AirTalk for November 19, 2010

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Post-election poll paints a picture of California voters

The latest LA Times/USC poll includes the largest and most representative survey of Latino and Asian American voters ever taken. These two groups now comprise about a quarter of California’s registered voters, and the results of the poll offer new understanding about the way our political winds blow. How did Latinos and Asian Americans lean in the races for governor and senate? What are our marching orders for governor-elect Jerry Brown? What does the future hold for issues like immigration reform, gay marriage, the environment?
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Vroooom! Dropping the flag at the LA Auto Show

This year’s Los Angeles Auto Show opens today. On display, some 30 North American debuts and new alternative fuel technology vehicles, such as the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf. The Auto Show is just kicking off to the public, but journalists got a sneak peak. What can you expect to see there? And what Auto Show cars will hit the streets next year?
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KPCC film critics Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor, Henry Sheehan of henrysheehan.com and Charles Solomon of amazon.com join Larry to discuss the week’s new film releases including Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows (Part 1), The Next Three Days, Made In Dagenham, Kuroneko, Today’s Special, and Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story. TGI-FilmWeek!
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Putting the (computer) screen – into screenplay

Every aspiring movie writer knows the well-worn path to success: submit a script to the studio and pray for a green light. Sometimes, many deals and drafts later, the finished product finds its way to a theater near you. Now online retail giant Amazon.com aims to apply digital technology to the arcane process of pitching feature films with the launch of Amazon Studios. In their new, democratic model, writers can submit their scripts at no cost to the website and readers are invited to review, revise and rate their potential. The same goes for moviemakers, who can upload rough versions of their works-in-progress. Amazon promises to award a combined $2.7 million in prizes over the first year of the project; grand prize winners will be presented to a major studio for a chance at that elusive green light. Amazon Studios director Roy Price says the company hopes to foster unknown writers, creative collaborations and experimental material. Will turning movie-making into an “American Idol”-like contest make for better box office? Or, in the case of the creative process, is democracy overrated?
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