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August 29, 2009

From the grave, Bush Administration kills Reading Rainbow, the show that taught kids why to read

tl;dr: Teaching kids to learn to love reading is less important than drilling phonics and spelling. The national nightmare continues. The Obama Administration is no better. Mr. President, Arne Duncan is the cancer. 'Reading Rainbow' Reaches Its Final Chapter : NPR
The show's run is ending, Grant explains, because no one — not the station, not PBS, not the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — will put up the several hundred thousand dollars needed to renew the show's broadcast rights. Grant says the funding crunch is partially to blame, but the decision to end Reading Rainbow can also be traced to a shift in the philosophy of educational television programming. The change started with the Department of Education under the Bush administration, he explains, which wanted to see a much heavier focus on the basic tools of reading — like phonics and spelling. Grant says that PBS, CPB and the Department of Education put significant funding toward programming that would teach kids how to read — but that's not what Reading Rainbow was trying to do. "Reading Rainbow taught kids why to read," Grant says. "You know, the love of reading — [the show] encouraged kids to pick up a book and to read."

August 24, 2009

Dr. Horrible Figurines for Charity!

Only 11 hours left to bid on figurines from Dr....

August 22, 2009

Michael Moore's latest:: Capitalism: A Love Story

Raw Story | Michael Moore’s latest: ‘I made this movie as if it was going to be the last’
Two years after his last critique of the nation’s governing bodies in 2007’s ‘Sicko,’ agitprop documentarian Michael Moore is back with a new movie — and this time, his target is the economy. In a just-released teaser clip for Capitalism: A Love Story, Moore puts on his trademark baseball cap to go after corporate America. “It’s a crime story,” Michael Moore says of his latest documentary, in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. “But it’s also a war story about class warfare. And a vampire movie, with the upper 1 percent feeding off the rest of us. And, of course, it’s also a love story. Only it’s about an abusive relationship.” “I made this movie as if it was going to be the last movie I was allowed to make,” the Michigan native concluded before adding “Oh, and by the way, it’s a comedy.”

August 17, 2009

Film Adaptation Of 'The Brothers Karamazov' Ends Where Most People Stop Reading Book

Film Adaptation Of 'The Brothers Karamazov' Ends Where Most People Stop Reading Book | The Onion - America's Finest News Source Goddamn the Onion. I read a link that said the Brothers Karamazov was being adapted to film . . . and then I clicked the link. I adore this book to pieces. It's perhaps the greatest novel ever written.
LOS ANGELES—Executives at Paramount Pictures announced Monday that production had finally wrapped on The Brothers Karamazov, a new film adaptation that concludes at the precise moment most readers give up on the classic Russian novel. The 83-minute film, which is based on the first 142 or so pages of Fyodor Dostoevsky's acclaimed work, has already garnered attention for its stunning climax, in which the end credits suddenly appear midway through Katerina's tearful speech about an unpaid debt. "We are very excited to be able to bring several chapters of this timeless masterpiece to the big screen," Paramount CEO Brad Grey said of the movie, which was shot, on and off, for two years. "Anyone who's ever tried to sit down and trudge through this incredible book is going to be absolutely blown away by the faithfulness of our film."

August 16, 2009

Dana Gould on Bill Maher: Health care debate... WTF?!

YouTube - Real Time With Bill Maher - Dana Gould reports on health care protests and Remote Area Medical
"I don't understand why the people who have stuff are enraged, and the people who have nothing are warm and hopeful. This is Dana Gould, saying... WHAT THE FUCK?!

August 12, 2009

AMC announces The Walking Dead the TV series

Blog@Newsarama -- AMC to produce The Walking Dead AMC is rapidly becoming the home of the best, ballsiest TV there is. They have Mad Men. They have the exquisite Breaking Bad. And now? Now they have the zombie apocalypse.
Included in the discussions is Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont and Terminator producer Gale Ann Hurd. “This is not about zombies popping out of closets,” said AMC SVP of programming, Joel Stillerman to Variety. “This is a story about survival, and the dynamics of what happens when a group is forced to survive under these circumstances. The world is portrayed in a smart, sophisticated way.” The book, which came out starting in 2003, dovetailed nicely with Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later to really help cement the zombie zeitgeist in comics. The tales of Rick Grimes and other survivors has led the Walking Dead to be Image’s top-selling series.