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Thursday, May 26, 2011

APA sample and paper on Millennial Generation

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What would Buffy think?

"The Beverly", Buffy the Vampire Slayer's favorite theatre and mall, is undergoing a make-over to attract upscale shoppers. The Wall Street Journal reports that among the changes is replacing the theaters where the fictitious high school teen turned kick butt vampire fighter hung out with her "valley speak" friends.

That said, she may approve of the store that is replacing the theatre complex....a trendy seller of lower priced or "rip off" fashion clothing with a youth image, "Forever 21."

Disney withdraws patent application for SEAL Team 6! Universal gets new marketing chief. Another big exit at NBC Sports.

Walt Disney Co. said it will withdraw an application to patent the term "SEAL Team 6," the name of the military unit that took out Osama bin Laden. Less than a week after the Navy SEAL team's successful mission, Disney moved to patent the name in the hopes of exploiting it for toys and entertainment, making the company the butt of jokes for its greed and annoying the Navy. After the Navy filed its own patent claim, Disney bailed out. I just want to know why someone in media relations didn't say at the time that maybe, just maybe, this wasn't such a good idea. More from the Wall Street Journal.
Universal shuffle continues. Universal Pictures is getting a new marketing chief -- SonyPictures' Josh Goldstine. He will succeed Eddie Egan, who is taking the top marketing position at Universal's family entertainment partner Illumination Entertainment. The marketing shift follows the recent ousting of Debbie Liebling as president of production after only eight months with the studio. Details from the Los Angeles Times.
Happy Birthday. Viacom announced it was increasing its quarterly dividend by almost 70%. Shareholders won't be the only ones excited by the news. Bloomberg reports that the increase will pump $41 million into National Amusements, the closely held parent company of Viacom that is majority-owned by Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone and his family. Sumner turns 88 this week so there should be some extra icing on that cake.
Guess they know now. Sony Corp. released its fiscal 2010 results Thursday morning and, as promised, the company lost $3.2 billion. However, the consumer electronics giant said it expects to rebound to a $1-billion profit. On the movie side, the results were hurt by the disappointing performance of James L. Brooks' "How Do You Know," which I watched on a plane last week until I couldn't take anymore and stuck a fork in my eye. More on the numbers from the Hollywood Reporter.
Another big exit at NBC Sports. Just a week after NBC Sports Group Chairman Dick Ebersol announced his exit from the network, his longtime No. 2 is expected to leave as well. Ken Schanzer, who has been with NBC for 30 years and spent the last 13 as president of NBC Sports, will announce his retirement as early as Thursday. The scoop from the Los Angeles Times.
Simon says sorry old chap. Only months away from its premiere, and there's been a big shakeup at Fox's "The X Factor." TMZ reported that Cheryl Cole, a judge on the British version of the musical talent show,  has been dropped from the U.S. version. I only hope the reason isn't the one cited by TMZ, which is that producers were worried about her thick British accent being a challenge to viewers. That would say more about the network's contempt for their audience than it would about their concern for the show.
Just need a little makeover. Martha Stewart's company Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia has hired Lisa Gersh, a former senior executive at Oxygen and later NBCUniversal, as president and chief operating officer and retained private equity firm Blackstone to look for partners and investors, setting up speculation that the company may be getting a cleanup in an effort to find a buyer. Gersh told the New York Post that "it is not our stated intention to sell in any way." Uh huh.

Dude, where's my return? Ashton Kutcher is more than a pretty face. The actor has also become an early investor in many Silicon Valley startups, including Foursquare. He also was an early investor in Skype, which Microsoft is in the process of buying. In other words, even if his move to join "Two and a Half Men" doesn't pay off, he should survive. The New York Times talks with Kutcher about his investment strategy.

Movie Projector: Record Memorial Day Box Office starts today. The release of two sequels -- one a lewd comedy aimed at adults, the other an animated film for a family audience -- could conspire to make this Memorial Day moviegoing weekend the biggest on record.
While "The Hangover Part II" and "Kung Fu Panda 2"-- both of which open Thursday -- should attract audiences in droves, there's no doubt that the film about a group of hard-partying dudes will come out on top. The second "Hangover," which this time follows three friends after a crazy night in Bangkok instead of in Las Vegas, could become the first R-rated comedy to open to more than $100 million.
The film's distributor, Warner Bros., is estimating that the sequel will gross between $90 million and $100 million over the five-day holiday period. But tracking on the movie is so strong that others in Hollywood who have seen pre-release audience surveys think it will bow with well over $100 million, with estimates ranging from $125 million to as much as $160 million in the U.S. and Canada.
Meanwhile, the weekend's other new wide release, the 3-D animated sequel "Kung Fu Panda 2," will probably taken in around $75 million, though distributor Paramount Pictures said it expected a slightly more modest opening of between $65 million and $70 million over five days.
After disappointing ticket sales in the first few months of the year, the holiday weekend should continue to reverse the downward trend in moviegoing. It's only been in the last few weeks as studios have begun to release their big summer offerings that box-office receipts have started to turn around.
If both of the new releases deliver on the high end of expectations -- and holdover "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" doesn't drop too drastically -- this could become the highest-grossing Memorial Day weekend ever. In May 2007, the third "Pirates of the Caribbean" film and third "Shrek" movie helped to make that four-day holiday weekend the biggest in history, with the top 50 films collectively grossing $254.6 million.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: A look at the busy Memorial Day box office weekend and who will come out on top. Betsy Sharkey says "The Hangover 2" seems to be more about money than laughs. Really? I'm shocked!
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On-line Radio LV Theatre Show begins print reviews

Oscar is Theatre7’s first foray into live theatre, and it successfully entertains.  While the space is not built for full productions, the team exceptionally combines live performance with HD video.

Oscar: A Good Man chronicles the life of Oscar Goodfella (read: Goodman) as he grows up, moves to Vegas and gets into shenanigans.  It stars Theatre7 Artistic Director Derek Stonebarger, Paige Billiot, writer/director Ryan Eicher, Janell Kelly, and Morgen Weaver as Young Oscar.  The cast’s performance is great and make these caricatures real.

There is a not subtle hint of improvisation in the show, mostly stemming them from adding material based on breaking news from both Oscar Goodman and the mayoral race.  They really let candidate Chris Giunchigliani have it there are Carolyn Goodman fans in the audience.  However, sometimes the spirit of ad-libbing detracts from the reality of scene, even breaking the 4th wall. 

The best part of the production had to be the use of multimedia.  Several times during the story, the cast interacts with video segments on a projector screen.  Sometimes they exit frame and entering stage like they came of the screen, or come in from the back of the house after a scene outside.  They made their stage seem bigger by using video at the peak of its ability.

But this show’s primary purpose is to entertain; there is no serious message or moral of the story.  Theatre7 tackles the story with lightheartedness and tongue-in-cheek fun.  These are not the real people (it’s Oscar Goodfella anyway), these are caricatures of the people they are based on. 

It is highly recommended to check out this production and the upstart cinema art house in Theatre7.