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Sunday, July 24, 2016

2016 Comic-Con Preview!

Posted By on Sun, Jul 24, 2016 at 4:07 PM

San Diego Comic-Con was this weekend and a ton of exciting trailers were premiered. Here are a look at a few of them I found exciting. 

Wonder Woman: It's about damn time. Gal Gadot reprises her role as Wonder Woman in this WWI set action fantasy continuing the DC cinematic universe that started with "Man of Steel" and "Batman v. Superman." Director Patty Jenkins looks like she's adding some welcome color to the de-saturated DC Movie color palate. Opens June 2, 2017.

Legion: David Haller is basically the most powerful mutant in the Marvel Universe. As the son of Charles Xavier, he is a powerful telepath who also has multiple personality disorder. Each one of his identities are more powerful than the last and he has the ability to reshape reality as a whim. The show is being run by Noah Hawley, who proved to be one of the finest voices in television with his adaptation of "Fargo." Expect this show to bring forward imagery and storylines never seen before on television. Premieres in 2017.

American Gods: Based on the pretty fantastic book by Neil Gaiman, "American Gods" is the new show shepherded by Bryan Fuller, the genius behind "Hannibal," "Pushing Daisies" and the upcoming new "Star Trek" series. The book tells the story of Shadow, a man released from prison just as his beloved wife perishes in a car crash. He meets up with the Norse god Odin, goes on adventures and gets involved in a war between the new and old gods. This show should be an absolute blast. Premieres in 2017.

Doctor Strange: While the first trailer had its moments, this second look at "Doctor Strange" really shows us what kind of tone they're going for with the Marvel superhero. That tone: Batshit Crazy. Bendermack Crambysnacks stars as the good Doctor, who learns how to make magic, fight bad guys and stare at trippy, "Inception"-esque cityscapes. Opens November 4, 2016. 

Kong: Skull Island: Can we all agree that the best part of Peter Jackson's "King Kong" was the Skull Island section? Good! Then the idea of Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Sam Jackson and John Goodman fighting giant monsters on a mysterious island of doom should make all of us happy. Plus, this trailer is just gangbusters. Seriously, what else could you possibly need from a Kong movie than what these 120 seconds promises? Opens March 10, 2017.

The LEGO Batman Movie: Just trust me. Watch this trailer. Did you like "The Lego Movie?" Of course you did. Now look at how delightful this one appears to be. So delightful. Self-serious and pompous Batman to the rescue. Opens February 2017. 

Luke Cage: Why did it take this long for someone to use Wu-Tang in a superhero setting? Feels like a missed opportunity. Just sayin. Premieres September 30th on Netflix. 

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Friday, June 24, 2016

This is Not A Game...of Thrones.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 7:38 PM

Because we know what's really important here in these United States, someone made sure to find out that Brexit wouldn't be affecting our viewership of "Game of Thrones." HBO has issued a statement saying “We do not anticipate that the result of the EU Referendum will have any material effect on HBO producing Game of Thrones.”

Since "Thrones" mostly films in Northern Ireland, which it gets tax incentives from, Northern Ireland Screen also issued a statement saying “This statement is to confirm that Northern Ireland Screen’s production funding comes from the Northern Ireland Executive through Invest NI and does not use monies provided from European funded programmes.” 

Now that we have that out of the way and are fully aware of what our priorities are, carry on and panic. 
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hold the Door

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 3:07 PM

Spoilers for this week's "Game of Thrones" throughout: 

Last Sunday's "Game of Thrones" brought the death of a fan favorite character who seemed too pure not to make it at least to the end of the journey. As Bran's erstwhile packhorse and best friend, Hodor has been carrying the crippled kid since Season One, it only made sense that Hodor would continue to be Sam to Bran's Frodo. Yet innocence and purity have never thrived North of the Wall (and don't do any better South of it), and Hodor's untimely and brave demise was well earned.

What makes this death more interesting, however, is that it's the first truly massive one that comes from a book the readers of George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series haven't read yet. There are many characters dead on the show that still live in the books, but this is the first that really rocked the audience and created a precedent for Season Six of the show.

HBO's series has finally outpaced the novels as the upcoming sixth book ("The Winds of Winter") still doesn't have a release date. Book readers are now in a position where they have to parse what happens on the show with guessing what will happen in the books. Just because Stannis dies sitting against a tree in the Battle of Winterfell doesn't mean he'll go out like that in Book Six. Anything can happen this season and book readers and non-readers alike will share the surprise together for the first time. 

In a short featurette after Sunday's episode, show-runners and creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were quoted saying that Hodor's fate came from Martin himself and wasn't an invention of the writers for the show. According to a recent Vanity Fair article, "Winds of Winter" will still have the reveal of Hodor's name (Hold the Door), but the context will be different in the novel. This should placate some of the book's fans who are struggling with the fact that the TV show is basically spoiling all of the plot development in the upcoming novels.

The books are the books and the show is the show, and while the television series has done an excellent job adapting the big moments and characters from the novels, Martin's work is where it's at. There are dozens of characters that don't appear in the show and the fact that each chapter is from a different character's viewpoint means we get to see how their minds work. As much as it was fun to see Jon Snow come back to life, understanding what it feels like from his point of view will be a completely different and equally rewarding experience. The show will not ruin the books, instead the books will add depth and shading to the series that will only enhance what is already there. 
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Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Owls Are Not What They Seem

Posted By on Sun, Apr 17, 2016 at 3:31 PM

Filming has wrapped on the sequel series to "Twin Peaks" and all is right with the world. What is interesting about the news is that it might not just be a limited revival of the series after all. David Lynch and company shot 18 episodes over 140 days and they're calling them "the first two seasons" of the new show. Does that mean we will get more after these 18? There's no way to know until the ratings for these start trickling in after the new episodes air on showtime early next year. Since the show was cancelled before it had a chance to wrap up several storylines, hopefully we will finally get an answer to the fate of Agent Cooper. 
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Price of Fame: The Reality of Television Contracts

Posted By on Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 10:07 AM

By Christopher Heaps

Reposted with permission from

The Source has a story this week about a mysterious casting company seeking Benditos who are interested in being on a “reality show” set here. Some people think it’s fake, and it sure is goofy. For example, the first version of the casting call webpage referred to Bend as a city in the “mid-west.” Ha ha.

If you are so inclined, you are invited to submit a “Casting Application.” The unnamed “Network” apparently intends the Casting Application to be a legally binding contract, and it requires some interesting commitments on your part.

For example, you may not run for public office now or “until one (1) year after initial broadcast of the episodes of the Production in which [you] appear.” (Part 4) When is that initial broadcast? Who knows. But there may never be one because the Network has no obligation to ever actually air anything. (Part 5, Section 2). So I hope you’re not interested in politics.

Also, you must be “willing to travel to various locations as part of production.” Are we talking La Pine here, or LA? I’m not sure. Is there really a difference?

But where it really gets good is the scope of the rights that you sign away. Check out this from Part 5, Section 1:

Applicant irrevocably grants Network the perpetual, worldwide right to make visual and/or audio recordings and still images of Applicant, whether recorded prior or subsequent to the execution hereof, with or without Applicant’s knowledge (collectively, the “Recordings”) and to use the Recordings and Applicant’s name, voice, likeness, and biographical information (“Applicant’s Likeness”) as included in the Recordings and/or otherwise obtained by Network, in and in connection with the Production, and any version thereof, as Network may determine in its sole discretion.

So, every single photo or video of you ever taken is the property of the Network. That includes photos and videos made long ago, like when you had acne all over your face, or got caught playing dress-up with your mom’s clothes, or when you were a little too big for that training bra. Imagine your most embarrassing moment captured on film. Sound good?

Creepiest of all, of course, are the recordings made “without Applicant’s knowledge.” And those recordings made without your knowledge may be from your experience on the show or “otherwise obtained by Network.” I can hear the collective “Ewww” from female readers.

Incredibly, it gets worse. To wit:

Applicant authorizes Network to incorporate and license others to incorporate any part or all of the Recordings and/or Applicant’s Likeness in the Production and in any other production. Applicant grants Network the right to use the Recordings and/or Applicant’s Likeness for the purpose of advertising and promoting the Production or any version thereof and/or any other production in which the Recordings and/or Applicant’s Likeness is incorporated and/or the exhibitors (including, but not limited to, institutional promotion) and sponsors of any of the foregoing in any manner whatsoever, including, but not limited to, product integration, commercial tie-ins, and implied endorsements.

So your face, name, voice, etc, can be used for literally anything, not just for the “reality” show. That includes advertisements for the show and any products the Network happens to be advertising. Haven’t you always wanted to appear in an ad for adult diapers? How about a phone sex line? Anything is possible now!

And it goes on and on, forever! But the best part, of course, is the money:

Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Applicant agrees that the rights granted hereunder shall include the perpetual, worldwide right of Network to edit, telecast, cablecast, rerun, record, publish, reproduce, use, license, print, distribute or otherwise exploit, in any manner and in any medium or forum, whether now known or hereafter devised, the Production or any version thereof or any other production in which the Recordings and/or Applicant’s Likeness is incorporated, in whole or in part, without any compensation to Applicant.

In return for getting literally nothing for all your time and for giving away every representation ever made of you, you will not be able to sue the Network for anything it does. (Part 5, Section 7) If some crew member hits you with a van or drops a light on your head, you’re out of luck, because you “expressly assume[] all risk and danger and all hazards arising from, or related in any way to, Applicant’s participation in the Production, however caused and whether by negligence or otherwise.” And you waive any right to sue for anything, “including but not limited to claims for any personal injury, property damage, libel, slander, defamation, infringement of right of publicity, invasion of privacy, false association or false endorsement, whether or not caused by any negligence or act or omission of the Released Parties.”

Really it’s a screaming deal.

The foregoing is not legal advice. If you really want to be on this show, you should talk to a lawyer before signing the Casting Application. You can find one by calling 800-452-7636 during regular business hours.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Open Casting Call for Bend Reality TV Show

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 4:03 PM

Do you ever think to yourself, "I should've been a star"? Well, listen up, because this may (or may not) be your chance. An unnamed, L.A.-based "boutique production company" is apparently casting for a reality show based in Bend. The company, which claims to have credits with HGTV and GSN, describes the hypothetical show on its casting call website as being "in the tradition of scripted shows like Picket Fences, Twin Peaks, Northern Exposure and Portlandia." 

I'll admit, I'm a little skeptical. Not because Bend seems unworthy of reality stardom. On the contrary, we've had our fair share of reality stars and there's plenty of local flavor to flesh out a script with. But the elusive production company doesn't seem that familiar with Bend. (Or, you know, basic grammar and punctuation.) It describes Bend as "the epicenter of micro brewing of the mid-west" and the Cascade Mountains’ most fascinating city." (Note: I reached out to the casting company but haven't heard back yet.)

Still, if you're game, the company is looking for real people to portray the following:
From families who have been rooted to the city for generations, to the brand new resident who hasn’t even finished unpacking; the teacher who serves as the town’s armchair historian, the wisecracking bartender, the hotel clerk, the hero, the mechanic, the bakers daughter, the Doc, the town gossip, and everyone in between.
I mean, what's the harm in sending off a bunch of personal information to a stranger in the hopes you will be selected to audition "at certain times" in March and April at "various locations"?

So, what do you say, are you going for it?

Check out the full casting call here.
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Friday, April 4, 2014

C-SPAN's Bend Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 3:15 PM

This weekend, C-SPAN is going Bend-centric spending two full days covering Central Oregon's history, development, arts and culture. See the press release below for details of the coverage that will air this weekend. You can watch all the coverage on BendBroadband channel 61 and HD channel 661. The content will also be available online at

C-SPAN2’s Book TV — SATURDAY, April 5 at 2:30pm PT/ 4:30 pm ET and C-SPAN3’s American History TV (AHTV) — SUNDAY, April 6 at 11am PT/ 2pm ET.

· Explore John C. Fremont’s expedition through central Oregon. Fremont was an American military officer tapped to map and describe the Oregon Trail in the 1840s. Once he completed his journey, Fremont decided to continue his travels south through Central Oregon, Nevada and California. We’ll travel to a couple of those locations around Bend with photographer Loren Irving — who used maps and Fremont’s journals to retrace his journey and learn more about his adventures.

· Learn about Bend, Oregon’s origins as a mill town. Two of the largest lumber mills of their time were located in Bend. Brooks-Scanlon and Shevlin-Hixon opened in 1916 and were located on opposite sides of the Deschutes River in Bend. Both mills have closed, but were a major part of the city’s economy during much of the 20th century. Kelly Cannon-Miller, Executive Director of the Deschutes Historical Museum explains what life was like while the both mills were in operation and what impact their closing had on the city.

· Bend Developer Bill Smith shows how Bend has recreated itself after its two mills shut down. Hear how the city has survived without the lumber mills.

· Hear about the Deschutes Railroad War. Railroad historian and attorney Martin Hansen talks about the race between two railroad barons to build a railroad line through central Oregon. James Hill and Edward Herriman began building competing lines to cross over the Crooked River Gorge just north of Bend in 1909. James Hill arrived victorious and nailed the golden spike at the Train Depot in Bend. The “Hill” line opened Bend for the lumber industry and made it possible to transport thousands of pounds of lumber from that part of the state.

· Go to downtown Bend to learn about the origins of the Bend Emblem. Kelly Cannon-Miller, Executive Director of the Deschutes Historical Museum talks about the Emblem, which was created as the city logo 100 years ago by the Bend Emblem Club. Club members swore an oath to wear a pin emblazoned with the image until the town reached 100,000 inhabitants. They also employed creative marketing tactics to promote the city. Today the population is nearly 80,000 and the logo shows up all over the city.

· Visit the site where a U.S. Presidential candidate died while trying to save a young Bend boy. Socialist Labor Party Candidate Frank T. Johns was giving a stump speech in Bend when a boy fell into the Deschutes River and was taken downstream. Johns stopped his speech, and jumped into the water to save him. Historian Nate Pedersen explains how the nation reacted to this tragedy and what’s being done today to honor Frank T. Johns’ life.

· Travel to the failed Tumalo Reservoir with Deschutes County Surveyor Mike Berry. In the early 20th century W.A. Laidlaw promised hundreds of settlers in Deschutes County that he could irrigate the land around Bend using funds from the Federal Carey Act. Laidlaw failed to uphold his promise and left the area today’s equivalent of a few million dollars. The state then stepped in and tried to build a reservoir to help irrigate the land in what is now known as Tumalo. The state was never able to successfully irrigate the land promised by Laidlaw, leaving hundreds of settlers without farmable land.

· Learn about Morse v. Frederick, the Supreme Court case that tackled free speech in an American high school from James Foster, a political science professor at Oregon State University — Cascades. In January 2002, as the Olympic torch was being carried down the main street of Juneau, Alaska, Juneau-Douglas High School senior Joseph Frederick, along with his friends, unraveled a banner reading “BONG HITS 4 JESUS.” The principal, Deborah Morse, ordered Frederick to immediately take down the banner. He refused saying that Morse was violating his First Amendment rights. What followed was a series of lawsuits that eventually made it to the U.S. Supreme Court. In his book, “Bong Hits 4 Jesus: A Perfect Constitutional Storm in Alaska’s Capital”, Foster lays out the timeline of the case as well as examines the boundaries of free speech in a high school setting.

· Hear local author Jane Kirkpatrick recount the journey she and her husband undertook to become modern pioneers in her book “Homestead: Modern Pioneers Pursuing the Edge of Possibility.” Following a family tragedy, Jane and her husband Jerry quit their jobs, purchased a plot of land two and a half hours outside of Bend and decided to try and make a living as modern pioneers. For the next 27 years, Jane and her husband would live in this massive stretch of sagebrush and sand in eastern Oregon experiencing many challenges including flood, fire and a plane crash. “Homestead” chronicles Jane and Jerry’s life in the Oregon desert and what the experience taught her about life and about herself.

· Hear the story of two people confronting the legacy of slavery and racism in America in “Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade.” Author Tom DeWolf is the descendent of one of the largest slave trading families in U.S. history and Sharon Morgan, his co-author, is a descendent of slaves from South Side Chicago. Over a three year period, they traveled to visit each other’s families, went to ancestral towns and historic sites all the while engaging in conversation on how race has impacted their lives. Hear DeWolf recount his experience in getting to know Sharon and his view on discussing the issue of race in the U.S. today.

· Visit Atelier 6000, Bend’s local printmaking and bookbinding studio. Here, local authors and artists come together to combine text and art in a unique way. Interim Executive Director, Julie Winter explains the mission of A6 and the benefits of having books put together by hand.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Adorable Puppy in Super Bowl Ad from Bend

Posted By on Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 10:35 AM

If you're looking for a recap of yesterday's Seahawk dominated Super Bowl XLVIII, you can listen to one here.
NOW, for something entirely more interesting, a review of the Super Bowl commercials!
In a blurry of celebrity-studded advertising (among our favorites were James Franco hanging out with tigers and Steven Colbert's pistachio head), the most successful ad campaign came from Budweiser in the form of a Clydesdale horse and an adorable lab puppy.

That litter of puppies happen to be from right here in Bend! You can even see the Warm Springs adoption center at the start of the commercial. The commercial has amassed 37 million views on Youtube since Wednesday. Watch below for your Monday morning heart-melt.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Watch "Orange is the New Black." It's Impressively Good.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 2:28 PM

The new Netflix original series "Orange is the New Black," is phenomenal. And I've only watched one of the 13 episodes. Others in the office, already addicted to the hilarious yet poignant, well written/scripted/acted series about a late 20s upper middle class white woman who goes to prison for a decade-old drug offense, say it only gets better.

It's from the creator of "Weeds," another addictive dark comedy/drama and stars Taylor Schilling and Jason Biggs. The characters and their situations are believable (ish) and entirely relate-able. Suddenly, chatter about the series, which was released earlier in July, is everywhere. Google it. You'll see. Then start watching. (Also, "House of Cards," if you haven't yet blown through that whole series). Oh, last week Netflix renewed "Orange is the New Black" for a second season. So, more to come.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Arrested Development Returns or Another Excuse for a Party

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 2:16 PM

This Sunday marks one of the most irrelevant drinking holidays of all time, Cinco de Mayo. The fifth is not, as many Americans think, the Mexican Independence Day, but it does offer an excuse for frat boys everywhere to slam Cuervo and Coronas.

Delicious Tequila aside, Cinco de Drinko is pretty pointless, so why not celebrate something that really matters: the return of one of our favorite canceled television shows, "Arrested Development."

Promo posters for the 2013 Arrested Development.
  • Promo posters for the 2013 "Arrested Development."

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hey Ocean! & My Little Pony

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Post Super Bowl Pop in Bend!
  • Post Super Bowl Pop in Bend!

BENT is giving away two tickets to see Canadian pop group Hey Ocean!'s show at Bend's The Sound Garden Studio Sunday night after the Super Bowl. We suggest you enter and if you don't win, plan on attending anyway. Tickets are available here for $8 + a small fee.

It's sugary pop for sure— not the kind of thing we'd normally be pushing. But just watch this video and try not to like it.

Another surprise we just found out about Hey Ocean! lead singer Ashleigh Ball, is that she voices two characters for the My Little Pony cartoon series. In fact, Ball has voiced characters for Iron Man and Voltron as well.

Here is an interview where Ball talks about her voice-over skills.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Tonight: Live Tweeting The Bachelor

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 3:30 PM

At least theyre wearing protection
  • At least they're wearing protection

If you've been holding out for this season of ABC's The Bachelor to get really good. I mean dramatically better. This is the week you've been waiting for.

I've got four words for you that say it all.


Girl-on-girl violence? It's got it.

Uncontrollable crying? Do you even have to ask?

Trip to the hospital? Got it.

One-armed panic attack? Yup. Got that too.

Follow me, @ethos83 tonight and let's converse during the show.

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