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1920’s Hollywood Movie Memories – The Silent Era

1920’s Hollywood Movie Memories – The Silent Era | By Carl DiNello

Originating as a turn-of-the-century novelty, the motion picture business soon became a multi-million dollar industry. In fact, by the early 1920’s, the business of making movies had already become America’s fifth largest industry and would go on to become one of the most significant and influential communication and entertainment tools of the 20th century.

The large majority of motion pictures produced during the 1920’s were silent films. As the industry grew, and movie making became more costly, the various aspects of film production were divided into individual components such as writing, directing, costumes, etc., and became almost assembly-line in their creation.

During the time that the First World War was taking place, the “studio system” evolved in Hollywood and would dominate the movie industry for a period of close to 25 years. Generally credited with the creation of this system were Adolph Zukor, William Fox, and Carl Laemmle. Essentially, the system provided a movie studio’s production chief with virtually total control over a films director and its stars.

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With nearly 90 percent of America’s motion pictures being produced and distributed by five major studios, these studios were able to monopolize Hollywood for the next 50 years. These five studios were: Warner Brothers Pictures, Famous Players-Lasky Corporation (renamed Paramount Pictures in 1935), RKO Pictures, Loew’s Inc. (later to become Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer), and Fox Film Corporation/Foundation (later becoming 20th-Century Fox).

Movie technology continued to advance during this decade, and with the development of the microphone the film industry was about to undergo dramatic change. However, this advancement was not entirely welcomed by all. Many of the silent era’s greatest stars would be unable to make the transition from the silent film to the “talkie”. Silent movie fans had in their minds their own idea regarding the ‘spoken sound’ of the actors and actresses they loved and found it difficult to accept the real sound of many of their voices. - Centerfolds without the Staples  

Some of the greatest stars of silent films unable to survive this new partnership between movie sight and sound were Douglas Fairbanks, Clara Bow, John Gilbert, and Mary Pickford. Fortunately, many other stars who were loved by the public did successfully survive. They included John Barrymore, Mary Astor, William Powell, Ronald Colman, Gary Cooper, Laurel and Hardy, Greta Garbo, and some time later, even Charlie Chaplin who strongly disliked the addition of sound to movies.

Sound had arrived, signaling an end to the silent film era, and it was here to stay.

Carl DiNello is an Article Author and Blog Owner whose passion is Hollywood history and those movies from the 1920’s – 1950’s that make up this rich history.

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Sesame Street Character List

Sesame Street Character List | By Kenny Leones

Sesame Street is a children’s show loved by many for ages. It has gained its popularity through the characters that liven up every segment, every part of the show. The reason it remains to be America’s #1 television program for kids can be seen through this Sesame Street character list. Read on for the roundup of the most famous, most loved creatures.

Big Bird – He is yes, the big yellow bird. He’s been on the show since its pilot airing and many kids instantly remember him if they hear Sesame Street.

Elmo – He sure holds the topmost spot in this famous Sesame Street character list. This red, funny Muppet is popular among children and adults alike.

Bert – He was Ernie’s best friend and still is. Aside from Ernie, Bert also loves pigeons and paper clips.

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Ernie – Ernie is to Bert as bread is to butter. They are the well-loved duo. One cannot be around without the other or at least, essence of the other.

Kermit the Frog – This Muppet is one of the pioneers of the show and definitely deserves to be on this Sesame Street character list even when he is long been gone. His last appearance on the show was in 2001, in episode 3976. He was since retired due to technicalities. Good thing for us, Kermit continuously appear in other shows. True enough, no one is able to resist his charm!

Bob “Robert” Johnson – This guy is a regular. He has been onboard since Sesame Street started and until now as it reaches its golden year. At present, Bob is a music teacher. But he is more popularly known as one of the very few humans who were able to invade Oscar’s trash can.

Dr. Gina Jefferson – She is a long time employee at the Hooper’s Store who is now a veterinarian. Gina practically grew up in the show. She was just a teen when she first joined in and now she’s all grown up and mature, handling more complicated matters than before.

Grover – He is a good contradiction to Cookie because he is shy. Uh-oh, don’t get me wrong, Grover is a confident blue monster. He just does not show off as much. - Centerfolds without the Staples  

Cookie Monster – We all know him as the monster who loves cookies. From then and until now, he still is.

Oscar the Grouch – To put it simply, he is a grouch who lives in a trash can that’s located near the Sesame Street apartment building. Very few people were allowed to get into Oscar’s world down there and most of those who were never really liked the experience.

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True Crime Scene Investigations – How Do the TV Shows Measure Up?

True Crime Scene Investigations – How Do the TV Shows Measure Up? | By Jeff Terrozas

There are numerous shows on TV these days that deal with Crime Scene Investigating (CSI). With over 80 channels on most basic cable providers it is a challenge for the avid fan of “True Crime” style programs to keep up with all the homicidal maniacs canvassing the broadcast world. There has always been crime dramas such as NYPD Blue and the long ago Dragnet, but the TV shows today approach crime scene investigating in a more sophisticated approach. Don’t they?

Yes and no.

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A true crime lab used for CSI work is a bright uninviting place stacked with case files and evidence waiting to be tested. Most CSI or Law Enforcement style programs convey the labs to be a dark place with colored gelled lights in the background to add ambiance. They show Lab Techs working with bullet fragments pulled from a dead body in almost complete darkness. If a CSI Detective needs fingerprints, found on a weapon or an object at the crime scene, processed; it is usually done by a local lab person. This is done because most murder investigations are attempted to be solved in the first 48 hours. In addition, Crime Scene Investigators don’t usually have access to a crime lab. They are usually denied access to preserve the chain-of-evidence. Can you imagine detectives walking through a crime lab with evidence laid out from murders or suicides? Defense Lawyers could easily demonstrate that evidence may have been tampered with.

To add drama to the CSI style shows there usually is a love affair or turmoil that is happening in the personal lives of the CSI detectives. This is where today’s crime programs have become more “True Life”. Everybody has sometime of drama in their life. Someone is dying or gambling problems or even their kids are getting in trouble.

Imagine Dragnet Detective Joe Friday having a relationship with a witness? What a dry story there.

True Crime is all around us – so why do people watch the fiction instead of picking up a True Crime Book? It is because the human side of these dramas. When someone commits suicide on a show the detectives have to go deeper into the life of the person that killed themself. They visit with the mother and the boss and everyone tells their story, and then at the end of the climax it is found out it wasn’t a suicide but a homicide. The person was murdered because they were secretly part of the mafia. The twist of a dramatic story.

The truth is suicides and murders are usually what they appear to be. Rarely is a suicide investigated and found to be a homicide. Most suicides end with no doubts. Detectives rarely have time to investigate the reason of the suicide.

At the Las Vegas Stratosphere there have been four people that have jumped from the top of the 1100 foot tower. No detective work needed. It is usually left to the families to figure out their loved one did it.

Often TV Programs, such as CSI Las Vegas wrap a crime up in just a few days. That is not always the case. During true homicide cases, such as Tupac Shakur, the crimes go unsolved for years or forever. - Centerfolds without the Staples  

In contrast, the key goal of any homicide examination is to complete it in 48 hours. The reasons are simple.

1) Witnesses begin to forget key details. Try and remember your day to day details from just 48 hours ago. Something key you did that could easily be forgotten.
2) In the first 48 hours of the crime analysis a suspect has the time to make preparations to flee or has already fled and is making their way out of the area.
3) Tracking useful evidence. Key evidence such as fingerprints, blood, body fluids, witness recollection, and even text messages all have a rate of decay.

In summary, the CSI and other crime detective shows do have the drama of life fairly accurate, but procedurally the shows are routinely off.

This article is written by Jeff Terrozas. Jeff is an contributing author to the new book Vegas Strip Deaths at
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My Guilt For Not Watching NBC’s Chuck – Till Now

My Guilt For Not Watching NBC’s Chuck – Till Now | By Phil Pendleton

I enjoy watching good TV as much as the next guy. I decided to write my thoughts into this article today about a series I just started watching this year called “Chuck” which airs on NBC Mondays at 7:00 central. It just wrapped it’s second season and I wanted to share my thoughts and feelings about this show, it’s characters and the writing as well as explain a little bit about why I hope it returns for a third season.

I actually began watching this show halfway through the second season. When I’m in my downstairs game room working or helping out with folding and hanging up laundry for my wife I like putting on streaming shows on my laptop so that I have some background noise going on. I think one of the best things networks have done recently is to stream their most popular shows online. My wife got hooked on Samantha Who? this way as she decided one day to watch it online after seeing that ABC had video of various shows on their website. Pretty soon she’d checked out quite a few shows and started watching them in the normal broadcast on TV. FOX, NBC and CBS all have streaming shows as well and has been a great way for our family to check out shows we otherwise never would have watched and now commit time to each week when they air on TV.

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I watch NBC for a couple of shows that my wife, kids and I enjoy such as Life, Southland, Knight Rider and the Office and had seen spots air for Chuck. I remember the commercial showing different actors from the show in clips repeating the name “Chuck” which definitely made me remember the name of the show. At first glance in the TV spots it looked like a cool spy show with action, some romance and comedic elements to it. I remember thinking that I wanted to catch an episode to see what it was about but just never quite found the time to do it. I finally caught an episode on NBC’s website however a few months back and became hooked. NBC had all of season 2 online at this point so it was easy to get caught up with what was happening so that when it came on TV I could follow what was happening in the story arc. To someone like me who has never watched the series here is what I would tell you.

The series centers around the character Chuck Bartowski played by actor Zachary Levi. Chuck is in his mid 20’s and we follow him in three different settings in each episode. His life at home, his job at the Buy More (a big box electronics store) and the spy world that he suddenly finds himself thrust into unwillingly. In the pilot episode we find his life to be pretty normal and a bit geeky as he and his best friend Morgan played by actor Joshua Gomez do their best to entertain themselves with video games and hanging out at work. We find out Chuck lives at home with his sister Ellie played by actress Sarah Lancaster and her boyfriend Devon “Captain Awesome” Woodcomb played by actor Ryan McPartlin who for the most part are his family at home as their dad and mom left both of them years ago. Life seems pretty normal for Chuck until an old college buddy by the name of Bryce Larkin played by Matthew Bomer sends Chuck a special program via email from an experimental construct called the Intersect computer just as he destroys it. It contains all of the governments secrets in the form of encoded images and information and are downloaded accidentally into Chuck’s head upon opening Bryce’s email. Soon Chuck is being hunted down by the government’s best agents who are looking for the stolen data. The CIA sends agent Sarah Walker played by Yvonne Strahovski and the NSA sends agent John Casey played by Adam Baldwin out to find out what had happened to the Intersect that was stolen each believing that the other was responsible.

Chuck episodes feature several different elements that drive the plot and the story in such a way that you can watch episodes independently from each other. The three aspects of Chucks life (home, work and spy world) often merge together at the worst possible times making for some funny and uncomfortable situations that Chuck has to get himself and others out of often with the help of his agents and friends. The primary dynamic is Chuck’s friendship with his friend Morgan who doesn’t know about the spy part of his life and his association with government agents Walker and Casey who are always close and are undercover in Chuck’s life and job. There is also a romantic tension with Chuck and Agent Sarah Walker who have to “cover date” as part of Walker’s assignment which is complicated for both characters. Season long story arcs are threaded into each episode which focus on different major plot threads that continue to drive the story forward through the season.

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Sometimes certain shows can be cheesy or a bit too over the top in the writing and direction that a show is going. New series also have a tendency to stray too far from what made them good in the first place. I think Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz have done a great job in 2 seasons with balancing out and moving forward the plot and storylines in this series and have kept it fresh and entertaining as well as grounded in that the series is still character driven rather than having to rely on special effects and other elements to keep you watching. You care about these characters and want to see what happens to them. Does Chuck ever get the girl? Will his life ever return to normal? Will he ever get the Intersect out of his head? Will his family find out the truth? The list goes on and on.

I’ve been able to get caught up on the whole series through NBC as well as catching the back half of season two on TV and in attempting to keep this article as spoiler free as possible I will just say that the season two finale tied up some pretty big loose ends but unraveled many more new ones. So if you haven’t started watching this series because it’s already wrapped season two, there’s plenty of time to get caught up. Don’t feel like too many episodes have aired as I was able to get caught up within a couple of weeks here and there quite eaily. I felt a little guilty for not catching this series in the first season. NBC has me hooked now though. Websites like and have streaming video you can watch online for free with limited commercials that will get you on the right track for seasons 1 and 2. If you have a budget for new DVD’s and want something different, scoop up the 1st Season of Chuck on DVD. Then catch re-runs on NBC and online and you’ll be ready to go.

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There has been some speculation online that Chuck is on the bubble with NBC, a term which is used to say that a network is 50/50 on choosing to renew a show. Both me and my kids watch this show now faithfully every week and are starting to influence others to get their friends and parents to check it out too. It would be sad if this show didn’t get a chance to build more viewers for next season as it only just completed it’s sophomore season. I would hope that NBC chooses to renew this series for a third season and to give it a chance to continue to build more viewers and fans. I just started watching this season on TV thanks to the show being online for viewing at Imagine though how many more of us are out there who are ready to tune into NBC next season to catch this show and others. Here’s to hoping that Chuck will find a way to get out of this one too. Don’t stay in the car… go in and watch Chuck!

Phil Pendleton is a professional who writes for several online sites. He encourages you to check out the NBC Series Chuck at He also suggests visiting the fan site if you’d like to find out more about Chuck and catch news and information about the series posted by fans.
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Why Do Most Men Hate Soap Operas?

Why Do Most Men Hate Soap Operas? | By Sam Young

After reading through magazines, watching movies and watching the latest edition of soap operas your imagination runs wild. You start to think that I want a life like that or I hope that never happens to me. The reality is that our life is nothing like a movie or a soap opera. There maybe some things in the soap that happen to you but in general whatever appears on TV is not reality.

Ok so men like factual things and hate anything emotional. The emotional nature and lack of facts in a soap are probably the biggest reasons for men disliking Soaps, but they are not the only reasons.

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The majority of men absolutely hate soap operas because they know that women are going to compare their lives with what is happening on the latest soap opera. Women for some reason want to relive most of the moments on the soap opera. Fair enough they have conversations with their friends about what’s happened on the latest edition of Coronation Street. But don’t make the big mistake and think your life should be like a soap opera or a movie.

Life in reality is full of good times and bad times. Life would be boring if it was easy. But don’t make life any harder than it already is by being a drama queen. Sometimes men find these drama moments entertaining but go over the top and he will find them annoying. Too much drama or inflating an issue too far and sorry he will be thinking (manipulative, devious witch) maybe I am going out with the wrong woman.

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Equally so women who reckon that they should experience all the good times that their latest soap character has experienced are also very naive. While there is nothing wrong with reminding him to be romantic every now and then, don’t bombard him with the your latest fad as seen on Coronation Street every week. That’s tacky, annoying and makes him feel as though he is worthless to constantly compare him with a movie star or soap star. Comparing him every once in a while is fine but don’t constantly put him down, because you wouldn’t like it if he did the same to you.

The reality of real life is the challenge of bringing up children, balancing your finances, buying a house, shopping for groceries etc. Balanced with some very exciting times such as wedding days, honeymoons, romantic dates, when your child first walks or talks, when your child gets married and continues the next generation of your family.

When he is not working on the latest movie, even Brad Pitt has to think about the more mundane things in life. So don’t try to make your life like a fantasy story on TV.

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Are You a TV Series Collection Junkie?

Are You a TV Series Collection Junkie? | By Maxim Smirnov

It was only a matter of time before your favorite TV series came to DVD. And once they did, you got to jump back into your past and enjoy series that have been off the air for years. But once you begin to collection TV series, it can be difficult to stop. As a result, you might find that you have more DVDs in your house that you though you could ever collect. You might want to consider ways to organize your TV series collection as you add to it, while also making sure your collection is filled with hits and not with DVDs that just take up space.

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Adding to Your Collection

When you start your TV series collection, it can be hard to stop. After all, most shows have more than one season already on DVD. The best plan for you is to look at buying the series in sequential order. This way, you can easily tell what series you need to buy next and what series you might be missing. You can find these TV series collections online and in local media retailers. If you’re having a hard time finding some series, you might want to go to the TV channel websites where the show originally aired to see if they are selling the series exclusively through the channel website. You can also find these TV series on auction websites as some series are only released in some countries and not in others.

What Series Do You Choose Next?

Of course, once you’ve filled up your TV series collection with one particular show, what do you do next? If you’ve already watched the series once, you might be eager to move on to something new, but perhaps related. Since channels tend to stick with similar shows, it’s a good idea to look into other TV series collections from that channel. See what else is popular among viewers or look to message boards from your favorite show to see what others are watching now that the show is over. You might be surprised at the answers you get from others around the world. - Centerfolds without the Staples  

Sticking with Certain Actors and Genres

Of course, it might just be easier to stick with the same actors and genres when looking for a new TV series collection. Since the actors are often what make a show so special, look for other shows the actor may have been in. In addition, if you like the medical genre, for example, there are plenty of different medical TV series from which to choose. And even though they might all take a different angle, they certainly will be more likely to entertain you if you’re already a fan of the genre.

With DVD inventory software, you can keep better track of your TV series collection, especially when you begin to add multiple series to your DVD shelves. While it might seem like you can remember every episode, over time, that might be less and less the case – no matter how many times you’ve watched the shows.

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The Actor As A Product

The Actor As A Product | By Charles G. Robertson

An actor is a product as much as anything that is marketed on the Internet. If an Internet marketer does not move a certain product, or attract buyers he or she will change strategies. There is tons of advice on the Internet for sale or for free about marketing your product, but not a lot about marketing actors. If the public does not buy a product on the Internet no matter what you do to sell it, then it is a money-loser. If an actor cannot generate dollars for the producer he is a money-loser.

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If you take a stroll down the list of A Hollywood actors, you will find varying degrees of acting school ability, but nevertheless these actors are all on Hollywood’s A list because they command top dollars and they command top dollars because there is a reasonable expectation that they will put bums in the seats, which is the only thing that matters in Show Business. Acting ability as judged by a drama teacher is far different than the acting ability as judged by the market place. Confusion for the actor happens when he or she buys the whole acting as an interpretative art form. While it absolutely is an interpretative art form, I would suggest that the audience is the true judge about what is good or what is not.

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There is a lot of disdain from those in the acting profession for those actors who are making a lot of money and what that really means is that there is a lot of disdain for the audience that pays to see these actors. In Canada, there is a whole industry dedicated to supporting non-commercial theatre and film. This increases the superiority complex of actors who wouldn’t draw flies on the open market. Real actors who make fans of the public, are looked down upon because they are popular, which is exactly what happened in Shakespeare’s day, when the intellectuals looked down on him for his popular plays.

An actor as product is what humanity demands. It does not demand secret cults of acting that does not meet the demands of the marketplace. An actor should learn to find his lessons in the audience. In a live theatre or a movie theatre, there are seats reserved for the most important participant in the performance, the most important judge. These seats are reserved for those that will make or break your career; the audience.

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Stage Fright – Causes and Cures

Stage Fright – Causes and Cures
| By Judy Rodman

Stage fright. Performance anxiety. Nervousness. Numbness. Whatever you call it, most performers have experienced degrees of it from time to time. One of the biggest mistakes people make is assuming one cure will fit all conditions of stage fright. From slight butterflies to outright incapacitating panic attacks, the causes are varied and therefore cures will be, also. And yes, numbness is just another form of stage fright.

From my experience performing and coaching others, the biggest contributions to the kinds of stinking thinking that leads to stage fright are these: the subtle and not-so-subtle messages we get (and deeply accept as true) from society, and most definitely from the music business and entertainment media.

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Some examples of rotten messages leading to stinking thinking:

  • You better be better than everyone else, or you are a loser.
  • You are being compared to everyone else, and you probably won’t measure up.
  • You better get everything right, and you better look right, and you better move right, and you better be perfect. The audience is judging you. If you aren’t perfect, they will think you suck.
  • If you suck at performance, you will or should die because you are worthless. (American Idol/Gladiator, etc!)
  • You are a failure unless you win the part/award/contest.
  • It’s all about the high notes. It’s all about the long notes. It’s all about the vocal licks. It’s all about the strong notes. It’s all about YOU!

Here is the truth in one words: NOT!

What do any of the above things have to do with giving a message? Nothing! And believing them will give you stage fright to some degree or other. Why?

The voice runs on instinct. We must train ourselves to instinctively use correct technique, that’s true, but in practical application, we perform instinctively, based on habitual thinking and on actions of the automatic nervous system. Change your thinking and you can change the automatic nervous system response. Consider:

Why do we have voices? To communicate messages. Period.

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To whom can we direct our communication?

  • To the one heart of the audience physically present in your venue
  • To people-not-physically present (those who will in future hear the cd)
  • To fictional people (but you must make them real for yourself to do this)
  • To the living camera eye
  • To a character with whom we’re speaking in a play
  • To our own hearts (but to truly communicate to ourselves effectively, we must mentally send our voices outside ourselves so that our ears hear as if from someone else)

To whom should we not direct our voices?

  • To more than one person at time (writer Michael Clark once told me that if you sing like you’re singing to thousands, you can’t really move anyone; sing like you’re singing to one person, you can move thousands.
  • To someone you can’t make real for yourself.
  • To no one in particular. This is completely unfocused and is NOT communication. It’s thinking about communicating, but it’s not the act of doing so.

What messages can we communicate?

Happiness, relief, humor, pain, anger, sadness, hope, warning, love, an understanding, a request to be understood, a story, specific information, whatever the lyric is really about.

Where are the hardest places to authentically communicate?

In auditions. Why? Because it’s the most artificial circumstance to be communicating. They, after all, really ARE judging you. You must consciously choose people, either present or not, real or fictional, to deliver the message to, and mentally ignore and block “judging” as motivation for your delivery.

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If we accept the communication of messages as the primary conscious motivation to perform, how does it change things?

  • We will assume a different posture and body language, which will affect your breath and the openness of your throat.
  • Our automatic nervous system’s flight-or-fight response will be calmed, once again affecting breath and throat.
  • Our self-consciousness will dissolve quickly into other-consciousness
  • “Stage fright” will turn into “stage presence”.

In the matter of winning awards and contests, getting parts, even in the act of moving an audience, all you can do is all you can do… and that is always enough! If you have joy in the actual act of performance, you have succeeded in doing your job. Believing this truth can set you free from fear onstage.

Though I am not prone to it, three memorable times I experienced stage fright were the first times I sang on the Grand Old Opry and stood on that ancient circle of wood, the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and Farm Aid, where they forgot to introduce me and I had to introduce myself in front of thousands of people. When I played these places again, I didn’t experience near the anxiety as the first time. Here are some tips I’ve found useful:

  • Don’t tell anyone you’re nervous unless you know they won’t play into it with you. If some well-meaning clueless person asks if you are nervous, (like RIGHT BEFORE YOU GO ONSTAGE, ARGHH!!), dismiss them as quickly and kindly as possible and later, tell them never to ask you that again! And certainly, don’t do it to anyone else. Now you know.
  • Play as much and in front of as diverse audiences as possible. This can include friends, your pets, your mirror! The more you do it, the more natural it feels to your automatic nervous system. And don’t fear the second time will be as hard. I used to feel a “clutching” sensation in the bottom of my ribcage when I started the first song in a new kind of venue. I have learned that I just need to trust it to pass, to assume a posture that won’t allow my chest to cave in much and also, not to pick a very difficult song as my first one. Like a horse running in a new field, if I just let myself run, my auto self will learn to trust that the field is safe, and I soon begin running (singing) fearlessly like the wind.
  • Deal with stage fright as soon as you know you have it. It’s like depression… don’t ignore chronic conditions; they may grow out of control.

Which leads me to the next point… dealing with severe stage fright brought on by chemical imbalance or psychological social phobias.

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If you can’t pull yourself out of stinking thinking (and sometimes a great therapist can help you do so with a limited series of talk sessions), seek additional professional help. Sometimes a prescription medication can be a lifesaver… and severe stage fright can feel like dying. Dr. Robert Hubbard of “My Family Doctor Magazine” says:

The prescription medicine most commonly used is a beta-blocker such as propranolol. It peaks within a few hours and slows the heart rate down along with decreasing a tremor. Also the SSRI antidepressants such ac paxil have been approved for “social anxiety” of which stage fright is a type. Theses are usually tolerated well in most healthy adults but, as in all medications, there are potential side effects that your doctor should go over with you.

What you DON’T want to do is self medicate with mood altering substances. Oh yes, this is legendary with performers. The problem, other than the obvious health issues incurred with addictions, is that you become afraid you can’t perform without the alcohol or drug. This becomes a vicious circle; don’t look to it for help, because it will destroy you in the process.

In summary, discover the causes of your stage fright, be pro-active in looking for help, and know that a few butterflies going onstage with you can actually add to the passion, life and excitement of your performance!

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Michael Jackson – The Prince of All Time

Michael Jackson – The Prince of All Time | By Robert D Hill

Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana. He is an American recording artist, entertainer and businessman, belonging to a working class family, the son of a steel mill employee Joseph Jackson and Katherine Esther.He is the seventh of nine children who are all singers. Michael is referred to as the “King of Pop” and cited as one of the world’s most famous men.

Jackson’s childhood was full of bitter memories from his father’s abusive way of raising his children. Some specific events were told by Michael in interviews. He cannot forget the incessant rehearsals together with some of his siblings. His father would hold a belt in one hand, whipping anyone of them, especially him when he made a mistake.

There was one instance when he was held upside down by one leg and beaten on his back and buttocks, and these and even more mental and physical abuses have affected Michael’s formative years, probably explaining many of current problems. He is on record as saying that he would become physically sick and ‘regurgitate’ whenever he saw his father.

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At age five, Michael already showed musical talent in school. At age 6, he and brother Marlon joined the Jackson Brothers which was then composed of Jackie, Tito and Jermaine. Michael played the congas while Marlon the tambourine. From time to time the two would perform back-up vocals and dancing. The group’s name was then changed to The Jackson 5, and now at age 8, Michael with Jermaine assumed lead vocals.

The Jackson 5 signed with Motown Records in 1968, and his talent had already been recognized and he was described by Rolling Stone magazine as a ‘prodigy’. By that time Michael already danced and sang on their shows together with his brothers, and was especially noticed because of his extraordinary dancing and singing styles.

The first attempt of the group to hit the chart was a success. The singles “I Want You Back”, “ABC”, “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There” topped at no.1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Then Michael was given the break to release solo albums starting in 1972. The hits “Got To Be There” and “Ben” were contained in the two albums with the same titles. However, in 1975 the brothers decided to leave Motown because of the company’s refusal to allow them to have more creative control over their works.

From Motown the Jackson Five moved to CBS Records, Epic Records Division in 1975. The group’s name was changed to The Jacksons. Michael became the group’s lead songwriter who made hits such as “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)”,”This Place Hotel”, and “Can You Feel It” all the way from 1976 to 1984.

Michael’s talent as songwriter was made even more prominent in the album which he co-produced with Quincy Jones, titled “Off the Wall”. Other songwriters in this alum were Rod Temperton of Heatwave, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney. After its release in 1979, the album was able to generate four US top 10 hits, the first-ever in history.

The singles “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” and “Rock With You” paved the way for “Off The Wall” to reach Number 3 on the Billboard 200. The album had 7 million sales in the US and sold over 20 million copies internationally.

For his solo efforts Michael received three awards at the American Music Records, including Favorite Soul/R&B album; Favorite Male Soul/R&B artist; and Favorite Soul/R&B Single for “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” in 1980. In that same year he also won Top Black Artist, Top Black Album and a Grammy Award.

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In 1982, Michael released his second album “Thriller” and that was even more successful. Seven of the songs were included in the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit singles and the album remained in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 for 80 consecutive weeks: specifically at No. 1 for 37 of those weeks. The singles “Billie Jean”, “Beat it”, and “Woman Be Startin’ Somethin'” were the best sellers, and the album was given a Double Diamond status in the US and cited as the best-selling album of all time.

While doing a commercial with Pepsi-Cola in 1984, Michael suffered second degree burns to his scalp when his hair accidentally caught fire. Pepsi Cola paid Michael 1.5 million dollars which he used to found the Michael Jackson Burn Center to help people with severe burns. He co-wrote the charity single “We Are The World” with Lionel Richie, and also recorded two hit singles with Paul McCartney, “The Girl Is Mine” and “Say, Say, Say”.

Starting in the early 80s, Michael’s medium-brown color gradually grew paler, and later he was diagnosed with vitiligo and lupus, conditions that made him sensitive to sunlight. The conditions gave rise to speculation, particularly when observable changes in his physical appearance became apparent due to weight loss.

Another album was released in 1987 titled “Bad” with substantial commercial success, but it did not achieve the success of “Thriller” – that was a very hard act to follow. ‘Bad’ contained the hit singles “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, “Bad”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “Man In The Mirror”, and “Dirty Diana”. There was also a “Bad Tour” from September 1987 to January 1989 that broke a Guinness World Record when 504,000 people attended the show, and another Guinness Record for $125 million gross sales.

He was able to dish out several other albums including “Dangerous” in 1991, with the hit single “Black Or White” being the biggest hit, and then followed the Dangerous World Tour in June 1992 and the HIStory World Tour in 1996. In between these big events were controversies and accusations about sexual abuse, his addiction to drugs, his marriage and fatherhood. - Centerfolds without the Staples  

All stuff that a successful artist of his appearance and with his childhood problems would be expected to be accused of, but for which there was very little evidence.

He married Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley, who gave him much needed emotional support, but they divorced less than two years later. In the HIStory tour, Michael married dermatologist nurse Deborah Jeanne Rowe who gave him two children, Michael, Jr. and Paris Michael Katherine. They divorced in 1999 with Michael taking full custody of the children, and he fathered a third child, Prince Michael, who was born in 2002.

Michael’s involvement in charitable institutions and events is widespread. Aside from those previously mentioned, he supports Warchild for refugees of Kosovo, The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, the Red Cross and UNESCO, and others.

Latest news is that Michael is scheduled to perform 50 sell out concerts from July 13, 2009 to March 6, 2010 at London’s O2 Arena. After this big event, the “Prince of Pop” plans for a possible retirement.

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Battlestar Galactica – A Modern Science Fiction Masterpiece

Battlestar Galactica – A Modern Science Fiction Masterpiece

Battlestar Galactica – A Modern Science Fiction Masterpiece | By Andrew Hawnt

When it was first announced that after years of speculation there would be a new Battlestar Galactica miniseries, science fiction and genre TV fans weren’t too sure whether or not it would be worth the effort. After all, as beloved as the original TV series was, it was far from brilliant. With lovably questionable production values, an uneven cast and some very patchy writing, it was little more than an enjoyable diversion for those fans drawn into SF by Star Wars. A short lived first run in 1978 was followed by the spectacularly bad Galactica 80, which is really best left forgotten. If you had told us at the start that a remake of this patchy SF yarn would become the greatest science fiction TV franchise around, many of us would have laughed in your face.

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But here we are. After the miniseries showed so much promise, the new era of Battlestar Galactica became a cult hit, then an international phenomenon as each successive season brought in new fans, eager to catch up with the drama. How the hell did this happen? Aside from the extremely high production values on this new vision of Galactica, it was down to a great cast, superb scripts and a very nice twist on the classic formula. Things were turned on their head somewhat, but it worked, and worked beautifully.

DVD sales of the new Battlestar Galactica series have proven the show’s popularity with contemporary audiences, and the retooling of the original concepts from the first Galactica show were given enough of a modern sheen that fans became addicted. Hats off to the writers and stars of Ronald D Moore’s new Battlestar Galactica- they have brought us the definitive Science Fiction TV event of the decade, as well as a new generation of genre TV stars such as Tricia Helfer and Katee Sackhoff, who have won the hearts of sci-fi fans the world over. - Centerfolds without the Staples  

There is talk of a new feature film based on the original incarnation of Battlestar Galactica, but this seems awfully counter-productive, taking into account just how popular the new version of the series is. Why not just leave the franchise to close with the end of the new era? Let it end properly. New fans don’t want to see the classic series brought back again- they are more than happy with the incredible new model.

Despite the Cylons being redesigned, the story changed a little, and the complexity ramped up a thousandfold, the new Battlestar Galactica won legions of new fans for a franchise many thought long since dead, and through extras such as the spin-off project Razor (plus other forthcoming films) and the upcoming prequel series Caprica, the Battlestar Galactica story will continue to echo in the science fiction pantheon long after the series has ended.

Andrew writes for the popular STARSTORE collectibles site and their many blogs, covering movies, TV, comics, geek culture, action figures, Battlestar Galactica merchandise, music and more! He is also a globally published music journalist and SF author.
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