Monthly Archives: November 2007
I was watching Tavis Smiley the other night and Babyface was promoting his new album "Playlist". Though there’s not enough of his new songs, Babyface has soulfully rendered some great classics.
I listen to "Shower the People" daily. His rendition of "Fire and Ice" is equally wonderful. When he attempts Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, he begins to sound a little too forced, but overall, this is a great CD as covers of old favorites.
This is the playlist
Shower the People
Fire & Rain
Not Going Nowhere
Time In a Bottle
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
Please Come To Boston
THE WEST WING
THE INDIANS IN THE LOBBY
I was thinking of this episode the other day and had to look up my favorite scene entitled "The butterball hotline" on You Tube.
Loved this scene and this epidode and wish Bravo would bring it back.
It is the day before Thanksgiving and the President is talking turkey to whoever will listen (and everyone must). He is being very boring in his endless descriptions of how to cook and stuff a turkey. He is also rather disgruntled that the family must spend Thanksgiving at Camp David, rather than his New Hampshire farm. Although he has told Bruno he and the family are "off limits," Bruno lays it on the line for him that they have to be accessible to the voters. Meanwhile, two Native Americans are encamped in the lobby. They’ve been stood up by the official who was supposed to meet with them and they aren’t about to leave. CJ is told to make the problem go away. She was all set for the weekend, and is initially dismissive of them — a young, articulate woman and an older man. Eventually, however, she warms to their cause and promises action on several issues. Leo refuses to see them as they are camped in the lobby, and CJ comes up with a compromise to which they finally agree. Josh is busy with a juvenile who shot his teacher, and who was assisted by his parents to escape to Rome. Now, Josh needs to get him extradited but the Italians are not keen on returning him to Georgia as it is a state that has the death sentence. The President finally calls the "Butterball Hotline" as there seems to be a query over the actual stuffing of the turkey. When he finally gets through, he pretends to be someone from North Dakota.
Darfur Now is a call to action for people everywhere to help end the crisis in Darfur.
For the first time in history, the US Government has declared a genocide while it is ongoing. In this film, the struggles and achievements of six very different individuals bring to light the situation in Darfur and the need to get involved. From a UCLA graduate in Los Angeles, California, to a Darfurian woman who joins rebel forces, to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, to a United Nations humanitarian on the ground in Sudan, to an internationally known actor and activist, and finally to a community leader in a West Darfur refugee camp, the film portrays the heroic efforts of six people responding to a humanitarian tragedy unfolding before our eyes.
Written and directed by Ted Braun, the film explores the Darfur conflict through the first-hand experiences of Don Cheadle, Hejewa Adam, Pablo Recalde, Ahmed Mohammed Abakar, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, and Adam Sterling.
OPENS IN SELECT CITIES NOVEMBER 2, 2007
The Great Debaters (2007)
From two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington and an ensemble cast lead by Washington that includes Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker, comes "The Great Debaters.
" Inspired by a true story, "The Great Debaters" chronicles the journey of Professor Melvin Tolson (Denzel Washington), a brilliant but volatile debate team coach who uses the power of words to shape a group of underdog students from a small African American college in the deep south into a historically elite debate team. A controversial figure, Professor Tolson challenged the social mores of the time and was under constant fire for his unconventional and ferocious teaching methods as well as his radical political views.
In their pursuit for excellence, Tolson’s debate team receives a groundbreaking invitation to debate Harvard University’s championship team. The film is directed by Denzel Washington and stars Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett, Nate Parker, Denzel Whitaker, and Kimberly Elise.
"The Great Debaters" was written by Robert Eisele and Tom Epperson and produced by Todd Black, Kate Forte, Oprah Winfrey and Joe Roth. Atlantic Records has announced details of "THE GREAT DEBATERS – MUSIC FROM & RECORDED FOR THE MOTION PICTURE," the original motion picture soundtrack to the forthcoming Weinstein Company theatrical release. Due in stores on December 11th, the album features an extraordinary roster of modern artists — including Sharon Jones, Alvin ‘Youngblood’ Hart, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops — performing pre-1935 blues, folk, jazz, and gospel classics.
There seems to be little doubt that the writers’ strike will result in a shorter TV season, but just how short are we talking? Well, as you might’ve guessed, it varies from show to show. Those programs that are either highly efficient (Friday Night Lights) or have entered the season with a backlog of episodes (Men in Trees, Law & Order: SVU) will be in originals well into the new year. But series with tighter production schedules (i.e., nearly every half-hour comedy) will go dark almost immediately. Of course, figuring out how many episodes remain in your favorite shows’ arsenals requires a lot of numbers crunching — and as I’ve come to learn, the only thing you Ausholes despise more than a Wednesday without AA is mathematics. With that in mind, I pulled together this incredibly handy (and 85 percent complete) cheat sheet. Keep in mind: The information below is subject to change, particularly if both sides get back to the bargaining table and resolve this freakin thing!
30 Rock: Ten episodes will be produced. Five episodes have aired, so there are five left.
Aliens in America: Seventeen episodes will be produced. Six episodes have aired, so there are 11 left.
Back to You: Nine episodes will be produced. Six episodes have aired, so there are three left.
Bionic Woman: Roughly nine episodes will be produced. Six episodes have aired, so there are three left.
Bones: Twelve episodes will be produced. Six episodes have aired, so there are six left.
Boston Legal: Fifteen episodes will be produced. Six episodes have aired, so there are nine left.
Brothers & Sisters: Twelve episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are five left.
Chuck: Thirteen episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are six left.
CSI: NY: Fourteen episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are seven left.
Desperate Housewives: Ten episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are three left.
Dirty Sexy Money: Eleven episodes will be produced. Six episodes have aired, so there are five left.
Friday Night Lights: Fifteen episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are eight left.
Gossip Girl: Thirteen episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are six left.
Grey’s Anatomy: Eleven episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are four left.
Heroes: Eleven episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are four left.
House: Twelve episodes will be produced. Six episodes have aired, so there are six left.
Jericho: Seven episodes will be produced. None have aired yet, so there are seven episodes left.
Law & Order: SVU: Fourteen episodes will be produced. Six episodes have aired, so there are eight left.
Life is Wild: Twelve episodes will be produced. Six episodes have aired, so there are six left.
Lost: Eight episodes will be produced. None have aired yet, so there are eight episodes left.
Medium: Nine episodes will be produced. None have aired yet, so there are nine episodes left.
Men in Trees: Nineteen episodes will be produced. Six episodes have aired, so there are 13 left.
Numbers: Twelve episodes will be produced. Eight, so there are four left.
One Tree Hill: Twelve episodes will be produced. None have aired yet, so there are twelve episodes left.
The Office: Twelve half-hour episodes will be produced. Eleven half-hour episodes have aired, so there is one half-hour episode left.
Prison Break: Thirteen episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are six left.
Private Practice: Ten or 11 episodes will be produced. Six episodes have aired, so there are four or five left.
Pushing Daisies: Nine episodes will be produced. Five episodes have aired, so there are four left.
Reaper: Ten to 12 episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are three to five left.
Samantha Who?: Twelve episodes will be produced. Four episodes have aired, so there are eight left.
Scrubs: Twelve episodes will be produced. Three episodes have aired, so there are nine left.
Shark: Eleven episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are four left.
Smallville: Fifteen episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are eight left.
Supernatural: Ten to 12 episodes will be produced. Six episodes have aired, so there are four to six left.
Ugly Betty: Twelve or 13 episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are five or six left.
It’s going to be a long 2008 TV season without original episodes!!!
TV GUIDE EDITORS BLOG
The Wire is an American television drama set and produced in Baltimore, Maryland. Created, produced, and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the series is broadcast by the premium cable network HBO in the United States. The Wire premiered on June 2, 2002, with 50 episodes airing over the course of its first four seasons. HBO has ordered a fifth season, which Simon has said will be the show’s last. On April 30, 2007 production for Season 5 officially began.
It is expected to premiere on January 6, 2008
If you haven’t seen this show you have no idea what you are missing!!!
This is the promo for season 5
When broadcast on HBO and on some international networks, the episodes are preceded by a recap of events that have a bearing upon the upcoming narrative, using clips from previous episodes. Each episode begins with a cold open that seldom contains a dramatic juncture. The screen then fades to black while the intro music fades in. The show’s opening title sequence then plays; a series of shots, mainly close-ups, concerning the show’s subject matter that changes from season to season, separated by fast jump cuts (a technique rarely used in the show itself).
The opening credits are superimposed on the sequence, and consist only of actors’ names without identifying which actors play which roles. At the end of the sequence, a quotation that will be spoken by a character during the episode is shown on-screen. Progressive story arcs often unfold in different locations at the same time. Episodes rarely end with a cliffhanger, and normally close with a fade to black and the closing music fading in.
Despite having a small – but loyal – viewer ship, HBO keeps supporting this series. The Wire is not easy at first – until you really get into it. It’s like a novel – you need time to relate to and understand the characters and story lines. It’s important to watch this series in sequence. If you come in half way though, it will be very hard to get the most from the stories. DVD is probably the best way of viewing the Wire if you haven’t seen it firsthand. This show is the great American novel that so many have talked about writing "some day". David Simon and his fellow scribes were driven to paint a realistic gritty portrait about life in a contemporary American industrial city and we have all reaped the rewards.
My favorite cold open of all five seasons:
No one wins. One side just loses more slowly
The United Hollywood blog provides a smart, subdued, and sometimes hilarious view of the writers’ side of the strike. While Jamie Lee Curtis and other supporters expressed early disdain for the writers’ (the writers!) slogans, the wordsmiths have redeemed themselves here and better explained their cause. The site serves as a one-stop WGA shop, with frequent news updates and extensive video links, featuring the stars/scribes of "The Office," the show runners of "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives," and a short, easy-to-digest explanation of the issues, Capra-esquely called Why We Fight.
Clicking around unitedhollywood.com will keep you up-to-date about strike developments and informed about the heroic "other" careers undertaken by some of your favorite out-of-work screenwriters.
The 2007 Writers Guild of America strike is a strike by both the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America, west (WGAw) that started on November 5 2007. The WGAE and WGAw are two labor unions that represent film, television, radio, and new media writers working in the United States.
The strike is against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), a trade organization that represents the interests of American film and television producers. Over 12,000 writers are affected by the strike.
The strike is expected to be prolonged. The Writers Guild has indicated their industrial action would be a "marathon." AMPTP negotiator Nick Counter has indicated that negotiations would not resume as long as strike action continues, stating, "We’re not going to negotiate with a gun to our heads—that’s just stupid."
The last such strike was the 1988 Writers Guild of America strike; it lasted 22 weeks, costing the American entertainment industry an estimated 500 million dollars.