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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

FOX Might Put Wanda Sykes in Saturday Late Night

Rupert Murdoch and Wanda Sykes? Quite a combination. But FOX is looking at fall or January to launch a weekly show on Saturday nights. The show is said to be more in the mold of Bill Maher's HBO show than a typical talk show. It will air Saturdays at 11 and will be an hour long. The network is considering launching the show to capitalize on the promotional power of the American Idol audience.

Fox is limiting its late night presence to Saturday nights, but network execs have said they would like to re-launch a weeknight late night show if the right talent was found. They have also said they like the strategy of cultivating new late night shows on Saturdays. Let us suggest "Late Night With Environment Man." (Broadcasting & Cable, 3/31/09)

UPDATE: Wanda Sykes will be the comedian at the Correspondents Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton Ballroom, in Washington, D.C. on May 9, 2009.
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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Jero

Jero is a black guy in Japan who dresses like a rapper and sings romantic blues ballads (called Enka) in Japanese. What a world we live in. His real name is Jerome White and he is 27 years old. He is a superstar in Japan.

Jero's grandmother is Japanese and when his parents divorced, he learned to speak fluent Japanese by conversing with his mother and grandmother. He grew up in Pittsburgh but has lived in Japan for the past 6 years. After graduating from college, he moved to Japan to teach English. Upon singing Enka in his spare time, he was discovered, got a record contract and the rest is history. He is now one of the biggest stars in Japan.
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PUZZLE FOR SMART PEOPLE....................................


See if you can figure out what these words have in common.

Banana
Dresser
Grammar
Potato
Revive
Uneven
Assess

Are you peeking or have you already given up?
Do not peek at the answer at bottom until you give up.


Give it another try. Look at each word carefully.

You'll kick yourself when you discover the answer. This Is Cool.



Answer: No, it is not that they all have at least 2 double letters.

Answer: In all of the words listed, if you take the first letter, place it at the end of the word, and then spell the word backwards, it will be the same word.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

It's Michael Jackson vs Prince All Over Again

It has been 25 years since the rivalry for pop supremacy raged between Prince and Michael Jackson. Back then, Michael crushed with "Thriller" and Prince threatened with "Purple Rain." Now the competition seems to be heating up between these couple of 50 year olds. Not since Elvis Presley vs the Beatles has a rivalry been this hot.

Prince did 21 shows at London's O2 and now Michael has sold out 50 shows and will book more. According to Michael Jackson's official web site:

"750,000 fans have bought tickets to see the undisputed King Of Pop live at the O2 Arena in days of frantic fan frenzy and saturated media coverage around the globe.The amazing news of Michael Jackson's return to the stage caused tickets to sell at an average rate of 40,000 an hour, over 650 tickets per minute - an astonishing 11 per second!"
Prince has a new CD getting ready to drop, the double album "LOtUSFLOW3R," a collection of psychedelic rock songs, "MPLSoUND," featuring an electronic sound. Michael Jackson is offering his Visionary Boxset, which showcases his finest video singles on 20 Dual Discs housed in a beautiful case, and is one incredible collectible item.

We bet Prince will tour soon. Michael is touring for the next three years (maybe). Will their paths ever cross? Will they ever work on a project together (we doubt it - - two huge egos). Do we even want them to perform together? Probably not at this point. Remember when Bowie and Jagger did a video together. And we love Bowie and Jagger. Stay tuned.
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Friday, March 20, 2009

Prince: "LOtUSFLOW3R," "MPLSoUND," "Elixir,"


Prince's new LOtUSFLOW3R website.

Prince's three CD bundle will be priced at $11.98 and can only be purchased at Target. He is also doing an unprecedented three consecutive night run on "The Tonight Show." The CD drops on March 29.


"LOtUSFLOW3R," is a collection of psychedelic rock songs, "MPLSoUND," (short for Minneapolis Sound) features an electronic sound, and "Elixir," is album by singer Bria Valente, the latest in a string of Prince protégés.

Prince better be tight on Jay Leno's show because George Clinton and his Gangsters of Love set the bar very high when they performed "Ain't That Peculiar" last year. UPDATE: His sets were tight (see below). GC is surely proud.

PRINCE Performs "Dreamer" on Jay Leno's Tonight Show 3-26-09



Prince - "Ol' Skool Company" on Leno 3/25/09



Prince is still the top live box office draw on the planet [you listening Michael?]. His muscianship is second to none and he and Beyonce burned down the house at the Grammy's a couple years back. Critics seem to feel obligated to find something bad to say about Prince. We will not. For Prince rocks. Case closed.

Uh? By the way Mr. Prince Rogers Nelson, what about that gig with Environment Man & the Ecology Band?
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sammy Davis Jr's Wife Altovise Dies At 65

Altovise Joanne Gore Davis, a dancer and actress and the widow of Sammy Davis, Jr., has died. She was 65. Davis died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after suffering a stroke, said Amy Malone, a publicist for her family.

Davis worked her way to the Broadway stage where she met the legendary entertainer when they performed together in the musical Golden Boy in 1967.She became his third wife when they wed in 1970 (Sammy Davis was previously married to dancer Loray White and Swedish actress Mai Britt). They adopted a son and remained together until Davis died of throat cancer in 1990 at age 64. (BaltimoreSun.com)

"Altovise defined herself as Sammy's wife."

"Deconstructing Sammy" by Matt Birkbeck
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Environment Man Performs "Global Warm" (Climate Change)

The Melting Ice
Rising Sea Level
Could Be The Devil
Increased Smog
Described On Your Blog
The Polar Bear
You Have To Care
The Melting Ice
Will We Burn More Coal
I've Told You Twice
We Have To Be Bold

CHORUS:

Global Warming

Climate Change

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This "Tonight Show" Performance Is Truly Great

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Monday, March 09, 2009

CBS Recruits Minority High School Seniors for Internships

The CBS Television affiliated Emma Bowen Foundation is recruiting minority rising high school seniors and rising college freshman to work in PAID internships at a media companies throughout the United States. This is CBS Television's 20th year of helping students build resumes and careers in media/communications. Here are some of the cities they are recruiting in:

Ft. Worth, TX; Houston, TX; Chicago, IL; Eden Prarie, MN; Detroit, MI; Flint, MI; Nashville, TN; Philadelphia, PA; New York City; Elizabethtown, KY; St. Louis, MO; Miami, FL; Orlando, FL; Charlotte, VA; Lincoln, NE; Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; Valdosta, GA; Grand Junction, CO; Louisville, CO; Los Angeles, CA; Sun City, CA; Indianapolis, IN and Renton, WA.

The internships last throughout the students undergraduate college years. Qualified students must have at least a 3.0 GPA, plan to attend a 4-year college, and have an interest in media/communications. Studentsdo not have to major in communications. Selected recipients are PAID and receive a matching scholarship each summer to help pay for college expenses. For a more detailed description of our program please visit our website at: www.emmabowenfoundation.com

Please have all interested students complete the attached application and return with all corresponding materials before March 13, 2009(Please note we have extended the deadline). I have also attached our promotional spot as well. Sandra D. Rice VP, Eastern Region Emma Bowen Foundation CBS Television 524 West 57th Street New York, NY 10019212/975-2597212/975-5884Email: sdrice@cbs.com
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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Obama Nominates Julius Genachowski to Head FCC

President Obama will nominate Julius Genachowski to head the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Genachowski, 47, clerked for Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter. He more recently was founder of local venture capital firm LaunchBox Digital, which funds start-ups primarily in mobile and Web 2.0 industries.

Genachowski has been friends with Barack Obama since undergraduate school at Columbia University and later at Harvard Law School. Obama brought Genachowski into his campaign at the beginning. He wrote Obama's technology and innovation plan for the campaign. He is considered to be the "godfather" of the President Obama's groundbreaking campaign tactics that utilized online social networks and YouTube to raise money and spread Obama's message.

Genachowski received his B.A. in history, magna cum laude, from Columbia University in 1985. He received his J.D. in 1991 from Harvard Law School. Genachowski was Chief of Business Operations and a member of Barry Diller's Office of the Chairman at IAC/InterActiveCorp. He had previously served on the Boards of Directors of Expedia, Hotels.com and Ticketmaster. He is married to Rachel Goslins, a documentary filmmaker. (Wash Post, 3/4/09) (Wiki)
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Monday, March 02, 2009

"24" Goes Carbon Neutral

“24” has gone green and is the first “carbon neutral” television series. Fox hired consultants to measure the carbon-dioxide output from the production, started using 20 percent biodiesel fuel in trucks and generators, installed motion monitors in bathrooms and kitchens to make the lights more efficient and paid the higher fees that help California utilities buy wind and solar power.

The producers also bought carbon offsets, which make up for emissions of carbon dioxide, by paying other people to generate enough clean energy to compensate — in this case wind-power plants in India. The producers bought enough credits to offset 1,291 tons of carbon dioxide, just over a half-season’s worth of emissions. Rupert Murdoch, owner of FOX and News Corporation, intends to make his operations carbon neutral by 2010, and the network’s campaign, is part of that effort. (The NYT, 3/1/09)
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