Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Very First Emmy Awards

January 25, 1949
On this day in 1949, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences helds the very first Emmy awards ceremony. It was held at the Hollywood Athletic Club in Los Angeles. Television was still fairly new as it is estimated that only about 50,000 households in the US had TV sets. The Emmy statue was created to represent art (a muse) and science (the atom) and the name “Emmy” was a “feminized version” of “immy,” the slang term for the image orthicon tube that was used in TV cameras at the time. Go figure. The first award went to Shirley Dinsdale , a ventriloquist who starred in the children’s show, Judy Splinters.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Video of the Day: Pink Panther 2

Great juggling scene from The Pink Panther 2. Well, at least I liked it.

Disney Purchases Pixar

January 24, 2006
In 1993, Disney agreed to a three movie agreement with Pixar which introduced us to Toy Story, A Bug’s Life and Toy Story 2. The three had won 19 Oscars and grossed more than $3 billion at the box office. The two companies agreed to another three movies in what seemed like a match made in heaven. However, apparently, Steve Jobs (CEO for Pixar) did not get along with Michael Eisner (CEO for Disney). In 2004, Jobs announced that Pixar would begin looking for another distributor and that their sixth film, Cars, would be the last with Disney. Eisner stepped down from leadership in 2005 and Robert A. Iger stepped in making amends with Pixar his #1 priority. On this day in 2006, the Walt Disney Company purchased Pixar.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Video of the Day: Beach Bot

I guess if you have a lot of money, you can do whatever you want. "Conceived by Disney Research and working in partnership with a student team at ETH Zürich, the Beachbot is a mobile robot that can turn an ordinary beach into an artist's canvas. Thanks to innovative balloon wheels, the robot is able to traverse sandy beaches without leaving any noticeable tracks."

22 Favorite/Annoying TV Commercial Icons

Some people love them - others hate them. Here are 22 of the most iconic TV commercial icons of all time.

'Roots' Miniseries Airs for the First Time

January 23, 1977
On this day in 1977, ABC aired the first night of the 10-hour presentation of “Roots,” a miniseries based on Alex Haley's novel, “Roots: The Saga of an American Family.” The popular miniseries ran for eight consecutive nights which received huge Nielsen ratings for the finale, which continues to hold the record for the third-highest-rated US television program (36.38 million) Roots received 37 Emmy Award nominations and won nine. It won also a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award. Currently, The History channel is planning a remake of the miniseries.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hollywood Clashes with Superbowl

Two Hollywood héros net on the Superbowl.
It's Chris (Captain America) vs. Chris (Star-Lord)! (Marvel Studios)
From Sports Illustrated’s “Extra Mustard” column comes news that it’s not just the Seattle Seahawks vs. the New England Patriots but it’s also Chris vs. Chris. It all started on Monday, January 19 when Chris “Captain America” Evans tweeted the following message to Chris “Star-Lord” Pratt: “Well, well, well…looks like our teams are going into battle. For the next 2 weeks, you are not my friend, you are my enemy.”

Pratt responded with: “We both know there’s only one Captain America and his name is Russell Wilson.”

Then Evans with: “Them’s fightin words. Stakes?” And the bet was on.

Depending on which team wins this year’s Superbowl, one Chris will be donating his time for charity. If Evans' team loses (Patriots), then he will visit Seattle Children’s Hospital dressed as Captain America and will be waving the 12th man flag. If the Seahawks lose, look for Pratt to visit Boston’s Christopher Haven cancer support center dressed as the Guardian of the Galaxy’s Star-Lord wearing a Tom Brady jersey.

Video of the Day: Christian Girl Instagram

From the mind of John B Crist.