Gunfire and Explosions at an American University...At least 73 people dead in #ItalyEarthquake http://dailym.ai/2bEVm74
Planned Parenthood Sought Soros Cash to Protect Federal Subsidies...Trump Calls for Independent Prosecutor for Clinton's 'Criminality'...Judicial Watch: Hillary Aides Helped Foundation Donors Gain Special Access...Networks Silent on Clinton Aide’s Ties to Radical Muslim Journal...CBS Omits Details of Clinton Foundation Pay-For-Play from E-Mail Report...Petraeus: The October surprise will be … Hillary lied to the FBI about Colin Powell’s email advice ...
Hillary's people contacted NFL about her head...Hillary adviser contacted NFL Commissioner in 2012 to inquire about SEVERE head injuries
New emails show Clinton Foundation asked Huma Abedin for favors at State Dept. New emails Monday show the Clinton Foundation using Huma Abedin to try to arrange meetings between the foundation's supporters and then-State Department Secretary Hillary Clinton. Read More >
tim's take - movies, TV, Awards - and much more ...
comScore’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “’Suicide Squad,’ the Warner Bros./DC Comics anti-superhero film easily crosses the $500 million mark worldwide with $572.7 million earned through this weekend. Other notable entries on the chart include the $10.7 million international debut for Paramount’s remake of the epic ‘Ben-Hur’ and $6.5 million earned in the international territories for another newcomer, Warner Bros.’ comedy ‘War Dogs.” WORLDWIDE DOMESTIC
The 74th Golden Globe Awards will air on NBC live coast-to-coast from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 from 8-11 p.m. ET (5-8 p.m. PT).
Lily Tomlin to receive life award at SAGs ...LOS ANGELES (Aug. 4, 2016) – Lily Tomlin –The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, which will be simulcast live nationwide on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at 8 p.m. (ET), 7 p.m. (CT), 6 p.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (PT).
Sad state of entertainment - Hate drives viewers habits online, too. Hate Drives TV Viewers to Return to Shows, New Study Finds...NEW CANVS STUDY OF TWITTER REACTIONS TO TV SHOWS THAT HATE IS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL EMOTIONS DRIVING TV VIEWERSHIP...from timobns ..the hate idea makes sense. People hate on a show and then Tweet (more fun)..plus, people will tune in to a show or news hour they hate so they can Tweet out crap..real time Tweeting has changed the way in which shows are being watched.
Oscar class of 2016 ..so, can we assume everyone invited said yes???
Cheryl Boone Isaacs was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night (August 2) by the organization’s Board of Governors. Boone Isaacs is beginning her fourth term as president and her 24th year as a governor representing the Public Relations Branch. Bailey, Gianopulos, Kennedy and Kurland were re-elected to their posts. This will be the first officer stint for Rubin and Utley.
Tim's TV Time
Complete list of nominees #Emmys....OBNS always teams with The Wrap for out award season coverage...GO HERE
"Game of Thrones" tops all with 23 nominations; "The People vs O.J. Simpson"
next with 22; "Fargo" has 18; "Veep" has 17 and "SNL" with 13.
It is harder, with the restrictions, to have a broadcast show be all it can be. On cable, the sky is the limit. Go ahead and have extreme violence, sex and swearing. That, too, does not make the show better, but, to many, it does. "House of Cards" is all the rage, but come on, who really watches that?
COMEDY CENTRAL Cancels Larry Wilmore Show... http://bit.ly/2bbGQli ..one main reason - no one watches it.
30 Percent of Millennials Won't Date Someone Over TV Tastes, Study Finds (Exclusive)...HALF OF ALL ADULTS 25-49 ADMIT TO “TV CHEATING,” PROPELLER INSIGHTS AND XFINITY DISCOVER
UPDATE: Colbert cannot use his character since that is owned by Viacom/Comedy Central..so, he uses twin brother..that is what he knows as audiences are flocking from him when he tries to be himself...There are some rumblings that James Corden will replace Stephen Colbert on "The Late Show." If that happens, I will have to say, "I told you so." Colbert was and is a bad choice as he cannot take his politics away. His other character is how many see him still.
Another TV season has ended. CBS once again leads all on all of TV, not just broadcast networks.
FROM RETURNING FAVORITES LIKE “EMPIRE” TO HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DEBUTS SUCH AS “THIS IS US,” THEWRAP’S GUIDE TO FALL 2016 PREMIERE DATES
Advertising, Marketing, PR
Retailers Ready Back-to-School Campaigns
The school year may just have ended a few weeks ago, but retailers like JC Penney, Old Navy and Kohl's are already set to begin rolling out marketing campaigns for the fall back-to-school season, Ad Age reports.
Why This Matters: Back-to-school is the second most-important shopping time of the year and sales this fall are expected to rise only a modest 2.6%, according to eMarketer projections. So retailers want to be out front in the minds of shoppers and beginning their marketing campaigns early is the best way to do that.
A Take: Ad Age
Yahoo Partners with Hulu on New Ad-Supported Video Platform
Yahoo has tapped Hulu as the “preferred partner” for Yahoo View, a free, ad-supported TV-watching site that features delayed access to full-length episodes of select TV shows alongside associated clips, recaps and content from Tumblr.
Why This Matters: Yahoo, which has been bulking up on video distribution deals even as it moves ahead with the sale of its operating business to Verizon, said Yahoo View is an extension of its existing distribution deal with Hulu, and will offer “thousands” of TV episodes, films, and clips for free.
4 Takes: MCN | Tech Crunch | Fierce Cable | Wireless Week
Hulu Drops Free Streaming Service
Hulu announced that it will drop its free ad-supported service in favor of a subscription model. The move comes just a week after Time Warner announced that it is taking a 10% stake in Hulu, joining existing owners Disney, 21st Century Fox and Comcast.
Why This Matters: Hulu’s free service has been relegated to the Hulu.com web site, offering a sampling of shows, and did not support other streaming platforms, including TV-connected gaming consoles and streaming players, that Hulu supports for its subscription offerings.
5 Takes: MCN | WSJ | Variety | Ars Technica | THR
Inside the issue - how the media covers news - exposing bias
We are here to expose it and to even up the playing field - - bias is all around, so now we can be biased, too...I have CNN headlines up to the left and Fox to the right. Note the tone and the differences in style and how and what they cover. Stark differences there as it shows bias in all forms.
Are you buying this??? July 2016 was the warmest month since modern record-keeping began in 1880
PRINCE - pills at estate contained synthetic opioidcounterfeit drugs that actually contained fentanyl - a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin, an official close to the investigation said on Sunday...The official said Prince had many of these pills with him on April 15 when the airplane he was on made an emergency stop in Moline, Illinois - Daily Telegraph, UK...
Ratings: Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony Ends Games With a Whimper...
16.9 million viewers, down 57 and 45 percent respectively from the 2012 London Olympics. May have been a boon to medals won for USA, but not so much for the overall enthusiasm for the event. Arenas for events were not sold out many, many times. Even when Bolt ran, the stadium was not full. Lochte embellishment dampened the mood at the end as well. He loses sponsors, too. And this was actually said by announcers during the closing ceremony, as I paraphrase - - he was happy for the athletes who do not have to enter under the flag of their countries. Ye, that was said and implied. Perhaps the whole country with borders is out of date to many. That is why Trump and his border have people freaking out. Olympics are countries but without borders and open immigration, does it matter what country the athlete in which they live? Hmmmmmm...
Olympics end; No matter what, the ratings were not what they wanted and it never seemed like the world stopped to watch any event, item of even a stupid act from Ryan Lochte and teammates. The Lochte mess when also media driven, and they got duped into covering it. Why on earth did they put Lochte on TV to explain it without checking out the story first? In an effort to get Lochte some reality-style coverage, they played into the lie. THE SWIMMING MEDALIST GETS CONFESSIONAL IN AN INTERVIEW WITH NBC’S LAUER...
Overall, the coverage has been terrible. Tape-delays (as usual) and a focus not so much on sports but politics of not offending, which means they did offend. Since the coverage is U.S. based with NBC (an American company), it seems like the announces go out of the way to not over-play and flag wave. That alone is never good. It is an American company airing them, so that idea, while noble, is bad for optics. Having beach volleyball take center-stage so often was odd (actually, because of skimpy clothes, perhaps not so odd). As usual for the Olympic, the coverage is aimed at females, so that is why the backstories are shown so much. But, is that offensive to admit that for NBC?
Tim's tidbits & trivia
Partisanship and political animosity in America http://pewrsr.ch/28Npb23
The Top 25 Urban Legends currently circulating most widely: http://bit.ly/b3p8Dl
- In the Middle Ages, frogs were placed into throats to cure infections. From there, "frog in the throat" was born.
- Native Americans did not ride horses until Europeans arrived.
- Mosquitoes are said to love biting people who have just eaten a banana. Sometimes, we can see a piece of trivia and just not really believe it.8
- Different sounds of thunder come from the different parts of a bolt of lightning. Yes, different is they key word in this item.
- Umbrellas were once a sign of rank.
- Snow is NOT frozen rain.
- Do not look for a caterpillar to eat during the day because they will not. I never say never, but ...
- The earth gains weight every year and it is NOT from humans. It is from meteors.
- Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting when he was alive.
- The Mona Lisa was first bought to hang in a bathroom. Yeah, that sounds right.
- Thomas Edison was afraid of the dark. Why not invent something to help that - we did.
- The flush toilet came before toilet paper.
* It now looks like "The Force Awakens" will not pass "Avatar" as the top film. The real story now is if it will pass "Titanic."
* "Gone With the Wind" is tops when you factor in inflation. Also, that list seems more indicative to the "favorite" movies for people.
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GOLDEN GLOBE CHANGES - Golden Globes: HFPA Unveils 2017 Dates & Rule Changes.... FROM OBNS - it looks like they want to influence the Oscar nominations, which they have not for some years. Why? Because the Oscar nomination deadline was before these awards...so early for this show.
I contend that there is too much product on TV now - and too many movies being released. We have no time to digest and enjoy. I like to schedule and watch TV when it is on - not at all hours and anytime. I like watching something that is on and millions are watching it at the same time, yet, they are not in my living room. An event, and something to discuss later. Not on You Tube, Netflix and the like. Too much product has hurt the overall quality and made stars out of people who have no business being in the business.
Former Republican Senator Chuck Percy of Illinois in 1975 to the New York Times: “A Reagan nomination and the crushing defeat likely to follow could signal the beginning of the end of our party as an effective force in American life.” FEAR NOT DONALD TRUMP ...REAGAN HAD IT, TOO; MANY DESPISED HIM - READ HERE ..SAMPLE...
Hollywood Producers Renovate President Reagan's Midcentury California Estate
Forbes...Here's the pitch: two married Hollywood movie producers flip the script, remodeling their careers and a popular United States president's home into a ...
'horror' scopes - yes horror
Horrorscopes are indeed made up horoscopes, but they may be more accurate than you want.
AQUARIUS - When someone needs to explain things others say means they have too much free time.
PISCES - Many people go along with things that spell doom for them.
ARIES - Just because the room is cheering does not mean you have to play along.
TAURUS - Stick to your principles but do not tell people daily that are doing that.
GEMINI - If someone fact checks you make sure you fact check them, too.
CANCER - Surrounding yourself with people who are positive will; help you achieve your goals.
LEO - Truth is, everyone is biased. It cannot be stopped.
VIRGO - Nothing happens overnight, unless you go to sleep and then wake up the next day. That would be overnight...
LIBRA - What works for others may not work for you so stop listening to everyone.
SCORPIO - If you have to tell people what you are doing works, it means you are not doing it that well.
SAGITTARIUS - Winning shuts people up. It is that simple.
CAPRICORN - Saying it is hot may be an excuse not to do something that needs to be done.
This is why I went solo. Media is often dishonest.
Just six percent of the public really trusts the media!
MORE FOLLOWS BELOW - The past year brought pressures to America’s newspaper newsrooms not seen since the Great Recession. From broadcast to print to digital and more, this year’s annual report takes stock of the state of the news media.
NEWSPAPERS - In 2015, the newspaper sector had perhaps the worst year since the recession and its immediate aftermath. Average weekday newspaper circulation, print and digital combined, fell another 7% in 2015, the greatest decline since 2010. While digital circulation crept up slightly (2% for weekday), it accounts for only 22% of total circulation.
CABLE NEWS - growth was spread more evenly between the three major channels: CNN increased its viewership by 17% to an average of 517,000; MSNBC by 8% to 321,000; and Fox News by 7% to 1.2 million. Fox still rules overall...
LOCAL TV NEWS - Local TV news viewership declines in all three key timeslots – morning, early evening and late night
NETWORK NEWS - Viewership was stable for evening newscasts and rose for Sunday morning political talk shows, but declined in morning newscasts and news magazine programming.
DIGITAL - . Nearly four-in-ten U.S. adults (38%) said that they often get news from digital sources, including news websites or apps (28%) and social networking sites (18%).
RADIO - during 2014, 73% listened on smartphones, while 61% listened on desktops and laptops (last year the info became available).
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