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‘Live hard. Live Poor’: Screenwriting advice from Robert McKee

Posted March 5, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The legendary screenwriting guru, Robert McKee is coming to Los Angeles this week to conduct one of his famed “Story” seminars. It’s an intense four day endeavor that is reportedly “equivalent to 4 years of college.” It will run from 9am-7pm, Thursday March 6th-Sunday March 9th.
KCRW called McKee at his Connecticut home the other day to talk about his seminars, his depiction in the Spike …

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Inside the $80,000 ‘Everyone Wins’ Oscar gift bag

Posted February 26, 2014 by | 12 Comments | ]

The day after the Academy Awards ceremony, 21 lucky losers will receive gift bags made by Distinctive Assets, a company founded by the enthusiastic Lash Fary– a man sometimes referred to as “The Gift Fairy.”  They call them the “Everyone Wins” gift bags, though in truth, only the host– who this year is Ellen Degeneres– and the 20 Oscar-nominated directors, actors and actresses who …

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What’s working– and what isn’t– for the young Latino TV audience?

Posted October 14, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
Los Heroes del Norte

Biculturals, bilinguals, Hispanic Millennials. Those are a few of the buzzwords employed by television broadcasters determined to reach the growing Latino market — especially the acculturated twenty-somethings born and raised in the United States. Over the next couple of months, two new cable networks geared at this audience are set to debut.
First up is Fusion which is due to launch October 28th. Fusion is …

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‘Breaking Bad’ won at the Emmys but Netflix still scored

Posted September 23, 2013 by | 12 Comments | ]

One of the big stories going into last night’s Primetime Emmy Awards was that Netflix had crashed the party. It was the first year a a series produced and distributed by an online digital company received recognition from The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “House of Cards” – the Netflix original series– received 14 nominations including Outstanding Drama Series. It’s star Kevin Spacey was nominated for Outstanding Actor …

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How to find the best streaming TV

Posted April 24, 2013 by | 34 Comments | ]
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Roku Box? Netflix? Hulu? iTunes? So many choices. Not much convergence.
There’s a certain joy and angst that comes from being a modern TV viewer. Joy at the choices of quality television shows and movies that we can access without leaving our cozy living rooms. Angst that we don’t know where or how to best spend the money to get that content.
To help you cope, The …

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How to fund your indie film

Posted April 16, 2013 by | 6 Comments | ]
Still from "Gimme the Loot"

Adam Leon, a first-time filmmaker whose movie, “Gimme the Loot”  is out in theaters and on VOD now, recently told Kim Masters on KCRW’s The Business that raising money is the one part of the filmmaker’s job that “really stinks.” Nonetheless, it’s crucial. In his interview he gave a veritable how-to on how to put together financing for an indie film by an unknown director.
“Gimme …

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3 Celebrity Deaths: Funicello, Ebert, Les Blank; Plus, Pirating ‘Game of Thrones’

Posted April 8, 2013 by | 10 Comments | ]
Annette Funicello (circa 1975) holding a photograph of herself as a child star on "The Mickey Mouse Club"

A Mouseketeer, A Film Critic & A Documentarian
They say that celebrities die in threes. We’ll leave Margaret Thatcher out of it and instead look at three people who inhabited three very different areas of the entertainment business.
This morning  famed Mousketeer Annette Funicello died after years of living with Multiple Sclerosis. She was in the original “Mickey Mouse Club” of the 1950s and went on …

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This week’s entertainment buzz

Posted April 1, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
Peter Dinklage in "Game of Thrones"

Game of Thrones v. Walking Dead
The season 3 premiere of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” went up against the season 3 finale of AMC’s “Walking Dead” last night and both series emerged winners. “Game of Thrones” bested its own prior ratings high with this premiere. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Last season, Game of Thrones had an average gross audience — including HBO Go, DVR and …

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This week’s entertainment buzz

Posted March 19, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

Obama as Satan Controversy
The History Channel’s miniseries, The Bible, launched March 3rd with huge ratings (13.1 million viewers according to Entertainment Weekly). But the series has sparked a new surprising water cooler conversation that goes something like this, “Does Satan look like Obama?”
According to The Atlantic Wire, Glenn Beck and other conservative commentators seem to have played a role in fomenting this idea. During Sunday’s …

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This Week’s Entertainment Buzz

Posted March 12, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

OZ Prequel Defies Skeptics
‘Oz The Great And Powerful,’ a hugely expensive 3-D endeavor from Disney, had a full-on blockbuster outing, writes Steven Zeitchik in the LA Times. This past weekend it took in over $80 million in North America and nearly $70 million elsewhere on the globe, the New York Times reports.
But if you followed some of the film’s reviews last week you’d be surprised …

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Posted March 4, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

House of Cards Experiment
It’s been just over a month since Netflix released all 13 episodes of it’s original series “House of Cards.” The political thriller, based on a UK show, stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. The first two episodes were directed by filmmaker David Fincher (“The Social Network”) who’s also executive producing along with Spacey and the showrunner Beau Willimon (screenwriter of “Ides of …

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This week’s entertainment buzz: Oscars & VFX

Posted February 25, 2013 by | 28 Comments | ]

And the Oscar Goes To… 
Kim Masters, host of KCRW’s The Business and Editor-at-large for The Hollywood Reporter joined Warren Olney on “To The Point” today to talk about some of the highs and lows of the Oscars. “It was kind of  like a bumper car,” she told Warren.
Spectacular effects have become the driver for why many people still go to the movie theater. This …

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This week’s entertainment buzz…

Posted February 12, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]
"Walking Dead" Advertisement In Toronto's Union Station

Grammy’s deliver for CBS
The Music industry celebrated the Grammy’s Sunday making the music industry’s big awards night a very big win for CBS.  According to the L.A. Times 28.4 million people watched the ceremony which was less about awards — though there were some of those– and more about performances. Taylor Swift, LL Cool Jay, Carrie Underwood, and Justin Timberlake all got stage time. Big awards went …

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This weeks entertainment buzz…

Posted February 5, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Pilot Season Takes Off
Pilot season has begun and every one who has ever wanted to be in TV has descended on LA to get a job on a show– maybe even more than one– in hopes that their pilot will get picked up and put on a fall schedule. Some familiar TV creators have gotten pilot orders.  J.J. Abrams, Chuck Lorre, Bill Lawrence, and Joss Whedon …

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This week’s entertainment buzz…

Posted January 28, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

Busy weekend for Hollywood industry awards
Over this past weekend, two of Hollywood’s labor organizations — the Producers Guild and the Screen Actors Guild — named their picks for 2012′s best in Film and Television. “Argo” won big: Both the PGA and the SAG awards named “Argo” the Best produced and the Best Cast in a feature, respectively.
These precursor awards (along with the upcoming Directors …

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This week’s entertainment buzz

Posted January 14, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

Last night NBC aired The Golden Globes and for those who stuck around instead of switching over to watch “Downton Abbey” or the series premiere of “Girls” you may have actually enjoyed yourselves. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the show and by all accounts they didn’t disappoint. The irreverence and wit was in full force not just from the hosts but from presenters like Will …

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This week’s entertainment buzz

Posted January 7, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

Is Zero Dark Thirty Fact or Propaganda?
The movie “Zero Dark Thirty“, directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written and produced by Mark Boal tells the story— or a version of the story— of the CIA’s hunt for Osama bin Laden. Many consider it among the best films of 2012. And the filmmakers come to the material off of tremendous critical success– if not box-office boffo– …

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This week’s entertainment buzz…

Posted December 18, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

Connecticut Shooting Impacts TV/Film
Sunday night, before the finale of Showtime’s “Homeland” (note: there are no spoilers in this post), there was a disclaimer warning that images in the episode may be disturbing on the heels of the horrific shootings at the Sandy Brook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Anyone who’s watching the finale of “Homeland” is poised for potential violence– we’ve seen torture, bombings and …

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Upated: This week’s entertainment buzz

Posted December 11, 2012 by | 47 Comments | ]

TV Ratings: NBC on Top

For years the network that coined the phrase “must see TV” has been anything but. NBC has consistently been at or near the bottom of the ratings race that’s the constant source of angst for TV execs and fodder for TV journalists. But this season is different. Thanks to two genres of entertainment ‘the peacock’ is crowing—or doing whatever peacocks do. Between …

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This week’s entertainment buzz

Posted December 3, 2012 by | 6 Comments | ]

For meteorologists this is Winter; for people in the entertainment business it’s Awards Season.
This morning via twitter, the New York Film Critics Circle announced the winners for their awards. “Zero Dark Thirty” got some top honors: it was named Best Film, Kathryn Bigelow won Best Director and Greig Fraser was named Best Cinematographer. Spielberg’s “Lincoln” got some love from the critics: Daniel Day Lewis …

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