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Two new hosts to join “The X Factor”

Posted by elegant On October - 5 - 2012

The Fox announced that Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian Odom will be officially joining “The X Factor” as its hosts next month when the show starts its live broadcasting.  They will be replacing the British television personality Steve Jones who served as the host of the first season of “The X Factor”.  The second season of the famed show is currently in progress and Simon Cowell, L. A. Reed, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as judges are coaching and selecting finalists in four categories.  Britney and Demi replaced the first season judges of Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.  According to Nielson Company more than 9.71 million watch “The X Factor” weekly.

Mario Lopez, age 39, is currently hosting the “Extra”, a syndicated show.  He hosted “America’s Best Dance Crew” on MTV for the past seven seasons.  Mario is also an actor who appeared in many films, television and Broadway productions.  He is best known for his role in the television show “Save by the Bell”.

Khloe Kardashian Odom, age 28 and wife of famous basketball star Lamar Odom, is currently co-starring in the reality TV show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”.  She is also a TV personality, radio host, model and a business woman.

The Golden Globe Award

Posted by elegant On October - 4 - 2012

The 2013 Golden Globe Awards will be held on January 13, 2013 and the producers just announced that the hosts of the 2013 show will be former and current “The Saturday Night” stalwarts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.  The show will be broadcast on NBC.  Both Tina and Amy were appearing on “The Saturday Night Live” on NBC for last ten years and both are best comedians in the industry.  Tina also stars in NBC comedy 30 Rock and Amy in Parks and Recreation.

The Golden Globe Award recognizes excellence in both domestic and foreign film and television productions.  The first award ceremony was held in 1944 and the latest 69th Golden Globe Awards for 2011 was held on January 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.  The show has been an annual event since 1961.  A total of 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association select the winners in each category.  There are 15 motion picture award categories including Best Picture in Drama and Musical or Comedy; Best Actor and Actress in each Best Picture category; Best Director and others and 11 (since 1956) television categories including Best Drama Series; Best Comedy Series; Best Actor and Actress in each category; and others.

Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)

Posted by elegant On October - 3 - 2012

The annual ten-day Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) was held at Busan Cinema Center in Haeundae-gu, Busan in South Korea and previously known as the Pusan International Film Festival. It is the largest and the most significant film festival in Asia. The festival was originally started in September, 1996 as a way to introduce new films and first-time directors from Asian countries. Busan Cinema Center was built at a cost over $140 million and has 4,000 seat outdoor theater, four indoor screens, conference space and a media center.

After 10 days of events, the 17th Busan festival ended in October, 2012. There were over 221,000 attendees and 304 films from 75 countries including 93 world premieres and 39 international premieres. The $20,000 each award for New Current and Asia Award went to “36”, an experimental film that explains how we store memories in digital era by Thailand director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit and “Kayan”, a Lebanon-Canadian co-production about a divorcee who runs a restaurant directed by Maryam Najafi. This year’s Asian Filmmaker of the Year award went to the veteran Japanese director Koji Wakamatsu for his contribution to the advancement of Asian cinema and culture. There were other additional awards at the festival.

New lineup from entertainment giant Viacom

Posted by elegant On October - 2 - 2012

The New York based entertainment behemoth Viacom re-launched it’s the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in September, 2012. The entertainment company’s children network, Nickelodeon is reorganizing its fall lineup in order to regain the No. 1 ranking it lost to Disney in 2012. Viewers got tired of watching reruns of iCarly, SpongeBob and Victorious. Nickelodeon will cut back on SpongeBob Square Pants. The Comedy Central will continue its hits such as The Colbert Report and The Daily Show. The company expects to increase original show broadcasting by about 70 percent. The Viacom’s MTV network will end the Jersey Shore at the end of the year and introduce new shows such as a teen comedy named Awkward and a new sitcom, The Inbetweeners.

Viacom is aggressively expanding its overseas presence where they have more room to grow. A new version of the Jersey Shore called Geordie Shore will be rolled out for French viewers. Britain’s own version of the show is one of the most popular shows in that country. A deal reached with DirecTV will give a boost to broadcasting in Latin America.

Each month, about 43 percent of cable viewers watch Nickelodeon. As a result Viacom gets one-third of its cash flow revenue from Nickelodeon.