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I’ve finally found a flaw in the almost perfect new Time Warner DVR interface upgrade.

It’s 8pm on a Tuesday night. While surfing the menu I find the film The Impossible that I am immediately interested in. It’s a horror story for people who like to travel in areas known for tsunamis over the holidays.

Rather than getting myself involved in a 2 hour film on a school night I decide to record it to watch later. I use the search menu to find the next airing but all it offers me is a link to watch it on VOD. Now I love watching movies on VOD, but I don’t necessarily use that function to watch anything other than new “in the theater” titles. I would prefer to use my DVR recordings as my watch list of things to see each week.

So poor me, I needed to forward through 5 days worth of Showtime schedule to find the next airing of the film. I really miss the days when I could select exactly which future airing of a show I wanted to record.

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It’s great to have Jeremy Piven retweet something but it’s better to learn the word “retwitteado”
Check out the new Sundance Channel Latin America launching today!

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It’s great to have Jeremy Piven retweet something but it’s better to learn the word “retwitteado”

Check out the new Sundance Channel Latin America launching today!

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'The Art Of Rejection' The Rejection Show on ABC News (by Jon Friedman)

Seven years ago, I collaborated with Carolyn Castiglia and Jon Friedman to do a special one-off version Jon’s The Rejection Show. We called it “Chicks Love Rejection”. ABC News came and recorded the show which featured Desiree Burch, Negin Farsad, Carolita Johnson, Wendy Spero, Carolyn, Jon and me. We did the show at Mo Pitkins, a beloved performance venue and bar in the East Village. They had deep fried mac and cheese on the menu. It was crazy time in 2006!

I performed a short piece listing the rejected names for the comedy show I was producing, Chicks and Giggles. I don’t recall all the proposed names but most were awful. You can see me on stage in the clip, but there’s no audio of me.

I heard today that “nostalgia is passe” but I beg to differ. When I think of the cool things I did, it gives me hope. Maybe I will do even cooler things in the future.

I was at this show! 

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thecultureofme:

Stream: Lloydski - “Go To Sleep”

On Dither Down Records
Out August 28
7” Vinyl Sept 04

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Tonight Bravo has the television premiere of The Queen of Versailles, a popular  documentary that came out of Sundance Film Festival 2012.  

To me this was the most exciting acquisition for Bravo since they had the Network Television premiere of Brokeback Mountain back in July of 2008.  But here is the thing… Does it matter that Bravo has the television premiere of The Queen of Versailles?  While this is a great film, and a nice offering for the typical Bravo viewer to have access to, it has been available on Netflix Instant since December 14th 2012.  

The availability of The Queen of Versailles on Netflix instant seems to be known by quite a few people.  Check out the comments section of this Deadline Hollywood story last week. While Deadline does cater to a particular group of Entertainment industry insiders, anyone who has scrolled through the Netflix menus recently has seen this in the “new releases” category.  

So will the Real Housewives of Orange County viewers watch The Queen of Versailles tonight? I think they will.  Jackie Siegel looks just like the other housewives and as a result she feels like someone you already know. 

Ultimately this Bravo premiere of The Queen of Versailles will help expand awareness for the film way beyond it’s usual Sundance audience which should be an exciting thing for the director Lauren Greenfield. I also think that this serves as a reminder that premiere “television” windows may eventually be less valuable if Netflix has already bought up the streaming rights first with an earlier start date.

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The Jane Campion mini-series Top of the Lake concludes tonight.  If you missed any of it, don’t have Sundance Channel or perhaps have just cut the cord there is still a way to see it.  Top of the Lake will be available on Netflix instant tomorrow April 16th just under a month after it’s premiere date.  

The Jane Campion mini-series Top of the Lake concludes tonight.  If you missed any of it, don’t have Sundance Channel or perhaps have just cut the cord there is still a way to see it.  Top of the Lake will be available on Netflix instant tomorrow April 16th just under a month after it’s premiere date.  

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“Women do funny things,” Ms. Dorner said. “They do things like work very hard and expect to be noticed for it — and they’re not, because it doesn’t work like that.”

Instead, Ms. Dorner argues that women need to take a page from their counterparts in pushing their own agenda and advancement. “I don’t think we need to suddenly flip and all be acting in a male way,” Ms. Dorner said, “but you can learn something from male behavior.”

Women in a Man’s World - NYTimes 

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My favorite Netflix hack

Did you know that Netflix adds about 5 titles to its instant streaming service each day?  The best way to find out about these new Netflix instant titles is to follow the twitter account @netflix_instant. At about 6am they tweet out the new titles that have just become available on the service.  If you want to take your obsession to the next level, you can turn on mobile notifications and have them sent directly to your phone.

 Tracking titles with this method has given me early alerts about some recent high profile new releases.

-Mad Men season 5 was available on March 25th.  I received the tweet from @netflix_instant before Netflix was able to ping my iPad app with the news in the evening.

-Holy Motors – this amazing award winning French film became available March 26th only about 6 months after its theatrical release.

-The Hunger Games just became available yesterday.

This also serves as a general discovery method on it’s own.  Also added yesterday was the film Madchen in Uniform (1958). A film I had never heard of, but after reading a user review I learned that it was a remake of one of the first lesbian films made in 1931. Now that’s a title I doubt I would find on my own if I was just browsing through Netflix menus. 

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While I was at SXSW this year I was lucky enough to win a Roku3.  As someone who works in the cable industry and subscribes to a full cable package I am not looking to “cut the cord” but to supplement and enhance my current home entertainment options.
The set up was easy enough, I just unplugged my old Apple TV from its HDMI cable and connected the Roku. I don’t think I will miss the Apple TV.
No longer will I be huddled up in my bed with my iPad mainlining episodes of House of Cards.  I can now do that like a human being on my comfy couch in front of my large HDTV.

While I was at SXSW this year I was lucky enough to win a Roku3.  As someone who works in the cable industry and subscribes to a full cable package I am not looking to “cut the cord” but to supplement and enhance my current home entertainment options.

The set up was easy enough, I just unplugged my old Apple TV from its HDMI cable and connected the Roku. I don’t think I will miss the Apple TV.

No longer will I be huddled up in my bed with my iPad mainlining episodes of House of Cards.  I can now do that like a human being on my comfy couch in front of my large HDTV.

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