TradeVine entertainment news highlights for week ending October 28th, 2011 with Mary Jo Gruber
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Hello everybody, I’m Mary Jo Gruber of the Actors Reporter and welcome to the TradeVine. Danika Quinn is on assignment. I hope everyone is ready for Halloween. We’ve collected some great articles this week that you should be sure not to miss. Our goal here at the TradeVine is to help you stay informed and to keep up with the trades, such as The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Variety, and Backstage.
The Hollywood Reporter, October 28th – The article is entitled “Fire and brimstone! Showbiz bets on the Bible,” by Jay A Fernandez and Lacey Rose. Film and TV development swells with Old Testament stories and faith-based fare. Are Moses, Noah and Judah Maccabee the next Bella, Batman and Harry Potter? With half a dozen film projects derived from Bib;e stories in development, it would seem that Hollywood has found religion. Not since Cecil B DeMille films of the 1950s has there been so much Good Book on the books. These new projects include work by Steven Spielberg, Mel Gibson, and director Darren Aronofsky. In this economy, people are starving to see real characters that have a relationship with God. And as soon as one of those new shows hits, whichever executive is behind it will appear to be a genius.
Also in the Hollywood Reporter, the article by Shirley Halperin is entitled “Scotty McCreery breaks the Idol curse.” Season 10 winner sells nearly 200,000 albums in a week. Entitled “Clear As Day,” bowing at number one in the Billboard 100. Congratulations Scotty.
Back Stage, October 20th – October 26th – The article is entitled “Out on the Internet,” by Jessica Gardner. With the roles for gays and lesbians decreasing on network TV, the LGBT community finds hope in new media. Although these kind of roles have declined, shows like “Modern Family,” “Glee,” and “True Blood,” are still examples of significant gay and lesbian inclusion in their storylines. It is interesting to note, however, that most of the LGBT characters on TV are not played by openly gay actors. Jason Stewart, co-chair of the Screen Actors Guild’s National LGBT suspects that producers would rather have a straight person play the role so they can be sure the character is more “straight-acting.”
Daily Variety, Wednesday, October 26th – “Netflix feels Street’s ire,” by Andrew Wallenstein and Jill Goldsmith. Shares plunged 35% to $76 after being battered in pre-market trade following disappointing financial earnings and outlook on Monday afternoon. The drop in stock price was Netflix’s largest in seven years. Apparently, Netflix’s business model isn’t sustainable given the higher costs and a weakening subscriber base.
Well, that’s it for the TradeVine this week. I’m Mary Jo Gruber. Thank you very much for watching. And remember, You heard it through the Tradevine!