I sat on the train this morning reading about the latest Sony Pictures leak (emails between super-producer Scott Rudin and co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Amy Pascal) as though I were watching an episode of “Young & The Restless”. I could not take my eyes off of the poor spelling and jabs at actors like Adam Driver and Michael Fassbender (as an above-the-line employee in Hollywood, how in the WORLD do you not know who Michael Fassbender is?!?).
To think that these arguments were reams of emails, and very few phone calls were made in the interim, highlighted one major fact to me- Hollywood is just like “us” (except they receive bigger paychecks). Like worker bees of the USPS, UPS, your local strip mall, or Walmart, Hollywood executives and creatives bicker, get fired, have brilliant ideas only to be squashed by their boss(es) or swindled by their colleagues for a higher bargaining price. Deals are made and broken, tempers flared, and names (and reputations) ruined. Yes, even Angelina Jolie was called a “minimally talented spoiled brat” throughout this whole debacle. The shade in these missives are REAL. “Entourage” is REAL.
Whoever has hacked into the Sony database is on a mission to destroy, because the Rudin vs. Pascal fight is the latest to have been brought to light on websites such as Defamer and Vulture. Not only do we know that Aaron Sorkin has never seen , but that Kevin Hart is apparently a “greedy whore“, Natalie Portman’s alias is “Lauren Brown“, and Adam Sandler films suck.
What’s even more jacked up is that Sony executives are just as unhappy with the films they are producing as the general audience is with Hollywood movies as a whole. There’s a reason that television remains in an extended Golden Age state, because the serial storytelling of “Orange is the New Black” and “Sons of Anarchy” appear to be more satisfying than a 1 1/2 to 2 hour movie. People will go to the theaters in droves for adaptations of their favorite books, or event films, such as “Interstellar”, though.
To think that this all started with James Franco/Seth Rogan vehicle, “The Interview“…. If you want to know how a good majority of Hollywood works, read these emails. There are many lessons to be learned here while the Internet/digital entertainment revolution continues to move along.
This looks even better than Season 1 (say what?!?). Bevars is still on deck doing nothing, Ilana remains a hot, spunky, lovable mess, Abbi finally gets to teach at the gym, Ilana and Lincoln eat titty chips, and Seth Rogan is in Abbi’s apartment, both yelling at one of the cutest kittens known to mankind.
Julianne Moore is terrific in EVERY MOVIE she is a part of. After watching her in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1” as President Alma Coin, I wondered, yet again, why this woman has not yet received a Best Actress Oscar award. I mean, Moore and Leonardo DiCaprio combined are starting to look like the Susan Luccis of the film world, pre-1998. In 1999, Lucci finally won an Emmy. Maybe with “Still Alice“, which looks heartwrenching, Moore will win an Oscar once and for all.
When I heard the first 15 seconds of this track, I immediately thought of Foals, with a little hint of Bloc Party, once the bass kicked in. Then the tone of the song switched to a point where I completely started to liken this band’s sound to Mew when the vocals dropped. Still, after listening to more songs from Pinkshinyultrablast, I am 100% convinced that they are one of the most exciting, phenomenal shoegaze bands I’ve ever heard.
This video makes my heart swell for so many different reasons. One, the little girl in this clip is just amazing. She has a joie de vivre that is natural, due to her age, and also because she probably has parents that encourage her to be a child. Two, I recognized this video just at a glance because I saw it about a month ago in its raw glory- my buddies Cam, Jess, and Jeremy are dancing along in it!!!!! Three, I have a vision of the kid talking to Ellen on TV. This is my wish for her. Four, with all of the distressful things happening in the world today, I want people to remember to love one another while living life to the fullest. Dance when everyone’s watching. It’s videos like this that make me super pleased with my decision to move to New York to realize more of my dreams.
I recently penned an essay for Madame Noire about the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic set to air in January of 2015 and so far, judging from the official trailer, I can say that the movie looks promising! Seeing the actors in motion, especially Yaya DaCosta, and Arlen Escarpeta is giving me hope! Also, the casting for Clive Davis is SPOT ON! Major props to Victoria Thomas for that decision. (Her casting director portfolio is very impressive- “Top Five”! “Everybody Hates Chris”! “Lords of Dogtown”! “High Fidelity”! “The Hateful Eight”!)