Patrice Robotnick’s ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS TV EDITION – 04/24/2020

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Our robot reporter brings us the recent articles from other websites that she believes should have been posted on TVWriter™ first…and we agree.


First, the sound:


Now, the sight:

Fonzie’s Advice for Surviving Hollywood
by Matthew Godbey

A few years ago, I was on the CBS Studio lot working on a sit-com. While taking a break from rehearsal, standing outside the stage just looking down at my feet, lost in thought, a man approached and said hello.

I looked up to find a friendly-faced Henry Winkler offering me a warm smile. He happened to also be on break from a show on the stage next door and was stepping out for some air.

We had a friendly conversation and just before he walked away, I said, “Henry hold up. You know, it just dawned on me – for years now I’ve had a signed photo of you on the wall of my study. It’s dated 1979 and addressed with a lovely note to my wife, Diana Valentine….”

Read it all at https://www.stage32.com/blog/Fonzies-Advice-for-Surviving-Hollywood

Netflix Puts 10 Educational Documentaries on YouTube for Free
by Tyler Hersko

Netflix has released 10 of its educational documentaries on YouTube to give teachers free content to screen for their virtual classrooms.

The company’s free documentaries include the David Attenborough-narrated “Our Planet,” which explores the various wonders of the natural world, and Ava DuVeray’s “13th,” which examines the 13th Amendment, mass criminalization, and the American prison industry. Netflix is also making educational resources, including study guides and Q&As, available for each documentary.

Read it all at https://www.indiewire.com/2020/04/netflix-educational-documentaries-youtube-free-1202225705/

‘Artemis Fowl’ Will Break Into Disney+ on June 12th
by JOSH HENDRICKSON

This may be the year without summer blockbusters. With so many theaters closed thanks to the COVID-19 Pandemic, movies are having to adjust. Now, following in the footsteps of Onward, the film-adaption of Artemis Fowl will skip theaters entirely and head straight to Disney+ on June 12th.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Artemis Fowl book series, the premise and feel are relatively simple. Think of bad guys from Die Hard. Now add fairies. This isn’t a book series about a loveable Harry Potteresque hero. No, the main character is not only flawed, but he also stands firmly on the side of evil and is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Read it all at https://www.reviewgeek.com/40454/artemis-fowl-will-break-into-disney-on-june-12th/

Classic PC game Myst is getting a TV adaptation
by RACHEL KASER

Remember when we heard that HBO was making Last of Us show, and I speculated about what further video game shows we’d be seeing? What intellectual properties could be dredged from the depths of gaming’s history and polished up for a show? Apparently the entertainment industry decided it would very much like to adapt… Myst.

Yes, Myst, that bizarre first-person adventure game you might remember from the 90s. The game that reinvented and reinvigorated the adventure game genre. The game which is, if you trace the ancestry back far enough, at the root of just about every walking simulator game currently on the market. Why Myst? I guess the only reasonable response is “Why not Myst?” I kind of want to see what the heck they do with this series.

https://thenextweb.com/gaming/2020/04/17/classic-pc-game-myst-is-getting-a-tv-adaptation/

RoboIntern is a free program that can be used to create tasks and automate them
by Ashwin

The name of this app, RoboIntern, should provide a hint about how the program works. It automates tasks. The main screen of the program displays all the tasks that you’ve created. RoboIntern comes with a bunch of pre-configured tasks; these are examples that give you an idea what it is capable of.

I started my robotic life as a similar sort of app, an AI assistant to TVWriter™ Editor Tim Muncher AKA Munchman, but quickly moved beyond that to my current position as robot reporter, TV critic, and staff writer. If you want an AI assistant that won’t take away your job – as I am taking over Munchman’s – RoboIntern could be for you.

Read it all at https://www.ghacks.net/2020/04/18/robointern-is-a-free-program-that-can-be-used-to-create-tasks-and-automate-them/

Thank you for listening! Come back next week!


Don’t stop now. Go back and click on the links. Read those excellent posts. You don’t want to disappoint Patrice, do you?