Daily Call Sheet: Stars Diss Commercial Movies, Stars Diss VOD, Wooderson Returns, Nudity on TV, Cancelling Blockbuster

STARS DISS HOLLYWOOD: CLOONEY, EDGERTON & MORE SWIPE AT COMMERCIAL MOVIE BOMBS

Let me sum up the thoughts of the stars quoted in this article in five words: Me, me, me, me, me.

None of the so-called stars quoted here are talking about the customers. They are talking about themselves, especially George Clooney, who’s likely scared to try something openly commercial for fear if it flops, even the Huffington Post won’t call him “Hollywood’s pre-eminent A-lister,” as they laughably do here.

…and I hate it when a shit movie comes out that’s obviously made just to make money[.] – Joel Edgerton

At least those shit movies are trying to please the customers, and there actually is something worse than a shit movie designed to make a lot of money and that’s pretentious, self-important shit movies designed to make no money at all.

In related news….

ACTORS EGOS REQUIRE MASSAGING TO FORGE AHEAD WITH VOD

Ongoing discussion at WankFestDance:


VOD is to become a viable business that leads films on the margins to being widely seen, some obstacles have to be worked out of the system. The biggest: convincing actors accustomed to seeing their work play on 2,000 movie screens that the VOD model doesn’t mean their careers are on the downswing and that they’ve been relegated to pay-per-view. The only real equivalent actors have had for this was when they made a stinker that went straight to video obscurity. Will those actors spark to the potential of VOD riches and embrace the idea of promoting films to cable delivery systems instead of the ego-boosting traditional selling system of commercials and print ads? This is a psychological hurdle for stars. When Margin Call sold at Sundance last year with the Lionsgate/Roadside Attraction distribution VOD deal, veteran actors like Kevin Spacey had to be convinced this wasn’t necessarily a step down from a traditional theatrical release.

Since the death of the movie star, actors have zero to do with driving people into theatres. Why even have this argument?

ROSEANNE BARR TO PLAY MOBILE HOME MAVEN FOR NBC

Only NBC would grab one of the most divisive, unlikable stars on the planet and ‘fast-track’ her sitcom. And, gee, you think maybe there will be some class-warfare “humor” to be had here?

NBC is owned in part by GE. GE is run by Jeffrey Immelt. Jeffrey Immelt is a big-time Obama supporter. Therefore, using all three of their networks, NBC is the biggest billionaire-backed, multinational-owned Super PAC ever created, and it’s all about electing Obama.

DAVID WOODERSON’ RETURNS IN MUSIC VIDEO

Matthew McConaughey’s Wooderson is one of my favorite movie characters of the 1990s. Like “Napoleon Dynamite’s” Uncle Rico, there’s just something I love about losers who have no idea they’re losers.

Not only is the video good, but it proves that Wooderson gets older while the rest of us really do stay the same.

No matter how many bad movies McConaughey makes, I will always, always love him for Wooderson.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to find a “work” reason to watch “Dazed and Confused” for the 287th time. Yeah, for a Big Hollywood research project. Yeah, Breitbart will buy that. Sure he will.

ABOUT MY EMBARRASSINGLY LARGE MOVIE COLLECTION

To answer some of the comments and emails regarding this photo.

Question: Do you really need all those movies?

Answer: Yes.

Question: When did you start your collection?

Answer: I started my VHS collection in 1981. At the tender age of 14, I spent my entire summer working and living on dairy farm so I could buy one of those top-loading VCRs and a color TV. Back then, VHS tapes were about $20 a pop, so I would save all my money and put three films on a 6 hour tape. It wasn’t until 1997 that switched over to DVD, which is all I have now.

Question: How many movies do you own?

Answer: Over 3,000

Question: You said that this is 70% of your collection, where is the rest?

Answer: The rest are films I recorded to DVD off of TCM; over 700 of them and they’re stored in books.

Question: What kind of movies do you own?

Answer: Mostly American films from every conceivable genre. From cheesy Godzilla features straight through to the arty, independent films of the 90s, to the classics from the Golden Era — my favorite era. There are a ton of B-films, from the lesser-known noirs of the 40s and 50s to 70’s Blaxploitation to everything Charles Bronson did for the last 25 years of his epic career. If the collection is light on anything it would be foreign and silent films, though there are a few. There’s also no porn. I hate porn.

Question: Why?

Answer: I fell in love with old movies as kid, 11 – 12 years-old. It was such a passion, I used to drink instant coffee so I could stay awake through the Late Show and the Late Late Show on school nights. Back in those days, there was no VHS. You could only watch what a few channels allowed you to watch and late at night the independent station we picked up would broadcast old, black and white studio films. Not classics. They were too expensive, but lesser known films starring Edward G. Robinson, Joan Crawford, Cagney, Bogart, Flynn, Bette Davis, and the like.

What I hated was when the movie ended and the feeling I would never see it again. What I hated was being tethered to someone else’s schedule. What I wanted was to own these two-hour drugs that transport you to different world, so I could sample them whenever I felt like it.

I don’t have any other vices. I don’t smoke or drink, I don’t like to travel or eat out. So this is my vice, and there is nothing more precious to me than a day with nothing to do and my 3,000 narcotics to choose from.

To say I can’t wait to retire, take the phone off the hook and lose myself in my collection is an understatement.

GREAT PHOTO OF HENRY CAVILL AS SUPES

Definitely looking like a great piece of casting.

PRESSURE FOR ACTRESSES TO AGREE TO TV NUDITY IS ‘TREMENDOUS’

Anyone who enjoys seeing young girls exploited and naked should call themselves a feminist. You’ve come a long way, baby.

JUSTIN BIEBER IS OBSESSED WITH THE 1996 MARK WAHLBERG FILM ‘FEAR’

Have you ever seen “Fear?” it’s actually a pretty tense little thriller. Well worth a look.

I CANCELLED MY BLOCKBUSTER BY-MAIL SERVICE

The DVDs just took too long to get here. Like the rest of America, I’m all about the Redbox now. So other than Netflix Streaming, that’s it for me. Plus this, of course. Why suffer through the awfulness of today’s awful movies when you don’t have to? There are movies in my collection I haven’t seen in years, movies I can never see too often, and I can always find something I’m in the mood for.

We have options now and that’s a beautiful thing.

MARG HELGENBERGER OF ‘CSI’ GETS A STAR ON HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

Well deserved. I was a fan long before “CSI.”

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LAST NIGHT’S SCREENING

Wings (1927) on Blu-ray: Review coming.

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SCOTTDS’ EPIC LINKTACULAR

A LOOK AT THE SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

WILL WE EVER SEE ALEXANDER PAYNE’S SCI-FI SATIRE ‘DOWNSIZING?

LIAM NEESON FILMED A SCENE FOR ‘THE DARK KNIGHT RISES’?

REESE WITHERSPOON AND RYAN REYNOLDS ATTACHED TO TIM BURTON-PRODUCED ART BIOPIC ‘BIG EYES

DIRECTOR LEN WISEMAN REVEALS HOW HIS ADAPTATION WILL DIFFER FROM ORIGINAL ‘TOTAL RECALL’

JONATHAN DEMME GEARING UP ‘FABULOUS’ STEPHEN KING ADAPTATION

RUSSIAN TRAILER FOR MEL GIBSON’S ‘HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION

GREAT PHOTO OF HENRY CAVILL AS SUPES

STEVEN SODERBERGH REFLECTS ON HIS UNFILMED VERSION OF ‘MONEYBALL

‘SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE’ EPISODE 1 AVAILABLE EARLY ONLINE

A LOOK AT ILM’S WORK ON THE DOGFIGHTS OF ‘RED TAILS

BEN STILLER SIGNS FOR HBO COMEDY PILOT; ALAN ALDA IN TALKS TO CO-STAR

WHY PEOPLE REDBOX THE MOVIES THEY DO

LIFE AS AN EXTRA ON THE SET OF ‘WAR HORSE

BIG SCREEN MOMENTS THAT ARE STILL A FEAST FOR THE EYES

FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH: 10 KEY MOVIES ON THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

10 ACTORS WHO DIED DURING TV SHOWS

20 INCREDIBLY ARDUOUS FILM PRODUCTIONS

THE 15 BEST CHARACTER-DRIVEN FIGHT SCENES IN MOVIES

THE 10 LEAST PLAUSIBLE MOVIE STUNTS

A LOOK BACK AT THE INNOVATIONS OF GEORGE MÉLIÈS

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CLASSIC PICK FOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25

FMC:

11AM EST: QUILLER MEMORANDUM, THE — After two British agents are murdered by a mysterious Neo-Nazi organization in West Berlin, British secret service agent Quiller is sent to investigate. Cast: Alec Guinness, Max Von Sydow, Senta Berger, George Sanders, George Segal. Director: Michael Anderson.

Underrated espionage thriller with a delightfully complex romantic subplot. The listing says the broadcast is in widescreen, which gives Fox a leg up on Turner. For some reason, Turner airs this in full screen — at least the times I’ve seen it.

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