Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Transmedia Storytelling Article

For those who are interested, here is a link to Henry Jenkins' "Transmedia Storytelling" article he penned for MIT Technology Review. 


"YMCA" as performed by the Lord of the Rings characters

Whoever edited this video must have had a lot of time on their hands!


More Br Ba

Since the focus seems to be on Breaking Bad, I though that I would toss this out for everyone. Breaking Bad just feels right in so many ways - maybe it is due to the five-act structure.

The West Wing: NBC's Cavalcade of Stars

I am reviewing Janet McCabe's book on The West Wing for my final paper, as well as finishing watching the final episodes of the series on Netflix. Even before Sorkin and others left the show, it has been remarkable to see who has appeared over the years in regular or guest appearances, beyond the ensemble cast of Bradley Whitford, Dule Hill, John Spencer, Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, Rob Lowe, Janel Moloney, Joshua Malina, and Martin Sheen.

Some of the Hollywood heavyweights and welterweights I have spotted:
Stockard Channing
Elisabeth Moss
Mary-Louise Parker
Gary Cole
Marlee Matlin

Lily Tomlin
John Goodman
James Cromwell
Adam Arkin
Alan Alda
Jimmy Smits
Kristen Chenoweth
Glenn Close
Matthew Perry
Christian Slater
Timothy Busfield
Milo O'Shea
William Fichtner
Teri Polo
Oliver Platt
Mary Kay Place
Clark Gregg
Mark Harmon
Connie Britton
Terry O'Quinn
Ed O'Neill
Ted McGinley
Hal Holbrook
James Brolin
Taye Diggs
Edward James Olmos
Jane Lynch

O.K., so maybe I had to consult IMDb to confirm/learn the names of "What's his face?". Playing "Name That Actor" can become maddening while watching the show itself. My point is that there is so much triangulation happening of really smart, savvy actors with other movies and television programs on The West Wing. This show must have been quite a draw for actors working a decade ago in Tinsel Town. A corollary can be found with Grey's Anatomy. When the curtain slides back on the patient du jour in the exam room, the audience never knows which famous or vaguely familiar face will appear (replete with makeup to look like they have a goiter protruding from their necks). Speaking of Grey's, Dr. Richard Webber (James Pickens, Jr.), the chief of surgery, shows up on The West Wing as the mayor of Washington, D.C., arguing for school vouchers--as a Democrat.

Who said the variety show with the parade of famous faces is over in this era of television? Seeing multiple Oscar nominees and winners on the list, I have to think of Amy Poehler's joke as host of the Golden Globes Award Show (along with Tina Fey):

"Only at the Golden Globes do the beautiful people of film rub shoulders with the rat-faced people of television."

Apparently she is not a fan of The West Wing, where it happens weekly.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Best to Worst 'Trek' Films According to Fans

Fans polled at (I think?) the country's biggest Trek con vote Kahn #1, Into Darkness #13, and Galaxy Quest #7...

Can't argue much with the top 7, though I'd shuffle them around just a bit. IGN's full coverage here.

"Breaking Bad's" "Star Trek" Scene Animated

Read all about how the scene came about here (on Vulture).