Don Bauder 2 p.m., June 25
Someone spank crybabies Lucas & Spielberg and send them to bed without their suppers
WAAAAAAAA! There's "eventually going to be an implosion in the film industry."
WAAAAAAAA! Lincoln was 'this close' to going to HBO.
WAAAAAAAA! We barely got (Red Tails) into theaters.
I'm disgusted with the two of you's!
Can we say chutzpah? The jokers responsible for Hollywood's blockbuster mentality -- that's trashed every summer at the movies since the boys first swapped hits in the late '70's -- cinema as a babysitter for 9-year-olds boys, and the multiplexing of America, all in the name of staggered showtimes, are now whining about having put themselves out of work.
Lucas and Spielberg were on hand to cut the ribbon at the opening of the USC School of Cinematic Arts' new Interactive Media Building. Spielberg foresees a time in a galaxy not-so far away where this 'one hit defines a season' mentality is going to backfire. ""That's the big danger," Steve told the crowd, "and there's eventually going to be an implosion — or a big meltdown. There's going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen megabudget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that's going to change the paradigm."
Paradigm? Where does Steve come off using that word? To money-honeyed Spielberg, a paradigm only amounts to twenty-cents.
George referred to cable television as "much more adventurous" than film nowadays. It is, if all you have to show for yourself is crap like Red Tails. If cable is that much bolder, than stay there. Live in it. Can't wait for Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and the Ewoks.
Lucas actually had the audacity to bemoan the high cost of making and marketing movies for the masses. Go reap what you stole from Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress, the film he 'borrowed' the storyline from (if not the vision) when penning his series of space operas.
And do you want to know why Red Tails had difficulty getting made? Because Lucas was the only one who saw any vision in his facile vanity project. Tuskegee Star Wars is a thoughtless, pandering, crashingly dull piece of storytelling, a CG 'documentary' recreation completely void of verisimilitude. It deserved a worse fate at the box office than the one it received.
They also addressed the future of video games-z-z-z-z-z. Read more here if you can stomach it.
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