Thursday, September 29, 2011
ABC's Pan Am: Period glamour, deceptive face of a troubling period of history, but glory days for an airline
With Sci-fi and police dramas not always doing so well now, ABC has elected period drama for late Sunday nights with this series about what used to be the world’s biggest transcontinental airline. This takes place in 1963.
The world was a more modern place than we think then. But people still typed theses on manual typewriters, and air travel was a bit of a luxury. So passengers were pampered.
The show focuses on the stringent standards expected of “stewardesses”, with Maggie (Christina Ricci) unable to pass “inspection” for her uniform because of her girdle. And there’s the issue of not having the right stockings. But it turns out she’s needed anyway.
Kate (Kelli Garner) is approached by the CIA to eavesdrop on certain travelers, and the import of the Cold War is explained. This Pilot episode is supposed to take place shortly after the Cuban Missile Crisis (Oct. 1962), and the politics of Cuba works into the script.
You can watch already aired episodes here on ABC.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Weather Channel, residents make documentaries on Chicago 2011 blizzard with the narrow escapes on Lake Shore Drive
Here I am, writing about snow in September, and I don't live in Fairbanks.
Note: The review on the PBS Nova films tonight on Japan's earthquake and tsunami are on my "disaster movies" blog (check profile).
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Last picture: Mother's trip to the Caribbean, mid 1990s.
Monday, September 26, 2011
See "cf" blog on Nov. 8, 2011 for episode "Nightfall", about a meteor strike and possible EMP damage.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Here's a piece from "Pandemic Labs" on "Going Viral with YouTube" (link).
Friday, September 23, 2011
"Revenge": New series on ABC features bad-girl actress from "Everwood", tests viewers ability to follow flashbacks
Connor Paolo, who had appeared as a gay character in "Gossip Girl", is especially attractive here as a bartender who his present on the beach when the body is found.
I have to mention another moment here about my book manuscripts, because something like this is probably an issue in any "dramatic" television series. In the original version of my novels, there is a moment where the retired FBI agent, having visited his previously delinquent (computer hacker) grown son, walks away from a train wreck, all the way into a cafe and meets another young adult male character (who walks in, in blue jeans, in "Iceman Cometh" fashion) whom he learns, in an a-ha moment, is an "angel". The idea that some beings exist who will never age and always remain perfect (and never have to procreate, perhaps) is suddenly relative truth. I think this could be a terrific scene to direct. But in the condensed novel (and probably any television series based on my material), the incident must be shown as a flashback (part of the backstory), assuming that the viewer has watched every episode and is committed to following the series. But the condensed novel is told largely from the viewpoint of two characters (the 30-ish CIA man and gay college student), one of whom may have a chance to "become" an angel, and all are linked by a mysterious writer/blogger who wants to be one and who has discovered the "plot" on this own.
There's one plus for cable networks as opposed to broadcast: they don't get pre-empted by breaking news (usually). But they don't get the audience and advertising dollars necessary to pay for a really ambitious series.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
AC360 airs an update on anti-gay bullying on the same day that "Don't Ask Don't Tell" in the military ends
The next night, AC360 mentioned the story of a boy who was bullied because he took piano lessons.
Another little note (not enough for a post): The song "Blue Velvet", from David Lynch's famous 1986 film, was performed on ABC's "The View" Wednesday. Tony Bennett performed it.
Monday, September 19, 2011
ABC "Millionaire" quiz show kicks off celebrity version with Carson Kressley as contestant; he almost gets to the end
Sunday, September 18, 2011
First picture: Electric car charging station, Baltimore Penn Station.
Second picture: Mississippi River waterfront from East Bank, Minneapolis, about 1 mile from bridge that collapsed.
Third picture (for the update) -- a constructive accident (Brooklyn NY).
Here's the PDF of the Emmy winners. This year, hardly anything that I follow won. I couldn't even get "The Kennedys" here. I'm game for another "Flash Forward" or another "Rubicon". These sorts of series didn't do so well this year. Don't know why. My own novel manuscript "Brothers" would make a sci-fi series (maybe for Logo).
Saturday, September 17, 2011
NBC Dateline reports on Canadian filmmaker committing his own crimes to film them ("Deadly House of Cards" aka "The Devil's Cinema")
Here is additional coverage after re-airing on July 19, 2014: This episode seems longer and more complete. Given the importance of the "fact v. fiction" problem in my own life (when I was substitute teaching) I'm a little baffled that I didn't recall seeing this episode before when I rewrote the notes below, as I didn't find the account above until later. Perhaps I missed part of it the first time, or more details have been added.
The case seems important because it illustrates the dangers of violent fantasy or media for someone who has a serious personality disorder (or "mental illness"). I presume that Twitchell got life without parole.
Note the Wikipedia attribution link of Edmonton race site. I visited the city (and Calgary and Banff) in September 1983. You can't see the Rockies from Edmonton; they are just out of sight. The climate is not as cold as you would think.
I'll consider ordering the book by Lilibeun as soon as I have a little more time to read it.
Friday, September 16, 2011
ABC Nightline covers Facebook and job hunting, then Pat Robertson' remarks on divorce and Alzheimer's
People with specific skills can reach potential customers efficiently through Facebook, as Sandberg and the engineer showed. People sometimes pay Facebook to have their resume found and read.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
In his promo video, Anderson says New York City is home to him.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Piers Morgan interviews Cantor-FitzGerald CEO Howard Lutnick, who explains how he rebuilt his company after the catastrophe on 9/11
Friday, September 09, 2011
Thursday, September 08, 2011
There has been controversy over the "fact checking" of both candidates on who created the most jobs.
Newt Gingrich was strident as usual, and Michele Bachmann looked diminished. After all, she thinks it's all right for the federal government to stiff people on its current bills.
Perry called Social Security a "Ponzi Scheme" (aka Madoff), but said he would not jeopardize the benefits of current recipients.
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Picture: NSA, Fort Meade, MD, halfway between Washington and Baltimore.