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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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Tsangari: With my next film, White Knuckles, it comes with a budget — it’s going to be a huge new world for me. As always when I enter into a new thing, don’t you wonder how it’s going to be and how much of yourself you are going to have to sacrifice? The ballet of all of this. I’m already imaging the choreography — not of the camera, but the choreography of actually bringing it to life. It is as fascinating as the shooting itself. I find the producing as exciting as the directing. The one informs the other. There is this producer-director hat that I constantly wear. I’ve been thinking about these early auteurs, like Howard Hawks and John Ford and Preston Sturges—all of these guys basically were hired by the studio, and I doubt they had final cut, and somehow they had films that now we can say they had their signatures.  There are different ways of being creative within the parameters and limitations of production. The only thing you cannot negotiate is stupidity.
Filmmaker: And unfortunately, there is an abundance of that in the world.
Tsangari: This is the only big risk: stupidity. Everything else is completely worked out in the end.
~ Chevalier‘s Rachel Athina Tsangari

“The middle-range movies that I was doing have largely either stopped being made, or they’ve moved to television, now that television is a go-to medium for directors who can’t get work in theatricals, because there are so few theatricals being made. But also with the new miniseries concept, you can tell a long story in detail without having to cram it all into 90 minutes. You don’t have to cut the characters and take out the secondary people. You can actually put them all on a big canvas. And it is a big canvas, because people have bigger screens now, so there’s no aesthetic difference between the way you shoot a movie and the way you shoot a TV show.

“Which is all for the good. But what’s happened in the interim is that theatrical movies being a spectacle business are now either giant blockbuster movies that run three hours—even superhero movies run three hours, they used to run like 58 minutes!—and the others, which are dysfunctional family independent movies or the slob comedy or the kiddie movie, and those are all low-budget. So the middle ground of movies that were about things, they’re just gone. Or else they’re on HBO. Like the Bryan Cranston LBJ movie, which years ago would’ve been made for theaters.

“You’ve got people like Paul Schrader and Walter Hill who can’t get their movies theatrically distributed because there’s no market for it. So they end up going to VOD, and VOD is a model from which no one makes any money, because most of the time, as soon as they get on the site, they’re pirated. So the whole model of the system right now is completely broken. And whether or not anybody’s going to try to fix, or if it even can be fixed, I don’t know. But it’s certainly not the same business that I got into in the ’70s.”
~ Joe Dante

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