Movie and TV news, transitioning from Mexican Star to US Actor, the Governator, Rio, Hop, big changes in how we watch TV, Mad Men,
Arnold Schwarzenegger's new animated series "The Governator" from animation master mind Stan Lee is raising more than a few eyebrows. The series is made primarily for overseas markets, selling in the UK, Italy, France and Germany, with other markets opening soon. While Schwarzenegger says he will not return as a movie star, he is returning to the business with a product that may become toys, comic books, and even a 3D movie. He is producing but has yet to reveal if he will appear in, yet another "Terminator" movie and a remake of "Total Recall."
Upheaval in the traditional TV business.
Dish Network is acquiring Blockbuster, despite the industry saying that Blockbuster is RIP. You Tube is launching "channels" to watch movies and television programs.
People watch content in different ways now, with the industry not finding ways to make up for the loss of revenue in broadcast television, advertising supported cable and DVD sales.
Netflix struck a deal to stream "Mad Men" reruns, in part due to a decline in DVD sales and a thrust in the cable for first run "original" programing (often meaning another wrestling show, reality program or poor taste game show).
Kate del Castillo, the star of the Telemundo hit La Reina del Sur was a huge telenovela star in her native Mexico before moving to Los Angeles eight years ago. But once in Hollywood she was faced with a different and baffling business. She recounts her experiences of culture shock and her despair at going to hundreds of auditions -- something she never had to do in Mexico -- and the irony of having her biggest role be on a Spanish language show whose ratings rival and sometimes beat those of the major broadcast networks. Gringo's may now her for her role last season in "Weeds."
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