Last weekend Breaking Bad's creator Vince Gilligan stated "We always want to outlive our work. Rod Sterling is a perfect example of that." That quote itself should give you an insight into how this critically acclaimed series was approached. Breaking Bad was the story of a terminally ill man finally having enough and snapping. The path Gilligan and his team of writers drove us down was one that defied the formula of modern day TV. Walter White was a character of many layers, a repressed genius who missed his chance at fame and fortune by choosing teaching over corporate science. A suburban dad of a disabled son and a bored wife, a man just following routine and the butt of most jokes told by his DEA brother in law. It was a risky show, one the actors believed in more than the suits, it wasn't until well into the middle of the first season that true promotion began and even then it wasn't what you would expect for a show that would have such an incredible impact of it's audience. The way Gilligan and company weaved the story of such a dull man into one of the greatest crime dramas ever is just amazing. They found a way of giving you an answer to a question while setting up a question resulting from that. To take us through the emotions of kind and sweet to sinister and volatile are remarkable. Just when you start disliking someone they introduce someone you dislike more or an instance that changes how you view certain characters. You cared whether this guy was ok or that guy would survive. Would Hank catch on? Will Walt's wife leave? It became an experience that educated it's audience regarding what made each character tick. Breaking Bad has received many awards, nominations, and it's healthy dose of praise but not nearly enough. Proof of that will be the statistics now after the show came to it's conclusion. The the audience for Breaking Bad via services like Netflix and other streaming services will continue to explode much like Rod Sterling's Twilight Zone continues to dominate streaming services. The dvd, digital sales, and bluray sales have already been insane and record setting and television will again open up the belief that shows who don't stick to the he,he,ha,ha formula are worth investing in.
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Fran Drescher best known for her role on the nanny bounced back with her own Tv Land series "Happily Divorced". The show centered around Fran a divorcee , the show drew criticisms because it centered around her divorce because her husband came out as gay but elects to live with him out of financial necessity. The show found some success in its first season and Tv Land hoped it would gain some traction during season 2 but unfortunately it didn't connect with audiences. Tv Land which has become a home to actors developing their own shows did stick with it for two seasons so expect to see it on a streaming service soon enough. Who knows maybe Lifetime or another network may pick up the project.
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Congratulations are due to Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria who welcomed to the world a baby girl. Alec who has expressed being overjoyed and reinvigorated by the birth of his latest child. This makes the first for Hilaria and the second for Alec. Alec thanked the world and his fans via his twitter handle.
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Yesterday Jennifer Lopez' boy toy Casper Smart was engaged in an interview for his upcoming show (Rolls eyes) when he was asked about J-Lo's plans for the future and whether she'd be returning to television. Casper being Casper let the cat out of the bag by answering "YES" even though his beau's P.R. team was not ready to make the announcement. As you know most A-listers have timed P.R. campaign which Mr. Not so smart seems to have forgotten at the time of answering the question. This now makes the second confirmation for AI's judges,the show which has lost some steam the last few years is looking to revive it's claim as America's most watched show. This is Lopez' second run on American Idol. All of the original judges have now officially left the show with Randy Jackson taking to HSN to hock his music intrument line packages.
Oprah's "The Butler" starring Forest Whittaker has claimed this weeks Box of Office crown. The film had an opening week of $25.8 million dollars domestically. The film which was loved by the critics led to a toss up of speculation as to how it would be received by the public. The movie surrounded by Oscar buzz is the return of Winfrey's strength to the media world. Winfrey who owns the "O" network is hoping this is the start of her studios claim to a piece of the film industry. Kick-Ass ties for 3rd place, and last weeks #1 movie Elyssium slides to a respectable #2 position this week.
Tina Fey just can't leave the television world alone. Tina best known for her roles in SNL and 30 Rock is rumored to not have just sold one but two new series to two separate networks the same week. That's quite a feat is you ask us but let's hope Tina stays true to her comedic roots because we already have an abundance of shows that take themselves just a bit too seriously. She has teamed up with former 30 Rock showrunner Robert Carlock and producer Matt Hubbard for her two shows. One centers around an all Women's College that has start accepting male enrollment, the other centers around "females in the workplace'. No word on when the shows will start airing.
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I will say this if Breaking Bad was on any of the major networks 5.9 million viewers for it's final half debut would've been likely ten times more but 5.9 million on their network is nothing to sneeze at. The final half of the show which finally debuted was expected to be a number masher. The debut is 102% higher than that of last year which is a whopping increase considering the show is entering it's last run. Expect a spinoff or two to spawn from this show, I doubt the network is ready to do away with the Breaking Bad audience. Currently Breaking Bad only sits behind The Walking Dead in terms of pure numbers on premium cable within a demographic of 18 to 49 years of age which just goes to show that the show few believed in has become a behemoth in it's on right. Bryan Cranston and company have been making the media rounds the past month and a half, they've expressed that fans are in for one wacky ending to the show which has sent the internet into a guessing game frenzy. Earlier this year a script was stolen out of Cranston's vehicle but never managed to show up anywhere on the internet which is a first. As you can well imagine hardcore fans of the show would love to get any sort of glimpse towards what direction they plan to take Walt over these last few episodes.
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Janelle Pierzina, 33 who became the favorite of many of Big Brother's deep fanbase over her various appearances on the hit reality show has just given birth to a baby boy. This makes baby number two for Janelle, Lincoln joins his older sister Violet. Janelle who still remains very involved with the audience via social media has continued to update the fans and discuss the going on's of the show.
Eydie Gormé best known for her 1963 hit single "Blame it on the Bossa Nova" passed away this Saturday in Las Vegas. Eydie who was a solo artist and a duo with her husband Steve Lawrence. Eydie was 84 at the time of her death.
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It's been a very interesting day in the entertainment world. Sylvester Stallone throws jabs at Bruce Willis and hits him with a two piece. Ole Sylvester hit social media to slam Bruce Willis calling him "Lazy and Greedy" over rumored financial demands from Willis. This led to Willis being replaced by Harrison Ford, yes the Harrison Ford of such loved films as "Indiana Jones", "Star Wars", and most recently "42". What role he will play has yet to surface but it makes for an interesting change. The series of films has now brought in multiple former top action fiilm actors. Many who in their heyday commanded the attention of their audience and in ways have attempted to redefine what male actors in their 50's, 60's, and even 70's are still capable of. Let's just hope they don't spare a dime getting a proper script together.
Amber Tamblyn is officially joining Two and Half men in what i'm sure will be a ludicrously expensive contract. Tamblyn loved in other roles is expected to raise the ratings for the show which had sluggish ups and downs this past season. Amblyn steps in as Charlie Harper's (Charie Sheen's) long lost illegitimate lesbian daughter. The show still reeling from the loss of it's original star and issues within the cast. Will she be the only new cast member? Likely not but this show is near its end anyway. Perhaps it would be best to put it to pasture, while i'm sure some of it's lesser paid actors know this is likely their last big run cash out while you can.
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Seems like Magic City had its run cut short. Word came down that Magic City would not be returning for a third season despite its much ado internet adoration the show failed to grip audience and drug them to the story. Magic City had plenty of promise but it's cancellation is testament to flaws within the show. While Friday will be the shows season finale, expect fans of the Starz show to start the Netflix pick this up chant. Not a bad idea by any stretch but only if they recast and restructure those involved with the show.
Poltergeist is getting a makeover, a pat on the back and reboot. Word is spreading of possible castings for the franchise reboot. Sam Rockwell is rumored to be the studios preference but it's move biz so who knows. Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert are on deck to produce the film.
A few weeks ago rapper 50cent took to twitter to joke about how he wasn't in jail despite rumors of a domestic violence dispute. Well today the artist Curtis Jackson (37) pleaded not guilty quickly before the judge set a date and informed the entertainer that he is to stay away from the complainant. Jackson is rumored to also have a child with the woman pressing charges. She states that he trashed her place and she feared for her safety so she locked herself up in the bathroom. According to her 'He kicked his way through the door and even kicked me'. Police reports indicate evidence of damaged property (Chandeliers, TV's, Doors). Jackson has a 16 year old son from a previous relationship.
Could Johnny Depp be committing career suicide after recently accusing critics for The lone ranger's lack of success at the box office. The film which was heavily promoted failed to bring in the audiences and spelled the first major flop in recent history for the actor. Depp who had found a second life in acting by playing awkward characters may need to start sending out flower bouquets far and wide.
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Tony Bennett, 87 today continues the show the same way he has for nearly 52 years. Mr. Bennett has made appearances in dozens of movies and television shows. He still continues touring with his daughter and performing as often as men 1/3 his age. Currently on tour Mr. Bennett sang "Who Cares?" just last night.
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Rejoice members of Cinema Haven, in addition to being able to share, bookmark, and watch videos you will now be able to do the same for audio books. There are many great resources on the internet for free audio books and public domain works that we hope you help to preserve. The new audio book section is slowly starting to take shape, many of our members have already submitted dozens of books and we hope you join them as well.
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The internet has been in an uproar because Kanye West nearly split his head open on a parking sign and then went wild on a photographer. The problem is that people forget these same celebrities are often themselves calling the paparazzi to set up these "encounters". Living in New York City I hear of it all the time, so and so is at the Soho Grand. The call just went out and every rag magazine picture shoving photographer is doing the dash cross town to get the first shot. Do photographers often cross the line? Yes. They actually do put people in danger in the hot pursuit of taking the big shot everyone is going to want to see. We the consumers can barely ever get enough of it. "Oh my god! He cheated on his wife" or "Oh my god!! She's high again!" while lining the pockets of people who turn around and complain that you are too interested in their lives. Frankly as time goes on you notice the patterns of these paparazzi run ins. Someone needs to get hot again, confront a camera guy. I have an album coming out, find me a photographer I can have an awkward moment with and get a buzz from. The fame whoring has gone viral as well, with tons of people trying to become famous duck facing it up across all of our beloved social networks. The endless "watch my video" links across twitter, the ceaseless barrage of witless rappers pandering "free mixtapes" because they are the next big thing, and the ever eye gouging experience of the fake confrontation to lead you to check out some music video. Fame hungry has reached all new heights people...to the point people start fake fights to get talked about. I've largely abandoned most social network interaction due to the posting of gossip related media, the overindulgence of reading about others people's boring moments they so desire to keep posting about, and have given up all hope that we ever escape the high school "Cool Kids" syndrome.
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There hasn't been a tie at the Academy Awards since 1994, when two films shared the award for Best Live Action Short. That dry spell was broken tonight in the biggest surprise of tonight's Academy Awards so far, as "Skyfall" and "Zero Dark Thirty" split the difference for Best Sound Editing. This category was widely seen as one of the night’s toughest awards to call. “Skyfall” won the top prize at the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Golden Reel Awards last week, but “Life of Pi” won two lesser awards from the same group.
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This morning the internet is abuzz with reviews, reports, and all sorts of input regardling last night's 85th annual Academy Awards. The glamour, the jokes, who fell, who was drunk, who won? This year the award show was hosted by the comedic Seth McFarlane who I must say was thrown to the wolves from the moment it was announced he would be hosting the shindig. Even if the funnyman's brand of humor isn't your own one thing cannot be denied, he didn't stink up the place. Heck I expected a train wreck when William Shatner set the tone for Seth to hop into a song and dance number, the fact I came rushing back into the tv room because I couldn't believe it was Seth singing that well was shocking itself. This set the tone for the rest of the evening, much ado about Seth's jabs and voice. This year's award show also included a tribute to 50 years of bond, going as bringing out Halle Berry to present the tribute which concluded with a rendition of 'Goldfinger's theme" by it's original singer. Charlize Theron and Channum Tating did a dance duet while Seth sang, Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon Levitt joined seth for another song and dance, and the cast of Les Miserables sang its heart out while Russell Crowe made us all wish someone would kindly ask him back to his seat. Argo won big, Life of PI won big, Lincoln won big, Flight was virtually snubbed, Silver Linings playbook had a decent showing earning Jennifer Lawrence best actress, the shock of the night was Christoph Waltz winning for Django Unchained.
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Character actor Lou Myers, best known for his role as the feisty Mr. Gaines on the NBC sitcom A Different World, has died. A spokesperson for Myers’ nonprofit Global Business Incubation tells The Associated Press Myers died Tuesday night at a hospital in West Virginia. He was 76. Myers appeared in several TV shows including NYPD Blue, ER, Touched By An Angel and The Cosby Show, but it was his role on The Cosby Show-spinoff A Different World that he is best remembered. He appeared on the show for five seasons, until it ended in 1993. Myers also had supporting roles in several films including, Tin Cup, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Wedding Planner. He also appeared on Broadway in Oprah Winfrey’s production of The Color Purple and won an NAACP Image award for best actor for his role in August Wilson’s play King Hedley II.
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Often best known for his tabloid situations and his comic acting Shia Labeouf seems to want to transform himself into a more serious actor, for now. He's announced to be joining Alec Baldwin on Broadway's "Orphans". Expect the critics to hound this play, a drama based around two mobsters who kindnap and orphan. Shia who has a steamy film in the final production stages seems hell bent on changing his image, shying away from the zing lines and spastic acting that landed him blockbuster roles most recently "Transformers" and "Indiana Jones" the latter which received much criticism and was widely panned. The film was also hounded by internal feuding and even Harrison Ford taking to calling Shia "An idiot". Could this be Shia's true emergence or will the theatre gig just compound to his issues with getting respect? 2013 will surely let us know soon enough. Next up in theatres for Shia is "Nymphomaniac" and "Triple Nine".
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Lindsay Lohan has officially violated her probation a second time, following allegations of facing indictment over lying to police officers in a car crash incident her most recent arrest for assaulting a club patron has officially sealed Lilo's fate in the eyes of the court. Considering the Judge handling her probation has been criticized for being overtly lenient, it is expected that Lohan may be told she must complete her entire original sentence, add to that these two new situations and the jail stint could easily become one longer than she ever expected. Her assault charge presents a new problem in she being a repeat offender will now come under scrutiny of the courts and jurors who have been plied with Lilo stories in the press for the past few years.
by smg / 283 ViewsRecently Papa John's founder John Schnatter made a claim that he would have to cut back his workforce hours and charge 23 cents per pizza to account for providing full workforce health insurance under ObamaCare. We are going to take a moment to dissect his claims and examine his claims. During the fiscal year of 2011 Papa Johns reported a gross income of 1.22 billion dollars, with a gross income of $454.13 million in profits after all debts and expenses are settled.
Papa John's has reported that it would cost the franchise $5 to $8 million dollars to cover employees under the new law. Papa John's as a chain has shown steady profit increases every year dating back to 2007, when they first crossed the billion dollar mark for yearly sales. Considering the scale wage the average Papa John's employee earns makes this a revolving door of a business, one where there is very little incentive to remain employed there. The cost of hiring, screening, training, and replacing are astronomical. Health insurance coverage has proven fruitful for companies who often cannot afford to pay their employees much money per hour, a case example of this is Starbucks who has good employee retention rate. This eliminates the expenses of the aforementioned, and actually makes a company more profitable. On average corporations state it costs them on average between $1500 and $4500 per employee to go through the entire process. So let's do some math, lets say Papa John's hires 1,000 new workers per year and 700 leave, that means they wasted exactly $1,050,000 (At the low rate of $1500 per) on those employees who did not stay with the company long. Now with a perk such as insurance coverage lets say only 300 leave per year they save $1,050,000 on hiring expenses. Following the strategy and numbers in this case of others such as Starbucks it makes sense to have this perk. 1,000 being an example which is considerably on the low end considering each Papa John's chain has per average shift a total of 8 to 12 employees and 3,900 stores the number could be considerably higher. If the case was they lost 4,000 employees per year whom they had to replace it would easily cover the cost of this healthcare plan just to retain those same employees. The fact remains that Papa John's does not have to cut it's workers hours, nor raise it's prices. $8 million (their high number) to cover the health plan is 2% of it's net profits per fical year, hardly worth the claims made by Mr. Schnatter. The fact remains most companies shouldn't be complaining about the cost because the alternative in raising the minimum wage in the U.S. would cost them considerably more.
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by smg / 230 ViewsOk so here I will be listing the Scorestreaks that will be available on day one of the game launch. These are confirmed directly from the game itself.
1. UAV - 350 POINTS (Shows enemies on mini map)
2. RC-XD - 450 POINTS (Remote controlled car strapped with explosives)
3. Hunter Killer - 525 POINTS (Infantry deployed drone that seeks out enemy target)
4. Care Package - 550 Points (Airdrop a random scorestreak)
5. Counter UAV - 600 Points ( Temporarily disables enemy mini-map)
6. Guardian - 650 points (A placeable dish that projects a cone of microwave radiation that stuns and impairs enemies)
7. Hell storm missile - 700 points (Remote controlled hellstorm missile with a cluster bomb payload)
8. Lighting strike - 750 points (Launch a coordinated lighting strike on three locations)
9. Sentry Gun - 800 points (Deploy an automated sentry gun. Can be remote controlled)
10. Death Machine - 850 points (your own personal handheld minigun)
11. War Machine - 900 points (Grenade launcher with rapid semi-automatic firing)
12. Dragonfire - 975 points (Remote controlled quad rotor with a lightweight machine gun)
13. A.G.R - 1000 points (Air drop an autonomous ground robot that patrols for enemies. Can be remote controlled)
14. Stealth Chopper - 1100 points (Call in a stealth chopper, does not appear on enemies minimap)
15. Orbital VSAT - 1200 points (Shows both enemy position and direction on the minimap. Cannot be shot down)
16. Escort Drone - 1250 points (Get personal air support from an escort drone)
17. EMP Systems - 1300 points (Temporarily disables enemy electronics)
18. Warthog - 1400 points (Jet aircraft that provides close air support (CAS)via several strafe runs)
19. Lodestar - 1500 points (Lase missile targets remotely from the lodestar)
20. VTOL Warship - 1600 points (Be the gunner of a powerful VTOL warship)
21. K9 Unit - 1700 (Attack dogs that hunt the enemy)
22. Swarm - 1900 (Call in a swarm of lethal hunter killer drones)