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Sunday, January 23, 2011

CSN teaching Schedule for Sping, 2011


11511:00a-12:20pTRC 228Art Lynch1/24/20115/22/2011
11712:30p-01:50pTRC 228Art Lynch1/24/20115/22/2011
AT BC:
55006:00p-8:50pRBC 108Art Lynch
At Summerlin:
93011:00a-12:20pMW115Art Lynch1/24/20115/22/2011
At Western HS:
94004:30p-05:50pMWWHT 115Art Lynch1/24/20115/22/2011

Kings Speech is producers choice for best picture

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011

Kings Speech Gets Producers Top Award
From Variety.com

This event was held at the Beverly Hilton where I am staying for a SAG Board meeting. Boy do I feel poor and under dressed!

Posted: Sat., Jan. 22, 2011, 10:27pm PT

Cameron earns PGA Milestone
PGA solidifies its credit standard
Throwing a curve into awards season calculations, the Producers Guild of America has tapped "The King's Speech" as the year's top feature.
The British historical drama won the PGA's Darryl F. Zanuck award for producers Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton.

"Toy Story 3" won the animation award and "Waiting for Superman" snagged the documentary trophy while "Breaking Bad," "Mad Men" and "The Pacific" took the top TV awards.

The PGA's selection of The Weinstein Company's ' "The King's Speech" is a major boost for the drama, starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, and a bit of a setback for Facebook drama "The Social Network."

"Speech" topped "127 Hours," "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "Inception," "The Kids Are All Right," "The Social Network," "The Town," "Toy Story 3" and "True Grit." Awards season momentum has clearly been with "The Social Network," which has taken most critics awards and won the Golden Globe for best drama last Sunday.

Fourteen of the 21 PGA winners have gone on to win the Oscar for best picture, including "The Hurt Locker" last year. The producers branch of AMPAS has about 8% of the voting membership with 446 members out of 5,755.

It's the second year in which the PGA, which has over 4,500 members, has selected 10 films as contenders, in following the lead of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to expand the field from five slots.

"Toy Story 3" won the PGA's animated trophy for Darla K. Anderson, topping "Despicable Me" and "How to Train Your Dragon."

Lesley Chilcott's "Waiting for Superman" won the documentary award, besting "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer," "Earth Made of Glass," "Inside Job," "Smash His Camera" and "The Tillman Story."

ABC's "Modern Family" won the Danny Thomas comedy series trophy over "30 Rock," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Glee" and "The Office." Producers are Steve Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Morton, Dan O'Shannon, Jason Winer, Bill Wrubel and Danny Zuker. "30 Rock" won the category last year.

AMC's "Mad Men" repeated last year's victory for the Norman Felton award for drama series, topping "Breaking Bad," "Dexter," "Lost" and "True Blood." "Mad Men" producers are Lisa Albert, Scott Hornbacher, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Blake McCormick, Dwayne Shattuck and Matthew Weiner.

HBO's "The Pacific" won David Wolper longform trophy over "Pillars of the Earth," "Temple Grandin," and "You Don't Know Jack." Producers are Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Eugene Kelly, Todd London, Cherylanne Martin, Bruce C. McKenna, Steven Shareshian, Steven Spielberg, Tony To, Tim Van Patten and Graham Yost.

Historic Rivalry: Packers @ Bears

Looking Back At The Last Bears-Packers Playoff Game


Chicago Bears Helmet (Photo Credit: Getty Images, By: Jonathan Daniel)

CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM) – The last time the Bears met the Packers in a playoff game was on Dec. 14, 1941.
Needless to say, Chicago was a very different place back then.
LISTEN: Newsradio 780′s Mike Krauser reports

In 1941, Ed Kelly was mayor of Chicago, building what historians would later call one of the most powerful, and most corrupt, big city political organizations.

Future mayor Richard J. Daley was serving as Illinois State Senate minority leader in Springfield. His son, Mayor Richard M. Daley, wouldn’t be born for another four months.
Republican Dwight Green was in the Illinois governor’s office, having been swept in on a wave of backlash against the New Deal and the Democrats.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt had begun his third term in office earlier in the year.

The attack on Pearl Harbor had happened just a week earlier, and the nation remained in shock.
WBBM-AM radio was broadcasting from the Wrigley Building, playing a variety of music and talk programming. The station wouldn’t become an all-news outlet for another 25 years.

Channel 2 was occupied by the experimental W9XBK-TV. WBBM-TV as we know it today wouldn’t come into existence for another 12 years, and none of the other present-day TV stations were on the air back then either. But a lot of people didn’t have a TV set in their houses anyway back then.
But what about the game?

Back then, the Bears shared Wrigley Field with the Cubs, and were coached by the legendary George “Papa Bear” Halas.

Both the Bears and the Packers had finished tied at the top of the western division with 10-1 records. The Bears had beaten the Packers 25-17 in the regular season at Green Bay City Stadium on Sept. 28, while the Packers had defeated the Bears 16-14 at Wrigley, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recalled.

In the playoff game, the Bears took the lead 7-0 when the Bears fumbled away the opening kickoff. But the Bears went on to score 24 points in the second quarter, and ended up winning the game 33-14 thanks to a rushing attack by George McAfee, Norm Standlee and Hugh Gallarneau, the Journal Sentinel reported.

The Bears went on to win the NFL Championship Game (it wouldn’t be called the Super Bowl until the 1966-67 season) on Dec. 21, against the New York Giants.

And while the players’ names might not be so familiar anymore, the Bears continue to honor “Papa Bear” Halas to this day. They carry his initials – G.S.H. for George Stanley Halas – on their sleeves.

Technology leaving too many behind, as younger generation makes key decisions


SAG Awards turn back on traditional full membership

Are the SAG Awards being manipulated to reflect a younger generation?

Active membership in the Screen Actors Guild, defined for this purpose as those working under contract or seeking work, skews youthful, while the overall membership tends to be older or mature, either entering the field in later years, in a downturn in their work cycle, proud unionist who keep their cards despite not seeking work or retired.

This year's awards include only two official "screeners" in the traditional sense, and if you live outside of Los Angeles or New York few if any screenings at theaters. The majority of product is available only through iTunes rental.

I have iTunes, but the older one that does not support rental. My computer is up to date, however many members have computers too slow or of the wrong format to accept the HD limited term rentals being offered to "screen the films". Yet that is what is being offered instead of free movie passes to all films, or DVD/VHS Screeners.

Even the voting has gone on-line. To vote on paper you had to make a phone call, wait for it to arrive and the deadline to ask is long gone. So if you are not  on-line (the digital divide is real, with one third of Americans on the digital free side of the mountain) your participation has been made difficult.

Now, younger people live with their laptops, iPads and smart phones. Viewing films on them is second nature. The industry, those currently working, for the most part are wired.

In addition except for the easy to lose post card, all communication has been by e-mail or through web networking technology (home web site, Facebook, Twitter and so on). If you missed the post card you missed the boat. Yet one in three Americans do not have or regularly access e-mail. Even the younger generation is giving it up in favor or text messaging and newer technologies.

So, are those who are older or who reject spending more and more money on the latest technology cut our of the loop?

Efforts were made to avoid this, but as I said a phone request for a mailer was needed and that date is long gone and was in print too small for seniors to read on a post care, not in an envelope mailer as was traditional with a paper ballot.

The world has changed, there is no conspiracy other than the movement of time seems to have accelerated to a rate never seen in the history of mankind.

On the mailings, despite the US Postal Service and printers used being union, the reality of are recession economy has all companies, including non-profit unions, tightening their belts. Unfortunately the belt-tightening decision makers are wired and have salaries large enough they forget that most members cannot afford the latest and greatest technology or may not be as wired as they are on their Blackberries, Androids and iPhone's. They are saving the membership money in a way that makes sense to them from their perspective, their cubicle. And money must be saved. SAG Award finances are separate and limited as well, with decisions based on economic need by those who may not fully understand the have-nots of technology. Their intentions are good.

On the screeners...the fault may be the piracy paranoid studios who save postage, printing and have some form of piracy protection (ask any computer nerd, not really) using encrypted iTunes access).

We are in a new age. Those with no or slow computers, who watch movies in theaters near their home on on their televisions are left behind.

Unions shrink in Great Recession

The number of American workers in unions declined sharply last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday, with the percentage slipping to 11.9 percent, the lowest rate in more than 70 years.

The report found that the number of workers in unions fell by 612,000 last year to 14.7 million, an even larger decrease than the overall 417,000 decline in the total number of Americans working.