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American Gangster is Pure Oscar Bait, but it works! Michelle’s Review

November 2, 2007

 

 

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I’ll admit it, I’ve never been much of a fan of Denzel Washington, he’s a great actor but for some reason he just never did it for me. But in American Gangster Denzel captivates and hold the screen. He’s both charming and disarmingly deadly at the same time. I generally love gangster films but hate the over glorification of the lifestyle. Never once in AG did I feel American Gangster glorified Denzel’s Frank Lucas. (more…)

Live Earth Is About Network Branding and NOT Global Warming or The Concerts!

July 7, 2007

Live Earth Is About Network Branding It doesn’t pay to look forward to watching these massive all day concerts as long as single big media companies own the broadcasting rights. I don’t particularly care about the causes, but I do want to see a good show and these media conglomerates have proven that they have no freaking clue how to broadcast these things. A few years ago there was the useless G8 concerts that featured many of the same activist performers that are playing today. Then Viacom held the rights to the broadcast and proceeded to totally butcher it, causing a huge outcry amongst the viewers, forcing MTV to rerun the concerts the following weekend commercially free.

Now a couple of years later, NBC Universal has the rights to broadcast Live Earth, which brings together many of today’s top starts on seven different Continents from Philadelphia to London to Rio. Acts like The Black Eyed Peas, Genesis, Duran Duran (who look old as heck), Madonna, Shakira, and more for a 24 hour extravaganza of music and preaching about the Earth and Global Warming. I can deal with the preaching as long as we get the music to go with it.

I started watching at 6am Saturday morning and by about 8 AM I was thoroughly fed-up with the incessant commercials. All week, MSNBC said that they were going to broadcast it all day, and there’s no coverage at all on that network, just their damn Predator series. The only two NBC/Universal Networks running the entire concert are Bravo and Sundance. So I picked the Sundance channel thinking they couldn’t possibly do a worse job than MTV did Live 8, boy was I wrong. I’ve lost all respect for the Sundance Channel. They are running commercials almost literally after EVERY freaking song!

And sometimes in the middle of a song, Shikara performed several songs, but the only one they actually featured in full was the Hips Don’t Lie performance, The Black Eyed Peas they showed Where Is The Love and an awful new song written especially for Al Gore, and cut most of Fergie’s solo to promote their own programming. If I was Elvis I would shoot the TV if I see that pompous Robert Redford promoting his environmental show "The Green" or their stupid Abby Road show one more time.

This is the freaking Sundance Channel it isn’t like they actually have any PROGRAMMING! So after two hours of this, I gave up and switched to the Bravo Network and they aren’t showing any performances at all, just two vapid hosts talking to celebrities about their environmental efforts and hey, here’s another crappy short about the last two polar bears on earth.

Show me some music performances. They have over 100 different performers playing all over the world and we can only get maybe 4 live performances each hour? This is a joke. At 10 am, I’m bailing on this crap and vow never to watch or try and look forward to another of these events.

 

mgcarley

June 15, 2007

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Traveler Goes Online at MySpace By M R Reed

June 6, 2007

Traveler goes online at MySpace and the frame-up continues beyond the small screen as fans of the exciting new ABC Wednesday night series “Traveler” will be able to witness the covert operations at work on the MySpace pages of the two guys on the run in “Traveler,” Jay Burchell and Tyler Fog.

Their ongoing and updated pages at MySpace are to include content such as blog diatribes against the fictional President Shears that suggests they are terrorists.

According to Warner Bros.Worldwide Publicity department, the site contents will parallel the storyline as it unfolds on the show.

This Wednesday, June 6, 2007, on ABC at 10PM ET on “Traveler,” Jay and Tyler will discover that the extent of the frame-up has widened when they go back to Yale and find that their personal belongings have been tampered with.

And in next Wednesday’s (6/13) episode, the Myspace sites and the series will intertwine as the FBI will refer to the two fugitives’ Internet postings as motives for their actions.

Check out the Myspace Blogs at
Jay Burchell
http://www.myspace.com/jayatyale

Tyler Fogg
http://www.myspace.com/tyleratyale

Shrek The Third is one of the worst films of the year! Michelle’s Review

June 5, 2007

Shrek The Third Movie ReviewThere used to be a time when a film trilogy was a special, rare, once in a decade event, now Hollywood has decided that every moderately or hugely successful film gets the trilogy treatment. This summer alone we have Spiderman 3, Pirates of the Caribbean 3 (I'd rather gouge my eyes out than be forced to sit through another crappy Pirates film), and Shrek 3.

 

 

 

Another rule Hollywood seems to break is the idea that sequels suck. In the last few years, there have been a slew of sequels that far outshined the originals – X-Men 2, Spiderman 2, and Shrek 2. So has the new 3rd installment become the new sucky sequel?

I didn't see the first Shrek film in the theaters, I saw it on video, long after all the hype hailed it as the second coming, when I finally saw it, I was completely indifferent to it. But Shrek 2 was brilliant it had its own unique wit, charm, and energy to it, that I absolutely adored it. When Shrek 3 was announced I was back to "I couldn't care less."

Even with diminished expectations, Shrek 3 scrapes the bottom of the barrel. It's utter crap. While Shrek 2 was fearless in its attitude, the Third feels contrived, pre-packaged, and so watered down that the movie is barely watchable. It's so obvious that this film was made by committee. The look of the film is gorgeous. The CGI has come a long way from the first film. Too bad the story hasn't.

Earlier this year I reviewed and hated an animated film called Happily N'Ever After, I mention this because Shrek 3's story is almost a carbon copy of that film, and executed just as poorly. The concept is great, a fractured fairytale where Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) is actually evil and wants to take over the Kingdom of Far Far Away is gold.

What's wrong with the story is how the charm is completely sucked out of Shrek The Third, this has clearly become a paycheck film for all those involved. There's no energy in any of the voice acting, the jokes are stale, everyone seems to be going through the motions. This time out Shrek (Mike Myers) is no longer an Ogre, he's happily married to Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and he has Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss In Boots (Antonio Banderas) as his assistants. Things start to go downhill when the King (John Cleese) dies (in one of the worst film moments in HISTORY). Shrek can't handle being a King so he sets out to find the second heir Arthur (Justin Timberlake who sounds strangely like Freddie Prinze Jr.) and convince him to become King.

The pacing in Shrek is awful, the first 40 minutes feel like its lasting hours, and the music is wildly inappropriate and distracting. Its as if the producers were like, hey we have Live and Let Die, wouldn't it be funny if frogs where singing this song at a funeral? Ha, ha, ha… um, yeah.

Let's hope studio execs learn how to quit while they are ahead, not every popular film franchise needs to be a trilogy.

Final Grade F

EM Review by
Michelle Alexandria
Originally Posted, 5/20/07

Write for Us!

May 11, 2007

Thank you for your interest in EclipseMagazine! The purpose of this document is to provide a basic illustration of our identity, capabilities, and requirements with respect to how to get involved with us (e.g. freelance writing, internships, musical performances).

 

I. ABOUT US

 

Daydream Productions, Inc. was founded in 1997 by Michelle Alexandria. Our first project was the launch of EclipseMagazine.com a large scale entertainment website that covers this business called Show. The site produces over 800 original stories a year that cover Movies, DVDs, Videogames and more. In winter 2001, Eclipse launched its first cable program, EclipseMagazine.com – The TV Show (EMTV) which aired weekly in several major markets including DC, NY, Chicago, and others. We have offices in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, CA, New York, Canada, London, and Japan. EclipseMagazine.com gets over 1.7 million hits a month.

 

II. THE ECLIPSEMAGAZINE.COM PHILOSOPHY

 

Go against the grain with creative, surprising coverage that provides our viewers with alternative, yet equally stimulating perspectives about the entertainment world. For instance, if Julia Roberts debuts in a new film, Eclipse is equally if not more so interested in interviewing the film’s screenwriter, or Ms. Roberts’ co-star. Landing an interview with Julia wouldn't be the priority. After all, the major entertainment publications and programs focus never fail to focus on celebrities such as Ms. Roberts. What is truly exciting are the artists and celebrities that have just begun to demonstrate their potential.

The Oscar Race starts at EclipseMagazine.com, over the past 4 years we have interviewed and discovered over 75 percent of all the Oscar Nominees, everyone from Amy Adams to Terrance Howard to the producers of Penguins.

Over the years, Eclipse has established itself as a respectable website that has an a strong presence within the film industry, as well as solid working relationships with almost every major film and home video studio. While our coverage within the film industry is fairly robust we are now branching into other areas including, but not limited to Video Games, Consumer/Entertainment Technology, and Music.


III. EclipseMagazine.com Goes to Cable

Winter 2001 marked the genesis of EclipseMagazine.com – The TV Show (EMTV), the cable broadcast extension of our long standing website. EMTV features fresh, young, hosts covering the world of show business, features live musical performances from up and coming bands, reviews of the biggest films and DVD releases of the week, behind the scenes reports on upcoming films, celebrity interviews, and weekly previews of the latest Video Games.

Since its creation, the show has become an underground favorite by virtue of its honesty, irreverence, and cutting edge material. Presently, EMTV can be seen in more than three million homes in five major markets, and Eclipse is currently in negotiations to further expand the demographic segments that it reaches.

With respect to development, Eclipse’s latest project is DaydreamTV, an online Social Video Network and broadband channel. Daydream TV will the freshest, hippest new video bloggers on the net. We also have announcements coming about expansion into the IPTV market as well.

IV. Benefits of Contributing

Eclipse is a great market to write for and to develop great clips for your portfolio. Several writers have been able to use their EM experience to get great jobs with companies like USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Time Out New York, The Washington Post, Charlotte Weekly, and other major news organizations. So you'll get out of this, what you put in. If you live in the DC or New York Area and write film reviews we can get you into numerous advanced film screenings for free. We can also set you up with some fantastic interview opportunities.

We do not have any relationships with the studios in other markets, if you track down the regional studio reps in your area, we would be more than happy to help you get on those screening lists. But before we do that, you really have to show us that you are reliable. Our reputation with the studios is very important to us and we will not let just anyone represent us in front of them.

Eclipse’s primarily covers the following areas:


1) Film
2) DVD Reviews
3) Television


Secondary areas include:

1) Video Games
2) Entertainment Tech
3) X-Factor topics – if it’s good and we like it, let’s hear it!

 

Now that we are building a new blog network, we're looking for bloggers in all areas, folks to talk about television specific programs like American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, and more. We want Technology Bloggers who can focus on topics including Gear, Broadband Content, YouTube, Cell Phones, and more specifically we're looking for an Expert on Apple, etc. We especially want video bloggers. You will receive 20 percent of any ad revenue generated from your video blog.

At the moment we can't afford to pay but we are working on implementing new ad-server technology, so once that launches we will work out a advertising share split.

 

V. WHAT KIND OF WRITING STYLE MOST APPEALS TO ECLIPSE?

We like fun, witty, entertaining, and most of all, passionate writers. We're not looking for dry, excessively analytical interpretations about films or pop culture. The best tools are your first impressions, common sense, and your sense of humor.

 

VI. STYLISTIC REQUIREMENTS

 

What we don't want is pretentious, or people trying to be "hip," so no slang words or hipster lingo allowed in your articles. At this time we're looking for bloggers in all areas of Entertainment, Technology and Video Games. We're also looking for people to do feature interviews in these areas as well.

 

VII. ASSIGNMENT OF STORIES

As is customary with newspapers and media organizations, Eclipse does not normally assign stories. If there is something that you are interested in covering, we expect writers to cover the material and submit it when it is complete. Depending upon the circumstances, we may assist in opening a door for a writing opportunity that was not easily obtainable.

On the most rare of occasions, Eclipse will contact writers in order to see if they will cover a story. This occurs only after you have proven that
you are truly trustworthy and able to represent Eclipse in a professional manner at high-end celebrity events and conferences.

 

VIII. HOW MANY ARTICLES DO YOU ACCEPT?

 

We post about 85 – 90 percent of the things that we get. Words to live by: A real writer WRITES. A real reporter REPORTS.

 

VIV. WRITING GUIDELINES

 

Our writing guidelines are fairly simple. We basically follow the AP style book.

1) Do not indent the beginning paragraphs just use a simple blank space to signify the start of a new paragraph.

2) This is the web, so please keep all paragraphs short. No more than three sentences per paragraph.

3) Please do not use the word "I" in any of your stories or reviews.

4) When writing, a simple technique that I like to use is never start a paragraph off with the same word; i.e. if you use the word "The" to start a paragraph, the next paragraph needs to have a different word to start. Never start a sentence or paragraph with qualifier – And, But, If, Or, Because, etc…

5) Our minimum length for an article is 500 words. We don't have a set maximum although 1,500 words is a good.

6) Every review (music, movie, game, etc.) HAS TO HAVE a letter grade A – F (anything in between).

7) We use straight "" in all our articles. Please do not use ANY Other Formatting.

8) When doing interviews, we prefer a simple Q and A format, with the name in bold. For example –

EM

Tell us who you are

JR

I'm Julia Roberts….

 

When your article is done, please email it to malexandria@eclipsemagazine.com along with a link to an appropriate image. I do not have time to go hunting for images, and I don't like uploading images to the server, so whenever possible please email me links to the actual image. If you want to you can also include related links at the end of your story. We don't have any guidelines for that so it's purely up to you to include them.

Once you submit three stories, I will grant you access to our news posting area where you can start posting your own articles. In order to post you must be registered on the site. Please use a PROFESSIONAL USER NAME, i.e. your first initial (or full name) and your last name. So with all of that said, welcome aboard and I hope you have fun with this experience!

X. I'VE SUBMITTED MY THREE STORIES, NOW HOW DO I POST MY OWN STUFF?

 

Ah, now that you are a "regular" writer you can now start posting your own stuff and cut me out of the process. To post, you first must register on the site and have a User Name. Your User Name needs to be professional and should be your first initial and last name. Once you have this, email me and let me know what it is, I will then grant you posting privileges.


XI. IS ECLIPSE VOLUNTARY OR IS COMPENSATION AVAILABLE?

For the foreseeable future, writing and working for EclipseMagazine/Daydream Productions, Inc. is a fully voluntary endeavor. Unfortunately, our limited financial resources prevent us from paying either full time staff or freelance contributors. In the future, we hope to change this by acquiring external investment and support – which we're actively pursuing now.


XI. CONTACT US

With offices in London, Japan, Washington, DC, LA, the Midwest and NY, getting in touch with EM Staff is easy

 

CANADIAN CONTACT

Sheldon Wiebe
swiebe@eclipsemagazine.com

 

MIDWEST CONTACT

Marla Reed
mreed@eclipsemagazine.com

 

WEST COAST CONTACT

Michelle Alexandria
malexandria@eclipsemagazine.com

 

EUROPE/LONDON CONTACT

Carole Gordon
cgordon@eclipsemagazine.com

 

NEW YORK CONTACT

Jenny Halper
jhalper@eclipsemagazine.com

 

WASHINGTON DC CONTACT

Dean Rogers
drogers@eclipsemagazine.com

Tiffany D'Emidio
tdemidio@eclipsemagazine.com

 

ASIA CONTACT

Cleve Gray
cgray@eclipsemagazine.com

 

XI. About Daydream Productions, Inc.

 

Daydream Productions, Inc. is a C-Corp formed in Delaware and our goal is to use create compelling content that targets the "Entertainment Generation." We are building several new web properties including Hardcorequeen Gaming Community a social Video Network targeting female gamers, DaydreamTV.com a Social Video Network that will target television show producers, Vodcastsearch.com will be the home for the best video bloggers on the web, and several other exciting properties.

Nintendo’s Wii brings sun and excitement to New York! We have pricing, launch titles, launch date and more!!

September 14, 2006

9:20 AM.

Hey, I finally broke down and started a blog and what better way to kick off a blog than to talk about Nintendo's NYC Wii kick off event. It's a cold, rainy morning here at New York's Pier 59, but newly appointed Nintendo President Reggie Fis Aime is taking the podium. The conference is starting off slow, as we're getting the standard marketing bs about how awesome the DS is doing. Powerpoint slides are so exciting!

 

9:30 AM – Bombshell, Wii coming November 19, 2006 and for $249!

Reggie announces that the Wii is launching in America, November 19th, 2006, at $249. Reggie stressed that the Wii will come in one configuration, one color. Each box will contain a white Wii, one controller and one nunchuck, plus all the cables. Now Reggie just announced a new "audience expansion" game – Wii Bowling. Some guy is on stage demoing the game. Looks really cool, but unless it's under $20, I can't see myself purchasing. Reggie is back to talk about Wii Sports, it turns out it's going to be a single disk. The Wii will include Wii sports as a Pac-In. Wii sports will include Tennis, Golf, Boxing, Baseball, and Bowling.

So far the crowd is very interesting, at E3 press conferences people go ape over these type of announcements. Here in NY the attitude in the room was like, "ho, hum." Maybe it's becuase the audience here is strictly media (real media), and no real fanboys. Or maybe it's because it's a really crappy day that has dampened the mood in the room. But President Reggie didn't say "come on guys, it's Ridge Racer!" "Ridge Racer!!!"

 

9:35 AM

Zelda and Excite Truck will be available at Launch. Madden NFL 07, Need for Speed Carbon, The Ant Bully, Call of Duty 3, Super Monkey Ball, Blazing Angels, Splinter Cell: double Agent, and a ton of other titles wil be available during launch.

9:45 AM

President Reggie announced that games will cost $49.99. He announced a new menu system called "Wii Channels." He's talking about Audience Expansion and the DS again. The Wii Channel Menu will change the interface between TV Viewers and the Internet. The user will see a unique menu that will have 12 menus. The Wii Shop channel will be the Virtual Console. Games will cost 500 Wii Points for NES games, 1,000 Wii Points for SNES games, and 1,500 points for N64 games. 30 classic games will be available at launch. You can purchase 2,000 point cards at retail for $20.

Somone is demoing a channel called the Mii Channel where you can create avatars of yourself and your friends, or anyone else. The guy is showing us the character creation menu. Five minutes into this demo, I'm already bored with it and don't get the point. The Mii Channel almost seems like it'd be a virtual sims kind of channel. You can transfer your Mii's to your remote and they can also populate your games with these characters. Ok, now I'm kind of intrigued.

Now the guy is showing us the photo channel, which is a channel that displays your photos on your television. You simply take your SD card out of your digital camera and pop it into the SD slot on your Wii console. We are now watching a slideshow of the Nintendo office. The photo channel also supports video, and there are little puzzle games you can play with.

9:55 AM,

President Reggie is back to show us a couple of other channels. There's a weather and news channel. Hey a message board channel. "24 hour information can come to your console even as you sleep." There's an Internet Channel that will be based on the Opera Browser that essentially turns the Wii into a "free" web tv application. President Reggie calls this an "innovation," did he not hear of the failed WebTV experiment that started 10 years ago. Satisfy current players in new ways, reactivate former players, and expand the market, is Nintendo's mantra.

The Wii proposition – Revolutionary play, virtual console, biggest launch library, Wii Channels, Affordable Price. Ok Reggie is stating the obvious saying that "you all are dying to play the games." But before we get that, we have a Q and A. First Question is how much are additional remotes – the Wii remote will be $39.99 and the nunchuck will be $19.99. Zelda for the Game cube will launch December 11, 2006. Reaffirmed that the Internet capabilities will remain free and will ship 4 million units globally. For the Internet Channel, you'll have to pay for and download a Wii version of Opera. Not too enthused with the idea of paying for a browser.

No details announced regarding DS Connectivity. Metroid Prime 3 will be released in 2007 and not for launch window. Pokmon will be the first multiplayer game for the Wii and will launch in Japan. No American launch mentioned.

Overall not a bad showing for the big N, the games that will be available for launch, while not containing "eye-popping" graphics, do look on par with what the X-Box delivers and in terms of gameplay it'll definitely be unique. The great thing about the Wii is that it's forcing developers to think "outside the box." Not only because of the new control scheme, but they also have to take into account the Wii audience and Nintendo's mantra of creating unique play experiences.

The Wii still feels like it's going to be a stop gap console that will get redesigned and re-launched in a couple of years. It's also disappointing that Nintendo doesn't have a uniformed online multiplayer service. Their online console/channel is ripe with opportunities and for them not to include a multiplayer environment is strange.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wii Game Pricing Announced

September 14, 2006

9:45 AM, NYC. President Reggie announced that games will cost $49.99. He announced a new menu system called "Wii Channels." He's talking about Audience Expansion and the DS again. The Wii Channel Menu will change the interface between TV Viewers and the Internet. The user will see a unique menu that will have 12 menus. The Wii Shop channel will be the Virtual Console. Games will cost 500 Wii Points for NES games, 1,000 Wii Points for SNES games, and 1,500 points for N64 games. 30 classic games will be available at launch. You can purchase 2,000 point cards at retail for $20.

Somone is demoing a channel called the Mii Channel where you can create avatars of yourself and your friends, or anyone else. The guy is showing us the character creation menu. Five minutes into this demo, I'm already bored with it and don't get the point. The Mii Channel almost seems like it'd be a virtual sims kind of channel. You can transfer your Mii's to your remote and they can also populate your games with these characters. Ok, now I'm kind of intrigued.

Now the guy is showing us the photo channel, which is a channel that displays your photos on your television. You simply take your SD card out of your digital camera and pop it into the SD slot on your Wii console. We are now watching a slideshow of the Nintendo office. The photo channel also supports video, and there are little puzzle games you can play with.

 

9:55 AM, President Reggie is back to show us a couple of other channels. There's a weather and news channel. Hey a message board channel. "24 hour information can come to your console even as you sleep." There's an Internet Channel that will be based on the Opera Browser that essentially turns the Wii into a "free" web tv application. President Reggie calls this an "innovation," did he not hear of the failed WebTV experiment that started 10 years ago. Satisfy current players in new ways, reactivate former players, and expand the market, is Nintendo's mantra.

The Wii proposition – Revolutionary play, virtual console, biggest launch library, Wii Channels, Affordable Price. Ok Reggie is stating the obvious saying that "you all are dying to play the games." But before we get that, we have a Q and A. First Question is how much are additional remotes – the Wii remote will be $39.99 and the nunchuck will be $19.99. Zelda for the Game cube will launch December 11, 2006. Reaffirmed that the Internet capabilities will remain free and will ship 4 million units globally.

No details announced regarding DS Connectivity. Metroid Prime 3 will be released in 2007 and not for launch window. Pokmon will be the first multiplayer game for the Wii and will launch in Japan. No American launch mentioned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nintendo Wii Coming November 19 to America for $249!!

September 14, 2006

9:30 AM, Reggie announces that the Wii is launching in America, November 19th, 2006, at $249. Reggie stressed that the Wii will come in one configuration, one color. Each box will contain a white Wii, one controller and one nunchuck, plus all the cables. Now Reggie just announced a new "audience expansion" game – Wii Bowling. Some guy is on stage demoing the game. Looks really cool, but unless it's under $20, I can't see myself purchasing. Reggie is back to talk about Wii Sports, it turns out it's going to be a single disk. The Wii will include Wii sports as a Pac-In. Wii sports will include Tennis, Golf, Boxing, Baseball, and Bowling.