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Monday, February 6, 2012

Governors Press Conference on Eccomonic Development Plan expected to pay only lip service to higher education

Gov. Brian Sandoval will conduct a press conference to unveil the state’s economic development plan at UNR on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 9 a.m. Whereas higher education is a featured partner, all of the Nevada System of Higher Education institutions will broadcast the press conference live.

CSN faculty, staff and students will be able to watch the live broadcast at the Charleston campus in Rm. D101 at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. We will also be able to convey the press conference at the Henderson campus, Rm. C-224, and in Conference Room B at Cheyenne at the same time. Locations were selected based on video broadcasting capabilities.

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Professor Lynch, I am proposing this article for your blog.  I believe it could bring commentary from the audience about the justice system, sadness for the family and other feedback.

Thank you.
Anita Falconetti
Comm 101 HN 4049

Follow the Race: Meet the Press


Feb. 5: GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and the “Meet the Press” roundtable discuss the 2012 race and the ongoing economic recovery effort in the United States.

Michigan Super Bowl Political Ad

If cutting the budget is a priority, maybe the priorities are wrong.


Actors are too mechanical

By Art Lynch

A highly respected acting coach phoned into WOR radio in New York City with this observation:

"Actors today are too mechanical."

What the coach was talking about was not only the formula stereotyped actions and reactions of actors at auditions. but the reality that many interact better with their cell phones and video games than with their fellow human beings.

"How can you create a full human being on stage or film, if you think in terms of text messages and stiff video images?" they ask.

An actor must learn to listen, to the other character, to the environment, to the perceived reality of the characters world, to the very subtext and pattern of their own words or lines. Listening is how we capture ad understand reality. As any good salesperson can tell you, listening involves all of your senses, including a full understanding of movement, body language, intent, facial expressions, and like poker, subtle "gives."

An actor should listen and react as if it is the first time that the words are spoken, the actions taken and the reality of the scene unfolds. To do that they need to engage their senses as well as their mind, and set aside the mechanical we learn form pushing buttons, viewing two dimensional screens and constantly accepting stereotyped characters and images.

The coach went on to say how hard it is to break a beginning actor of the mechanical movements and predictable, or telegraphed gestures and expressions they have grown up to think of as "acting." While it has always been hard, today the cell phone raised gaming generation is more entrenched and dependent on these mechanical short hand tools than ever before.

The expectation of fast results, the ego of assumed rather than polished talents, the "overnight star" fiction of our society all work against the serious training and proven results seasoned actors know is needed to longevity in a very difficult, but rewarding profession.

Students jump from teacher to teacher, coach to coach, job to job without allowing the time for concepts, loyalty, "ah-ha" moments to set in and take root.

Acting resume, regardless of coaching or teaching skills and experience, attract students who think that by association along they can advance their degree. Long term investment and carefully fertilized individual talent and the needed life experience behind it, are overlooked or skipped entirely.

Craft and art  are treated as an inconvenience or something you can learn the same way as you might learn to use a new computer program or electronic gadget.

As a result, the craft, the level of acting talent and the overall quality of the final projects are suffering, careers are shortened and the view of the general public of actors continues to spiral down toward "something anyone can do."

Students need to slow down, be more loyal and realize that you are only as good as your ability to suspend disbelief and create the reality of the story you are one part in telling, no matter how large or small your role.

What the NYC coach was referring to was the need to put aside the fast and the furious, and take up the bones or what it is to be human; to create reality; to tell the story in a way that it is believed and experienced

Live life.  Use your life experience. Learn from the life experience of others. Be a true artist.

Lose the machine.

Indianna goes RTW...the battle for union rights fuels entertainment unions

SAG-AFTRA...why the time is now, a member perspective.

I might suggest that it's worth considering WHY this move to merge and strengthen the actors unions is happening now, at this moment in US history.

Consider the timing that saw Indiana became the first "Rust Belt" state to adopt right-to-work-(For Less) legislation (
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-02-01/indiana-right-to-work-bill/52916356/1) the same week the merger documents were posted online.

Consider the fact that the very notion of collective bargaining and solidarity is under continuous attack (ironically, this story came across ye olde Twitter at the very moment I started writing this:
http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/02/06/419262/anti-union-super-bowl-ad/) and millions of people who grew up in the Regan era (like me) have been brought to believe that union i
s a dirty word.

This move to strengthen the unions in our industry, which has been such a long time coming, is part of something much bigger in America - a resurgence of our desire across the nation to stand together, to say what we will and won't accept in our workplaces, and to make a better life not just for ourselves, but our neighbors and workmates as well. The time is right to make this happen... this merger will serve as an inspiration to all.

Lookout Netflix..Verizon-Redbox is here. Can Netflix become a go to source for origional programming? The future of print is multi-media.



Redbox1From the LA Times Company Town Blog. Click here for the latest entertainment industry news.

Lookout Netflix: Redbox and Verizon team up on video services. Betting that a combination of Internet streaming and kiosk DVD rentals can give consumers the most complete package in a fractured media landscape, Redbox and Verizon are teaming on a movie rental service to launch in the second half of this year.

The still unnamed business will challenge Netflix by offering a combination of streaming video on digital devices along with rentals from Redbox's more than 35,000 kiosks for a flat monthly fee. The two companies believe that combining the two is the only way to give consumers a comprehensive selection of movies.

According to a regulatory filing by Redbox parent Coinstar, the joint venture will be owned 65% by Verizon and 35% by Coinstar. While full financial details were not immediately available, Coinstar is initially contributing $14 million for its stake, an amount expected to increase significantly as the joint venture's capital needs increase.

Due to complex rights issues, Netflix's streaming service offers a hodgepodge of older and independent films, as the rights to most new releases from major studios are controlled by pay cable networks like HBO for up to a decade after they appear in theaters.

Redbox's kiosks offer newer movies on DVD and Blu-ray at grocery stores and other retail locations that the company says is a five-minute or less drive from more than 70% of Americans. But the machines carry only about 200 titles, a fraction of the number that can be offered on the Internet.
"Consumers who instantly want a new release can go to a kiosk and get it," Paul Davis, chief executive of Redbox's parent company Coinstar Inc. said in an interview. "For titles that are a bit older, there will be streaming capability."

Netflix also offers DVDs along with Internet streaming, but customers need to wait at least two days from the time they return one disc until they receive a new one. In addition, the company is attempting to wind down its DVD-by-mail service and transition all of its customers to streaming, while Redbox wants to keep its kiosk business strong for years to come.

Redbox said in late 2010 that it would work with a partner to move into the digital space and has been seeking a deal ever since. It settled on Verizon last year. The telecom giant will handle technical infrastructure and acquire digital content rights from studios. Both companies will market the service to their customer bases.

Redbox has more than 30 million active customers and Verizon has nearly 109 million wireless and nearly 9 million broadband customers.

Redbox had initially aimed to debut its digital offering in 2011, not late 2012. Together with Verizon it will enter a competitive landscape for digital movie rentals that includes not only Netflix, which has nearly 25 million subscribers, but also a growing competative landscape that includes Amazon.com and Wal-Mart's Vudu. The question is how will consumers respond to potentially having to fish our more to join multiple sevices. And what happens when Apple begins planned network streaming?

Netflix less about flicks, more about TV
Redbox plans to expand to Web next year
Redbox-Warner Bros. deal expires, ending 28-day delay

The Daily Dose: With commercials going for $3.5 million apiece during Sunday's Super Bowl, it is no wonder that NBC did most of its self-promoting before kickoff. Still, the Peacock network managed 11 plugs during the big game, including three each for "Smash," which premieres Monday night, and "The Voice," which made its Season 2 debut right after the game. The best promo, at least in my opinion, was the spot for "America's Got Talent" featuring new judge Howard Stern taking a fire hose to some contestants lacking in talent.


Lillyhammer is a big bet for Netflix

Steven Van Zandt stars in "Lillyhammer." Credit: Netflix.

Big bet on small screen. When Netflix launched, its primary goal was to eliminate drives to the video store and offer a new way to rent movies. Now though the company is putting its money behind television. Not only has it been buying up reruns of shows old ("Star Trek") and new ("Mad Men"), it is also getting into the original programming business. A look at Netflix's gamble and what is motivating it from the Los Angeles Times. Meanwhile, Verizon is moving ahead with its plans to challenge Netflix and it is bring Red Box along for the ride.


'Chronicle' had story to tell. "Chronicle," a found-footage film (which means one of those "Blair Witch" flicks), surprised the industry by taking in $22 million on what is normally a very slow weekend. "The Woman in Black," Daniel Radcliffe's first big non-"Harry Potter" movie, also did well, taking in $21 million. Overall, ticket sales were up almost 40% compared with 2011's Super Bowl weekend. Box office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Movie City News.

Studio Ghibli hopes to crack U.S. market. Its films, including "Spirited Away" and "Ponyo," have been critical darlings, but Japanese animation production house Studio Ghibli has not found the big audiences here that it has in other parts of the world. The company, which works with Disney on U.S. distribution, is hoping to change that with its newest release, "The Secret World of Arrietty," based on Mary Norton's popular children's book. A look at Studio Ghibli's latest push in the U.S. from the Wall Street Journal.

The future of print is ... video? Looks like several newspapers are going to try to follow the Wall Street Journal's lead in creating a video outlet to offer live content via the Web. It makes sense. After all, at some point broadband will surpass cable and satellite as the way most people view content. A look from the New York Times at how some papers are turning into television channels.
Oops. There always has to be one at every party. This time it was rapper M.I.A. who flipped the bird during her part of Madonna's halftime show. NBC wasn't able to blur it in time (although I didn't notice it and I'm guessing many didn't until they hit pause and rewound it after hearing about it on Twitter). NBC and the NFL have apologized, although how are they supposed to know what M.I.A. is thinking? Hopefully this will be a one-day story and not turn into a cause for media watchdogs and keep Federal Communications Commission lawyers busy for the next decade. More on the fleeting finger from the Washington Post.


 Inside the Los Angeles Times: Mary McNamara on NBC's new musical drama "Smash."

-- Joe Flint and others

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

Image manipulation....and internet spread of false images and ideas.