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Friday, December 30, 2011

Jack Benny WWII How Radio Shows were done (Part 1)

Jack Benny Part 2

Joy to the World!

‎"If you are joyful, do not worry about lukewarmness. Joy will shine in your eyes and in your look, in your conversation and in your countenance. You will not be able to hide it because joy overflows." 
~ Mother Teresa

New Year's Wish: Work Together instead of Attack

My wish for the New Year:

While people have strong, mutually exclusive ideas on how to get the economy and the country moving again, can we at least try to rise above zoning in on point making at the expense of truth? The recession didn't begin on January, 2009; Frannie and Freddie did not force banks to make bad loans -- greed did. These are not partisan truths, they are facts and there has been enough investigative journalism and books published on the subject that there is no excuse not to know the real causes for this man-made recession unless you choose to not know.

Any country that abandons truth for political gain cannot survive. Anyone who can't speak of the president or the opposing party without vitriol and rancor should be shunned. Our country is too important to destroy for the venal pleasure of sticking it to the other guy. If a marriage cannot survive on those terms, neither can a country. If you are part of the problem, read and learn from back issues of Can This Marriage Be Saved to see if you are building our Democracy or savaging it.

I appreciate that the Republican candidates are openly advocating for their true positions. The President and Democrats are letting the voters know their solutions. Let's have an honest discussion, vote and then support the politicians once in office. The antidote to corruption is participation. That happens one person at a time.

As Adam Smith said, the Wealth of a Nation lies not in its gold and silver, but in the labor of its people. It is time to work together.

What Are You Doing New Years Eve? by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-L...

Ghost Rider Creator loses all rights. Movie Theatres becoming relics of the past? China deal goes south?

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

Giving up the ghost: With a second "Ghost Rider" movie coming out in February, the writer of the original comic was looking to claim ownership of the Marvel Comics character (and all the royalties that come with it) in court. But a federal judge ruled that the writer gave up rights in 1972 when he cashed a check from Marvel, and that the creation of the character involved multiple people. Reuters and the Hollywood Reporter have the news.

Behind the box-office numbers: 2011 continued an ongoing trend of declining attendance at America's movie theaters. In a year-end box-office analysis, the Los Angeles Times notes that the cause is primarily that fewer and fewer people are going to movies after opening. If they're not excited enough to go immediately, they'll just wait for the DVD or video-on-demand. Also, a look at what the trend means for exhibition companies. The Hollywood Reporter looks at the stats as well.

Not quite Legendary yet: China may be the hottest movie market in the world, but raising money still isn't a piece of cake. Legendary East, the China venture of Thomas Tull's Legendary Entertainment, has had to delay plans to raise $220 million on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange because it couldn't find enough investors this year. Details from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.

Mission to win again: With no new movies opening nation-wide, Tom Cruise is likely to top the box office over New Year's weekend just like he did over Christmas. Perhaps the bigger question is whether there's any kind of a comeback brewing for "Sherlock Holmes" or "Alvin and the Chipmunks" (both are sequels with long subtitles that I will spare you), and whether any of the middle-of-the-pack movies like "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," "War Horse" and "We Bought a Zoo" will prove more resilient. Analysis from the Los Angeles Times.

Also in the Los Angeles Times: Summit Entertainment is still for sale, but a deal won't close this year. Betsy Sharkey reviews "The Iron Lady." Kenneth Turan reviews the Iranian film "A Separation."  Underappreciated films of 2011.

-- Ben Fritz