Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
No one loves the real me inside.
They're all in love with my fame, my stardom.
I fall in love far too quickly and end up getting hurt all the time.
I've got scars all over.
But I can't help myself because basically I'm a softie.
I have this hard, macho shell which I project on stage but there's a much softer side too, which melts like butter.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
LBN- COMMENTARY By
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
DECADE IN MEDIA
Most of us can’t get through our days now without being reminded of technology we didn’t have or didn’t use in 1999.
But as we Tweet via our BlackBerrys or watch the latest viral video from the YouTube application on our iPhones, we may be taking for granted just how much media developments have affected our culture and transformed our lives in the past decade.
"What has happened between the beginning of the 21st century and now I think is the most profound part of the new media revolution," says Paul Levinson, a professor of communication and media studies and Fordham University and the author of "New New Media."
“In particular, what makes these newer media so important is that it turns the consumers into producers.”
Developments like Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia and Twitter have allowed audiences to participate in producing content that can easily be distributed to others.
Before, that kind of power was reserved mainly for big companies.
"In previous times, no matter what, someone was deciding what you were going to hear and see and watch and listen to," notes Ken Hudson, a digital media consultant in Toronto.
"But now there are also individuals that produce content.
And so if the story is worth telling or if it’s worth hearing, it’s going to be heard."
The ability to distribute content we produce has also led to a new age in the news media.
We now give the credibility and regard to some bloggers that was once reserved for those employed by a major newspaper, wire service or television network, says Hudson, who thinks the 21st century has seen the rise of what he calls the
"democratization of media."
We can see and hear all of this user-produced content from almost anywhere nowadays.
The convenience of the laptop computer developed into smart phones that help us become content producers from where ever we happen to be at the time.
With so much information from so many sources at our fingertips at all times, there has been talk that it’s bad for interpersonal connections. But the media experts seem to disagree.
"Social media is letting people create much, much bigger communities than they ever have before," says Barna Donovan, chair of the communication department at Saint Peter’s College.
Websites like Facebook allow people to reclaim any part of their lives at any time, Levinson says.
Developments like Twitter allow us to be in touch with people we’re close to – or people we’re not even close to – throughout the day without ever having to pick up a phone.
And Skype, which provides video chats for anyone with an Internet connection, lets us see and hear people who might be halfway across the world – for free.
"That’s like the revolutionary thing that’s happening right now," Levinson points out.
"The idea that you can talk to someone and see their face and have a video conversation with them that doesn’t cost anything – that would have been science fiction 10 years ago."
In addition to challenging the authorities’ rule with user-produced content, audiences are also having a powerful impact on society through technologies like Hulu, which allows free television viewing online.
By flocking to what we want to see, instead of what the networks want us to see or the Federal Communications Commission permits us to see, we are creating a loophole in censorship, says Donovan, who is writing a book called "Violence is Good: How Anti-Media Paranoia Threatens Free Speech and Democracy."
"We are able to see just what kind of values the culture really lives by and what kind of things they believe in," he says.
"It’s going to be difficult to impossible to censor and keep audiences from explicit content."
But, as significant as the "democratization of media" has been, Hudson says he thinks more significant developments are on the way.
"I think we’ve just seen the beginning of it.
I don’t think we really understand how it’s going to revolutionize our society," he said, noting that, appropriately,
"I think we’re in charge of where it’s going to take us, which is also revolutionary."
– Laura E. Davis
How rich will the success of Sony’s disaster blockbuster ‘2012’ make writer-producer-director Roland Emmerich?
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
LBN-COMMENTARY By JOE NICASSIO:
LBN- LYRICS OF LIFE By GEORGE HARRISON:
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Monday, November 23, 2009
MTV Awards-Show Director Tapped for Oscars....British director Hamish Hamilton has long credit list of music shows, videos
British director Hamish Hamilton has long credit list of music shows, videos.
The Oscars want their MTV.
Hamish Hamilton has been named director of the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, a sign that first-time producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman may push the Oscars further into the musical performance-heavy territory that the telecast found critical and ratings traction with last time around.
The 43-year-old Brit has steered the stylish and freewheeling MTV Video Music Awards going back to 2006, and this year helmed “Neil Diamond: Hot August Night/NYC” and “Be the Change Inaugural Ball.”
“Hamish is a first-rate live-show director who will bring enthusiasm, experience and a fresh eye to the table,” said Shankman in a release.
Hamilton also directed “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” five out of the past six years and has several live musical and live awards telecasts to his credit.
Together Shankman, a choreographer and one of the judges on “So You Think You Can Dance?” and director of the film “Hairspray”; and Mechanic, the producer of “Coraline” and former chairman of Fox, chose Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin as co-hosts earlier this month.
Hamilton becomes only the fifth man in the last 38 years to direct the Oscar telecast.
Margolis took over for eight years, beginning in 1989; Louis J. Horvitz followed with a dozen shows.
He apparently was chosen out of four finalists who spoke to Mechanic and Shankman. (Margolis was in the running; as were Goodman and veteran TV director Gary Halvorson.)
“Adam and I know that having Hamish at the helm will give us the right style and energy for the show we want to produce,” said Mechanic.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
'Let's Get Ready to Rumble' Worth $400M.....After Throat Cancer Last Year, Michael Buffer Keeps His Unmistakable Voice
After Throat Cancer Last Year, Michael Buffer Keeps His Unmistakable Voice
By JOHN BERMAN and MICHAEL MILBERGERNov. 9, 2009
When Hollywood producers cast a ring announcer in a boxing scene, they know there's only one man who can properly play the role: Michael Buffer.
Michael Buffer's "Let's get ready to rumble" can rouse crowds of thousands.
Cast in more than 20 movies and television shows, from "Rocky" to "South Park" to the new movie "2012," Buffer, 65, gives the scene an authenticity viewers demand.
His booming voice, dashing good looks and natural charisma demand attention, while his catchphrase 'Let's Get Ready to Rumble,' makes him unforgettable.
Those five words -- 'Let's Get Ready to Rumble' -- have made Buffer the undisputed king of boxing ring announcers and a hugely successful entrepreneur.
By trademarking his catchphrase, Buffer has generated over $400 million in revenue, selling the rights to music, video games, merchandise and while making personal appearances.
His business venture is so successful, Buffer doesn't even have to say his catchphrase to make money.
He makes more from the trademark than he does announcing in the ring.
His catchphrase has brought Buffer more than just fame and fortune.
It's also brought him family.
Raised by foster parents in Philadelphia, Buffer was re-united with his biological father and half-brothers in 1989 after his father saw him announcing on television.
Magazine covers go through an exhaustive process of approvals, so it's puzzling that this one made it to press with a mistake so obvious it's visible a few yards from the newsstand.
Victor Issa is one of the foremost figurative sculptors in America today, and is heralded for his remarkable ability to make bronze appear alive.
Active in the fine arts community, Victor is co-founder and president of the Loveland Sculpture Invitational Show & Sale, the largest sculpture show in the United States.
“Inviting Joy” is meant to depict the joy of living, loving and taking life in its fullest measure; open, welcoming, cherishing and stirring us deeply.
Invite this presence into your life to remind you of the joys of life daily.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
WOMEN DISAPPOINTED BY QADDAFI'S PARTY:
Gaddafi girls: Women recruited to attend a reception held by the Libyan leader leave with copies of the Koran
Glamorous: The women were told not to wear mini skirts to the gala - but the dictator insisted 'heels are OK'
By Nikki Finke
Sony now claims 2012 "exceeded our estimates" yesterday by over $5 million worldwide.
By Nikki Finke
Oscar winner Kim Basinger has left her longtime agency CAA to sign with UTA board member and talent head Tracey Jacobs over the weekend.
UTA has hired Jason Egenberg in the TV Talent department.
And the following writers and/or directors:Chris McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, X-Men, Valkyrie)
Gersh has signed the following actors:
The following feature writers and/or directors:
Comedy/Personal AppearancesNorm MacDonald from CAA (Saturday Night Live, Dirty Work)
New Hire Carolyn Sivitz, feature lit agent from WMA
Paradigm signed the following actors:
Feature & TV writers and/or directors:
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Murdoch No. 7 on Forbes world power list....Mogul outranks the pope, Hillary Clinton; Obama is No. 1
Mogul outranks the pope, Hillary Clinton; Obama is No. 1
By Paul Bond
Nov 11, 2009, 06:00 PM ET
Rupert Murdoch (Getty)
Simon Cowell top male TV earner
Simon Cowell (Getty)
Monday, November 2, 2009
LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
VINCENT VAN GOGH:
LBN LYRICS OF LIFE By
***New author Robert Hilburn got a pretty nice shout-out for "Corn Flakes with John Lennon And Other Tales from a Rock 'n' Roll Life" at last night's U2 show at the Rose Bowl.
Bono announced that Hilburn was in the house, congratulated him on turning 70, and heaped good words on the book.
***Bruce Springsteen canceled a concert in Kansas City tonight after his cousin, Lenny Sullivan, was found dead in his hotel room -- a source close to the band.
Springsteen announced the death on his official website, saying it was a "death in the family."
***Eric Clapton has bowed out of this week's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th birthday festivities for health reasons.
The guitar great's official Web site says Clapton will undergo a minor medical procedure for gall stones and won't be able to perform as scheduled at one of the two Rock Hall anniversary concerts in New York.