Two of the co-hosts of “The View”, Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg had a disagreement on Thursday’s episode that escalated into a shouting match over racism. The disagreement started over an interview that First Lady Michelle Obama gave saying that she had been mistaken as a servant and President Obama has been mistaken for a valet.
Rosie O’Donnell blames the mistake for racism while Whoopi Goldberg blames it on the stupidity and ignorance of Americans not recognize their leader. Whoopi became heated telling Rosie that because she is white she cannot understand true racism. Rosie responded saying she understood racism because she is gay and is raising a black child. The disagreement ended with Whoopi refusing to generalize that America is racist. The Wrap online has a clip of the disagreement, which will probably be the topic of discussion for every Skout date in America.
My feeling is that Whoopi may have taken this a little too far. Racism exists, and not just for black people. While prejudices, like Rosie had experienced, is not the same as racism someone does not need to be black to experience or be able to identify an action that may be racist. I agree with Rosie’s point, just because you are white does not mean you cannot call something racist.
It’s well known that many shows today are not true to real life, even so-called reality shows. Even though we know many of the portrayals in TV shows today may not be something that occurs in everyday life, it’s still fun to watch.Walking Dead Show
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Qnet and she recently did an interview about the deaths in the show “Game of Thrones.” She is now being asked about “The Walking Dead” show, and if the characters could possibly live through certain scenarios.
Without giving away too much of the plot lines, if you’re not a fan of the show; there are many incidents where a character should have died, but obviously lived. One such scenario is where a character was hit on the back of the head with a bat, and their throat was cut, and their blood drained. The doctor was asked if anyone could survive such an incident, and she weighed in on the question. The doctor states that cutting the throat can hit an artery, which can then allow you to bleed out very quickly, and die.
As far as hitting a person on the back of the head with a bat, it wouldn’t necessarily kill you, but it could cause permanent damage, as well as internal bleeding, or a cracked skull. It’s very obvious now that this show isn’t true to real life!
The nominees were announced Thursday, December 11, for the 72nd Annual Golden Globes Ceremony. The award show, hosted for a third time by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will take place mid January.
One of the films leading the nominations is “Birdman” which starred Michael Keaton, with a total of seven nominations. Two other films earned five nominations each, “The Imitation Game” and “Boyhood”. I heard about this the other day while reading about Laurene Powell Jobs.
Some of the most nominated TV shows to win a Golden Globe include “Fargo” with five nominations, followed closely by “True Detective” with four nominations. The show “Jane the Virgin” also did well with two nominations. There were a few shows that surprisingly did not get any nominations, including “Scandal”, “The Big Bang Theory”, and “Modern Family”.
It sounds like the 2015 Golden Globes will be another one for the books, with a lot of great TV shows and movies getting recognition. And don’t forget about the great entertainment put on by these two hosts, Tina and Amy.
Tom Rothman is an American film executive who, in 2013, began a new venture called TriStar Productions as part of Sony Pictures Entertainment. TriStar Productions plans to produce up to four films a year, which will be released under the TriStar banner. His group also plans to produce television programming for Sony Pictures Television. Before making this move, Rothman was previously Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment.
Tom Rothman was born on November 21, 1954 in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Brown University with Honors in English and American Literature. After graduating from Columbia Law School, he practiced at Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein, and Selz, a firm specializing in entertainment law.
Rothman spent eighteen years at Fox, first as the founder and President of Fox Searchlight. While there, he was known as a creative executive who got involved in all phases of filmmaking. Among the many blockbuster successes that were created under Rothman’s leadership were Titanic, Avatar, the Night at the Museum franchise, the X-Men franchise, theIce Age series, Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire, Lincoln, Sideways, Cast Away, Master and Commander, Black Swan, Walk the Line, The Full Monty, The Devil Wears Prada, and Rio. Overall, it is estimated that Fox films made during Rothman’s tenure earned $30 billion at the box office. Under Rothman’s leadership, Fox regularly outperformed other studios financially, even during tough economic times.
For five years, he also hosted Fox Legacy with Tom Rothman, a television series about some of the greatest films made by 20th Century Fox, in which he offered behind-the-scenes insight into how the films were made.
Within the next two years, TriStar Productions is scheduled to produce or co-produce Ricki and the Flash starring Meryl Streep; The Lady in the Van, starring Maggie Smith; The Yank, starring Will Ferrell; and adaptations of To Walk the Clouds and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. In September 2013, Steven Spielberg announced that Rothman would produce his Robopocalypse with Dreamworks (though the project is currently on hold). Sony is excited for the opportunity to work with Rothman and build up its TriStar properties.
Tom Rothman has been active in support of the arts. He is an emeritus member of the Board of Directors of the Sundance Institute and served on the U.S. Dramatic Jury for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. In December 2013, President Obama nominated Rothman to serve on the National Council on the Arts, which advises the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts on policy, fundraising, and the review of grant applications.
Tom Rothman has been involved for many years in philanthropic ventures such as fundraising activities for The Jewish Home for the Aging, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the American Jewish Committee.
Actor Max Baer, who portrayed the character of Jethro Bodine in the smash television series “The Beverly Hillbillies,” has filed a lawsuit against CBS. The suit claims that the broadcast network gave a Midwestern restaurant unauthorized permission to capitalize on the character’s name.
Baer claims that a 1991 suit against CBS gave him permission to use the Jethro Bodine name and character in order to create a series of hotels, casinos, and restaurants. The restaurant in question, located in Iowa, is called Jethro’s BBQ. Baer has stated that CBS privately negotiated a deal with the owner of the restaurant that allowed the BBQ to cash in on Baer’s fame.
According to the Des Moines Register, Jethro’s BBQ was not named as a plaintiff in the lawsuit. Jethro’s BBQ opened in 2008 and was contacted by CBS regarding a possible copyright infringement. Gianfrancesco Genoso feels like they very well could have a case.
A CBS spokesperson said that the broadcasting giant has been in talks with Baer for years and will continue in the future to resolve issues regarding the Jethro Bodine character.
Ask the average comic book reader “Who is the most well-known of all Marvel characters?” Odds are, no one is going to say Jessica Jones. Take a survery of true-blue Marvel fans “Who was one of the most underrated characters published by Marvel?” Jessica Jones would be in the top ten. The character brought an offbeat sense of realism to the Marvel world. Now, the proposed Netflix series, “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones”, has a lead star. And watchers may need to keep Brian Torchin’s healthcare staffers on-call because it is none other than the drop-dead gorgeous Krysten Ritter.
Can she bring the quirky, oddball, neurotic character to life? We shall see.
Newbies to the world of Marvel Comics might be wondering who Jessica Jones is.
The series is based on the Marvel MAX (Adults Only) comic ALIAS. The book dealt with a woman who had a failed and short-lived stint as an Avenger. Now, she is trying to settle comfortably in her new life as a private investigator. Obviously, things do not go so easy for the young women. Life for failed Avengers with depressive disorders working as private investigators rarely is.
The comic series ALIAS was written by Brian Michael Bendis, one of the most prolific and well-regarded writers in the Marvel fold. Bendis is currently writing the Guardians of the Galaxy book.
The Netflix series will run for 13 episodes during its first season. The series comes on the heels of the new Netflix Daredevil live-action series that debuts ahead of it.
Netflix first revolutionized the world of home DVD entertainment by developing a mail-order rental service. Now, the company is looking to launch a great many streaming television series through its online platform. As many as 20 series are planned. That is a huge production slate.
Likely, those involved in the pay cable world are a bit nervous about what Netflix will ultimately do. The mail order DVD concept actually brought down the billion dollar Blockbuster movie empire. Really, Netflix killed off all the brick-and-mortar stores. Why go to the video store when you can have a movie mailed to your home? I heard about this while reading about Kenneth Griffin the other day.
In 20 years, some may be asking why they should subscribe to cable or satellite TV when online streaming is cheaper and easier? Yes, that question has to send chills up and down the spine of television execs who are not sure their channels can make the necessary transition to online platforms.
An executive has public stated his goal is to see Netflix become the biggest provider of original content in the world. A bold statement such as this shows Netflix truly does want to be primed for future success. The reason the early incarnation of the business model was such a success is it understood the future and developed a simple business model to capitalize on it. Everyone else was just old and stuck in their ways.
Projects such as Marco Polo and the upcoming Daredevil reflect the company is going for a wide range of audiences.
After years on television as one of America’s highest rated sitcoms in the last decade, Two and a Half men has come to an end. Ratings of course lowered when Charlie Sheen, Hollywood bad boy, was fired in 2011. The show has gone down hill ever since.
Keith Mann comments that the firing of Charlie Sheen was extremely publicized. It headlined every major newspaper and magazine. Eventually, Ashton Kutcher filled the role as the star of the show. Although Kutcher was a good replacement, the show never felt the same.
The series final episode is scheduled to air on February 19, at 9 PM as reported by Reddit’s entertainment section.
Last year Angus T. Jones departed from the series. He was said to have trashed the backstage area. Angus T. Jones was extremely unhappy at the direction of the series.
Two and a Half Men was once a great show. Unfortunately, things always change and come to an end. Hopefully one day, a show can come along as well written and clever, as the original Two and a Half Men show.
The Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger is currently the biggest issue on the FCC’s plate, and two heavy hitters on the internet appear to have set their sights on each other.
In statements to the FCC, Comcast attempted to employ damage control over a period of time over December 2013 and January 2014 where video streaming site Netflix had its bandwidth speeds throttled to what Netflix calls “VHS quality levels”.
Comcast countered last week with its own recounting of events, saying the degradation was “unilateral” on the part of Netflix. The statement further maintains that it was a tactic to force Comcast to allow open access on its network.
Netflix has been a vocal opponent of Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner. This is something they want to solve, and those at Slow Ventures want to see it happen. The documented spike in Netflix’s service of late 2013 into 2014 has become a focal point in the FCC’s discussions over approving the merger.
Technically speaking, Xfinity, Comcast’s internet offering, is pretty hard to be beat in terms of price and speed. While the company has been implementing annoying internet data usage caps, their caps range from 250GB to 300GB which is far higher than rival AT&T uses at 150GB. However, Comcast still reels from their past transgressions of taking advantage of customers and lack of customer support. In recent years, the company has been making an earnest effort to shed their negative image.
Christian Broda says now, the Comcast is looking to secure approval by federal regulators to purchase Time Warner Cable in a $45 billion deal. Online streaming giant Netflix has voiced their opposition to the proposed merger. Why? Because Netflix claims that Comcast has a dislike to them and has throttled their internet speed in an effort to stymie their growth. The era of high speed internet is drawing more and more people to drop traditional cable TV services and stream their favorite shows using Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other streaming services.
Comcast is clearly threatened by any Netflix’s criticism. In their FCC filing, Comcast referenced Netflix 179 times and even claimed the streaming giant is too big to criticize their merger plans. Comcast is adamant they have not engaged in any anticompetitive practices that would slow down Netflix’s traffic. In fact, they accuse Netflix of intentionally degrading their performance earlier this year in an attempt to force Comcast and other ISPs to offer them free interconnection services.