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Looking for the perfect TV for gameday?

November 3, 2010

Written by: Chris Sweda

It is football season (or basketball or hockey whatever) and the guys are coming over to watch next week’s big game. You have everything ready to go but wait, you can’t watch the game on you old Zenith Chroma color! It’s time for an upgrade.

The vast majority of televisions have been built around the same technology: the Cathode Ray Tube (CRT). The television image is produced by lighting up different areas of the phosphor coating with different colors at different intensities. But they do have a serious drawback they are bulky consequently, any big-screen CRT television is going to weigh a ton and take up a sizable chunk of a room. That was in the past; today you have a wide range of slim TVs from LCDs to plasma. But which one is the right on for you? Flat screen technology offers basically two types of displays LCD (Liquid crystal display) and Plasma (a gas charged method of lighting pixels).

They look, a lot alike and sound a lot alike… so what is the difference? LCD sizes start in the widest range. Typically 13 to 45 are the most common but some manufacturer’s offer LCD displays in up to 100. Plasma screen sizes, typically, range from 32 to 63. However, like with the LCD, some manufacturers are offering much larger sizes up to 103 if you can afford them. LCD TVs are most versatile, and tend to look better in the typical viewing situations because they do not reflect light like the Plasma screens do. Because LCD TVs are backlit they naturally block outside light in order to create blacks and therefore fare better in natural lighting situations. Plasma pixel, technology produces a much brighter picture with more contrast between the blacks and whites (blacks are blacker and whites are whiter) than LCD technology because the pixels are either all off or all on. However, because of screen reflection, ambient light can nullify all the advantages Plasma has to offer. So consider where you will be viewing your display and the lighting situation that exists there.

The newest technology with LCDs have typical refresh rates of 16ms or less (the lower the number the better). This means that LCD TVs refresh as well as Plasma TVs. Plasma TVs have been known, from the beginning, to have excellent refresh rates and, in the past, significantly outperformed the LCD TVs. However that has changed with newer technology and refresh rate differences for Plasma and LCD TVs are negligible. Some TVs might have a problem with a burn-in effect. What is burn-in you might ask? Simply put, it is a damaged pixel. Newer technology LCD TVs do not have a problem with burn-in. But sometimes still have a ghosting effect because of abnormal pixel charge. Newer technology has reduced the burn-in effect of plasma TVs very significantly by use of pixel orbiter. However, it is recommended that this be one of the issues you discuss with the retailer you purchase your set from.

LCD TVs are quite a bit pricier than Plasma when it comes to big screen (42 and larger). However, if you are looking at the smaller sets (13 to 32) then LCD is your best (and perhaps only) choice. Plasma TVs give you more bang for your buck. But if any of the other considerations above are insurmountable, or if money is not an issue and you want the best possible picture, then LCD is the way to go. Flat screen technology is always changing. What cost $10,000 7-years ago, now cost $400 at your local Wal-Mart today.

It’s becoming more and more important to know how to select a flat panel TV. There are slim, sleek, bright and beautiful TVs that are offering amazing viewing experiences from built-in Internet services to 3D displays. The simple fact is that there will always be newer technology so do your research before you buy, and in the end you will have a TV you will love for more than just the big game.


‘Glee’ Cast Gives Fans Advance Halloween Treat

October 26, 2010


The popular cast of the hit TV musical show, “Glee,” recently gave their fans, select media and some VIPs an advance Halloween treat by giving an advance screening of their “Rocky Horror Picture Show” tribute episode at the Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles.

Fans, who were encouraged to dress in costumes, packed the midnight screening of “The Rocky Horror Glee Show.”

In the episode, the thrill begins when Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) decides to have the glee club perform “The Rocky Horror Glee Show” for the annual school musical after learning of Emma Pillsbury’s (Jayma Mays) newfound love for the cult classic.

Despite Sue Sylvester’s (Jane Lynch) usual scheming, the members of New Directions inject their distinctive style to such timeless tracks as “The Time Warp” and “Damn It, Janet.”

During our recent “Glee” set visit at the Paramount Pictures Studios, we sat with the cast as they talked about their experience in the Halloween-themed episode that will be shown in the US on Tuesday, October 26.

“Glee” creator-writer Ryan Murphy told his cast, “You can say who you play.”

But the “Eat Pray Love” director added, “The only mystery we’re keeping a secret is which of the guys had to wear those gold lame briefs. The reason we did that musical was because Adam Shankman directed it. That musical really captures the spirit of ‘Glee.’ I remember being 13 or 14 years old and going to see it. There were many other people around who didn’t fit in their school and no one loved them or cared about them. It was just a feeling of community and sort of outsiders. I thought, ‘Oh, that works great for the show.’ So we really do pay tribute to it. It’s is our first album that we put out (in this season). It is called ‘The Rocky Horror Glee Show Album.’ (The album is released in Manila by Sony Music Entertainment Philippines.) It came out mid-October for Halloween.”

Cory Monteith, who is Finn Hudson in the series, disclosed he was playing Brad Majors. Kevin McHale (Artie Abrams) revealed he was “the professor of criminology.” Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) said she was Janet and Amber Riley (Mercedes Jones) told us she was Frank N Further.

Matthew disclosed, “I am the director.”

Ryan added, “Matt does a great number with Jayma where she does ‘Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a Touch Me,’ the Susan Sarandon song which was actually Jayma’s audition piece for the show.”

Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel) revealed, “I play Riff Raff. I was very excited. I begged them to let me do Riff Raff and I had to be in the make-up chair two hours every day to get the bald cap on and the wig. I was a little carried away with the character so I have a huge bruise on my elbow but it was so much fun. It is one of the best things we’ve done on the show so far.”

Heather Morris (Brittany Pierce) and Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina Cohen-Chang) both play Columbia.

Jenna added, “I also got to play another partygoer so I get to wear lots of wigs. None of us was recognizable. Heather looked just like Columbia.”

Heather quipped, “Yeah, it was weird. I morphed from Brittany to Columbia.”

Dianna Agron (Quinn Fabray) said, “I got to play Magenta. I was so excited because I loved the film growing up. My mom also did not understand why I liked ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ so I had to hide watching it because she thinks the movie is inappropriate for me. I walked past Ryan and I was saying, ‘Who’s playing Magenta?’ and then walk away.” She laughed.

“It was so much fun,” she revealed. “I just love dressing up. I think that was a part of me that was instilled as a kid and I never lost it. It was really fun.”

“I play the lips,” Mark Salling (Noah “Puck” Puckerman) said and laughed. “I’d never seen the show before so I watched it when I found out we were going to do it.”

“It’s so great because there’s no point to the movie,” Chris added. “There’s a little bit of a plot but the whole point of the movie is just to have fun. I mean, how great is that just to interact and have a good time. There’s no message or anything. Just have a good time. It did really fit well with us.”

And to the “Glee” fans who were at the advance screening, having a good time and lots of fun was exactly what they did!


Tom Bosley Is Dead

October 19, 2010

source TMZ

Tom Bosley — who famously played Mr. Cunningham on “Happy Days” — has died at his home in Palm Springs … TMZ has learned.

Tom Bosley dead.

Family members tell us Bosley had been battling a staph infection.

He was 83 years old.

UPDATE: A rep for the Bosleys tells TMZ Tom “died of natural causes or specifically, from a brief battle with lung cancer.”


Paramount Brings Spike TV’s “Deadliest Warrior” To The Big Screen

October 4, 2010

Paramount Pictures announced today it has made a deal for Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment to do a big-screen adaptation of sister company Spike TV‘s original hit series “Deadliest Warrior.”  The announcement comes on the heels of the show’s Season 2 finale, which brought about exceptional ratings for the network. Spike TV has renewed the series for a third season.

This partnership by Paramount and Spike TV marks the first time that the Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) owned companies have worked together.  “Spike has some of the most innovative and forward-thinking content on television today, “Deadliest Warrior” being no exception. The property has proven its ability to engage audiences across multiple platforms,” said Paramount Film Group President Adam Goodman.  “We hope this is the first of much future collaboration with Spike.”

“Deadliest Warrior” pits history’s greatest warriors against one another to determine who reigns supreme. Along with the use of 21st century science and the latest in CGI technology, the series enlists world-class fighters, historians and weapons experts to provide insight into the unique history and style of these combatants which culminates in a head-to-head final fight between two warriors to declare which one would have been the deadliest.   The first two seasons showed such memorable battles as Spartan vs. Ninja, Viking vs. Samurai, Pirate vs. Knight, Yakuza vs. Mafia and Comanche vs. Mongol.

The film’s storyline is being kept under wraps.

Shawn Levy and 21 Laps President Dan Levine will produce the film, with the possibility that Levy may direct. The property fits within Levy and 21 Laps’ ongoing expansion from family comedies to event action movies, following the “Night and the Museum” franchise and Levy’s current action drama “Real Steel” with Hugh Jackman for DreamWorks.


Smallville Final Season Premier tonight

September 24, 2010

Oprah Premieres Final Season with Special Guests, Largesse for Audience

September 14, 2010

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey kicked off the first show of her 25th and final season on broadcast television by dancing on stage with one of Hollywood’s most famous hoofers, John Travolta, to the delight of her studio audience.

The crowd of 300 select fans stood, cheering and screaming during Monday’s show. Some wiped tears from their eyes.

Check out photos of Oprah Winfrey

Oprah harked back to her first show in 1986, when she tried to line up Don Johnson as her first guest since he was a huge star on Miami Vice at the time. He declined, and she told the audience that she couldn’t even “bribe” him with rhinestone sunglasses, adding that he never returned them.

Johnson then popped up, returning the sunglasses and wisecracking: “I understand things have been going OK for you.”

Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney among Kennedy Center honorees

The biggest surprise of all was what the giveaway queen awarded the audience: all-expenses-paid trips to Australia. She of course famously gave every audience member a car in 2004, an event that was once voted the greatest surprise, fiction or nonfiction, in TV history.

The announcement provoked paroxysms of squealing, hugging and more tears in the crowd as confetti fell from the rafters. Travolta came out dressed as “the real Qantas airline pilot” that he is. The audience still mustered cheers when they got smartphones a little later.

Another surprise: Paul Simon turned up to sing a song he’d written for her 10th anniversary.

Then it was Winfrey’s turn to cry.

Oprah back atop the Forbes Celebrity 100 list

The 56-year-old self-made billionaire isn’t going anywhere, really. Winfrey — who made some $315 million last year not only from her show, but also her magazine, website, radio channel, TV specials and movies like the Oscar-nominated Precious is launching her own network, OWN the Oprah Winfrey Network, on New Year’s Day.


Fall Schedule: TV Calendar

September 14, 2010