FIRST UP...WHAT WILL I WATCH ON TV ON MONDAY????!!! (AND HOW COULD HE DO THIS DURING SWEEPS???!!!)
Networks grapple with presidential speech timing
NEW YORK -- At least two of the Big Four broadcast networks will carry President Bush's address to the nation on immigration Monday night.
As of Friday, NBC and Fox said they would carry the president's speech from 8 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. EDT.
Both ABC and CBS deferred the decision on whether to carry until sometime Monday. Some of the networks were said to be annoyed that the White House had timed the Oval Office address during the May Sweeps, that critical time in the broadcast year when the networks and their affiliates fight for ratings. EDITOR'S NOTE: AS OF RIGHT NOW...SUNDAY AFTERNOON.....IT IS STILL JUST FOX AND NBC SHOWING THE PRES. DOESN'T MEAN THEY WON'T BUCKLE BY TOMORROW. FOX IS SHOWING BOTH "PRISON BREAK" AND "24" ON A DELAYED BROADCAST SCHEDULE RUNNING INTO THE NEWS HOUR.
At least one show, Fox's "Prison Break," was scheduled to have its season finale at 8 p.m. Monday.
COOL DVD NEWS:
BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID on DVD in June
The Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid Collector’s Edition DVD will be hitting shelves on June 6, 2006 courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.
The movie stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford as notorious outlaws who work together to relieve banks and trains of their money. Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid earned Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Score, Best Original Song, and Best Original Screenplay.
The DVD features:
- Widescreen Feature
- Commentary By Director George Roy Hill, Lyricist Hal David, Associate Producer Robert Crawford And Cinematographer Conrad Hall
- Commentary By Screenwriter William Goldman
- 2005 Documentary – All Of What Follows Is True: The Making Of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
- The Wild Bunch: The True Tale Of Butch And Sundance
- History Through The Lens: Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid: Outlaws Of Time
- 1994 Documentary – The Making Of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
- 1994 Interviews
- Alternate Credit Roll
- Theatrical Trailer #1
- Theatrical Trailer #2
- Theatrical Trailer #3
- The Films Of Paul Newman
Total Running time is 110 minutes, the film is rated PG, closed captions are available and it is expected to retail at $26.98 U.S./$37.98 Canada.
WOLVERINE Prequel News
ComingSoon snagged Hugh Jackman who had a few words on the upcoming Wolverine movie. Jackman also stars in the upcoming movie, X-Men: The Last Stand.
Wolverine is currently in development and a script is being drafted by David Benioff (Troy).
Regarding the Wolverine movie, Jackman said:
"We have two drafts and David is going to do another draft, and then we'll find our director," he said. "I'm not going to make a decision until I have the script right, but I'll definitely look at Brett [Ratner]. I don't want Wolverine to appear to be 'X-Men 4' in disguise; I don't want to make it stylistically the same. I want to do something different. That's my idea. Until we have the script, I don't really know who's right, but there's been a lot of interest from a lot of really amazing directors, so I'm really excited."
Something different? A new direction? Amazing Directors? Sounds like they are on the right track to me.
Four more sign on to haunt 'Halls'
Nolasco, Taylor join robot film
Nicolas Cage is a CRAZY DOG
Nicolas Cage has signed on to star in a cop action-thriller named Crazy Dog.
Joe Rueben (The Forgotten) is set to direct the film which was penned by Henry Bean and Nick Kazan.
The story involves a New York City cop who is responsible for the death of a friend due to his own cowardice. The guilt sends the cop on a self-destructive spree before he begins to seek redemption. EDITOR'S NOTE: OH. DARN. I THOUGHT IT WAS A MOVIE ABOUT MY DOG. DRAT.
Weinstein, IFC spell 'Wordplay'
Casting Call: Lynskey and McKinnon join 'Comanche Moon'
EDITOR'S NOTE: THE FALL KICK-OFFS ARE IN FULL SWING! (JUST WHEN EVERYTHING CURRENT GOES INTO SUMMER RERUNS. WHAT A CRUEL TEASE, EH?)
ABC Picks Up Four More Series
Includes Calista Flockhart Drama
Just days after giving series orders to six pilots for the 2006-07 season, ABC picked up an additional four series, including a drama that marks former "Ally McBeal" star Calista Flockhart's return to series television. EDITOR'S NOTE: WHILE HARRISON FORD STAYS HOME AND WATCHES THE KIDS?
7th Heaven, the longest-running family drama in television history, in a surprising move, will return for its 11th season on the new CW network thisfall. Mediaweek has learned that a deal has been reached to bring the show back for at least 13 episodes. CW officials refused comment.
NEW SERIES NEWS
THE DEAD ZONE
On June 4, USA will air The 4400 Special: Unlocking the Secrets, a one-hour clip episode that will catch viewers up on the story so far. It airs at 10 p.m. EDITOR'S NOTE: ONE OF THOSE TIMES WHERE I DON'T BEGRUDGE A CLIPFEST RECAP SHOW AT ALL. THIS SHOW HAD SO MUCH GOING ON AND I REMEMBER ALMOST NONE OF THE DETAILS.
4400 COMING TO THE INTERNET
NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES: FROM THE STORIES OF STEPHEN KING
HARRY POTTER NEWS:
Nicholas Hooper confirmed to compose OOTP
HPANA recently reported that Nicholas Hooper will be composing the soundtrack for the next Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Warner Bros. confirmed yesterday to Film Music Radio that he will indeed be scoring the soundtrack for the fifth film. In 2004, Hooper won the BAFTA for Best Original Score and was nominated several other times for prestigious awards. EDITOR'S NOTE: SO FAR, HE APPEARS TO HAVE WRITTEN FOR A LOT OF BRIT TV. (HERE'S HOPING HE IMPROVES ON THE IDIOT WHO DID THE MUSIC FOR "GOF". HACK).
Emma Thompson reprises role in OOTP
Warner Bros. has let us know that Emma Thompson will indeed return for the Order of the Phoenix movie as Professor Sybil Trelawney. She shot some of her scenes just last week. Also, we've been told that as the Knight Bus is "in bits," it won't be making an appearance in this film. EDITOR'S NOTE: AWW....NO FUN PURPLE BUS. BUT.....EMMA THOMPSON! ALL IS RIGHT WITH THE WORLD!
Gwinnett schools to keep Harry Potter
Harry Potter won't be expelled from Gwinnett County's public schools.
The Gwinnett County school board voted unanimously Thursday to keep the popular book series about a boy wizard in the district's school libraries.
A Loganville mother asked the board of the state's largest school district to ban the books, which she said promotes and glorifies witchcraft. But school board members said the books have merit and have improved students' reading skills. EDITOR'S NOTE: WHO'D A THUNK THAT A SCHOOL BOARD IN GEORGIA WOULD ACTUALLY COME OUT ON THE CORRECT SIDE OF SOMETHING INVOLVING LITERACY OR CHOICE?! THINGS ARE LOOKING UP? (NOW EVERYONE WHO'S READ THE HARRY POTTER BOOKS, LETS GET TOGETHER, COMPARE SPELLS, AND PLACE A HEX ON THE SILLY WOMAN WHO STARTED THIS WHOLE BANNING CAMPAIGN! AFTER 6 BOOKS, WE SHOULD HAVE THE POTIONS ALL MEMORIZED, RIGHT?!)
Board member Carole Boyce said her family enjoys reading the books.
"At the very heart of this issue is censorship," Boyce said. "Our students do understand the difference between fact and fiction. EDITOR'S NOTE: EVEN IF THEIR PARENTS DON'T! Let's let those who want to read the Harry Potter books have the opportunity to do so."
Laura Mallory, who filed the complaint against the books, said she hasn't decided whether she will appeal the board's ruling to state education officials.
"I knew what they were going to do, but it's good we live in a country where you can stand up for what you believe in," EDITOR'S NOTE: YES WE CAN. NO MATTER HOW IDIOTIC IT MIGHT BE.said Mallory, a former missionary. "God is alive and real and he says it [witchcraft] is an abomination. How can we say it is good reading material?" EDITOR'S NOTE: ESPECIALLY WHEN YOUR LIPS GET SO TIRED JUST READING YOUR GROCERY LIST!
Mallory attended Thursday's meeting, but did not address board members.
Gwinnett's review of the Harry Potter books began in September when Mallory filed her complaint. Media review panels from J.C. Magill Elementary, where Mallory's three children attend school, and the school district ruled the books should remain. The panels are composed of parents, teachers and community members.
Mallory appealed the panels' decisions to the school board and a hearing was held April 20.
The retired DeKalb County school administrator who presided over the appeal strongly recommended the books remain. Board members received the hearing officer's recommendation, a transcript from the hearing, copies of the disputed books and other relevant materials.
Board member Mary Kay Murphy, a former English teacher, said the books help students develop the critical thinking skills they need to be successful in high school, college and life.
"I support the value of the Harry Potter books to develop children's imagination and ability to read," she said.
The Harry Potter series is among the most popular books in children's literature, with more than 270 million copies in print. The series regularly appears on the challenged and banned books lists compiled by the American Library Association.
DA BIZ AND WHATEVER ELSE WE HAVEN'T TALKED ABOUT YET:
Autograph hounds: Depp tops; Diaz the pits
Dogs sniffing out movie piracy
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Sniffer dogs are the latest weapon Hollywood is using in its war against movie piracy, with British authorities deploying Labrador Retrievers to sniff out counterfeit DVDs, industry officials said.
Just days after a leaked report revealed the industry lost 6.1 billion dollars to piracy last year, Hollywood's main trade group said that the two black labs have been trained by British customs to track down hidden DVDs.
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) said the dogs, named Lucky and Flo, had been put to work at courier service Federal Express's British hub at Stansted Airport, near London.
"This is the first time dogs have been used anywhere in the world to search for counterfeit DVDs and the results were amazing," said Raymond Leinster Director General of the Federation Against Copyright Theft, which has partnered with FedEx and British customs to fight movie piracy.
The dogs were trained over an eight-month period to identify DVDs that may be located in boxes, envelopes or other packaging, as well as discs concealed among other goods.
DVDs are often smuggled by criminal networks involved in large-scale piracy operations from around the world, the organisations said in a statement released by the MPAA in Los Angeles.
"With the cooperation and assistance of FedEx and Customs we were able to properly test the dogs in a real-life situation and prove that they can work in a busy airport environment," Leinster said. EDITOR'S NOTE: GO DOGGIES! (IF THEY'D USED AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOGS INSTEAD OF LABRADOR RETRIEVERS, THE SMUGGLED DVDS WOULD NOT ONLY HAVE BEEN SNIFFED OUT, BUT THE FILMS WOULD HAVE BEEN RE-EDITED TO MAKE THEM BETTER, AND IN SOME CASES INDIVIDUAL ROLES WOULD HAVE BEEN RECAST WITH BETTER ACTORS).
The use of dogs comes at the height of a war Hollywood is waging on piracy across the globe.
A report commissioned by the MPAA two years ago revealed last week that piracy cost Hollywood's big studios more than six billion dollars last year, far more than the 3.5 billion dollars annually that the industry had previously conceded.
eBay Wins Bid To Test Online Media Buying System
DAYS AFTER AN AD INDUSTRY task force unveiled plans to test an electronic trading system for buying and selling media, online auction giant eBay has won the bid.
eBay first pitched the concept to the Association of National Advertisers' Television Advertising Committee in January, and presented the idea again in a more public form earlier this week during the ANA's Financial Management Committee meeting in Naples, FL.
Details of the test were not disclosed, but it looks to be fairly substantive. The task force has floated a $50 million budget for the test phase.
The idea is still being vetted through the ANA, which is conducting additional surveys of its membership to gauge support, and a formal steering committee has yet to be organized, but the initiative appears to be taking on a life of its own.
The concept of creating a Nasdaq-like media trading system was first broached by Wal-Mart's Senior Vice President For Marketing Communications, Julie Roehm, during the ANA's 2005 Television Advertising Forum in New York more than a year ago, while she was a senior marketing executive at DaimlerChrysler.
The idea is not without controversy, as some of the largest national advertisers are opposed to the idea, and the ANA is not formally endorsing the pilot program--although it is a big proponent along with the American Association of Advertising Agencies for so-called "eBiz for Media" systems, and it plans to serve as a forum for discussing the idea through its committees and at forums such as the Financial Management Conference.
Meanwhile, smaller online ad companies have joined the fray--with an announcement from Bid4Spots, an online ad broker that uses an innovative "reverse auction" model, that it plans to branch out into TV ad sales over the next year, according to founder and CEO Dave Newmark.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Exclusive Comic Con Figure Announced
EDITOR'S NOTE: IS IT JUST ME, OR DOES THIS LOOK AN AWFUL LOT LIKE A SW SUPERBATTLEDROID?!
Majestic Studios announced that a giant 13.5 inch Battle Damaged Cylon Centurion from the Battlestar Galactica TV series will be sold at the 2006 Comic Con.
“This will not be just a repaint of our regular version Cylon,” says Majestic CEO Rick Phares. “It has a completely different head sculpt, which shows just what a few blaster hits can do to a Cylon head. But, since the blasts did not hit the “brains,” he just keeps attacking.”
The piece will be available on a first come, first served basis. 100 will be available on Preview Night (July 19), the remainder will go on sale the next day.
“This figure is technically the most difficult project I’ve had the pleasure to work on,” says Phares. “It is made up of hand poured polyresin, hard plastic ABS and soft plastic PVC. While we did have the benefit of the exact computer design from special effect company ZOIC, every piece of our figure needed to be engineered from scratch since there are obviously no user’s guide or manual for Cylon movement.”