FishbowlNY FishbowlDC LostRemote InsideMobileApps InsideSocialGames TVNewser TVSpy AgencySpy PRNewser MediaJobsDaily UnBeige

Posts Tagged ‘LeVar Burton’

Bryan Cranston Narrates ‘You Have to F***ing Eat’

You Have to Fucking EatBreaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston recorded a four-minute audiobook of Adam Mansbach‘s new children’s book for adultsYou Have to F***ing Eat. In an interview with The New York Times, Mansbach commented that Cranston “reads with such nuance.”

Audible has made the digital audiobook available for free until December 12th. Follow this link to download it.

Pulp Fiction actor Samuel L. Jackson served as the narrator for the audiobook edition of Mansbach’s previous titleGo the F*** to Sleep. Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton read the story out loud during an appearance on the Rooster Teeth podcast; click here to watch a video that captured Burton’s recitation.

Mediabistro Course

Memoir Writing

Memoir WritingStarting January 7, work with a published memoir writer to tell and sell the story of your life! In this course, Wendy Dale will teach you how to create your story around a marketable premise, hone your narrative voice, write a memoir with a solid structure, and sell your memoir before you've even finished writing it. Register now!

NSFW VIDEO: LeVar Burton Reads ‘Go The F*** to Sleep’

Reading Rainbow host and children’s book author LeVar Burton appeared on the Rooster Teeth podcast for a charity drive. BuzzFeed reports that during his visit, he read from his new picture book and Go The F*ck to Sleep. The video embedded above features his NSFW reading Adam Mansbach’s hit title out loud.

Follow this link to hear Burton recite the story from the newly released The Rhino Who Swallowed A Storm. The actual audiobook for Go The F*ck to Sleep was narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson. (via kotaku.com)

Reading Rainbow to Publish LeVar Burton’s First Picture Book

LeVar BurtonActor and literacy advocate LeVar Burton has collaborated with writer Susan Schaefer Bernardo and artist Courtenay Fletcher on his first picture book. Burton (pictured, via) has been recently named “Geek of the Year” at the 2nd annual Geekie Awards.

Reading Rainbow will publish The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm on October 7th. The Independent Publishers Group has been brought on as the distributor for this title.

LeVar Burton Wins the Geek of the Year Award

LeVar Burton has won in the “Geek of the Year” category at the 2nd annual Geekie Awards. He received a special limited edition Gibson guitar as his prize.

The video embedded above features Burton singing the Reading Rainbow theme song and delivering his acceptance speech. What do you think? (via Tech Times)

LeVar Burton Stars in the ‘Tweeting Rainbow’ Video

Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show and created a hilarious video called “Tweeting Rainbow.” The video embedded features Burton singing a parody version of the beloved TV show’s theme song and reading from celebrity Twitter feeds. What do you think? (via The Huffington Post)

Reading Rainbow Team Raises $5M+ on Kickstarter

RainbowLeVar Burton (pictured, via) and his collaborators have raised $5 million in 35 days.

In addition to crowdfunded money, actor Seth MacFarlane has agreed to donate $1 million which brings the total to more than $6 million. Now that the campaign has ended, the Reading Rainbow team plans to establish a Reading Rainbow digital library (for the web, mobile devices, game consoles, and Over the Top boxes) and allow 7,500 classrooms to access this library free of charge.

24 hours after the Kickstarter venture launched, supporters had pledged more than $1 million. Follow this link to watch Burton’s reaction video towards the first million. What do you think?

Read more

Reading Rainbow Team Raises $1.4M on Kickstarter For a Digital Library

LeVar Burton and the Reading Rainbow team have raised more than $1.4 million on Kickstarter in one day. With these funds, Burton and his colleagues plan to “Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere.”

The collaborators plan to use the first million to establish a Reading Rainbow digital library and to allow 1,500+ classrooms to access this library free of charge. The surplus will go towards “stretch goals” that have not-yet-been revealed. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Below, we’ve embedded a video featuring a Media Beat interview with Burton. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Reading Rainbow’s digital collection already contains hundreds of books and video field trips… but with your help, we’ll be able to make the Reading Rainbow library available on more of the devices modern kids use to consume content. When we meet our initial goal of $1,000,000, we will launch a new version of Reading Rainbow on the single most-used digital platform: the web.”

Read more

3 Million Books Read on Reading Rainbow App

readingrainbow

Kids have read more than three million books using the Reading Rainbow app.

AppNewser has more about the app’s success:

[Burton] teamed up with business partner Mark Wolfe, obtained the rights to the brand and launched the Reading Rainbow app. The free app, published by RRKidz, features more than 300 books, and 50 video field trips as well as classic clips from the TV show aimed at kids aged 3-9. According to iTunes, users have accessed more than 3 million books and video field trips in less than a year since launch.

Read more

LeVar Burton Reveals His Favorite Children’s Books

During a HuffPost Live interview, LeVar Burton revealed that his favorite children’s books are Mary Hoffman‘s Amazing Grace and Derek Munson‘s Enemy Pie.

Watch an excerpt from the interview in the video embedded above. Burton discovered these books while he hosted the Reading Rainbow TV series.

For Burton, working “on that show has enriched my life in so many immeasurable ways.” What was your favorite Reading Rainbow book?

Should LeVar Burton Host Jeopardy?

 

Reading Rainbow host, actor and book app creator LeVar Burton recently tweeted that hosting the quiz show Jeopardy would be “my dream job.” His tweet inspired an online petition that is already nearing 1,000 signatures.

This GalleyCat editor agrees that Burton would make a “intelligent and kind host” for the show (he already starred as a celebrity contestant).

What do you think? Sign the petition at this link.

Read more

NEXT PAGE >>