Debbie’s Totally Random and Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards of 2013, Part Two

Time for Part Two of this year’s pop culture awards! Last week I concentrated exclusively on television. This week, I deal with movies, books, music and other entertainment topics. 1. The Complete Failure To Get The Point Award: The anonymous clowns who have approached Lionsgate Films about building a theme park based on The Hunger Games—and Lionsgate, for seriously considering the offers. No, they’re not kidding. Sure, there are people defending the idea. I even get where they’re coming from. It’s what I call the Cinematic Conundrum. When you’re safe in your theater seat (or at your video console or … Continue reading Debbie’s Totally Random and Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards of 2013, Part Two

Gravity: Story Trumps Accuracy in Fiction

Gravity is a fantastic movie. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it. Blow the extra bucks on the 3D version—totally worth it. Let me just say also, I love astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. I need to make that clear right up front. He is not only a brilliant man, he’s a COOL and brilliant man. That’s an awesome combination. When it comes to arguing the pro-science side, he’s the guy you want on your team. When we’re talking about real life, that is. When it comes to critiquing a movie, however, he kind of sucks. (Sorry, Neil. … Continue reading Gravity: Story Trumps Accuracy in Fiction

8 Reasons Why Hollywood Should Have Shelved The Lone Ranger Movie

(SIDENOTE: This week is my one-year Blogversary! WordPress informed me on July 1 that I have had this blog for one year, but that was the day I signed up for a blog. My first blog post appeared on July 8, 2012. Thanks to all who have stopped by over the past year!) What does it mean to “shelve” a movie? That’s Hollywood-speak for a project that’s put aside, usually for good, at some point in the development stage. The Lone Ranger, which opened this week, was almost shelved because of its projected $250 million budget. The studio was convinced … Continue reading 8 Reasons Why Hollywood Should Have Shelved The Lone Ranger Movie

Oscars, I Can’t Quit You

Another year, another Oscars show. (Did you notice we’re not calling it “The Academy Awards” anymore?  I think probably because some focus group told them it made the show sound like it’s for old people.) Yay for Argo—I watched the movie for the first time just before the Oscars aired and LOVED it. Of course, this made me even madder that Ben Affleck was snubbed in the directing category. I was also thrilled to see Jennifer Lawrence win, even though I am no fan of The Silver Linings Playbook. But, boy, did we all have to slog through a lot … Continue reading Oscars, I Can’t Quit You

My Thoughts On How To “Fix” Hollywood

My good friend Nick Leshi wrote a blog point called 5 Ways To Make Hollywood Better, which was his response to an article on The Wrap that had nine industry experts give their views on how to fix Hollywood. Nick’s suggestions are all great, and I thought I’d add a few of my own: 1. Stop treating entertainment and art as mutually exclusive entities. Hey, Hollywood, guess what: Alfred Hitchcock was such a financially successful filmmaker in his time that he wasn’t considered arty enough and was never awarded a competitive Oscar. Now he’s considered one of the greatest film … Continue reading My Thoughts On How To “Fix” Hollywood