Reality shows tend to cater to viewers who enjoy watching drama and conflict between real-life people. In the early days of reality television programming, shows were real. Gradually, reality programs used scripted segments and scenes were “pushed” into a direction that producers felt made the most impact. Cut to today where it’s difficult to ascertain what’s “real” and fake in reality TV.No matter which way a show goes, some of them air longer than necessary. It seems after a reality program admits that they’ve manufactured their content, it increases their viewership. It’s okay to admit you watch a certain reality show simply to see what ridiculousness is going to come next. On the other hand, there are some current reality TV shows that should no longer be on. They’ve run their course, rehashing the same type of drama season after season. Just because the show moves to a different city doesn’t … [Read more...] about 15 Reality Shows That Went On Too Long (And 5 That Need To Go)
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The annual CineAsia trade show runs Dec. 10-12 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. FJI presents a selection of CineAsia vendors and their latest products.ASL), headquartered in Chicago with an Asia office in Singapore and manufacturing facilities in Shenzhen, China, is one of the world’s leading designers, developers and manufacturers of Xenon short-arc lamps. In anticipation of the growing popularity of smaller hall sizes and the requirement of highly efficient light sources, ASL has developed a full series of new lamps (800, 1,200, 1,800 and 2,200 watts) for Barco, Christie, NEC and Sony projector applications. In China, contact [email protected]; in Singapore, contact [email protected] Visit ASL at CineAsia booth 603. AnHui Star Screen Co.The optimization of the “Star” huge screen will make 3D and 4D effects more distinct. Clear sound transmission will enable customers in any location in the theatre to hear lifelike audio quality. The Star … [Read more...] about CineAsia 2013 showcases new products and technologies
The annual CineAsia trade show runs Dec. 8-10 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. FJI presents a selection of CineAsia vendors and their latest products. Advanced Specialty Lighting (ShenZhen)Advanced Specialty Lighting (ASL) Group, headquartered in Chicago with an Asia office in Singapore and manufacturing facilities in Shenzhen, China, is one of the world’s leading designers, developers and manufacturers of xenon short-arc lamps. In anticipation of the growing popularity of smaller hall sizes and the requirement of highly efficient light sources, ASL has developed a full series of new lamps for 800, 1,200, 1,800 and 2,200-watt strength for Barco, Christie, NEC and Sony projector applications. These lamps provide high brightness and reliability. Visit ASL at CineAsia booth 601. China contact: [email protected]; Singapore contact: [email protected] Barco Barco’s brand-new DP2K-20CLP laser phosphor cinema projector provides 18,000 lumens of … [Read more...] about CineAsia 2015 showcases new products and technologies
Newark Mayor Cory Booker added some luster to his already-glowing image last night when he fought through his security detail to rescue a woman from a house fire Thursday night. After pulling his next-door neighbor from a second-floor bedroom and carrying her through the flames to safety, Mayor Booker was treated for smoke inhalation and 2nd degree burns. He appeared on CBS News This Morning to tell the harrowing tale.Mayor Booker and members of his security detail were returning from an interview with News 12 New Jersey Thursday night when they discovered the building on fire. Co-anchor Gayle King jokingly scolded Mayor Booker for disregarding his own safety, but true to form, Booker’s first impulse was to credit members of his security detail who noticed the fire, and evacuated most of the residents. “Detectives Santos, Duran, these guys were incredible,” he said. “Got everybody out of the house. When I arrived, they were pulling the last people out, and … [Read more...] about Newark Mayor Cory Booker Describes ‘Terrifying’ Rescue Of Woman From Fire
The blood has barely dried on the first series of HBO’s True Detective talk has already turned to Season Two. At the time of writing, it’s hard to think of an A-list actor or actress who, at some point over the last few months, hasn’t had their name bandied around in connection with future series of the show.While we wait for some kind of solid casting confirmation, some of you might like to explore Galveston: the debut novel from True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto. True Detective had layered, novelistic depth, but Galveston’s early chapters suggest it might be the opposite. Violent and abrupt, they read like self-conscious pulp parodies. It takes until the trio reach Galveston for the pace to settle and Pizzolatto’s narrative to aim for something substantial. The lost souls we meet at the Emerald Shores are well-drawn: scarred and helpless, you feel something for them even though you know that, as with all noir, their futures have nothing good in store … [Read more...] about If you liked True Detective, why not try Galveston?
That’s the big news that came out this week in outlets that still perform journalism—a hacker named Guccifer breached the DNC’s files to release strategy memos on how to defeat the Donald, extensive lists of mega-donors with their contact information, and other internal party memos.The DNC confirmed the breach, claiming it was the Russians—which made me think of some classic episode of “24.”But the cherry on top was an email sent to the DNC on May 26th, 2015 labeled “2016 GOP Presidential Candidates.”In it, in plain-spoken, PR-spin-doctoring language, was a game plan for the DNC to perform outreach to reporters—aka spin them like a Dreidel—in order to “muddy the waters” on behalf of HRC [Hillary Rodham Clinton] from criticism about her use of personal emails as Secretary of State and career-long bank account funded by every special interest Democrats pretend to oppose. The strategy email also cautioned DNC … [Read more...] about How The DNC—And Media—Conned Us Into Clinton
Scully’s cancer goes into remission, the Lone Gunmen’s origin story is pretty blah and our heroes get lost in the woods during a routine teamwork conference. “Detour” saves this week. Redux IIThis episode was manic. If the first half was mostly an info dump, this squeezed enough erratic developments into it for four episodes. I’m not sure all of them are particularly convincing but the important thing is Scully’s getting better! And apparently the CSM is dead. I believe that. Sure.Scully’s been carted off to the hospital after collapsing at the end of the last ep, so this one opens with Mulder coming to look for her. Skinner’s already waiting and sighs menacingly when he sees him. I forgot Mulder was supposed to be dead. Walter’s not happy. He tackles him angrily—fine decorum, as ever, in a hospital—and Mulder says there’s a mole in the FBI. I can’t help but feel like Skinner should already know about this … [Read more...] about Newbie Recap: “Redux II,” “Unusual Suspects,” and “Detour”
Cheating like this in video games has a long and even respected tradition. Games have often slyly included ways -- intentionally or not -- for sophisticated players to hack into the software and then skip levels or take on supernatural powers.But these days, the subject is getting a more serious look. Unlike older games, today's are networked to be played with strangers over the Internet. And now, real money is at stake. Fantasy games like "World of Warcraft" and computer environs like "Second Life," to name a few, have their own currency or other virtual valuables that can be traded for hard U.S. dollars.In other words, hacking into a video game to cheat can be a business strategy. And so clamping down on it could be key to maintaining virtual worlds' economies and reputations. Even chip-maker Intel Corp. is suggesting a technology for doing it.But one huge question is: Can cheating really be stifled?"What I've always said is: It'll go away the same time crime goes away," said Tony … [Read more...] about Can video game cheating be stifled?
On the heels of their Time Is Illmatic opening night announcement, Tribeca has released the first 47 of its 89 feature-length titles in the World Narrative and Documentary Competitions, as well as the non-competitive Viewpoints. Gabriel, the debut film from 25 New Face Lou Howe, which I can’t recommend enough, will open the Narrative section, with Dior and I and Onur Turkel’s Summer of Blood kicking off the Docs and Viewpoints, respectively. Other notable titles include Keith Miller’s latest, Five Star; Junebug scribe Angus MacLachlan’s directorial debut Goodbye to All That; d.p. Jody Lee Lipes’s Ballet 422; the Golden Bear-winning Black Coal, Thin Ice; Sundance hit The Overnighters and British prison drama Starred Up. Find the full list below. World Narrative Feature Competition In a testament to the universal power of film, the themes of this year’s … [Read more...] about Tribeca Film Festival Announces First Titles From Narrative, Documentary and Viewpoints Sections
In loving memory of Richard Corliss, who early on championed low and high art in Asian cinemaIn Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, the sheltered titular character exposes her pre-adolescent consciousness. Willing to navigate uncharted waters, she follows a dapper rabbit, even allowing herself to fall into the hole he’s entered. Jefferson Airplane sticks with this plot point in the ‘60s acid-anthem “White Rabbit,” adding au courant psychedelics to scramble the child’s perception: Tell ‘em a hookah-smoking caterpillar/Has given you the call. In book and song, Alice is in her element: She basks in unexpected encounters with extraordinary characters and anthropomorphic creatures.In the hyperreal sphere of The World of Kanako, by the distinctive (to put it mildly) Japanese auteur Tetsuya Nakashima (Confessions) — as smashingly unforgettable as it is intentionally unpalatable — Alice, whose adventures are frequently read aloud by the … [Read more...] about In Extremis: