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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"Red Dawn" altered so as not to insult China

Hollywood grovels.

In the 1984 Movie "Red Dawn" Russia's Soviet Union, along with Cuban and Central American Troops, cut the United States in half and launch a six year war to destroy the US form within.

in the remake China launches such a war, with the help of Africans and other national aligned with China.

The movie is in the can, complete.

Yet the bad guy has been changed to a very unlikely scenario of the invading force being North Korean.

MGM, worried about offending China, took the extraordinary step of switching the bad guys in its remake of the 1980s movie "Red Dawn" from Chinese to North Korean after the film was already done. Through digital technology, the invading forces are no longer Chinese. Flags were switched. Dialogue altered. "The changes illustrate just how much sway China's government has in the global entertainment industry, even without uttering a word of official protest," reports the Los Angeles Times. Scary.

Source: LA Times Company Town blog/

We can learn from Japan

Did you know that stores and vending machines were not vandalized or looted? Merchants did not jack up prices on items in short supply. The military and civilian volunteers were fast to respond, even going in harms way voluntarily.

Would we do that?

In fairness Japan is changing and moving toward our lack of respect for private property and rights, but  slowly, and in crisis they fall back on their grater culture. Admirable.

Big dog, bick bucks

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Call your Congressmen and woman to support Public Broadcasting Today

As we let you know recently, the Senate is now working on their version of the budget bill that includes federal funding for public broadcasting. This week the House is set to vote on a separate additional measure to that restricts local stations from spending federal dollars on NPR programming.

Federal funding, through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting comes to local stations including Nevada Public Radio, our annual grant amounts to less than 10% of our budget. But those dollars are vital and would be hard to replace. They are the difference between doing everything you’ve come to expect from us . . . and hard choices, about the stations that serve rural areas outside of Las Vegas, classical music, our reading service for the blind and our commitment to local news and information.

Some stations in the public broadcasting system may go dark without federal support – every public tv and radio station will be faced with the challenge on replacing those dollars at a time when our public service mission is most needed.

If you want to find out how you can make sure your voice is heard, join the campaign 170 Million Americans – there’s a link on our website better yet, call your congressional delegation today and let them know how you feel.

Thanks for listening.

Flo Rogers
VP and General Manager
Nevada Public Radio

Problems with Adoption

From a student:

These children were let down time and time again! The fact that they were foster kids is astounding. The US makes it so tough to adopt kids with strict regulations that people adopt from other counties. Now we see there are many holes in the system . I hope this is a isolated incident and children are not being over looked when there are thousands of good parents still waiting to adopt. I don’t think our justice system is harsh enough to charge these foster parents, but that’s just my opinion.,0,19579.story

Netflix to offer orgional TV series, made for Netflix

Industry website Deadline Hollywood reports that Netflix is closing in on a deal for an original drama from Media Rights Capital. Just two  months ago, Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings said the company had no interest in getting into original content. But hey, if a company is selling a show for north of $4 million an episode, doesn't want to make a pilot and will only do a deal if you commit to two seasons, well how can one say no to that? HBO passed on the show, which stars and is produced by Kevin Spacey, because it wouldn't buy it sight unseen. No doubt MRC wants a two-season commitment from Netflix in return for being the home-entertainment company's original-programming lab rat. Additional coverage from the Wall Street Journal.

Source: LA Times Company Town

Cable TV on your iPad?

On Monday, Time Warner Cable said it would offer its subscribers the ability to watch live television via the iPad. Of course, the only place their subscribers can do that is in the home, although plans include the ability to watch wherever there is WiFi, provided you are a subscriber. Several programmers are questioning whether the cable giant has the right to offer its channels by way of the Apple device. The same thing happened when  Comcast announced a similar iPad app. More from AdWeek.

Source: LA Times Company Town