Reese Witherspoon’s New Role: Power Broker | WSJ #books #reading #recommendations #adaptations #film #broadcasting #fiction #nonfiction #feminism

The actress has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most influential literary tastemakers in the book-to-screen business.. READ: Reese Witherspoon’s New Role: Power Broker | WSJ

Here Are 5 Contenders For A New, #Female #MacGyver – Will One Help Drive #Girls To Engineering? | Co.Create #STEM

Awesome on so many levels!!

Could television be the secret weapon that gets more girls into science There is no shortage of initiatives that aim to get girls interested in STEM careers from an early age. From GoldieBlox’s building kits and storybooks to the 8-week summer camp Girls Who Code teaching teens the fundamentals of robotics and web development. That’s because in order to right the lopsided gender balance in science, engineering, and math, research indicates that it’s important to engage girls while they are young and encourage them to continue to pursue STEM careers. And we all know how important diversity is to business, particularly as it becomes more globally connected.

Yet engineering toys and school programs can’t necessarily stem the tide of media images that continue to push the idea the typical scientist, programmer, or engineer is a white guy working alone. That’s why the USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering and the National Academy of Engineering pooled their resources in partnership with the MacGyver Foundation and together they’re crowdsourcing a concept for a new television show starring a strong female scientist —the next MacGyver. READ MORE: Here Are 5 Contenders For A New, Female MacGyver–Will One Help Drive Girls To Engineering? | Co.Create | creativity + culture + commerce.

Chromecast vs. Apple TV vs. Roku vs. Amazon Fire TV | CNET #streaming

Which has the most apps? Which has the coolest features? Which one is the best? The most popular media streamers all have their merits, so we’ll help you decide which box is right for you. READ MORE: Chromecast vs. Apple TV vs. Roku vs. Amazon Fire TV | CNET.

‘The X-Files’ Six-Episode Series Premieres January 24th | Engadget/Fox #XFiles

Back in March, Fox confirmed that FBI agents Mulder and Scully would return to television, and now we know when. The network announced that The X-Files six-episode run will begin on January 24th at 10 PM ET, following the NFL’s NFC Championship Game. There’s sure to be a load of interested viewers already marking down the date, but Fox is looking to rope in a few more by debuting the miniseries right after a big playoff game. The show’s premiere is a two-night event with the second episode following on Monday, January 25th at 8 PM ET in what will be the regular time slot. If you’ll recall, show creator Chris Carter will handle director and executive producer duties while David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their roles as the Bureau’s paranormal investigating duo.

via ‘The X-Files’ six-episode series premieres January 24th | Engadget/Fox

Is Kim Kardashian a geek? ‘StarTalk’ host Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson wants to know | #science @neiltyson #startalktv

New science show ‘StarTalk’ hosted by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson premiers Monday 11pm EST on the National Geographic Channel.

APRIL 17, 2015 6:20 PM

TORONTO – Kim Kardashian may not seem like a natural fit for “Star Talk,” the new talk show hosted by celebrity astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on the National Geographic Channel.

But once in his studio, he would help Kardashian and viewers realize that “science is everywhere and it manifests even in people you think of in pop culture,” he says.

“If I have the opportunity to get Kim Kardashian on ‘Star Talk’ … what will I talk about? … We’ll look at all the things she does,” Tyson says in a phone interview, noting he really would like to have her on the show.

“Does she use a hair straightener? What are the chemicals in that hair straightener? I’ll bring in a chemist to talk about cosmetics that she uses.

“Then all of a sudden you see pop culture analyzed from the point of view of science.”

Premiering Monday at 11 p.m. ET, the hour-long, weekly show sees Tyson interviewing various pop-culture personalities about the ways in which science has influenced their lives and livelihoods.

“How do you get people to think about science who don’t know that they like it, or know that they don’t like it? You have to give them some other reason to participate in a science conversation, and one way to do that is to comb the elements of pop culture,” says Tyson.

“Look around and say, ‘Are there singers, actors, directors, performers that have huge followings? Let’s get them on ‘Star Talk’ and we will find all the ways that science emanates from their profession, even in ways they might not have been aware of themselves.

“And in there we might find out that the guest has a little bit of geek in them.”

The series is based on Tyson’s radio show and podcast of the same name. Bill Nye the Science Guy appears in each episode.

“Star Trek” star George Takei is featured in the first instalment.

Future guests include former U.S. president Jimmy Carter (May 25), director-screenwriter Christopher Nolan (April 27) and retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield (June 1).

Tyson says Hadfield sings the lullaby that he composed for his daughter while he was in space to sing her to sleep. He also talks about why and how he became an astronaut.

“It was a fun interview, and ideally every one of our interviews would go just that way,” says Tyson, who also hosted the miniseries “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.”

Hadfield isn’t the only thing about Canada that Tyson loves.

He also applauds our country’s $5 bill, which depicts Canadarm 2 and Dextre, a robot used on the International Space Station.

“That’s in all of my lectures, by the way,” Tyson says of the Canadarm.

via Is Kim Kardashian a geek? ‘Star Talk’ host Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson wants to know |

A New Streaming Service Just for Classic TV and Film Launches Today — And It’s Free | Vox

I tried accessing ShoutFactory! content this morning (Thursday, February 5) but content is not yet playable/accessable on my desktop or iPad. I’m interesting in checking out Twilight Zone, Bushido Man and Dreamscape.  An error comes up “Sorry, the requested video is not yet available on this device.” Content may be accessible later this afternoon or there may be an issue with accessing content from Canada. The About Us page states “SHOUT! FACTORY TV is a free-to-the viewer, ad-supported video offering containing full-length television shows, movies, specials, and original content viewable through desktop computers, mobile, tablet, and “over-the’top” devices such as Roku…In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America.”

The big four broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC — don’t really have specific brands. They’re nebulous, offering drama, comedy, reality, and whatever else they put on the air. They’re the giant department stores of TV. Cable channels are more like specialty stores. ESPN is for sports fans. Nickelodeon is for kids. TNT knows drama.

The same is now happening with streaming services. We have a “big three” — Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. We have offshoots of TV networks, like HBO Go and Showtime Anytime.

And now we’re starting to see the rise of specialty streaming services, like one launching from Shout! Factory. Previously known for releasing DVDs of films and TV shows other studios didn’t want to, Shout’s new streaming service carries the same philosophy to the world of online TV. It’s filled with classic shows and movies that are hard to find elsewhere. It’s got more of an eye toward curation than building a platform. It’s built off of others’ software.

And it’s completely free.

READ MORE: A new streaming service just for classic TV and film launches today – and it’s free | Vox

Computer Game Myst To Become A TV Series | io9

Deadline just dropped the nostalgic news that Legendary TV and Cyan Worlds are working together to develop a Myst-inspired television show. The computer game followed “the Stranger,” who uses a magical book to travel through the mist, across the island also titled Myst. Once on the island, the player must solve a collection of puzzles and riddles that help unlock different portions of the Myst world, thus revealing the secret backstory to new characters and the island itself.

via Computer Game Myst To Become A TV Series | io9

‘The Librarians’ TV Series to Premiere Worldwide With Universal Networks International | Variety

The show’s worldwide debut will come within 24 hours of the U.S. premiere on TNT in December. Based on the TNT TV movie franchise “The Librarian,” the 10-episode drama series features “Falling Skies” actor Noah Wyle reprising his role from the movie series alongside Rebecca Romijn and a cast that includes Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin — who appeared in the original series — as well as John Larroquette, Christian Kane, Lindy Booth and Matt Frewer. The show centers on an ancient organization hidden beneath Gotham’s Metropolitan Public Library, dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden around them. via ‘The Librarians’ TV Series to Premiere Worldwide With Universal Networks International | Variety.

Related: TNT greenlights ‘The Librarians’ franchise as a series | | April 15, 2014

$1 Million in 1 Day: Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Earns Pot of Gold | Mashable

You did it, Internet readers. In just half a day, LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow campaign to raise $1 million on crowdfunding website Kickstarter has reached its seven-figure goal.

The money from nearly 23,000 donors will be used to bring Burton’s cult TV classic to a new generation of readers by building a web version for families at home, creating a classroom version for teachers and providing free access to it for schools in need.

The online campaign, fueled by buzz generated on social media, surpassed $1 million shortly before 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Burton, the creator and host of PBS’ series Reading Rainbow from 1983 to 2006, launched the Kickstarter project earlier in the day.

Read More: $1 Million in 1 Day: Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Earns Pot of Gold | Mashable

TNT greenlights ‘The Librarians’ franchise as a series |

TNT has greenlit 10 episodes for a series based on The Librarians franchise, slated to air in late 2014. The TV movies told the story of a group of extra special librarians who live beneath the Metropolitan Public Library in New York and safeguard mystical relics from forces of evil by slapping them with outrageous overdue fees. The plot is a messy stew of Indiana Jones, National Treasure, and Hell Boy …but the product is less than the sum of its parts. Read more: TNT greenlights ‘The Librarians’ franchise as a series | Inside TV |