|7/8||Atomic Attack Civil Defense Films||2018|
|7/10||The Panama Papers||2018|
|7/11||Atari: Game Over||2014|
|7/12||The Abyss (Special Edition)||1993|
|7/13||Beyond the Rising Moon||1987|
I know I haven’t posted much on this page over the years, but it’s my plan to change that this year!
I decided to challenge myself to watch at least one new (to me) movie every day in 2019. I already know there are some points where it will be challenging due to upcoming projects, etc., but I’m ready to figure out how to make it happen! I’ll be posting updates at the end of each day with the movie I saw on my Facebook fan page and Twitter for now, but I’ll be posting a weekly summary of the movies I’ve seen here on the blog (probably on Sunday evenings) with select longer commentary either about one of the movies that week or any connecting themes.
In addition, Sundays will become a weekly update day on the blog before too long (figuring out what form that will take), mainly in an effort to force myself to be more productive. I’ll also post more active announcements for my upcoming work with the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company, any new audiobook projects and a few extra things on the horizons that I won’t talk about yet (because I haven’t scheduled them)!
I’m excited and I hope that 2019 will be a big year for all of us! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
With the 66th Annual Emmys upon us, we begin the true awards show season once again. I thought I’d have some fun and pull an old post out of the archive that expresses my true feelings about these ceremonies. Enjoy!
So the Emmys aired last night. After weeks of build-up, people spent all day crowding outside the Nokia Theatre, here in L.A., hoping for a glimpse of their favorite celebrity on the ubiquitous red carpet. Twitter lit up with play-by-play commentary, snarky riffs on what was happening every second of the red carpet and the subsequent hours-long telecast. Now days will be spent obsessing over who won, who lost, who got robbed, who looked good, who behaved well, who was funny, who wasn’t…
Who cares?! Or more to the point, why do we care?
I’m a little torn on this. As an actor, I understand the desire to be recognized by your peers for doing great work, particularly since a lot of us take up this craft and profession to compensate for our own insecurities. (Much as I hate to admit it, I absolutely include myself in that group.) The trophy you get is merely a symbol that says “Hey, we, the people who do this as much as you do, think that you’ve done some amazing things professionally this year and that merits a token of our esteem.”
On the other hand, as a TV viewer, I’m not a big fan of the spectacle that these things have become. I didn’t watch the Emmys this year. That’s not a slam on this year’s host (the incredibly funny Jane Lynch) or the nominees (I’m a fan of most of them). I haven’t watched any awards show in quite a few years. It’s just gotten too ridiculous for me. The musical numbers, the awkward pairing of celebrities who deliver jokes that just don’t land, the stiff applause of those who don’t win while seething with rage and/or tears inside… the endless commercial breaks!!
You cannot swing a dead cat without hitting an awards show these days. Off the top of my head, here’s a short list of awards shows that air their ceremonies on TV:
- Golden Globes
- SAG Awards
- People’s Choice Awards
- Kid’s Choice Awards
- MTV Movie Awards
- Independent Spirit Awards
- Blockbuster Awards (now defunct)
Again, that’s a short list. And that’s just the ones that affect actors directly! There are awards for every part of the industry out there. And many televise their ceremonies. It’s even become a gala event and breaking news when they announce the nominees — that’s right, we’re supposed to get excited to hear them tell us names of the people who only might have a chance of winning.
What can be done about this? How do we return some sensibility to these things? IMHO (and this is a long shot), if they’re going to televise it they should do it like the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Prize Patrol. Throughout a particular day, they should roll an armored truck up to the winner’s house and deliver the award with a bunch of balloons and one of these legendary “swag bags” I’m always hearing about but have never seen. They can televise those without disrupting the normal broadcast schedule or depriving the viewing audience of either the spectacle of an awards show or the programs these people are being recognized for. Done and d–
Excuse me… there’s someone at the door.
OMG! It’s TV’s Jon Cryer with my Emmy Award! I take it all back! This is the greatest day of my life! Outta my way, world, I’M BETTER THAN YOU!!!!
So my friend Trevor Algatt — one of the creators/hosts of the awesome Inside Acting podcast which every actor and their mom should be listening to — asked me to share some tips for folks since I’ve been having what could be seen as some success with the audiobook narration portion of my career. After a time of pondering, I decided to put it into a post here for all to share in and hopefully make me look wiser than I actually am.
I probably should have posted this last week when it happened, but my first commercial audiobook is now available for sale!
The book I narrated is “American Drama in the Age of Film” by Zander Brietzke, currently a professor at Columbia University in New York. It’s a comparative study of great American Plays of the 20th century and their film & TV adaptations. Coming from an long performance background, I found the book engaging in ways I didn’t expect and he has certainly added to my list of films to check out, since I didn’t even know of some of them. I certainly hope my description here — and my narration of the text — do his work justice.
This may surprise some of you out there… but I’m a geek.
Phew. I’m glad I got that out in the open.
As many of you know, the annual San Diego Comic-Con is just around the corner. Why do I mention it? Because I’m not going. While that does suck that even living as close as I do to Nerdvana, I won’t get to partake. And that makes me a little sad.
I had a conversation with a fellow actor the other day and we were talking about conventions in general and SDCC in particular.