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Great Places for Kids to Experience Art

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

In recent years society has placed a great deal of focus on the value of art and art education. Parents who want to expose their children to art related activities can use this trend to their advantage. The number of places that offer artistic performances and exhibits are growing each year. Community events that focus on the arts are also often geared toward family fun and enjoyment. Many places that were previously considered more adult oriented like museums are beginning to plan events with children in mind. There are also many ways to experience art at little or no cost for those on a budget.

Finding free local concerts that are kid oriented can be as easy as picking up a local news publication. Most newspapers have an entertainment section with listings of all the local concerts and festivals. Some communities even offer free outdoor concerts during the warmer months. Music is a great way to expose children to art and other cultures and festivals can be fun for the whole family. These events sometimes offer more than just music and will feature things like face painting and craft booths. Checking out the local theatre is another option for parents looking for art related activities. There are many plays that are enjoyable for children. Going to the theatre is a good way for kids to learn about different aspects of art that are outside of the realm of visual arts. A good rule of thumb when planning trips to the theater is to take the age of the child into consideration. The theatre may not be the best place for a child who has a hard time sitting still or is still too young to understand the theme of a play.

Another great place to go is the local museum. Many museums offer exhibits that are child friendly and some have classes and workshops created especially for children. The museum is also a great place for older children to develop art appreciation and learn about the different types of visual art. Many museums also offer discounted entry fees for children and students. Some museums even offer days that have free entry for promotional purposes. Checking the entertainment section of the local newspaper or looking online is great way to find out about promotional events.

School is another place where children can learn about the arts. Many schools offer extra curricular art programs for students. More progressive schools may have art classes integrated into the general curriculum. Schools that do not offer art programs will at least have access to information about different youth groups in the area. Check into organizations that promote art related activities for children. There are a great deal of youth groups that have very low membership costs.

Bringing art into the home can be simple and low cost as well. Setting aside a couple of hours each week for art related projects is a good start. Making collages, playing with sidewalk chalk and coloring are all low cost ways to bring art into the home. Parents with more resources can arrange private art or music lessons for their kids. There are many places a parent can go to bring art into the life of their child. Using the resources available such as the Internet, schools and information in local publications is the first step in this direction.

Top Entertainment Magazines

Photos of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's baby were sold to People magazine for $4.1 million recently. Yes. You read that correctly, $4.1 million. What is our fascination with celebrity? Is it the larger than life movie stars? Is it the glamorous lives they lead? How is it people can name every character from Grey's Anatomy but come up empty when asked to name their state senators?

It's because we are obsessed with celebrity. We need entertainment scoop and there isn't a shortage in finding it. The E! Network dedicates itself to nothing but entertainment. Searches result in countless pages on your inquired subject. There certainly isn't a shortage of magazines on it either. Supermarket stands sell them. Bookstores sell them. You can also subscribe to these magazines online. Websites such as Mags For Less offer a variety of entertainment magazines to choose from.

Here is a partial list and brief description of the top selling entertainment magazine subscriptions in the U.S.:

  • People Magazine - A weekly magazine focusing on celebrity and human interest stories. People Magazine is best known for its yearly special issue which names its "50 Most Beautiful People" and the "The Best and Worst Dressed" of the year. The magazine chooses to cover stories about the people who are causing the news and who are caught up in it, or deserve to be in it. Their mantra is to cover people and not issues.
  • Entertainment Weekly - Entertainment Weekly's primary concentration is on entertainment media, targeting a more general audience, particularly young people and women. The magazine features celebrities on the cover and addresses topics such as TV ratings, movie grosses, production costs, concert ticket sales, ad budgets, and in-depth articles about scheduling, producers, etc.
  • Premiere - Premiere Magazine is for the people out there who REALLY love movies. The magazine covers everything you want to know about movie watching and movie making. Some of the features include interviews, profiles, and behind the scene looks at soon to be released movies.
  • National Enquirer - Find out what's going on the lives of the big starts and other Hollywood celebrities. Inquiring minds want to know. The National Enquirer prints all the gossip you can't get from your typical newspaper.
  • Star Magazine - Every week Star Magazine covers the latest celebrity news from Hollywood to Buckingham Palace. Weekly features include horoscopes, puzzles, advice, and the latest celebrity fashion trends.
  • Rolling Stone - Rolling Stone is THE music magazine of music magazines. It features cutting edge music reviews, in-depth interviews, provocative photos, and award-winning features. The magazine also covers political and social examinations of the world today and how these issues affect the reader.
  • Vanity Fair -Vanity Fair focuses of literature, art, fashion, politics, and personality. It's devoted to readers who are interested in contemporary society and culture. Features include photo essays and interviews with leaders in the entertainment industry with book, film, and music reviews.
  • US Weekly - Gives a revealing insider's look at all the trends and personalities important to the entertainment

As you can see, entertainment magazines are in no shortage. From the latest scoop on Tom Cruise to a behind the scenes feature on Peter Jackson's new movie, your appetite for celebrity can be quenched in the magazine of your choice.

5 Crazy Entertainment Applications for Your iPhone

Apple's iPhone can always keep you entertained. There are plenty of applications in AppStore's entertainment category that can get you out of absolute boredom and can keep your mood up and running. Further, after Apple has finally raised the curtains from iPhone 5, this category is going to get heaped up with apps as people would be inclined to get more and more of them. In the meanwhile, if you're looking for some quirky apps that will keep the fun and amusement on for you, then here are five of them.

FaceGoo Lite If you love to make faces, then FaceGoo Lite is just your kind of application. In this app, you can pinch, stretch and twist your photos and make it as crazy and funny as possible. You can make your friends look silly, or you can contort the faces of your foes to make them look fat and idiotic. Upgrade to the full version of the app to save screenshots and upload those crazy funny faces on Facebook. You just need to choose picture from the Photo Library, and use your fingers to twist, punch and push the face.

StumbleUpon! This app is meant for those people who never get tired of exploring and discovering new things, and when it comes to exploring and discovering, then nothing can provide them more fun than this one. With just a tap on the "Stumble!" button, StumbleUpon! Presents you with heaps of photos, videos and interesting web pages on iPhone's touch screen. You can pick from 500 different interests, and it instantly recommends you with pages that have amazing stuffs. Also, your mobile account gets automatically synced with your web account; so now, you can start exploring anytime you want.

Spray Can Spray Can is bliss to all those people who love to show their artistic side in extraordinary ways. Download this app in your iPhone, and join the biggest art community on iOS that has approximately 5 million users. It has an extremely creative and easy-to-use paint mode and an online gallery where users can publish their arts and rate and comment on other users' tags. If your art is good enough, then you can build your own fan base and can become famous.

SimSimi This one came as good news to all those chatter boxes who love to keep themselves entertained with non-stop chatting and gossips. SimSimi is a cute, advanced chatting robot that can make amusing conversation to keep you away from boredom. To initiate the conversation, just start a talk session at the touch screen, and SimSimi instantly greets you. You can even teach new words to SimSimi and grow her vocabulary with your input. At first go, this may seem to be a kid's game, but as you get used to talking to the cute chatting robot, you'll find that it can amuse any person regardless of age.

Ghost Radar®: CLASSIC So, if you love to get entertained with spooky experiences, then Ghost Radar® can help you. This app has been designed to detect paranormal activity, and for this task, it has been equipped with various sensors. However, Ghost Radar® is different from other traditional paranormal equipment because it analyzes the sensors' readings only when it gets interesting patterns. It also has a voice to let you know when it detects interesting words.

All the five applications mentioned above are peculiar, but entertaining. The surprising thing is though AppStore provides users with lots of peculiar apps for fun and enjoyment, the fever of entertainment apps development for iPhone never seems to go. Well, one big reason for this might be that there are lots of people who have got crazier ideas for entertainment apps.

Media & Entertainment Law - Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Data Protection - Public Body

The cases of The British Broadcasting Corporation v Sugar and Another [2007] and R (on the application of) The British Broadcasting Corporation v The Information Tribunal and Others [2007] concerned the Freedom of Information Act 2000 - a number of pieces of legislation should be mentioned to assist in the interpretation of these cases.

The appellant in the case, the British Broadcasting Corporation (“BBC”), asked B to provide advice on the coverage by the BBC of Middle Eastern matters. During 2004, B, who was an experienced journalist, produced an internal written report on the subject. The report was placed for consideration by the journalism board of the BBC. Then, in 2005 a panel was appointed to provide an external independent review of BBC reporting of Middle East affairs. This second report was never published.

The respondent, S, wished to see the second report. He was of the opinion that he was entitled to see it under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the “2000 Act”). He therefore made a written request to the BBC, the response to which was that the report directly impacted on the BBC's reporting of crucial world events and so the 2000 Act did not apply to it. S was dissatisfied with that answer and so subsequently complained to the Information Commissioner.

The commissioner corresponded fairly extensively with S and, separately, with the BBC. In a detailed letter, the commissioner set out his provisional view that the report was held for the purposes of journalism, art or literature, and that in such circumstances the BBC was not deemed a public authority under the 2000 Act in respect of S's request, and was therefore not obliged to release the contents of the report.

S did not wish to submit any further comments to the commissioner, who confirmed his final decision that the report was non-disclosable, and so informed S of his right to seek a judicial review of the decision. S appealed to the Information Tribunal on the grounds of the provisions in s.50 of the 2000 Act. The position of the commissioner and the BBC at the time was as follows:

§ That S had no right of appeal under s.50;

§ The commissioner had not served a decision notice which could be appealed against; and

§ That the tribunal had no jurisdiction to entertain such an appeal.

The tribunal was of the opinion that it did indeed have jurisdiction to hear the appeal. The commissioner discontinued the dispute as regards jurisdiction. The tribunal ruled that it did have jurisdiction to hear S's appeal and so proceeded to hear it. It held that at the time of S's request for a copy of the report, the report was held for purposes other than those of journalism, art or literature.

Subsequently, the BBC appealed on the jurisdiction decision and the journalism decision and, to meet any point that a lack of jurisdiction was asserted, the BBC sought to challenge the decisions of the tribunal by concurrent judicial review proceedings.

S, in due course, issued his own judicial review proceedings challenging the original decision of the commissioner. It was submitted that the tribunal had no jurisdiction to entertain the purported appeal and that S's remedy had laid in seeking judicial review of the commissioner's original decision. In addition to this, it was submitted that despite the initial impression one otherwise could get from s.3(1) and Schedule 1 of the 2000 Act, s.7(1) showed that it was concerned with the application of Parts I to V to information, rather than purporting to define the circumstances in which a body was or was not to be treated as a 'public authority'.

§ Section 3 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides, so far as is material:

(1) In this Act "public authority" means:

(a) subject to section 4(4), any body which, any other person who, or the holder of any office which:

(i) is listed in Schedule 1, or

(ii) is designated by order under section 5, or

(b) a publicly-owned company as defined by section 6.

(2) For the purposes of this Act, information is held by a public authority if:

(a) it is held by the authority, otherwise than on behalf of another person, or

(b) it is held by another person on behalf of the authority.

§ Section 7 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides, so far as is material:

(1) Where a public authority is listed in Schedule 1 only in relation to information of a specified description, nothing in Parts I to V of this Act applies to any other information held by the authority.

(2) An order under section 4(1) may, in adding an entry to Schedule 1, list the public authority only in relation to information of a specified description.

§ Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides, so far as is material:

(1) Any person (“the Complainant”) may apply to the Commissioner for a decision whether, in any specified respect, a request for information made by the complainant to a public authority has been dealt with in accordance with the requirements of Part I.

(2) On receiving an application under this section, the Commissioner shall make a decision unless it appears to him:

(a) that the complainant has not exhausted any complaints procedure which is provided by the public authority in conformity with the code of practice under section 45,

(b) that there has been undue delay in making the application,

(c) that the application is frivolous or vexatious, or

(d) that the application has been withdrawn or abandoned.

(3) Where the Commissioner has received an application under this section, he shall either:

(a) notify the complainant that he has not made any decision under this section as a result of the application and of his grounds for not doing so, or

(b) serve notice of his decision (“Decision Notice”) on the complainant and the public authority.

§ Section 57 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides, so far as is material:

(1) Where a decision notice has been served, the complainant or the public authority may appeal to the Tribunal against the notice.

(2) A public authority on which an information notice or an enforcement notice has been served by the Commissioner may appeal to the Tribunal against the notice.

(3) In relation to a decision notice or enforcement notice which relates:

(a) to information to which section 66 applies, and

(b) to a matter which by virtue of subsection (3) or (4) of that section falls to be determined by the responsible authority instead of the appropriate records authority, subsections (1) and (2) shall have effect as if the reference to the public authority were a reference to the public authority or the responsible authority.

In Schedule 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 a list of public bodies can be found. Most of those listed in Part VI of Schedule 1 are designated by name, however a few are not, and one such body is the BBC. The BBC's entry in Part VI of Schedule 1 reads:

‘The British Broadcasting Corporation, in respect of information held for purposes other than those of journalism, art or literature'.

The appeal was allowed for the following reasons:

§ With regard to the requirements of Parts I to V of the 2000 Act, the BBC was deemed a public authority only in respect of information that it held otherwise than for purposes of journalism, art or literature. The applicable sections of the 2000 Act, in particular s.3(1) and s.7(1), taken with Schedule 1 were different. Those sections specify which bodies have to be treated as public authorities in respect of certain types of information. The sections do not state that the BBC was a public authority for all purposes under the 2000 Act in relation to all information held by them.

§ The structure of the 2000 Act is such as to preclude certain decisions of the commissioner from appeal to the tribunal. It could be discerned from the language and structure of the 2000 Act that any intent to appeal lay with the tribunal where it had been decided by the commissioner whether or not the requirements of Part I had been complied with by a public authority and where a decision notice had been served. If the commissioner had decided that the circumstances under s.7(1) to the 2000 Act subsisted, then there would be no decision notice under s.50(3)(b) which the commissioner could serve. As a consequence of this there could be nothing which could be appealed to the tribunal. The remedy was by way of proceedings for judicial review. By looking at the words of s.3, s.7 and Schedule 1 of the 2000 Act, the tribunal had no jurisdiction to entertain the appeal.

§ Whether a piece of information had been or had not been 'held for purposes other than journalism' ultimately involved a matter of judgment on the part of the commissioner by reference to the circumstances of each particular case. The re-affirmation of his decision had not been challengeable by way of judicial review. It was held that journalism extended to activity as well as product, and it extended to the process of collecting, analysing, editing and communicating news. The decision of the commissioner would have had the effect of establishing whether or not there had been jurisdiction to determine substantively on S's complaint and to therefore serve a decision notice.

In this case, it was held that the final decisions of the commissioner had not been challengeable by way of judicial review. The decision of the commissioner had been lawful, rational, and properly open to him. The decisions had simply been the commissioner restating and justifying, in the context of the appeal to the tribunal, the position that the he had earlier adopted in his decision letter. As a result, S's claim for judicial review failed and was subsequently dismissed.

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© RT COOPERS, 2007. This Briefing Note does not provide a comprehensive or complete statement of the law relating to the issues discussed nor does it constitute legal advice. It is intended only to highlight general issues. Specialist legal advice should always be sought in relation to particular circumstances.

MMA Wealth - How Anyone Can Cash in on the Mixed Martial Arts Craze

Mixed Martial Arts, hands down is one of the fastest growing sports in history. Thanks to the technology of the internet, satellite TV and the slow demise of boxing, MMA has grown quicker than any sport. This sport has grown from a barbaric back alley style of fighting to a scientific and sharp, disciplined form of sports and entertainment.

Many politicians who tried to get the sport banned twenty years ago attend events in Las Vegas and other major venues. Since the sport has gone global and strengthened the rules, more people continue to flock to MMA events. Many fights are reminiscent of a Hollywood premier, with major celebrities, rock stars and a whose who of the entertainment world

Other than the fact the sport continues to grow despite the economic downturn there's still more good news about this fast growing craze. The sport is still in it's infancy. That's especially good news if you're looking for untapped ground-floor opportunities.

Imagine for a second if you started marketing before the NFL grew in popularity. Or think of the money you'd have now if you started marketing before the NBA blew up. How wealthy do you think you'd be now if you started marketing on the ground floor of Major League baseball or the PGA when they first started out? Are you getting the picture yet? If not take your pulse, because that's where Mixed Marital Arts is today - but even better. But don't take my word for it, do a simple search and you'll see how popular it is and how fast it's growing with no end in sight.

But what's even better news is you don't have to get hit, punched or kicked to make big money from MMA.

In fact, did you know more money is made from this sport in marketing and merchandising than fighting. Yes, almost 10 times as much, according to the MMA Association. Growing legions of rabid fans are devouring everything in sight, from t-shirts, videos, training manuals, e-books even hip hop videos, you name it.

Thanks to Mixed Martial Arts, many fighters have gone from virtual unknowns to household names overnight. Because of popular T.V shows like the Ultimate Fighter television reality series, the sport has taken off even faster. Fighters are no longer seen as barbaric, but as toned and conditioned athletes looking for a way to feed their families by excelling in the sport. The MMA has done an excellent job of reinventing itself and repackaging it's image, a text-book example for any company or industry to make note of.

What started as a passing fad in the minds of passive onlookers, Mixed Martial Arts continues to position itself for the long hall. The sport continues to gain momentum globally and seems have taken on a virus-like life of it's own. Those alert people who take the time to get their marketing foot in the door will have a bright financial future. This sport shines as one of the few recession proof businesses. This means many fortunes wait for discovery - if you get involved with the Mixed Martial Arts craze now. The key is finding your niche market.

The Best Entertainment News and Releases of 2010

2010 marked the end of the first decade of the 21st Century and brought with it some of the great entertainment news and releases.

Amongst the best from the music world was the news early on in the year that Hot Chip were releasing their eagerly awaited 4th album, One Life Stand. With a raft of good album reviews, it cemented their place at the heart of British alternative electro. The year also saw The Libertines reform for a reportedly lucrative performance at the Reading and Leeds festivals alongside Canadian legends Arcade Fire. The Strokes returned to form at The Isle of White festival with Paul McCartney, Indie Tracks grew a little bit bigger and a big push was put together to save the 100 Club.

In terms of album reviews, The Coral's Butterfly House was also a high scorer alongside the likes of Arcade Fire with Suburbs, Vampire Weekend's Contra and Broken Bells. However, it was MGMT's Congratulations that made the year great.

Film news included the planned reboot of the Spider-Man series, bringing a new twist on the storyline and a whole new cast. It was also announced that the long awaited Transformers 3 was going into production and that the title for the film was Dark Side of the Moon. There were also rumours that an Alan Partridge movie was back on the cards, but rumours like this have been circulating for a while.

The big film releases for the year were Kick-Ass, Toy Story 3 and Avatar, which proposed to take movie entertainment to a whole new level by reintroducing 3D popularity to cinema viewing.

Documentary follow up to Wonders of the Solar System, Wonders of the Universe, was the big TV news, as well as the release of the Alan Partidge Fosters Shorts online instead of on the television. 2010 also saw the return of Miranda to the BBC, as well as a short Sherlock series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, and a whole new Dr Who series with Matt Smith taking the lead role of The Doctor.

The big entertainment news in the gaming world in 2010 was the launch of Sony and Microsoft equivalents to the Nintendo Wii controllers. The Xbox Kinect and the PlayStation Move made it possible to play PS3 & Xbox 360 games with motion sensitivity controls. 2010 also saw the release of the groundbreaking Back to the Future computer game, which was released in monthly installments.

At the theatres, there was a raft of great shows that began in 2010, including Frankenstein at the National Theatre, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Bedlam, by Nell Leyshon, made history by becoming the first play written by a women to be performed at The Globe Theatre.

Finally, the art world provided some great additions to entertainment news, including Gabriel Orozco's exciting exhibition at the Tate Modern, Philippe Parreno's work at the Serpentine Gallery and the introduction of stunningly crafted elephants to the streets of London. If that wasn't enough, there was also controversy as the 2009 Wildlife Photographer of the Year winner was disqualified at the beginning of the year.

3D Street Art Is an Advertising Man's Dream

3D Street Art has been around since the 16th century. Originally created by Italian Renaissance Madonarro's and Trompe l'eil painters from France, it has continued to be highly popular and it's magic has been captured by Wiley Admen in the twenty first century.

3D Street Art creates a 3D effect from a 2D picture when viewed through the lens of a camera. It's an exceptionally difficult type of art and only perfected today by a handful of artists including Julian Beever, Edgar Muller and the team of artists at Street Advertising Services in the UK. It's created by painting an object close to the lens compact and squashed and and objects far away are painted in a stretched out way, the effect is a trick on the eye and a mind blowing illusion of 3D depth. Over the last few years Ad Agencies have turned to the 3D pavement artists to create highly effective advertising and PR campaigns.

So how does it work and why is it so effective?

3D Street Art in Advertising works so brilliantly in two words: entertain and inform. Isn't that what the best adverts do? Entertain and inform and that's what 3D pavement art is so good at. When a consumer sees a piece of 3D street art, they recognise the image and shape etc of the content but it's only when they are advised to look through the lens of their mobile phone camera that the magic happens. There is always an 'aha' moment that the picture jumps into 3d in their eyes, which is what makes it so entertaining. The next stage in the process is the consumer asking, 'how does it work and what's this for?'. That's the opportunity for brand ambassadors to explain the 3d process and inform them of the brand's message.

OK so 3D street art works great in an experiential campaign or live event, what are the other benefits?

Not only is the consumer entertained and informed by the artwork, the next step is to interact with the picture. Encouraged by the artist and brand ambassadors, they walk on to the picture and have their photo taken with it. The photo is taken on the consumer's mobile phone and the photo is then uploaded to Facebook, Twitter and Flickr to show their friends and family. The result? Start of a viral campaign.

Are there any other ways 3D Street Art works for a brand?

Probably the biggest benefit of using 3D in your advertising or PR campaign is free media coverage. Because the pictures work so well in photographs, press exposure is almost expected.

Street Advertising Services 3D street art campaigns have been featured in all the national newspapers in the UK as well as regionals and also TV exposure on programs such as BBC news, Sky News and Blue Peter! They have some excellent case studies on how 3d street art can be used effectively in your next campaign.

Entertainment Publicity and Integrated Market Jobs On The Rise

Public Relations and Internet Marketing jobs are on the rise. It is a consumer revolution, where people get their news, information on demand, when ever and where ever they want it via social websites such as Facebook, MySpace or elsewhere Online.

The entertainment and advertising agencies are realizing there are billions of dollars to be had on the Internet. Broadcast news has made the switch, but not without challenges, and now the Writers Guild and TV and movie industry, and even high tech customers are switching to PR.

Each year I speak to the fall 2007 UCLA Entertainment Publicity class, Tuesday, October 23 at 8:00, Geology Building, room 3656. The class is endorsed by EPPS, the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 66 and it is taught by one of Hollywood's famed Entertainment Publicists Julian Myers. I highly recommend it for anyone seeking to go into this business.

The course provides a practical approach to the current world of entertainment public relations with the latest guidance and blog-site opportunities from leaders in these areas. I usually present state-of-the-art PR techniques that have earned MAYO Communications "Best Media Placement", Best Education Campaign" and "Best Online Tactics" from Public Relations Society of America, LA Chapter. I will specifically reveal trade secrets, how to prepare for what I describe as a "sometimes cutthroat" business, and "dog-eat-dog" world. I'm amongst a list of Hollywood's 30 top entertainment publicity pros schedule to speak to the UCLA class this year, which makes this class even more valuable. There is nothing like hearing great advice from the president of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to entertainment publicity pros who have been practicing for four or more decades.

At every university campus the best advice I leave students with: if they major in Information Technology they'll become a millionaire overnight, if they minor in it, they'll become rich in five years. Just about everything from broadcast news to "how to find or do whatever" is discovered Online. The news media has finally caught up with technology, but now consumers are sometimes even more knowledgeable, and expect more from information resources. There are more than 2,000 widgets Online, or what I describe as your life on a desktop, where you can obtain info on just about anything your heart desires thanks to Google.

In addition to the challenges of technology, budding entertainment PR and marketing pros are soon discovering that after they enter college they need a wider skill set. I recommend to anyone majoring public relations or marketing to also take business, photography, computer science and especially creative writing classes. It just makes you that much more valuable, and you can fit into more jobs available. There are lots of new media jobs today. The career opportunities and resources are endless. Only 10 years ago when students applied for jobs they had to request company information ahead of time. Now, students can surf the employer's website and read everything from annual reports to the mission and goals of the corporation. Sometimes they know more about the company than the person interviewing them.

I also recommend networking and finding a mentor before students graduate. When you graduate, you should decide where you want to live, take an entry level job in that city and just move there. Check in with your mentor as you make your moves up the career ladder, and listen to what they say, because your mentor can save you the heartache of making same mistakes we did.

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Mc Quade also writes a monthly column as the West Coast Bureau Chief of O'Dwyer PR News,, NY.

Entertainment News and the Critic

Entertainment news publications and online editions have sections written by critics. These could be movie reviews for a film that has released at a theater near you. It could also be the music reviews for an album that is slowly climbing up the charts. Critics have been panned by artists for centuries. Many artists relegate critics to the sidelines with the strong belief that they have taken up criticism only because they have not been able to create art themselves. But that opinion is not free from fallacy. Critics do their job and that job has a purpose.

The primary job of the critic is to inculcate good taste among audiences and viewers. Entertainment news portals are their media. Because a large chunk of the people read these entertainment news sites, the critics can reach out to more people with their views and opinion about things. The movie reviews that they write tell the audience what they can expect from the movie. They tell you if the movie ticket is worth your money or not. I'm not saying that you accept their opinion as gospel truth, but when learned critics say something, they must have some reason for doing so.

In the field of music, critics have a special to play as well. Music reviews inform and educate listeners about the trends of modern music. Being a connoisseur in music and performing arts, the critic manages to pack in his knowledge about music when he writes music reviews. The opinion of the critic is important for music reviews because the critic is well-aware of the different genres of music, be it Eastern, Western, jazz, blues or reggae. The critic pours out his knowledge on the entertainment news pages. Readers of these columns can only benefit from the learned wisdom of the critic.

Critics hold a lot of sway over the business aspect of the entertainment industry. Viewers go to the theaters mainly on what the opinion of the movie reviews is. They generally tend to head to the theaters with a pre-conceived idea formed by the reading of the critic's opinion. The same happens in case of music reviews. Sales of albums feel the effect of a critic's analysis, and if the critic happens to be someone of repute or from a respected publication, the impact is deeper. Music reviews are also important links in understanding the flow and direction modern music is taking.

Having said all these, I'm not saying that the critic is always right in his assessment. There are numerous examples of movies trashed by critics in the movie reviews but they have gone on to become blockbusters. Some, which the critics hailed as cinematic masterpieces, didn't find an audience. The viewer or the listener, in case of music reviews, is the ultimate judge. Critics writing for entertainment news publications can only claim to be guides. They point out certain aspects and the viewer has to decide if he agrees with the sensibilities of the critic in those aspects.

The Millionaire Dream' Series "Good News" Chapter Three

Those of us that were old enough to watch black and white television between 1955 and 1960 watched 'The Millionaire.' CBS had a real winner! Every week, the-never-seen-on-camera, fabulously wealthy, John Beresford Tipton would dispatch his Executive Secretary, Michael Anthony, to give away one million dollars, tax free to someone that he had never met.

In Chapter one of 'The Millionaire Dream' Series (published into HOME::Arts-and-Entertainment) section of EzineArticles, I recounted how, in a very strange dream, I was taken to heaven. At the invitation of two who had formerly been the stars of 'The Millionaire,' 'The Master' allowed Michael Anthony and John Beresford Tipton to discuss many things with me.

(NASB) Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

(NASB) 1 Peter 4:11 Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Dear reader, you might consider reading 'The Millionaire Dream 'Introduction' Chapters One and Two in order to be up to speed, before continuing to read this article, if you have not yet done so. As it is not possible to post a link here, you can search on this article bank site by name of the article and/or by author's name, Rascal Miles. 'The Millionaire Dream' articles are posted on my website also.

After some exciting Chapter Two news for me, including information about the existence of a big brother, Randall, that I didn't know that I had, John, who had insisted that I call him by his first name, pressed on:

"Well Rascal, Michael and I have been observing you, more recently since you've answered 'The Lord's Call' to become 'An Apostle.' You are causing quite a stir down on Planet Earth. Your accepting 'Our Lord's Provision' to receive your healing, rather than endure the continued curse of MS (Multiple Sclerosis), was met with mixed feelings by many people with illness, and by other MSers too. You've a pretty mature grasp of scripture for a guy who was born deaf by design and has never been through the formal seminaries."

"I call many of those church cemeteries, Rascal. Thank God you were kept away," Michael Anthony chuckled. Those teach failed faith and fear religion, as you know." Both of my 'Gone-before-guides' stopped saying anything and looked at me as if expecting me to say something.

"I guess what surprises me most is that so many traditional churches deny the infallibility of God's Holy word," I said. Take 3rd John 1:2 for example, '(KJV) 3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.' How can teachers misunderstand what this so clearly says?"

John answered. Imagine if my namesake, John the Apostle, had said, "I wish most of all that you to be broke and sick, even as your real-heart gets more poor."

"The 'Prosperity Good News' that you are expounding, Rascal, is what John and I say is, 'Hard for ordinary people to believe. Realtors, insurance agents, and those who have enjoyed success with MLM get it. Yet those who have suffered a loss, or have a fearful friend who did, are themselves afraid'. 'Making a fortune selling website domains must be to good to be true,' or so their lying logical minds assure them."

"I often had a difficult time convincing our millionaires to be that the money was really for them," Michael Anthony continued, with a perplexed expression. "But not as much trouble as you have had. It is as though so many of your present day, earth-bound souls can't remember that Jesus said, '(KJV) John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.'

"Perhaps, Michael, the people who most need the prosperity don't want to pay their taxes in Rascal's world? We gave our people their million dollars tax free."

"Only Oprah Winfrey could afford to do that today, John. The taxes now are 'Sky-High,' as out of their world as are we. Maybe, the taxes are even higher?"

"Oprah has been doing some fine things to help people with much of her earnings also Rascal. You might consider being a guest on her television show," John suggested.

I'd love to be one of Oprah's guests, John. It would take 'An Act Of God' to make that happen, however. Her guests are by invitation only."

Perhaps, Michael Anthony will ask an angel to whisper in the ear of someone who knows Oprah?

"Gosh, that would be great!" Enthused by the idea, I agreed. "That would be really working behind the scenes."

"Speaking of television, gentleman," Regis Philbin was doing a quiz show called 'Who wants To Be a Millionaire.' The contestants had to be pretty smart to win however. Not at all like 'The Millionaire' show million dollar recipients that you two had. Your millionaires only had to have problems.

(To be continued in "The Millionaire Dream' Series Chapter Four)

Hosting Your Entertainment Website

People go online to get information nowadays; it is easy and fast. No matter if it is something to with sports, arts, news, travel or anything else, people just need to key in the words in the search engine and wait. It is the same with entertainment. There is an increase of hype with entertainment websites on the internet today. However, making a website related to this industry is not easy as you will need to tackle a lot of problems. The good thing is that many others have made the same mistakes before. So by looking at what they did wrong, you can avoid repeating it. This article will reveal a few tips to help you out.

The most important part of an entertainment website is the web design. Designing a website is not easy and if you do not have the talent, don't force it. It is the most important thing to have a successful website for this purpose. Having a so-so website is not going to make the cut because you will only be able to attract amateurs to your website. You will not be able to attract an endless stream of visitors if your site is not exciting and attracting. So, do use the tools that your hosting company provide to you. You can use professional blogging software or a website builder tool to create your site. These tools often come free with your hosting package.

However, one thing that you must make sure is that you website stays fast even though it is filled with a lot of graphics. Surfing speed is very important to determine how well your website performs against your competitors. Do not use graphics from other sources, keep it original to show that you are genuine and unique. On the other hand, you must keep a balance with your graphics because not every visitor that goes to your website is using a high speed internet broadband. Some might still be using a dial up line service.

In order to be easily found by internet users, you must build your website to be SEO friendly. Use popular keywords and phrases. Do a research on the statistics online and do not set your keywords based on your feel or instinct. Perform marketing campaigns with pay-per-click advertising. Many providers are offering $50-100 credit with the packages that they offer. So, make sure you make good use of it.

Be sure to have enough resources prepared as you will want to have countless visitors coming to your site. You won't want to have your website down due to insufficient bandwidth. So, select the right hosting service to prevent anything to go wrong.

Caring For Vintage Retro Art Posters

Vintage retro art posters continue to be popular items for collectors or casual art lovers. These art posters originally were created to inform the public about news, entertainment or to advertise products. Prices for these posters vary greatly depending on who the artist is, the condition and the rarity of the vintage poster. Popular posters for collectors include travel posters, retro advertising posters, Chinese propaganda posters and theatrical posters.

Of course you don't need to be a serious collector to enjoy vintage retro art posters. These art posters are visually appealing to most

people and are a great way of adding character and uniqueness to today's homes. They shouldn't be displayed only in art galleries and since they're available in many price ranges, there's no need to. So enjoy finding and owning art posters. In order to ensure you preserve and enjoy your posters for many years to come, you'll want to follow a few guidelines.

* When you do purchase a vintage retro art poster do consider having it professionally framed. These posters require special attention to framing in order to ensure preservation.

* Hang your vintage poster away from direct sunlight, as it will fade or change the colors in your print.

* Do not mount an art display light directly over your art poster. Use spotlights placed several feet away from the poster.

* Most collectibles prefer the same environment that people do, that being a space that is neither too cold, too hot, too wet or too dry. Try to avoid exposing your posters to extremes in temperatures.

* If you needed another reason to stop smoking here it is. Cigarette smoke and fireplace smoke will damage most art pieces. For regular dust, cleaning gently with a cloth is okay but never use detergents. Also for heavier dust or dirt accumulation, take your art poster to a profession art restorer.

* Don't forget children and pets. They don't have the same respect for vintage art as we do, so make sure your posters are not easily accessible to them. Heaven forbid Fido decides your vintage Guinness art poster makes a good chew snack.

I hope you enjoy collecting vintage retro art posters and stop buying mass produced, department store prints. Not only will you have a unique, beautiful piece of art but you'll also have a piece of history. Most retro art posters have an interesting background story. I encourage you to investigate the development or history of any posters you own. Enjoy your vintage retro art posters for its visual design and a look back at olden times gone by.

Dish Network Has Entertainment Packages for Everyone

Dish Network has a ton of different features that everyone from the casual television viewer to the full fledged HDTV aficionado will appreciate. Of course Dish Network also has options for everyone in between too.

The full full fledged HDTV aficionado will appreciate Dish Network's selection of High Definition Television entertainment packages. Even the entry level one, the Bronze Package, comes with twenty five High Definition channels, which is more than any of Dish Network's competitors can offer. It also comes with eighty standard definition channels. The Silver level has the same twenty five High Definition channels but adds another one hundred and twenty standard definition ones. The Gold Package adds National Geographic HD and another forty standard definition channels. And the Platinum Package adds Starz HDTV, Showtime HD, and HBO HD for a total of twenty nine High Definition channels and two hundred and forty standard definition ones. With a total of two hundred and sixty nine channels the Platinum Level HDTV entertainment package is Dish Network's largest plan.

The casual television viewer who just wants a few channels in order to stay informed and entertained at a fair price will appreciate Dish Family. Dish Family is Dish Network's economy plan which comes with forty channels including C-SPAN, Angel One, Animal Planet, the Hallmark Movie channels, Discovery Kids, and the Food Network.

Programming options for everyone between these two extremes consists of America's Top Entertainment Packages, which include versions with sixty channels, one hundred and twenty channels, and one hundred and eighty channels. These plans include great channels like TeleFutura, The Movie Channels Extra, seven different Encore movie channel, the Independent Film Channel, the FOX Movie Channel, Turner Classic Movies, CNN, Headline News, CNBC and CNBC World, Comedy Central, a slew of Discovery Channels, The Science Channel, The Learning Channel, National Geographic, Nick at Nite and Nickelodeon, Nick Toons, Toon Disney, The Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, Arts & Entertainment, E! Entertainment, Country Music Television, Great American Country, MTV and MTV2, VH1 and VH1 Classic, all of the shopping channels, TNT, USA Network, TBS, TBN, FX, Fuse, and many more.

If you need more than one hundred and eighty channels, consider America's Everything Pak, which has everything form the America's Top Entertainment Packages listed above plus four movie packages. The movie packages from HBO, Showtime, Starz, and Cinemax include channels like Starz Theater, Starz Cinema, Action Max, HBO Signature, Showtime Beyond, and FLIX.

Dish Network also delivers bilingual programing through Dish Latino Packages. Dish Latino Basic has thirty channels of Spanish language programming including TV Chile, HTV, Univision, TV Azteca, mun2, Telehit, TV Espanola Internacional, De Pelicula Clasico, MTV Espanol, Fox Sports Espanol, and more. Dish Latino Dos adds eighty nine channels in English onto the thirty in Spanish. Latino Max has the same thirty Spanish channels plus one hundred thirty English ones. DishNetwork's Latino Everything Pak has the same programming as Dish Latino Max, but with the addition of the same movie packages that top off America's Everything Pak.

Dish Network also has plenty of additional programming to customize any entertainment package. Dish Network's additional programming includes seasonal sports subscriptions like NHL On the Ice, MLB Extra Innings, NBA League Pass, and ESPN Game Day. Regional sports networks are also a great choice for hard core sports fans. DishNetwork also offers more international programming in nineteen languages including Chinese with Great Wall TV, Armenian, Hebrew, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Korean, Japanese, and Urdu. Local channels can be added to help you keep up with what's going on in your community, and SIRIUS satellite radio is a great choice for talk and music when you're doing something that keeps your eyes off the television screen.

Whatever your entertainment needs are, Dish Network will be their to meet them with it's great programming options.

Girl Fight - Turkish News-Columnist Arman Takes The Gloves Off Against Entertainment Queen Avsar

We mentioned back in May that Turkish beauty and entertainment queen Hülya Avsar has had her detractors. But it wasn't until recently that they began lining up against her in such numbers. And they don't mind playing rough either.

For instance, the well-respected (and usually liberal-minded) female newspaper columnist Ayse Arman led off her anti-Avsar attack in late September saying, "I don't descend to Hülya Avsar's low class!"

That remark came after a series of exchanges between columnist Arman and the loose-lipped entertainer that began when Avsar made the politically charged statement that, "Turks who want to create a separate state should go ahead and do so. Let them live the way they want to live. For example, if Kurds want to establish a Kurdish state... it's similar to Turkey's desire to join the European Union."

When she heard Avsar's remark, Arman riposted, "There are some people in show-business whose mouth-zipper is broken!"

Arman added, "Avsar should stick to what she's good, acting, singing, entertaining -- and being cute. But when it comes to political subjects, especially heavy political issues...then I say, 'Hülya... Keep away, woman!'"

These words naturally upset Ms. Avsar, and she came back with a salvo of her own. "Ayse Arman writes too much about sex in her newspaper column. She's got lovemaking, and such, on the brain. Well, she also practices what she preaches. She enticed the husband of a woman-friend of mine -- and broke up the couple's marriage. If I enter politics, I'll appoint Arman as the 'Minister Responsible for Breaking Up Happy Marriages'."

And in Arman's news-column the next day entitled, "Look At This Nasty Talk" Ms. Arman retorted, "I've learned moral lessons from almost everyone I know -- at one time or another. The one exception is Hülya Avsar...who, with a personal history like hers, has nothing to teach me or anyone else -- in the morals department."

Arman concluded..."I suppose dear readers, that you're expecting me to fire back at Ms. Avsar, aren't you...? Well, I'm afraid I'm going to disappoint...and leave her talking to herself in the gutter where she belongs!"

And it's not just Newspaper Columnists who've been having a field day with Ms. Avsar lately. Her peers in the entertainment-business too are joining ranks against her...

Part 3 -- Hülya Avsar Becomes Gossip-Fodder For TV Talks Shows

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Entertainment in the 19th Century UK

In the aftermath of the collapse of the Spanish, Portuguese, Roman, Chinese and Mughal empires, the 19th Century was typified by the growth in the influence of Britain and the United States on the world stage. Not least of all was their influence on entertainment.

Perhaps the biggest, and longest lasting influence is the massive impact of British writers on the literature world. The 19th Century was a hot bed for classics. Charles Dickens lived and worked throughout the middle period of the 19th Century on classic fiction like Oliver Twist (1937-1939), A Tale of Two Cities (1851) and Great Expectations (1861).

It wasn't just Dickens that was active during the century; Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about Sherlock Holmes for the first time, the Bronte's brought us Jayne Eyre, Agnes Grey and Wuthering Heights and Rudyard Kipling gave us Young Mowgli. There were also sinister twists in Mary Shelly's Frankenstein (1818), Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Grey (1891) and Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886).

In music, it was the European composers that let the way in the wake of the might of Beethoven and Back from the previous century. Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) and Claude Debussy (1862-1918) were prolific composers throughout the latter half of the century. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky produced Swan Lake (1876), The Nutcracker (1892) and the 1812 Overture (1880). Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) developed his operatic masterpieces La Traviata (1853) and Rigoletto (1851). Frediric Francois Chopin (1810-1849) and Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) were also big proponents in establishing the credentials of classical music in the 19th Century.

Famous plays that hit the entertainment news of the time include Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Ernest (1895) and George Bernard Shaw's Candita (1894). Anton Checkov's The Seagull was also written in the 19th Century. It originally led to him renouncing theatre due to the bad reception it provoked in 1896, however, it's revival in 1898 was met with critical acclaim. It's no great surprise that a lot of the great works of theatre originated in the latter years of the 19th Century, as this was the formative years of the Belle poque.

The era also saw the initial development of moving pictures as a form of entertainment. Although, they did not gain real prominence until the early 20th Century, so it's fair to say that the 19th Century was largely untouched by film as a medium for entertainment.

However, what was big throughout the 19th Century was the show. Figures like Buffalo Bill established successful shows that travelled throughout the United States and Europe.

The 19th Century also gave the world an abundance of artists, although, some of them were not recognised until the 20th Century. Vincent Van Gogh, for example, died in relative obscurity, only to be considered one of history's greatest painters posthumously. A similar story can be seen in the works of William Blake. However, there were a great many artists that rose to prominence in the 19th Century, including Paul Czanne, John Constable, Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Auguste Rodin, Joseph Turner and Whistler.

The 19th Century was forged under the might of the British Empire and the industrial revolution, giving rise to a wealth of artistic creativity in the arts and entertainment world. With the abolition of slavery and the rise in socialism as an intellectual paradigm, the masses were starting to be considered more highly, however, the reality is that entertainment in terms of popular music, theatre, art and literature were predominantly the domains of the rich during the 19th Century. Although, the technological and economical advances that began in the late 19th Century, retrospectively called the Belle Epoch, paved the way for the arts and entertainment to have more of a mass audience in the 20th Century.

Arts and Entertainment News from Hollywood North

Boys Come... Boy's Co.

"John Lennon & Yoko Ono Bed-In for Peace"

Ask any girl. Those rules were bent Friday night when I happened upon old flame David Goldman still going strong at his Boy's Co exclusive opening of "All We Are Saying" - a fashionable evening featuring the original photographs of "John Lennon & Yoko Ono's Bed-In for Peace" by the late photojournalist Gerry Deiter.

These extraordinary photographs, providing the backdrop for the theme of the evening, were on display through the sagacity of the Elliott Louis Gallery's owner Ted Lederer - who single-handedly dragged them out of Deiter's vault for a first-time showing on May 26, 2004 - thirty-five years after John Lennon and Yoko Ono went to bed in a suite in Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel, and invited the entire world to join them in seeking an alternative to violence and war in solving global political and social problems.

May 26, 1969. That month the battle of Dong Ap Bia, a.k.a. Hamburger Hill was exploding in the Vietnam War. Race riots occurred in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. French Foreign Legion paratroopers landed in Kolwezi, Zaire, to rescue Europeans caught in the middle of a civil war. U.S. National Guard helicopters sprayed skin-stinging powder on anti-war protesters in California. It was two years after the Summer of Love.

John and Yoko were in room 1742 of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. Early in the Bed-In, a reporter asked John what he was trying to do. John said, "All we are saying is give peace a chance." Putting sounds to the thought, he rented an 8-track tape machine from a local music store and, on May 31 while in bed, recorded the first solo by a single Beatle," Give Peace a Chance", - the recording was attended by dozens of journalists and various celebrities, including Timothy Leary, Petula Clark, Dick Gregory and Canada's Tommy Smothers.

Gerry Deiter was there for the entire eight days. He was assigned to photograph the Bed-In for Peace by Life Magazine but Life never ran the feature. Ironically, it fell victim to a bigger story - the death of Ho Chi Minh, leader of North Vietnam.

Deiter kept the negatives and transparencies locked away for more than 30 years. He had been living aboard a classic wooden motor yacht cruising the wilderness of the British Columbia coast photographing and writing when Ted Lederer, with the help of family and friends, prevailed on him to bring this archive to life and offer the work to the public at the Elliott Louis Gallery in 2004. This amazing work offers up 25 images in colour and black and white that celebrate John and Yoko's example of peace and love.

What brought the Boy's Co show together were Goldman and Lederer meeting up on the field where their sons play soccer. It was a confluence that allowed for a new generation to have a special glimpse of an older one.

Disenchanted fan, Mark David Chapman, murdered Lennon on December 8, 1980. The world is still at war. This retrospective clearly speaks to Lennon's prescience.

Good on Deiter, Goldman and Lederer for keeping his mission in our faces.

Impact of Technology On The Field of Arts And Entertainment

Nearly everyone enjoys the different types of entertainment, and some people enjoy even more being entertainers. They want to become actors, comedians, dancers, singers. We used to go inside theatres after a hard day's work to relax and see our favorite plays. But only in the last hundred years have we been able to record sound and pictures and to broadcast them through air. These improvements have brought fun and entertainment to every corner of the world and into most of our homes.

Technology has indeed made it possible for us to see entertainment in a new light. For one, technology has made it also possible for us to store our memories. Actors and singers long dead seem to come to life again every time their films or records are played. We can store a seemingly countless number of these records and films in CDs, hard drives and other storing devices like our computer. This makes it possible for us to entertain ourselves almost anywhere- at home, at the office, at the park, the bus; as long as we bring our devices with us. One can actually live without TV these days as long as one has a computer device and internet connection.

The world of entertainment has grown tremendously, and it can teach us as well as entertain us. Today, broadcasting is the most important form of popular entertainment. But now it is challenged by still newer inventions. Video playback and recording equipments make it possible for home viewers to buy or record their favorite shows. Many classic movies are already available for home viewing. This new equipment may encourage many viewers to spend fewer hours watching network offerings of situation comedies and action dramas. And now, we can record, transfer, and produce our own videos using cellular phones.

At the same time, the internet has revolutionized viewing habits in another way. The internet provides information on a lot of sources for movies, music, and other forms of entertainment. With internet connection, people can bring programs directly into their computer by doing downloads and many of these downloads are offered for free. Not only does it provide entertainment but we can even do some transactions like when you want to buy stun guns online.

The internet offer entertainment on almost all particular interests- music, news, and special information such as stock markets, weather, and social networking. These sources are made available to us faster than ever, as fast as the stun gun effects.  We can update on news even before they get broadcasted on TV through the different websites on the internet.

Never in recorded history have Entertainment and arts been so important in the lives of so many people. Modern inventions such as the internet have put nearly every person within reach of music and drama all day, every day, at home, and away from home. The internet has also made it possible for people not just become viewers but also the performers themselves as they are able to upload their own videos on different sites. The future of entertainment and arts is taking shape through technology and the people themselves.