Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Word around the water cooler

It's been a while since I've written good blind industry gossip. But I've heard a few things in recent days that range from kinda interesting to sorta interesting. So what the heck.

Reunited and it feels so good: Cinematic versions of TV shows continue to have Hollywood in a death grip. The A-Team. Gilligan's Island. And now this. After repeated false starts, word is these 1990s icons will finally reconvene for a movie. Of course, by the time it hits the theaters, it'll be nearly 20 years since these friends were relevant. Perhaps they'll do it in 3D. That would be pretty cool.

Someone's not gonna be an OWNer: Last week TheWrap reported that Oprah's long-awaited, seemingly-imaginary network named a triumvirate to head up programming. My source tells me one of these three ain't going anywhere. Considering that OWN runs a press release on every hire short of the janitor -- but still has nothing about any of these "hires" -- there might be something to this. Either that, or this person is an outstanding fibber.

It's just not Fair: Word is a certain production company has found a new way of securing cheap labor in bad economic times...not paying them at all. They've been calling in applicants vying for an assistant gig at the company and asking them to "try out for the day" answering phones/writing coverage while they interview other people right in front of them. After the day is done, they get a "We'll be in touch" and zero pay.

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Anonymous said...

I agree. Violating labor law is all too common in The Industry. These big wigs make all this money and screw some poor guy or gal trying to pay rent. Shame!

Anonymous said...

Just call it a "hunch," but its Patriot Pictures

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