Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Hollywood Babble On & On #574: Some Mini Musings About Movies, Media, & Money

Welcome to the show folks...


Mr. Moneybags James Cameron is writing a novel. A sequel or prequel or something like that to his mega-hit movie
Avatar. Of course, he wouldn't be James Cameron if he didn't somehow insult someone when he opened his mouth and he didn't disappoint:
"Really, what I'm working on right now primarily is the novel. Because I never had a chance to get the novel done while we were making the movie, and I always intended to. I didn't want to do a cheesy novelization, where some hack comes in and kind of makes s--t up. I wanted to do something that was a legitimate novel that was inside the characters' heads and didn't have the wrong cultural stuff, the wrong language stuff, all that."
Oh Jimmy, you so crazy. Anyone else would have couched that in more diplomatic terms, saying things like: "I want to do the novel myself, because I feel so passionate about the project." etc... etc...

You don't go out and insult a bunch of writers who don't have the luxury of well, luxury, and actually have to do novelization and tie-in jobs to pay the bills. Just accept that you've been extremely lucky, and avoid insulting the people who haven't been as fortunate.

That's called being a class act.

Now there are some things Cameron has to do in order to get this novel finished.

1. Spend $275 million developing technology to make the Kindle 3D.

2. Comb through every episode of the old
Outer Limits TV series for a story.


The Wrap has revealed the troubled indie film mogul wannabe David Bergstein's legal troubles go far deeper than him being sued by almost everyone on the planet. This troubles include an arrest in Florida last November for stiffing Las Vegas casinos for over $3 million.

Two questions:

1. How was this kept out of the press until now? I mean we heard about the bench warrants, the comparisons to Enron, but not about the arrest, what's up with that?

2. How was he able to get that far, and can I have the phone numbers of his investors I have a business proposition for them?

3. Why do people still seem willing to do business with him, and can I have their numbers too?

They can't do any worse, and I just might do a little better with me. I don't like to gamble.


Production company Spyglass Entertainment is inching closer to taking over management of the flat-lined MGM Pictures.

All I hope is that they give up their bugshit plan to strip it down to just another production company. Because without a distribution capability, it's in even deeper dung than it is today, which is really deep to begin with.

Don't make me come down there to give you a talking to. My language can be quite salty when I'm all worked up.

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