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Sounds like Fred took his AVS/HOTP retirement seriously.
Well, I know he still checked in and responded to emails for quite a while. We even made plans to meet in Florida during one of my trips, but then he quit responding and I ended up losing his email address.

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‘X-Men’ Live-Action TV Series in Development at Fox
By Shelli Weinstein, Variety.com - Jan. 26, 2015

Marvell should really start to be concerned about over saturation at this point....
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Paging Fredfa! Paging Fredfa!
By dad1153, Hot Off The Press Thread - Jan. 28, 2015

It's a little unorthodox, but a personal emergency has presented itself and I really need to speak with our old friend Fredfa. He hasn't posted on "HOTP" for quite some time though. If anyone here on "HOTP" knows someone on AVS Forum that can get me in touch with Fredfa, by either phone, personal e-mail or PM, I'd really appreciate it. PM me with the info or let Fredfa know that I need to get in touch with him, the sooner the better.

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You might try reaching him through his Facebook page, I sent it to you in a PM.
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By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Jan. 28, 2015

THE AMERICANS FX, 10:00 p.m. ET
+ using Marvels Avengers movie 7:00pm as a leadin good move.

Speaking of Scarlett Johansson movies "Her" is on HBO Signature thursday 9:00pm.
Set in the near future Theo (Joaquin Phoenix) gets his computer a new OS with artificial intelligence & while this movie won an Oscar for screenwriting Scarlett shouldve won for her voice as "Samantha" the OS....WOW
Rooney Mara is in it too appropriate for super bowl week.

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Bloomberg Shakes Up Newsroom Side of His Company
By Ravi Somaiyan, The New York Times - Jan. 26, 2015

Things have changed at Bloomberg since its founder, Michael R. Bloomberg, returned to the office.

Some of the changes are small. He had struggled to find the paper towel dispensers, artfully hidden behind the mirrors in the company bathrooms, so he had them labeled with arrows. Emails between staff members are marked with the time the employee entered the office, a measure that has been reinstated since Mr. Bloomberg returned and that some suspect is intended to encourage employees to arrive earlier (or to shame them for arriving late). In a memo, he asked his staff members to make sure their security cards do not cover their name badges so that he can identify them more easily.

Some of the changes are big. The company’s chief executive, Daniel L. Doctoroff, stepped down last year after it became clear that Mr. Bloomberg wanted to make his own decisions. Late last year the founder and longtime head of the news operation, Matthew Winkler, was moved aside and given an honorary title. He wasreplaced by John Micklethwait, the editor of The Economist. Mr. Bloomberg oversaw the process. Mr. Winkler’s deputy, Laurie Hays, once seen as his heir apparent, left shortly afterward.

When Mr. Bloomberg, 72, left New York’s City Hall nearly 13 months ago, some expected him to retreat to his philanthropy enterprises and devote himself full time to the social causes he has championed. Instead he has thrown himself into his news operation with vigor. His forceful assertion of the leadership there has shaken up the newsroom, nearly a dozen current and former members of the staff said in interviews, breaking old alliances and stalemates and creating uncertainty among employees as they try to carry out new initiatives and policies.

Mr. Bloomberg has changed plans, shifted strategies and looked deep into the organization to concern himself with the most minute policies and decisions, according to the current and former employees, who insisted on anonymity because of the sensitivity of talking about the former mayor’s leadership. To journalists, working under a man who is used to getting what he wants and whose name is on the building, he feels like a weather system, one former employee said — high up, uncontrollable and all-powerful.

The company declined to make Mr. Bloomberg or his senior media executives available for interviews. “Yes, he’s running the business,” said Marc LaVorgna, a Bloomberg spokesman. Mr. Bloomberg, he said, has “an ability to think globally and at the same time drill down into the details better than anyone.”

“It’s why he was successful in building and running this business, and why he was successful as mayor,” Mr. LaVorgna said.

He sits among colleagues on the fifth floor of Bloomberg L.P.’s offices on Lexington Avenue, the same area from which its television operations are run, and holds meetings near his desk. He takes Spanish lessons in a conference room.

Mr. Bloomberg, who was mayor of New York from 2002 to 2014, has never been a journalist, and the last time he ran his company its media operations were smaller. But he is fascinated with the power and potential of the media, those familiar with his thinking said.

In addition to attending some daily editorial meetings, he has smaller gatherings with senior executives, including Justin B. Smith, the chief executive of Bloomberg Media Group, who is spearheading a large-scale transformation of the company’s journalism, and Josh Tyrangiel, the editor of Businessweek magazine. Often the two emerge with new ideas or changes of direction after meeting with Mr. Bloomberg.

Mr. Bloomberg “is a complicated, brilliant man,” said Elisabeth DeMarse, who worked closely with him as head of marketing until the late 1990s. As the manager of a company, she said, he enjoys shaking things up. “He loves keeping people off-kilter,” she said. “He doesn’t let anyone get on too high of a horse.”

The media businesses, said a person familiar with their finances, are losing hundreds of millions of dollars a year for Bloomberg L.P., which gets the vast majority of more than $9 billion in annual revenue from its financial data terminals. Mr. Bloomberg aims to bring the media section’s losses under control, while ramping up the level of influence his company has in what he sees as a growth area.

He told senior editorial staff members at a conference in New York early in January that when he left to serve as mayor in 2002 his company had one news organization. When he returned, he said, it had 12, referring to separate teams for the news wire, television, radio, the web, the magazines and others. The inference some drew is that Mr. Micklethwait, who starts work next month, will be tasked with unifying them.

Mr. Bloomberg has been especially engaged with the revamping of his company’s television offerings, down to the finest details — he personally decided to kill the stock ticker scrolling across the bottom of the screen, and introduced information boxes on the right side of the picture, several employees said. He has also reviewed a new business news website, which is seen as a crucial offering for the company’s core business audience. The introduction of that site, scheduled for last Tuesday, was delayed, though apparently for technical reasons.

Mr. Bloomberg, said two people with direct knowledge of the matter, is an avid consumer of the media. He has an iPhone 6 Plus, but largely uses its Bloomberg app, for everything including email. Among the publications he reads on his iPad Mini are The New York Post and The Economist.

When he was planning for life after City Hall, he was widely expected to devote time to the business of giving away a fortune that Forbes estimates at $35 billion. But some who knew him doubted he would be content to spend his days approving grant applications. He would “rather stick pins in his eyes,” one friend said. He was also told that the White House would support him as a candidate for president of the World Bank.

But in the end he returned to his company, slowly at first, while also traveling the world on a kind of valedictory tour. As the tour ended, he became more and more hands-on at Bloomberg L.P., the company he founded in 1982, particularly its media arm.

Though he has not publicly outlined a strategy for Bloomberg’s journalism, he has told friends that people are more likely to buy terminals if the company’s other media offerings are highly influential. Broader coverage will also have a reach beyond the terminals, and can draw in those, like chief executives at businesses outside of finance, who do not subscribe. Also, public figures are more likely to give news-making interviews to a general publication than to a financial wire service.

While he was at City Hall, the news division expanded to include ambitious news reporting and investigative projects, a strategy that has at times put the newsroom’s goals at odds with those of the business side — in China, for instance, which the company views as a huge growth market for its data services. Those tensions have not yet been resolved, said people familiar with internal discussions.

A range of new products, including a politics TV show and website headed by the political journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, were part of a plan put into place by Mr. Smith, whom several people described as being accountable to Mr. Bloomberg for decisions taken before his return.

“Working for Mike,” said Ms. DeMarse, who is now chief executive of TheStreet, a financial media company, “is not for everyone. You have to be very smart; you have to have a high tolerance for ambiguity; you have to be flexible, because things change so quickly. The organization can be very fluid, and your authority in it has to be earned.”

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‘Sons Of Liberty’ Ratings: Finale Draws Steady 3.3 Million Viewers
By Patrick Hipes, Deadline.com - Jan. 28, 2015

History’s three-part miniseries Sons Of Liberty wrapped last night, with 3.3 million total viewers tuning in to see the finale — 1.1 million of those in the adults 18-49 demo. The network said it was the night’s most-watched cable show in total viewers, and those numbers are mostly even with Night 1 of the mini on Sunday, which drew 3.3M viewers and 1.4M in the demo.

The mini, which took an action angle on historical figures including Sam Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock and Dr. Joseph Warren planning the American Revolution, was a solid viewer-getter for the network but it fell short of the May 2012 phenom Hatfields & McCoys mini, which drew 13.9 million total viewers and 4.8 million adults 18-49 in its first episode which was the No. 1 nonsports telecast ever on ad-supported cable. History followed that in March 2013 with the debut of mini The Bible to a crowd of 13.1 million viewers, that year’s most-watched cable entertainment telecast.

Over its three nights, Sons Of Liberty averaged 3.1M total viewers, 1.1M adults 18-49 and 1.3M adults 25-54.

Sons Of Liberty is produced by A+E Studios in association with Stephen David Entertainment for History.

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'Parenthood' forges familial bonds
By Bill Keveney, USA Today - Jan. 28, 2015

A TV series is hardly a blood relative, but it's understandable if Parenthood fans feel a bit of familial loss when the Bravermans depart NBC Thursday (10 p.m. ET/PT).

The people who make the drama, which is based on the popular 1989 movie, feel that way, too.

"You're doing work that's very personal and intimate. I find it's particularly poignant for me, and I think that feeling is shared by a lot of people who have worked on the show," executive producer Jason Katims says. "We have an incredibly passionate and loyal audience that truly loves the show. It feels satisfying to hear that time and time again."

Peter Krause, who plays Adam, the eldest of Camille and Zeek Braverman's four children, says he is happy with how Parenthood ends after six seasons, but, as with a real family, there are always more stories that could have been told.

"I feel like we finished the show and still had some gas left in the tank," he says of the series' 103 episodes. "For the Bravermans, the show remains hopeful, life goes on and there are some surprises about where some of the characters' lives wind up."

Parenthood has enjoyed an intense cult following despite modest ratings (an average of 6.2 million viewers this season), and stuck around thanks to an upscale audience profile.

A couple of the series' more memorable storylines have taken place in Adam's immediate family, as his wife, Kristina (Monica Potter) successfully battled cancer and their son, Max (Max Burkholder), progressed after a diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome.

"I thought Monica did such an incredible job with the breast cancer story. I think it brought the show to another level," Katims says.

Krause remembers "when we did the pilot, and Adam was in denial about things being wrong with his son, and then he has to slowly accept that that's happening. And then we have Adam and Kristina dealing with it and then they're OK with it. There's a community of people with autistic kids who I've gotten to meet, and it's been very meaningful to them."

Katims also is proud of the current story revolving around
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The penultimate episode also featured
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Emotion "hits me at unexpected times," Krause says. "I started to tear up when
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I was surprised. I was like, 'Aw, I can't believe I was sucker-punched by my own show.' "

The finale centers on a milestone family event, the wedding of Sarah (Lauren Graham) , the second-oldest Braverman child, and Hank Rizzoli (Ray Romano).

Sarah has moved up the ceremony to make sure her dad will be there.

"I think the finale is uplifting, even though there's some very tough material," Katims says. "Ultimately, it speaks to what the show has been about in its whole run, the power of this family coming together, the strength and beauty of that."

Both Katims and Krause say they would be interested in revisiting the Bravermans in some format shorter than a regular series.

"I love the idea," Katims says. "You look at a movie like Boyhood and see what they're able to accomplish by looking at a family over time. We've kind of done that. I would give anything to see where Max goes to college, what his first job is; to see Joel and Julia down the road a little bit; to see what happens to The Luncheonette. I'd like to see what happens to this family."

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