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by Legendary Lew
I don’t care if Hollywood rots.
We’ve already seen sexual harassment and abuse allegations pour out into the media and we’re supposed to be shocked–SHOCKED, I SAY–that all of these transgressions have occurred.
Please wake up.
The term “casting couch” was coined over 100 years ago and guess what? It still means the same today as it did back then.
Weinstein, Price, Spacey, Affleck, Woody Allen, Gibson, Singer…do you think we are anywhere near the end of the list?
Not even close. Why? Because this problem is systemic. Just as The Catholic Church adopted a method of hiding sexual predators away from outside interference, Hollywood has the system of career damage and legal liabilities to protect against accusations.
What’s frankly more amazing are the excuses I’m reading and hearing.
So far in recent days, there have been the following pathetic retorts to sexual harassment and abuse charges:
* “You’re damaging an entire industry!” (Barbara Walters to Corey Feldman on his pedophile accusations)
* He’s 93 years old and his hand slips down (G.H.W. Bush)
* I was drunk/am recovering substance abuser (multiple times)
* I’m coming to terms with my gayness
* It was many years ago
* Some of/all the women are liars
* They were in this industry and should have known what they were getting into
* She dressed inappropriately
You get the idea. I’m not even going to continue listing any more, because there are as many excuses as there are abusers.
Does this mean that everyone in the film industry is an abuser or an enabler? No.
What it does mean is that there are no effective systems in place keeping horrible people from entering positions of stature. Once those persons make money for the Hollywood studio system, they get protected. As long as everyone is fat and happy, as during the golden days of the The Weinstein Company, almost everybody shuts their traps–even those fighting against other forms of discrimination.
This scenario will happen again and again unless we, as consumers of movie product (because, honestly, that’s how the studios see us) take action.
Do you view WalMart, McDonalds, Amazon, Nestle, BP or other corporations with moral apprehension? Do you boycott them?
Do you view what’s happening right now in Hollywood with the same level of disgust?
If so, then it’s long past time to boycott them.
But Lew, does this mean I should stop watching Oscar-winning or Emmy-winning works from the likes of Woody Allen, Mel Gibson, Casey Affleck, Weinstein Studios, Kevin Spacey?
Yes. FUCKING YES.
Stop protecting these people because they’ve created “great art.” Music producer Phil Spector created some of the most amazing music I’ve ever heard. Does that mean I want him, a convicted killer, to get out of prison and produce another record?
Hell no! His days are done. There are other great producers out there who aren’t criminals. Give them a chance.
Same with Hollywood. Who knows how many great talents were chased out of that town, because they saw or experienced first hand the exploitation that goes on.
If you want that to change, YOU have to be the change. Tear it down.
by Legendary Lew
Best Actor: Some Guy
Best Actress: Some Gal
Best Supporting Actor: Some Other Guy
Best Supporting Actress: Some Other Gal
Best Original Song: Some Generic Tune You’ll Despise After Hearing It for the Tenth Time
Best Special Effects/Visual Effects: Some Billion-Dollar Budgeted Slam Bang Movie Designed to do Well in China
Best Makeup, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Effects: See Best Special Effects…
Best Adapted Screenplay: Some Script from an Original Source That’s Probably Much Better than the Film Adaptation
Best Original Screenplay: Some Morsel Tossed to a Film That’s Probably the Truly Best Film of the Lot, But Won’t Win Best Picture, Because the Studios Can’t Make Enough Money on It
Best Director: Some Poor Sod Who Actually Thinks the Oscar Will Bring Him/Her the Clout He Needs to Make “Important” Films and Change Hollywood, But Will End Up Either Becoming a Hack or a Mental Patient When Reality Sets In.
Best Picture: A Future $3.99 Special at Wal-Mart. LOW, LOW PRICES!!
The above choices and opinions are those of Legendary Lew ONLY and do not necessarily reflect those of the rest of The Underground Multiplex.
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by Legendary Lew
An increased number of YouTube content creators are joining forces to inform the public about how badly copyright claims on YouTube are being mismanaged. From false claims with no penalties to the open invitations to steal moneys from channels, the current system of DMCA is being badly abused, all in the name of “piracy.”
If you create anything, especially something being shared online, you owe it to yourself to watch this very informative video from The Nostalgia Critic. And also, tell your elected officials to stop the TPP.
by Legendary Lew
And if you think that headline about Matt Damon is unbelievable, you need not be reminded of this:
by Legendary Lew
The 35th annual Golden Raspberry Award nominations have been announced with the expected emphasis on works touched by perennial Razzie fav, Michael Bay.
TyPi, Mountain Drew and I will talk more about those films and persons nominated, but I want to quickly present some quick thoughts on the noms.
Where the hell is The Interview?! Completely shut out? Really?! Razzie voters: is this a “patriotic” move on your part? Did you protect our national security?
Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas would have been completely forgotten, instead of getting 6 nominations, if voters did not fall for the nonsense Kirk Cameron dished up to get further self promotion. Well played, Kirk, well played.
Johnny Depp overlooked for Transcendence. A shocker, really.
Worst Supporting Actor category is the weakest I’ve seen and, once again, an example of how the voters don’t know what they’re doing. Shaquille O’Neal is not a supporting actor. He makes a cameo twice. There’s a difference. O’Neal’s appearance is not integral to the film. A more logical choice would have been Terry Crews, in an incredibly racist pseudo-narrator/commentator on Sandler/Barrymore’s pointless romance. Other more logical nominees are Neil Patrick Harris, A Million Ways to Die in the West; Rob Corddry, Sex Tape; Danny Glover, Rage; Giovanni Ribisi, A Million Ways to Die in the West.
Charlize Theron may win, undeservedly, worst actress for A Million Ways to Die in the West, when the film should have been about her. Megan Fox should have been nominated in this category, as she’s actually who Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows for the plot to unfold. She is incredibly unconvincing as a journalist, which means she’ll be on the payroll of Fox News momentarily. For me, it’s a toss up between her and Cameron Diaz for Sex Tape.
On the subject of least convincing roles, Lizzy Caplan certainly fit that bill as a CIA agent for her role in The Interview. She should have been nominated for worst supporting actress.
Jonathan Liebesman directed some good scenes in TMNT, which I think is way over-represented in the Razzie noms. (yes, that movie surprised me). There’s no way that Frank Coraci (Blended), Jake Kasdan (Sex Tape) or Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen (The Interview) should have been left out–especially the latter. The Interview feels like two different films pasted together with Elmer’s School Glue.
If A Million Ways to Die is not a worst pic nominee because it looks better than it deserves, then TMNT should not be there either. Forget giving Kirk Cameron an extra 15 minutes of fame, also. Voters, you were able to sit through Blended, Sex Tape, A Haunted House 2 and Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return better than the movies you nominated.
Transcendence and The Interview both definitely deserved screenplay noms.
This year, The Razzies introduced the Razzie Redeemer Award, which I believe is a clumsy way of trying to get stars to appear at a decades-old institution award ceremony. A better way of honoring these types of movies and performances is to recognize those with the best potential of cult movie greatness. If I were nominating, the movie with the best cult potential would be Left Behind, an unintentional laugh-riot that stands apart from other films like Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, which to me is literally unwatchable. Honor those actors who you would watch regardless of how good or bad a movie is. My first two nominees for that category would be Nicolas Cage and Sigourney Weaver.
We’ll return online soon with the next episode of Mediatrocities to discuss these nominees!
by Legendary Lew
What time is it? It’s Razzies time! You’ve just gotten over your two-week NYE hangover and now it’s time to look those awful brain-poisoners in the eye for one more time.
Legendary Lew, TyPi and Drew come to you fresh from “enjoying” some of the shortlist nominees about to be competing for the rottenest of awards, The Razzies. The nominations for the perennial non-favorites are due to be announced tomorrow, save for any last minute hacks by some screwballs.
Give a listen as we muddle through what dreck we’ve seen and speculate on what should be nominated. This program is NSFW, but scientifically proven to clean and disinfect.
Oscar-Nominated Director Lexi Alexander Supports File-Sharing & Copyright Reform in One of the Best Damn Posts Ever Written on the Subject
by Legendary Lew
Alexander does a brilliant job calling out Hollywood for its faults, while also venting her frustration with pirates who belittle the art of filmmaking. I urge you to read her entire post on file-sharing, but I want to share with you this great passage from her post:
“We’re at the point where a studio consciously makes a shitty sequel, about which the filmmaker publicly states that he knows it’s shit (I don’t have to mention his name, you all know him) but that he couldn’t give two fucks…because all those stupid people out there will go buy a ticket anyway (and they did, as we now know)…File-sharers on the other hand don’t have a dog in this fight. They just care about good entertainment. That’s what I love about torrent sites, their illegal status has one huge advantage: No studio manipulation or propaganda. Go on any legal site and you’re instantly bombarded with “a-five-star-adventure” slogan pulled from reviews published in outlets whose main income is…you guessed it: Movie Studio advertisements. You know what it takes for an indie movie, which doesn’t get the reviews or the marketing budget, to stand out from all that crap? Word of mouth. Guess who can give you the strongest word of mouth campaign ever? That’s right, file sharers. Don’t believe me? Google UNTHINKABLE, MAN FROM EARTH, INK, etc.
Oh, Lexi, I love you!
Alexander points out that she’s one of the few vocal proponents of file-sharing (thank you, Lexi, for not calling it “piracy,” a term I thought was dumb to use from the beginning). The file-sharing fight will become a major irony in a few years, because 1) some Hollywood people support her views and are closeted about them so they already exist and share files, and 2) Hollywood will have to eventually deal with the existence of a fully-functioning torrent system that can evade all attempts to shut them all down. As I’ve mentioned in the past here on TUGM, most of Hollywood doesn’t understand they are missing out on PR opportunities supporting free torrent sites instead of their “cloud”streaming ripoffs. Alexander touches on this topic as well.
The Hollywood system of production and distribution sucks and is a reason to stop watching Hollywood movies.
Here’s a clip of director Lexi Alexander speaking to MSU students: