‘Times’ writers may be ‘progressive’, but not when it comes to their own property

The Los Angeles Times has a capital idea for increasing its own capital. Get rights to the works of writers employed by the paper, even if the works aren’t created as part of their reportage. The newspaper has been negotiating a new contract, and it appears writers aren’t happy. These workers may be progressive, but not when it comes to giving away their own property. Can you blame them? Continue reading “‘Times’ writers may be ‘progressive’, but not when it comes to their own property”

Fans still in the dark about Luke Perry’s condition after stroke allegations

Update March 4:
Sad to report Luke Perry has passed. Media are reporting he died today, and his publicist acknowledged Perry suffered a massive stroke. Sympathy to his loved ones. He was a major presence in the lives of many young people.

Original post dated March 1:

Fans are in the dark right now about TV/film star Luke Perry’s medical condition. On the last day of February, various media reports alleged that Perry had a stroke and is in a medically induced coma. His rep has offered some information, but it’s still not clear what really happened. Are media jumping the gun with clickbait reportage? Continue reading “Fans still in the dark about Luke Perry’s condition after stroke allegations”

Popular beach bar in Jax isn’t alone in facing music licensing suit

Surfer the Bar in Jacksonville Beach (FL) isn’t the first bar to allegedly run afoul of music licensing regulations. ASCAP [American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers] is suing the bar on behalf of a number of groups for copyright infringement. Does this matter, in the scheme of things, for a bar that stands on hallowed ground in these parts—the former location of Freebird? Surfer the Bar isn’t the only venue to deal with copyright infringement issues. Continue reading “Popular beach bar in Jax isn’t alone in facing music licensing suit”

‘Kill’ film produced in Jax gets more showings as ‘Walking Dead’ news emerges

Filmmakers involved in the movie I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday just keep getting good news. After sold-out showings in Jacksonville, the filmmakers strategized for a world tour. New dates are being added for screenings in other states. Amid the excitement for director Durden Godfrey and others involved, good news emerged related to the hit series The Walking DeadContinue reading “‘Kill’ film produced in Jax gets more showings as ‘Walking Dead’ news emerges”

Jax and Florida media clueless about major film with Gunboat Diplomats’ song

Media in Jacksonville and Florida in general are a sleepy bunch, especially when it comes to the arts. One major accomplishment has apparently escaped media attention. Jacksonville Beach recording group The Gunboat Diplomats’ song “Crazy About You” is included in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film Glass. I had to laugh after an email exchange with one of the Diplomats because he shared that news with me as an afterthought.  Continue reading “Jax and Florida media clueless about major film with Gunboat Diplomats’ song”