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BY BRICE SANDER ANCHOR JENNIFER MECKLES You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy Playboy in primetime? A new NBC series could see its actors pulling the ‘Full Monty’ on your TV this fall. NBC’s ‘The Playboy Club’ follows the lives of the bunnies working inside the famed Chicago club in the 1960s, and the men who, well, ogle them. (YouTube/HollywoodStars) In an attempt to keep the show authentic, Variety reports execs added a “nudity clause” into the actors’ contracts. According to The Hollywood Reporter, that clause got the Parents Television Council riled up. “The TV watchdog group says the Comcast/NBC merger is to blame for attempts to ‘obliterate any remaining standards of broadcast decency’ because the media company ‘either cannot distinguish between Showtime and broadcast television, or they are choosing to ignore those differences.’” So, yeah, the show might be a little racy. But Deadline Hollywood argues, your kids shouldn’t be watching anyway – if they even get the chance. “OK, first NBC has not agreed to air the pilot, it has ordered it for series consideration and will air it only if the project is picked up to series … [and] given it’s setting, a Chicago Playboy club in the 1960s, and its subject matter, The Playboy Club would certainly be a sexy drama that no one envisions as a 8 PM show.” And the New York Post suggests, if the Parents Television Council wants to get angry at anyone, it should be the actors. They’re the ones who decide if nudity makes the cut. “The actors, however, can't be forced to shoot nude scenes. If it came to pass that nudity was included, the particular scene in the script must be given to the actor(s), allowing them the opportunity to consent or decline…” While these clauses are rare, they’ve popped up before. Remember NYPD Blue’s butt-baring days? As gossip blogger Perez Hilton notes, the chance of us seeing anything more than PG on TV is slim. “We doubt we’ll see anything more than side boob on primetime though because the contract gives 20th Century Fox TV the right to shoot ‘graphic scenes’ to use in DVD versions of the series.” And comedian Eric Cunningham gives NBC a little something to think about before it has any of the actors drop trou. “The NBC show, ‘The Playboy Club,’ will include a nudity clause in its contracts, that will allow them to show nudity on the DVD extras. So, uh, feel free to skip the TV show, perverts.” FYI, the show’s pilot episode features no nudity. NBC will decide whether to pick up the series in May. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
9 Apr 2011
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BY ALISON SCHUTZ ANCHOR ALISON SCHUTZ You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy Seeking self-revelation or just some attention? Actress Ashley Judd has lifted the veil on her less than happy childhood in her new memoir. The book is supposed to focus on Judd’s life purpose and advocacy work around the world. But, critics and media alike are narrowing in on her childhood abuse and questioning her intentions. Today’s Meredith Vieira questions Judd on why she included the dark details. MEREDITH VIEIRA: “...you said your mom ignored you a lot of the time, there’s a quote here, ‘I was a stranger in my own family...remember endless times spent on my own’, thoughts of suicide as a kid, dealing with depression. Why include all of that?” (WIPE) ASHLEY JUDD: “That section of the book for me is about hope, resilience, and recovery. But it doesn't make any sense to share my recovery unless I’m also willing, you know, to share some of the uncomfortable things that set me up to need help in the first place.” The Village Voice’s Michael Musto says “been there, done that” and isn’t impressed by Judd’s do-good, skeleton in the closet, celebrity confession. “Ashley's suffering and depression are terrible, and something she still has to deal with every day. But unless all the proceeds are going to abuse victims, do celebrity memoirs really help those victims more than anyone else?” The love blog YourTango looks into the story behind Ashley’s sudden transparency and polled readers on whether they think her repressed memories are even true. “Ashley's career has kind of had a lull but we're sure the buzz of the new book and revealing family secrets will get her noticed again. But now we have to wonder: [what] do you think about her recalling these memories now?” But a Salon blogger throws out the question of truth, saying Judd’s account doesn't necessarily need to be “accurate”. “...Judd's admission that her memoir is ‘true for me’ allows for an acknowledgment of the real trauma she's experienced while also making room in the narrative for other versions of events. Memory might not hold up in a court of law, but that doesn't matter much to a scarred heart.” So, what’s her family say? Country stars: mom, Naomi, and sister, Wynonna, tell ET they’re proud of Ashley...but jump from their hot seats rather quickly. NAOMI JUDD: "I think it's key for us to spend time figuring our own reality. Every unhappiness is tied to a story, and we have to go back and figure out our stories. And then it's our stories that connect us." WYNONNA JUDD: “And the veil has been lifted...” NAOMI JUDD: “We gotta go, baby.” WYNONNA JUDD: “...secrets keep you sick and families will heal once they get real.” NANCY O’DELL: “So you’re proud of your revelations and of Ashley.” WYNONNA JUDD: “Yep.” Naomi Judd tells Today that she hopes her daughter’s book does well. Yet, E! Online reveals Ashley refused to join her family on their new reality show on the Oprah Winfrey Network that debuts this Sunday. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
9 Apr 2011
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BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy GLENN BECK: “I am leaving the program but I'm not leaving Fox.” He’s hated by the left -- loved by the far right. Glenn Beck - the Fox News host best known for his on-air conspiracy theories -- is “transitioning off” his controversial show. GLENN BECK: “I don’t like conflict but sometimes you have to stand. I took the job because I thought I had something to share. I really thought that if I could prove my case that something wicked was coming, America would listen, and they have.” Neither Fox nor Beck provided much in the way of specifics -- leaving unanswered lots of really, REALLY pressing questions. “Why is he really leaving? Are the rumors true that other Fox talent was embarrassed by the antics? Was he really losing money for Fox? And what will he do now? ... What conservative commentator, personality, pundit, can it be Sarah Palin? Who can take over for him?” (CNN) According to Nielsen -- the show averaged less than 2 million viewers. A pretty sizable audience for any cable news show -- but it represents a drop from last year’s average ratings of 2.7 viewers. So was it the ratings -- was it one conspiracy too many -- or was it -- like Beck says -- just that he never intended to stay forever? Lots of explanations in the blogosphere. The LA Times says it’s all about the ratings... “...there was little mistaking … Beck is being booted off the air. His sinking ratings certainly didn't help...” Nope -- it’s the fact he lost advertisers -- about 400 of them -- says New York Daily News... "Murdoch and Ailes didn't oust Beck when he ... likened Reform rabbis to proponents of radical Islam. No, it was only after the increasingly kooky conservative started losing money as big-name advertising dried up...” Not to mention -- The New York Times’ Brian Stelter tells CNN -- he just didn’t fit in at the network. “He was always his own man, unlike Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity, and he wasn't born by Fox and didn't depend on Fox. ... He called president Obama a racist. That caused an advertiser boycott, a lot of advertisers left his show. After that, people on the news side of Fox refused to go on the show or be associated with the show.” Beck’s liberal critics are rejoicing. DAVID BROCK, MEDIA MATTERS, MSNBC: “Glenn Beck was particularly dangerous, I think, and to have that presence mainstreamed was almost a unique problem in terms of the discourse. I think this is a victory for civil discourse. ... You've seen some paranoid ravings of almost a madman. ... I think at the end of the day, his reputation will be remembered as -- for what it is, that even Fox had to draw a line...” At the end of the day, though, The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz says the move was mutually beneficial. “Whatever the genesis … [this] is a case study in how even the most successful broadcast personalities can become too hot to handle.” In an interview with the Associated Press - Fox News chief Roger Ailes denied ratings or advertisers had anything to do with Beck’s “transition off” his show. Beck will stay involved with the network through occasional content contributions. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed Get news with analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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BY ZHENG HWUANG CHIA You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy Front row seats for American Idol? Sure! Well - Not really. Idol tells Ashley Kauffman - Sorry hun. That’s not gonna happen here. Why? You’re too fat. KPHO has the story. “She was left shocked and in tears after allegedly being told by production staffers that she could not sit with her friends in the front row because she was just too big and too heavy to be in the front.” Daily Mail says the weight insults didn’t stop there. “(Kauffman and friends) made their way to the second row but had been stopped by another member of Idol staff, this time male. (He) grabbed her ticket and said: 'This makes sense why you're not with the skinny girls. You're in the last row.'” An outraged anchor from CNN asks American Idol - Do we have a weight issue going on here? “Ashley. 5’2”, 150 pounds. Not super skinny but she looks like most girls her age. She looks like a lot of American Idol fans. Just one of those typical American Idols teenagers who make American Idol so popular and so much money.” But, some aren’t buying Kauffman’s story. It’s American Idol we’re talking about. Can they afford to be weight biased? ABC has the scoop. “The people around here said they’ve never heard a comment like that. It’s been tough to prove that this has been said. It seems like American Idol gave her a good seat, it was one of the best seats in the house.” Reps from American Idol told TMZ that the allegations were untrue. To which a blogger from The Stir says - Are you kidding me? “Can you imagine what a phrase like that could do to a girl's self esteem?! ... Sorry Idol, but I don't think that any 19-year-old would build up the courage to talk about her weight on national television without proper cause.” Ahh. American Idols and all their dramas. WLFD speculates - that’s what they’re doing to get those ratings up. “All sorts of controversy. The girls only vote for guys - Pia gets voted off. There’s always something. Gotta stir the pot somehow or another right? Like they need more attention. I think they have too few viewers already.” Kauffman says - she does not want any money from American Idol. Nothing - but an apology. Do you think American Idol is sorry? 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy
16 Apr 2011
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BY ALLIE SPILLYARDS ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy It was an inspiring best seller. Greg Mortenson’s Three Cups of Tea gives his account of getting lost in an effort to climb the world’s tallest peak. After being rescued by Pakistani villagers, he builds an astonishing 170 schools for young girls. But then the twist. A 60 Minutes special includes interviews with several sources that say- it’s a big fat lie. According to Louisville’s WHAS- “The CBS news magazine reports that the book is filled with inaccuracies and that Mortenson is taking credit for building schools to this day that don’t exist.” Apparently CBS isn’t the first party to be suspicious of Mortenson’s feel-good story. A blogger for Discover Magazine calls the book- “...so predicated on contemporary biases about the basic universal goodness of human nature. I hoped everything was true, but it seemed too good to be true. Other people who worked in Afghan NGOs tended to tell a more gritty and gray story, so either Mortenson was embellishing, or he had a special magic touch.” According to critics, not only are Mortenson’s claims about his rescue and the number of schools he built false... but so is another traumatic encounter. A writer for Time says- “Even Mortenson's claim in the book that he was captured by the Taliban in Pakistan in 1996 might be debunked. After analyzing a photo of the captors...60 Minutes found that at least one of them was a Pakistani scholar, not a terrorist. Whoops.” CBS News says Mortenson did not respond to requests by “60 Minutes” for an interview. But according to CNN, he later responded with a statement saying he stands by the book. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
19 Apr 2011
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BY CHRISTY LEWIS You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy. The Black Eyed Peas is taking time out of their hit-making music lives to give back. This week, the group announced plans to open a high-tech urban arts academy in New York City for kids who want to succeed in the music business. (New York Magazine reports...) “It's called the Peapod Adobe Youth Voices music and multimedia academy; it'll be housed somewhere in lower Manhattan; and it'll be open, for kids between 13 and 19 years old, in July.” Almost immediately, bloggers weighed in with a mix of previews.... A Gothamist blogger writes: “The Black Eyed Peas, best known for … ruining the Super Bowl, are getting ready to teach city kids about music!” A She Knows blogger says: “The Black Eyed Peas have conquered the music world -- and now they’re helping cultivate the next generation of musicians with their new music school in lower Manhattan.” And PrefixMag says: “The Black Eyed Peas are opening a school” is one of the most frightening things I’ve ever read in my whole life... The project has been in the works a while now. The Peas created the Peapod Foundation back in 2008. It’s now teaming up with Adobe to provide the best equipment and teachers to foster the growth of superstars. NY1’s LINDSEY CHRIST: “The six-time grammy winners said the students inspired them.” TABOO: “The fact that they are able to express themselves like that at such a young age and have the confidence to do that.” And Zimbio says, even if this doesn’t make you go Boom Boom Pow, you can at least Meet ‘em Halfway. (the writer comments:) “Even if you aren't into their music, you have to admit that's a pretty admirable goal.” So what do you think of the Black Eyed Peas school? Let’s get it started? Or I Gotta Feeling -- this won’t be good? 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
23 Apr 2011
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BY ALISON ARCHER You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy Donald Trump is as mad as the Soup Nazi at Jerry Seinfeld. Seinfeld canceled his appearance at a Trump family benefit because of the Donald’s rants over President Obama’s birth certificate. E! reports, the presidential hopeful is P.O.’ed. “When Trump got word the star wouldn’t attend his family’s benefit, he went off on the comic writing ‘You should be ashamed of yourself’, reports the New York Post. Then Donald gets personal, turning from the charity gig to Seinfeld’s own foray into reality TV. ‘What I do feel badly about is that I agreed to do, and did, your failed show The Marriage Ref. I thought it was absolutely terrible'." A Philadelphia Daily News writer claims it’s not the cancelation itself that has Trump’s hair messed up. It’s the reason behind it. “The benefit isn't until Sept. 13, so it's not as if Jerry left them in the lurch without a headliner - Trump has already gotten former ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ contestant Bret Michaels to pinch hit. He [Seinfeld] did something worse. He bruised Trump's ego.” New York’s WNYW calls it a clash between two New York City titans. But it reports reaction from some who see a bigger picture. REPORTER: “His son says the show will go on.” ERIC TRUMP: “You know again, disappointing approach. Politics should have nothing to do with charity.” WOMAN: “Show respect. Don’t you think?" REPORTER: “Show respect for the charity?” WOMAN: “For the charity because St. Jude is a big, big thing for the kids especially. You know the kids. And that’s the thing that we should be worrying about nowadays, kids.” Seinfeld has reportedly still made contributions to Eric Trump’s foundation and St. Jude’s. But the Telegraph says... “This is the first sign of celebrity backlash to The Donald’s improbable but high-profile flirtation with the Republican presidential nomination.” So what do you think? Could the Don use a little “serenity now” and let it go? Or should Kramer’s neighbor should have stuck it out for the kids? 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed. Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
26 Apr 2011
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BY MELISSA ROADMAN ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy. It’s been five days since Sony took its PlayStation servers offline. So what happened? “Sony could lose millions after an apparent cyber attack knocked its PlayStation network offline. The service, which lets gamers from all over play together in real time, was turned off Wednesday so the company could investigate what appears to be an attack by hackers. The network still is not online. Sony said it is working around the clock on rebuilding it.” The hacking culprit is still unidentified but there are speculations. A reporter for Techland says Sony knew its system was not secure. “My bet is that Sony was aware, well before this outage, that the PlayStation Network had certain innate and terminal vulnerabilities... (There’s) no doubt Sony’s network and systems engineers had their plates full poring over router and server logs, identifying holes, applying band-aids, and positing long-term solutions.” Sony officials say the attack was from external sources, but a reporter from Chicago Now says it could be a cover up. “...some of the hackers that hacked into the PS3 system before... said that they are not the ones responsible for this. Might it be that it could be an inside issue at Sony and they don’t want to blame anyone in the house?” Regardless of the source, the network is still down, and Sony hasn’t released a date users can expect to be back online. Editor in Chief of Crunchgear John Biggs reports on the current state of Sony’s PlayStation Networks. “So what’s happening is they’re actually moving the servers to brand new hardened servers so no one can continue this hack. But it’s quite a black eye for Sony because it’s been 5 days now. You basically have gamers everywhere wanting to play PS3 games.” The hacking group Anonymous denies any responsibility, releasing a statement titled “For Once We Didn’t Do It.” A PC World reporter says it could have been an individual hacker because of the time it is taking for Sony to fix and rebuild their systems. “Sony has to trace every corner of their systems affected by the hacker and repair it or restore files. It's like removing a rodent infestation from a house--there's no quick and easy fix.” According to PC World, Sony originally said the fix would only take a day or two. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
26 Apr 2011
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BY BRICE SANDER You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy. Reunited and it feels so good. Or does it? Former American Idol adversaries Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul reportedly plan to steam up the small screen for a second time. E! News explains. “Word is Simon has his heart set on casting his former A.I. partner as a judge on the American version of The X Factor ... British singer Cheryl Cole is also reportedly in talks to join the panel, alongside confirmed judge L.A. Reid.” After getting the boot from American Idol and bombing with her own dance show on CBS, Clevver Music urges Abdul to take the job. “Now apparently Abdul’s contract hasn’t been negotiated yet, but, c’mon, she’d be pretty much stupid to say no to an opportunity like this one.” And a blogger for Exec Digital argues Abdul’s needed to balance out the two unknowns joining Simon at the judges’ table. “Even without L.A. Reid and Cheryl Cole, the unique partnership between Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul is going to get people to watch. It was obvious from the moment Paula Abdul was thrown out of Fox’s ‘American Idol’ that Simon wanted her back, and now with his own show, he’s going to get just that.” So it’s probably good for ratings, but what about for the show’s contestants? Deadline’s Nikki Finke questions Cowell’s choices, wondering if Simon can even create a superstar with less-than-stellar mentors. “But will Cowell with this panel that’s more of a ‘ZZZZZZ Factor’ than The X Factor? Cowell has been stung by the impression left by many media outlets that celebrities are refusing his offers to be a judge.” After losing Jennifer Lopez to Idol, and Cee-Lo Green to The Voice, a blogger for Holy Moly suggests Cowell still didn’t find the right mix. “But Cheryl Cole... hmmmm ... sorry Simon - I don't get it … In the states she'll be judged on her merits as a reality show judge, but without the stateside credentials that see Paula Abdul given her wildcard ‘joke’ entry as a judge. Paula was always the worst/best thing about American Idol depending on your perspective, but may feel as though she's no longer Simon's foil with [Cole] wedged in between them.” And in what some are calling a last resort to create buzz, Cowell announced Mariah Carey will join The X Factor in a “limited capacity.” But the always outspoken Wendy Williams wonders, why not just make her a judge? “And I gotta tell you, Mariah Carey- you get her in the right space, she’s gonna bring all the coo-coo crazy. Not as glamorous as Jennifer Lopez, but she’s kitschy, and that’s why I like about Mariah Carey ... She’s cute enough, and just messy enough. Right you guys? Messy. Fox plans to announce the official judging line-up at its upfront presentation next month. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your newsfeed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
30 Apr 2011
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BY BRICE SANDER ANCHOR: JIM FLINK You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy. Is Britain ready for its GTL makeover? MTV UK will launch a British version of mega-hit Jersey Shore, called Geordie Shore, next month. Here’s a preview. JAY: “My biggest fear is getting wrinkles.” VICKY: “I am a Geordie girl, with a VIP edge.” GARY: “I should have a degree in pulling women.” CHARLOTTE-LETITIA: “I would never kiss anyone without a six pack.” JAMES: “The hardest gruff that I’ve ever done is to do me hair.” SOPHIE: “I could talk the back legs off a donkey.” GREG: “Dressed to impress, that’s me.” HOLLY: “I’m fit, I’m flirty and I’ve got double-F’s.” Yeah. That’s the cast- eight 20-somethings who will fist-pump and smush all summer long in an area of Northeastern England known as Geordie. So what’s been the reaction? Bloggers seem to think we’ve got a situation on our hands... From Gothamist- “There is just something horrifying about a Snooki lookalike with a British accent. God save the Queen.” To Newsday- “This, my friends, is what ‘Jersey Shore’ is about to do - create spin-offs in various unsuspecting countries where they have their own terms for ‘GTL’ and ‘DTF.’ Heaven help us all.” Not many fans in the media. But Entertainment Weekly welcomes the British invasion, at least for a laugh. “A few of the characters look like they’re trying to fist pump and failing. They even have a version of Snooki, only thinner and with a smaller poof. And is it just me, or is this the first time the Brits cast slightly hotter people than us in anything?” And a blogger for the LA Times argues, if anyone can class up Jersey Shore’s act, it’s the Brits. “…dancing with your top off is so much classier when you do it with a British accent. Which makes us think: Wouldn't Kate Middleton look awesome with a good spray-tan?” But the British aren’t as convinced- a writer for the Guardian says the reality trend’s gone too far. “Reality TV is clearly very much still alive - only this time it comes wearing rather more mascara or sporting more buffed muscles … There seems to be no limit to the number of British remakes of hit US shows … It all sounds rather reminiscent of The Simple Life, although at least Nicole and Paris seemed to be in on the joke.” MTV currently has no plans to bring Geordie Shore stateside. But, in a world where Snooki can become a millionaire, any thing's possible, right? 'Like Newsy' on Facebook for entertainment video news analysis from Newsy. Get more multisource entertainment video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy.
3 May 2011
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BY KRISTEN BRODY ANCHOR ALISON ARCHER You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy. When the Royal Family says no funny business, they mean no funny business. The famous household forced the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to cancel a comedy group’s satirical commentary of the Royal Wedding. ABC’s Lateline sat down with one of the members. Licciardello: “As far as I’m concerned the BBC had very different terms to some of the other feeds. And some of the other feeds that we were examining did not have the comedy restrictions that they are speaking about a couple of days ago... now all of a sudden they seem to have those comedy restrictions.” Reporter: “No one can use this wedding for any purpose other than very serious reporting. I mean it’s very hard to believe that nobody around the world is going to use this footage for a little bit of comedy, little bit of satire, poke a little bit of fun at it.” A writer for The Columbia Journalism Review has a bone to pick with the Queen -- saying her royal highness is overreacting. “Is it even possible to take this wedding seriously? A satirical feed, Chaser-style, seems a much more appropriate treatment than the kind of resource-wasting blanket coverage most networks are going with... What trouble can they really cause from a studio some twenty hours by plane away from Westminster Abbey?” But Christoper Pearson of The Australian disagrees, and is appalled by people’s immature reactions to the the ban. “She has intellectual property rights and powers over what happens in Westminster Abbey... Like the Pope, she is sworn to uphold the Church of England and the dignity of its solemnities.” ABC’s News Breakfast kept things light despite the serious-to-some subject matter with Chaser member Julian Murrow-- who proved that ban or no ban, the Chasers won’t let royal pain make them lose their sense of humor. Murrow: “No I think it’s fine, I’m sure this will blow over.” Reporter: “So what do you have next, what’s in the offer for you guys?” Murrow: “We’ve got two or three new series which we’re hoping to get canceled by various networks over the next six months, and we’re pretty confident at this rate, so... not sure at this point.” Reporter: “Ya, I’ll look forward to those cancelations.” Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
3 May 2011
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BY ANDREW HOWARD ANCHOR ALISON ARCHER You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy The summer movie season kicked off early this year with the release of Universal’s Fast Five. Fast Five is the fifth film in the Fast and Furious series and marks the tenth anniversary for the franchise that’s famous for cool cars and edge of your seat, high-speed races. The film is expected to shift the box-office into high gear after raking in a mammoth 33 million dollars on Friday alone. Josh Weinstein from The Wrap says this could be just what Hollywood needs right now... “A strong opening could mark the end of this ho-hum box office year for the industry in general and the beginning of better days...” And better days at the box office is just what Universal Pictures had in mind when it picked up Fast Five for distribution. President of domestic distribution for the company tells the LA Times... “My deepest hope is that this is the first movie in a summer that can turn around all the negativity that’s been out there about the box office.” But some are surprised by the franchise’s staying power. Tim Appelo from the Hollywood Reporter says... “Wait a minute! The fifth movie in an action franchise is supposed to be less popular than the rest -- but Fast Five is the year's biggest hit so far.” According to Alt Film Guide- Fast Five proves that Hollywood’s business strategy of churning out sequels- really works. “The success of Fast Five is the very reason for that business strategy: Audiences the world over flock to see the same crap over and over again.” And if the box-office numbers don’t say enough about the success of Fast Five- check out some of the rave reviews from the audience. GRACE RANDOLPH: "Does this franchise get better and better or worse and worse?" FAN #1: "No it gets better and better." FAN #2: "Definitely better. The movie is unbelievable." FAN #3: "Way Better." FAN #4: "Honestly, it gets better and better." 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your newsfeed. Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy
3 May 2011
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BY BRICE SANDER You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy. Someone’s been a bad boy. Well, technically two someones. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation faces a scandal after two parking officials were caught on camera - in a porno - while on the job. KCAL explains what happened. MELISSA MCCARTY: “The woman and her photographer hit the streets to capture any easy target.” PORN STAR: “We’re gonna go harass some random people.” MELISSA MCCARTY: “One LA city traffic officer appears to avoid the porn star’s initial advances, even after she hopped in his unlocked work vehicle. Minutes later he appears to get in on the act...” The officer, his coworker and the actress then start spanking and groping each other. A blogger for LA Weekly gives the men a pat on the back. “Times are tough, especially for City Hall, which faces a huge, $400-million-plus deficit this summer. Some public employees are having to work longer hours and take on extra tasks … Way to work overtime, guys.” And the Daily Mail looks at the bright side – maybe everybody got lucky that day. “At least it means one lucky motorist might have escaped a parking ticket.” But others aren’t handing out high fives. Gawker asks, who thought this was a good idea? “Generally speaking, the only job at which one is allowed to act in a pornographic movie while on the clock is ‘porn star.’” And a Newsy Type writer argues, this is the last thing the city of Los Angeles needs. “The ... incident is just the latest in a series of black marks against the reputation of the LAPD … Parking ticket operations have come into question ... Several of the city’s anti-gang units have also been disbanded because numerous officers have refused to comply with new financial disclosure procedures intended to deter corruption...” After the clip aroused interest online, the department cried ignorance, saying it had no clue about the video. But, KNBC’s Joel Grover says- the department knew, it’s just didn’t want to deal with a scandal. JOEL GROVER: “We approached Amir Sedadi, head of LA’s transportation department about the video - you’re not aware of this?” AMIR SEDADI: “No.” JOEL GROVER: “But he was made aware of the incident over two months ago. I showed him a copy of an internal memo from Chief Jimmy Price, the head of parking enforcement, who admitted he knew about the incident involving a city uniform and vehicle appearing on an inappropriate website.” The department claims it wasn’t able to identify the officers in the video. But, it did suspend two traffic enforcement officers after the story broke. Probably just a coincidence. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy
3 May 2011
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BY ANDREW HOWARD ANCHOR JENNIFER MECKLES You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy. For those who get motion sickness - now might be a good time to look away. ANNOUNCER: “Life is all about choices. You can watch, or you can live. D-Box motion code is the new way movies will move you - like never before. Feel the action come to life.” Canadian firm D-Box Technologies has installed “motion seats” for 50 screens across the U.S. The seats are coded frame by frame with the movie - shifting the audience member forward, backward and side-to-side to coincide with what’s playing on screen. Listen to what a lucky few had to say about their experience with the seats... AUDIENCE MEMBER 1 - “This is moving and it feels like you’re there. It’s really cool.” AUDIENCE MEMBER 2 - “The chair was moving around and suddenly it would just hit me from behind.” AUDIENCE MEMBER 3 - “You’ve got to try the D-Box.” AUDIENCE MEMBER 4 - “Those chairs are crazy.” AUDIENCE MEMBER 5 - “Definitely. Thumbs up.” And with movie attendance being at a record low - a blogger for the Examiner says D-Box is just the ticket theaters need right now... “With all the new technology in home theaters, many would-be patrons of the cinemas stay at home and get the same effect as they do in a theater. These new movie seats are something to get those people back into the theater. It is an experience you cannot get at home.” But a blogger for DVice says the seat won’t mean much if the movie is bad... “Still, none of this fancy tech will help much if the script is lousy and the acting is iffy.” And with all this fancy technology - expect to be paying a substantial amount more to get your movie fix. The Wall Street Journal explains what you should expect if you plan on being jolted by the D-box seat. ANCHOR: “The tickets are going to be much more,right? How much more are they going to cost for people who want to hop into one of these chairs.” MICHELLE: “There is an eight dollar surcharge that goes on top of these tickets. So these are basically seats for people who want to have an interactive experience when they go out to the theater.” ANCHOR: “You can sort of have that now because there’s always that little boy behind you kicking you in the back.” As of now - 50 U.S. theaters are equipped with D-Box’s seats and another 100 are expected to come in the next year. D-Box’s goal is to put the seats in 1,000 movie theaters within the next four years. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your newsfeed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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BY TARA GRIMES ANCHOR ANA COMPAIN-ROMERO You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy From a little spat to a big smack down - pop singer Justin Bieber and CSI star Marg Helgenberger are duking it out after Helgenberger appeared on a French radio show and said the pint-size pop star was quote “a brat” during his two-episode stint on the serial crime drama CSI. MARG HELGENBERGER, CSI ACTRESS ON LE GRAND DIRECT DES MEDIAS: “I shouldn’t be saying this, but he was kind of a brat...He was very nice to me, but he locked one of the producers in the closet...And he put his fist through a cake that was on the craft service table.” So is Biebs really a brat? Some news outlets and those in the blogosphere seem to think so, saying this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about the “Baby” crooner’s diva-like behavior. HOLLYWOODSCOOP ANCHOR: “… BBC One Radio DJ Scott Mills told Metro that Biebs didn’t leave a good impression on him during a recent interview saying ‘seriously someone needs to have a word with him. He’s a precocious little brat.’ And just a few months before that in May, an Australian TV host accused Biebs of throwing a tantrum and telling one of the show staffers to ‘never ever f-ing touch me again.’” Biebs took to Twitter to reply, saying, “It's kinda lame when someone you met briefly and never worked with comments on you. I will continue to wish them luck and be kind.” And a blogger for The Washington Post examines the Biebs’ Tweets and argues, he showed maturity in his response -- like how he doesn’t call out his former costar by name. “And that was followed by this tweet, which pointedly notes that even at the ripe age of 17, Bieber has a stronger sense of etiquette than some people, who of course will not be mentioned here due to Bieber’s strong sense of etiquette.” But others see it differently. A writer for Sheknows is less than impressed by the popstar’s wholesome reply. “Okay, Justin, we get it: You’re above all the rumors and comments. You seem like a good enough kid, but people have the right to call you out if you act like a brat when you should be acting like a professional.” Finally, a writer for Smosh says it shouldn’t even be that big of a deal -- and wants people to stop making Bieber out to be the bad guy. “Marg didn't seem to hate the guy or anything, and nothing she said was really all that bad. I mean, he sounds like your average teenager if you ask me…” Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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BY ANDREW HOWARD ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy Splitting up. After more 25 years of marriage -- Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announced their separation. E! News Now MELANA SCANTLIN: “In a joint statement, the power couple have announced they are splitting. ‘After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion, and prayer, we came to this decision together. At this time we are living a part as we work on the future of our relationship’. Maria reportedly moved out of the couple’s So Cal mansion a few weeks ago.” For some - the news comes as a complete shock. Gossip blogger Perez Hilton writes... “We did not see that one coming!” And a writer for OK! Weekly shares disbelief... “When it comes to celebrity marriages, surpassing five or even 10 years is a milestone but 25? Fughettaboutit.” Though the couple’s announcement blindsided some - The Today Show says Maria has been dropping hints for the past few months... ANCHOR: “The couple has reportedly been separated for weeks. Video of Shriver showed her again without her wedding ring. And two months ago on YouTube she posted a video talking openly about transitions.” MARIA SHRIVER: “It is so stressful to not know what you are doing next. How did you find your transition? Personal, professional, emotional, spiritual, financial. How did you get through it?” And according to TMZ -- Shriver might have been considering divorce for as long as two years. “Maria Shriver has been deciding whether to DIVORCE Arnold Schwarzenegger since 2009 ... but sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ, she's been ‘extremely conflicted.’ … Our source tells us Maria is fed up with Arnold's infidelities ... coupled with the fact he's been ‘impossible’ to live with.” Whether you saw this split coming - a blogger for Forbes says the overall reaction online from the public is one of support for the couple... “Reactions on Twitter this morning echo surprise and sadness. On Facebook, a flood of fans offered their blessings and good wishes. Unlike most marriages in the limelight, many believed theirs had been sturdier.” As of now - the two have not revealed plans for divorce - so will Ahnold be back or is this the end of days for the two? 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your newsfeed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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