Friday, July 4, 2008

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* Independence Day July 4th *

On July 4, 1776, America claimed their independence from Britain and Democracy was born.
Every day thousands leave their homeland to come to the "land of the free and the home of the brave" so they can begin their American Dream.
The United States is truly a diverse nation made up of dynamic people.

Each year on July 4, Americans celebrate that freedom and independence with barbecues, picnics, and family gatherings.
Through the Internet we are learning about and communicating with people of different nations, with different languages and different races throughout the world.
Bringing the world closer with understanding and knowledge can only benefit all nations.
Founded July 4th 1776, with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, America is celebrating it's 232nd birthday this year (2008)

The 4th of July is a time for the Red White and Blue.
A time for Picnics, Parades and Marching Bands.
A time for Beaches, BBQs and "Bombs Bursting in Air.
" So pour yourself a cold one, put another "shrimp on the barbie," and join us for a birthday celebration with fun Holiday things for you and your family

We've got some history to read, Flag facts, National Parks, National Monuments & Memorials, and Must-See Fireworks to share.
We've also got Mom's Apple Pie to bake, holiday craft to make, pictures for the kids to color, and summertime recipes to grill.
One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Posted Jul 3rd 2008

Larry Harmon, the man credited with making Bozo the Clown the icon he was, died Thursday of congestive heart failure.
He was 83. Harmon wasn't the original Bozo, but built up the character and eventually licensed it to television stations across the country.

Some Weinstein shizz is about to hit the fan!

Industry insiders say an ex-employee of brothers Harvey and Bob Weinstein is writing an 'explosive' tell all-about their reign at Miramax

The author supposedly has files and tapes compiled over a 15 year period to back up the stuff that will be revealed in the book.

Ain't no denying taped evidence!

Reports claim the former employee will detail the manipulation of the Disney company (who owns Miramax) by the Weinsteins.

Surprisingly, the author was not asked to sign a nondisclosure agreement before joining the Weinsteins' team.

The bros must be kicking themselves in the butts

We bet all of Hollywoodland can't wait for the book's release!

Sir George Martin at USC

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Sir George recipient of “Starry Night” award from Recording Academy

By Kat Kramer

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today)
6/3/08 —
On July 12, The Grammy Foundation will honor Sir George Martin on the USC campus.
It is the signature, annual “Starry Night” – a special benefit dinner and concert.
Sir George is a legendary, six-time GRAMMY winner, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1996.
He is best known to the world as “The Beatles” who signed them, and produced and arranged most all Beatles records.
The president of the Grammy Foundation and The Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow will present the award to Martin on “Starry Night.”
“Throughout his legendary career, Sir George has had an impact on music and popular culture that is immeasurable,” said Portnow.
“We look forward to paying tribute to a man who has had an indelible influence on generations of music lovers around the world.”
According to Grammy Foundation board chair Steve Schnur,
“Sir George’s celebrated career has extended far beyond the recording studio.
His is a lifetime commitment to both music and humanity, and it is only fitting that this year’s foundation leadership award honors one of the most iconic figures in music history.”

Martin is currently in pre-production with PBS and Wildheart Entertainment on the eight-part prime-time showcase series, “On The Record: The Soundtrack Of Our Lives.”
This unique program traces the history of recorded music and its major impact on our popular culture.
It will be hosted by Martin and narrated by two-time Academy-Award winning actor Kevin Spacey, and is slated to air on PBS nationally in fall 2010.

The star-studded line-up for “Starry Night” includes Jeff Beck, Chris Botti, Natalie Cole, Tom Jones, Dave Grusin, Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Webb, Michael McDonald, and a few surprises.
The dinner chairs include Sir Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, and Olivia Harrison.
Tickets start at $750 - and the gala will take place at McCarthy Quad on The University of Southern California campus.

The Grammy Foundation’s annual signature gala “Starry Night” is presented by Gibson Foundation.
On July 11, also at USC, there will be a special multimedia presentation by Martin on “The Making Of Sgt. Pepper” sponsored in part by Best Buy.

Hollywood Today

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

AMPTP and SAG working together to bring a contract to fruition

By Brian Frederick

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today)
7/3/08 - -
“The Screen Actors Guild national negotiating committee met with AMPTP negotiators today to present a series of substantive questions on the employers’ proposed package.
Guild negotiators and staff will further analyze and review the AMPTP’s responses over the next several days in order to prepare a response to management’s proposal,” SAG leaders released in a press statement today.

The SAG board made a similar offer to AFTRA’s contract and the AMPTP responded with a counter offer. AFTRA approved a tentative agreement made by the AMPTP before their June 30th contract expired.
SAG has yet to approve a tentative agreement.
Half of AFTRA’s 78,000 members belong to SAG.

SAG’s and AFTRA’s contracts ran concurrently because the two unions used to work jointly during contract talks with the AMPTP.
They have since moved separately from each other.
SAG negotiators and the AMPTP executives are in their 43rd day of talks to settle their contract dispute.

In a sign that SAG and the AMPTP are eager to settle their financial differences and work towards solidifying a deal, it appears they might come to an agreement soon.
The negotiators for both parties have not stopped communicating despite the contract expiration two days ago.
This is good news for the Los Angeles community which suffered $2.5 billion in economic losses during the recent 2007/2008 writer’s strike.

When Guild negotiators take the offer from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and review it over several days, that is a clear indication the immediate offer is workable pending minor contract issues.
Should that be the case, combined with AFTRA’s possible July 8th ratification of its tentative contract with the AMPTP, it could be the final hold-out SAG has before accepting a tentative agreement.

Much to the relief of many in the entertainment industry who are depending on the Screen Actor’s Guild and the AMPTP to come to terms, a contract agreement similar to the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists will re-energize the industry with much needed work.

There’s no business like show business.

There no people like show people.

Let’s go on with the show!

- Irving Berlin

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Doherty in talks to appear in alum-heavy spinoff

By Matthew B. Zeidman

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today)

7/3/08 –

Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling have already signed on to appear this fall on The CW’s new “Beverly Hills: 90210” spinoff as older, wiser versions of their original characters, and now Shannen Doherty may be adding her name to the list.

Access Hollywood has reported the former “Scare Tactics” host is in talks to reprise the role of Brenda Walsh, a Minnesota teenager transplanted to Beverly Hills, Calif. in the original series, which ran from 1990 to 2000.

It is unknown how her more mature character would fit in on the show, titled only “90210,” though it has already been announced Garth’s will have become a guidance counselor and Spelling’s will have become a boutique owner.

Doherty’s potential return to the franchise comes after leaving the first series in 1994, allegedly due to disagreements with her castmates.

Other notable works to the 37-year-old actress’ credit include feature films “Heathers” (1989) and “Mallrats” (1994) and a starring role on supernatural dramedy “Charmed” from 1998 to 2001, which aired on The WB, one of two predecessors of The CW.

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