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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s. Salt Salt barrels forward at a relentless pace, and stops only for the most perfunctory of emotional beats. You know they're emotional beats because somber music plays in the background while characters gaze longingly at each other. 30 seconds of that, and it's back to more running, car hopping and violently-inflicted bodily injury. None of the action is especially impressive or inspired, but what it lacks in polish it makes up for in sheer volume. The mystery of Evelyn Salt is meant to keep the audience on their toes as the action unfolds, but it's all so ludicrous and predictable; if there is a compelling mystery at the core of Salt, it's learning just how much casual ass-kickery »
- Adam Quigley
Seems the role of Sarah Braverman's ex-husband, Seth, is going to be further integrated into the story and is getting a new (and familiar) face to boot!
According Deadline Hollywood, John Corbett will soon be gracing our screen and messing it up with the Braverman family. Seth, a recovering alcoholic and musician will be playing some shows in town, which is how he will get back in touch.
The Thanksgiving episode reminded us of what a big role Seth actually has in the lives of the Bravermans, even though he has not been on screen since the pilot. Sarah's son, Drew had a nice long conversation with his dad after Zeek took the bitter pill and called him to let him know how much Drew needed his father in his life. Sarah's daughter, Amber, refused to speak to him. Knowing the angst Seth caused this line of the Braverman family, »
- Carissa Pavlica
We may be used to seeing TV shows - whether they be comedies or dramas - based in newspaper offices. But none, as far as I recall, has ever centred on the obituaries desk.
So a proposed Us series, called Circling the Drain, is certainly breaking new ground. It involves a 25-year-old reporter (played by Caprica's Alessandra Torresani) who is reassigned from a paper's style section to its obits desk.
Circling the drain, a slang euphemism for clinging on to life, is being developed by the production company, Tornante, owned by former Disney chief Michael Eisner.
Tornante's head of development Steve Cohen says Eisner "loved the idea of a young girl who is starting out life writing about death against the backdrop of an industry that may also be circling the drain."
- Roy Greenslade
Just because you can do something, should you?
That's the question behind "The Scottsboro Boys."
Brilliant performances and the magic of Broadway royalty -- John Kander and the late Fred Ebb ("Cabaret," "Chicago," "Curtains") for music and lyrics, and director and choreographer Susan Stroman ("The Producers") -- ensure that every aspect of this show is perfect.
Should the story be told? Absolutely. This is a true and hideous account of racism.
Should it be told as a minstrel show?
Now that's where the great divide sets in. Some people continue to find minstrel shows so offensive the play was picketed.
Though no one could argue how magnificent the performers are, it's not saving the show. It closes Sunday, Dec. 12.
How the story is told is whether a Broadway show lives or dies, but the story itself must be told and repeatedly until something like this can never happen.
In 1931, nine »
Exclusive: Michael Eisner's Tornante Co. is making its first foray into live-action series with Circling the Drain, a single-camera comedy presentation it is self-financing and independently producing. The project, written by Josh Brand (Northern Exposure) and to be directed by Tucker Gates (Lost), stars Caprica alumna Alessandra Torresani as a 25-year-old reporter at the style section of a newspaper who loses her job and ends up on the obituary desk. The 8-10-minute presentation is now in pre-production and will start filming on Monday. Executive producing are Eisner, Brand, Gates as well as Tornante's head of development Steve Cohen and head of production Noel Bright. The idea for Circling the Drain was generated and developed internally at Tornante with hands-on involvement by former Disney chief Eisner. "He loved the idea of a young girl who is starting out life writing about death against the backdrop of an industry that »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Scotty's a Cheater? Thanks, ABC! No, Seriously!
Gay fans of Brothers & Sisters are probably breathing a sigh of relief after the last two episodes of the ABC drama. Why? It’s not necessarily because beloved characters Kevin Walker (Matthew Rhys)and Scotty Wandell (Luke Macfarlane) are probably going to avoid an adultery-spurred break-up.
It’s because the rift has finally giving Scotty something to do, and thereby made the characters much more complex and interesting. (Actually, the same could be said of their relationship.)
As Scotty said in last night’s episode, “I’m just as lost and damaged and screwed up as the rest of you. I’m not perfect Kevin, I’m not perfect!”
He might as well have been speaking for fans who’ve been dying for the duo to get past the network television trope of the perfect gay couple.
There have been enough gay characters »
- Aymar Jean Christian
A New York doc stranded in a small Alaskan town with a moose in the high street: what's not to like?
It is one of those shows that is more likely to spark fond nostalgia than passionate devotion. Nonetheless, Northern Exposure proves on repeat viewing to be rather pioneering. Yes, it's a gentle comedy with a cast of charming eccentrics and a premise that's hokey as hell: highly-strung New York Jewish doctor gets stuck in small town Alaska – with hilarious consequences! But don't let the taciturn native Americans, or the kooky pioneer residents, or that moose wandering the deserted high street, fool you.
Premiering on CBS in 1990, Ne was the creation of Joshua Brand and John Falsey, the team behind pioneering hospital drama St Elsewhere, and of David Chase, later the man behind The Sopranos. The credentials show. Though this is very much a mainstream network comedy, provoking more wry smiles than guffaws, »
- Esther Addley
ABC's freshman legal drama, "The Whole Truth," hasn't had the easiest road this season, but star Rob Morrow ("Northern Exposure," "Numbers") thinks the series has a lot of life in it -- as long as nobody else gets stuck in a cave.
"I think we're a little bit in the woods with the ratings," Morrow tells Zap2it. "We lost a little bit of momentum last week because of the Diane Sawyer miners special, but I know the shows are good and I think we have a distinct series."
Morrow wasn't actually begrudging the miners' moment in the sun. And even with the less-than-desirable ratings, he's really optomisitc about the show's fate. "I have been getting the best feedback of anything I've done in a long time," he says. "There's a lot of good will and the network seems really into it. And we're into making it."
And making "The Whole Truth »
The new edition of Entertainment Weekly hits newsstands nationwide stateside tomorrow and if you love nostalgia then you'll love this one. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Entertainment Weekly, they have gathered 12 classic TV and movie casts for the 'ultimate pop culture get-together'. And Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and seperated husband David Arquette are features in a special 'Scream' reunion section. You can check out the pic from the cover below and also read up a little more from the cast and director Wes Craven as they chat about 'Scream 4'. Other reunions featured in the mag are 'Back to the Future', 'Roots', Lord of the Rings', 'Pretty in Pink', 'Will and Grace', 'Alias', 'Northern Exposure', 'The Muppet Show', 'The West Wing', 'Gilmore Girls' and 'Married with Children' »
In my last column, I wrote about casting your score — choosing the professional musicians in your team, the men and women, instrumentalists or singers, who will give your musical ideas the best possible voice. Nothing will give your music heart, soul, the real human touch, better than the sounds of skilled musicians. Even if you yourself are the finest, with years of experience, even adding just one pro player will double your firepower, and even casual listeners will notice.
So, now that you are off the phone and someone is on his or her way, it’s time to think about just how to interact for the best possible results. This is where you will be called on to put on your “producer” hat. Let’s talk about what that entails.
Producers In Different Music Types
Most of us are aware of the job of producer, or at least that »
- Les Brockmann
Chicago – Every year, there’s a program or two for which it is strikingly easy to recognize exactly what people will love about it and what many will equally hate about it. Said programs are usually the product of creators with strong and identifiable styles and Jerry Bruckheimer is certainly one of those. Even casual fans would recognize his slick approach to the medium and your tolerance for that is going to determine your judgment on ABC’s “The Whole Truth,” a program that works for me but might not work for you.
Television Rating: 3.5/5.0
Kathryn Peale (Maura Tierney) is the deeply-intellectual and tough Deputy Bureau Chief in the Manhattn District Attorney’s office. A friend of Kathryn’s for years, Jimmy Brogan (Rob Morrow) is the toughest New York criminal defense attorney. The high concept of “The Whole Truth” is that rather than merely detail the prosecution or defense of a client, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Recently I attended the first annual (or bi-annual? More soon, I hope!) SCOREcast Online mixer and picnic at a beautiful home here in La, and I sure enjoyed meeting and getting a chance to talk with a number of terrific folks. I got into an interesting conversation with some composers about the whole concept of “casting” musicians and “producing” their playing as they contribute to your score. Just as a film, television show, or play has a cast of actors to tell the story, so does the score, and the group of musicians you select can have a big impact on how your score comes out. This will be about assembling the perfect “cast” of musicians to enhance your score; in a subsequent article, I will write about the production process.
You may be aware that I am a strong advocate and fan of all the fantastic professional musicians, instrumentalists »
- Les Brockmann
We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.
It’s halfway over. One thing seems to be sure, it’s not just the USA dominating. First the World Cup, now films. I normally don’t do this, but three of my Top 7 Films So Far in 2010 are from overseas. All that reading, all those subtitles, and yet, there they sit. On the top of my list. It’s been a rough summer, but with Christopher Nolan’s Inception starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt opening this weekend, the summer is starting to look better. For this list, The movie had to open by June 30, 2010. That’s right, The Last Airbender can’t qualify (for many reasons, the date only being one of them).
And now let it begin.
click here for Nick Allen’s Top 7 Movies So Far in 2010
7. The Joneses
Recap: A family of four moves in to an »
- Jeff Bayer
Money Magazine just released its 2010 list of the best places to live in America. Spoiler alert: they're a total snooze.
We're firm believers that TV is more interesting than real life, so we've rounded up the best (and worst) tube towns to put down roots. Because who would ever choose the Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Starbucks over Luke's Diner?
1. Stars Hollow, Ct ("Gilmore Girls")
There's a place where time stands still, but the cultural references are still fresh. Everyone knows everyone in Stars Hollow, and with properties so undervalued, consider it a wise real estate investment.
2. Eureka ("Eureka")
Hotbed of sci-fi danger or experiment in Utopian society? The incorporated, genius-filled town of Eureka is plagued by danger, but it's heady populace and attractive Sheriff Jack also make it most likely to survive war, the apocalypse or any outbreak of homeliness.
3. Everwood, Co ("Everwood")
City-dwellers rarely have an easy time acclimating to rural living. »
Chicago – Get out the shoulder pads and parachute pants, as HollywoodChicago revisits the 1980s through interviews with four top stars of the era, as they made their appearance at the most recent Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show. Theresa Russell, Ernie Hudson, Barry Corbin and Ginger Lynn Allen were there.
HollywoodChicago talked with them all, and Hc ace photographer Joe Arce put them through their poses with his unique point of view.
The Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show is a twice-a-year event where attendees can meet and greet the stars, collect autographs and find cool collectibles at the memorabilia market.
Theresa Russell made a significant debut as a film actor in “The Last Tycoon” , and went on to make several memorable films with then husband and director Nicholas Roeg, including “Bad Timing” , “Eureka”  and the infamous cult film “Insignificance” . She recently played the wife of Thomas Haden Church »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
TV loves fish out of water stories. Good storytelling, comic or dramatic, depends on conflict, and the fish out of water scenario creates easy conflict. Jewish snob from Manhattan stuck in rural Alaska? Done; “Northern Exposure” writes itself. Honest, polite Canadian Mountie assigned to work with a gruff cop in Chicago? Done; all “Due South” really needed was Paul Gross and that uniform (though it had more). Poor kid from the wrong side of the tracks gets taken in by a wealthy Orange County family? Done; add some indie-rock and you have “The O.C.” The trick that those shows and all »
- Alan Sepinwall
There’s an epidemic going on that no one wants to talk about. Lots of people in our business are hurting, and computer work is the main culprit.
One composer I know says every bone and joint in her body hurts all the time. She is saving up for a hydraulic lifter for her keyboard and computer workstation, so she can vary her position, working standing up as well as seated. Another I know has intense shoulder pain, and can’t raise his arm above shoulder level. He doesn’t want his clients to know, because he’s afraid they will think he can’t do the work.
The first person I ever heard of who injured his hands trying to become a better musician was the composer Robert Schumann. In trying to develop increased finger independence at the piano, he famously immobilized his fourth fingers with a length of »
- Les Brockmann
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to firstname.lastname@example.org Question: All this vague "a crisis like no other" talk about the Grey's Anatomy finale is killing me. And you don't wanna be responsible for my death. Seattle Grace scoop, Stat. —Andy Ausiello: Would it qualify as putting you on life support if I got series creator Shonda Rhimes to tell you a bit about the two-hour season-ender? Let's find out. "The theme of the first hour is sanctuary, which sort »
- Michael Ausiello
John Krasinski didn't get the Captain America job after all, but he will have the chance to save the world... or at least a corner of it. Deadline Hollywood reports that Krasinski is joining Drew Barrymore in Whales, playing a small town newspaper reporter opposite Barrymore's Greenpeace activist. The action, based on a true story, takes place in a small Alaskan town in 1988, where three gray whales got trapped under ice and both the Russian and American governments came together to cooperate and save the whales. Krasinski's character, who sounds a whole lot like he could be a Northern Exposure edition of Jim Halpert, is the reporter who uncovers the story. There's no mention of a potential romance between his and Barrymore's characters, but given that the movie is directed by Ken Kwapis-- responsible for the thoroughly unoriginal comedy License to Wed-- it wouldn't be all that surprising. »
From a technical point of view, preparing music files for delivery according to your client's requirements should be a pretty straightforward thing. Although every project is a little bit different, there are some standard procedures, and we'll go over them, with some definitions, a few precautions, and one or two minefields.
Before I get started, it's a good time to remind you that it's always a good idea to ask your clients what their delivery requirements are. If the producer or director can’t tell you directly, they will refer you to a post production mixer or technician who will have all the answers.
In a past article, I've gone over standard digital file issues, such as sample rate and bit depth. Review if needed. Of course you will be delivering finished mixes (or sometimes "stems"), not raw unmixed instrument tracks.
Since most postproduction work is done using ProTools, you »
- email@example.com (Les Brockmann)
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