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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Carville and (Jeb) Bush to look at the changing political climate


A couple of political heavyweights will be in Las Vegas on Jan. 31.
Jeb Bush and James Carville will discuss the political climate after the November midterm elections at 7:30 p.m. at the Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall at UNLV, 4505 Maryland Parkway.
Las Vegas Sun columnist and "Face to Face" host Jon Ralston will moderate the discussion between Bush, the former two-term Florida governor, and Carville, Bill Clinton’s former political strategist. The event – “Post-Midterm America: Where do we go from here?” – is part of UNLV’s Barrick Lecture Series.
Admission is free, but tickets are required. UNLV faculty, students and staff may pick up tickets starting at 10 a.m. Jan. 12. Tickets are available to the general public beginning at 10 a.m. Jan. 15.
Tickets are limited to two per person and may be picked up at the UNLV Performing Arts Center box office at the intersection of Maryland and Cottage Grove. For more information, call (702) 895-2787

Rosie the Riveter RIP

Geraldine Hoff Doyle, in 1997, with a copy of the famous poster her image helped inspire.
The 1941 photo of Geraldine Hoff Doyle eventually made its way on to the cover of a 1986 Time-Life book, 'The Patriotic Tide: 1940-1950'.In 1941, a United Press International photographer snapped a photo that would help inspire the nation. As the Lansing State Journal writes, it captured a 17-year-old bandana-clad girl who was working at a metal-pressing plant near Ann Arbor.
Courtesy of the Lansing State Journal archive
Geraldine Hoff Doyle, in 1997, with a copy of the famous poster her image helped inspire.
That image heavily influenced a poster that "evoked female power and independence under the slogan 'We Can Do It!,' " The Washington Post writes. It became one of the most-famous "Rosie the Riveter" illustrations of the war.
Geraldine Hoff Doyle of Lansing, who 40 years later didn't realize that the photo of her played a role in the Rosie phenomena, died Sunday at a hospice in Lansing. She was 86.
Photo left: The 1941 photo of Geraldine Hoff Doyle eventually made its way on to the cover of a 1986 Time-Life book, 'The Patriotic Tide: 1940-1950'.



Changes loom for studios

Even with the economy rebounding, the majors are scrambling as never before to adjust to a fast-changing environment.
This past year saw profound changes in studios' focus, as marketing and merchandising became even higher priorities. And 3D was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of tech innovations; tech behemoths were knocking on studio doors offering new ways to distribute movie and TV franchises. The year saw Disney's Robert Iger and Relativity Media's Ryan Kavanaugh shake up the business profoundly -- Iger with a push for shorter windows for "Alice in Wonderland" and Kavanaugh with a five-year deal with Netflix. That pact will give the movie-rental service the ability to offer customers a slate of films shortly after they're released on DVD, bypassing paycablers HBO, Showtime, Starz and Epix. The exclusive pact with Relativity also enables Netflix to keep a list of films away from rival Redbox.