Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Hughes Deserving of Stand Alone Oscar Tribute
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 It's hard to believe that people are actually complaining about this, but it seems a few are bent out of shape over John Hughes getting his own Oscar tribute.  Many believe that his name and face should be mentioned right along with all of the other fallen on Academy night.  I disagree.

Greatness is rare, and John Hughes was great.  He was also a director and producer.  He was a brand, like Scorcese, Speilberg, or Copola, and changed film forever.  He defined Generation X.  He produced the most successful comedy of all time (Home Alone).  Thousands of writers grew up on Hughes, and hoped to have a sliver of the success he had (including me).  Many of those who pass on, and are mentioned were memorable, but were they great?  Did they transform film forever?

Proponents will argue that Paul Newman didn't get a tribute when he passed away.  This is true.  Many other great actors have not been singled out, either.  I can certainly see their side of it.

I guess what makes this different for me, in the final analysis, is that many of those other great people were given a lifetime achievement award in other years.  Hughes was never honored, and certainly should have been.  So, in my mind, I think of this as a kind of posthumous award.  (Which, I think would actually be a great idea).

It's simply Oscar making a wrong, right. 

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Posted on 02/17/2010 2:03 PM by Todd Carr
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Monday, 8 February 2010
SUPER BOWL COMMERCIALS UNDERWHELM
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 I was excited for the Super Bowl.  For one, my childhood team, the Colts, were in the big game.  Two, they were playing the Saints, pretty much everyone else's team, since New Orleans was devastated by Katrina, and the city really needed something positive.  It's really a win, win for viewers and fans of both teams.  I didn't feel as badly as I would have losing to, say, the Cowboys.  Still, I was disappointed losing.  So, I looked to the commercials to cheer me up in between Peyton Manning throwing interceptions.  I had to pause the game to go get pizza, so I fast forwarded through a lot of the second half (I watched The Who twice).  This is what I remember...

THE BAD

What is it with Etrade commercials?  Can they get the old baby back?  This new baby is terrible.  Just terrible.  It's going to hurt their sales, not help.  How can you go from Shankapotomus to this?

I thought the first Doritos commercial where the dog eats the Doritos was just awful.

The "fences" Budweiser ad with the horse and cow was pretty lame.  Good fences make good neighbors.  If you don't believe me, try living next door to nudists.

THE GOOD

Dave, Oprah, and Leno was very funny.  A good sequel.  Would have been a lot better with Conan, and all four of them scrunched together on the sofa.

The Betty White football/Snickers ad was pretty hilarious.  I loved the button with Abe Vigoda.  Especially because I didn't know he was still alive.

I actually thought the Hyundai ads will help them sell a lot of cars.  I looked at the new Hyundai Sonata and thought it was a Lexus.  They're doing a good job copying cars that are good.  If that makes any sense.  I'm not going to run out and buy one, but if I were looking.......I'm just sayin'.  Some of the best/most effective Super Bowl commercials are ads that don't try to be funny.

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Posted on 02/08/2010 7:10 AM by Todd Carr
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Thursday, 4 February 2010
ZUCKER PRETTY MUCH OUT AT NBC
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 Word on the street is that when NBC/Uni transitions to Comcast, Zucker will be jettisoned, and someone new (who does not suck the life out of the network like a black hole) will take his place.  Feel free to dance naked in the street.  Even people who aren't writers understand how badly Zucker has sucked, and will dance with you.  Most people will point to the recent late night fiasco, but Jeffy has a long, long list of suckitude.  There won't be any wrongful termination suits here.

My vote for a replacement is Kevin Reilly.  I really liked the guy when he was at NBC.  That's it.  My only criteria for hiring the head of a media conglomerate.  If I liked him.  That, and road kill could do a better job than Zucker at this point.

Or, hey, here's another great idea.  How about bringing back Warren Littlefield, the last guy you canned so you could hire the Executive Producer/wonderboy of the Today Show?  How about bringing Littlefield back to fix this mess?  More free advice from angrywriter.  We really need to start charging for this stuff.  Seriously.

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Posted on 02/04/2010 7:55 AM by Todd Carr
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Wednesday, 3 February 2010
MIRAMAX OVER, FOR NOW
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So, Miramax finally closed it's doors.  Most of us saw this coming years ago.  Once Harvey and Bob left, it was curtains for the company.  The success was never replicated by either party, frankly, as the Weinstein Company has by and large been a bust as well.  Maybe the best thing for Disney and the Weinsteins is a reunification of sorts.  The Weinsteins have access to credit (albeit dwindling credit), and just might be able to meet Disney's purported asking price of around $800 million.  Public suitors have been limited to Summit, but I hear there are more interested parties.

No one is as interested as the Weinsteins, though.  The company was named after Harvey and Bob's parents, after all.

As shrewd as H&B are, they would be approaching this deal with their heart, not their head, and that makes me think that Disney's best chance of getting a premium in this declining market won;t be with anyone else.

I've seen values as flat as $400 million for the Miramax brand and library, due to declining DVD and rental revenues.  Trust me.  Disney does not want to see this go to auction.

If I had to bet the house, I'm guessing H&B end up paying about $500-600 million to get their company back--and Miramax would finally be coming home.

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Posted on 02/03/2010 6:29 PM by Todd Carr
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