either of those programs," King said.
Though he conceded that Maddow and Hannity's style "got better ratings," King maintains he is at peace with his insistence on staying mostly neutral.
"Obviously it did [make it more difficult to compete]. They got better ratings. However, I don't regret anything. I'm happy with what I did," he added.
King said that he was not "nudged" from the network because of his numbers. While they had offered him a shorter King King said in the end, he "thought it was time to go."
Earlier in the program, he explained his un-biased approach to broadcasting more thoroughly.
"I always felt like I was the audience, I was a conduit…I asked short sentences. My questions didn't take three sentences, it always had a question mark in the end," he said.
"I know what I don't like. I don't like any show where the host is more important than the guest."

Award Show Ballots are in the mail


Indie Wire (blog)
At the top of Academy must-see lists are the films that critics, media and other awards groups like Screen Actors Guild have deemed worthy, ...
Newsday (blog)
The Screen Actors Guild will mail out ballots on Thursday according to Deadline.com, setting the dice a-rolling in a wide-open crap-shoot for this year's ...

The Amazon Kindle has passed 'Harry Potter' as Amazon.com's best selling product.


Boulder Dam History may fade if we do not save it through Theatre


Las Vegas Theatre Forum (ATCVegas) 

THEATER COMPANY FORMING
Specialized classes are
forming to develop a
living theater
of the history of Boulder City 





    • Why not post more info here?


    • Las Vegas Theatre Forum (ATCVegas) Building slowly, a body of work from interviews with surviving 31ers, who were here when Hoover Dam was built. Video, written materials and when possible in person interviews to turn into theater scenes and monologues, which will be performed and passed on for use in schools, community groups and potentially touring educational theatre professionals. Start small and build. Contact Patty Sullivan at the link included above or click here.

Art Lynch tentative COM 101 teaching schedule Spring, 2011


If you wish to refer others to my sections, here are the COM 101 sections I will be teaching in the Spring, 2011. These sections are on both sides of the Las Vegas Valley. So far no other com class at CSN. I recommend Boulder City or as the classes are smaller and the group usually gets to know each other fairly well. Boulder City is fifteen minutes from the Henderson Campus, with traffic.


At Henderson:

115
11:00a-12:20p
TR
C 228
Art Lynch
1/24/2011
5/22/2011
117
12:30p-01:50p
TR
C 228
Art Lynch
1/24/2011
5/22/2011


AT BC:
550
06:00p-8:50p
R
BC 108
Art Lynch

At Summerlin:
930
11:00a-12:20p
MW
115
Art Lynch
1/24/2011
5/22/2011

At Western HS:
940
04:30p-05:50p
MW
WHT 115
Art Lynch
1/24/2011
5/22/2011

First Run Movies at home while still in theatre's: NOT IF THEATER OWNERS HAVE THEIR WAY!

From the LA Times:

Theater operators are mounting a challenge to plans by Hollywood studios to release movies in the home when they are still in theaters.

The nation's largest theater chains have been reaching out to investors and analysts on Wall Street, as well as directors, producers and agents, in an effort to build support for preserving so-called theatrical windows — the period of time between when a movie opens in cinemas and when it comes out on DVD or other media.

The outreach is in response to statements by media executives touting plans to offer movies in the home via video on demand at a price of $30 to $60, one to two months after they are released in theaters.
Premium-priced VOD is foreseen as a new revenue source for studios looking to offset declining DVD sales, as well as a boon for cable companies that have been stymied in their efforts to deliver movies into the home earlier in part because of concerns it could cannibalize home video sales.


But theater companies contend that the VOD plans will undercut movie ticket sales, giving consumers less incentive to trek to the theater if they can wait a few extra weeks to watch the movie in the comfort of their home.

"A 30-day window makes absolutely no sense to us whatsoever," said Gerry Lopez, chief executive of AMC Entertainment, the nation's second-largest theater operator. "We're concerned about the grave consequences this could bring."

Currently movies are available on VOD about the same time they become available on DVD, about 130 days after they debut in theaters.

The pushback is led by the National Assn. of Theater Owners, the trade group that represents most of the country's major theater circuits.

"We are reaching out to the creative community and the business community because we think some of the studios are moving down a path of a bad business model," said John Fithian, the association's president. "They risk losing two dimes to save one nickel."


For the rest of the story, go to Los Angeles Times Business by clicking here.

Photo: A scene from “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” from Sony Pictures, one of the studios weighing the idea of offering movies in the home via video on demand shortly after their theatrical release. (Sony Pictures Animation / December 23, 2010)


For more on theater and film news, go to my (Art Lynch) other blog http://sagactor.blogspot.com/

Jon Stewart's role in journalism history, 3D or not 3D and Net Neutrality

From the Company Town blog of the Los Angeles Times, these items by Joe Flint 


Murrow. Cronkite. Stewart? The New York Times looks at the role "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart played in guilting Congress into passing a bill that promises federal money to police, firefighters and others who got sick after working on the cleanup of the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11 attacks. Stewart blasted Republicans for initially campaigning against the bill. The article certainly makes valid points about the push Stewart made in getting the bill passed and the lack of coverage on the issue from traditional media more obsessed with Beatles songs being made available on iTunes. But did they have to quote ubiquitous Syracuse University pop culture professor Robert Thompson throughout the story?

This 3-D not worthy of Oscar? One might think, with all the 3-D movies released in 2010, the visual-effects category of the Oscars would be overrun with entries. But Variety reports that a few of the major 3-D movies of the last 12 months will be submitted in 2-D. The movies in question are the so-called conversions, films that were converted to the format versus being conceived and produced as 3-D. That may make consumers wonder why they were paying extra to see the films in 3-D if their creators didn't even enter them for awards in that format.
The new reality. DVD sales for 2010 will take a hit from Netflix, Redbox and a still struggling economy.  The Hollywood Reporter looks at the year in home entertainment.
Net Neutrality. The Boston Herald editorial page blasts the Federal Communications Commission's new Internet rules. Writes the Herald: "The so-called 'net neutrality' Internet rules promulgated by a divided Federal Communications Commission last week are an undesirable, unworkable, almost unmitigated hash of do-gooder dreams that should not survive court challenges and the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives."

Blizzard NYC 7pm December 26 2010 (some language)

Brrrrrr!

Passengers were marooned on trains and platforms in NYC overnight, and cancelled air travel. Blowing snow and up to fifteen inches of snow has crippled most of the east and much of the northern portions of the US South. Snow and ice are causing power outages due to power line outages, and a severe thunderstorm (during a snow storm) has caused damage in the North East.