Around the same time last year, I wrote a blog about MTV possibly going dark. Well Time Warner Cable and Viacom obviously struck a deal, otherwise you would never have experienced the sheer entertainment that "Jersey Shore" has provided us! Anyhow, in '09 it's not Viacom that's threatening, but another media behemoth Fox, which has a multitude of channels including broadcast Fox, FX, AND Fox Sports. They have been very vocal, arguing that because of the changing landscape of many viewers migrating to cable, the precedent of carriers being provided Fox, along with NBC, ABC, and CBS for free, in their eyes is no longer sustainable. They argue that they get deserve higher fees, similar to pay cable nets like TNT - 'it's the new broadcast network'. Fox is pushing to get $1 per subscriber for regular Fox. TWC sees this as unfair and bullyish. Both companies have their moments. Here's some propaganda that both companies are pushing.
And Time Warner with a whole web campaign to combat the new fees, which inevitably might be passed onto the consumer..
Choose your side, I know mine. Fox should take the precedent CBS took earlier in the year when they locked down $0.50 per subscriber. We'll see what happens.
I like all types of films. But thrillers usually top my list of favorite genres, and while flipping through On-Demand, this little co-production gem pleasantly surprised me. The IMDB logline reads "A Trans-Siberian train journey from China to Moscow becomes a thrilling chase of deception and murder when an American couple encounters a mysterious pair of fellow travelers." "Transsiberian" stars Woody Harrelson as a geeked out tourist, Ben Kingsly as a Russian drug mobster, and Emily Mortimer as our heroin, who deftly becomes the murderer in the film - a twist I never expected. Without spoiling the film too much, I was very impressed with the quality of writing and in particular, Emily's performance, which contained so many great subtleties. I imagine some film theory classes around the world using this film as a good example of substantive use of filmic space, being confined on the train, which lent an uneasy suspense that played well with the film. I recommend watching, here's the trailer..
Another vignette from the '06 dark comedy I wrote/directed called "King of Hollywood". So far you should've seen the scenes with Todd Bridges and Ike Turner. This one stars Glenn Plummer, whose played seminal characters like O.G. Bobby Johnson from "South Central" and High-Top from "Colors". In particular when he played Bobby Johnson, here I wanted to create a curious parallel to that storyline where he's again playing the concerned father, but this time around of a troubled Hollywood teen with a whole new set of challenges/obstacles. And thanks to my buddy Jesse Taylor, who hooked up the location Rudolph's before it opened. [Disclaimer: I have no affiliation nor endorse the website being promoted on the video]. Here it is..
Babelgum.com, a very dope online channel, is having a contest where the best videos are displayed in NY Times Square during Xmas..
Please vote for my 2 video entries. The first is one that Kofie, Flying Lotus, and I put together called XXL MEDIUMS, where Kofie illustrates how everything around him is a medium. The second video is Rachele & Taz, a hybrid short/experimental video where a mysterious girl stalks Taz in his dreams. You can vote once/day and there's no sign up. All you do is hit the 'THUMBS UP' and that's it. Takes a nano-second, support your dude!