Big changes at MSNBC??

Andrew Lack
Courtesy of Hollywood Reporter by way of Newscom


Hollywood Reporter already has the rumor mill going and it seems to suggest big changes are in store  for Chris Hayes and Al Sharpton at MSNBC.

Already the network has axed Joy Reid and Ronan Farrow due to poor performance.  As I previously wrote, all of NBC News has been in a shambles of late with the brouhaha over Brian Williams and the anemic ratings of the Today Show and Meet The Press.

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The all mighty dollar


Paul Krugman, as I have noted, has explained the real concern for America is not inflation (as conservatives have stated for years) but its opposite deflation.   Deflation, in a nut shell, is when a currency’s value (in this case on the international market) increases when compared to other currencies. For years the Ron and Rand Pauls of the world have inveighed that Obama and the Fed’s policies was destroying the US dollar and killing our economy.

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Internet Explorer is no more

from The Verge


via USA Today (via The Verge) the much maligned internet explorer is going the way of the dinosaur, as Microsoft has officially announced it is doing away with the browser in favor of something new.


“We’re now researching what the new brand or the new name for our browser should be in Windows 10,” Capossela said. “We’ll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we’ll also have a new browser called Project Spartan, which is codenamed Project Spartan. We have to name the thing.”

Not that Internet Explorer branding will vanish entirely. It will still exist in some versions of Windows 10, but Project Spartan will be the main way Windows 10 users roam the Internet.


So we will continue to have I.E.  the same way we continue to have dinosaurs in the form of fossil fuel.  Smart move Microsoft.  Smart move. (29)

OPINION: Is this the beginning or the end of DC Comics?

courtesy of Newsarama


We all know about Convergence and that we will be seeing characters from DC’s past battle each other in a Crisis like war.   But what’s to come after? Well now we have a better idea and its… well you decide.

It all begins, I think, with the premise of “canon over continuity”, a universe that appeals to the Grant Morrison’s of the world.  A universe that is malleable, that allows writers to come in and shape things to fit their story and then leave so that a new writer can restart things to shape their story.  Newarama spoke to DC heads Jim Lee and Dan Dido:

“We’re really asking the creators to put story and character first, and really focus is on canon, rather than continuity,” Lee said. “By focusing on canon, which is really the stories that matter, the best stories that we tell with these characters that have really got elevated, that’s the history we want to create around these characters. This is an attempt to re-focus the line, focus on story, and let the creators tell their stories without necessarily being confined by the restrictions of ‘continuity,’ which I put in quotation marks.”

“Perfect examples are if you look at something like Dark Knight Returns or Kingdom Come, which were outside the realm of our normal storytelling,” DiDio said. “Those stories became so powerful that they started to work their way into the continuity. We still have a shared universe, we still have a shared space where these characters can interact. But the main goal is to allow each of these characters to exist on their own, build their own sense of story, their own sense of direction, their own supporting casts, and their own audiences.

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Another guilty plea in Midnight Rider case

Hillary Schwartz courtesy of


According to the Hollywood Reporter, first assistant Hillary Schwartz was found guilty of criminal trespass and involuntary manslaughter of first assistant camera person Sarah Jones.

This plea ends the criminal phase of the case against the key players in the production of the low budget Greg Allman bio pic.  The plea not only sentences Ms Schwartz to 10 years probation, but effectively ends Ms. Schwartz’s career.

Under the terms of her probation, she cannot serve as a director, producer, first A.D. or any department head responsible for crew safety on any film or TV production.

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‘Midnight Rider’ trial — guilty

Randall Miller on right, wife Jody Savin on the left — Hollywood Reporter


Hollywood Reporter tells us the director of the low budget Greg Allman bio pic, called Midnight Rider, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and criminal trespass in the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones.

The new plea, entered by Randall Miller, represents the harshest penalty ever for a director involved in a death on set.  But the circumstances surrounding Ms Jones death is unlike any other and will go into the record books and be remembered (and taught) for years to come.

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