Morning Call Sheet: Spielberg Rips 'Crystal Skull,' I Heart Glenn Close, and Time to Forgive Netflix?

WHOA: SPIELBERG RIPS ‘CRYSTAL SKULL’

Is it just me or did Empire bury the lead here:

And Crystal Skull? “I’m very happy with the movie. I always have been… I sympathise with people who didn’t like the MacGuffin because I never liked the MacGuffin. George and I had big arguments about the MacGuffin. I didn’t want these things to be either aliens or inter-dimensional beings. But I am loyal to my best friend.[“]

Gawd that movie blew.

The good news is that Lucas is working on ‘Indy 5,’ so maybe ‘Indy 4’ won’t be the worst of the franchise.

Don’t tell me I’m not a glass half-full kinda guy.

APPLE EFFORT TO DEVELOP TV IS SAID TO BE LED BY ITUNES CREATOR JEFF ROBBIN

I understand Apple has a device now that allows you to watch iTunes video on your television, but there’s no way I’m going to start buying one device per provider. What a pain that would be. As of right now, if it isn’t available through my Blu-ray player there’s no sale. Apple’s apparently cooking up something that will allow you to interface with more than just Apple, including Netflix, but I’m still not interested. My universal remote is ready to explode as is.

No more devices. No more wires. No more remotes. No more purchases until this is settled once and for all between all platforms.

More here: Platform Wars: Internet Video Vs. TV

GOOD NEWS FOR THE OSCARS: EDDIE MURPHY SAYS HE ISN’T DOING “ANY OF THOSE CRAZY DANCE NUMBERS”

I’m expecting great things from Murphy. His dislike of Hollywood isn’t a pose and neither is his “give a shit” attitude.

This could be the best Oscar telecast since Billy Crystal last hosted. Not a high bar, I know, but for the first time in years, I’ll be tuning in for reasons that aren’t solely work-related.

GLENN CLOSE TO BE HONORED BY PALM SPRINGS FEST

Imagine how much better movies would be if Glenn Close was given all those roles the truly awful Meryl Streep receives.

Close can act. Streep cannot.

HEARTBREAKING: NETFLIX’S FALL FROM GRACE BOOSTS PAY TV NETWORKS

If true, this is a bummer. The death of cable television needs to happen. I’m tired of the MSNBCs and all the other lousy networks of the world being propped up by these immoral cable plans where if you want Turner Classic Movies you have to pay for Bravo or some such junk.

The sooner cable television is a relic of the past, the sooner the monopolistic grip Hollywood has on what we watch will end.

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SCOTTDS’ EPIC LINK-TACULAR

STARS ALIGN FOR STONE ROSES AND BEATLES MOVIES

BRIAN GRAZER: STEPHEN KING’S DARK TOWER HEADED TO HBO

20 FILMS YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW ARE GETTING REMADE

DOES ‘DONNIE DARKO’ HOLD UP AFTER A DECADE?

GRACE OF MONACO FILM CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT

SONS OF ANARCHY SHOWRUNNER BLASTS DIRECTV FOR THREATENING FOX CHANNELS

STARZ ORDERS LEONARDO DA VINCI SERIES FROM DARK KNIGHT WRITER DAVID GOYER

TEASER POSTER FOR ‘PARANORMAN,’ FROM THE CREATORS OF CORALINE

RELEASE DATE ALREADY SET FOR IN-DEVELOPMENT ENDER’S GAME: MARCH 15, 2013

STEVEN SPIELBERG OFFERS JOB TO CREATOR OF FAN-MADE TINTIN CREDITS

WATCH THE ENGLISH-DUBBED TRAILER FOR STUDIO GHIBLI’S THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY

THE SUPER-HOT WOMEN OF OLD WESTERNS

A LOOK BACK AT PARAMOUNT’S UNPRODUCED STARFLEET ACADEMY FILM

20 FACTS ABOUT THE PRINCESS BRIDE

R.I.P. TV COMPOSER PETE RUGOLO; WROTE THEMES FOR THE FUGITIVE AND RUN FOR YOUR LIFE

STALLONE SUED, ACCUSED OF STEALING ‘EXPENDABLES’

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KEVIN KLINE

EDDIE MURPHY WANTS TO DEVELOP BEVERLY HILLS COP TV SERIES

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LAST NIGHT’S SCREENING

I’ve forgotten completely and my wife’s not here to remind me, so I don’t know what to tell you besides the fact that these blackouts are starting to worry me.

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CLASSIC PICK FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27

TCM:

8:00 PM EST: Fiddler on the Roof (1971) — In Russia before the revolution, a Jewish milkman tries to marry off his daughters who have plans of their own. Dir: Norman Jewison Cast: Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey. C-181 mins, TV-G, CC, Letterbox Format

Let me send you over to a recent review of mine and assure you my mind hasn’t changed since then.

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