Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Studio 60 is too smart for the room.

Hmm, so it seems Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is being canned.

It's a shame that people equate using several words longer than 3 syllables in a row with being pretentious.

Perhaps NBC should just institute an ideas-per-minute quota so that they don't fall into the trap of trying to make an audience member think about more than two different concepts in any given 60-second period?

Reality TV has just deadened people to the idea of heightened or stylized language. It's left the American viewing public only able to absorb the trite self-help monologuing of an over-hyped karaoke game show contestant competing to run Donald Trump's holdings on a deserted tropical island while learning to do the samba.

Larger than life characters? Too unbelievable. Please, give us the recycled pablum of a modern day Mary Tyler Moore facing the trials and tribulations of a boys club work place! And wacky co-workers... Please, PLEASE... WE CLEARLY NEED SOME WACKY CO-WORKERS! What's that? Dating is hard for single women in their 30's? REAAAALLLY?! What a REVELATION!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Update on Craziest. Director. Ever.

So browsing through my few old blog entries, I re-read (or re-skimmed) the huge email I received from the crazy director/producer who last spring made hundreds of actors go through 5 rounds of callbacks and sit around for hours each time. Each round would be followed by an equally insane and rambling email.

Well after a little Google-fu, I found the guy's full name (he used a FAKE name for the first couple of rounds). His name is Avi Klein and his film is called "After the Life" (NOT to be confused with the French film of the same translated name).

Anyway, even better, I found an INTERVIEW with him online! It's hilarious and scary:

http://www.elitestv.com/pub/2006/Aug/EEN44e3a1961059a.html

A few choice quotes:

"As a young NYC film student who wasn't blessed with the power of connections, in the traditional sense, I transformed many of my sonnets or "written words" as I called them into the project that is now fully submerged before you."

"My soul reacted with hunger and strives."

Comedy.

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