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How producer Jon Peters and a giant spider nearly ruined Superman

June 12, 2013 4 comments

You may notice the name Jon Peters under the Executive Producer heading in this summer’s Man of Steel Superman movie.

Be glad you don’t see it anywhere else in those credits, because the man has a history of being one of the craziest comic book movie producers of all-time.
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The Squadron Sinister: Marvel’s cheap Justice League knock-offs

Marvel's Avengers verus DC's Justice League New 52

Marvel is flying pretty high these days. Their Marvel NOW! initiative has reinvigorated their comics line, and the runaway success of The Avengers and its individual hero movies has left DC Comics scrambling to get a Justice League movie out the door just to keep up.

But it wasn’t always like that.
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Zach Braff’s Kickstarter project challenging the definition of indie crowd sourcing

Zach Braff Kickstarter Movie Wish I Was Here Script

Kickstarter has been a godsend for independent auteurs from all corners of the creative world by facilitating crowd sourced funding for everything from gadgets to hot sauce, and from theatre shows to graphic novels. But some Kickstarter users have drawn fire for not footing their own bills when they seem more than capable of doing so.

Zach Braff, known to TV audiences for his lead role in Scrubs and to film buffs as the man behind Garden State, has turned to Kickstarter to fund his sophomore directing effort, Wish I Was Here. The actor admits he’s had funding offers from other sources, but all of them came with casting or creative provisos.

So instead of pitching his film to a Hollywood exec, Braff asked Kickstarter for $2.1 million to make his movie with no creative strings attached.

And it worked. The writer/actor raised the money in just three days, and he can now proceed with making Wish I was Here the way he wants to make it – outside the traditional Hollywood process.

But is this what Kickstarter should be about?

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How the Writers Guild of America strike of 2007-2008 shaped TV today

April 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Hollywood Writer's Guild of America 2007-2008 Strike

Strikes suck.

Teacher strikes, garbage strikes, and auto worker strikes disrupt daily life in a number of temporarily inconvenient ways, but when the writers of our favourite shows go on strike, it creates a narrative ripple effect that can last for years.

Plotlines get cut. Early draft scripts get used and drag down show quality. Shows go on hiatus, and some never make it back from the layoff.

All that happened in 2007, when the Writers Guild of America (WGA) went on strike and demanded a bigger piece of emerging digital revenues from the entertainment industry.

The WGA spent a total of 14 weeks writing picket signs instead of TV and movie scripts. The dispute was resolved in February 2008, but not before doing a whole lot of bad – and a little bit of good – for the television and film industries.
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Bacon-flavored mania hits a new low with sunscreen, condoms

April 20, 2013 Leave a comment

Greasy Bacon cooking on the grill

Bacon makes everything better, or so the saying used to go, until bacon started escaping our burgers and breakfast plates and making its way into our desserts, our spreads, our clothing, and even our health products.

Now, bacon-mad America has hit full-on swine insanity with the recent introduction of two ridiculous bacon products: bacon-flavored condoms, and bacon-flavored sunscreen.
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