entertainment http://wlrn.org en Hit-Making, Risk Taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment http://wlrn.org/post/hit-making-risk-taking-and-big-business-entertainment <p></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 24564 at http://wlrn.org Hit-Making, Risk Taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment Were You One Of The Miami Teens Photographed By Beatle Ringo Starr In 1964? http://wlrn.org/post/were-you-one-miami-teens-photographed-beatle-ringo-starr-1964 <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; "><strong>Update 3:12 p.m. Oct. 24</strong>:&nbsp;</span>The mystery of the identity of the kids in a car whose photo was snapped by Ringo Starr during The Beatles first visit to the America may have been solved.</p><p>Sadly, Starr may have gotten his cities mixed up. The photo was likely not taken in Miami, but in New York.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:36:41 +0000 Luisa Yanez & Noel Gonzalez 22573 at http://wlrn.org Were You One Of The Miami Teens Photographed By Beatle Ringo Starr In 1964? Sony Explains Why Its PlayStation 4 Costs $1,845 In Brazil http://wlrn.org/post/sony-explains-why-its-playstation-4-costs-1845-brazil Sony's new PlayStation 4 won't be on store shelves until next month, but the gaming console has already raised eyebrows in Brazil, after reports that it would cost 3,999 Brazilian real — or about $1,845 at today's exchange rate.<p>The company says the steep cost isn't a case of price gouging, but instead a sign of Brazil's heavy taxes and fees on imported electronics.<p>The game system will be released in the United States on Nov. 15 and in countries including Brazil later that month. Large retailers in the U.S. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:41:36 +0000 Bill Chappell 22529 at http://wlrn.org Sony Explains Why Its PlayStation 4 Costs $1,845 In Brazil '12 Years A Slave': 160 Years Later, A Memoir Becomes A Movie http://wlrn.org/post/12-years-slave-160-years-later-memoir-becomes-movie Solomon Northup was born free in early-19th-century upstate New York. He lived the life of a respected and elegant musician until 1841, when he was lured South by the promise of a lucrative stint playing his fiddle in a traveling circus.<p>In Washington, D.C. — in the shadow of the Capitol — Northup was drugged. When he came to, he was in chains: a slave headed for the hellish world of plantation life. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:00:48 +0000 22256 at http://wlrn.org '12 Years A Slave': 160 Years Later, A Memoir Becomes A Movie Is Pitbull 'Mr. Education'? Rapper Opens Charter School In Miami http://wlrn.org/post/pitbull-mr-education-rapper-opens-charter-school-miami Rapper Pitbull (Armando Christian Pérez) is the latest in a long list of celebrities lending their star power to the flourishing charter school movement. Alicia Keyes, Denzel Washington, Shakira, Oprah — all support or sponsor charter schools.<p>The <a href="http://www.slammiami.com/" target="_blank">Sports Leadership And Management Academy (SLAM)</a>, Pitbull's new public charter school for students in grades six through 12, opened this fall in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:35:38 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 22181 at http://wlrn.org Is Pitbull 'Mr. Education'? Rapper Opens Charter School In Miami New Drive-In Theater Is A Blast From The Past For Miami's Wynwood http://wlrn.org/post/new-drive-theater-blast-past-miamis-wynwood <p></p><p>Twenty-one cars gathered on Oct. 11 for the grand opening of the new Blue Starlite drive-in theater in&nbsp;Wynwood, and to catch a new spin on the blast-from-the-past movie classic &ldquo;Back to the Future.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 19:24:57 +0000 Chloe Herring 22169 at http://wlrn.org New Drive-In Theater Is A Blast From The Past For Miami's Wynwood Is Florida Back To Work Yet? http://wlrn.org/post/florida-back-work-yet <p></p><p>Touting his job-creation record, Governor Rick Scott says it’s time to cut taxes. But with questions about both the state's unemployment rate and education spending being lower than before the Great Recession, Democrats say the Governor’s priorities are off.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 20538 at http://wlrn.org Is Florida Back To Work Yet? ‘Burn Notice’ Finale Brings Curtain Down On South Florida Production Companies, Too http://wlrn.org/post/burn-notice-finale-brings-curtain-down-south-florida-production-companies-too <p style="margin: 0in 0in 12pt; line-height: 19pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Arial;color:#1A2732">Starting Friday, <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Miami</st1:place></st1:city> will see a sharp drop in sabotage, sniper fire and explosions. And that has quite a few people worried about the future.</span></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:20:59 +0000 Doug Hanks 20495 at http://wlrn.org ‘Burn Notice’ Finale Brings Curtain Down On South Florida Production Companies, Too Dancing With The Dictators: Kanye West Joins The Club http://wlrn.org/post/dancing-dictators-kanye-west-joins-club Rapper Kanye West got paid a <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2013/09/01/kanye-west-paid-millions-to-perform-in-borat-land/">reported $3 million</a> to perform at the wedding of the grandson of Kazakhstan's autocratic President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 16:05:20 +0000 20141 at http://wlrn.org Dancing With The Dictators: Kanye West Joins The Club Can 'Devious Maids' Really Break Stereotypes About Latinas? http://wlrn.org/post/can-devious-maids-really-break-stereotypes-about-latinas On Sunday nights this summer, Lifetime is hoping to draw audiences with a campy, soapy drama from Marc Cherry, the creative mind behind <em>Desperate Housewives</em>. It's called <em>Devious Maids</em>, and it looks nothing like anything else on television because it has five Latina stars. It's an unprecedented lineup for a prime-time drama.<p>The show itself is an upstairs/downstairs story about sensible maids and their neurotic bosses. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:43:03 +0000 16676 at http://wlrn.org Can 'Devious Maids' Really Break Stereotypes About Latinas? Why Miami Is Now A Hub For Latino TV http://wlrn.org/post/why-miami-now-hub-latino-tv <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding-left: 10px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, 'DejaVu Serif', serif; font-size: 15px; ">If you had to guess where most of the TV programming for Latinos is being produced these days, where would you guess? L.A., New York, Texas? How about Miami? A recent deal has solidified Miami as a major television hub.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Karen Burkett 14563 at http://wlrn.org Why Miami Is Now A Hub For Latino TV Crowdsourcing Creativity At The Cinema http://wlrn.org/post/got-creative-idea-movie-crowdsource-it These days, if they can't find a producer to fund their latest film, a lot of artists turn to crowdsourcing sites like Kickstarter to raise money for production.<p>But here's a new twist: a project headed up by director Ron Howard that is crowdsourcing the <em>inspiration.</em><p>Directors get a lot of credit for great films. Hitchcock, Goddard, Scorsese, Bigelow — they're auteurs, creative visionaries. On that list, some might also include Howard, who directed such films as <em>Apollo 13,</em> <em>The Da Vinci Code</em> and <em>A Beautiful Mind</em>. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 18:40:09 +0000 Laura Sydell 12108 at http://wlrn.org Crowdsourcing Creativity At The Cinema