Daily Archives: December 5, 2007

Tenacious D to rock Fremantle!

Just found out that the WGA’s Reality and Game Show rally planned for Friday afternoon here in Burbank will have a killer new headliner…

Earlier tonight, Jack Black and Kyle Gass of the kick-ass, two-man band, Tenacious D agreed to play a mini-set on the picket lines outside the Fremantle North America headquarters at 4400 West Alameda in Burbank. Rock on!

Rocking “Reality & Game Show Rally” poster planned for Dec. 7, 2007!

Producers of such hit shows as “American Idol”, “America’s Got Talent”, and “The Next Great American Band”, Fremantle is one of the most successful producers of reality and game show programming in the world.

Yet despite their phenomenal success, Fremantle has steadfastly refused to unionize their writers — yep, believe it or not, reality shows are written! — many of whom work without standard industry-wide benefits like health insurance, residuals, pension contributions and proper credits.

Designed to raise awareness of the plight of these often-overlooked members of our guild, our goal is to force to Fremantle to at least consider going guild. It’s a tall order, but hey, aren’t they all?

So, rain or shine — and right now, it’s looking like the former — the event kicks off with a rally at noon followed by speeches by WGA president Patric Verrone, my rocking Strike Captain Aaron — a former writer for Fremantle’s “Temptation” — and a number of other former reality and game show writers. Then, at one o’clock, Tenacious D will take the stage to rock the picket line.

This promises to be a pretty rousing event, so if you happen to be in Burbank/Toluca Lake on Friday afternoon, swing on by and D will rock you!

For more information on the event or to check out the WGA’s Fremantle petition online, please visit: www.wga.org

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“I’m Not There”

Lest you think all I do these days is walk the picket line with a megaphone, I decided to write about a rocking good movie we saw a couple weeks back. Yes, despite the chaos of the strike, Christine and I do still see movies — I think we’ve seen something like, twenty-four since October, which might be our record for this early in the season — and when one is as good as “I’m Not There”, I gotta share the wealth!

Probably not for all tastes, as it is a bit scattered and surreal at times, this insanely original tribute to the life and legend of Bob Dylan seriously rocks!

I’M NOT THERE promotional shot from LesFilms.com (Dec. 5, 2007)

Directed with jaw-dropping style by the mad genius Todd Haynes (“Far From Heaven”, “Safe” and my personal favorite, “Velvet Goldmine”) the movie features five different actors (Christian Bale, Ben Whishaw, Heath Ledger, Marcus Carl Franklin and Richard Gere) and a stunning, virtually unrecognizable Cate Blanchett (pictured above) as Dylan-esque characters in randomly intersecting stories based on pivotal moments in the singer’s life.

Christine and I were not huge Dylan-philes going into this, and we loved the movie. But hardcore fans, who will get all the veiled and not-so-veiled references to real incidents in Dylan’s life, might just find their heads literally exploding in the theatre. Yep, it’s that cool!

Promo shot of I’M NOT THERE’s Cate Blanchett in action (Dec. 5, 2007)

Trippy, experimental, and beautifully shot, this flick (like “Goldmine”) is a real mind-blower of a movie. My only major problem are the unbearably boring segments with Richard Gere. His scenes kill the messy, fluid momentum big time.

I read an interview with Haynes recently and he said the strangely languid pacing and visuals in Gere’s chunk of the movie are loosely based on Dylan’s 2003 film “Masked & Anyonmous”, which makes it a little bit cooler, but just barely.

So, grab some popcorn or something when Gere comes onscreen, but don’t miss a second of the electrifying Cate Blanchett and Marcus Carl Franklin (the young African-American kid pictured below) segments. They are both amazing, and if one, or both of them, are not nominated in supporting categories this year, the AMPTP hates writers, women and black people. Sorry, couldn’t resist. But seriously, these guys are both phenomenal!

Promo shot of I’M NOT THERE’s Marcus Carl Franklin (Dec. 5, 2007)

On a final note, snagged these cool pics from a French film review site I found online, and though I think only one of my readers (Bonjour, Mel!) could actually read the text on the site, they do have some great pictures of new and upcoming releases. Check it out at: Les-Films.Fr

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