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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Do you want to pay $460 or more for one class in-state at CSN?!

Please forward the following message to everyone in your e-mail list and on ANGEL with the above header, please and thank you. 

Spread the word.

Do you want to pay $460 for one class in-state at CSN?  

Do something about it!

We need your presence at upcoming town halls on the budget at 5pm on Feb. 28 at Green Valley High School and on education policy and economic development at 1pm on Mar. 4 in the Horn Theater at the CSN Cheyenne Campus!  

We need your personal stories at the first one and your ideas for reform at the second one.

The big event will be on Monday, Mar. 21st in Carson City.  We will be busing students from all over the state to rally against the cuts in front of the legislative building and we need you to be there!  

If you can make it, please immediately with your name, phone number and e-mail, expressing your interest in attending the Carson City bus trip and we will coordinate with you as the date approaches.

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Don't let the legislature decide your future for you. 

Come out and support higher Ed on the 28th, 4th and 21st!"

J.T. Creedon
ASCSN Student Government
C: (702) 355-0937
O: (702) 651-4380

Former Dem Pres Candidate to head MPAA? Oscar's new focus, Amazon takes on Netflix/Redbox/Blockbuster

From the LA Times Company Town Blog:

Not the king's palace. It is likely to clean up at the Oscars this Sunday, but when "The King's Speech" was being made there was little help coming from the royal family. The producers couldn't even get a look inside Buckingham Palace for some inspiration. The Los Angeles Times looks at how the film managed to find locations that could work as stand ins for the palace and other royal homes.

Senator Dodd MPAA Head? Former Sen. Christopher Dodd, the front-runner to head the Motion Picture Assn. of America, could be named as Hollywood's top lobbyist as early as this week. 

Dodd and the MPAA's board are finalizing the terms of a contract that would put the former U.S.

DoddDemocratic presidential hopeful in charge of the trade group, said a person close to the search. As The Times reported two weeks ago, Dodd recently became the lead candidate for the job to replace former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, who resigned as MPAA's chief executive a year ago.
Dodd, who served five terms in the U.S. Senate before retiring, has no previous experience in the entertainment industry but is being tapped for his deep knowledge of Washington and clout with both political parties. He will be paid a salary of more than $1.5 million annually, according to the person familiar with the search.

Annoying you on all platforms. Not satisfied with overwhelming viewers with advertisements on television, marketers want to find a way to reach you when you go to tweet something about what you're watching or when you post some witty status update on Facebook. Sunday's telecast of the Oscars will see lots of companies trying to snag viewers when they put down the remote and pick up the laptop. Hopefully, they'll realize soon it doesn't work and leave us alone. More on the Oscars blitz from the Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, the New York Times, following up on a Los Angeles Timesstory, looks at all the extra Oscar goodies that will be offered online. Now can we make it stop?
This time it will be different. Every year they tell us they've learned from their mistakes. They say they didn't mean to insult us. They beg for another chance to prove their love when all they've done is cause pain. And we buy it every time. The Hollywood Reporter on what producers are promising for this year's Oscar telecast and why it really will be unlike any other show.
Look out Netflix, here comes Amazon. As had been expected, Amazon wants to take on Netflix and on Tuesday said it would launch a rival streaming service. Amazon will offer up 5,000 movies and TV shows for streaming. Netflix, meanwhile, cut a new deal with CBS for old TV shows including "Star Trek" and "Twin Peaks." For CBS, and other companies such as Disney that have entered similar deals, this is basically found money. Coverage from Variety and the Associated Press.

Foreign affair goes awry. The Daily Beast says the best foreign language film category is a train wreck. Among the criticisms are that the panelists have to weed through too much content and overlook cutting edge material.
Plan your schedule. What's Oscar week without a list of all the parties to crash? Fortunately, Deadline Hollywood has provided this vital information. Now you can find out where to go to see the people who passed on your script or looked at their Blackberry during your audition.
Apple's Core. Steve Jobs' health has put a cloud over Apple.
Stream ordered to dry up. Broadcasters took a round in their legal battle against Ivi Inc., a company that has been streaming the signals of network affiliates without permission. According toBloomberg, U.S. District Judge Naomi Buchwald ruled that the broadcasters have "demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits of their copyright claim ... They have also demonstrated irreparable harm, that the balance of hardships tip in their favor, and that the public interest will not be disserved by an injunction.” Ivi said it will appeal.
Lachlan's turn. First on Sunday, the New York Times all but anoints James Murdoch successor to his father's throne at News Corp. Then, on Monday, Murdoch's daughter Liz sells her company Shine to her father and rejoins the company's board of directors. Now Lachlan, the eldest son, makes news by being named interim chief executive of Australia's Ten Network. Lachlan left News Corp. more than five years ago and is now a media investor. More on his latest news from C21Media.
All in the family. Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. is buying Shine, the production company majority owned by his daughter Elisabeth for almost $700 million. The deal will raise eyebrows for lots of reasons. First, it brings Elisabeth back to News Corp., where she'll have a board seat and once again be in the running with her baby brother James to be a successor to her father. Second, the acquisition and its price tag will no doubt have some wondering whether News Corp. is paying a fair price for the company whose biggest assets include reality shows "The Biggest Loser" and "Master Chef." News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey will oversee Shine. In another interesting note, Shine's top U.S. executive -- Emiliano Calemzuk -- who had left News Corp. less than six months ago to work for Elisabeth Murdoch, will now likely be back at the company. As Michael Corleone would say, "Every time I think I'm out...they keep pulling me back in!" Coverage from the Los Angeles Times and the U.K.'s Guardian. For more on James Murdoch, here's Sunday's lengthy New York Times profile.

No longer an unknown. Liam Neeson's action movie "Unknown" caught the so-called experts who predict box office off guard when the Warner Bros. release topped the teen sci-fi drama "I Am Number Four" from DreamWorks at the box office over the holiday weekend. "Unknown" took in $25.6 million, compared with $22.6 million for "I Am a Number Four." The audience for "Unknown" skewed old, which in TV is bad but in movies doesn't matter as much because their money is just as green as some teens and probably wasn't stolen from their old man's wallet. Box office reports from the Los Angeles Times and Movie City News and a look at Neeson's appeal from the Hollywood Reporter
Is Comcast anti-union. The Writers Guild of America West charges that Comcast, the cable giant that now controls NBC Universal is out to "destroy" the guild. The WGAW has been clashing with Comcast long before it bought NBC Universal. At issue is Comcast's unwillingness to recognize the WGA and its members on their cable shows, which include E!'s "Chelsea Lately" and "The Soup." More on the skirmishes from Variety.
Blockbuster deal. Struggling video store chain Blockbuster has received a bid of almost $300 million from its debt holders. The offer is seen as more of a starting off point for potential suitors than it is a done deal. The bid comes from Cobalt Video Holdco, whose partners include private-equity and hedge funds that hold notes on the onetime video giant. Details from Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal.
Taking to the tweets. As the NFL and its players union nears a deadline on a new deal, the players are venting about the NFL and team owners on Twitter. At issue in the talks are a new split on the revenue pie and a longer season, which is of great concern to players and not even something many fans are clamoring for, but it will mean more TV money for the league. The New York Times on how players are trying to make their case in 140 characters or fewer.
Leadership qualities. The quick departure of Jack Griffin from head of Time Inc. led the Wall Street Journal to do an analysis of Time Warner chief Jeff Bewkes' handling of executive changes at the company. We agree with most of the grades but are confused as to why WSJ gave Bewkes an "A" for his handling of Chris Albrecht's departure from HBO after being arrested in 2007 in Las Vegas for fighting with his girlfriend. The piece overlooks that Bewkes, while head of HBO, kept Albrecht on for years after the company settled a nasty complaint against Albrecht from a female underling and buried the incident. It was only after the Los Angeles Times broke that story a few days after the Vegas bust that Bewkes and his then Time Warner boss Dick Parsons moved against Albrecht.
Is Matt Damon done? Of course not. But according to the Wrap, buzz on his latest movie "The Adjustment Bureau" is weak and that could spell trouble for the star. Interestingly, the Wrap has a chart of Damon's recent movies and only one made less in box office than what it cost. But hey, a big headline about a popular movie star's career being on the wane will be sure to generate hits no matter how on the money the story is, and alas that's the name of the game in today's journalism. My father was fond of saying shoot first, aim later. These days, it's click first, report later.
Striking out on his own.  David Ellison, son of software giant Larry Ellison, wants to make his own mark as a producer.