Burn, Hollywood, Burn: A very reluctant film industry today will begin offering the first downloadable movies that can be burned directly onto a DVD. The four major studios are working with CinemaNow Inc. and are in talks with Apple to expand the offerings. But don’t praise the industry just yet. The first offerngs: Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Barbershop and Scent of a Woman. Hoo-ha.
Turn Off Your Computer Already, and Just Watch the Damn Show: In yet another example of how bloggers (we know, we know, we’re part of the problem) will kill what little is left of Hollywood creativity, “audiences” are both hailing and hissing at Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Which, by the way, goes into production today.
“The Internet has created something that didn’t exist five or 10 years ago, a direct dialogue with the creators or actors of a show,” said Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof.
Why stop with Hollywood? Let’s inflict democracy on every corner of the creative world. Forget the Snakes on a Plane blog, we can’t wait for the Stephen King desktop webcam. Christ, Steve! That semi-colon is totally out of place!
Solo Performance: In 1958, Saul Levine built a radio station, now known as K-Mozart, or KMZT-FM (105.1). Today, it’s worth at least $100 million. But Levine’s not selling.
Levine’s stubbornness has made L.A. the only city in the country that still has more than one full-time broadcast classical music station. Suck on that, Clear Channel.