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Sure we all want to roll down the street in James Bond’s Aston Martin DBS or the 1976 Ford Gran Torino from Starsky and Hutch, but how do you know if your movie star car is really a star? Who wants to spend big money on a car without knowing everything you can find out about said car? I know I hate wasting money.

The Car Connection is a pretty cool website for anyone who is interested in buying a car and also for automobile enthusiasts. The website is very user friendly, and includes reviews (with comparisons), tips and advice, and consumer news on all makes and models that you can think of!  The website has different sections for New Cars, Used Cars, Photos, Classifieds, Insurance, Reviews, Forum, and News, along with an easy to use search, and ways to find parts, dealers and service centers. I took the time to search a few different car models to see what pages I find and what info the site has on very different types of cars.

My first search was for the kia sorento. The first thing I notice on the website is that it has a 7.8 our of 10 user rating. Impressive start. I see links for models from 2003 to 2011 with specs, photos, and a 360′ view. There is a large photo with a detailed description/history of the sorento. Right under the rating is editor’s likes and dislikes about the car which are very helpful in deciding if a car if worth buying. There are videos, listing in my area, and even tweets about the car. It is an information overload.

Next up I looked at the toyota 4runner. Right off the bat I see that the 4runner has an 8.2 rating, higher than the sorento, and that it has info on models all the way back to 2001! In addition to specs, photos, and a 360′ view, it also has options for review summary, styling, performance, quality, safety, and features! It has everything the sorento page had and more.

My third search was for the mercedes benz r-class. Pictured in the article logo, this is one beautiful car. It also has an 8.2 rating and tons of details on the car. Right off the bat I find out that it is a great long-haul tourer, and has a better mobile lounge than most other cars the same size, but on the flip side I see that it has lethargic steering. Should I get it or keep searching? These are questions that you can ask yourself.

My last search was for the honda fit. Do I like what I find? Well, it only has an 8.0 rating, which is not as good as the mercedes or the toyota. But I really like the likes they have listed, and the dislikes don’t urk me. What are they? Click the link to check out the page.

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Entertainment News Recaps

What is happening in the world of Entertainment? Let’s recap…

  • This weekend Toy Story 3 came out!  Some nifty concept art was posted online.  I just came back from a showing of the film and Pixar did not let me down. I absolutely loved the flick. If you are a fan of the first two, you have to see this, and even if you haven’t seen the originals, I think you’ll be entertained and touched by the story.
  • David Hasselhoff returned to The Young and the Restless, along with a few famous names also taking roles on soaps, including James Franco, Eric Roberts, and Nathan Fillion!
  • Mortal Kombat is making a comeback, with a brand new game and a completely badass “spec” film. Really, how much would you pay to see a gritty crime drama based on the game?
  • We’ve looked at a bunch of Funny Videos recently, including Say it With a Hot Chick and Iron Baby.  Do you have a funny video? Submit it to us on our contact page, we’d love to spotlight it.
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A week ago we talked about affordable printing ideas in our first part of Filmmaking 101. One of the most important things for every filmmaker to get is a professional business card. I’d like to take a moment to talk more about business cards and their importance.

First, lets talk about what your business card needs. Your name (of course), your professional title (be honest, more on this later), cell phone (no one cares about your home phone), e-mail address (very very important, this is how must people will stay in touch with you, fax (if you have one, if not it is no biggie), and a URL (if and only if it is related to your position; a website with a reel for a DP or actor, etc).

Now, what you should not include! Do not include your resume on your business card, if people want more information about you, they will look it up. If you are an actor, do not have an extremely close picture of yourself on your business card, not only is it tacky, but is also sometimes scary! If you are a crew member, don’t have any picture of yourself on the card (I’ve seen this, I don’t get it, but I’ve seen it). If your website has nothing to do with your production position, don’t include it on the card. If you are a make-up artist, having a website with a silent film you did in college is not going to help you get jobs. If you are a grip, your blog about cheese should not be on your business card. Nothing personal and unproduction related should be on it. Also, while talking about positions, don’t lie on your business card. If you are a set production assistant, and you write that your a writer/producer on your business card, people will lose any respect for you when they look you up on IMDB and discover that you’ve never produced a feature and you haven’t sold any scripts. Be honest. If you are a PA, you can put them on a business card. It could help you get more PA jobs. If you are embarrassed about your position in life, than just write filmmaker. No matter what position you are in the business, you’re a filmmaker. Is it vague? Yeah, but it is still honest.

I prefer simple business cards, but design wise you should have something that reflects you. Can be a certain font or design. And there are a ton of places that handle business card printing, and you can get 1000 business cards for as cheap at 10 bucks. Business cards are one of the most affordable and effective tools in your filmmaker kit. They will go a long way!

Toy Story 3

Pixar’s Toy Story 3 is finally out in theaters! If that alone isn’t cool enough, HeyUGuys has posted a ton of photos and videos of concept art for the film. You can check out all of the art here.

I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am for the animated flick. I’ll be seeing it tomorrow afternoon and I’ll be posting my thoughts later in the night. Are you excited for Toy Story 3? Are you seeing it in 3d? Have you already seen it? Post your thoughts below!

Filmmaking 101

Welcome to the third part of our Filmmaking 101 series. In part 1 we looked at affordable print ideas, in part 2 we talked about how social networking could help get your film seen, and in part 3 I want to discuss your website. Click on the filmmaking tag (at the bottom of this article) to see the other parts along with some recent screenwriting tips.

Your Website
So, you have Facebook, Myspace, and YouTube profiles, why would you need a website for your film? One word, professionalism. Social Networking sites are perfect for keeping people informed and getting people to your main website, but they shouldn’t replace your actual site. Your website has a few key factors that you need to look into and decide on before you even get to design it.

Domain Names
First and arguably the most important factor is your domain name (aka URL).  It is best to choose domain names that are easy to remember and easy to spell out. You need people to be able to remember this name and tell it to others, without them screwing up the spelling because of abbreviations or cheesy word replacement (I.E. using l8er instead of later).  Personally I like to have two distinctively different domain names pointing to my film’s website. The first one is a name that is close to the film’s title. You’ll have to do a search to figure out if the names you are brainstorming are free.  Usually if the title is taken, you can at least get something with the word film or movie at the end. For example, if Thunderman.com is taken, you could always try ThundermanTheMovie.com. For the second name I like to be more creative and use something that will look cool on posters. I’m currently working on a zombie film, so in advance I bought TheDeadAreRising.com. I can picture a 1000 ways to use the url in ads both online and in print.  I used to use Yahoo to buy my domains, but I learned the hard way that just because they are affordable, doesn’t make them good. Now I have moved all of my domains to GoDaddy, who not only has a great interface, but they have helpful customer service and are honest.

Web Hosts
While it is easier to buy your domain names and web hosting fromt he same place, it isn’t always the best idea. For example, I host some of my websites on Powweb, but their domain names are overpriced.  I can buy a domain for half the price from GoDaddy.  Now in the reverse, I feel like GoDaddy is great with domain names, but their web hosting is lacking.  You need a web host that offers you a ton of space and monthly bandwidth, and they need to be able to handle different scripts and CGI. You’ll likely have a ton of videos, photos, and a blog on your website. Make sure that the web host you decide to go with can handle what you need before you waste any coin on it. It is also a good idea to always keep up with current web hosting news. Not only do you want a great deal, but you need to choose a web host that is stable, reliable, customer friendly, and has a proven track record.

Design
The design is going to be key in keeping visitors at your website and to encourage them to keep coming back. I prefer websites that are clean and easy to navigate.  Include information about the project, but don’t go overboard. Don’t give a complete play by play of the film, don’t spoil the ending, and don’t post your full script. Include your film’s trailer and make sure that the quality is top notch. A blog is a great way to keep the film’s website content fresh and to add new content regularly. You can post behind the scenes photos, videos with scenes, or even just share experiences with the filmmaking process.

You are going to spend a lot of time and effort getting people to this website, make sure that they have something good to look at when they get there!

Hot in Betty White

Hot in… Betty White?  Have I said lately how much I love the current Betty White craze?  TV land is taking it one step further and putting her in a new show that is already being dubbed “the silver girls”. Hot in Cleveland co-stars White as Elka, a cantankerous caretaker of a house in Cleveland that gets rented by three friends from Los Angeles; portrayed by sit-com vets Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves, and Valerie Bertinelli. The show is a mix of fish out of water comedy with a deeper message of friendship and that it is never too late to reinvent yourself.  This is TV Land’s first go at a scripted series, and premieres at 10pm.

Also on tonight?

8PM

  • CBS: TV’s Greatest Surprises: A Paley Center for Media Special

9PM

  • NBC: America’s Got Talent (Reality)
  • A&E: Dog the Bounty Hunter (Reality)
  • TBS: Are We There Yet? (Comedy)
  • TRAVEL: Man v. Food (Docu Eating)

10PM

  • ABC: Happy Town (Mystery Drama)
  • A&E: Billy the Exterminator (Reality)
  • SPIKE: Ultimate Figher: Road to the Finale (Reality Fighting)
  • TBS: Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns (Comedy)
  • USA: In Plain Sight (Crime Drama)

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