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1. Announcing sweeps winners isn't easy
Numbers are what they are. They allow for a way to communicate a level of measurement of something. At its very core, mass media obsesses over the numbers related to everything.
2. McKee out at WISN-TV 12
WISN-TV Ch. 12 announced Monday that evening anchor Craig McKee is headed to Cincinnati. According to Jan Wade, president and general manager, McKee's last day on the air in Milwaukee will be Friday.
3. Milwaukee Film Festival adds Avalon Theater to roster of venues
This morning, Milwaukee Film announced that the newly renovated Avalon Theater in Bay View will be added to the lineup of venues for its upcoming seventh annual film festival.
4. Review: Not all Disney princesses the same
"Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy" is a feature-length adventure that ultimately illustrates how unselfishly putting the needs of others before oneself can be truly magical.
5. The shows I watch and why
For me, watching "TV" is a matter of time management. I find time for things that provide value and create entertainment value in my life. I think you should too. So, here's a list of what I watch and why.
6. Get to know Gortimer Gibbon
Seeking a new family show to watch this past weekend Jeff Sherman did some searching and reading on Twitter, and found the Amazon Original Series "Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street."
7. "Wild Tales" is a bitterly entertaining six-course meal of sweet revenge
The opening credits may prattle off stills of beasts - lions, zebras, cheetahs and the like - in the wild. They've got nothing, however, on the civilized animals of the deliciously devious Argentinean anthology - and 2015 Best Foreign Film nominee - "Wild Tales," their claws all out and bloody for revenge. And as the famous phrase goes, revenge is a dish best served six times and mercilessly. Or something like that.
8. 'Into The Woods' a musical that misses the mark
Let's start out with the obvious, and the best part of the film. Anna Kendrick as Cinderella is the perfect casting.
9. "Undocumented Executive" adds dash of hot sauce to predictable tale
"Undocumented Executive," recently released on iTunes, takes the traditional fish out of water story and adds a dash of hot sauce. Perhaps the more interesting story here, however, is behind the camera.
10. Timber! "Serena" cuts Lawrence and Cooper's star power down to Earth
There's a movie out in theaters starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, and nobody cares. This seems impossible. And then I actually saw "Serena," and ooooooh, it all makes so much sense now.
11. Milwaukee Film open call for entries for 2015 festival
Attention, Milwaukee filmmakers. Milwaukee Film is now accepting entries for the seventh annual Milwaukee Film Festival, which runs Sept. 24-Oct. 8. For the fourth year in a row, the festival is offering free submission for all films and is promising to award at least $16,000 in cash awards this year.
12. "Jodorowsky's Dune" finds hope and success in a Hollywood failure
By most definitions, director Alejandro Jodorowsky's attempt to adapt Frank Herbert's "Dune" to the big screen in the mid-'70s was a failure. The filmmaker's furiously inventive and imaginative movie never made it to the big screen, but man ... what a trip it would've been, at least certainly judging by Frank Pavich's hypnotically fascinating documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune," showing tonight at 7 p.m. at the UWM Union Theatre.
13. "'71": Punishment for its star, pulse-pounding thrills for its audience
I'm starting to get concerned about Jack O'Connell. First there was "Starred Up," in which he plays a violent prison inmate; then he starred in the two-hour beatdown-palooza that was "Unbroken." And now there's "'71," which doesn't even get five seconds in before it's punching O'Connell in the face and dragging him through mud. If he insists on essentially self-flagellating on screen, though, at least it's in the service of a quite good movie.
14. Gousha talks media, Milwaukee and more Thursday morning
On Thursday morning, March 19, you have the opportunity to hear Mike Gousha talk about Milwaukee, media and more.
15. NeverBeast deserved this film's ending
"Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast" came out on Blu-ray combo pack last week. Most of us older than say the age of 12 will love this film. And it isn't because of Tinker Bell or her friends who live in Pixie Hollow.
16. Report: Miller High Life Guy actor Windell Middlebrooks dies at 36
TMZ is reporting that actor Windell Middlebrooks died today. The actor was most famous for his recurring ad campaign role as the Miller High Life Guy, a straight-talking delivery man who preached the values of the true "high life" and would revoke the beer in situations deemed unworthy.
17. Former Milwaukee hotel GM basks in "The Bachelor" limelight in Iowa
Dwight Hopfauf is a former Milwaukee resident and the former assistant general manger at Milwaukee's Hilton City Center in Downtown. These days he's basking in "The Bachelor" limelight at Hotel Julien Dubuque.
18. "Sofia" may brighten a cold and gloomy day
Too much snow, ice and cold get you down? "Sofia The First Holiday In Enchancia" DVD may be perfect for the youngest ones we bundle up in sweaters, blankets and big poofy jackets.
19. Everything is local!: Milwaukee native Schrab pegged for "The Lego Movie Sequel"
"The Lego Movie Sequel" made headlines yesterday announcing its newly appointed director: Rob Schrab, a veteran of TV shows like "The Mindy Project," "Children's Hospital" and, most notably, NBC's beloved cult hit "Community." He also wrote the indie hit comic book "Scud: The Disposable Assassin." Oh, and he's also from Wisconsin! Everything is local! Everything is cool when you're from Milwaukee!
20. Oscar-winning "Big Hero 6" now out on Blu-ray
There is little question why "Big Hero 6" won an Oscar on Sunday night. The animated movie, which comes out on Blu-ray combo pack today, has something special that can be expected out of a Disney Animation movie as much as it special sticking to its comic book origin.
21. "Alexander" Blu-ray makes you rethink your own bad days
For those who saw "Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," and those who haven't, the Blu-ray is a perfect pickup for a family movie night. It is rated PG, so make sure kids are an age to handle this kind of comedy.
22. 9 funny people who could (and should) host "The Daily Show" after Jon Stewart
I decided to create a small list of funny people that I'd personally like to see take the "The Daily Show" reigns after Stewart officially steps down later this year.
23. "101 Dalmatians" Blu-ray release full of history, great for Valentine's Day
When Disney releases "101 Dalmatians" today on Blu-ray and DVD combo pack, it won't be the first time the animated modern tale was presented.
24. Brian Williams may not recover from lies
What Brian Williams did was wrong, but why he may have done it is understandable. The NBC news anchor was caught in a lie.
25. Radio League updates streaming app
The audience for digital streaming audio - whether the content is from a local broadcaster or national outlet - is growing. Interestingly, the growth hasn't come at the detriment of local radio outlets.