The new film Dear White People is a satire about race relations and racial identity, set on a fictional Ivy League campus. Samantha White, known as Sam, is the host of a campus radio show called Dear White People and she makes all kinds of kinds of funny, intentionally provocative statements aimed at subtle and overt racism, on and off campus.
Those statements were developed over time by director Justin Simien. Simien says he wanted to test out the humor on the world at large — and refine White’s character — before finalizing his screenplay.
So he set up a Twitter account called @DearWhitePeople, and started tweeting both critical and complimentary statements to get instant feedback.
“I think the first one was ‘Dear White People, the “Single Ladies” dance is dead. Leave it alone,’ or something to that effect,” Simien tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross.
The new music video for London-based producer Alex Metric’s “Heart Weighs A Ton” starts out quietly, but it sure doesn’t stay that way for long.
“The love of my life Robin passed away five years ago,” 60-year-old Los Angeles resident Glenn Bruno says at the beginning of the clip, sitting on the edge of his bed. “I became very depressed, but three years ago, I dedicated myself to follow my dreams of being a performer or dancer. And that’s why I do it. I dance for Robin.”
In the video, Bruno gets ready for work. He puts on a white undershirt and socks. His life is filled with reminders of his late wife: a keychain by the bookshelf bears her name, and old photographs paper the apartment.
CBS offers up even more direct to consumer over the top offerings - eventually you will be able to unbundle to get just the content you want without the cost of the entire cable bundle. We are almost there, but not quite yet.
What I foresee happening longer term with the major networks/studios is a commercial free but pricey subscription streaming model, perhaps offered with with a free but commercial laden model, and a lower cost subscription with lighter commercial interruptions. All studios will continue to go full tilt product placement mode, it’s the way of the TIVO world.
HBO isn’t the only big TV outlet taking its TV series straight to the masses.
CBS Corp. is launching its own subscription service for on-demand consumption of its flagship network’s TV programs, as well as older series to which it owns the rights. “CBS All Access” will offer thousands of episodes from many of CBS’ current programs, classic series in its library as well as content from its local-TV stations, for $5.99 a month. With the service, anyone who wants to watch CBS shows will be able to do so whether they subscribe to a programming package from a video distributor or not.
The move represents a continuation of the big bet the company made when it declined to take an operating position in Hulu, the video-streaming site run by Walt Disney, 21st Century Fox and Comcast. At a time when the habit of watching TV programs via digital transmission is in its relative infancy, it may not make sense to tie too strongly to a particular distribution methodology.
Everyone’s getting in on the streaming game: A day after HBO announced plans for a stand-alone HBO Go in 2015, CBS launched its own subscription service, CBS All Access, right this very second.
As predicted by commenter MichaelJ on the HBO streaming page, the next domino falls.
How long until Showtime announces?
Plepler ran down three potential distribution models for the streaming service. The first is to sell the online-only service through HBO’s existing cable providers. (For example, if you have broadband service through Time Warner or Comcast and want the network’s streaming service, you would be able to purchase the online service without having any cable channels.) The second is to distribute the service via new partners like Amazon, Google or Microsoft. The third method would be to attempt the Netflix model, whereby HBO markets its streaming service direct to consumers and skips the middlemen.
Cord-cutting HBO fans have increasingly clamored for the service to be made available without a traditional cable subscription. The network’s most popular program in its history, Game of Thrones, has been ranked the most pirated TV show in the world, and one common refrain among illegal downloaders is that there is no way to legally obtain the series in a timely manner without opting into an expensive cable TV package.
This is big news: HBO just announced it will launch a web-only service sometime next year. Meaning, you can get HBO with no cable subscription. Yay!
Until recently, you might have lived a life blissfully unaware of the online #Gamergate movement. But last week, computing giant Intel pulled its ads from an independent game-development site thanks to the gaming lobby. Now that major companies are taking sides, it’s time to figure it out. Let us be your guides.
What is #Gamergate?
“#GamerGate” is an online movement ostensibly concerned with ethics in game journalism and with protecting the “gamer” identity.
Even regarded generously, Gamergate isn’t much more than a tone-deaf rabble of angry obsessives with a misguided understanding of journalistic ethics. But there are a lot of reasons not to regard the movement generously.
IN THE UNITED STATES: Viola Davis: ‘I Sacrificed a Childhood for Food and Grew Up in Immense Shame.’
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Viola Davis told a crowd of Hollywood luminaries that her drive to end childhood hunger is fueled by memories of growing up in “abject poverty,” stealing and crawling through maggot-filled garbage bins to get food.
“I sacrificed a childhood for food,” she said, “and grew up in immense shame.”
Davis shared the personal story Friday as she accepted accolades at the Variety Power of Women luncheon, where Jane Fonda, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lopez were also recognized for humanitarian efforts.
Davis said her work with the Hunger Is campaign to raise awareness about hunger in the United States has been “the joy of my life.” She thanked her colleagues and supporters for the chance to “stand up in front of so many people, at the age of 49, and share my testimony and begin the process of healing.”
Three years after it entered the unscripted arena, AMC is pulling out to focus on its core scripted business. Of the network’s unscripted portfolio, only The Walking Dead hit aftershow Talking Dead and Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men will continue. Any other production or development of unscripted shows is being discontinued. That includes recently renewed Game Of Arms, which will shut down production on its second season effective immediately. Producers will have the option of finding another home for their unscripted projects, with AMC’s full cooperation.
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AMC has about 10 employees in New York and Los Angeles who focus on unscripted programming. Some of them will continue to service AMC’s two remaining series, though some likely will leave as part of the programming shift.
This Sunday marks Chuck Todd’s one-month anniversary in the anchor chair at Meet the Press. Despite an opening-week ratings spike from his exclusive sit-down interview with President Obama, the Todd-helmed show has settled back into third place behind ABC’s This Week and CBS’s Face the Nation. This has been frustrating to NBC News executives, who at one point had considered going in a radically different direction with the show.
Before choosing Todd, NBC News president Deborah Turness held negotiations with Jon Stewart about hosting Meet the Press, according to three senior television sources with knowledge of the talks. One source explained that NBC was prepared to offer Stewart virtually “anything” to bring him over. “They were ready to back the Brink’s truck up,” the source said. A spokesperson for NBC declined to comment. James Dixon, Stewart’s agent, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.