Archive for March, 2015

Nick Cave wants ten Milwaukeeans to spend $1,000 on his new book

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“The Sick Bag Song” by Nick Cave, the gloomy Australian rocker and filmmaker, is a book chronicling his 2014 tour of 22 cities, including Milwaukee.

According to it began “as notes scribbled on airline sick bags” during the tour “and grew into a restless full-length, epic poem” about “inspiration, love and meaning.”

In a promotional video (below) he describes it as “road picture slash horror story.”

Cave and his band the Bad Seeds performed at the Milwaukee Theater, June 20. Milwaukee Record listed it among its 15 best concerts of the year.

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Update: Publication calls off boycott of Wisconsin Film Festival over media rules

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Update: Late Monday, Tone Madison announced that its disagreement with the Wisconsin Film Festival over coverage of the festival’s films had been “smoothed over” and that it planned to continue its coverage. A festival staffer “made a good-faith effort” to clarify the festivals concerns, wrote site editor Scott Gordon.

He wrote that despite what the publication was previously told “there are no rules” regarding previewing films” but “guidelines.” And he wrote that the festival “has asked us to consider giving readers more of a heads-up about possible spoilers, which we’ll consider.”

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Could the Green Sheet return to the Journal Sentinel?

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While I was busy wondering when “Beetle Bailey” will introduce a gay character – in Sunday’s strip Sarge, Beetle and Killer are going to a “club in town where the guys hang out” – or for that matter get sent to a war zone, Journal Sentinel editor George Stanley dropped a bombshell.

“How many readers,” he wrote Sunday in a column adapted from his online chat last week, “would like us to bring back the Green Sheet if we could manage it?”

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“You can taste the diaspora” in “Deli Man” documentary

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Corned beef is as American as the accordion.

Like the instrument heard in music from Mexico to Poland, the corned beef traditionally associated with the recent Irish holiday has long been a staple of the Jewish delicatessen.

Served on rye with a pickle and maybe some coleslaw it was fast food for a generation of European immigrants for whom the deli was a home away from the home they left behind.

“You can taste the diaspora,” says David “Ziggy” Gruber, about one of the traditional dishes served at his Houston delicatessen.

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February radio ratings: WMIL regains lead, WTMJ strong second

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Country music and news and talk were once again the one two punch in the February radio ratings with WMIL-FM up almost a full point and regaining the top stop and January leader WTMJ-AM dropping to second.

Talk radio WISN-AM was a distant third but its ratings jumped 1.6 points over last month, the highest increase of any station in the survey.

WMIL had a 10.7 share, WTMJ was down .6 of a share to a 10.3 and WISN earned a 6.5 share.

Wisconsin Public Radio station WHAD-FM had another growth spurt. It was up .5 since the holiday ratings period, prior to January. It was the highest rated public radio station in the survey.

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Milwaukee media notes: Empire, Ridley and f$%!##g Bob Uecker

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Once you miss the first episode of a TV drama with a series long storyline it’s easy to feel SOL. So after missing the first episode of the Fox network series “Empire” catching up became problematic.

I’ll have to wait until the series repeats or is available OnDemand. (To watch episodes on the Fox website you must use a “TV provider” ID and password). Update: According to The Hollywood Reporter the first season will be available for streaming on Hulu Plus.

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Big “S.H.I.E.L.D” reveal: Coulson is a Cheesehead!

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Cities large and small suffer when superheroes battle super-villains.

But Manitowoc, Wisconsin escaped more or less unscathed when “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” faced off against a group of mutants on a football field there Tuesday night.

The “S.H.I.E.L.D” mythology is as convoluted as typing those damn periods and capital letters in the title of the show.

Clark Gregg plays a deceptively mild-mannered bureaucrat named Agent Coulson,  head of an agency called the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, that battles man-made and otherworldly phenomena.

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Editor: Movie reviews are dead to Journal Sentinel

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New Journal Sentinel editor George Stanley took questions from readers Tuesday during an online chat.

In such chats questions can be submitted in advance which gives the ‘chatter’ a chance to think up answers before replying, and they can pick and choose which questions to answer.  And while he didn’t answer my question about why there are no more movie reviews he did reply to a similar query.

The gist of his reply is that movie coverage is dead to the Journal Sentinel.

He explained that other papers have also dropped reviews, reviews are available nationally on aggregate websites and from reviewers in other cities working for papers whose editors see the wisdom of such coverage.

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Milwaukee media notes: a drone, an app and a prodigal son

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WISN-TV (Channel 12) takes to the sky, WITI-TV (Channel 6) gets all gadgety-wit-it, and the return of prodigal creator of “Community” fill today’s Milwaukee media notebook.

One of WISN-TV’s latest promotional videos takes to the sky to provide panoramic views of the city. Images include soaring through the wings of the Santiago Calatrava addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum on the lakefront and diving along the Milwaukee River downtown.

Having seen all manner of effects in films, the promo washed over me with little effect.

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Charmingly ridiculous vampire comedy “What We Do In the Shadows”

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Once bitten, twice shy.

The world needs another vampire movie like it needs another hole in the neck. You can’t swing a crucifix without hitting another psycho sexual reanimation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.”

The genre is overflowing with parody as well – Bela Lugosi reprised Dracula in “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein,” Eddie Murphy in “Vampire in Brooklyn,” Leslie Nielsen in “Dracula: Dead and Loving It,” George Hamilton in “Love at First Bite” and Johnny Depp in “Dark Shadows.” And were the Addams family vampires? Or just weird?

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