Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The press release read in part:
Los Angeles (January 26, 2009) -- The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors by written assent today terminated the employment of Doug Allen and appointed former Guild general counsel David White to replace him as interim national executive director. The board further appointed longtime Guild senior advisor John T. McGuire as chief negotiator.
The board also disbanded the TV/Theatrical Negotiating Committee and directed that it be replaced with a Taskforce directed to complete these negotiations on behalf of the board of directors.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Here is the official SAG Awards website
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
From IMDb -
Iger Weathers Recession
20 January 2009 1:38 AM, PST
The Walt Disney Co. reported in its annual proxy statement that CEO Robert Iger received total compensation of more than $30.6 million last year, representing an 11 percent raise from the previous year. While his salary remained at $2 million, he also received $7.77 million in stock awards and a $13.9-million bonus.Iger's stock options were valued at $5.98 million, while other compensation came to $773,090.
Monday, January 19, 2009
TV fans may recognize David from Boston Legal where he played the memorable, Lincoln Meyer. He also writes a weekly blog/column, that as I've said before, is sometimes poignant, often hilarious and always insightful, about his experiences in the entertainment industry. That blog can be found HERE.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
As for me though, here are a couple of completely amorphous and unquantifiable goals for me this year:
1) Get in shape - this means the usual: eating better, working out more. For now, thanks to a lingering shoulder injury, "working out" means mostly running. Ugh. I've never really been a fan of running. I've always thought of running as a means to an end (i.e. getting to third base, running a fast break, heck, even playing tag), rather than an end in itself. But, at least for awhile, running will be helping me to keep this resolution. And, who know, maybe I'll end up liking it?
2) Stay positive - The entertainment industry is a tough nut to crack. And especially now, given all of the uncertainty with the SAG contract, there are a lot of things to frustrate one trying to break in and get established. Exacerbating this is that unlike many arenas I've been in (sports, school, most 'normal' businesses), working very hard does not necessarily correlate with a high level of success. There are so many variables that impact, or can impact, success in this town: who you know, how you look, where you're from, being in the right place at the right time... Some things you can control and some you can't. It seems to me that the only thing I can do is work hard to prepare myself so that if and when I do get that opportunity, I can make the most of it.
Sooooo, coming back to my resolution: I will try not to get too down during the bumps on this roller-coaster ride. I will try to surround myself with positive people. I will take new classes and workshops. And I will spend more time in the beautiful California outdoors -- wearing shorts outside in January certainly lifts the spirits!
Monday, January 12, 2009
"Hey Jeff, I know that you no longer reside in Chicago, however I was contacting you regarding a shoot you did last year for Abbott Molecular. They are looking to extend usage—I year trade and internet (on their website). I wanted to get the “ok” from you before moving forward. Please let me know if you agree to the terms and let me know ASAP..."
Um, ok! I had already forgotten about that project, so of course they can keep using it. Between that and my recent Fantasy Football championship winnings... Thank goodness for unexpected income sources. Whoo-hoo!
Friday, January 9, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
So from 10 to 1, here goes:
10) My Kid Could Paint That - Gets us asking "what is art?" Do yourself a favor and rent this doc about a child art 'prodigy' on DVD, then make sure to watch the 25 minute follow-up. As much a story about the conflict in the filmmaker as it is about the subject.
9) Mamma Mia! - I don't typically like movie musicals, I wasn't a huge ABBA fan, and I'm not crazy about the cast, so that set my expectations pretty low. But, it was a lot of fun, and the beautiful Greek islands backdrop didn't hurt.
8) WALL-E - One of the more profound animated films I've ever seen. Pixar does it again!
7) The King of Kong - absurdly poignant documentary about 80's video games and the men that play them. NOTE: a brilliant (but not official) companion piece to this film called Chasing Ghosts is now playing on Showtime, but not yet on DVD.
6) The Bank Job - Jason Statham is great as the leader of a good old-fashioned bank heist. Based on a true story, it's set in London in 1971, and very cool.
5) Iron Man - For me, more satisfying than the higher profile Dark Knight. Robert Downey Jr. is perfect.
4) Young @ Heart - This doc about an elderly group of singers that covers rock and roll songs is entertaining, uplifting and guaranteed to tug at the heart strings.
3) Slumdog Millionaire - Fresh and full of spirit, action and stirring performances. This love story plays like a thriller.
2) The Diving Bell & The Butterfly - A powerfully moving, but not overly sentimental, look at what remains when it seems all is lost.
1) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Not a typical David Fincher movie (and I love typical David Fincher movies!) And for my money, not a typical movie at all. I thought the storytelling and acting were first-rate, and the CGI aging effects were amazing and seamless.
Others from 2008 I enjoyed a lot: In Bruges, Revolutionary Road, The Dark Knight, The Reader, The Strangers, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Step Brothers, Doubt, Valkyrie, and Rachel Getting Married
So, that's that. Like I said, not a "best of" list, I'll leave that to the pros. But, feel free to post your own favorites, or just question my sanity...