Archive for October, 2011

Water by the Spoonful

October 31, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Legit Reviews: "Can I please have my passport back?" asks a figure that haunts Elliot, a soldier who served in Iraq who is finding daily civilian and family life hard to take in his old Philadelphia home turf. But all the characters in Quiara Alegria Hudes' compassionate follow-up to "Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue" (a Pulitzer finalist) are seeking a kind of visa -- one that will allow them to make it to a safe haven in a messed-up world. The world preem is receiving a first-class production, beautifully acted and gracefully helmed by "Elliot" director Davis McCallum at Hartford Stage.

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CNN reportedly reworking ‘Morning’

October 31, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Net makes talent changes to early programming -- CNN is undergoing some major changes:

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‘Untouchable’ wins Tokyo Grand Prix

October 30, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Pic's Cluzet and Sy share best actor honor -- "Untouchable," French helmers Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache's drama about the oil-and-water relationship between a paralyzed French aristocrat and his ex-con caregiver, won the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix at the 24th Tokyo Film Festival, which ended its nine-day run Sunday.

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Off With Their Heads! More Beheaded Siri Ads for Apple iPhone 4S (Video)

October 30, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Apple seems to like to cut off the heads of all adults — kids appear to be spared the semi-beheadings — in these latest ads for its new iPhone 4S featuring the Siri voice control feature. Siri: What is up with that and the creepy “Halloween” style music that goes along with it? Oh, just watch, even if you have half a brain (I also added the video of the previous ad):

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Blumenkrantz takes Ebb award

October 30, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Legit News: Honor comes with hefty cash prize -- Composer Jeff Blumenkrantz has picked up the 2011 Fred Ebb Award, the legit kudo that comes with a $50,000 cash prize.

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Sister on Steve Jobs’s Last Words: "OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW."

October 30, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Apple Co-founder and Silicon Valley legend Steve Jobs lived a life that read like an epic novel, so it’s probably no surprise that his very last words on this temporal plane would be just as dramatic. And they were: “OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.” That’s according to his sister, Mona Simpson, whose moving eulogy was published in the New York Times today. It’s well worth a read, given what a gifted writer Simpson is — she is a much respected novelist herself — and the amazing subject. Simpson opens the piece writing about her desire for her estranged father to return to her life and become the be-all-and-end-all. Instead, it turned out to be Jobs. “Even as a feminist, my whole life I’d been waiting for a man to love, who could love me,” she wrote. “For decades, I’d thought that man would be my father. When I was 25, I met that man and he was my brother.” A fitting legacy, among many.

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Zuckerberg: Go East, Young Geek!

October 30, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

There’s a culture out here where people don’t commit to doing things, I feel like a lot of companies built outside of Silicon Valley seem to be focused on a longer-term. You don’t have to move out here to do this. — Facebook Co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in an interview this weekend at Y Combinator’s Startup School event, noting he would have stayed in Boston if he were founding the social networking site over again.

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‘Puss’ tops weekend B.O.

October 30, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: DWA toon wins with $34 mil amid sluggish domestic B.O. -- "Puss in Boots" needed a bigger pair of knee-highs, trekking through a recent mucky B.O. market.

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The immortalization of Mickey

October 30, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Hands & Feet Ceremony: Mickey Rourke -- Up next in "Immortals" as the evil King Hyperion, the former bad boy continues his "Wrestler"-fueled return.

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Gandolfini in talks for ‘Wonderstone’

October 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Top News: 'Sopranos' star would play casino owner in New Line comedy -- "The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini is going from mob boss to magician's boss, as he's in negotiations to join Steve Carell and Jim Carrey in the New Line comedy "Burt Wonderstone."

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