A WORD ON STEVE JOBS…
Jobs was not only a great man who changed the world for the better, he remains an example of how one person is capable of doing extraordinary things when he or she is lucky enough to be born and to grow up in a country that allows you to fulfill your potential.
When I think of a man like Jobs I think of the millions of abortions that have occurred in this country, our own history of slavery, and countries that to this very day restrict human potential, I wonder how many Steve Jobses weren’t allowed to reach and risk and dream. We can’t even begin to imagine the price humanity is paying for snuffing out the man or woman who would’ve cured cancer or ended world hunger or come up with something like the computer — something we haven’t dreamed of that would’ve changed everything.
Rest in peace, Steve Jobs. I don’t even know where to begin to thank you or the country who let you be you.
ANDREW KLAVAN’S ‘VERY SERIOUS COMMENTARY’ DEBUT… STIMULUS II
As some of you may already know, my pal Drew Klavan is now working for Glenn Beck TV where he continues the series of exceptional videos and commentaries he started at Pajamas Media, where he still blogs.
Beck does have a subscriber service, but if you’re not a subscriber Klavan’s GBTV debut can be watched here.
Don’t worry; Klavan’s still writing novels. He is capable of doing two things at once — and the better you get to know him, the more surprising that is. Personally, I think his lovely wife Ellen does the writing. It’s a Remington Steele set up. I’m sure of it.
We all know where this is headed… With directors and distributors already screaming about the $29.99 VOD service that allows you to watch a film at home 60 days after the theatrical release, Universal is wisely ignoring all of that and moving forward by closing that window even more to gauge consumer interest.
Imagine a time where for $59.99 you can gather the family around the home theatre to watch the premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” the SAME day it’s released in theatres. Imagine a time where studios no longer need to cut theatre owners into a fat chunk of the profits because THE EVENT is now a movie premiere beamed into living rooms throughout the world.
There will always be movie theatres. But this day is coming.
SCOTTDS’ EPIC LINK-TACULAR
LAST NIGHT’S SCREENING
The wife and I are now moving into the middle of season two of “The Closer” and like many great television series, now that the characters and their relationships are established, the writers can touchstone those in a few words or even with a look and focus more on the main story. Last night was an episode titled “Critical Missing” and it was one of the most riveting hours of television I’ve ever seen.
CLASSIC PICK FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7
10:15 AM EST: Till The Clouds Roll By (1946) — True story of composer Jerome Kern’s rise to the top on Broadway and in Hollywood. Dir: Richard Whorf Cast: June Allyson, Lucille Bremer, Judy Garland. C-136 mins, TV-G.
A truly bizarre MGM musical with Robert Walker miscast as legendary composer Jerome Kern. There’s almost no plot but let me tell you, the standalone musical numbers are absolute knockouts. Frank Sinatra, Tony Martin, Judy Garland, June Allyson, Lena Horne and Cyd Charisse simply shine and prove that the MGM publicity department wasn’t lying about the studio having more stars than you can see in the sky.
“Till the Clouds Roll By” is like watching MTV in 1946 with “music videos” starring genuine legends singing some of the greatest American music ever composed.
Having read a couple of biographies, I can tell you that in reality Kern led an extraordinary life that would make for a wonderful biopic were it not for the fact that there is no way in hell present-day Hollywood could ever come up with actors to stand in for the immortal stars that were such an important part of the composer’s life. Scorsese’s “The Aviator” proved that.
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