On Movies: Defying Gravity, Embracing Technology

Secretary of Labor and current University of California, Berkeley, professor, isn’t all gloom and doom about our prospects. In the film, directed by Jacob Kornbluth and adapted from Reich’s book, Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future, the charismatic, self-deprecating economist takes a look at the ever-widening income gap in America – its causes and its consequences, as more wealth is concentrated in fewer hands. “As I say in the start of the film, not only are we the most unequal of all the developed countries, but we’re surging towards greater inequality faster,” says Reich, on the phone from New York the other day. Still, by the end of the picture, Reich is practically beaming rays of sunshine as he impels the students in a giant lecture hall to go out and do good. “I’m not a cockeyed optimist,” Reich cautions. “But there are reasons for optimism. One is that the economy can’t continue in the direction it’s going without risking more deep recessions, booms and busts and chronically high unemployment. “The rich would do better with a smaller share of a rapidly growing economy than they are doing now with a large share of an economy that’s barely growing because the majority of Americans don’t have the purchasing power to keep it going. And I like to think that the wealthy are rational and know that it’s in the best interest of everyone to reverse the trends . . . .

Target Ticket offers thousands of movies and TV shows on digital video service

Related Stories FDA to start regulating health-related smartphone apps Parents can target what their kids online casino blackjack watch on their phones, tablets and TVs, thanks to a new digital video service. Target Ticket launched by the discount chain store offers a whopping 30,000 movies and television shows to buy, rent, download or stream starting at 99 cents. Titles include blockbuster releases like Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness and HBO shows like Game of Thrones and True Blood. RELATED: WHAT THE EMMY VOTERS GOT RIGHT – AND WHAT THEY GOT WRONG But parents have the ultimate say about their kids viewing options. The big-box retailer partnered with San Francisco-based nonprofit Common Sense Media, which provides movie and TV reviews, to make it easier for users to select age-appropriate content for their kids. Melinda Sue Gordon/AP Target are aiming to compete with Netflix, which offers its own original series like ‘House of Cards.’ The political drama, which stars Kevin Spacey, won three awards at the 2013 Emmys. Worried parents can also set filters according to the level of violence and profanity and ratings given by the Motion Picture Association of America. PHOTOS: EMMY AWARDS 2013 NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED They can customize profiles for family members so they can watch varied content simultaneously on different devices. The service is aimed at parents who want a kid-safe, easy- to-use service, the company says. Viewers can watch rented content as many times as they want within a 48-hour period. Target Ticket is currently available on PCs, Macs, Android and iOS, along with Internet-connected TVs and Xboxes. Guests can visit TargetTicket.com to access the service or download the app through the App Store or Google Play.