Thursday, January 23, 2020

Guy Fieri Cooking Tips

For Perfect Steaks

“Reverse-sear your steak: Start in a low heated oven and slow-roast to your desired doneness, then finish in a hot cast-iron skillet. It gives you better internal temperature control and produces an awesome brown crust.”



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Film Production Loans

Since most distribution agreements do not immediately result in up-front cash to the filmmaker to pay for the costs of principal photography and post-production, the production company must use the distribution agreement as collateral to borrow money from a traditional bank, film finance company, an investment fund or other lender. The distributor will execute a guarantee agreement which provides that distributor serves as guarantor of the loan.  

Since the lender is entitled to repayment regardless of the film’s revenue or success, the distributor’s guarantee of the loan puts the lender in a position of much greater security than if the filmmaker is solely responsible for the loan. When the completed film is delivered to the distributor, the distributor will pay-off the loan (directly to the lender).

In order for a pre-sale agreement to be an acceptable collateral, the distributor must be “bankable”, that is, it has a good reputation or creditworthiness. Obviously, that won’t be as important if the distributor is willing to make a sizeable cash advance upfront, making it unnecessary for a producer to seek a loan using the pre-sale agreement as collateral.

Typically, banks will lend up to 80% of the face value of the minimum guarantee being used as collateral. The actual amount of the loan, and any conditions attached, will depend on the distributor’s risk profile. Each minimum guarantee is individually discounted based on the perceived risks to the bank, such as the distributor’s reputation and the bank’s history with the specific distributor and territory.

That is why, prior to deciding whether to presell a film to a distributor, the producer or sales agent must gain knowledge of the distributor in each territory, their payment history and reputation in the market. The greater the reputation a distributor has, the more valuable will be its minimum guarantee to a lender, and the collateral will be discounted less.

As a prerequisite for a loan, a bank will require the production company or distributor to obtain a completion bond (“completion guarantee”) from a reputable bond company, to ensure that the project is completed on time, on budget and delivered to the distributor in accordance with the terms of the pre-sale agreement.

In addition to the completion guarantee, the bank may require that the production company provide certificates of insurance coverage, including general liability and errors and omissions (E&O) insurance, naming the bank as an additional insured, since, in the event of a litigation, the bank may be named as a defendant.



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Blue Man Group (Live Shows): Editor’s Choice

Summary: Blue Man Group is an American performance art company formed in 1987, known worldwide for its various stage productions which typically incorporate many different categories of music and art, both popular and obscure, in their performances.

Founders: Chris Wink, Phil Stanton, Matt Goldman

Genre: Rock

Albums: The Complex, Audio, How to Be a Megastar Live!

A+

REVIEW

We are not sure anyone really has the words to accurately describe a Blue Man Group show. There’s probably no need for it now, because at this point, most people have probably seen some form of a Blue Man Group performance, whether at a theater or on television commercials. But can you imagine being one of the first people to try to describe to one of your friends why you found Blue Man so entertaining? “Oh yeah, it’s these three guys, and they’re all painted blue. They bang on PVC pipes and play drums with paint on them… and throw marshmallows into each other’s mouths… and blow toilet paper into the crowd with a fan… and,” [as an increasingly confused look falls onto their face] “…uhhh…just trust me it was fun.”

PREVIEW

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Michael Weatherly Says…”Give Up the Carbs”

Michael Weatherly plays Anthony DiNozzo on the CBS series NCIS and he’s gotten a little slimmer over the years. Dropping almost 40 pounds, Weatherly said that he stays away from most carbs, or anything that comes in a package like potato chips. “I stayed away from pasta, rice, bread, potatoes anything that’s fun to eat, I did not eat.” He even participated in his first triathlon in Malibu.

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Television Syndication Pre-sale

Television syndication also provides a production company with pre-sale financing. If the distributor is a financially sound company, the production company can obtain a production loan using the syndication agreement as collateral. The amount of the advance will depend on several factors, such as the particular star attachments, genre, budget and whether the film will be given a wide theatrical release.

Since a theatrical release (and the attendant advertising and promotional campaign) are important in creating public awareness of the film, which, in turn, translates into potential television viewers, the distributor will want the producer to make as serious a commitment as reasonably possible to the effort to obtain a theatrical release of the film.



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Dragon Ball Z, Kakarot (Game): Editor’s Choice

Summary: Relive the story of Goku in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot! Beyond the epic battles, experience life in the Dragon Ball Z world as you fight, fish, eat, and train with Goku. Explore the new areas and adventures as you advance through the story and form powerful bonds with other heroes from the Dragon Ball Z universe.

Developer: CyberConnect2

Genre(s): Role-Playing, Action RPG

Number of players: No Online Multiplayer

Cheats: On GameFAQs

Rating: T

A

REVIEW

Going into this game, we didn’t really have much hope for it and saw it as just another Dragon Ball game. After playing the game until Vegeta vs Dodoria, we can say that my enjoyment of the game has been great, the fluid combat matched by the speed of the fights is really fun. Just exploring the world of Dragon Ball is a fun experience, sure the world is just a tad bit empty, but its not shallow by any means. Although we did have one issue with the exploration aspect of it and that we clipped out of bounds a few times when controlling Gohan. 10 Hours after playing this, we can safely say that the game has been great. 

PREVIEW

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Travel Tips

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley said she packs a wardrobe that follows one color palette when she travels.

Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley packs only navy-blue, white, gray, and black clothing items when she travels so that every piece matches. Having all of your travel outfits follow one color scheme could make packing and styling clothing a lot easier. 

” … Basically, it meant that everything worked together,” she told the publication. She said since all of the pieces were “interchangeable and versatile.”  Huntington-Whiteley compared packing using a color scheme to traveling with “a uniform as opposed to just different things.” 

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Amy Schemer says “Don’t Hesitate to Negotiate Even After-the-Fact”

Amy Schumer initially signed an $11 million deal with Netflix in 2017 for her comedy special, “The Leather Special,” according to Variety. But when she learned that comedians Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle were each paid $20 million for their respective specials, she decided to ask for more money. 

“I believe women deserve equal pay,” Schumer wrote in an Instagram post in August 2017. “However I don’t believe I deserve equal pay to Chris and Dave. They are legends and two of the greatest comics of all time. I would like to say that I have been selling out arenas these last couple years. Something a female comic has never done. That’s a big deal to me, especially because I know I do my best every night on stage for the audience and they have a good time.” 

Some were quick to criticize Schumer for what they saw as asking to be paid the same amount as Rock and Chappelle. 

But she clarified that wasn’t the case. 

“I didn’t ask for the same as my friends,” Schumer wrote on Instagram. “I did ask for more than the initial offer. I will continue to work my ass off and be the best performer I can be. The reports of me ‘demanding’ or ‘insisting’ on equal pay to them aren’t true.”



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Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (TV Series): Editor’s Choice

Summary: After an unusual event, whip-smart computer coder Zoey Clarke magically begins to hear people’s innermost wants and desires through popular songs. Suddenly, strangers, friends, co-workers and family are unknowingly singing their feelings — just to her. At first, Zoey questions her own sanity,but after some guidance from Mo, her musically attuned neighbor, and making a breakthrough with her ailing father, Zoey soon realizes this unwanted curse may just be an amazing and wonderful gift –as she now connects with the world like never before.

Genre(s): Comedy, Drama, Music

Network: NBC

B+

REVIEW

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist on NBC is a pure delight. It is a show that is 1000% guaranteed to put a smile on your face, get your feet tapping and leave you humming a happy tune. We defy you to not be in a good mood after watching it.

PREVIEW

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Emily Ratajkowski’s Beauty Tip…”Aquaphor”

If you’ve ever gotten a tattoo, you’re probably familiar with Aquaphor. Considering how a tattoo damages the skin initially, it makes sense that this stuff is fantastic for keeping the skin healed, restorative, moist, and scab-free. A little Aquaphor goes a long way, so it’s a fantastic, budget-friendly option that Emily Ratajkowski recommends for troublesome dry spots. She loves it – especially for travel – explaining, “I use it on my lips, or a little bit everywhere just to make sure my skin doesn’t dry at all because aeroplanes are terrible for that.” This is a great travel essential for keeping your skin fresh on the go.

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What is Standard Dolby Vision? (Video)

When you see that the movie is playing in Standard or Digital, this is your typical experience. If you pay the minimum rate at the theatre, and just ask for the regular ticket, this is you. It’s loud and the picture is great, because it’s the movies! But when we compare Standard to the other formats, it falls way behind in terms of picture and sound quality. Standard format epic video from the Dolby team.



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Everyday Life, by Coldplay (Music): Editor’s Choice

Summary: The eighth full-length studio release for the British alternative rock band is a double album and was produced by Rik Simpson.

Record Label: Atlantic

Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Name: Coldplay

Credit: Primary Artist

A-

REVIEW

Coldplay dares to venture into the concepts that made them great to begin with whilst still maintaining a unique sound. This makes the album perhaps their most interesting to date as they’ll be facing the large mainstream audience head on with little production on most songs. This is an album that will come to embody Coldplay’s impact on a music industry where most artists stay within their comfort zone.

PREVIEW

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Profile: Yorgos Lanthimos (Director)

Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens, Greece. He studied directing for Film and Television at the Stavrakos Film School in Athens. He has directed a number of dance videos in collaboration with Greek choreographers, in addition to TV commercials, music videos, short films and theater plays. Kinetta, his first feature film, played at Toronto and Berlin film festivals to critical acclaim.

His second feature Dogtooth, won the “Un Certain Regard prize” at the 2009 Cannes film festival, followed by numerous awards at festivals worldwide. It was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award (Oscar) in 2011. Alps won the “Osella for best screenplay” at the 2011 Venice film festival and Best Film at the Sydney film festival in 2012.

His first English language film The Lobster was presented in Competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. Moreover, “The Lobster” was nominated for the (Oscar about the) Best Original Screenplay by the Academy and won Best Screenplay and Best Costume Design at the European Film Awards of 2015. His fifth project “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” was also presented in Competition at the 70th Cannes Film Festival where it won the award for the best Screenplay. Lanthimos’s last film “The Favorite” is a historical Drama about the British Queen Anne.



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Rami Malek Reads “The Empty Pot” for Charity (Video)

The Empty Pot read by Rami Malek, written and illustrated by Demi. The Chinese Emperor announces an unusual test to choose an heir-the child who raises the best flowers from a seed given by the Emperor will be his successor. Ping, unaccountably, is unable to get his seed to sprout-but Ping’s empty pot is best of all.



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Blood Ties (Podcast): Editor’s Choice

Summary: The popular new podcast Blood Ties tells the story of siblings Eleonore and Michael Richland, who are left to pick up the pieces after their parents’ private plane vanishes en route to a family Christmas vacation in the Caribbean.

A-

REVIEW

Amazing production. Wondery team take a bow, we are sure this will be a tv series. Josn n Jillian- you guys are the superstars. We really like this podcast. Very engaging. Love the story and characters. We find it a bit implausible in terms of father’s behavior. Unnecessary swearing on part of actors. Worthwhile, overall.

PREVIEW

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

50 Cent’s Smart Investing Tip

50 Cent’s tenure as a radio-dominating artist may be over, but his vast business portfolio isn’t going anywhere. Among deals spanning everything from clothes to video games, he signed on to promote Vitamin Water in exchange for a stake in parent company Energy Brands. When Coca-Cola bought Energy in 2007, the deal netted 50 Cent a cool $100 million.

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Movie Distribution Tip: Hire a Good Agent

Many-a-times it becomes absolutely impossible to find your market all on your own. You need to hire the right agent who can connect with markets all over the globe. This makes the film distribution process extremely hassle-free. An agent might charge you based on a contract, or might take a cut for every deal he cracks, but it’s worth every penny!



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X-Force #5 (Comic): Editor’s Choice

Deadly Choices Carry Dark Consequences! First, Domino and Forge have to pick up the pieces as the team faces a major setback!

  • Writer: Ben Percy
  • Artist: Joshua Cassara
  • Colorist(s): Dean White & Rachelle Rosenberg
  • Letterer: Joe Caramagna
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics

Summary: First, Domino and Forge have to pick up the pieces as the team faces a major setback! Then, Beast takes matters into his own hands when a piece of new technology threatens the safety of the nation. With two members of the X-Force team down, it’s up to Domino to pick up the pieces and deal with the mercenary problem but will her anger at what was done to her recently prevent her from assisting Beast’s intelligence unit and could she end up breaking a major law of Krakoa?

A+

REVIEW

Joshua Cassara delivers some beautiful, intense and dramatically detailed art in this issue. The characters look amazing and the action is both intense and brutal. We like the visceral nature of the art and how it frames the characters. The creative team on this book continues to find the perfect balance of action, emotion, and humor that have characterized this series so far making it a reader favorite and X-Force issue five is no exception. Highly, highly recommended!

PREVIEW

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Nicole Scherzinger Says Only Snack at Certain Times of the Day

Mindful snacking at specific times of day can not only curb hunger pangs but can help as an afternoon pick-me-up.

As most busy, on-the- go celebrities will know, there is an optimal time for snacking. The best time to grab an afternoon protein snack is between 3 and 4 p.m. Eating protein at this time of day will boost your metabolism and lower your blood sugar at the same time.

Former Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger snacks on healthy fruit in the afternoon.

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Marketing Your Project is Everything

Marketing is such a huge element of his job that Mansfield refers to Monterey Media as a marketing company that is also an independent film distributor. “It’s not about getting the film on Amazon Instant Video,” he says. “It’s about getting people to watch the film on Amazon Instant Video.”

For Candelaria and Gravitas, that marketing process begins as soon as the film is acquired. First they decide on a release date, and then, together with the filmmakers, work backward from that date, creating assets (the poster, the trailer) and determining how they can be best used to promote the film.

“That’s a strategic conversation we have with the filmmakers and the production teams all along the way. Everybody’s comfortable with how it works,” says Candelaria. “That process can be six months. It can be four weeks, depending on when the acquisition occurs.”



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Just Mercy (Movie): Editor’s Choice

Summary: After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian, who is sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite evidence proving his innocence. In the years that follow, Stevenson encounters racism and legal and political maneuverings as he tirelessly fights for McMillian’s life.

Starring: Andrene Ward-Hammond, Brie Larson, Claire Bronson, Damon Vance, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Drew Scheid, Jamie Foxx, Kirk Bovill, Michael B. Jordan, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Rafe Spall, Rhoda Griffis, Rob Morgan, Steve Coulter, Tim Blake Nelson

Director: Destin Cretton

Genre(s): Drama

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 136 min

B+

REVIEW

A cultural phenomenon, Just Mercy is an astute depiction of racism. By virtue of its proper pacing, raw emotion, and stellar performances among Jordan, Foxx, and Larson, the film is a hard-hitting home run whose pure genius makes its digestion difficult yet necessary. The well-written script further aggrandizes the film’s overall sentiment, which will leave audiences spellbound when leaving the cinemas. 

PREVIEW

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Zooey Deschanel says “Budget Your Life”

When “New Girl” actress Zooey Deschanel divorced her husband Ben Gibbard after two years of marriage in 2012, court documents revealed the star’s thrifty spending habits. Here’s a breakdown of her monthly budget:

  • Telephone, cell phone and email — $300
  • Dining out — $500
  • Laundry — $600
  • Utilities — $800
  • Groceries and household supplies — $1,000
  • Clothes — $2,000
  • Charity — $1,500

Not bad for one of Hollywood’s top TV actresses. Of course, she could cut some of her clothing budget, but we’ll let her slide. By the way, Deschanel has three credit cards — with no balance. Sounds like she knows how to budget.



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First-Look Film Deal Tip

In a “first-look” deal, a movie studio, network, TV studio or production company may contract with an independent producer to get first dibs on the producer’s next projects. The first-look agreement gives the studio the first opportunity to become involved, or the right of first refusal to produce, finance and/or distribute any projects the producer develops. This provides the producer with a committed source of financing for the producer’s next film. If the studio rejects a project, the agreement usually provides that the producer is free to take the project elsewhere.

First-look deals are usually reserved for proven talent.



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Cirque du Soleil Luzia (Live Shows): Editor’s Choice

Summary: Luzia is a Cirque du Soleil show inspired by the richness of the Mexican culture. The name Luzia fuses the sound of luz and lluvia, two elements at the core of the show’s creation.

Conception & Director: Daniele Finzi Pasca

Genre: Contemporary circus

Playwrights: Daniele Finzi Pasca, Julie Hamelin

A+

REVIEW

Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA takes audiences on a surreal journey with mind-blowing performances ranging from breathtaking acrobatics, cyr wheel artists (never heard of this before this performance. And of course all of these performances are accompanied by absolutely mesmerizing music. We can’t urge readers enough to check this show out. We are already planning on seeing it again. It’s a magical evening best shared with friends, family – or that special someone. You’ll leave with a smile on your face.

PREVIEW

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Melissa Joan Hart’s Fitness Tip…”Work Out Together”

We loved Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina the Teenage Witch, but she didn’t love her extra weight that piled up over the years. So she partnered with Nutrisystem to take some control over her weight and dropped 40 pounds. She gives props to her husband, Mark Wilkerson, for making exercise fun and something that she didn’t want to stop. The couple spends about one hour, three days a week on weight training and Hart also does cardio and spinning classes. “The best part is that when we work out together, we just want to keep going so sometimes we end up working out for hours at a time,” Hart told E! News.

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The Risk of Film Distribution Pre-sales

Pre-sale as a strategy to finance movies is risky business – to the producer on the one hand, and the distributor on the other (in particular, for independent foreign distributors who are worried about losing money). While pre-sale serves to reduce the risk of loss for the producer, it reduces the potential for future income. Meanwhile, a distributor only receives its money back or make a profit if the film is successful.

Independent films that are not of high quality content have a very hard time in the international marketplace, and having acclaimed actors attached to a bad film does not necessarily guarantee a film’s box office or VOD success. It really comes down to making a good movie. Thanks to social media, if a movie isn’t good, people find out quickly and lose interest. No one is going to watch a bad movie because it has a star actor in it. In addition, piracy, which is rampant in some countries, is making pre-sales buyers reluctant to bid for films without a clear audience. If the distributor can’t determine who that core audience is, they’re probably not going to get involved with the project. 

Since a distributor is bearing the complete risk of loss, the price the distributor will be willing to pay to acquire the film at the script stage will be much less than if the film is completed (when the distributor can better evaluate the potential success of the film). However, if the film is completed and gets raving reviews, a distributor will be willing to pay much more money for it, since there will usually be competition and a bidding war among territorial distributors who are gambling on the fact that the film will be profitable when released and that the premium price they pay to get in early on the process will pay off.

If the film turns out to be a failure, having already essentially cashed out, this is no longer the producer’s problem. But with films that have gone to achieve breakout success, producers have found themselves shortchanged. If the film is a hit, the producer would be far better off if it were financed without pre-sales.

In most cases, no matter how well a film performs in a given territory, the only money the producer will get is the minimum guarantee. From the revenues of the film, the distributor recoups the payment of the minimum guarantee and deducts any P&A costs. The distributor also deducts a distribution fee, calculated as a percentage of box office revenues. The size of the distribution fee generally increases with the amount of the minimum guarantee, since the distributor’s risk of not recouping the advance is greater. The distributor will usually recoup all those costs before the filmmaker can see any overages, despite the movie reporting high grosses at the box office.

Before a film is produced, it is difficult to guess how it will perform in the market, no matter how good the script and execution or how attractively it is packaged and marketed. The arrival of better predictive tools, such as at Slated, may help solve this by providing both sides of the negotiating table with a more reliable yardstick by which they can value film rights at the script stage.

But how does a sales agent apply statistical (comp) data to an esoteric, unique project that a first-time filmmaker is trying to make with no names attached? It is hard. First-time filmmakers will usually find it difficult to finance their films through pre-sales. With no track record of successful films to their credit, a first-time filmmaker may not be able to persuade a distributor that he knows how to pull all the right elements together and make a good movie. Of course, if the other elements are strong, such as the story, acclaimed screenwriter and star actors, the distributor may be persuaded to take the risk.



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Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Game): Editor’s Choice

Summary: Luigi’s Mansion 3 is an action-adventure game developed by Next Level Games and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. It is the sequel to Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and the third installment in the Luigi’s Mansion series

Developer: Next Level Games, Nintendo

Genre(s): Action Adventure, General

Number of Players: Up to 8

Cheats: On GameFAQs

Rating: E

A+

PREVIEW

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