Friday, April 07, 2006

Finally! America's Going to Get What They've Been Clamoring For: Student Films in Prime Time! Whoo-hoo!

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.

15 comments:

blankfist said...

Commies.

Anonymous said...

I got an audition.

harwell said...

Yes! Finally someone else saw INSIDE MAN!!! It's a very fun flick with very awful music. But I don't find that surprising coming from Spike. He knows he's criticized for this, but it's just what he likes.

harwell said...

I got AIDs.

blankfist said...

Why does the Democratic immigration plan seem to only obstruct, mislead and politicize? I'm not Bush's number one fan, but while he provides leadership on immigration issues, Dems play politics. Harry Reid, the senate majority (though Dems would have you believe they haven't any representation -- boo-hoo), appears to want to shut down Senate immigration debate prematurely when he purposely blocked numerous attempts by Repubs to hold votes on selected Amendments. What complete garbage.

Oh, and look at Hillary wanting to be a bible-thumper herself, with this quote: "It is certainly not in keeping with my understanding of the Scripture because this bill would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably even Jesus himself ..."

The Dems have become uncontrollable and untolerable buttholes. And so let it be written. And so let it be done. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Harwell? Crane?

Captain Mike said...

Don't (or didn't we) we already have Project Greenlight?

And yes, Inside Man was a solid flick.

JudgeHolden said...

Actually, the Repubs in the Senate were the ones who killed the bipartisan Senate bill because it offered amnesty to 9 of the 11 million illegals in the country, and most of the more right-wing Repubs can't go home to their home districts and say, "Yeah, I voted for amnesty." If they did that, they'd have big trouble come re-election time. And Harry Reid actually does have only marginal power. All he can do is spin it after the fact and try and retain the image of the Democrats as the party who wasn't out to get Latinos.

As for Hillary referring to "Scripture", yeah, I agree it's goofy on her part -- she just cannot sell folksy, harmless religiosity the way her husband can. Just not how it is. I take her point, but in the way she made her point she appears to be pandering. McCain is doing the same thing, and it's a sad business all around.

So why are the Dems getting all of your grief, dude? Is it because complaining about the Repubs gets you no debate because we already agree the Republican party is bad?

Fried Pepperoni said...

Heath's just trying to be different. Right now it's cool to hate Bush, but it's cooler to hate Bush and the Democrats.

And if there's any confusion, I do not in fact have Aids.

But I know where I can get it...

blankfist said...

Dems are nerds.

harwell.com said...

I eat AIDs.

blankfist said...

Look! He's a Dot Com! R0x0rs!

blankfist said...

Yeah, I was just busting balls. I essentially went to GOP.com and copied some of their anti-left sentiment in the hopes you'd bite, but you didn't. Oh well.

Fried Pepperoni said...

If you've seen Fareed Zakaria on the Daily Show, you know he's a smart, smart dude. Here's a link to a recent column in Newsweek where he talks about immigration. (No, I don't know how to format a hyperlink in HTML, so just copy and paste and don't give me any grief)

http://www.fareedzakaria.com/articles/articles.html

Anonymous said...

Surprising, blankfist the conservative Nazi has no original comments. But no worries blank, Bush has the same problem

blankfist said...

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So far, I think my story has gotten the lowest smackdown rating ever: 0.001. Bullocks!