Why, it’s Ashleigh – my former assistant/occasional vegetarian dinner companion/arch-nemesis. Notice something different about her? That’s right. She’s married!
After trying to duck me for the past three months, my persistence (and phone calls at all hours of the night) finally paid off and she agreed to meet me for lunch at a neutral location: Chez Meme, a place we used to order from all the time back when we were working on Stargate.
We both went with our old favorite, the pear, brie, and walnut on baguette. Boy, that took me back. I even ate some of her fries. It was just like old times! Anyway, between the sandwiches and the desserts (a creme brûlée for her and a chocolate marquise for me) we covered the recent exciting developments in our lives (my wonderful year in Toronto, her summer as a Qingyi with the Peking Opera). We also talked Stargate and she mentioned how much she missed Carl. Carl! She sounds like Akemi who spent all of three months with the guy last year and now speaks of Carl with a fondness usually reserved for family members and beloved pets. I mean, seriously. WTF?
After lunch, I walked her back to her car (despite three successive attempts to give me the slip) and we discussed getting together on a regular basis. She suggested I wait for her call. I countered with two dinners and one lunch a week. We settled on I would wait for her call.
Came across this article the other day: Tech is tarnishing Tinseltown. It’s an interesting read but with little in the way of surprises, especially for those of us who, for years, have been discussing the changing face of ratings and profit specifically with regard to Stargate: Universe and the Stargate franchise. The author talks about Hollywood’s recent hard times, the result of plummeting DVD sales and the not-so-coincidental rise of internet streaming services. And, as much as many in the industry don’t want to admit it, it aint gonna get any brighter. DVD will NOT be making a comeback and attempts to stem online piracy, even if successful, will not usher a return to the glory days. As the article points out: “Not one of the media sectors restructured by the Internet or digital technology has managed to rebuild itself to its previous size. Not recorded music, radio, or newspapers. More and more it looks like it’s Hollywood’s turn to get a haircut.” The reality is that, rather than force the technology to fit the long-standing paradigm, we need to throw the old paradigm out the window and rebuild by embracing these new technological developments; find a way to exploit and maximize rather than reshape. The bottom line is consumers value convenience. They want to watch what they want when they want and – increasingly – how they want. And whoever figures out the best way to deliver that stands to make a lot of money.
A reminder to all you
masochists members of our Supermovie of the Week Club (in which we review and discuss a different superhero-themed film each week!) that our guest reviewer, and Supermovie of the Week Club host Cookie Monster, will be dropping by on Monday to give us his review of this week’s pick: Condorman. I know, I know. It’s been a pretty rough start given that we’re screening these movies in chronological order but just think – we’ll watch suspect movies like Condorman and Superman III now so that we can enjoy brilliant, more contemporary entries like Daredevil and Elektra later. So track down a copy of Condorman and take part in Monday’s discussion. After all, you wouldn’t want to miss –