Thursday, March 22, 2007


Two unconnected movie items:

Firstly, an eye-opening tale of how Hollywood works from today's Times. Read how an Oscar-winning producer tried to get an Oscar-worthy script turned into a film with an Oscar-winning actor made, but failed. Along the way he saw how the film system is still institutionally racist. And to think that Hollywood is continually patting itself on its back for its "forward-looking" liberal outlook...

George Clooney said that he would never work with David O Russell again, after having had a fist-fight with him on the set of Three Kings. Here's an amazing video of the director completely losing it and having a world-class hissy fit on the set of I Heart Huckabees. Watch how Lily Tomlin just keeps her feet on the desk as he goes crazy: EDIT Video replaced



Blogger Nev 360 said...

I watched Three Kings and it was pish.

9:44 am  
Blogger Jenny said...

FYI, I responded to your comment on my blog.

1:58 pm  
Blogger Jenny said...

Just as I get around to reading the article and watching the video, I discover that the video no longer works. :(

The article, however, was interesting, albeit not earth-shattering. I grew up in the heart of the entertainment industry in LA (Burbank is home to Warner Brothers, NBC, Disney, the CW, and a host of other TV/Movie production companies) and, even though no one in my family is immediately involved in the entertainment industry, it's amazing how much you learn being in the environment.

I think one of the most saddening things I hear is when people move to LA to make it big. What they perhaps don't realize is that everyone in LA is trying to make it big. Everyone is an actor or actress or director or what-have-you just waiting for their chance as they wait on tables or do some other job. I wonder if they are really so clueless so as not to understand that their chances are so incredibly slim.

I think what I have learned is that the entertainment industry is a business. This means that what is of utmost value is not something that is done well, but something that will sell. Therefore, that is why we see the crap that Adam Sandler does much more readily apparent because that is what "speaks to" the American populace over and above more quality movies that are better in every way, hands-down. It is ridiculous, but it is also a fact. Thus, a movie studio really has to consider whether or not America (or the rest of the world) will be interested in watching the movie because, if they're not, they won't make enough money in order to offset the outrageous amount of money it takes to make a movie.

Man, if I could rewind time I totally should have either studied economics or engineering. I don't know what I was thinking when I first selected graphic design and now religion.

Anyway, I also wanted to mention something else. I don't know if you chat online (like by using MSN Messenger or AIM or anything like that), but as I was writing my blog entry today I was thinking about how much I love my chat program - Adium. It is made only for Macs and is a program that is like Trillian, in that it supports numerous chat platforms. For instance, I use it to chat using all four of my chat screennames (AIM, MSN, Yahoo and GoogleTalk). If you don't use it and you do chat, you should check it out.

5:38 pm  
Blogger swishfish said...

I've found and posted another version of the video. It's still funny. Catch it while you can...

I've never really got into chat applications. The most I have done is a couple on tye built-in gmail chat.

11:29 pm  
Blogger Jenny said...

Oh. My. Goodness. I am only coming back to watching this just now and I cannot believe how berserk the director goes! My favorite part is that he yells at her for not being a grown up and he's the one who is way out of control.

11:23 pm  
Blogger swishfish said...

The bit when he storms out of the cupboard door is classic, pure comedy.

8:21 am  

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