Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Whatever motivates Mr. Tom Hanks, I choose to believe it's not just about him. And I thank him for producing his next movie Larry Crowne right here in Los Angeles. Good on you Mr. Hanks. And when the time comes, I will be standing first in line at the box office. And by then, 2011, maybe enough people will be reading this blog and will be in line behind me.
I heard a rumor that Mr. Hanks could have saved $10 million by filming in Paris. So, when you see Larry Crowne shooting in your neighbor, say welcome to the crew and "can I get you a cold drink or a hot fudge sundae."
Monday, April 26, 2010
It took a lot of money and people like Hefner, Spielburg and Hanks to save the iconic Hollywood sign. But now it will remain to remind us of the natural resource that is the entertainment industry in California. It is up to all of us to make certain it doesn't become a relic of past glories, but a vital reminder of what is.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
The first TV comedy is Monk on the USA TV Network. Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk is a consultant to a police department, hired for his brilliant investigative skills. The problem is that Monk has an obsessive compulsive disorder which makes him very endearing and also very conflicted. For someone with OCD it may be painful to watch, but Monk is such a sympathetic character that he may even be responsible for creating some understanding about the disease. And that's a good thing. Just give it a chance, if you're stuck at home on a Friday night, or DVR it. Monk airs every Friday at 9 PM. Oh, and just so you know, the series ends in December 2010. More people out of a job.
The second TV comedy is Two & One-half Men, although it is close to being three men, because the kid is growing up. The series is less about a story line and more about funny one liners, but those set jokes are delivered with impeccable timing. With all of the headlines about Charlie Sheen's personal troubles, there are rumors that this show isn't going forward either, at least production was put on hold while he's in rehab.. What a shame Charlie's a talented guy with issues. I wanted to see what that kid was going to do when he grew up. Monday night at 9 PM on CBS.
Tomorrow, I'll talk about another TV show that's filming here, and a block buster movie that will also be shot on the streets of LA. Just remember, when you see a film crew on the street, thank them, they are going to help keep police on the street, teachers in the schools and fire fighters struggling with the hot dry summer that is coming up.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
So wouldn't it be great if a product actually made in the USA and even better, a product that is a huge industry here in California filmed their commercials here? That would seem to be a no brainer, right? You know those happy cow commercials, where the cows talk to each other and the bulls make suggestive remarks to the lady cows? I have it from a good source that their last commercials were made in New Zeeland? Huh? Why? Are California cows no longer so happy? Even they are out of a job now. Oh well, as least we can take some comfort in the fact that California is the largest dairy state in this country. We produce almost 20% of the total consumed in this country (also 20% of the methane).
But what about Chevy Trucks. They filmed a commercial here last month. Go buy a truck? Well, maybe not, but if you are in the market for a truck, no one makes better trucks than Ford and Chevy (at least my trucker friends say so). How about a Movado watch? They filmed a commercial in Encino. Actually, I have a Movado watch, and I like it very much.
Stay tuned, tomorrow I will give you 2 new shows to watch on TV.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The good news in the eyes of this blogger is that two of the biggest reality tv shows, American Idol and Dancing with the Stars take place right here.
Monday, April 19, 2010
So, if you're not used to slipping off to channel heaven, you are going to have to break out of the mold to support some of these productions.
The first series I want to talk about is not such a huge stretch, it's on Fox. I never watched "24" before I started this blog. I have been missing one of my favorite shows and didn't even know it, and now it's going to be cancelled? Kieffer Sutherland as Jack Bauer, savior of all we hold dear, does just that every season in a single 24 hour period. It's exhausting to think about, exciting to watch. They film all over LA County, and have for years: from Chatsworth to Santa Clarita to Los Angeles. Kieffer is an amazing actor, and I have no problem recommending this production wholeheartedly. It's on tonight on Fox from 9 to 10 PM. It's last episode is May 24, 2010.
So, it's as simple as that. I'm going to see if I can find out how many people the show has regularly employed that are going to be out of work soon.
Friday, April 16, 2010
I've been thinking about what you and I have to offer in exchange for keeping the filming of TV shows and movies in California, and I had a duh moment. I don't know about the rest of you, but I've hit myself over the head many times for not seeing the obvious.
In my store in Woodland Hills, a lot of people look for merchandise made in the USA. They won't buy a garment that is not made here. If you're sensitive to that issue (as we all should be)you'll know that it is not easy finding things made in this country. How sad is that! I make an extreme effort trying to hunt down merchandise made here. It ain't easy.
Here's my duh moment. Why can't we take our people power and try to use it to influence film/TV studios to produce here, simply by trying to go to those movies and watch those TV shows that are made here. In other words, what if we had thousands of people telling a studio or a network that we will watch what you have to offer if you make it here. Now I know there are some issues I'm glossing over. But let's just say we will try; we will consider a 'made in California' movie first; we will take the time to watch a 'made in California' TV show at least once to see if we find it worthwhile/enjoyable.
Next question: How will we know a movie or TV show has been made in California? There is no clothing label on a movie.
Answer: I will tell you.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
- First did you know:
2. Second did you know:
There are actually some productions still filming here. Now we need to find out why some are still filming here and providing jobs to Californians; and then we need to think of ways to grow that number. I have an idea, and it's something we can do.
Meet me here tomorrow.
So I started on a mission to find out why. I'm going to invite you on this journey with me, and please feel free to jump in and add facts to my investigative foray.
You may ask why I am doing this. I have two pretty straight forward answers:
- I'm a small business owner in the Valley, and half of my customers work for or depend on the film and TV industry. When they don't have money, they don't spend money. Simply stated, my business, selling clothing and accessories to women and an occasional man is in the doldrums.
- I'm a full-time volunteer for Susan G. Komen for the Cure; it is my true passion because I am a survivor, and I have daughters and granddaughters and friends I love and I don't want them to go through what I have gone through. With the jobs situation such as it is in California, the State cannot afford to provide screening and diagnosis to uninsured woman. And without jobs, there are lots of people without insurance, or without the money to purchase services like a mamogram. A woman's own health becomes less of a priority when she is trying to feed her children.
Tomorrow I'll tell you a couple of things I have found out already. And I even have an idea what each one of us can do to bring film and TV jobs back to Califonia.