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Posted by on Dec 27, 2009 in Misc | 1 comment

GrandVista Kids "Joy of Christmas"

During December, my daughter Lauren was a part of GrandVista Kids,the children’s ensemble at GrandVista Entertainment directed by Sarah Valley Rose and co-directed by Constance Florance. It’s comprised of Emily Adams, Katie Chance, Rachel Dales, Connor Danos, Thea Danos, La’Yazmin Fitts, Charity Overstreet, Zuri Lyles, Zyann Taylor, Lauren Whitlock, Olivia Wright, and Meredity Binkley. GV Kids was initially created for in-studio work and partnered with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center to make the holiday album Joy of Christmas (a portion of the proceeds go to Vanderbilt Kennedy Center). After numerous positive reactions at local non-profit functions, they’re being developed into a national touring act. This home video was recorded at The Blakeford at Green Hills on...

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Posted by on Dec 9, 2009 in Misc | 1 comment

Hold That Tiger

Tiger Woods’ career as he knows it is over. Before the car accident, golf commentators always speculated about his ability to win. They took scalpels to his swing and his putting, quoted statistics like poetry, and marveled at his game—whether good or bad. Now, David Feherty (twitter) will have digs and punch lines galore for the red-clad one. Gary McCord might actually be funny. And Jim Lampley might actually have nothing good to say. When Tiger plays well, they will postulate, “He’s trying to overcome his bad PR.” When he plays poorly, they will offer, “He’s still being haunted by the events of November 2009.” If he loses a sponsor, they’ll talk about chinks in the armor. If he goes without a major tournament win in 2010, Sports Illustrated will probably run a headline like, “Will Tiger Catch Nicklaus?” The cover will be a picture like this one. The wild card in Tiger’s long-term recovery is his mental toughness. Despite the wins, the statistics, the money list, and the...

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Posted by on Dec 8, 2009 in Misc | 0 comments

Sex Doesn’t Sell

From WORLD Magazine. Most films with sexual content perform worse at the box office than films with little or no sexual content. That’s the conclusion of a new study published in November in the journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. Using data from 914 films released between 2001 and 2005, researchers Dean Keith Simonton from the University of California-Davis, and independent Vancouver-based researcher Anemone Cerridwen discovered that explicit sex and nudity actually hurt a film’s performance: On average, gross sales were 31 percent lower than films without the content. Write the authors: “It is manifest that anyone who argues that sex sells or impresses must be put on notice. At present, no filmmaker should introduce such content under the assumption that it guarantees a big box office, earns critical acclaim, or wins movie awards. On the contrary, other forms of strong film content appear far more potent, either commercially or...

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