Tuesday, November 18, 2014
… or “I couldn’t think of a topic today.”
People seem to be so polarized on BIRDMAN and NIGHTCRAWLER. They either love ‘em or hate ‘em; no in between. I dread/look forward to seeing them.
Networks are always looking for safe bets. What could be safer than a Bill Cosby family comedy? Oops, NBC.
Hollywood’s version of campaign stumping has begun. Potential Oscar contenders are schlepping to every film festival they can to hype their film. If you folks in Kalamazoo or Altoona want to meet Michael Keaton or Paul Thomas Anderson or Julianne Moore, start a film festival, screen their films (which you show anyway) and give them your “Outstanding Whatever” awards.
Paramount and AMC theatres have introduced a novel offer. You can buy tickets to see INTERSTELLER as many times as you want. Is this because the movie is so good or confusing?
Imagine how many BILLIONS Disney would have lost if it had made that offer last year with FROZEN. Although released last November, it still has made more money THIS year than all but four movies.
What was that goofy CBS “Hollywood Film Awards” show that aired a couple of weeks ago? How do you have a movie award show before most of the real Oscar contenders are released?
Keep an eye out for BIG EYES this Oscar season.
Best NFL announcer on national television: Ian Eagle.
Best NFL announcer on national radio: Dave Sims (pictured right).
Best national sportcasting newcomer: Kevin Burkhardt.
After yesterday’s post, a number of you have to asked to see the pre-show announcement I wrote for my play A OR B? Here ya go:
Welcome to the Falcon Theatre!
Please be advised that the taking of photographs or recordings of any type are strictly prohibited.
Please take a moment now to turn off all cellphones, tablets, blenders, power tools, Geiger counters, and leaf blowers.
If you think you may need a lozenge or hard candy during the show, please unwrap it now. The two loudest sounds on earth are sonic booms and crinkling candy wrappers.
The Falcon parking lot closes shortly after the show, so if you decide to go to any of the nearby establishments afterwards, either A – drive there, or B – walk there and then continue walking home.
Thank you for coming and enjoy A OR B?
Others asked if I’d post the actual script. I think that would hurt its chances for future productions, but I am exploring getting it published. If I’m successful I’ll point you to where you can then obtain it. When have I ever not shamelessly promoted something I've done?
Even Jack can't stand watching the Lakers.
Kathy Griffin is the next Joan Rivers.
Sorry to hear of the passing of former LA TIMES theater critic, Charles Champlin. He was 88. Champlin wrote for the TIMES for 26 years, back when they really had a theater section.
Giancarlo Stanton and the Miami Marlins are on the verge of a 13-year $325,000,000 deal. He’s a great kid, we go to the same dentist, but Jesus! Name me one mega 100+ million dollar deal that hasn’t been a complete disaster the last few years of the contract. From A-Rod to A-Pujos and every Josh Hamilton and Prince Fielder in between.
But at least Stanton has an opt-out after 5 years because, y'know, you don't want to be tied down to a shitty deal like that if better ones become available.
In Rodriquez’s contract with the Yankees he has a stipulation where they have to provide a tent for him to sell his merchandise at spring training. This is not a joke. There are stories of rock stars that demand bowls of only green M&M’s in their dressing rooms. I wonder if Alex had that too but the greenies he demanded weren’t M&M’s.
THE GOOD WIFE is having another banner year. Last Sunday’s episode where you saw how political campaign spots are really created should be shown in ever Poli-Sci class in America.
Huffpost Headline: What Is Going On With Robert Pattinson's Hair?
I’m already sick of Feliz Navidad.
Off to Atlanta for a few days. You just can't get Coca Cola anywhere else.
By Ken Levine at 6:00 AM