Ryan Seacrest & His Multi-Faceted Career


As many would agree, Ryan Seacrest is a big name in entertainment today. He is mostly known for his work as a host for popular television shows like “American Idol”. Nevertheless, others know him for being a radio broadcaster on the Los Angeles-based radio station, 98.7 FM. His career is very extensive and goes far beyond the surface of what most people know.

Ryan Seacrest started out hosting kids’ shows. Some of his earliest hosting assignments included “Gladiator 2000” in 1994, “Wild Animal Games” on the Fox Family Channel in 1995, and “Click” in 1997. One of the greatest things about his career is that there were moments when one opportunity led to another. For example, through his work on the show, “Click”, a new door opened for him to have an afternoon gig at the 98.7 FM radio station in Los Angeles. It is on this radio broadcast that he entertains a great number of listeners, many of whom are commuters in traffic looking forward to his show, “Ryan Seacrest for the Ride Home”.

At the start of the new millennium, as per Men’s Journal, awesome doors began to open. It was the summer of 2002 that Ryan Seacrest’s legendary work on American Idol began. Although this exact type of show had been done before in other countries, it was a first in America and Ryan Seacrest was asked to lead it. Gladly, he took the opportunity and ran with it for many years, as it is now one of his most well-known appearances.

Now, Ryan Seacrest has expanded his career to include new areas that he is passionate about. He has joined as a host with Kelly Ripa on the Live with Kelly and Ryan show, which airs on weekday mornings. Yet, the latest expansion of his career includes the official red carpet announcement made by his appearance in a suit from his very own clothing line, Ryan Seacrest Distinction, which came out in 2014. Finally, he has also decided to give back to youth through the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, where he supports students’ interests in entertainment within the realm of education.

Twitter: @RyanSeacrest

From this source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/12/fashion/mens-style/ryan-seacrest-works-out.html

Lawrence Benders Gives a Greenlight to Reservoir Dogs’ Opening Diner Scene


Reservoir Dogs broke a great many rules in regards to conventional screenplay approaches. The opening scene, however, almost mocks the rules of screenwriting. While writer/director Quentin Tarantino chose to embrace such a unique creative approach, it becomes difficult to see the average producer reading the scene and liking the drawn-out dialogue. Most producers probably would resist allowing such a scene to be shot. Lawrence Bender clearly isn’t the average producer. His list of accomplishments includes winning an Oscar for Best Documentary for An Inconvenient Truth. When making Lawrence Bender Reservoir Dogs wisely didn’t pressure Tarantino to cut such a “meandering” opening scene.

Why is the opening scene so controversial? The sequence doesn’t even remotely try to get the plot moving forward. The scene makes no attempt to establish the proceedings. In Syd Field’s classic work on the art of screenwriting, the first ten minutes of a movie should set up the “Who, what, and where” of the plot. With Reservoir Dogs, the opening diner scene explains who the movie is about and where it takes place, but does nothing to establish a clear narrative.

The scene mimics an indulgent section from a potboiler novel. Novels wallow in meandering because, honestly, meandering doesn’t hurt the reading experience. An author can write 400 pages or more without a problem. A motion picture usually has 90 to 120 minutes to tell its tale. The plot must move forward quickly without any tangents.

Reservoir Dogs starts out with a ten-minute dialogue riff featuring a bunch of men finishing up their breakfast. They argue with one another, tell strange tales, and discuss the merits of tipping. None of this has anything to do with the plot. The prologue does nothing but other than providing humorous-but-unessential dialogue. The film does make the characters memorable, which makes the film compelling when the actual plot starts.

Producers commonly come off as business-centric. Lawrence Bender certainly doesn’t ignore the business side of producing, but his background as a dancer early in life shows his creative and artistic side. Lawrence Bender likely followed his creative side when supporting Tarantino’s decision to film such a scene.