November 17, 2007

WGA, Jason Mraz, and other songs of Saturday night

Hey folks...

It's been a while, for which I apologize. There's been some serious crazyness going on in Hollywood and NY, and the TV/Film world in general. The WGA strike. Now a few weeks in we, the audiences, are starting to not only seriously feel the effects but also have gotten reasons to truly start sessions of group-hoping-thumb-holding for a quick and just resolution.

Clearly the writers have every right to the tiny pieces of the cake they're asking for. The online industry is a huge part of the future of cinema and especially TV. Legal downloading and distribution of the tv art these writers create for us is right now paying them nothing and the studio execs etc. loads more. Basically, this is the main issue of quarralling right now. The WGA is hoping to secure the business and rights for future generations of writers, and I applaud them in that fight.

However, if there is not a resolution to this dramtz anytime soon not only spring TV will suffer (no new eppis of our favourite shows, and no new pilots can be shot so no new shows until sometime -09). Sure, there's been talks of reality tv and game shows (big brother anyone *barfs violently in the corner*) . So support the writers any way you can, by sending pens (think the whole Jericho spectacle where fans rose up to make sure the show came back), by voicing your opinions, if you're living near go bake cup cakes for the picketers or something (or take the opportunity to run into some amazing creator and ask him/her all about everything, kindly and respectfully of course), or just by reading up on the developements and informing all your friends...

Now, recent updates are saying (from both sides of the struggle) that a back-to-the-talking-table plan is set up for November 26th, but this does NOT mean the strike will end or pause unless some quality options and agreements come out of those discussions (let's hope it'll mean a speedy and happy resolution). Studios will and are loosing money, and it may suck. But the strike could go on into June of next year. Come on, we don't want that. No one wants that.

In the end there's gonna be a solution anyhow, and a just one at that... So let's just speedy it up already and get there, say, yesterday...

Props to the show hosts like Leno and Letterman for supporting their writers, either buy handing out baked goodies or paying the salaries...

To check out news on the strike and find some good and balanced (Variety sure isn't telling the story from an objective perspective) reporting check out Nikki Fine's Deadline Hollywood site.

Oooohhh, and I was just watching Hairspray (2007), as in the recently filmed musical, with a couple of friends and John Travolta was just adorable in his role as Tracy's mom! Awh, back to the old days eh? And I must say Nikki Blonsky (Tracy Turnblad) does a fantastic job (it's her first movie)! The girl's so full of smiles and innocent yet sensible energy that is completely infectous. A must see to get up any mood over dinner. I can't believe I'm writing this, but Zac Efron really is growing into a modern day musical boy huh.

Lastly, i was introduced to Jason Mraz today as well and his overly-cheery 'I'm Yours'... Check it out, it's a bit of happy guitar, cuddly words (but not too chicky), and classic joy.

Much love darlings

Des... tPoW

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