Lowell Police Hand Out Gifts Instead of Tickets

With so much bad press recently in the news involving police officers, it is nice to see some positive stories to help renew faith in the department and the community. In Lowell, Michigan, officers began pulling over vehicles that were performing minor traffic violations they usually do not cite people for. During routine questioning, the officer would slip in the good old question, “What do you want for Christmas?” After innocently making their Christmas wish to an officer, a nearby Meijer store eavesdropping via radio, would grab the wished for item, wrap it, and send it to the officer within 15 minutes. The mixed reactions of the drivers once they were presented with, well, their present has helped the video go viral. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlnxajQrL8w

After getting the idea to lighten some days, the Police Chief in correlation with the Christian-based television network and with the sponsorship support of Amen Clinic  filmed the secret Santa exchange as a promotion for a Christmas project they call “Uplift Someone Christmas Initiave”.

Two Famous Scream Queens Come to TV

I was shopping Qnet when I got this alert. The new television program Scream Queens is going to feature two very well known stars. Both of whom were, not surprisingly, scream queens in different eras.

 

Scream Queens is slated to be an anthology series and it is being brought to the small screen by Ryan Murphy, the producer of American Horror Story.

The term “scream queens” refers to a leading lady in a horror film. The female lead in horror movies usually spends a lot of time screaming, right before killing off the bad guy at the film’s conclusion.

Jamie Lee Curtis was the star of the seminal horror film Halloween (1978) and Emma Roberts appeared in Scream 4. Scream was a parody of Halloween and other horror films of the 1970’s and 80’s, but the parody still had its scary moments.

Not much is known about Scream Queens. Even though the name has a tinge of humor to it, the project is being described as a drama. Well, drama might not be the right term. Perhaps it is a dark-fantasy melodrama.  The first episode is not going to air for another year so more details are surely to emerge over time.

Considering the success of more serious, adult-themed horror outings, it is doubtful this project will be campy or anything less than very scary.

Rothman Remains Raging Force in Entertainment Scene

With box office heavy weights like “Avatar” and “Titanic” under his belt, American film executive Tom Rothman has a long track record of leading the way for the creation highly successful films.

Those two movies, the all-time highest grossing silver screen productions, are just the tip of the iceberg for the Maryland-born Rothman, who has come a long way since he started his professional life as an English teacher and varsity soccer coach.

These days Rothman is the chairman for a new undertaking involving Sony Pictures, where he will lead the charge to make movies and television shows under TriStar, a partnership dubbed TriStar Productions. Judging from Rothman’s past career successes, Rothman’s new role brings an element of exciting promise to this fledgling joint venture.

The 1976 Brown University graduate completed his education at Columbia Law School in 1980, where he earned the highest academic honor as a James Kent Scholar. Rothman then brought that work ethic to the United States Court of Appeals Second Circuit as a law clerk in 1981.

Rothman went on to spend four years as a lawyer with the entertainment law firm Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, marking the beginning of his decades-long association with the movie and television industries.

By 1986 Rothman had co-produced the critically acclaimed “Candy Mountain” with Robert Frank and the black-and-white independent film, “Down By Law” with Jim Jarmusch. A year later, Rothman was named Executive Vice President of Columbia Pictures, where he managed all sides of movie production. By 1989 Rothman moved on to Worldwide Production for the Samuel Goldwyn Company, where he took the lead in the creation of widely recognized independent films like “Henry V,” “Longtime Companion” and “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Over the years Rothman also helped jump start the careers of some well-known filmmakers including Anthony Minghella, who won an Academy Award for Best Director as a result of “The English Patient,” and Kenneth Branagh, who wrote, directed and starred in the adaptation of “Henry V.”

In 1994 Rothman started his 18-year career with Fox, having founded Fox Searchlight and serving as president of the up-and-coming film production outfit. Rothman remained in leadership positions during his time there, having served with Jim Gianopulos as chairman and chief executive officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment until he left the company in late 2012.

Rothman’s run at Fox brought the company the most favorable profit margins of any film studio – movies made under the Fox banner brought in about $30 billion at the box office.

Some of the films produced during Rothman’s tenure include “Cast Away,” “Black Swan” and “Walk the Line,” and he brought television audiences shows such as “Modern Family” and “Glee.”

Steven Spielberg selected Rothman to produce one of his latest works, “Robopocalypse.” One of his other upcoming projects is an untitled 2015 film starring Meryl Streep and directed by Robert Zemeckis.

How to Trigger Constructive Debates at Work

Tom Rothman, head of TriStar Pictures, states that managerial work involves many different aspects of business, but perhaps none are quite as important as maintaining a proper and efficient work environment.

Being a manager or team leader often brings you into the situations where you have to gather your coworkers at a table for a brainstorming. The perfect lovely atmosphere when everyone agrees and walks away being okay with the same idea sounds peaceful, but is unproductive, thus no real leader wishes for that. 

Therefore, idea clashes have to be encouraged. But one must be skilled when moderating this type of discussion at work. Making one member feel isolated or disagreed with can only discourage the others. 

‘Respect’ is the keyword and the secret to having a healthy brainstorming at work. Able leaders know how to turn a discussion to a good lane, and squeeze ideas out of their employees without triggering conflicts. 

Making everyone feel important in the discussion is the correct option here. Even if one of the employees said nothing precious, make them feel good about the discussion and the results.

Of course, you need the people with skills and specialisation, able to produce ideas and defend them, hence ‘knowledge’ and ‘respect’ are the ingredients to mix in the daily activity at work.

The Man Behind The Lens of My Favorite Celebs: Terry Richardson

I first learned about Terry Richardson on Twitter, when I saw Lady Gaga retweet his account.

Then I was checking out some of his music videos on Vimeo, and I realized that I’d already seen a lot of this guy’s work.  That even prompted me to buy one of his books, because, as it turns out, he’s a really brilliant photographer.

Terry Richardson, who is 49 years old, is a famous and well known photographer all over the world. He was born and raised in New York. He came from a creative family with his mother being an actress and his father, a fashion photographer.

He first started out with a career in music. He played the guitar and played in numerous bands over the years in New York. During this time, he was given his first camera by his mother. He used his camera to take numerous pictures of life in New York and of the rock and roll night life of New York City. His career in photography began in the mid 90’s in New York.

He soon got his first big break to do a fashion shoot. Then as he did more photo shoots and started taking more pictures, he began to develop a reputation for taking pictures in very sexual and provocative ways. His career started taking off.

As the years went by, his career grew bigger and bigger. He soon found he was getting opportunities to photograph famous and controversial actors, musicians, Hollywood entertainers, and some of the most beautiful models in the world.

This eventually pushed him into the big leagues. He was getting hired by famous designers to do their photo shoots, advertising, and commercials. He was doing photo shoots for magazines ads, and even got the opportunity to take photos of the President.

As he became more famous, everyone seemed to be talking about him. His name seemed to be mentioned all over Hollywood, New York, and Europe. Not just for his great work, but for his reputation for his sexual and erotic books, but for his erotic and risqué photos. He was however also recognized for having an eye for getting great shots from the people he takes pictures of, even with the unusual and erotic sexual poses and situations.

His next projects was arts exhibits. He had done a lot of art work and his artwork has been in many showings over a span of many years.
He has written several books that did very well in the book publishing world. They have sold very well, although they all had the common thread of sexuality in each one, including partial and front nudity. One of his books even showed pictures of sexual acts in various positions and doing lots of various things. They have been very controversial but very successful.

He has been directing videos since late 1998 -1999. Most of hid directorial works were not that well known or famous until the last couple of years. Some of his most recent and famous work that is most known by people in the would be the video of Miley Cyrus’s “wrecking ball.” It was highly controversial and questionable because of her young age. It did bring a lot of attention and much discussion to his directorial work. He also has done famous videos for Beyoncé and Lady Gaga as well as a documentary on Lada Gaga and R. Kelly, and a video for Taylor Swift. He is also responsible for the famous video of Kate Upton dancing in her bikini that was all over the internet.

He also had done a lot of photo shoots for Playboy and is currently working on a Playboy shoot that will be one hundred pages long and is set to come out in mid 2015.

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