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Monday, October 10, 2011

We are not in a recession and have not been for two years?

Photo: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times
President Obama, talking about his jobs bill in a news conference Thursday, called the economic situation “an emergency.”

WASHINGTON — In a grim sign of the enduring nature of the economic slump, household income declined more in the two years after the recession ended than it did during the recession itself, new research has found. Between June 2009, when the recession officially ended, and June 2011, inflation-adjusted median household income fell 6.7 percent, to $49,909, according to a study by two former Census Bureauofficials. During the recession — from December 2007 to June 2009 — household income fell 3.2 percent.

This report from the New York Times continues if you click here.

Com Student Review

Com 101 students: Week 1 to 8 notes are now posted, the communication process, various public speaking notes, and along with them both review for the midterm and preparation notes for informative speeches.

Generation Me!
The Millennial Generation
-by Art Lynch 

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Sit Coms, Christian Filmmaking, VOD, the "new' TV season, and Recycling Disney "classics" as 3D releases

How hard it is to do a Sit Com pilot? "30 Rock" had the worst ever, but was loved by executives and allowed to become an ensemble. "Cheers" was perfect but not liked by network…today it would not have lasted past its test period. Same for "Friends" because none of the cast were stars. Drama must exist in comedies, yet is very hard to pull off in a pilot where people do not know the characters. "Cheers" ended up working because of its universal appeal to blue collar (Norm and company) and upscale educated (Shelly Long and Kelsey Grammer's characters) to Universal (coach). Too often characters are stereotypes and not developed on the human side. Again, in today's economy and industry, this all has to be done in the pilot not over a first season run.

What's in a TV Pilot?; 'Courageous,' a Faith-Based Film

What's in a TV Pilot?; 'Courageous,' a Faith-Based Film

MON OCT 10, 2011
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Did you know that the "Cheers" pilot is widely regarded as a a great example of what a comedy pilot needs to be?  Tina Fey thinks so.  Journalist Ari Karpel talks to the likes of Steve Levitan, the co-creator of the ABC hit "Modern Family," and TV director/producer Todd Holland about the elusive process of making pilots and what a comedy pilot needs in order to have it launch a successful series.  Plus, Kim talks with Alex Kendrick, the filmmaker behind the hit Christian films that are produced by the volunteer production company, Sherwood Pictures,as an outreach of the Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia.  From the Hollywood perspective, Sherwood Pictures has an enviable track record.  They've made four features-- the last three were released by shingles under the Sony banner-- and their grosses are striking.  Their second film, "Facing the Giants" cost  $100,000 and grossed more than $10 million.  Their 2008, movie, "Fireproof" was made for $500,000 and grossed more than $33 million at the box office.  And their latest-- "Courageous" cost $2 million and made $10 million in its opening weekend.  Kim gets a window into this unusual business model of making films through a church congregation.

Today's Banter Topics:
- Universal to release Tower Heist -- the Brett Ratner-directed movie starring Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller -- on premium VOD only after three weeks in theaters
- Disney to convert more old animated films like The Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo into 3-D to release in theaters on the heels of the success of The Lion King 3-D
- Update on Fall TV season: NBC cancels The Playboy Club and Fox faces a question about re-upping the expensive Spielberg-produced Terra Nova


Midterm Study Question

From a student:

"what would be a good way or strategie to study the charts of the book?"

Any ideas or suggestions?

Netflix does a re-do, DC books digital battles, Mr. Burns smells a bully, Rock 'em Sock 'em Weekend

Netflix Reverses Itself, but keeps higher fee structure .Netflix is dropping a plan to create two separate websites for its customers to use depending on whether they are renting DVDs or downloading movies and TV shows to their computers and televisions.
However, a recent price increase that led to a backlash from consumers and a slide in the company's stock price remains in place. In July, Netflix dropped a $9.99-a-month plan that let customers watch an unlimited number of movies online and rent one DVD at a time. Now subscribers who want that combination must pay $15.98 a month — $7.99 for movie streaming and $7.99 to receive discs in the mail.
In an announcement on its corporate website Monday, Netflix said it was abandoning its plan to create a separate brand called Qwikster for its DVD business as part of the new pricing structure. The Qwikster move, announced last month, seemed only to further confuse and disturb customers and investors.
"It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs," CEO Reed Hastings wrote in Monday's announcement. "This means no change: one website, one account, one password … in other words, no Qwikster."
Big shoes to fill. The void left by the passing of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs will be felt not only at Apple, but at Disney, where he was a very influential board member and confidant of CEO Bob Iger. A look at the role Jobs played at Disney from the Los Angeles Times. Additional coverage on Jobs death and its impact on Apple and the entertainment and technology worlds from the New York TimesWall Street Journal and Bloomberg.

WatchmenBarnes and Nobel pulls DC from its shelves. DC Comics' efforts to expand digital distribution of its graphic novels has gotten it caught in a battle between two book-selling giants.
Barnes & Noble said Friday it will not stock physical copies of 100 of DC's graphic novels that the Warner Bros.-owned unit is making available exclusively on competitor's Kindle platform, including the upcoming Kindle Fire tablet.
DC agreed to give Amazon exclusive digital distribution rights for the books, which include "Watchmen" and graphic novels featuring Batman and Superman, for four months starting with the launch of the Kindle Fire on Nov. 15.
The deal gives DC's books, which are being made available digitally for the first time, the advantage of being part of Amazon's huge marketing push for the Kindle Fire.
Barnes & Noble said it had a policy to not put books that are available on other digital platforms, but not its Nook e-reader, in its 1,341 stores.
"We will not stock physical books in our stores if we are not offered the available digital format," chief merchant Jaime Carey said in a statement. "To sell and promote the physical book in our store showrooms and not have the ebook available for sale would undermine our promise to Barnes & Noble customers to make available any book, anywhere, anytime."
Customers will still be able to special order the books, however, as well as buy them from Barnes & Noble's website.
In response, a DC Entertainment spokeswoman pointed out that the graphic novels will be available on any device with Amazon's Kindle app, including Apple Inc.'s iPad, and not just the Kindle Fire.
"We are disappointed that Barnes & Noble has made the decision to remove these books off their shelves and make them unavailable to their customers," she said.
DC will swallow the sales hit from Barnes & Noble for the four months rather than alter its Amazon agreement, apparently betting that it can make more money online than it would have in the retail giant's stores.
As part of a relaunch in September of all its comic book titles, DC for the first time has been selling all of its comic books as digital downloads the same day they go on sale in stores.
Knockout. Hugh Jackman's "Real Steel" easily beat the competition, taking in $27.3 million in its opening weekend to finish first at the box office. The other big movie making its debut was "The Ides of March," a political drama starring Ryan Gosling and George Clooney that took in $10.4 million. You may recall that last Friday my "after the coffee" line was a joke about whether I'd see "The Ides of March Now" or wait 15 years for the 3-D re-release. Well, I should have waited the 15 years. Tepid performances, predictable plot and boring direction (sorry, Clooney) made this the movie to miss. Box-office analysis from the Los Angeles Times and Movie City News.
Harry Shearer, The Simpsons
Talent deserves its due. He may provide the voice of greedy tyrant Monty Burns on "The Simpsons," but off screen Harry Shearer says it is the company behind Fox's cartoon hit that is being a bully.
Shearer, the first cast member of "The Simpsons" to speak publicly about the contract dispute between the actors who do the voices for the cartoon characters and production company 20th Century Fox Television, said the cast is being ripped off.
While acknowledging that he's hardly a pauper, Shearer said the salaries in the cast "pale in comparison to what the show's profit participants have been taking home." Profit participants are typically the creators and key writers and producers.
Those who do not study history. Roseanne Barr's latest television effort, a reality show for Lifetime, flamed out, so naturally NBC has now given her a deal to develop a sitcom about folks struggling to get by in a mobile home community, according to Deadline Hollywood. I'm not Barr's agent, but if I were, I'd tell her to take some small roles and build herself back up (guest star on "Harry's Law" or "Modern Family" or something) before throwing herself into another sitcom. Barr has become a polarizing figure, and those that she annoys far outnumber those who like her. NBC may learn this the hard way.
Slow start. The broadcast season is entering its fourth week, and although there have been some individual standouts -- Fox's "New Girl" and CBS' "Two Broke Girls" among them -- overall the numbers are not inspiring. The Wall Street Journal looks at the early numbers.
Sticking around. Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger signed a new five-year deal with the media giant that will see him become chairman as well. The deal also sets a process for naming a new CEO to succeed Iger, and now the corporate bake-off can start. Analysis from the Los Angeles Times.

VOD backlash. Universal's plan to experiment with making its new movie "Tower Heist" available on video-on-demand for $60 just a few weeks after its theatrical release is not being greeted with hugs and kisses from theater owners. Cinemark, the nation's third-biggest chain, has said it won't carry the film if the studio goes ahead with testing the willingness of consumers to pay $60 to watch a new movie in their home. The latest on the issue from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.
Bad day at the Beeb. The British Broadcasting Corp. said it will be cutting 2,000 jobs over the next five years in a dramatic effort to trim costs at the iconic broadcaster. Details from the Daily Mirror.
Kenneth Turan on "The Ides of March" and Betsy Sharkey on "Real Steel." Some more thoughts on "The Simpsons" contract dispute.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Robert Lloyd on HBO's new series, "Enlightened."
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Evil Dead the Musical opens Thursday

Evil Dead the Musical in Las Vegas  Evil Dead the Musical 
Music by Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris, & George Reinblatt. Book & Lyrics by George Reinblatt. Directed by Sirc Michaels.

LV Onyx Theatre (click here)

13 Oct 2011 at 08:00 PM
Doors Open At: at 07:30 PM 

Special VIP Splatter Zone: $30 (includes t-shirt!)
General Admission: $20
Special Discount for Las Vegas Locals! $15! (Bring your NV ID to the box office when purchasing tickets to take advantage of this offer. This discount is not available for VIP Splatter Zone Tickets, it is not available online, and it cannot be applied to tickets already purchased.)