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Man Pushes Netflix Account To The Max, Watches 252 Movies In 30 Days

By Chris Morran on June 5, 2012 12:34 PM

Are you a Netflix customer who feels like you don’t always get the most of your $7.99/month for unlimited streaming video? Well, one man decided to put Netflix and himself to the test by watching more than 400 hours of video in a month.

Mark Malkoff, who previously tested New Yorkers’ willingness to do anything for a free taxi ride and thelimits of Apple store hospitality, started his Netflix movie-thon on April 16.

In the first week alone, he watched 60 films for a total of 95.55 hours. In fact, he says he didn’t leave his Queens apartment for a stretch of 155 hours that week, though he did manage to get Jason London, star of the Richard Linklater classic Dazed and Confused to pop by and provide running commentary on the film — and a shoulder rub.

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TVWRITER™ SUMMER INTERN WANTED

TVWriter™ is looking for a hard working, snarky, pseudo-ironic wordsmith to go through entertainment/TV news sites, find the most important news of the day, and then post it here and/our on our Facebook page and in our Twitter account in the most annoyingly smug way possible.

Well, not quite that annoyingly or smugly, but if you’re suitable for the gig you get the point.

You can work from home, or if you live in the Seattle area you can come over to TVWriter™ central and hang once in awhile. (Speaking of annoyingly smug, that “TVWriter™” thing certainly fits the bill, doesn’t it? Sorry.)

Must know the basics of WordPress blogging, be a master of Twitterly 140 characters-or-less expression, and make LB laugh.

We don’t pay (damn cheapass place won’t pay anybody for anything) in $$$ but offer free tuition in the TVWriter™ Basic Online Workshop or some really good, “When you’re in L.A., talk to this person and this person and this person” type stuff (that LB usually gives out anyway if you just look at him in a way vaguely resembling the way his golden lab, Dixie, does) and various other mentorship perks.

Interested and ambitious geniuses can get in touch with us here

Time Now for the Most Chilling TV News of the Day

…And it’s not: Mads Mikkelsen To Play Hannibal Lecter In NBC Series ‘Hannibal’

Or: MTV Movie Awards Down From Last Year

Or even: ICM Partners Hires Warner Bros Exec To Run New Digital Strategy Division

It’s:

THE STAR WARS: UNDERWORLD SERIES MIGHT NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR THE YOUNGLINGS

by Jamie Frevele | 2:47 pm, June 4th

While we all patiently wait for any news concerning Lucasfilm‘s Star Wars TV series, Star Wars: Underworld, here is something to tide us over: it might be a little racier than the movies. As in, producer Rick McCallum is comparing the planned stories to ones on the level of an FXseries. FX. They curse there. They kill there. They show butts, too, and sideboob. After the jump, find out more about what kind of sideboob we’re going to see on Boba Fett.

We all know the budget of this thing is huge — $5 to 6 million per episode — which is not pocket change, even for Lucasfilm, but still a challenge if they want to do more than one of these. But budget aside, McCallum has said that some are concerned about the proposed content of the show, and how it might not be appropriate for the kind of audience the original films sought out — the younger set. No, little Johnny and Jane might have to put on earmuffs for this one. Says McCallum:

“Our biggest problem is that these stories are adult. I mean…these are like Deadwood in space. It so unlike anything you’ve ever associated with George [Lucas] before in relation to Star Wars. These aren’t for kids. I mean, we hope they’ll watch, but it’s not being targeted at 8-to-9 year old boys.”

We’re all for tearing up the envelope, but “These aren’t for kids?!”

WTF?

Further proof, your honor, that George Lucas needs to go the way of Britney Spears.

It’s time for a conservatorship. Pronto.

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Logos, We’ve Got Logos

(And a tip of the TVWriter™ hat to the first person who knows why the “We’ve got…” phrase means something in the history of U.S. TV.)

Chuck Fox, websman extraordinaire, came up with not one, not two, but three really cool logos for this site. It was a bitch to decide between them. In fact, I’m still tempted to set everything so all three appear randomly on various pages and posts here.

Since I probably won’t do that (not that I think visitors can’t handle it but because I know it’ll confuse the bejesus out of me), I’m showing them here.

Oohs and ahs welcomed.

LOVIN’ THE MAKEOVER MOMENT AT TVWRITER™

by Larry Brody

Today is a big day for me. It’s the Official Opening Day for the new TVWriter.Com website.

Lots of changes, including:

A complete redesign!

A new name!

A new logo and favicom to go with the new name!

(What, the favicom thingie doesn’t do it for you? After how hard I struggled to get it right? Damn…!)

We went for the redesign for several reasons.

I’ve always thought the previous design was great, which is why we kept it for about a dozen years. But a dozen years? That’s three high school/college generations. On the interwebs, anything that old is ancient history.

And seeing something I’d seen for so long everyday left me feeling flat as a creator. The static page set-up created boundaries that made me feel constrained. The whole concept of a “company site” made me feel constrained. So we’ve switched to a more contemporary blog model, where I feel freer about presenting myself as, well, as me, talking to you – and listening too.

I’ll be posting thoughts, answers to your questions (which means you’ve got to ask ’em), articles, news items, snippets, and lots of video as frequently as I can while making sure it all feels like fun. And I’m inviting current and former visitors and students to blog about their experiences trying (and so often succeeding) to make it in the Big Badass Showbiz World. Just thinking about what we’re up to energizes me. Nothing LB likes better than taking life into the future. Nothing I appreciate more than ambition.

It’s your ambition that matters most. TVWriter is here to aid and abet your climb to the top of the writing food chain. When I started out, back in the prehistoric 1960s, I was lucky enough to learn on the job from a variety of talented, smart, and sometimes even wise mentors. Now it’s time to give back. Which I can do only if you USE this site. Keep on coming by and help us all.

Speaking of ambition, we’re changing the name from TVWriter.Com to TVWriter. One reason for that is overwhelming vanity/ambition because, hell, this is Big Badass Showbiz and I’m that kind of guy. Another reason is that it seemed silly to call this place TVWriter.Com when it’s sprawled out over a mess of URLs including tvwriter.com, tvwriter.com, screenandtvwriting.com, televisionwriting.com, and several more.

And, yes, there’s a practical and, I admit, promotional reason as well. Many of today’s social apps got totally deranged by the .Com thing in our former name and would automatically insert links in the middle totally screwing things up. TVWriter they get. (And TVWriter™ too.)

I’ve got to get back to work, which means playing with this new site. I hope you’ll come back and play too. Today is, indeed, a big day for me.

But the most important thing is for it to become a big day for you.