Clipping, the experimental hip hop group featuring Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs, made their TV debut when they performed one of their more approachable tracks, “A Better Place,” on the Late Late Show with Tony Award winner James Corden.
Now it feels like the film industry has changed so much that there are only the mega-blockbuster-Marvel-Godzilla-effects films—the tentpoles for the studio. There’s been this complete squeeze-out of the kind of films I grew up on: the two to 10 million dollar films where I was allowed to train. Now, in the digital world, those kind of films are being made for $50,000. So there’s no marketplace between the super-low budget and the blockbuster. Everything has moved to television—which is not necessarily bad, because television has improved to a degree. But it’s very hard for directors to own their projects in the television world. The whole economics of the film business are these massive tentpole movies, which do nothing for the female audience.
Great, insightful interview with Rachel Talalay, Hollywood director and producer who worked with john Hughes, on the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, and is now directing upcoming Doctor Who episodes.
(I guess this contains GoT spoilers, but I do not talk about any plot points that haven’t happened in the HBO series yet, and only about a few plot points from the series.)
I recently got megaspoiled about the plot development of George R.R. Martin’s books by a good friend. The series is not spoiled because I know what’s going to happen, but because I now know how boringly simplified the plot and character development is in the series. The series is tremendously well produced and especially acted, but the books sound so much more interesting. And every single thing that sucked in the series is of the series writer’s creation. Take the Jaime – Cersei-beside-their-child’s-corpse-scene. The book version is shocking and terrible, but fits with plot and character arcs. The series version is gratuitously extra terrible and obviously shocking without any subtlety in a way that does not fit into the general narrative, especially of Jaime. Jaime is a horrible person, but for different reasons. I cannot stand the sight of him any longer.
I just stumbled upon another way in which the series is, well, needlessly less complex and interesting. It’s dumbed down for TV. At least from my point of view:
Here’s the thing about why Sansa slapping Sweetrobin on the show is so gross:
In the books, Sansa deliberately avoids continuing the cycle of abuse, because she realizes the dangerous situation Sweetrobin is in, and why he has become the child he is, how his illness and Lysa’s mothering has affected him, and is able to relate his circumstance to her own. In the show, D&D have blithely had a victim of physical abuse continue it by slapping someone with much less power — due to illness and familial power structure — than she does. I’m 99% certain they have no idea what they did by writing that, but there it is. And we shouldn’t be using that moment to point out Sansa as a “badass,” because on top of it being a sign of continuing the cycle of abuse, there are dozens of other things about Sansa to celebrate.
I don’t like sports, but the Bearcats are my new favorite team.
I don’t even know what sport this is, but I think I like them.
I love how it gets more elaborate each time. These boys are thinking this through.
omg they JOUST
The University of Cincinnati Bearcats Baseball team win at team post-game shennanigans on TV.
I speak and talk to the radio and the TV all the time. I say ‘that is not true’ and ‘you are lying through your teeth’ and ‘that cannot be so’. I keep up a running dialogue.
Stuart Hall 2006.
Reblogging this great Stuart Hall quote that shows who we have lost today.
“I stood in front of the monitors watching 75 women stand in a circle, dancing and yelling while two women humped each other. Taylor Schilling, who plays Piper on the show, had hung around to watch the chaos. She leaned over to me during a take and said, “When have you ever seen this many women on screen together?” In that moment I realized we were doing something really special.”
From Lauren Morelli’s great article "My first writing job: ‘Orange Is the New Black.’”
I started watching Orange this weekend. It’s pretty great.