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  • Me and my bride, Tina
    Marriage & PR
    As we in PR know, it’s important to have your priorities straight. A call from a 60 MINUTES producer wanting to book an interview with your CEO outranks a call from the local community newspaper to check the date on a calendar item.Up to...
  • Wine, it's been with us for a very long time
    March 7, is a wonderful day to taste wine in Portland
    Friday March 7th, all but one shop is holding a tasting Friday. One yet to report is usually late, so it will be updated as we have their information. Other wine shops provided zero data, but we understand why, and expect they are holding a...
  • John Lee Hancock
    Variety to honor John Lee Hancock and Jonah Hill at Palm Spring Film Festival
    It was announced Monday, Dec 2, 2013,that Varietywill honor directorJohn Lee Hancock ("Saving Mr. Banks")with theCreative Impact in Directing Award, presented by Mercedes-Benz,which celebrates the filmmaker for his outstanding...
  • The Seafarers
    Indieflix streaming Stanely Kubrick's first color film, 'The Seafarers'
    Variety reported this morning that Indieflix is streaming Stanley Kubrick's color film, "The Seafarers." The documentary was made to fund his first feature, "Fear and Desire."The film was first released in 1953, it's 30...
  • Netflix overvalued?
    Netflix overvalued? Bernstein analysts say yes
    According to Variety, a pair of analysts with the group Bernstein Research claim that Netflix's current stock price is overvalued, with the company's current stock price representing "unrealistic expectations."Subscribe to the...
  • The Andrews Sisters
    Patty Andrews, RIP: "You'd have to be a hermit to escape them"
    Patty Andrews died 30 January, the last survivor among the singing Andrews Sisters who seemed as much a part of America's World War II memories as the names of the war's key battles and operations. Indeed, she was the sister to whom it...
  • Henry Morgan
    Auld-Time Radio: Old-time radio listening, 30-31 December
    It could have been better . . . it certainly could have been worse . . . but now let's say goodbye to 2012 the auld-time radio way, beginning (perhaps this will become a tradition in this space, too) with a legendary New Year's Eve music...
  • Bert Gordon, Eddie Cantor
    Eddie Cantor, comeback kid: Old-time radio listening, 13 December
    Time to Smile: Eddie Finds Harry (NBC, 1944)Arguably one the nation’s most important radio stars of the early-to-mid 1930s, Eddie Cantor looked doomed when the 1940s arrived . . . and it happened for, arguably, noble enough reasons.Cantor...
  • Party report: Variety's 3rd Annual Power of Comedy Event presented by Bing
    Party report: Variety's 3rd Annual Power of Comedy Event presented by Bing
    On Saturday night, funnyman Seth MacFarlane was the recipient of the 3rd Annual Variety's Power of Comedy Award at last night's 3rd Annual Variety's Power of Comedy Event, presented byBing. The event, held at the Avalon in Hollywood,...
  • Hills
    International tastes
    If it weren't for the unmistakable BK letters emblazoned on its roof, you might have no way of telling this location in Malaysia or New Zealand is the same one as the beloved home of the whopper you left stateside. Fast food globalization is...
  • Seed diversity
    Disappearing diversity among seeds may panic preppers
    I have read about preppers who are hoarding seeds. They are concerned about the lack of diversity. This story illustrates the point with vivid graphics.If we lose diversity in the seed crop, it places all plants at risk and that is our food supply...
  • Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone
    "I'm finally getting paid": Old-time radio listening, 2 May
    The Canada Dry Program: “Unemployed and Getting Paid for It” (NBC Blue, 1932)A radio show with a name is as dry as the soft drink it hawks wouldn’t necessarily rate more than a passing mention, if any, regarding its premiere....
  • J.D. Roth
    This week's inspiring pop culture moment is J.D Roth
    We recently had the opportunity to attend the TV Summit, which was hosted by The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation and Variety magazine. While the whole day was filled with informative and thought-provoking discussions about the...
  • The Big Show
    A big loss, sixty years later: Old-time radio appreciation, 20 April
    It was a valiant and usually engaging bid to preserve old-time, big-time radio variety programming against television's swell. The Big Show ends tonight with a lineup of performers just as arresting as any which took its sound stage during its...
  • A Star is Born charity event
    Emagine Royal Oak to host "A Star is Born" charity gala on April 27
    Next Friday, April 27, starting at 6pm, Emagine Royal Oak will host the second annual "A Star is Born" charity event, to benefit Variety, the children's charity. The Celebrity Hall of Fame is a focal point of the event, in which...