Some of my thoughts on the things happening recently..
Ed McMahon died today. Very sad.
Bryan Fuller bolted Heroes again, which has been confirmed. He helped sketch out the third season arcs but won't be writing for the show this year which probably means this is its last season. I don't think you can blame the tumbling ratings entirely on the show since ratings are down all across network television, and this obviously doesn't help. Although he's staying at NBC and is still on contract with Heroes, it looks like Fuller is done with it for all practical purposes. This is part sad, part furious anger.
Cameron Diaz got a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, proving that pretty much anyone can get one of these things. MMC bought bought Nikki Finke's blog, Deadline Hollywood Daily. MMC is a useless portal aggregator, a bit of a vanity company if you will, that seems like it should have died during the dot com meltdown. MMC is owned by Jay Penske, son of wealthy businessman Roger Penkse. Jay's only apparently qualification or talent for running a business is that he knows how to spend his daddy's money. I'm curious if he knows about Finke's habit of saying things that aren't true only to go back and edit old posts to erase the evidence. That didn't matter to her since she has no real credibility to speak of on that blog (having credibility and having readership are two different things) -- and it is a blog after all -- but now it's his equally non-existent credibility on the line, too.
Wait.. never mind.
Today is God's birthday. What do you get God for his birthday? A show that people love and watch at the same time.
Right now is about the time that I start begging the big four broadcast networks for screeners. NBC is a lady but not very adventurous: they gave me a bulk set last year but it had no new shows in it. And I had to ask for it twice.
Well played, mam.
ABC is the sexy geek chic that has all of their screeners online, which is probably the wisest thing to control piracy and expenses, but it's just not as cool as getting an overnight FedEx package with DVDs in it that fanboys would gleefully kill you for. I also hear that ABC used to wrap their DVDs in scented panties. Ah, the good old days..
CBS sends me everything but CSI (tease) and I don't even have to ask for it (slut).
And this is where the begging comes into play: Fox makes you beg for it, then says they don't have the money -- the preening socialite network -- and eventually they only send you one screener, but they send it to you twice. It's like Fox is grinding on you, whispering sweet nothings into your ear and then describing all the dirty things she's going to do to you, and then she just knees you right in the balls.
It's enough to remind you why you had an affair with cable.
And what of Transformers? Lots of celebs on Twitter bragging about going to premiers and at least some reviewers willing to say the obvious. The Miami New Times (yeah, I've never heard of them either) called Revenge of the Fallen "bewildering, noisy, sloppy, cynical piece of work, a movie that sneers
at the audience for 147 minutes and expects us to lap it up as
MSNBC contributor Alonso Duralde said the story "has all the lucidity of a toddler-on-Red-Bull's fever dream."
It's a Michael Bay film, so it doesn't actually have a story, but what else do you want from the man? At least you know what you're getting with Bay and this movie is going to make roughly 30 trillion dollars for the studio. Still, it's asking a bit much to pretend that these movies are anything other than popcorn fodder. And it's always worth pointing out that for what this movie cost to make, you could probably make 3-4 other really great films that in aggregate would be more profitable than Transformers.