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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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Organizing Your Speech: Designs and Structures


Shepard Smith coming to Vegas for Fox anniversary tour, 190 North / After Romeo and Juliet / Little Monsters and a growing field of Reality TV programs shooting this week in Las Vegas

Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls Of fire (Wild Version!)

Louis Prima & Keely Smith.....That Old Black Magic (1950's).flv



MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011


What Hollywood Execs Privately Say About Netflix




Disgusted that a video rental store raked him over the coals for returning a movie late, Reed Hastingscreated Netflix. Seventeen million subscribers later, some people probably wish a clerk would have just refunded the man his 40 bucks. Topping the list would be about 12,000 who have lost jobs at Blockbuster during the past couple of years as Netflix and its subscription DVD business have run circles around stodgy bricks-and-mortar storefronts. Next in line are pay TV executives, who wonder whether Netflix’s streaming business will encourage consumers to cancel expensive cable and satellite services. - Hollywood Reporter

Some love it, some hate it.

Titles that would otherwise go without revenue are bought up and used. Hit titles lose money by release through Netflix cutting into profits. Built into everything from Apple TV to Google, televisions to Blue Ray Players, and of course accessible from every computer and mobile phone, Netflix is not a reality as a regular part of the entertainment universe.

But is it killing Hollywood?

More likely playing havoc with business models of a trillion dollar industry.

For more on this story and others from the Hollywood Reporter, click here.

Sheen buries the hatchet, FX swims against the stream banking on movies, Terra Nova, MSNBC post Olbermann, Make it a Blockbuster Night Again!,


Photo: Charlie Sheen being roasted on Comedy Central. Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images.From the LA Times Company Town Blog..click here for the latest entertainment news.

Charlie Sheen, Warner Bros. Television and "Two and a Half Men" co-creator Chuck Lorre have officially made peace and settled their legal differences.
The three have been at odds since early this year after Warner Bros. shut down production of the CBSsitcom to force Sheen to seek treatment for substance abuse issues. Warner Bros. later fired the actor after he publicly criticized the studio and Lorre.
While none of the parties would comment on the deal, last week the Los Angeles Times reported that Sheen would receive $25 million to settle the matter. The $25 million was from profits Sheen was due to receive for work he had done on the show, a person familiar with the matter said.
The public fight between Sheen and Warner Bros. and Lorre was one of the ugliest in recent memory. Sheen went on television and radio shows and even launched a national tour all with the goal of criticizing his old bosses and declaring himself a winner.
A more contrite Sheen has appeared in recent weeks. He has made an appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," where he joked that he would have fired himself too. He also appeared on Fox's Emmy Awards telecast to wish "Two and a Half Men" good luck without him.
For Sheen, putting the matter behind him and showing that he has indeed settled down is key for his future in the industry. He is working on a new situation comedy based on the Adam Sandler movie "Anger Management" for the production company Debmar-Mercury, owned by Lions GateEntertainment Corp. It has not been sold to a network yet.
Ben Fritz on how Hollywood is moving away from the DVD business. Mary McNamara on "Terra Nova."Ben Fritz on how Hollywood is moving away from the DVD business. Mary McNamara on "Terra Nova."
Last week, "Two and a Half Men" made its debut with Ashton Kutcher as its new leading man and drew almost 30 million viewers.

On a roll. With "Sons of Anarchy" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" off to their best starts ever and a much-anticipated Ryan Murphy drama about to premiere, News Corp.'s FX is hitting new highs with its mix of edgy dramas and dark comedies. A look at its president John Landgraf and his approach to programming from the Los Angeles Times.
The Lion has claws. Disney's reissue of "The Lion King" finished in first place for the second weekend in a row. I'm not sure if that says a lot about the endurance of an almost 20-year-old classic or a lot about the movies being released now. Probably both. Sony's "Moneyball" didn't homer, but it got a big extra base hit with over $20 million in box office. "A Dolphin's Tale" also did well. Analysis from theLos Angeles Times and Movie City News.
Movies moving. The decision of DreamWorks to do a deal with Netflix has Variety wondering if other movie studios will follow suit. HBO is the biggest buyer of theatrical movies with deals for films from sister unit Warner Bros. as well as Fox. Variety wonders if the pay channel will be as aggressive in keeping those deals when they are up in a few years or let Netflix make a play for them. HBO says movies are still a big part of their service so my gut says they will do all they can to keep the big deals.
The Olbermann effect. MSNBC has seen its prime time ratings tumble this month compared to a year ago. Not only is Lawrence O'Donnell pulling in about 100,000 fewer viewers than Keith Olbermann did last September, Rachel Maddow's numbers are also down. CNN, meanwhile, has seen some ratings growth with the move of Anderson Cooper to 8 p.m. Of course, both networks are still getting crushed by Fox News. More on the cable news battle for second place from the New York Times.
Hulu moolah. The two biggest bidders for Hulu, the online video site owned by News Corp., Disney and Comcast, were satellite broadcaster Dish Network and search giant and YouTube parent Google Inc. I do hope the folks selling Hulu factor in who is buying it and whether the purchase is in the best long-term interests of the entertainment industry. But then, what do I know? I'm just a newspaper reporter. More on the bidding from Business Insider.
Make it a Blockbuster night again. Satellite broadcaster Dish Network, the new owner of home-entertainment company Blockbuster, announced its long-awaited streaming service last Friday. However, the service is available only to Dish subscribers, for now anyway. Details from the Los Angeles Times and Reuters.
Was Jenna Bush not available? Chelsea Clinton, daughter of the former president, has been tapped to join the board of Barry Diller's Internet company IAC. Not quite sure what expertise Clinton brings that merits an appointment to the board, but if it gets Diller invited to some different parties, then what the heck, right? More on the game-changing appointment from the Wall Street Journal.
It's not a big college town. TBS is touting how popular Conan O'Brien's late-night show is on the Web. And indeed, the show does have a big Internet following, but is it so huge that advertisers will look the other way about how underwhelming Conan's TV ratings are? Advertising Age looks at Turner's Web strategy. Although I normally don't like to dumb down the Morning Fix by explaining obscure culture references, the headline to this one refers to the manager of Spinal Tap trying to console the band when their gig in Boston is canceled. Now do you get it?
She's back. Andrea Wong, who got bounced out as head of Lifetime Television in early 2010 amidst an ownership change at the network, has landed at Sony Television where she will head international production. More from Deadline Hollywood.
A new Roger? The Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz looks at Fox News chief Roger Ailes and his management style and decision-making process as the powerful cable channel heads into another election season. Most interesting tidbit is Kurtz's suggestion that the 2012 election will be Ailes' "last hurrah."
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Richard Verrier on a crucial battle between an independent movie theater and a big chain. A "Red Dawn" remake may finally see the light of day. 
Ben Fritz on how Hollywood is moving away from the DVD business. Mary McNamara on "Terra Nova."
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From the LA Times Company Town Blog..click here for the latest entertainment news.

Cars cost much more because of in vehicle entertainment/information


You pay more for you navigation, music, video and other "necessities" that are now a part of most vehicles. As an example, The Consumer Electronics Association Newsletter reports that Microsoft's Sync system is costing consumer. Ford is billing $4,100 per vehicle more than it did two years ago, and a big reason for that is the Sync system, says Mark Fields, the company's president of the Americas. Fields also says to expect similar innovations in the future that relate to infotainment, navigation, cell phone connectivity and Wi-Fi. CNET/Car Tech blog/Automotive News 

Trust and taking risks

At its most basic teaching and learning is a relationship that is based on trust. Learning requires trust, respect, and openness. Learning can also involve transformation, which can be painful as we confront ourselves and the world, and if possible improve our world. The process of transformation may involve conflict. Most of all, learning should be a pursuit of passion, in whatever form it takes. I believe learning requires fearless curiosity and conviction.

In this age of sticks and stones, cynicism, force fed information, confrontational overtones and loss of respect, is learning possible in its purest, most vital form?

If you end up doing most of the "learning" in this course through your own research, by taking the time to read and apply what you read, by finding others to collaborate with, then you are well on your way toward a successful college experience and learning that will remain with you instead of passing through as water passes into and out of a pitcher. 

This is your course. I am here to help not to force or pour information into your brains. Feel free to ask my help, to take what I say with whatever value you wish to assign it, to use the other resources open to you at this college and to challenge yourself and push your own envelope.


Feel free to disagree openly. Use the blog or your speech, or discussion in class. Feel free to question and do your own research. Feel free to reveal some of yourself, and to share what you know, your thoughts, your ideas, your opinions and your values.


Art Lynch

Statistics Source



In response to this blog provides an interesting chain of links in the area of statistics, use of statistics, visual images for statistics and data resources. I am not endorsing this site, but it appears to be useful and the links may lead you to sources and information you may need for this or future course work.
 
CrisisMaven said...
As I see you are mentioning statistical research: I have put one of the most comprehensive link lists for hundreds of thousands of statistical sources and indicators (economics, demographics, health etc.) on my blog: Statistics Reference List. And what I find most fascinating is how data can be visualised nowadays with the graphical computing power of modern PCs, as in many of the dozens of examples in these Data Visualisation References. If you miss anything that I might be able to find for you or if you yourself want to share a resource, please leave a comment. See also Pew TrustsUS Census, other government data bases, university data bases, public data bases, military data basesCIA World Fact Book, state and local government sites, and various on-line research data bases (ask a librarian for help). If you come across any that you feel other students may benefit from or find interesting, please let us know.

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