Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Afternoon Report, October 16, 2008

I missed a few days of BBB's The Afternoon Report being away in Florida and all, so here are a few of them.

This information, called The Afternoon Report, is provided by a daily email blast from the publicity firm of Boneau Bryan-Brown, which maintains this blog.

Roundabout Announces Waiting For Godot on Broadway
“Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is proud to announce Tony award winners Bill Irwin as “Vladimir” and Nathan Lane as “Estragon” in a new Broadway production of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett and directed by Tony award winner Anthony Page. Waiting for Godot will begin previews on Friday, April 10th, 2009 and open officially on Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th Street). This will be a limited engagement.”
What they're not saying is this will be the first-ever revival of Godot since the all-black version, directed by Herbert Berghof and starring the likes of Earle Hyman and Geoffrey Holder, that came to Broadway just a few months after the original production. (There's more about this in my book.)

Another Google content play: Internet titan hopes to make a splash with ‘Poptub’
The Hollywood Reporter – by Andrew Wallenstein

“The Internet giant quietly launched a video series Sept. 8 on its YouTube property called "Poptub" with Embassy Row, the production company run by "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" creator Michael Davies, and Pepsi. As it did with MacFarlane's "Cartoon Cavalcade of Comedy," which became an instant hit on YouTube, Google plans to distribute "Poptub" on its Google Content Network, an ad network that provides the additional reach of hundreds of thousands of Web sites beyond YouTube. But while "Cavalcade" is simply a collection of 50 shortform episodes, "Poptub" is intended as an "Entertainment Tonight" for the YouTube set that will yield thousands of episodes, not to mention a more curated point of entry to YouTube, which it has been criticized for lacking.”
So brilliant, as to be expected of a Googlicious world.

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