This will be the only time I will ever shill for this program on this blog. But I have just produced a podcast for Critical Distance. Subscription links to subscribe via iTunes as well as the cast credits and show notes will be at the website weekly as more episodes are released. So sit back and listen to many of my fellow associates that have been linked to my site. It was a shaky start but I am certain once we all get into the routine of things this will be a pantheon for intelligent conversations on a medium we all care about immensely. For now you can head over to the RSS link to listen to the podcast: http://critical-distance.mypodcast.com/rss.xml
Archive for April, 2009
A note before I begin this Blogs of the Round Table post, you may have noticed that there is a drought of content on this site. This was mentioned before at the beginning of this month. The main reason—aside from poor time management—is that these last weeks of April mark the final weeks of the semester. As I am preoccupied with papers, presentations, and undergraduate grading my time has become criminally limited. I will try to post at least once a week, but until mid-May I will be predisposed with other responsibilities for the coming weeks. With that in mind, let us begin this BoRT entry. Read the rest of this entry ?
While attending one of my business-entertainment seminars we were on the subject of contracts, more specifically actor contracts negotiation. Basically, the discussion culminated to how actors and their agents bargain for salary ceiling and so forth. It eventually culminated to one student—possibly future industry agent—asking a question that I will now paraphrase:
Student: If say a high salary actor [insert celebrity] can bargain for $25 million in his contract for a movie, why would he decide to risk a lower salary for a less successful film?
Professor: You have to understand, actors are also artists.
I have to apologize for the dry run of activity on this blog. As the final weeks of class are on the horizon and I have been busy with some personal matters, you—neglected reader—probably have been wondering what has happened? Well, fret no more because I have been pondering some new exciting material for the site once the summer season sets in. In the mean time I thought a little fun post would suffice. I meant to post this story a couple of weeks ago when it was timelier but alas my procrastination and oversight have failed me once again. Rather than wait another year to finally make this little critique public, I feel that since it recently snowed in my hometown of Chicago I feel that this story is quite appropriate, offering no better opportunity to investigate one our the earliest videogame movies: Harold Ramis’s comedy classic Groundhog Day. Read the rest of this entry ?