Quick Pats of Butter: The Good, The Bad and The Canceled
Eli Wallach celebrates a birthday today!
The glorious character actor Eli Wallach turns 95 today! In November, the acting treasure received one of the “wow, you lived this long” Oscars, which I loathe. Maybe the bastards can make things right by awarding Wallach a well-deserved best supporting Oscar for his subtle and divine performance as Jules Steinhardt in the otherwise mediocre, but still satisfying Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Happy Birthday, Mr. Wallach! Nothing “Ugly” about that.
George Lucas wants to direct Orson Welles and Raul Julia in a remake of Xanadu
Apparently George Lucas doesn’t have enough money or stuffs to do. In an economy where there are at least 8 applicants for every one job, there’s one more threat to securing gainful employment: dead people! Rumor has it Lucas is toying with the idea of making films starring long dead celebrities.
- “He’s been buying up the film rights to dead movie stars in the hope of using computer trickery to put them all together in a movie, so you’d have Orson Welles and Barbara Stanwyck appearing alongside today’s stars,” says comedian Mel Smith.” – (source)
Won’t someone think of the television critics?
In a Phone Press Conference (who knew) FX President John Landgraf explained why the critically lauded but audience avoided “Terriers” was sent packing:
- “If I legitimately believed that the reason the show didn’t succeed on our air was that we felt we failed to adequately describe to the audience what the show was about, that would have been reason alone to renew it,” he said. “One of the reasons I spent a lot of money and had people spend a lot of time doing a postmortem analysis is because the question was: Was the marketing campaign fair to the show? There are plenty of people in Los Angeles who drove by various billboards and are always going to say ‘no,’ but the reality is they don’t understand the reality of how everyone else in America was presented this show. So from my standpoint, if we did market the show, how would I believe that putting the show on air would miraculously triple or quadruple ratings, which is what it would need to be to be successful? “I just couldn’t find any way from a business standpoint or quantitatively how to do a second season of the show,” he said, “and that’s really unfortunate because I love it, but that’s the reality.” – (via LA Times)
Rarely do execs hint there is some semblance of thoughtfulness as it relates to giving poorly performing, but critically acclaimed shows Le Boot. The problem with Terriers, in my opinion, was the casting. Few enjoy the grating screen presence that is Donal Logue except for casting directors and producers who keep foisting him onto audiences who then recoil as though in conversation with a foul smelling close talker. Back in October I wrote of “Terriers” I wasn’t entirely convinced it would survive the season.