Here are the Blogs in the Entertainment
Thursday, 12 November 2009
MGM going out of business (sort of) is not much of a surprise to those of us who have 'tried' to do business with them over the years. They have been developmentally challenged for a very long time. It's amazing to me how bad so many studios are at what they do. It's pretty simple. ...Read More...
Posted on 11/12/2009 6:17 AM by Todd Carr
Monday, 9 November 2009
That's pretty interesting, in and of itself. "Hey, writers, WGA leadership here. Um--man, there isn't much work out there. What should we do?" Here's what you shouldn't do. Strike again. That's pretty high on the list of bad ideas. Also, how about ...Read More...
Posted on 11/09/2009 12:20 PM by Todd Carr
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
I was lying in bed last night, wide awake, trying to get some sleep. So far this year I've written three scripts, and none of them have even made a dent in the business. I've had enough success (or, so I thought) to at least get my material read. That hasn't been the case. I ...Read More...
Posted on 10/21/2009 7:29 AM by Todd Carr
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
Say what you want about Glee, but it's Fall's best new comedy in my opinion--by a long shot. In fact, it's the best comedy in a long time. Probably since The Office and 30 Rock hit the scene. It's undeniably unique, something viewers have been craving. I don't know if it ...Read More...
Posted on 10/13/2009 5:12 PM by Todd Carr
Monday, 5 October 2009
So, David Letterman has banged members of his staff. Gee. What a shocker. Everyone has known for years that he's a womanizing asshole. Everyone, except his long time girlfriend and wife apparently. What's odd is, she was a member of his staff at one point. She ...Read More...
Posted on 10/05/2009 6:16 PM by Todd Carr
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood (required reading) gets her hands on a copy of Bill Mechanic's keynote speech from the Independent Film and Television Production Conference, and it's a dandy. It spells out just about everything that's wrong with the entertainment business. Here's the link to ...Read More...
Posted on 09/30/2009 3:42 PM by Todd Carr
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
I get quite few people writing to me asking what I think of the new Fall season (as if I know anything more than anyone else). I'll tell you what I think of it. Same shit, different year. As we wrote about today, some stupid modeling show has been 86'd already, and plenty of shows ...Read More...
Posted on 09/29/2009 6:22 PM by Todd Carr
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
When I was a kid, I used to love Stretch Armstrong, and games like Battleship. I'm not sure I'd want to see a movie about them, but they were interesting toys. It doesn't surprise me that studios are developing these child friendly (and subsequently, adult friendly) properties as films ...Read More...
Posted on 09/22/2009 5:43 AM by Todd Carr
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Wow, Jay Leno really changed things up on his show. He got rid of the desk. It's totally different now. I hardly recognized Jay, to be honest. Getting rid of the desk made him look twenty years younger.
Seriously, is this a joke?
Imagine how Conan O'Brien feels ...Read More...
Posted on 09/16/2009 6:18 AM by Todd Carr
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
It's kind of hard to believe, but over five years from when the third installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy was released, the Tolkien family is finally getting paid for their gross participation in the series. And, frankly, the only reason New Line is finally paying them is because ...Read More...
Posted on 09/09/2009 3:50 PM by Todd Carr
Thursday, 3 September 2009
This is always a pickle. Suing a studio for breach of contract and/or non-payment. Especially one you just worked for (as Cassavetes did when he directed My Sister's Keeper). The project in question is apparently (we're not saying New Line didn't pay Cassavetes, because studios never ...Read More...
Posted on 09/03/2009 5:21 AM by Todd Carr
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Normally I'm totally annoyed by news of a remake. But, today's news that Fox and Sony TV are planning to revive Heathers as a TV series makes me want to put my head in a wood chipper. Here's the thing. It would probably be okay if studios and networks did remakes well, but it ...Read More...
Posted on 08/27/2009 11:31 AM by Todd Carr
Thursday, 20 August 2009
I think the Academy Awards could be spiced up a bit, but the problem isn't the Awards, or the number of nominees. The problem is really the program itself being boring as hell. The attempts at entertainment typically fall flat--so why have them?
Frankly, the Academy is terrrible at doing ...Read More...
Posted on 08/20/2009 3:20 PM by Todd Carr
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
So, I 'open' Variety this morning (meaning I load the webpage, because I stopped getting a hard copy years ago) and see that Showtime and Oliver Stone have decided to team up for a 10 hour documentary series about the "secret history of America." Hm. I wasn't excited. ...Read More...
Posted on 08/19/2009 1:22 PM by Todd Carr
Sunday, 16 August 2009
After reading the article on the Weinsteins in the New York Times this morning, I was struck by a thought. The article seemed to focus on the 'downfall' of the Weinsteins--so to speak--and fails to present the argumentative portion of the picture (pardon the pun). Not only has The Weinstein ...Read More...
Posted on 08/16/2009 12:00 PM by Todd Carr
Sunday, 2 August 2009
Uh, yeah. As these things usually turn out (particularly in animated television--the voice cast of The Simpsons faced this same showdown and eventually caved), the cast of Futurama is coming back at a much lower rate. Just like everyone else associated with the show. During a recession. ...Read More...
Posted on 08/02/2009 7:43 AM by Todd Carr
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
I don't watch Starz. There're so many God damned networks now, with so many shows, my DVR's memory card is begging for mercy. Apparently, the network is buying up shows, so if you have an original script or concept, seems like all you have to do is attach an actor's production company, and ...Read More...
Posted on 07/29/2009 8:12 AM by Todd
Friday, 24 July 2009
So, I read in Variety earlier this week that Fox is trying to bring back Futurama. I guess they learned their lesson from dumping Family Guy--although I don't think Futurama is anywhere near as funny. Well, apparently the voice cast (the show has been off the air for years) ...Read More...
Posted on 07/24/2009 11:56 AM by Todd
Saturday, 18 July 2009
I don't care if you've written 2 or 20 screenplays. It's got to be one of the biggest pains in the ass and most unnerving things you'll ever do. I have people to hand the script to when it's done, but even when you have someone, it's not guaranteed that they'll send it out, or even ...Read More...
Posted on 07/18/2009 1:03 PM by Todd
Monday, 13 July 2009
This should be interesting on a lot of fronts. WME, and now Gersh have secured financing to make motion pictures. They're even hiring development executives. ("They're not limiting their interests to only clients' projects"--then what's the fucking point? What are you ...Read More...
Posted on 07/13/2009 12:38 PM by Todd