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How the legendary Carol Burnet got started

Posted by elegant On September - 24 - 2012

The 79 year old actress’ career spans over 57 years. Her empire includes Broadway, television, and film. But most of us remember her for entertaining us for more than 11 years on television, on CBS with the Carol Burnet Show. She brought in big names and entertained us with her comics. Her signature closing included tugging her ear and singing “I am so glad we had this time together”.

Growing up she didn’t have much money; her mother and father even though separated had a drinking problem. So, she grew up with her grandmother. Her signature ear tug is to appreciate her grandmother’s love for her and vice versa. Her show business career started with her college time at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Since the college didn’t have a journalism program, she studied theater arts – English. She got her sitcom career started for an acting class project. After graduation, she moved to New York to start a career in Broadway. She played the lead role in off-Broadway theater in Once Upon a Mattress and Princess Winnifred. Year later she moved to Broadway productions and television, and earned a Tony Award nomination in 1959.

James Bond turns 50

Posted by elegant On September - 21 - 2012

When Sean Connery uttered “Bond, James Bond” in Dr. No in 1962, nobody expected it to be a series or an internationally famed. Fifty years later, the James Bond, code named 007, is alive and well. There have been 23 films made on the famous series and the latest is titled Skyfall. There are two other independent productions, Casino Royale in 1967 and Never Say Never Again, a 1983 remake of earlier film Thunderball. During this period there have been six actors who played the role of James Bond, a fictional British Secret Service agent. Daniel Craig plays the role in Skyfall. Others include George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Bronson.

Films are based on Ian Fleming’s series of 12 novels and two short stories that started in 1953. There have been six other authors who are authorized after the Ian’s death in 1963. A new novel is expected to be released in 2013. All films have been produced by Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli, an American and his partner Harry Saltzman, a Canadian. Broccoli’s stepson Michael G. Wilson now produces the series with his half-sister, Barbara Broccoli.

Good story and action made the series more popular among movie enthusiasts.

Halloween

Posted by elegant On September - 20 - 2012

Halloween is around the corner. More and more Americans are getting on the spirit and either dress up for Halloween and or decorate their homes for it. A recent survey reveals that nearly 50 percent Americans are intending to decorate their homes for Halloween.

The origin of Halloween is not clear. It is thought that it started in Europe around the Celtic pagan festival of Sahmain or summer’s end. This community event marked the annual harvest and the beginning of a new year around November 1st. Bon fires were a part of the festivities.

During the middle ages, parts of pagan celebration merged with the Christian feast day of All Saints or All Hallows which followed All Souls Day to commemorate the dead. The night before the All Hallows became the All Hallows Eve. During the Eve, children went from house to house looking for small cakes in return for saying a prayer for the dead. This may be the earliest recognizable event of the modern day trick-or-treat.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, Halloween was confined to Scotland and northern England. When people migrated to America, traditions were started to flourish in the country and lanterns, pumpkins, and costumes became part of Halloween.

Hollywood and digital media

Posted by elegant On September - 19 - 2012

Hollywood was so cozy with movie theaters and DVDs for so long. When MP3s came into the market, Hollywood was first leery about the new shift at first. Now that Netflix, Amazon.com, and soon Verizon Communication and Redbox getting into bidding for rights to stream movies on iPads, Kindle, and TVs. Hollywood is getting ready to make more money.

Movie studios such as Metro Goldwyn-Mayer, Viacom, and Lions Gate Entertainment are aligning with new comers such as Epix who maintain digital distribution services such as Prime Instant Video service. Soon people will be able to watch digital distributions of The Hunger Games and The Avengers on their on the go devices anywhere, anytime. Soon they will be fighting with Time Warner and CBS who holds the premium cable broadcasting after movies are played at theaters.

After theater distribution has grown from three TV networks to more than 200 cable, satellite and Net services. More than 115 million U.S. homes with TVs will be able to access films via the Web. Netflix, Amazon and others are positioning to grab a market share of the upcoming movie revolution. Hollywood is sure to generate additional revenue from digital craze at a time movie theater revenue is declining.