Ready4Air (Film) | Only 5 Nominees For Oscars’ Best Picture? Not The “Best” Idea

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March 27, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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The Academy is considering going back to only five Best Picture nominees.
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By Jackson Murphy

Is it time for the Oscars go back to having only five nominees for Best Picture? There are rumors that The Academy is seriously considering doing just that, in the wake of the lowest TV audience in six years. Back in 2010, the list of nominees for the top prize was expanded to 10, something that hadn’t been done since the 1940s. And it stayed that way for 2011. Then, in 2012, The Academy decided to add even more suspense to Oscar-nomination morning by announcing there’d be a range of Best Picture candidates, from 5-10, depending on how many films qualified with a certain percentage of the vote. That year, and the next two, there were nine contenders. This year there were only eight (I, along with many others, were surprised that Foxcatcher, which got Director, Actor, Supporting Actor, and Original Screenplay nods failed to become the “obligatory” ninth Best Picture nominee).
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A return by The Academy to traditional policy will cause nightmares for studios pushing their films in an already crowded awards season. Each year seems to bring more contenders than the year before, so the list of Best Picture snubs will simply grow and grow.
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And here’s a related question that’s bothered me ever since the 2013 Oscars: Since Ben Affleck shockingly failed to receive a Best Director nod for Argo, was that film one of the top five (of nine) to qualify in the Best Picture category? If the Academy’s policy wasn’t to allow up to 10 films to be nominated in 2013, then Argo may not have even been in the running to take home the top prize. Of course, that answer will never be revealed, though I’d love to know the rankings of the nominated films each year with initial and final voting.
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Ten nominees could be too many, but five may just be too few. And I really don’t see how fewer Best Picture candidates will bring in more viewers. I think the current system, for the most part, is working. There are plenty of reasons why the ratings for this year’s Oscars telecast were down and having eight titles on the Best Picture list isn’t one of them. And chances are that either Selma or American Sniper (or both) would have been left out had there been only five nominees this year, creating more negative backlash for the Academy, which absolutely would have resulted in an even smaller TV audience.
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Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson. Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson.
Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah J. Mitchell

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Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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#TBT Ready4Air (Films) | 10 Movies to See Before Oscar Night

Arise On Screen Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy
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January 15, 2015 | Posted in Current Events, Social TV | By

Debbie and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Debbie and teen film critic Jackson Murphy
Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Now that I am producing Arise On Screen, a movie review show, you would think I get to see all the movies that hit the theaters.  Well, you are so wrong. I’m so behind in my movies that I need to catch up and see as many of the Oscar nominated films as possible before the awards this Sunday.

If you are in the same boat, today’s guest contributor Emmy award winning film critic, Jackson Murphy, has outlined the films you must see before the Academy Awards this weekend.  Jackson is the creator of  Lights-Camera-Jackson.com, which has been named one of the best entertainment sites for families by Family Circle Magazine.

In 2010 Jackson became the youngest person ever to win a NY Emmy Award for his movie reviews segments on YNN-TV. He is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and SAG-AFTRA, and was a runner-up in the Broadcast Critic category at the 2013 National Entertainment Journalism Awards. And finally at the ripe old age of 15, Jackson is a sophomore in high school.

Jackson, welcome to Ready4Air (Films)!

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By Jackson Murphy

AMERICAN HUSTLE

Tied with “Gravity” with the most nominations (10), including the major six categories (Picture, Director, all 4 acting), David O. Russell’s fun crime dramedy could walk away with the top prize and honors for both ladies (Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence).

12 YEARS A SLAVE

The frontrunner for Best Picture after wins at the Globes and Critics Choice Awards, the emotional historical drama is also a contender for Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and could score Lead Actor too (Chiwetel Ejiofor) if it has a hot night. Can’t count out Adapted Screenplay, either.

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

While the HIV-AIDS drama doesn’t have a shot at Best Picture, star Matthew McConaughey has been cruising through Awards Season so far with Best Actor victories, and Supporting Actor nominee Jared Leto is the closest thing to the lock of the evening.

GRAVITY

Pretty much everyone has seen the 90-minute space adventure by now, but if you’re one of the few who hasn’t, it’s a must. Alfonso Cuaron is the likely Best Director recipient, while Best Actress nominee Sandra Bullock is still very much alive in that race.

BLUE JASMINE

Woody Allen’s romantic dramedy stars Cate Blanchett, who’s been sweeping the Lead Actress circuit. Woody could also score Original Screenplay honors, but this recent re-opening of scandal talk isn’t helping.

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

While Tom Hanks shockingly failed to receive a Best Actor nomination, the high-seas action/suspense/thriller from Paul Greengrass could take the Adapted Screenplay and Editing awards.

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FROZEN

If all this time you’ve been thinking the Disney animated musical is simply a kids movie, you are sorely mistaken. The Animated Feature frontrunner is smart, funny, sophisticated, and features show-stopping original songs, including nominee and potential winner, “Let It Go”.

NEBRASKA

Alexander Payne’s follow-up to “The Descendants” is a raw and moving small-town portrayal with excellent work from nominees Bruce Dern and June Squibb. It’s my favorite film out of these Best Picture nominees.

20 FEET FROM STARDOM

The strong contender in the Documentary Feature race tells the story of professional back-up singers, and the struggles they’ve faced throughout the history of music. Currently available on DVD.

THE GREAT GATSBY

Originally supposed to be an Oscar contender last year, but pushed to a summer 2013 release (a move that paid off), Baz Luhrman’s adaptation of the classic novel could score two wins for its gorgeous costume and production designs.

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record(Troy, NY) newspaper.

To reach Jackson Murphy check him out below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah J. Mitchell

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TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen, a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement, follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.

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Ready4Air (Film) | Jackson Murphy Lands Exclusive Interview With Gregg Alexander

Gregg Alexander. Photo credit: billboard.com

November 21, 2014 | Posted in Film | By

Gregg Alexander. Photo credit: billboard.com

Gregg Alexander. Photo credit: billboard.com

By Jackson Murphy

We haven’t heard much from Gregg Alexander, former lead singer of the pop group New Radicals, since he left the band in 1999. The musical drama Begin Again marks Alexander’s notable return to the spotlight as co-writer of awards season Best Original Song frontrunner “Lost Stars” (performed by Adam Levine). In this LCJ interview, Alexander talks about making the film, putting the fantastic soundtrack together, and his future in the movie industry. You can listen to the interview here.

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Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

For more of Jackson’s Oscar picks check-out the 2014 LCJ Movie Awards videos.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

 

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | Reese’s Pieces of Work: Is Another Oscar In Her Future?

Reese Witherspoon in "Wild"

September 2, 2014 | Posted in Film | By

Reese Witherspoon in "Wild"

Reese Witherspoon in Wild

By Jackson Murphy

Last year, Tom Hanks had the potential of scoring Oscar nominations for two high-profile roles: the title character in Captain Phillips and Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks. While many experts, including myself, thought Hanks was at least a lock for Captain Phillips, it turned out he failed to snag either nomination. This awards season, a fellow Oscar winner could be in line for three acting nominations, which would be an Academy first.

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Chances are, Reese Witherspoon (who captured a Best Actress statue in 2006 for playing June Carter Cash in Walk the Line) won’t make Oscar history. However, she could become the ninth woman (and only twelfth person overall) to score acting nods for two different films in the same year. And the fact that Witherspoon, who generally stars in only one movie a year, is at the center of three early Awards contenders, is quite an accomplishment.

In Warner Bros.’ The Good Lie (limited release open on October 3), Witherspoon plays Carrie Davis, a woman who takes in a Sudan refugee and then fights to get additional family members to come to America. The role has a little Sandra Bullock/Leigh Anne Tuohy/The Blind Side vibe to it. Five years ago, that sports drama, also released by WB, earned Bullock a Best Actress Oscar.

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Based on a true story, Wild (distributed by Fox Searchlight; limited open December 5) stars Witherspoon as strong-willed and troubled Cheryl Strayed, who goes on a solo hike of more than 1,000 miles. This is director Jean-Marc Vallee’s follow-up to Dallas Buyers Club, which won Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto Oscar gold last year. Early reviews for Wild from the Telluride Film Festival premiere have been very strong.

And Witherspoon is also part of director Paul Thomas Anderson’s ensemble crime drama Inherent Vice (also from WB; limited – December 12; nationwide January 9, 2015). No specific details are known, as yet, for her character, but Anderson’s track record with Oscar nomination success for his actors (Magnolia, Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, The Master) speaks for itself.

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Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

 

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.

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Ready4Air (Film) | Let The 2015 Oscar Award Campaigns Begin

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson
Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

April 18, 2014 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Yes, it’s only the middle of April, but it’s never too early to begin analyzing this year’s awards season. As summer rolls in, studios will be unveiling trailers for anticipated contenders. Some, however, have jumped the gun with early marketing campaigns, hoping for some lasting promotional success. These five films have made good first impressions:

Get On Up

Chadwick Boseman (Jackie Robinson in 42) plays the iconic James Brown in this biopic life story. The musical drama re-teams The Help director Tate Taylor with stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. Looks like a major hit. August 1

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The Boxtrolls

The latest stop-motion animated collaboration from Focus Features and Laika (who’ve scored Oscar nominations with Coraline and ParaNorman) is practically a lock for a nod, off of its funny, inventive and quite memorable teaser trailers. September 26

Gone Girl

The just-released debut preview of The Social Network director David Fincher’s drama is incredibly intriguing. Based on the book by Gillian Flynn (who also wrote the screenplay), Ben Affleck stars as a man on a desperate search for his missing wife. But did he actually kill her? October 3

Interstellar-Teaser-Trailer

Interstellar

So far, only a brief teaser has been released for Christopher Nolan’s space mystery. But we do know that recent Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway will be looking for seconds, and they’re joined by Jessica Chastain and Matt Damon. Plus, there are limitless possibilities for stunning, Nolan-esque visual effects. November 7

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Unbroken

Angelina Jolie goes back behind the camera for the true story of Olympic runner Louis Zamperini, who was captured by the Japanese during World War II. An inside look aired on NBC during February’s Winter Games. I’m sure Jolie is thinking gold. December 25

Arise On Screen Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Arise On Screen executive producer Debbie Mitchell and teen film critic Jackson Murphy.
Photo courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

For more of Jackson’s Oscar picks check-out the 2014 LCJ Movie Awards videos.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

Coming Up: Insider from a Reality TV source

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air (Film) | The 86th Academy Awards: Oscars Highs And Lows

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson
Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

March 5, 2014 | Posted in Current Events, Social TV | By

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

By Jackson Murphy

The 86th Oscars is in the books. Thoughts on the show and the results:

  • While the broadcast went 3:34, it moved along pretty well. No outrageously long speeches or dragged-out presentations.
  • Ellen did a nice job. The selfie that crashed Twitter will go down as her top highlight from the evening.
  • The Hero montages were well done, though it’s tough (and unnecessary) to try to work a “theme” into an Oscar ceremony.
  • Oddities: Gravity wins seven Oscars, including Best Director, but NOT Best Picture. American Hustle goes 0-10. Other outstanding films such as Nebraska, Philomena, and Captain Phillips were also shut-out. The Great Gatsby goes 2 for 2.

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  • Best speeches: Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o, and the 20 Feet from Stardom and “Let It Go” winners.
  • Most surprising win: Mr. Hublot (Animated Short Film). I’ve seen them all and Get A Horse was clearly the most creative and impressive. It seems the anti-Walt Disney campaign that kept Saving Mr. Banks from getting any meaningful nominations also hurt this short, which featured Disney’s voice as Mickey Mouse.
  • Glad that 20 Feet from Stardom won for Best Documentary, but I will always and forever consider Blackfish the best documentary of 2013.
  • Great moments: Bill Murray mentioning Harold Ramis and seeing Roger Ebert in the “In Memoriam.”
  • Worst moment BY FAR: John Travolta’s totally embarrassing pronunciation of Idina Menzel’s name before her performance of “Let It Go.” He came out with something like – Adele Dazeem? It seemed to shake her and affect her performance, which was not sharp. But who can blame her? A moment you’ve been waiting for your entire life and your name gets completely butchered. What was he thinking? Ellen tried to recover after the song, but the damage had been done. Feel bad for her.

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  • Enjoyed the other performances, especially “Happy” and Pink’s version of “Over the Rainbow.”
  • Overall, Ellen’s decision to interact with the celebs on the floor was smart (the pizza gag worked). Her scripted, on-stage intros were less effective.
  • The funniest moment of the night came during ABC’s pre-show. Jimmy Kimmel’s negative Twitter skit was hilarious and perfectly executed. Hats off to Lara Spencer for her supporting role. The Oscars should consider hiring whoever wrote that gag to work on next year’s show.

Personally, I nailed 20 of 24 predictions–a new high. My quest for the perfect Oscars ballot will resume next year.

Jackson Murphy with Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years A Slave, Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy with Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years A Slave. Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

 

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

For more of Jackson’s Oscar picks check-out the 2014 LCJ Movie Awards videos.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air The Week Ahead |Your Voice Over Auditions| Dear Brands |Tips On Your 1st TV Appearance

Mike Sargent, host- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi Film Critic and Bobb Rivers Film Critic  Photo Credit- Debbie Mitchell/Michelle Lynne Madar

March 3, 2014 | Posted in Brands and Bloggers Connect, Current Events, Pros Talk TV And Social Media, Social TV, TV Production | By

Mike Sargent, host- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi Film Critic and Bobb Rivers Film Critic  Photo Credit- Debbie Mitchell/Michelle Lynne Madar

Mike Sargent, host- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi Film Critic and Bobb Rivers Film Critic Photo Credit- Debbie Mitchell/Michelle Lynne Madar

Like most movie fans  this morning I am waking up with a major Oscar hangover. The 86th annual Academy Awards ceremony was last night and it was exciting and ran late.  Congratulations to all the winners!  Awards went to many of the usual predicted suspects including, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto and Matthew Mcconaughey. Lupita Nyuong’o received a special birthday present with her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.  

I have been in an Oscar haze for at least two weeks prior to last nights show . My team over at Arise On Screen, with host Mike Sargent, have been working on our Oscar show, Oscar Nominations, Milestones and Predictions, which aired on Saturday.  Turns out our predictions were right on target!

Marla Kirban Voice-over

Marla Kirban Voice-over

As for the week ahead in Ready4Air, a few friends are back. Voiceover coach, Marla Kirban, returns with the post “Hit It and Quit It! Self-Directing Your Voice Over Auditions.” In her post, Kirban reminds aspiring voice-over candidates: “One of the realities of the voice-over industry right now is that you’re likely to be recording your auditions at home and emailing an .mp3 to your agent, casting director, or producer. There are advantages and disadvantages to this!”

Tomorrow check out what Marla has to say about ways to make the most of a voice-over audition recorded at home.

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Photo Courtesy of I Don't No

Photo Courtesy of I Don’t No

Two weeks ago I promised to write a post about what exactly brands need to know in order for bloggers to successfully work with them during social media outreach campaigns.  It’s taken a little longer than I planned. In Ready4Air (Brands & Bloggers), I’ve decided to turn the post, Brands, Please Let Us Know What You Need In Campaigns, into a letter.  After experiencing my own false starts with a few brands in the past six months, I think a letter to the brands might be a better way to go. So stay tuned for my letter.

Framed Carol Story

Former CBS News Early Show producer, Carol Story, will be sharing more of her great advice on how to ace your debut television appearance in her post “More  Tips For Your First Time TV Appearance.” Last week Carol told us when “You are outside of your comfort zone. The stakes are high. You want to make a good impression….You need to prepare for your interview. Not rehearse, not over-prepare. Just be ready.”

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Check out the post and find out just how to get ready for your interview.

Finally a special thanks to our latest Ready4Air (Film) guest contributor, teen film critic Jackson Murphy, for his take on the Oscars and is accurate predictions! Click the video above to hear Jackson in action.

Welcome back to all our friends!

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air (Films) | 10 Movies to See Before Oscar Night

Arise On Screen Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy
Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

February 25, 2014 | Posted in Current Events, Social TV | By

Debbie and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Debbie and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy
Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Now that I am producing Arise On Screen, a movie review show, you would think I get to see all the movies that hit the theaters.  Well, you are so wrong. I’m so behind in my movies that I need to catch up and see as many of the Oscar nominated films as possible before the awards this Sunday.

If you are in the same boat, today’s guest contributor Emmy award winning film critic, Jackson Murphy, has outlined the films you must see before the Academy Awards this weekend.  Jackson is the creator of  Lights-Camera-Jackson.com, which has been named one of the best entertainment sites for families by Family Circle Magazine.

In 2010 Jackson became the youngest person ever to win a NY Emmy Award for his movie reviews segments on YNN-TV. He is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and SAG-AFTRA, and was a runner-up in the Broadcast Critic category at the 2013 National Entertainment Journalism Awards. And finally at the ripe old age of 15, Jackson is a sophomore in high school.

Jackson, welcome to Ready4Air (Films)!

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By Jackson Murphy

AMERICAN HUSTLE

Tied with “Gravity” with the most nominations (10), including the major six categories (Picture, Director, all 4 acting), David O. Russell’s fun crime dramedy could walk away with the top prize and honors for both ladies (Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence).

12 YEARS A SLAVE

The frontrunner for Best Picture after wins at the Globes and Critics Choice Awards, the emotional historical drama is also a contender for Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and could score Lead Actor too (Chiwetel Ejiofor) if it has a hot night. Can’t count out Adapted Screenplay, either.

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

While the HIV-AIDS drama doesn’t have a shot at Best Picture, star Matthew McConaughey has been cruising through Awards Season so far with Best Actor victories, and Supporting Actor nominee Jared Leto is the closest thing to the lock of the evening.

GRAVITY

Pretty much everyone has seen the 90-minute space adventure by now, but if you’re one of the few who hasn’t, it’s a must. Alfonso Cuaron is the likely Best Director recipient, while Best Actress nominee Sandra Bullock is still very much alive in that race.

BLUE JASMINE

Woody Allen’s romantic dramedy stars Cate Blanchett, who’s been sweeping the Lead Actress circuit. Woody could also score Original Screenplay honors, but this recent re-opening of scandal talk isn’t helping.

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

While Tom Hanks shockingly failed to receive a Best Actor nomination, the high-seas action/suspense/thriller from Paul Greengrass could take the Adapted Screenplay and Editing awards.

Related Post: So You Want To Be On TV:  Is That Casting Call For Real?

FROZEN

If all this time you’ve been thinking the Disney animated musical is simply a kids movie, you are sorely mistaken. The Animated Feature frontrunner is smart, funny, sophisticated, and features show-stopping original songs, including nominee and potential winner, “Let It Go”.

NEBRASKA

Alexander Payne’s follow-up to “The Descendants” is a raw and moving small-town portrayal with excellent work from nominees Bruce Dern and June Squibb. It’s my favorite film out of these Best Picture nominees.

20 FEET FROM STARDOM

The strong contender in the Documentary Feature race tells the story of professional back-up singers, and the struggles they’ve faced throughout the history of music. Currently available on DVD.

THE GREAT GATSBY

Originally supposed to be an Oscar contender last year, but pushed to a summer 2013 release (a move that paid off), Baz Luhrman’s adaptation of the classic novel could score two wins for its gorgeous costume and production designs.

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record(Troy, NY) newspaper.

To reach Jackson Murphy check him out below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

COMING UP: How to prepare for your first interview.

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air The Week Ahead | Must See Films BEFORE The Oscars | Getting Ready For Your 1st TV Interview |Working In A Man’s World

Chef Amadeus, Radio Host
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Carol Story, Former Producer CBS News The Early Show Photo Credit: Jude Milner

Carol Story, Former Producer CBS News The Early Show
Photo Credit: Jude Milner

Later this week, on Ready4Air  former CBS News Early Show producer, Carol Story, will be sharing more of her great advice. Once a producer, always a producer, and even though Carol is enjoying her life these days  away from television, she still has some great tips. In her two-part post – 3 Tips For Your First Time TV Appearance for Ready4Air (TV), Story shares: “You are outside of your comfort zone. The stakes are high. You want to make a good impression….You need to prepare for your interview. Not rehearse, not over-prepare. Just be ready.”

Check out the post and find out just how to get ready for your interview.

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Debbie and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Debbie and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy
Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Over at Arise On Screen, we are in full Oscar mode. We’ll be spending the week planning our big March 1 Oscar edition show. Last weekend I reunited with teen film critic and blogger, Jackson Murphy. I first met him and his dad Dan, when I was at CBS.

Murphy is the creator of the website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com, which has been named one of the best entertainment sites for families by Family Circle Magazine.  Jackson, an Emmy award winning film critic who happens to still be in high school is a sophomore who definitely knows his movies.  Jackson  now 15, has been reviewing movies since the age of seven and is the newest guest contributor for Ready4Air (Film).  The new movie section debuts this week with Jackson’s post 10 Movies to See Before Oscar Night. If you are into movies this is a MUST SEE list for you.

Related Post: Ready4Air (Social TV) | In The Movie Critic’s Corner With Arise “On Screen”

Photo Courtesy of Laurie  Schacht

Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

This week we will also tackle what exactly brands need to know in order for bloggers to successfully work with them during social media outreach campaigns. There are a few things bloggers want brands to know before they sign up. Some bloggers complain that brands do not take a strong and clear lead in their outreach campaigns. Whether it is the PR agency, the brand, or the campaign lead blogger- information is not coming through the communication channels clearly. Directions are being lost in translation and deadlines are constantly changing.

In Ready4Air (Brands & Bloggers), Brands, Please Let Us Know What You Need In Campaigns, we talk to the brands about getting their outreach goals together so that bloggers can deliver the goods with success.

Chef Amadeus, Radio Host Love Shots Photography

Chef Amadeus, Radio Host
Love Shots Photography

And if you are around later today, check out the latest episode of the radio show “Southern Passion Lounge with Chef Amadeus.” with Chef Amadeus. Amadeus, the 2012 winner of  “Food Network’s Extreme Chef Mexican Showdown” rounds up the culinary industry every Monday on the radio where he interviews chefs and other culinary world personalities from all around the country. I am on the show on the last Mondays of every month. The show goes live at 4 pm est and I will be joining  the Chef and the ladies in the lounge to discuss how to survive in a man’s industry.  All this and more this week on Ready4Air.

Stay tuned!

COMING UP: 10 Movies to See Before Oscar Night

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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