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Weekly Blend #332 – Fervent Fanbases, Old Sport

podcast332It’s Gatsby time! The latest adaptation of the classic novel comes from Baz Luhrmann, a divisive name in entertainment, who Rafe is predisposed to dislike. So how does he wind up giving Gatsby, and what issues does Thomas take with the adaptation? Have a listen to find out. We also discuss Disney’s plans for adapting Into the Woods (or, as we call it, the next Johnny Depp weirdness project), the bizarre images spilling forth from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and join in on the debate about celebrities like Kristen Bell and Zach Braff using Kickstarter to fund projects, and how that model may appeal more to fervent fanbases than the current studio-dominated system. Co-host: Thomas.

Weekly Blend #332 – Fervent Fanbases, Old Sport
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  • http://twitter.com/wordforger Luis A. Ramirez

    Once again ageism creeps up in the discussion of older actors. I’ve never been a believer in the idea that “galloping around the cosmos is a game for the young”. And while it is possible for someone to go past their prime, I don’t think that age should be the only determining factor. Remember Rafe, you liked “The Crystal Skull” starring septuagenarian Harrison Ford.

    As for Kickstarter debate, I’m not against Zach Braff seeking funds from the public. I look at Kickstarter as an evolution of the patronage system. Instead of waiting for a commission from an individual or, in this modern day, a movie studio, an artist can go universal and ask the world via the internet for support. And being a recognizable name gives the project a certain amount of credibility for its worth. That point was immediately made in that more people supported Braff than they did Melissa Joan Hart, who also attempted and failed at a Kickstarter bid, because people didn’t believe in her or her product. Kickstarter and the openness of the internet takes away the decision from the few executives in movie studios or music companies in presenting what they think you want to see and hear and open the doors for a worldwide audience to decide.

    Kickstarter shouldn’t be seen as for the less financially viable. That completely denounces the idea of a free internet. You could make your decision to not give Braff money because you know that he could finance the film himself, but why should he denied services that should be available to all.

    I. perhaps naively, also believe in the concept that the “cream rises to the top.” If you put out a product that is worth something then you will find an audience that will support you in your endeavors. Admittedly there are those who are better financially prepared and have the time and resources to be able to put out a more solid product, but I think the world is big enough to give everyone a chance. And the internet and Kickstarter make it all the more easier. To quote The Field of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come.”

    Glad I kept this short.

  • http://www.widescreenwarrior.com talnhess

    Apparently, I have to go back and listen to my own show. Where did ageist comments come in this time?

  • http://twitter.com/wordforger Luis A. Ramirez

    Schwarzenegger’s skin being more leathery than the jacket he wears seemed like an ageist comment to me. But perhaps you were just referring to his looks? Still the comment was in reference to his failed movie return in “The Last Stand”.

  • http://www.widescreenwarrior.com talnhess

    Yeah, I guess I meant that more about visible appearance, but it is linked to age as well. Look at Eastwood – he looks a bit like tough leather, but he’s redefined himself as a dramatic star. Ahnold is still trying to be an action star, but he looks too dry and aged to pull it off well. His redefinition came in the form of politics, and I think trying to go back is a mistake – not so much because of his age as because it’s going to come across as a parody of his prior work.

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