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The Do Nothing President...

The end of preexisting conditions denying health and life insurance to millions of Americans

The end of preexisting conditions raising our health care premiums to the point they are not affordable.

Guaranteed health insurance for all.

Guarented health insurance and medical care for children.

The end of being a woman constituting a preexisting condition and raising your health insurance premium.

Heading off a Great Depression that seemed impossible to stop.

Saving millions of jobs in the auto industry and other sectors.

The death of Osama Bin Laden.


This is only a partial list. More was accomplished in the first two years of the Obama presidency than in most presidents total service.

Of course since 2010 there has been a House of Representatives that just says "no" to everything, wants to cut programs that allow over half of America's population to make ends meet, have three meals a day and stay afloat in this recession.

So when the words "do nothing" or "hasn't done anything" or "ineffective" are used about President Obama take a close look on who is saying it and where they got it from...

Give the Gift of Acting

Give the gift of acting classes.

Any school or teacher! It's about the fun and the life skills you learn.

I teach two places:

$89 a month for my class plus up to three others per week through Casting Call Entertainment. The studio is in the complex with the light house just east of Flamingo and Eastern.


$40 a month for four lessons through the Boulder City Park District (must have 5 to make a class). Do not worry about the day mentioned, we will shift to Saturdays or Wednesdays in January. Sign up! Boulder City is only 30 minutes from Downtown Las Vegas and the Strip, much closer to Henderson, and is a great place to see and enjoy!

Contact Patty Sullivan or Art Lynch
702-400-3254 / 294-0335

-Art Lynch

Monopolies in Media, Twilight, Turning 2D into 3D, A Beer Buddy Game Show, Modern Warfare III dominates video gaming

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From the LA Times Company Town Blog, click here for the latest industry news.

Legend3D, which specializes in converting movies to 3-D, disclosed Monday that it had raised $19 million from private investors to finance even more conversions.

The decade-old San Diego company, which also refashions shots of movies originally filmed in 3-D, has worked on a number of high-profile releases, including Martin Scorsese's current release "Hugo," as well as "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," and "Green Lantern."

The firm, which employs 250 people, said the $19 million will help pay for research and development to improve the quality of its proprietary 2-D to 3-D conversion process and form more partnerships with filmmakers and studios.

The development comes at a time when consumer interest in watching 3-D movies appears to have cooled. To entice more studios to pay for 3-D conversions, Legend3D is changing its business model to give them some financial incentive: Legend3D will pay a portion of the conversion process in exchange for a share of revenues from 3-D tickets sales.

 Major studios are spending $10 million or more to convert new and classic Hollywood movies such as "Titantic" for 3-D viewing.

"3-D storytelling is primed to sweep audiences worldwide, making it increasingly critical that the technology behind the scenes offers today's content creators a tool set without limits,'' said David Patterson, chairman and chief executive of Northwater Capital Management Inc., which led a group of investors in raising the $19 million.

Back and grosser than ever.NBC's "Fear Factor, one of the original gross-out reality shows in which contestants would eat bugs or sit with snakes, returns this week and promises to be even more disgusting than before. Want to get me to watch it? Make NBC's programming team participate. A preview of the return of "Fear Factor" from the New York Times.

Design flop.Sony and Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios are pulling the plug on the talk show hosted by interior designer Nate Berkus. The show, which premiered in September 2010, is another blow for Winfrey, whose OWN cable channel is also struggling. More from Broadcasting & Cable.

Hope first prize isn't an iPad. Steve Jobs, the great late co-founder of Apple, was named media person of the year by I Want Media, an industry news site. I didn't ask for the results, but I'm sure I was right up there in the final tally of votes.

No big hangover here. "New Year's Eve," the cameo-filled romantic comedy from director Garry Marshall, couldn't fill Times Square -- much less the nation's movie theaters. The movie took in a soft $13.7 million in its debut weekend. Coming in second was Jonah Hill's "The Sitter," which collected $10 million. The lack of interest in the new releases made last weekend the slowest of the year at the box office and the worst performance by Hollywood since September, 2008. Recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Variety. Meanwhile, The Wrap looks at the Christmas box office crunch.


The indy studio behind "Twilight" may be sold, possibily to itself! 

As "Twilight" studio Summit Entertainment is immersed in negotiations with multiple parties to get acquired before the end of the year, a new bidder may have emerged: Summit itself.
Co-chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger are putting together a management buyout plan in partnership with a private equity fund to take financial control of Summit, according to a person familiar with the matter but not authorized to speak publicly.

Get tough.News Corp. should be grateful that Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps is leaving the regulatory agency at the end of the month. Copps has never shied from criticizing the lack of public service from the media giants that control the nation's airwaves. The probe into a phone hacking scandal at News Corp.'s now-closed British tabloid News of the World should raise eyebrows here, Copps said in an interview. "You have to pass a good character test to be a steward of the public airwaves and if they have failed then it is up to the commission to take a vote and see if they want to take away that license."

The lion in winter. One result of the ethics scandal that has rocked media giant News Corp. is that its Chairman and Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch no longer strikes fear in the hearts of British lawmakers, according to Macleans. "The big impact of the phone hacking allegations wasn’t that they made News Corp. seem evil and unscrupulous; that was the reputation the company had already, and one that Murdoch seemed to take delight in creating. But the fallout from the scandal made him look weak for the first time ever," wrote Jaime Weinman.

Pop a cold one, just don't sip it. Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, already one of the biggest sponsors of televised sports, is taking it a step further by creating its own sports show of sorts. "Bud United Presents: The Big Time" will air on ABC and feature amateur athletes competing for prizes. According to The Wall Street Journal, the brewing giant "hopes the show will help to revive Bud, whose U.S. sales have slumped for 22 straight years, and which risks being surpassed by Coors Light as the country's No. 2 beer." Here's a prediction: It won't.

Not giving up.Time Warner Inc. has revised its bid for reality and game show production giant Endemol. While the offer is still $1.4 billion, now the deal is all cash, according to the New York Post. Endemol, which is in the midst of restructuring its heavy debt load, has resisted Time Warner's wooing.

Ball hogs.NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke, who gave the green light along with his Comcast bosses for the network's big Olympics renewal deal, topped the Sports Business Journal annual list of the most powerful media executives in sports. Also in the top 10 are Fox Sports Chairman David Hill and new ESPN President John Skipper.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3

That didn't take long. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 rang up $1 billion in sales just 16 days after it launched in stores Nov. 8, according to the game's Santa Monica publisher, Activision Blizzard Inc.
Activision said about 30 million people have played a Call of Duty game since the series launched in 2003.

Still, Activision, in a statement released Monday morning, placed Call of Duty in the same pantheon of other mega-entertainment franchises such as "Star Wars," "Harry Potter" and the National Football League.

Whether Call of Duty proves as enduring as the NFL, which kicked off in 1920, remains to be seen. But for this year, Modern Warfare 3 is likely to stand untoppled as the bestselling game of 2011.
Even with three weeks remaining in the year, already declared it to be the No. 1 game for its store. The online retailer on Monday released its top 10 selling titles for 2011. Activision claimed two spots on the list -- both of them Call of Duty titles.

Activision said the amount spent on the latest Call of Duty franchise bested the box office take of James Cameron's "Avatar," which took 17 days to reap $1 billion after its release in 2009. Of course, more people--hundreds of millions--have seen "Avatar" in theaters than have played Call of Duty.

Top 10 titles sold on in 2011*
  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision Blizzard)
  2. Just Dance 3 (Ubisoft Entertainment)
  3. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Softworks)
  4. Battlefield 3 (Electronic Arts)
  5. Portal 2 (Electronic Arts)
  6. Batman: Arkham City (Warner Bros. Interactive)
  7. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft)
  8. Madden NFL 12 (Electronic Arts)
  9. Gears of War 3 (Microsoft)
  10. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision)
Michael Copps is leaving FCC

The people and the government has lost control of our media.

For over 10 years, Democratic Federal Communication Commissioner Michael J. Copps played the role of Howard Beale at the regulatory agency. Like the TV anchor from the movie "Network" -- the role made famous by the late Oscar-winning actor Peter Finch -- he was often mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.

Copps, who is resigning from the FCC at the end of the month, has always been far more outspoken than the typical regulator. He was unafraid to offend the powerful companies he was charged to keep in line.

Much of Copps' venom was directed at the handful of big media giants -- CBS, News Corp., Comcast Corp., Viacom, Walt Disney Co. and Time Warner -- that own the majority of broadcast and cable networks as well as the local television and radio stations.

While there are hundreds of cable and broadcast outlets, the bulk are controlled by just a few companies. "There are a lot of different puppets, but it is the same ventriloquist in control," Copps likes to say.

It was not unusual for Copps to be the lone vote of dissent when it came to big deals at the FCC. He gave a thumbs down to Comcast's purchase of NBCUniversal this year, saying it put "too much power in one company's hands."

Consolidation, he constantly argued, has led to a lack of diversity both in the executive suites and on the air. Minority and female ownership of television and radio stations is in "abysmal straits," he said in a recent interview with Company Town.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Mary McNamara on HBO's new gambling drama "Luck." A look at some of the risks for Ryan Seacrest if he went to work at NBC's "Today." Talent agency ICM has agreed to a management buyout that will keep the peace between the firm's top brass.

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Photos: Asa Butterfield plays Hugo Cabret (left) and Ben Kingsley plays Georges Méliès in "Hugo" from Paramount Pictures and GK Films. Credit: Jaap Buitendijk. 

Summit Entertainment Co-chairmen Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman at their Santa Monica office. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times. Bottom photo: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse." Credit: Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment.

 Michelle Pfeiffer and Zac Efforn in "New Year's Eve." Credit: Warner Bros. 

Cody Graybeal, left, and his brother Kyle Graybeal, both of Nevada, bought their copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 the day it launched at a GameStop store in North Las Vegas, Nev. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images.

His Own Private Nevada

Photo by Elizabeth Wolynski
One man’s passion for all that is old, irreplaceable and a little bizarre has evolved into a cherished Nevada Day tradition. Each year, Dr. Lonnie Hammargren opens his home—with its observatory, its old Vegas signs, its narrow, creaking staircases and its many shapely flasks—to the townspeople.
Through the years, his neighbors haven’t been thrilled with the event. But with the passage of time, even the staunchest defender of neighborhood placidity has to agree that Hammargren’s tradition is an act of civic love—the sort of thing that turns a city into a hometown.

From here for access. Pictured down front right, as entrance host, is yours truely, Art Lynch.