Morning Call Sheet: Streaming News, Ladies of the Right, Walking Dead, and a Gold Bikini

One of the primary reasons we started the Morning Call Sheet was that it would allow us to promote contributors and right-of-center artists in a way that wouldn’t affect the editorial format of the overall site. This is a win-win for those looking for a way to get the word out and those of you looking for what’s out there in the world of popular entertainment culture that isn’t loaded with sucker punches.

In many ways, the Call Sheet will be a cyber-community bulletin board (among other things) where artist and audience can fine one another.

We encourage our readers to support these artists and we encourage those right-of-center artists out there to use the Call Sheet to get the word out about whatever it is they have going on.

My email is below.

–MEET THE “LADIES OF THE RIGHT”–

Our friend Sonja Schmidt and Patty Smith have teamed up for a two woman comedy show. Both have impressive backgrounds in performance and comedy, both are right-of-center politically, and both had the courage to come out of the ideological closet.

Please support them and pass the word along.

FRANK DARABONT STEPPING DOWN AS “WALKING DEAD” SHOWRUNNER

This is huge Hollywood news and a real shock. But it’s also good news. As a fan of all things zombie, “The Walking Dead” hasn’t come close to living up to its potential. The budget was obviously there, but the writing was weak. After the first season ended, I sat down and watched all the episodes over a single weekend expecting an addictive experience that just didn’t come.

The show had some fine moments but when compared to other AMC offerings, brilliant shows such “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad,” this was a major disappointment. With all that money and a can’t-lose concept, “The Walking Dead” should’ve raised the AMC bar not lowered it.

Change was needed. Change has come.

–WALMART LEAPS INTO STREAMING BIZ–

Most everyone is comparing Walmart’s new online streaming option thru their recently acquired VUDU service as some sort of shot actross Netflix’s bow, but that makes little to no sense. If anything it’s a move against Amazon.

The appeal of Netflix is their subscription serveice — where for a ridiculously low $7.99 a month you can stream any and all of their available content whenever you desire. It’s like some kind of friggin’ miracle, really.

At Walmart.com, you can rent or purchase television episodes and films, but there’s no subscription. It’s the same with Amazon (though they do offer something close to a subscription service for their prime customers).

I’m afraid Hollywood and these retail outlets are going to eventually discover that what we the customer want is that subscription service — is access to absolutely everything for a low monthly fee. Netflix and Hollywood grabbed the streaming tiger by the tail without really understanding that it would turn into something more than just a nice little side order service.

In ten years, I suspect that in much the same way the music industry regrets not stamping out Napster sooner; before people got used to paying nothing for music — the film and television industry will regret not seeing that subscription streaming had a similar effect in conditioning customers to pay very little and, worst of all, to be willing to wait for films and television shows to be available for very little.

We’ve been conditioned out of our urgency to see the newest thing NOW. That’s a nightmare come true for the home video market.

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TODAY’S QUICK HITS

SCIENTISTS NAME THE MOVIE THAT IS MOST LIKELY TO MAKE YOU CRY

THE 10 LEAST REALISTIC COWBOY MOVIES OF ALL TIME

COMIC-COM PHOTO GALLERY

OH THAT GOLD BIKINI

INTERVIEW WITH MARISA TOMEI WHERE FOR SOME STRANGE REASON SHE DOESN’T MENTION ME

TRYING TO CARE. FAILING.

“WIZARD OF OZ” PREQUEL REALLY HAPPENING … WITH JAMES FRANCO

TRYING TO CARE. FAILING.

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