Month: June 2019

MidWeek Updates: TV Land News…

6.26.19 Hello…now time to see what’s going on in TV land. Credit source: The Hollywood Reporter (THR) Happy, happy news…Mary J. Blige signs first-look TV deal with Lionsgate. According to the Hollywood Reporter by Rick Porter… Grammy winner and Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige is moving into TV production. The singer/songwriter/actress has signed a first-look TV deal with Lionsgate to develop and produce series via her newly launched Blue Butterfly Productions. The deal also includes a component by which Blige can create content for the studio’s array of platforms. “I couldn’t be more excited to be working with Lionsgate,” said Blige. “They are incredible collaborators and have been natural partners from when we first started talking. I can’t wait to bring all of our projects to life.” Added Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs, “Mary is a very talented artist, fearless visionary and an incredible human being. We’re delighted to be working with someone with such a powerful and impactful creative voice. Every art she touches blossoms, and we’re humbled she’s chosen us as her home. We …

Summer Reads 2019

6.26.19 Summer is here and you know what that means right? It’s time to pick out which books to read at the beach, on the front porch, in a hammock, or anywhere to tuck your feet. I did this list a bit different, I picked four from some other lists. Books that not only looked interesting, but the details were just what peeked my curiosity. Take a look for yourself Credit source: Pop Sugar, Oprah Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Good Housekeeping, Refinery 29 First of I chose four books from Pop Sugar‘s 34 best lists. Brenda Janowitz puts her spin on these three from the list… Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn From the acclaimed writer of Here Comes the Sun comes Nicole Dennis-Benn’s second novel, Patsy. It’s the story of a Jamaican woman who comes to America, where she hopes to reunite with a childhood friend. She is forced to leave behind her 5-year-old child, and as she struggles to find work and come to terms with the life her childhood friend has chosen, we also see what her daughter’s …

Creative Close-Up: Are Movie Trailers Revealing Too Much?

6.24.19 When we see the latest trailer for a film, we get a bit excited, curious, and somewhat skeptical. For the last several years it seems that movie trailers are giving away a bit too much. That’s what most folks are saying. I don’t complain too much about it.  I haven’t been to too many movies, due to the fact that my other job keeps me exhausted. The last film I did see was Godzilla King of the Monsters. I truly loved it! It was everything I knew it would be. Of course, the storyline could’ve been a little bit better. As of yesterday, the film grossed $102,345,637 domestically, worldwide $349,945,637. Domestically it could’ve done better. When you think about it, the film was not a failure. Warner Bros. worked overtime with marketing, especially the trailers. Some people said that they felt like they have seen the whole movie while watching the trailers. That’s probably the problem.  Less is more right? Well, that depends. To get people to see films, studios big and small need to …

Where To: Fox Theater / Atlanta, Georgia

6.22.19 Hello everyone. Our Where To segment heads over to the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia.  Fox Theater has been a part of the city of Atlanta for a long time. Here are a few tib bits about this venue… The theater was opened in 1929. A former movie palace, the Fox Theater has hosted a variety of events such as the Atlanta Ballets, concerts and national touring shows of Broadway Companies.    Upcoming Events happening at Fox Theater…   June 23, 2019 OutRising: 50th Anniversary of Stonewall Pride Presented by Lexus at the Marquee Club     June 25 – 30, 2019 Come From Away Presented by Fifth Third Bank Broadway In Atlanta     July 5 – 6, 2019 The String Cheese Incident     July 14, 2019 Disney’s The Little Mermaid Sing-along 30th Anniversary     July 14, 2019 To Kill a Mockingbird     July 20, 2019 Champions Of Magic   Of course, there are more events coming in the next several months. If you live in the Atlanta area or planning to visit, make Fox Theater a must on your …

MidWeek Updates: Art Residencies

6.19.19 Hello…Artists, for those of you looking to seek art residencies to break away from the constant everyday world and seek boundlessly creativity, well I found a list of residencies you can look at. Trying to find the right one for you is not going to be perfect. You need to find the one art residency that is going to be comfortable, to give you the right space and time for you to create your best work, and of course, the price is gotta be right too. Free or not.  Credit source: ResArtis Sally and Don Lucas Artists Programs at Montalvo A PO Box 158, 15400 Montalvo Road95071 Saratoga, CAPhone: +1-408-777-2112Fax: +1-408-777-5850 read more The MacDowell Colony 100 High Street03458 Peterborough, NHPhone: +1-603-924-3886Fax: +1-603-924-9142 read more   Vermont Studio Center P.O. Box 61305656 Johnson, VTPhone: 802-635-2727Fax: 802-635-2730 read more   The Rockefeller Foundation – Bellagio Center Contact Address (In USA): Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Committee; Institute of International Education; 809 United Nations Plaza, 7th Floor10017 New York, NY; USAPhone: +212-984-5537Fax: +212-984-5393 read more   Residency Unlimited …

Shadow Spotlight: New York Institute of Photography

6.17.19 Hey! New York Institute of Photography is this month’s Shadow Spotlight. Credit source: NY Institute of Photography New York Institute of Photography is a for-profit online school in New York City. which offers several different photography courses for student globally.  The New York Institute of Photography was founded in 1910. In 1910, the Industrial Revolution was in full swing. The world looked to science and technology to make life better and American businesses led the way to that better life with new products, new inventions, and opportunities for people seeking to learn new skills. It was a natural time to start a school to teach the art and science of photography. Here are the courses offered at the Institute Professional Photography Course Fundamentals of Digital Photography Portrait Photography Course Photoshop for Photographers Wedding Photography Course Photojournalism Course Travel Photography Course Nature and Landscape Photography Video Making Course Business for Photographers Graphic Design Course (new) Improve Your Photos After Just One Lesson 4 Licensed by New York State and fully-accredited by the BBB 5 All …

Wknd Updates: PHOTOPLUS 2019 & Emerging Photographers

6.15.19 Ahh, the weekend has arrived. Time to recharge our batteries from the last five days and look into some upcoming events. Like PHOTOPLUS and Emerging Photographers. First, PHOTOPLUS. What is Photoplus? Read below and you’ll know… Credit source: PHOTOPLUS PHOTOPLUS was founded in 1983 and is the largest photography and imaging event in North America. The show features over 200 exhibitors and brands displaying thousands of the latest equipment, products, and services for you to touch, try, and compare. EXPO HOURS:Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 – 10am-5pmFriday, Oct. 25, 2019 – 10am-5pmSaturday, Oct. 26, 2019 – 10am-4pm A Show That Brings the Photography Community Together Professional, amateur and emerging photographers, enthusiasts, cinematographers, students and educators from around the world attend PHOTOPLUS, which is held annually at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. This is the must-attend event of the year—join the entire photography and videography community at PHOTOPLUS 2019, October 24–26 at the Javits Convention Center, New York, NY. Show Policy: Each year people from over 70 countries register to attend PHOTOPLUS. …