This is Steve. According to news released today, he and Mark Burnett are going to produce a reality show called "On the Set", which will be, essentially, the wannabe filmmaker equivalent of "American Idol". Here's the story. The winner will get, according to the article, a "development deal" with Dreamworks. Big whoop. At least on American Idol, the winners are assured at least one produced album. A development deal is in no way a guarantee anyone's going to make your movie. The grand prize might as well be a chance to pitch your feature idea to Spielberg for 5 minutes after the series finale has finished taping while Spielberg's waiting for his car. I don't think I'll be tuning in. One, I feel like I've gone through that process already (except stretched out over 4 years instead of a single TV season), and two, to me, there's nothing more nauseating than listening to self-important film directors talk about their work. I think there'll be lots of that on the show. Anyway, do any of you think you'll watch?
In other news, I saw Inside Man yesterday, and it was excellent. Twisty without being overly clever about the fact, characters who talked and acted like real people, and filled with great performances. When it was done, though, I was glad to have Peggy there to help explain the end to me. It's a good time at the movies. Not as awesome as V for Vendetta, but I think that's probably an unfair comparison because it's unlikely there'll be another studio release this year as fun as V for Vendetta. There was one thing I didn't like about Inside Man -- the music was absolutely terrible. I don't know if Spike Lee said to his composer, "Yeah, I really want the music to sound like the score for a low-rent early-seventies cop show," but that's what it did sound like. Awful.
Anyway, that's it for me. Have a good weekend.