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Monday, December 18, 2006

Tricky Bitch

I am a somewhat tricky bitch, ya know. When I need to be.

I have this blog, but because its public, I cannot be totally candid about topics close to my industry. I work with people, they work with other people, yada yada and I can’t insult the wrong person. So while I would like to write things about what I do, I can’t always do that, and further, I cannot necessarily write reviews of movies. Tv shows, etc. Except if they are going to be positive. So, no dirt.

But even within those limitations, I wanted to point something out that I think is a huge discrepancy. Huge.

I always used to say that I don’t watch much television, and while that used to be accurate, its less and less so. There are a bunch of shows I tevo and watch.

They include, in less than random order, The Shield, The Wire, Rome, Deadwood, Studio 60, Ugly Betty (don’t laugh), Entourage, Nip Tuck, Dexter, Weeds, and maybe even a few more (I’ve only seem one season of Lost, which I liked a bunch, and in fairness, I have never seen CSI, or 24, Greys, Heroes, or that thing with the firemen).

Now, the Golden Globes, from the esteemed Hollywood Foreign Press Association, has come out with its nominations for this year.

Any two people can disagree on whats good and what is not. But some things cannot be refuted, I think. Even in entertainment, there are some verifiable absolutes.

So how the hell do The Shield and The Wire get totally shut out. These shows, with some of the best acting (not to mention incredible writing) don’t even get a mentioned from the HFPA. How can that be? I don’t get it.

So yeah, while I cant review a movie or television show (at least a contemporary one), I can at least complain about the omissions of the Golden Globes.

Based on the Golden Gregs here are the awards for the main television categories…of course only based upon the television shows I watch. I can’t do alot about the shows I don’t watch.

Best Show, Drama:
The Shield – Come on, if you have to ask why, you haven’t seen it.
The Wire – Same deal, some of the best acting and most authentic writing on television.
Rome – Great filmmaking in television show.
Studio 60 – I am literally angry when there isn’t a new episode.

Best Show, Comedy
Entourage – The number one guilty pleasure on television. The OC for adult males.
Ugly Betty – And I am straight.
Weeds – If my sister was a drug dealer, this would be her.
Huff- Based on last season, I need to catch up, and there aren’t that many good comedies.

Best Actor
Michael Chiklis, The Shield
Forest Whitaker – The Shield
Jeremy Piven – Entourage
Kevin McKidd – Rome
Matthew Perry – Studio 60


Best Actress
America Ferrara – Ugly Betty
Mary Louise Parker – Weeds
Polly Walker – Rome
Sarah Paulson – Studio 60


OK, lemme have it.

Grumpy.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Sunday on the blog

Hey Y’all. Been very busy with work, and haven’t had much time for blogging.

I’m getting set for Sundance, and I booked my tickets this week. The Ten, the movie I production exec’ed for City Lights, got the Friday Midnight screening time at Sundance. It’s a great spot, the one that Blair Witch and Napoleon Dynamite both had. Hopefully that is the direction in which we’ll be heading for the Picture. Its obviously a lot to hope form, but why not.

The Slamdance (not to be confused with Sundance) deal is almost done, with financing to be provided primarily by a well-known Hollywood entity. The deal with these projects is as follows: Slamdance gets a whole lotta scripts in their script competition. A bunch fo them are horror film scripts. They are going to give me, out of these hundreds of scripts, the ones they consider to be the best ten. We’ll pick one of the ten, which we will make into a movie every year, to premiere the following year at Slamdance. I love this project, as its fun and high profile and involves giving young writers access to the Hollywood opportunites on the basis of merit. Enter your horror screenplay here if you dare.

In other news, I am sick of the cold weather. I hate the cold weather. I want to go somewhere warm. Maybe LA. Maybe Miami. Only current trip planned is to Park City for Slamdance and Sundance

That’s all for now. Gotta check fantasy football scores. Looks like a good year for my teams (the Low Key Elvises), as I took second place in baseball, and I’ve made the playoffs in football, and basketball is looking good, with D. Howard, Marion, Wade, and Paul making the rounds for the Elvises.

Grumpy