"Talent is not when your friends tell you they love your work, but when people who don't like you have to admit it's good."
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Sources indicate that George Lucas is set on rereleasing the "Star Wars" franchise in new 3D conversions beginning in 2012.
Starting with "Phantom Menace," Lucasfilm would use several higher-end conversion houses to work on the project.
Kiel Bryant: I’m dismayed by the cult of originality — it sets up impossible, false expectations which fail to grasp what art is. Innovation is good, exploration is to be encouraged — they build on what’s gone before — but more often than not it’s enjoyable to simply experience an idea well-conceived, regardless of that idea’s source or its “originality.” And in the final analysis, were Star Wars or [Raiders of the Lost Ark] ever intended to be wildly original? No, they’re pastiche — valentines to the swashbuckling genres of yore. Kids, especially millennials, make a simple and honest mistake borne out of youth: they see Star Wars before they’ve seen its inspirations and assume it came that way fully assembled, direct from Lucas’ head. They witness result, not process. Then, growing as artists or cinephiles, their awareness gradually enlarges, the supporting armature begins to show — and because the film wasn’t what they’d originally dreamt (a total creation, which is an impossibility), they decide George Lucas isn’t worth the praise they originally foisted on him. Absolutely circular, and absolutely pointless.
It is far easier to destroy than to create.
African Americans came out to the polls in record numbers to support President Barack Obama’s campaign and ultimately Democratic candidates across the spectrum in 2008. The upcoming midterm election is an opportunity for the community to again voice the needs of the collective electorate by bringing those same numbers to the polls in November. An active electorate will solidify African American support for the President and guarantee that he will have the support to continue passing the reforms benefiting Americans throughout the country. One effort towards that goal is the barber shop and Beauty Salon program--which is a means to reach out to those voters; garner interest; register voters and solicit new volunteers to support the President.
On black radio stations in cities such as Philadelphia, Cincinnati and St. Louis, it sounds a lot like 2008. It's not the music; it's the message.
Aiming to tap into President Barack Obama's off-the-charts approval rating among blacks, the Democratic National Committee has dusted off the presidential campaign's logo, lingo and grassroots strategy to get black voters to the polls this November.
Democrats are betting that if the midterms are a referendum on Obama, they'll like their odds with African-Americans. So in print and radio ads airing in urban areas in battleground states, they have made the midterms all about Obama.
Before a standing-room-only crowd at George Washington University's Jack Morton Auditorium today, DNC Chairman Tim Kaine unveiled a new look—and a new website—for the Democratic Party.
After defeating Indianapolis and Washington, the Texans are one of the NFL's most intriguing early-season success stories.
Now they host the winless Dallas Cowboys, who rank as one of the league's biggest disappointments.
In support of repealing the Don't Ask Don't Tell laws that prevent gays and lesbians from serving in the military, Lady Gaga said at a rally that ‘equality is the prime rib of America’.
"I am here to be a voice for my generation. Ultimately the law is being enforced by using gay profiling and gay soldiers have become targets," she added. The singer said that the policy was "unjust" and against everything Americans stood for.
According to The Associated Press, Barry Meyer, chief executive of Warner Bros., said his company decided to not participate in Apple's proposal for 99 cent TV episode rentals, because they feel the price is too low. Meyer revealed his company's stance this week at an investor conference hosted by Merrill Lynch in California.
"Meyer said the deal was not a good value for the studio subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., which sells permanent downloads shows such as 'Gossip Girl' on iTunes for $2.99 each," the report said.
One of the provisions of the new healthcare reform legislation will significantly influence the administrative burdens of your business unless the IRS interprets it in a way that recognizes the challenges of small business. As of now, the legislation states that, beginning in 2012, if you pay any person or corporation more than $600 in a year for goods or services with cash or a check, you must report that to both the IRS and the entity or person whom you paid with a 1099 form.
In the past this only applied to services from unincorporated individuals or enterprises. But under this new provision, for example, if you bought $600 worth of toner cartridges from a big box store with cash or credit, you would have to issue a 1099 to the company from which you made the purchase (and if you were on the receiving end, you would need to report the 1099 transactions separately from gross revenues, presumably).
The IRS seems to be developing an exemption for credit and debit card transactions, although it has not yet been finalized.
The good news is that the IRS has asked for comments from the public. If you would like to be heard on this issue, you can copy and paste the sample letter below, edit it as you choose (adding the strength of your reaction or personal examples, though in civil terms) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure that the subject line of your email says Notice 2010-51. Please note that the emails must be sent by Sept. 29, 2010.
We understand the government’s desire to track cash transactions, but the current system would impose an unacceptable record-keeping and reporting burden on small businesses like yours.
Don’t hesitate to copy your Senators and Congressperson, with a little “Save small business! Help us!” note or something similar.
Thank you for your support (and your membership in AIGA).
AIGA executive director
Sheyla Hershey’s fight to save her M cup breast implants came to an end Thursday, as she underwent surgery in Richmond, Tex., to have them removed, myFOXhouston.com reported.
Hershey -- who was trying to achieve fame for having the largest breasts in the world and has had over 30 plastic surgeries -- was plagued by severe infections and high fevers after her most recent implant surgery in Brazil in June 2010.
"I decided to go smaller -- a lot smaller. I just want a normal size like a normal housewife has," she said.
"I know it's going to be a lot of pain on me because I love to have them, but I realize that my family comes first and I love my daughter and son and they come first."
"Even though I love to have huge breasts ... I'm going to try to live without it. Hopefully I will be done then and be happy and just running around with my kids!"
Microsoft has never been cool, has never had good taste, but their lack of cool and lack of taste are spiraling out of control.
Kathleen Sebelius, US Department of Health and Human Service Secretary, has told AHIP (America's Health Insurance Plans) members to stop using scare tactics and half truths to place the blame for 2011 premium increases on the patient protections in the Affordable Care Act. Sebelius stressed that the Affordable Care Act should have a minimal impact on premiums for the majority of Americans.
In a letter to AHIP, the national association of health insurers, Sebelius accuses several health insurance carriers of sending letters to enrollees falsely blaming 2011 premium hikes on the new legislation.
There will be "zero tolerance" for this type of misinformation and unjustified increases in premium rates, Sebelius warned.
Sebelius reminds AHIP that the provisions included in the Affordable Care Act were fully supported by AHIP and its member companies.