The Hot Blog Archive for February, 2006

The TV Seems To Be Heating Up

After a lot of bitching and moaning about TV, there seems to be a great moment cooking here. The medical profession has been turned upside down with House of the dramatic comedic side and Grey

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On Ebert & Crash

You know, Roger may be pushing it to call a Crash win likely… and I got the vibe that the film is going to come up a little short of beating Brokeback Mountain on Sunday night… but it is far, far, far from crazy.
Crash is not a longshot to upset Brokeback. My guess – and that is all it can ever be – is that the two films will end up within single digits of one another in the voting. So I see it as a matter of a few hundred votes one way or the other. You BBM obsessives should be more than a little nervous.
The only wide open category in the Top Eight is Supporting Actor, though some people are pushing the idea of upsets in the two Actress categories.
And at the end of the night, let’s not all be shocked at the same time if Memoirs of a Geisha ends up with the second or third highest Oscar total.

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Who Wants You To Know How Much Stacey Makes?

My first rule of journalism: If someone is telling you something you aren

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The WSJ Story On The Par/DW Merger

I rarely do this, because it is, for all intents and purposes, illegal. And it will come down with the flcik of one e-mail from the Wall Street Journal. But many who don’t get the Saturday WSJ or the WSJ Online have been asking to see the content of this excellent Marr/Kelly story.
So… take a look after the junp. A couple days old, I think it is safe…

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Sunday Estimates by Klady – 2/26/05

If Madea

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MCN Trouble… Has Passed… (10:!5a)

We are, somehow, locked out of the front page of MCN. Our ISP is working on the problem… but that’s why there is no tribute The Night Stalker or any of the Sunday papers this morning…

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Special Delivery

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Words escape me.
Close-up sfter the jump…

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Klady's Friday Estimates – 2/25/05

Well, if you want a clear, crisp answer to the press

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"I Wish I Knew How To Quiet You…"

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More Duty Today

Fight amongst yourselves… please draw no blood.

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1 Week to Go

When the Academy shortened the awards season two years ago, they had the right idea.
Tthe simple idea that the season was going on way too long was dead on. And this year, with the Oscars pushed later by almost two weeks, the only real response has to be, “Can you make it much, much shorter next year?”
And the Rest…

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Getting My Attention

This SXSW short film maker, Brad Neely, assured that I would watch his short film within minutes of it arriving on my doorstep by offering up an example of his creative talent before I even opened the envelope.
The short, which appears to be a Flash animation, is a very funny rap about George Washington. Unfortunately, the quality control on the sound on the DVDs he sent out was not so good and the mix is way too hot to be able to understand a lot of the clever lyrics. I was waiting for my speakers to explode at any moment. This has been a problem with a lot of homemade DVDs, including one I received of one current Oscar nominee. So take me advice and do that quality control, filmmakers.
Still, I could see how clever it was and look forward to seeing and hearing it with the right sound. So, it worked.
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KFC Goes Viral

In a display of the power of the web, KFC has joined the growing list of marketers trying to go hip and viral. The still below is from a fairly traditional ad for a new product. Like Mel Gibson’s surprise frame of his smiling face in his movie trailer, this is just one frame in an ad that, if you find it, sends you to a web site where you can give up your personal information in exchange for a coupon for a free sandwich.
Of course, this is also a traditional media play as well, because you can expect to see every outlet in the country running stories about this still frame for the next couple of days.
Interesting

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Jury Duty

Oh the joy of jury duty…
I’ll try to think clearly before the night’s out…

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And news on another Oscar nommed short doc…

DreamWorks and Parkes/MacDonald Prods. have acquired the rights to
Oscar-nominated documentary “The Life of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang
Bang Club.”The producers will use the film and tap the research of director
Dan Krauss for a feature about the Pulitzer Prize-winning photog. Carter
dodged bullets to capture images of famine and violence in the waning days
of apartheid.Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, who’ll produce, closed the
rights deal with Krauss just before his docu drew its Oscar nom. Doc had
several suitors as the role of Carter has the potential to attract a big
male star.Exec Alisa Tager brought the project to Parkes, who got the upper
hand partly because Krauss’ Berkeley film professor shot part of Parkes’ own
docu, “The California Reich.” Krauss, whose docu will air on HBO, will be
exec producer.South African-born Carter grew up loathing apartheid, and
through photography found an outlet to show its impact to the world. He
became famous when his photo of a starving Sudanese child stalked by a
vulture won the Pulitzer Prize. When he described waiting for 20 minutes for
the starving child and vulture to fit perfectly in his frame, critics called
him a vulture for not interceding. Carter committed suicide at 33.”Beyond
dramatizing a courageous life at a historic turning point, we hope to
explore why Kevin ended things the way that he did; in some ways, that photo
both made him and destroyed him,” Parkes said. “Even though his work brought
international attention to the struggles in South Africa and the Sudan, the
end of Kevin’s life was dominated by the controversy surrounding one
picture, and his decision to document rather than intercede. His story is
particularly relevant now, as we’ve become a world hooked on visual
information. As the violent reactions to the publishing of the cartoons in
Denmark last week suggest, the power of the image has never been more
evident.

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“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
James Gray

“I’m an unusual producer because I control the destiny of a lot of the films I’ve done. Most of them are in perfect states of restoration and preservation and distribution, and I aim to keep them in distribution. HanWay Films, which is my sales company, has a 500-film catalogue, which is looked after and tended like a garden. I’m still looking after my films in the catalogue and trying to get other people to look after their films, which we represent intellectually, to try to keep them alive. A film has to be run through a projector to be alive, unfortunately, and those electric shadows are few and far between now. It’s very hard to go and see films in a movie house. I was always involved with the sales and marketing of my films, right up from The Shout onwards. I’ve had good periods, but I also had a best period because the film business was in its best period then. You couldn’t make The Last Emperor today. You couldn’t make The Sheltering Sky today. You couldn’t make those films anymore as independent films. There are neither the resources nor the vision within the studios to go to them and say, “I want to make a film about China with no stars in it.”Then, twenty years ago, I thought, “OK, I’m going to sell my own films but I don’t want to make it my own sales company.” I wanted it to be for me but I wanted to make it open for every other producer, so they don’t feel that they make a film but I get the focus. So, it’s a company that is my business and I’m involved with running it in a certain way, but I’m not seen as a competitor with other people that use it. It’s used by lots of different producers apart from me. When I want to use it, however, it’s there for me and I suppose I’m planning to continue making all my films to be sold by HanWay. I don’t have to, but I do because it’s in my building and the marketing’s here, and I can do it like that. Often, it sounds like I’m being easy about things, but it’s much more difficult than it sounds. It’s just that I’ve been at it for a long time and there’s lots of fat and security around my business. I know how to make films, but it’s not easy—it’s become a very exacting life.”
~ Producer Jeremy Thomas