Friday, January 28, 2011
MacBeth at CSN Next Weekend
Performed by the Utah Shakespeare Festival
BY CHRISTOPHER DURANG
Feb. 18, 19
3D or not 3D. Hollywood is releasing about 35 3-D films this year, compared with 22 last year. Screens adapted for 3D are expected to double, screens built for 3 D will start to show up in major markets by the Summer Blockbuster season.
The Skinny: Got to hand it to the folks at "30 Rock," they managed to make a joke about General Electric not controlling NBC Universal anymore in Thursday night's episode, the very day that Comcast held company-wide meetings to introduce themselves. Elsewhere, Charlie Sheen
Gift bags! Comcast hosted town hall meetings to welcome their new NBC Universal employees around the country, and came bearing gifts. NBC Universal staffers got 25 shares of Comcast stock, while Comcast folks got passes to Universal theme parks. Not sure who got the better deal there. One of Comcast's first moves was to take NBC's peacock logo off the stationary. But before you start crying about the peacock getting plucked, it still has its day job as NBC's on-air logo! The Los Angeles Times looks at the culture shock that may come from Comcast's takeover and whether Universal Studios chief Ron Meyer will be on the hot seat. Additional coverage from the Associated Press andVariety.
Reunited? Jeff Zucker finishes up as CEO of NBC Universal on Friday, and already talk is heating up that he wants to woo Katie Couric away from CBS News to try her hand at a daily talk show that he would oversee. The New York Post says it has three sources saying Zucker is working big-time on wooing Couric, who he used to oversee at NBC's "Today." My money's on Couric staying put at CBS. After all, the network just made this very nice video of everyone there, including CBS CEO Leslie Moonves singing to her on her birthday. If that doesn't say we love you, what does?
Nintendo games on the up and down.
Nintendo on Thursday gave further evidence that the momentum for its Wii and DS game consoles has slowed.
The Japanese gaming company now says it expects to sell 22.5 million DS portable devices and 16 million Wii consoles for its fiscal year ending March 31. It had previously expected to sell 23.5 million DS's and 17.5 million Wii's.
Offsetting the decline in device sales, however, is an expected increase in the sale of games sold for those systems. The company said it expected to sell 135 million games for DS, up from 125 million previously estimated, and 170 million Wii games, up from 138 million.
Nintendo in general makes a bigger profit on games than on consoles.
Briefcase full of blues. Charlie Sheen went to the hospital early Thursday morning. While his spokesman -- who I hope gets a big paycheck -- said he was suffering from stomach pains and possibly a hernia, TMZ (who else?), said he was rushed to the hospital after a night with porn stars and party favors. Because Sheen's hit CBS sitcom, "Two and a Half Men," was on hiatus, he didn't miss any work. And because the show was on hiatus, CBS and Warner Bros., which produces the show, could once again play ostrich. Here's the thing: The fear of the producers and network is that if they shut the show down until Sheen gets it together, he could sue because technically he's doing his job and honoring his contract. I say, let him sue. He'll lose in the court of public opinion (and probably with a jury as well), and if, God forbid, something tragic happens to Sheen or someone with him, the folks behind the show will be blasted for enabling him all this time and could be vulnerable to lawsuits themselves.
Getting clean and singing about it. Sometimes rehab can be a good career move (are you listening, Charlie Sheen?). The Wall Street Journal looks at musicians who cleaned up their bodies and minds and cleaned up with critics and in sales. Of course, for everyone who did that, there's one -- hello, Keith Richards -- who manages to keep cranking it out while still living to extremes.
Stop the presses! Vanity Fair will not be running an article probing the problems at the Motion Picture and Television Fund's long-term care facility. The Wrap reports that the article, which was supposed to be in the magazine's Hollywood issue that hits newsstands next week, is being held. It's the second article planned for the edition that was pulled, the first being a piece on -- yawn -- the battles between the Hollywood Reporter, Deadline Hollywood and the Wrap. With that one, perhaps Vanity Fair realized that it's sometimes good to have articles that more than 20 people will care to read.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Ben Fritz has the preview of the box office for this weekend.
The right-wing no new tax crowd plans to rally outside Saturday’s budget hearing to support Gov. Sandoval’s 30 percent cuts to higher education.
We cannot allow this budget to go forward and expect Nevada to remain a state. Cutting Higher Ed by another third – after years of cuts – won’t just dismantle the system. It will destroy economic recovery.
Yet the rabid minority thinks it more important to keep Nevada in the dark ages than to allow any progress. It clings to no new taxes, perhaps in hopes the governor can make it onto a presidential ticket next year and quit yet another job.
We know that “No” is not a plan. But we must show up to show lawmakers there is widespread support for a balanced solution to the budget crisis.
Even a majority of businesses surveyed by the conservative Review-Journal this week supports a solution that includes new revenue.
We need your voice Saturday more than ever.
Please join us early at the Grant Sawyer State Building, (555 E. Washington Ave, Las Vegas). Our Nevada Values Coalition will be there to sign you in and make sure you’re heard. The meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. and those wishing to testify will be given numbers, beginning at around 8:00 a.m.
This is the first and best time to give feedback on Governor Sandoval's proposed budget (which would cut 54% of the total state budget!).
Please join us Saturday!
The future of our state is literally hanging in the balance. You have the power to tilt the scales toward progress.
Thanks for all you do,