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Happy New Year everyone! This week brings you jailbirds and renewed careers, acting greats and not-so greats, some sad farewells, and a whole new year of opportunities and possibilities.

Jude Law’s New Stage

Freed Sopranos Actor Set to Return to Acting

Actor Joseph Ruskin Dies at 89

Steven Seagal Considering Bid for Arizona Governor

Actor James Avery Dead at 65

America Olivo’s Packing Tip

Idris Elba Dismisses Black Bond Rumors

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With several big-name blockbusters opening, numerous high-profile scandals, and the general furor of the holidays, it’s been a busy week. We’ve got ducks, pajamas, hustlers, rocks, and more for you. A little bit of news, a lot of interesting industry information, and hopefully some useful advice.

Steve Martin Puts His Foot in His Mouth

It’s a Bad Week to be the Face of Obamacare

Also a Bad Week to be Phil Robertson (Or A & E)

Jonah Hill Shows Us His Acting Chops

Sage Advice About Pilot Season

Hollywood’s Top Grossing Actor is Not Who You Think it Is

Bruce Dern Telling It How It Is

Top Ten Breakout Actors of 2013

Happy Holidays!

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So, I haven’t been able to watch any of the new Arrested Development yet which means I can’t personally throw in my opinion on the 4th season, however there are plenty of people who have already provided their own.

Now the first thing that you should know about season 4 of AD is that it centers around one character at a time. Since there has been a 7 year hiatus between seasons the actors have moved on to other projects and all have busy schedules to work around. There are of course mixed reviews on this technique, some people like it some don’t.

Among the fans, LA Times, Hollwood Reporter, and the San Francisco Chronicle. All of them pretty much say that the more you watch the better it is and you kind of forget that it doesn’t necessarily follow the same direction has the 3 previous seasons.

Among the critics, Hitfix, Wall Street Journal, Variety, Buzzfeed, and NYT which actually claimed that “the internet had killed Arrested Development”.

As I have said, I haven’t personally watched any of the show yet but I have to kind of believe that after 7 years people might have hyped up the last season. That is a long time to have created scenarios in your head about what could have happened to your favorite characters and when that isn’t how it plays out it can be disappointing.

From reading comments on reviews it seems that fans were a bit disappointed about the first few episodes but after watching the whole season things came full circle and they were pleased. I have seen people recommend that it be binged watched, aka reserve 9 hours, get a giant sandwich and bowl of ice cream, and make a day of it.

When I have a day off, that is what I will do.

Have you watched the 4th season of Arrested Development yet? What did you think?!

 

 

 

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She is not the first person to release a video series for her new album, but she is the latest to do it. Sara Bareilles is taking her fans on a journey for her newest CD, releasing a series of 8 Youtube videos before the album hits stores in July.

I love things like this.  I am a self proclaimed music junkie so whenever my favorite bands give me a chance to see insider material I am all for it. I think it is really cool to get a sneak peak of what goes into the writing and recording process.  I also think it is cool that Sara is very raw when talking about the direction of her album. We often times think that people in the spotlight have everything under control, but they are just like us. Expressing yourself through music and creating something personal is no easy task. Letting your fans in on that gets you a gold star in my book.

Artists have been using all areas of social media to promote their new albums recently. I shared the Pistol Annies’ campaign a few weeks ago, where they used Vine to release clues about the location of their missing equipment (part of a fictional game where people collected clues and could win tickets to a surprise show). The also used it to reveal their album artwork.

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Sara did something similar in Seattle, parts of her cover artwork around the city and releasing clues online. When people found them all they would share the artwork on different platforms.

Things like this allow fans to interact more with people that inspire them and I would guess that the artists gain inspiration from the fans as well.

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Did Mike Tyson ever really go anywhere? Debatable. Has he been around a lot more in the last few years? If you ask me, and since I am asking the question I get to decide who I am asking, and I pick me, the answer is yes. In my opinion, appearing in the Hangover really boosted his popularity among a younger generation who might have known who he was but were not super familiar with him. Recently I have seen him on How I Met Your Mother and Law and Order: SVU. I am sure they promoted it but I didn’t even know he was guest starring on either show. I prefer him better in the comedy role; dude is not the best dramatic actor in the world.

So why the talk about Mike Tyson? Well, about a month ago we were playing trivia and one of the questions was “What animal does Mike Tyson train?” or work with or something like that. Anyway, my team members thought it was tigers a la The Hangover. However this girl knew it was pigeons. In fact, I am not sure if this show ever came to fruition, but there was talk of a reality show featuring Tyson and his pigeons. Adult Swim on Cartoon Network has jumped on this idea though, sort of. They are creating a new cartoon about Tyson and his pigeons. Here is a little description of the show…

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“Mike Tyson is taking the fight from the boxing ring to the streets… by solving mysteries! Armed with a magical tattoo on his face and a trusty associate by his side — a talking pigeon — if you have a problem that needs solving, Iron Mike is in your corner.”

Come on…THAT SOUNDS AWESOME! Mike Tyson and talking pigeons solving crimes, sign me up. I can’t claim this for everyone but the career moves he has been making are definitely winning me over. I guess with the right PR you can come back from anything, even biting off your competitor’s ear.

All press is good press…unless is involves you trying to sue IMDB because they posted your birthday and revealed that you were older than most of the roles you played and you lost and then they reveal your identity.

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I actually think that this is debatable. Junie Hoang is the actress behind the story and she is currently 41. She had posted a fake birthday on her account but then took it off in some sort of strategic move. Only, someone then posted her real birthday which was not part of her strategy. However, if you are like me you had never heard of Junie until her identity was revealed after she sued IMDB (and lost by the way). Just because she is older doesn’t mean she won’t be cast for younger roles. I mean, look at the kids on Glee. When I say kids, I really mean adults because they are all in their mid to late 20′s and 30′s. Either you know this and don’t care or you just assumed they were really high school age. That is why they are called actors and actresses. They can play the role. Now Junie’s name is out there and some casting director that had never heard of her might see her from this lawsuit and say, “Hey, she’d be perfect for this role!” So maybe, just maybe, this whole thing is strategy. And if that is the case this woman in a genius!

Yes I understand that there is an issue with revealing personal information on the internet but I think as someone in the limelight that is something that you have to get over. You choose to put yourself in the public eye and you should be prepared for people to dig up information about you. Is it fair? Probably not. Is it expected? I think so. Should people be going through your trash to find personal information and old credit card account stubs? Heck no.

Your thoughts?

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So this blog is going to be about one of my favorite people ever, Zach Braff. Granted, I have never met him so I might not even like him in real life. In my head he is exactly like JD on “Scrubs”. Anyways, nearly a decade ago Braff wrote, directed, and starred in “Garden State”, which you should see if you haven’t already. It was featured in the Sundance Film Festival and is one of those movies that gains a cult following. I think it is one of those things that you either see once and think, Meh, or you really love. Either way, it has been nearly a decade since the release of “Garden State” and Zach is finally onto his next movie.

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However, he didn’t go the traditional route to fund the project. Enter Kickstarter. If you haven’t heard of Kickstarter, it is a website where people can put up projects/causes and attempt to raise money to fund the project. Recently Veronica Mars fans raised 1 million dollars in order to fund the movie that has been rumored for years. So, Braff decided to hit up the website and see if he could raise enough to make the follow up to his first movie. His reasoning for using Kickstarter instead of going through a studio was basically artistic direction. He didn’t want all of the final decisions to go to the “people in charge” and  change the entire meaning behind the film. Understandable.

There is the question of why celebrities don’t just fund their own projects since they presumably have millions of dollars. I don’t know how that works though, seeing as I am not famous and also not rich. But, in just 3 days Braff has already raised over 2 million dollars and is backed by over 30,000 fans. There are still 25 days left to go in the campaign.

Thanks to the internet and the ability for celebrities to reach out to fans and interact with them, projects that might not have happened can now become a reality. Veronica Mars fans had waited for YEARS for the movie to come out. Kristen Bell had said the entire time that she would be game to star in it if it ever came to light. And the fans made it happen. Same for Braff. If the fans want to see it happen, they can make it happen. You know, as long as the people needed to make the movies are willing to do it. Anything is possible when you have a dream…and the internet.

If you want to check out the plot and information about Braff’s film or donate to the cause, go here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1869987317/wish-i-was-here-1?ref=search

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This is a GREAT contest that incorporates social media. Typically, at least when I think of film festivals, I think of independent movies, celebrities, and very serious critics. But the film festival used Twitter’s Vine to host a fun contest that fit perfectly with both the festival AND the networking site. Basically, you get 6 seconds on Vine to create a mini-movie.Submissions had to have a beginning, middle, and end and were put into one of multiple categories including: Auteur, Genre, Animate, and Series.

Over 400 films were submitted and judged, leaving 40 finalists for cash and FAME. The final 40 will be reviewed by  by a panel of judges including actor Adam Goldberg and director Penny Marshall and winners will be announced later this week on the 26th. If you have ever had an idea for a Vine film, you know that 6 seconds is literally no time at all. Actually, when I think about a movie in few seconds, I think about Ben’s claymation film on “Parks and Rec” where he spent days creating content and the movie ended up only being about 3 seconds.  There can be a lot of material to fit into just 6 seconds, so this involves coming up with a great idea and executing it in the given time.

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I love this contest because anyone can enter and if your work is good enough you could win some moolah. And who knows, maybe even get recognition and get to make your own short film.

If you go here you can check out all of the entries for each category. I believe their are ten in each one.

http://www.tribecafilm.com/online/competitions/6second/genre

 

 

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YES! Are you as excited for this as I am? The answer should be yes. Arrested Development is a gem of a show and if you haven’t watched it, then go one Netflix and get busy! AD is one of those shows that was ended before it’s time, one of those clever shows that is well written, has a strong following, but just doesn’t get the ratings that it deserves and that makes the big wigs keep it around (think Community).

But, as most Arrested fans know, the show has been given one more season that will air on Netflix starting on May 26th. There will also be a movie. Both of these things make me happy. Mostly because I still love Michael Cera, regardless of the fact that he always plays the same character. He is just adorable as the dorky awkward kid.

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Now, aside from the brilliant content that Netflix will be airing, let’s talk about Netflix as a whole. Remember when they raised their prices and everyone flipped out and said that they would lose all of their customers and die off? True, it wasn’t cool, and I myself switched my membership to streaming only (not a big deal, mailing things isn’t my strong suit anyway). But, they definitely have been hitting it out of the park lately, at least in my opinion. I have not checked out the original series “House of Cards” but I hear good things about it, and it stars Kevin Spacey so you can’t really go wrong there. And they have another original show starting soon, which sounds kind of interesting. But to pick up a show that is really loved by fans and allow it to carry on for another season is genius. GENIUS I SAY! Especially because anyone who was a fan of the show and doesn’t have Netflix will probably pony up the dough, at least while the show is carried, to watch it. If I didn’t have Netflix and I heard about this, I certainly would pay the 8 bucks a month.

And then the Ad campaign. Ugh. These posters are FANTASTIC. If you saw any of these, as a fan of the show, you would know. It is like a secret underground club. If you saw jean shorts and thought of never nudes, we should be friends.

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Bravo Netflix marketing team. Bravo.

Get ready for this pressing question Mom and Dad…

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“Mommmmmmmmmmmmm, can I have $15. I need to send Justin Bieber a message on Facebook!”

It’s going to happen. If you really love a celebrity, you can pony up the dough to send them a message on Facebook. Does that mean they will check it? My body tells me no (this was actually a Young the Giant quote from their song “My Body” and if you got that give yourself a pat on the back and send me a Facebook message while it is still free so we can be friends). My hunch is really no, though. Perhaps they will have a designated team on this to reply so that they can make the extra money. That would be the smart move. I would think that most people would assume that a response from the celebrity would not actually come from them, however, had I received a letter back from the Spice Girls (You’re darn right I sent them a fan letter in 5th grade) I would be stoked enough to lie to myself that it was really from them.

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So for artists like the Biebs with lots of young naive fans, this service is great!

But, paying to send messages will also apply to people who aren’t famous. Apparently this will cut down on spam. I don’t get spam messages. I have less than 200 friends though, so perhaps if you have more than this is an issue. They already have created the “Others” folder, where messages from people who aren’t your friends already go, which you might not have known about. (You should go check this out now, I bet you have messages). But what if I am looking for a roommate and want to send someone a message, I don’t want to pay for that. Or, what if I am planning a surprise party and have to message a friend’s friend? I don’t want to pay for that. I like the fact that Facebook is free. I think that is how it should always be. I don’t send messages to people very often, especially because now I just assume it will go into their Others folder and they will never see it. I personally don’t see the benefit of having to pay to send messages, aside from money for Facebook.

Your thoughts?

More info: http://www.forbes.com/sites/haydnshaughnessy/2013/04/08/facebook-extends-charging-and-that-is-good/

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