It’s just been reported that the WGA writers and writer-producers on Sony’s newly ordered TV animated series Sit Down, Shut Up! have walked off the show scheduled to air in primetime on Fox this fall. It’s a dispute over who has jurisdiction over the writing staff: the WGA or IATSE. The problem is that all the Fox TV animated shows now being broadcast on that network are covered under the WGA contract, so the writers assumed their new show would be as well. Especially because FOX co-owns the show, Sony made the decision to be covered by IATSE. Sit Down, Shut Up!’s showrunner Mitch Hurwitz (of Arrested Development fame), as well as The Simpsons writer-producers Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein. All the writers/producers are pissed that they struck for four months and now their right to be repped by the WGA is being taken away from them. This is exactly what WGA leadership was afraid would happen as more Big Media companies turn animation over to IATSE’s jurisdiction because of the weaker terms of that union’s contract.
Filed under: BREAKING NEWS
Word has just hit the interwebs that veteran newsman TIM RUSSERT has died of a heart attack. Full story to follow.via Breitbart
This just in via HD NET: Statements from Dan Rather on the passing of Tim Russert:
June 13, 2008 (New York) - “Tim’s passing is a loss not only to his
family and many friends, it is a loss to good journalism and to our
country.Tim, first and foremost, was devout in his faith and deeply devoted to
his family. He loved his country with a passion and became a classic
example of the ideal American journalist.
Tim had become an important part of our political process. He will be
especially missed in this historic presidential election year.
Tim Russert was a beacon of quality journalism
At a time when quality journalism is in increasingly short supply, Tim
Russert was a leader for what is best in American journalism. He was
tough but fair, pulled no punches, played no favorites.
As an interviewer, he had few, if any, peers.”
Filed under: MOVIE REVIEWS
GET SMART (110 Min. PG-13 Warner Brothers) Well, I’m sure it seemed like a good idea to someone at some time (maybe ten years ago when JIM CARREY was set to star) but that was then and this is now.
The Cold War is over, portable phones aren’t funny, STEVE CARREL isn’t DON ADAMS and ANNE HATHAWAY isn’t BARBARA FELDON. Add to that, MEL BROOKS was too busy and BUCK HENRY too ill to participate. Put them all together and you’ve got some pretty lame reasons to go to the movies.
On the up-side: DWAYNE JOHNSON is a STAR!…….
Filed under: MOVIE REVIEWS
THE INCREDIBLE HULK (114 MINUTES PG-13 UNIVERSAL PICTURES) Because of the early trailers, I had to be dragged kicking and screaming to see THE INCREDIBLE HULK. That said, I was pleasantly surprised to find the film much more enjoyable than anticipated.
The origin story is kept to a bare minimum, exposition is sparse and the film leaps into action in almost record time. ED NORTON is perfectly cast as the brooding, angsty superhero, WILLIAM HURT seems totally at ease as the obsessed military drone and TIM ROTH is positively gleeful as the villain ultimately known as, THE ABOMINATION. Along the way, there are several sly insider references and cameo roles. The only weak link is LIV TYLER, who seems almost comatose in her delivery.
As spotted in the trailers, the CGI doesn’t always work but when it does, it works great.
It would be easy to nit-pick this movie to death but, the bottom line is that, IT’S BASED ON A COMIC BOOK ! Really, this would be a good time to suspend disbelief and indulge your inner 13-year-old.
Oh, and extra points for the best epilog/set-up ever. THE INCREDIBLE HULK deserves more of a chance than I was originally willing to give it.
During the summer, television series usually go on summer hiatus but this summer will be quite different on the set of the FOX hit drama HOUSE LISA EDELSTEIN (Dr. Lisa Cuddy) told us there is no summer hiatus for the show.
Filed under: NEWS OF THE DAY
As everyone in the galaxy is probably aware, director J.J. Abrams is working on a new “Star Trek” movie… Leonard Nimoy is coming back as the “older” version of Spock – but what’s this? No William Shatner? Is it even possible to do a movie that has Captain Kirk… but no Shatner?
Is it just me or is this woman getting on everybody’s last nerve? The L.A. Times Gold Derby has just pointed out that the reason GREY’S ANATOMY star KATHERINE HEIGL isn’t on this year’s list of Emmy nominations is because she withdrew her name from competition. From a statement to the Times:
“I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention,” she tells Gold Derby. “In addition, I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials.”
I would love to be a fly on the wall in that Writer’s Room today.
Filed under: TELEVISION NEWS
This press release just came in from BRAVO and begs the question, “Just how many different ways can you make mac & cheese?”………
“Bravo announced today the development of its new creative competition series “Top Chef Junior” The announcement was made today by Frances Berwick, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Bravo Media.
“With ‘Top Chef’ as the number one food show on cable comes the natural expansion in our food domain,” said Berwick. “With ‘Top Chef Junior’ we’re reaching a growing market and are developing a series that will teach and test the skills of younger aspiring chefs and appeal to the whole family.”
The love of food reaches all ages and teens today are continually expanding their culinary knowledge – from cooking classes to kids’ cookbooks. “Top Chef Junior,” which will be based on the Emmy-nominated hit culinary series “Top Chef,” is an eight episode series where teens (likely ages 13 to 16) will compete to see if they have what it takes to become a junior “Top Chef.”
Season-to-date, Bravo’s “Top Chef” ranks in the top 15 among kids/teens 2-17 in the Wed 10-11 p.m. time period. ”
(via BRAVO press release)
Filed under: TELEVISION NEWS
Back in the day it was called CIRCUS OF THE STARS but times change and so, apparently, do the names of recycled reality shows.
CELEBRITY CIRCUS premiers tonight on NBC and will see the likes of CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, ANTONIO SABATO JR., WEE MAN and assorted almost well-known people doing stunts usually reserved for the gravity challenged stars of CIRQUE du SOLEIL.
Swimming champ JANET EVANS tells us that nothing she had to endure in getting ready for her star-turn at the 1988 Olympics could prep her for CELEBRITY CIRCUS: