With summer movie season fast approaching, things are about to get exciting, expensive, and perhaps even a little nauseating — 2016’s trend of sequels left me no longer able look at a colon (:) without throwing up a little inside. Nevertheless, there are plenty of fascinating predictions to be made, none of which will happen here, because these are the Alternative Summer Movie Season Predictions… (more…)
You don’t have to look far to find someone making a case for this being a ‘Golden Age of Television’. It’s an argument that, frankly, you can get tired of hearing, and while comedy has reaped the benefits of modern multi-platform viewing — such as greater creative freedom, higher representation, and a rise of both the dramatic and the surreal — let’s get a little more specific here…
Let’s talk observational comedy. We as audiences will always, more than anything else, want to see ourselves and our daily obstacles reflected by those that take the stage. We want to laugh things off; to feel that we’re not alone, and stand-up comedy has always, and will always, provide us with this release. (more…)
Wandering the streets of Hollywood, I get to meet some interesting characters from the industry who are totally 100% real… ahem… Well, today was a special treat as I got to catch up with acclaimed movie poster designer Biglington Phillips (or Big Phil for short). He shared with me a few tricks of the trade, as well as some advice for any aspiring movie poster designers out there. (more…)
You might recognise Jess and Tucker as the main characters’ best friends in every romantic comedy ever made. Whether diverging from the main story to follow Tucker’s quest to ‘get some’, or watching Jess’ one scene at the end of Act 2 where she tells the female lead to “get drunk and forget about him”— they are mainstays of the genre.
I recently had the opportunity to interview Jess and Tucker at the annual genre archetypes convention (other characters present included a mean girlfriend, a quirky boss, and Jennifer Aniston): (more…)