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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Blame the President for Everything...

Republicans are out blaming $4.00 a gallon gas on President Obama's temporary moratorium on deep seat oil drilling (despite it only effecting a hand full of rigs out of thousands), when in reality speculators are influenced by the upheaval or "Arab Spring" in the Middle East and are open about it.

And people believe the campaigners who know what they saying is false (they are not unintelligent or uninformed).

Interesting considering that the oil lobby gave to Republicans this last election cycle by more then a three to one margin, and the oil lobby is second only to the National Rifle Association in lobbyist and number one in dollars spent in Washington.

Obama is being criticized for the lack of job growth, and criticized for programs that did create jobs (and will even more over time) by calling it a "failed" stimulus and "failed" job bail out program.

He is being criticized for the human and monetary costs begun under the Bush Administration, for stimulus programs also begun under Bush and a "failed" health care program most of which has not even taken effect and which has had no impact on health care costs (but of course Republicans now blame Obama for normal increases in rates by insurance companies and health care providers).

It's not about reality, but perception; about truth but positioning; about facts but reality but who wins in the end ("the end justifies the means...to hell with ethics and morals...")




Wisconsin Update

Todd Hissong, Vice-Chair, Regional Branch Division, Screen Actors Guild
Hope.

news.yahoo.com
A Wisconsin judge ruled Thursday the state's divisive new collective bargaining law was not in effect — a clear warning to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's administration that it risks sanctions should it continue with its preparations to begin deducting money from public employees' paychecks.
"The hard right — which these days is more or less synonymous with the Republican Party — has a modus operandi when it comes to scholars expressing views it dislikes: never mind the substance, go for the smear."


Click here for the New York Times Opinion Article the above statement is from...


"What’s at stake here, in other words, is whether we’re going to have an open national discourse in which scholars feel free to go wherever the evidence takes them, and to contribute to public understanding. Republicans, in Wisconsin and elsewhere, are trying to shut that kind of discourse down. It’s up to the rest of us to see that they don’t succeed."

Movie piracy isn't just Hollywood's problem, MPAA's Dodd says
Those who view stolen or pirated movies are shortchanging the entire film industry and are contributing to an ongoing "American problem," according to Chris Dodd in his first speech as chief executive officer of the Motion Picture Association of America. "I am deeply concerned that too many people see movie theft as a victimless crime," the former U.S. senator from Connecticut said. "It is critical that we aggressively educate people to understand that movie theft is not just a Hollywood problem. It is an American problem." Home Media Magazine

He said those who steal movies fail to recognize that nearly 2.5 million people work in the film industry, including “middle-class folks, working hard behind the scenes to provide for their families, saving for college and retirement.”
“Those who steal movies and TV shows, or who knowingly support those who do, don’t see the faces of the camera assistant, seamstresses, electricians, construction workers, drivers, and small business owners and their employees who are among the thousands essential to moviemaking,” he said. “They don’t see the teenager working their first job taking tickets at the local theater, or the video rental store employees working hard to support their families.”
-Home Magazine, top paragraph from CEA Smart Brief

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"We are One" April 4th...Join  in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King's pro-labor legacy.

SAG members, AFL-CIO, all those who believe in the working man and woman, join together to commemorate April 4. 
www.sag.org

Fight over collective bargaining looming in Nevada Legislature


Why is Governor Sandovall smiling?
As his fellow Republican governors have declared public-employee unions to be public enemy No. 1 and moved to strip their collective bargaining rights, Gov. Brian Sandoval has avoided a similar fight. He has focused instead on the state’s flatlining economy, beleaguered budget and struggling schools.
But Sandoval’s newly unveiled education reform package might bring the collective bargaining fight to him.
Under the legislation, teachers unions couldn’t bargain for higher pay based on educational attainment or years of service. They would also be limited in bargaining on the processes for layoffs, other workforce reductions and termination.
Sandoval’s senior adviser, Dale Erquiaga, said the governor’s intent isn’t to eliminate collective bargaining. But he acknowledged some of those rights could end up as collateral damage in Sandoval’s efforts to end teacher tenure and seniority.
“This isn’t about opening up (Nevada Revised Statute) 288,” Erquiaga said, referring to the statute on collective bargaining. “Our perspective is the policy outcome of ending teacher tenure and first in, last out.”
The Nevada State Education Association sees Sandoval’s bill, Assembly Bill 555, as an end run around its collective bargaining rights.

Rally for Labor and Working Americans


April 4, 2011
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Community College of Southern Nevada
Charleston Campus
6375 W. Charleston Blvd,
Las Vegas, NV  89146
Behind the Health & Sciences Building (K Building)

Don't Give Up

"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there's love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong." 
--Ella Fitzgerald

Research and APA workshops at Cheyenne Campus




Each workshop covers the basics of locating and citing quality information to help students complete college assignments. All 1 hour workshops are in Computer Lab room 2662. Students receive proof of attendance.

April
Mon. 4th 2pm,  Tues. 5th 2pm,  Tues. 12th 2pm,  Wed. 13th 2pm,  Thurs. 21st 4pm,  Mon. 25th 2pm

May
Tues. 3rd 2pm,  Wed. 4th 2pm


Cheynne Campus (previously reported in error as West Charlston) 


For more information, contact Susan Gregg At 651-4622 or susan.gregg@csn.edu

Women's History Conference Friday at Cheyenne Campus


Mad Men leads to delay in Mad Men, A Murdock Family Empire, Annoying Cloud Ads, Women get the Sucker Punch



Mad Men grow madder. The new season of "Mad Men" should have started in July, but now we are looking at next spring. Variety reports that the reason is a contract dispute between the network and the shows creator and cast over pay, but also over a demand to trim characters in the character based program to save on production dollars.
Oh, that's the problem. A gathering of movie industry executives and theater operators meeting in Las Vegas reached a consensus. Bad movies apparently hurt box office. Who knew?  "So far there is just nothing terribly compelling about what we're delivering as an industry," Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Michael Lynton said. Box office attendance is down 20% in the U.S. and Canada so far this year. While it's true the quality of the product is down, rising costs don't help and neither do the short windows between when a movie hits a theater and when it is available on DVD and video-on-demand. Just saying. More on the CinemaCon conference from the Los Angeles Times.
Didn't see this coming. Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. announced early Wednesday morning that James Murdoch will become the company's deputy chief operating officer as well as chairman and CEO of its international operations. Murdoch will relocate from the U.K. to New York. He will continue to report to Chase Carey, the deputy chairman of News Corp. James Murdoch is seen by many to be the leading candidate to one day succeed his father at the top of News Corp. Don't count out Elisabeth though. Early analysis from the Los Angeles Times.
Shocking! One might think that a large corporation appearing to dodge paying federal taxes would merit some attention. But NBC News skipped the story last week of how General Electric, its minority owner, seemed to avoid paying Uncle Sam. The Washington Post takes them to task. It's a fair criticism but the story does not say if CBS and ABC covered the story. I'm guessing they didn't. Does that mean all the networks are in the pockets of corporate giants? Maybe. But it also might mean that they don't have the skills or storytelling ability to make the story compelling without sexy video. That's the really sad part.
Nice work if you can get it. Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes had a 2010 compensation package worth $26.3 million, according to the media giant's proxy statement. That's a 34% jump from what Bewkes took in 2009. More to make you jealous from Bloomberg.
There goes the neighborhood. Talent agencies UTA and WME are both eying the same spot for new digs. The Hollywood Reporter says both have looked at space around the Pacific Design Center. Other media companies kicking the tires there include DirecTV and Telemundo.
Does this mean more annoying "to the cloud" ads? Amazon has launched its own "cloud" service, beating Apple and Google to the punch. This is a little out of my league, so I will just quote from Los Angeles Times colleague Alex Pham's story: "The service, called Amazon Cloud Player, lets users upload their music to an Amazon server and play songs from any Web browser or by using an application on mobile phones or tablets that use Google's Android operating system." Additional coverage from the Wall Street Journal.
What's the message? Variety's Brian Lowry looks at concerns about the portrayal of women in Warner Bros. "Sucker Punch" and compares it to reality shows like the ones that fill Bravo day and night which he notes can do as much damage to feminism as a leather miniskirt.
Speaking of Bravo, what happened to the quality non-commercial arts network, geared to upsale educated audiences the network was formed to be? For that matter what happened to a cable spectrum with a wide range of networks appealing to different niches and interests. It seems the WWF or E have taken over the spectrum, back to back with reality shows and home improvement or cooking tips. The same movies and programs no matter where you turn. No matter Netflix and other services are booming.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: A look at the contract dispute between the network and studio behind "Mad Men" and the show's creator Matt Weiner. James Rainey on fake TV news.

Comedy at CSN Cheyenne Campus Thursday Night, only $5


Bad Movies make for bad box office

From LA Times Company Town (click here).


Oh, that's the problem. A gathering of movie industry executives and theater operators meeting in Las Vegas reached a consensus. Bad movies apparently hurt box office. Who knew?  "So far there is just nothing terribly compelling about what we're delivering as an industry," Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Michael Lynton said. Box office attendance is down 20% in the U.S. and Canada so far this year. While it's true the quality of the product is down, rising costs don't help and neither do the short windows between when a movie hits a theater and when it is available on DVD and video-on-demand. Just saying. More on the CinemaCon conference from the Los Angeles Times.

Mad Men leads to delay in Mad Men

Mad Men grow madder. The new season of "Mad Men" should have started in July, but now we are looking at next spring. Variety reports that the reason is a contract dispute between the network and the shows creator and cast over pay, but also over a demand to trim characters in the character based program to save on production dollars.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Screenwriting in 3 easy steps

Sucker Punch, Adam Sandler, The Kennedy's, No Pro Football, Simon Crowell's X-Factor



After the coffee. Before asking why the heck "Win Win" got slapped with a R rating.
The Skinny: Saw "Win Win" this weekend and in the right hands it could work as a TV series. That it got an R rating shows some of the problems with the rating system. What I didn't see was "Sucker Punch." I'll wait for the unrated version.
Sucker punched. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules" was the surprise weekend winner at the box office, taking in $24.4 million. The movie, a sequel, beat "Sucker Punch," a film that had scantily clad women going for it. As has been the case just about every weekend this year, overall the box office was down from a year go. Box office analysis from the Los Angeles Times and Movie City News.
Sandler Box Office Gold. Adam Sandler's latest comedy "Just Go With It" passed the $100-million mark at the domestic box office this weekend, making it the 12th film featuring the comedian to pass that financial milestone.
Here we go again. Kennedy family loyalists successfully managed to get a less than flattering eight-part miniseries on Camelot bumped from History to the more obscure Reelz Channel. Now Clint Eastwood's in the works movie about FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover starring Leonardo DiCaprio is under attack from another filmmaker. Larry Cohen, who made the 1977 movie “The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover” told the New York Times that there were historical inaccuracies in the script Eastwood was using regarding both Hoover's professional and personal life. My hunch is that Hoover doesn't have as big a group of lobbyists as the Kennedys do.
Odd timing. ABC Entertainment head Paul Lee has pushed out Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs, the network's executive vice president right in the middle of pilot season. Interestingly, Patmore-Gibbs was the executive ABC had been putting in front of the press to talk about the network's development season. Did their PR people know that the person whose insights they were offering to the press apparently didn't have the kind of insights her own boss valued? Just wondering. More from Deadline Hollywood.
Haven't we seen this movie before? It wasn't so long ago that the future of the Weinstein Co. seemed to be in doubt. Then, through some restructuring, the company got a new lease on life and even found its box-office mojo again with "The King's Speech." Now the Weinstein Co. is looking to expand beyond movies again, which is what got it into trouble in the first place. The New York Poston the company's push into video games.
Plans for what? After reading a Wall Street Journal article about the possibility of no pro football next  season, my takeaway is that right now the TV networks are not too worried. No one at CBS, Fox, NBC or ESPN is talking about what they will put on in place of football should the NFL season be delayed or, gasp, canceled. The real worrying won't start until June or July. NBC has the most to lose without football. The network's already low prime-time ratings would fall off the planet without the NFL. CBS and Fox can sell the time used for football to programmers. They sure won't give the Sunday afternoon time slots back to affiliates. ESPN meanwhile will throw anything up there and still get paid.
Get tough. TVNewsCheck, a TV industry website, has some advice to Fox affiliates: Play hardball. Fox wants to squeeze money from their affiliates. TVNewsCheck suggests the affiliates preempt the network to remind them that they too have some power in this relationship.
RIP Tack Nail. Any reporter (including this one) who ever had to cover the Federal Communications Commission knew Dawson "Tack" Nail of Communications Daily. The relentless Nail dug scoop after scoop out of the FCC for decades. Nail was the consummate insider but looked like a total outsider with his rumbled sports coat, wild white hair and Southern drawl. Nail died last week from complications following a fall at 82. An appreciation from Broadcasting & Cable.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Thousands in Los Angeles showed up to audition for Simon Cowell's "The X Factor," which debuts later this year.

Research and APA workshops at CSN Cheyenne NLV Campus, FREE


Each workshop covers the basics of locating and citing quality information to help students complete college assignments. All 1 hour workshops are in Computer Lab room 2662. Students receive proof of attendance.

April
Mon. 4th 2pm,  Tues. 5th 2pm,  Tues. 12th 2pm,  Wed. 13th 2pm,  Thurs. 21st 4pm,  Mon. 25th 2pm

May
Tues. 3rd 2pm,  Wed. 4th 2pm

For more information, contact Susan Gregg At 651-4622 or susan.gregg@csn.edu

Sunday, March 27, 2011

CSN Science Expo Friday April 8


Sunday Morning News and Views



On this date March 27, 1868. Patty Smith Hill was born. Who? She was the teacher and later principle, penned “Good Morning to You”, the melody of which became “Happy Birthday to you.” The song she created with her sister is now used internationally, and is protected by copyright (you cannot sing it in public without risk of legal action, which is why large food chains come up with other birthday greetings to sing to guests).

In Los Angeles Thousands of union leaders and workers marched through the streets of downtown Los Angeles, vowing and shouting that they would fight for organized labor
after recent union setbacks in Wisconsin. Police estimated that 8,000 people attended yesterday's protest that ended with a rally at Pershing Square.

It’s not your imagination or the return of the flu…Very high pollen counts in Clark County.
We are far from being out of recession waters, as Las Vegas recovery remains slow. A study by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says fewer visitors gambled in 2010 than in 2009, and they each spent less wagering on games like craps, slots and blackjack. The agency that promotes tourism in Las Vegas says 80 percent of visitors spent an average of just over $466 gambling during their trips last year, compared with 83 percent gambling nearly $482 each in 2009. The study says visitors also spent a little less time gambling -just under 3 hours per day in 2010 compared with 3.2 hours per day in 2009. The gambling spending bucked trends for other spending in 2010. Visitors spent slightly more last year on hotel rooms, food and drink, transportation, shopping, shows and sightseeing than in 2009.

Silver hit a 31 year high this week, yet the state that has the second largest silver reserve and is the second largest provider of silver in the world is left threatening to shut down schools, make deep and drastic cuts in all state services and continue to coddle the mining industry that wrote the original Nevada Constitution.


The government says next year should see the first Social Security cost of living increase since 2009. But for most beneficiaries, rising Medicare premiums threaten to wipe out any increase in payments. About 45 million people receive both Medicare and Social Security.

Nine economists agree that US Debt will have very significant impact on economic growth. While stimulus is needed to help with jobs (7 of the 9 agree say the US should increase stimulus and investment in regaining our dominance on industry and jobs), in the long run we need to watch depths. As the population ages social security, but to an even greater extent Medicare and Medicaid, will grow exponentially as medical costs increase and larger and large numbers of Americans are using or drawing on the benefits (entitlements). 


The approach taken by the Tea Party and the more adamant among the Congress, based on only understanding part of the report, ignoring the reality that the economics is far more complex than they paint it. Taxes will be needed, along with cuts in other areas inkling so called entitlements. 


Taxes are only one potential mechanism, with taxes almost certainly having to be significantly raised on the very wealthy, but taxes alone will not work to slow or stop the debt. Health care reform will slow deficit increase, causing it to shrink yet not enough to make a significant among against the non-medical portions of the deficit. 


We are on a slow recovery path, close to the historic average, however far greater growth will be needed to come close to slowing deficit increases. Oil and food prices have a significant effect on slowing growth, and will contribute to deficit growth. The bottom line for the nine ecumenists….deal with the reality that medical costs will go up and may bankrupt the country if not dealt with in far more radical ways than health care reform, stop spending on optional projects, ask people to pay their fair share in taxes instead of always promising low taxes and reductions, and realize that short term band aids need to be removed once the economy is on the right growth track again or there will be no long term solutions.


]Major changes in Libya overnight as the rebels have done on a rapid offensive, so far finding Gadhafi’s mercenary forces retreating for fear of being attacked by NATO and the Coalition. International leaders are even more uncertain about the future of the no-fly zone and other US authorized actions should the rebels have to attack areas populated by civilians or where human shields voluntarily or involuntarily protect military installations.


Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he doesn't think Libya is "a vital interest" for the United States, but he does say the North African nation is part of a region that's of vital American interest. Gates tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that "we clearly have interests" in Libya, though he doesn't believe it's a vital American interest. President Barack Obama, who's scheduled a speech Monday about Libya, used his weekend radio address to explain his decision to take military action against Moammar Gadhafi. Obama said that when innocent people are being "brutalized" and when a leader such as Gadhafi threatens "a bloodbath that could destabilize an entire region" and when other countries are ready to help save lives, then it's in "our national interest to act."

This week’s census report shows that between 2000 and 2010 the Hispanic population grew dramatically nationally, with major impact on western and select southern states. Growth in percentage of population was highest in industrial cities in the Midwest and North Eastern US.  Asians have a similarly high percentage growth, however much lower in actual numbers. African Americans are lower in percent of population, with the largest drop being in areas hit hardest by the recession, including California. Caucasian or “white” population remains the national majority; however there is a flaw in the count methodology that brings into the doubt the actual decline in Caucasian numbers. For one, many Americans are now self identified, or multi-cultural. The tendency is to respond the way you think is wanted on census forms when asked to choose between the multi-facets of your background or culture. Many ethnic groups, which still have strong roots in American or from countries that still feed immigrants into America, are rolled into the “Caucasian” where once they were separated on Census data. While marketing professionals and professional pundits may still use Census numbers as “proof” or “tools” the actual value of ethnic or racial breakdowns may be more in the minds of the number counters than reality.


Minuscule amounts of radiation from Japan's damaged nuclear plant have reached Las Vegas, but scientists say it poses no health risk. Scientists say they aren't surprised that radioactive isotopes from Japan have been detected in the Western states. An environmental scientist with Reno-based DRI says if they get caught in the right wind pattern, they'll move across the ocean.

It is hard to believe what is true when it comes to the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant disaster in Japan. The cultural system is complex and rewards caution, and officials who work with the industries they are suppose to regulate to assure life time positions after they leave the government.

Officials say a measurement showing a huge spike in radiation levels at a stricken Japanese nuclear complex was a mistake. The readings, which showed water testing 10 million times higher in radioactivity than normal in the reactor's cooling system, drove workers to flee. On Sunday night, though, plant operators said that while the water was contaminated with radiation, the extremely high reading was inaccurate. "The number is not credible," said Tokyo Electric Power Co. spokesman Takashi Kurita. "We are very sorry."

One tragic fact is true; the death toll now tops 10,500, with over 10,000 still on the missing list.

It’s the first full week of fall in Christchurch, New Zealand, which is still recovering from the major earthquake there. The city has yet to be rebuilt and their stadium is not safe for use. The city will lose even more money as major Rugby and Soccer events are moved to other cities, including a major event set for today.

This month, federal agents arrested the leadership of the New Mexico border town of Columbus--the mayor, police chief and a councilman--on suspicion of purchasing more than 200 high-powered weapons for sale to a Mexican drug cartel. It's the most brazen case yet in a wave of gun running cases that point up the ease with which guns are purchased in the US and smuggled to the mafia in Mexico.

30 years ago this Wednesday an assassination attempt on President Reagan came closer to taking his life than we will ever know, gravely wounding Press Secretary James Brady and gave us the Brady Bill. The Secret Service actions that day not only saved Brady’s life, but radio transcripts and the investigation that followed confirm, the presidents. The lessons learned from the assassination of President Kennedy and later his brother Bobby paid off.  Bringing Ronald Reagan and Brady to an emergency trauma center, rather than the closest emergency room or the White House, saved both their lives. The elderly Reagan had lost a great deal of blood. The president looked at those in the operating room and said “I hope you are all Republicans”…remembers the Democrat surgeon who the responded “today Mr. President, we are all Americans. The even later impacted Regan in very positive ways, bringing support for the president who survived an assassination attempt and joked about it, even when he was near death.

Proposed budget cuts in Nevada could jeopardize the trauma center of UMC in Nevada, 
the only Trauma Center between Phoenix and Los Angeles.

Starbucks is set to overtake McDonalds, Subway and Dunkin Donuts as the dominant American 
brand worldwide, with rapid growth in China and India.

Netflix announced this week that it had secured a deal to run an original television series 
"House of Cards" -- on its internet streaming service. 
 
Muslim Americans have been disappointed for years by the way they are portrayed in film and television. Ever since 9/11, they've been lobbying Hollywood to create more accurate representations of Muslims. They've had some success, but now they are now trying a new tactic, creating better characters themselves. They're working with veteran writers and producers who are teaching Muslims how to write for TV and film themselves. KNPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday this morning offered a feature look at the remaking of the Muslim image.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Space Shuttle Fleet's Final Flights


From: Ann Bloom


NASA is retiring Discovery this year.  Nearly 30 years of reliable service to our astronauts, children’s imagination, sciences all around, implications to human anatomy in space, and so much more.  Discovery has spent 365 days in space, made 5,830 orbits of earth, has traveled 148,221,665 miles, has gone through 39 sets of landing gear tires, and has flown 184 astronauts to space.  In 1990, Discovery delivered the Hubble Telescope in to orbit, and 8 years later took retired Astronaut John Glenn age 77, one of the first space pioneers, back into the black one last time.    
Discovery’s last 13 day mission consisted of, a new storage compartment 21’x15’, equipment platform, and the first humanoid robot, called ‘R2’, aka Robonaut 2.  This final flight left the ISS (International Space Station), 97% complete with total mass weighing close to 1 million lbs. The Discovery left the International Space Station March 7, 2011 and made landfall at Cape Canaveral on March 20, 2011 for the last time.  After our two remaining shuttles are retired, we will have only the Russian Soyuz to be our future taxi to the ISS at tremendous cost.
There may be hope however; companies like Space X (Winner of the X prize), Boeing, and Lockheed Martin are competing to build the latest and greatest upgrades for NASA and the general public for use in facilitating cargo, supplies, humans, and possibly tourists.

Professional Regional Theatre Planned for Reed Whipple Site


The City of Las Vegas has accepted our proposal to develop the Reed Whipple Cultural Center as a professional regional theatre. This is our new home.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Jobs and Disney, Popcorn, Howard Stern, and a Glenn Beck Channel from Fox?



Jobs keeps Disney job. Ailing Apple founder Steve Jobs was reelected to Disney's board of directors at the company's annual meeting Wednesday. There had been a push by some to have Jobs dropped because of questions over whether he'd be able to fulfill his obligations as a member of the board. Coverage of the gathering from the Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg.
Imax pushes on in China. Imax, the 3-D theater company, said it was building 75 new outlets in China, according to the New York Times. China has 6,000 movie screens now, triple what it had three years ago. But while the number of screens is growing, China still has the same quota on the number of U.S. movies it officially allows to be distributed, the Los Angeles Times has reported, and a piracy problem that is taking money out of Hollywood's pockets.
Popping the bubble. It's do or die time for lots of TV shows. Every spring the networks fall in love with their pilots, and why not? Like any  new relationship, they're obsessed with the potential and have yet to see any flaws. Then they look at their current shows and decide whether they were really ever in love with them in the first place. Variety examines what shows are "on the bubble" at the networks.
Start packing now. The Cannes Film Festival is just a couple months away and the guessing game of which movies will make the cut is in full swing. IndieWire offers up its list of films that should be there and says that, regardless, this year's festival will be better than 2010. All I know is how bad can a trip to France to watch movies for a couple of weeks really be?
Stay away from our popcorn! Movie theater owners are balking at a Food and Drug Administration push to require them to disclose the amount of calories in popcorn. Theater owners fear that if people actually see how fattening that popcorn with extra  butter can be, customers won't buy any and that would take a huge bite out of their profits. That's of a little concern to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. "If a movie theater is going to be serving people with 1,000-calorie tubs of popcorn, the least they could do is tell people about it," said Margo Wootan, the director of nutrition policy at the center. Trust me, we know. Details from the Los Angeles Times.
Stern sues Sirius. Just a few months after signing a new five-year deal with satellite radio broadcaster Sirius XM, self-proclaimed king of all media Howard Stern and his agent Don Buchwald filed a suit against the company claiming his bonus deal isn't being honored. This is the first real rift ever between Stern and Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin, who has worked closely with Stern for almost 30 years. According to Bloomberg, Stern's suit says, “When Sirius needed Stern, it promised him a share in any success that the company achieved.... But now that Sirius has conquered its chief competitor and acquired more than 20 million subscribers, it has reneged on its commitment to Stern, unilaterally deciding that it has paid him enough.” In a nutshell, it appears Stern wants some credit for the merger between Sirius and XM. More on the suit from the Wall Street Journal.
History lesson. Next month, "The Kennedys" miniseries will premiere on ReelzChannel, a relatively unknown cable network, after it was dropped by History. The Hollywood Reporter gets producer Joel Surnow's version of how the eight-part program imploded at History.
Going his own way. Since it appears unlikely that Glenn Beck will cut a new deal with Fox News when his current one expires in December, speculation is starting as to what he'll do next. Does he have the clout and the coin to pull an Oprah and try to start his own cable channel? Or might he try to go the Internet route, where start-up costs would be lower? The New York Times looks at the various hands the rabble rouser may try to play. Give him the hour after Keith Olbermann on Current. They can call the programming block unfair and unbalanced.
A smashing exit. Chris Brown knows how to leave the building. The musician trashed his dressing room after an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" that was not to his liking because they asked him about his stormy relationship with singer Rihanna, which includes a restraining order.Vanity Fair offers up a noir take on the Tuesday morning incident.