I stand by [showrunner] Veena Sud, and risk-taking is what we do; cliffhangers are a staple of TV and a huge part of mysteries. If I could do anything differently, it would be to manage expectations.
Charlie Collier, Present of AMC re: The Killing Finale Reaction | EW.com
While they never outright said they would solve the mystery in one season, managing expectations would have gone a long way.
Earlier today I posted a story about Glee lifting an arrangement of “Yeah” by University of Oregon’s Divisi for use in their NY finale. With the help of some well connected acappella folks, a couple of influential entertainment sites (much love to Pop Eater and Flavorwire), as well as the greater acappella community in general the issue has been rectified.
Original Divisi track producer Peter Hollens (also the husband of the song’s arranger, Evynne Hollens) posted the following on Facebook….
Just got off the phone with a head lawyer with Fox. All is well. Credit will be given and everything is on the up and up. Have to give a HUUUUUGE hand to Ed Boyer for making things happen. Can’t say enough about what he did, his email and his help. Big props to the aca world creating a fuss and making thnigs happen.
Credit where credit is due. Look out for the Divisi inspired track in Tuesday NY finale of Glee and keep supporting student run, amateur, and professional acappella music.
Acappella stalwart Ed Boyer (who arranged and co-recorded the Bubs/Warblers for Glee) posted on Facebook…
For now, let’s just say it’s not a legal issue but a moral (read: PR) issue.
Glee has been informed of their moral/PR mistake and is attempting to right the situation.
So let’s all hold tight for the moment.
Great news. Holding tight…
Ricky Gervais openly disses the American Office’s season finale on his personal blog. Me-ow! (via entertainmentweekly)
Very rarely do you see an executive producer bash his own show.
Yesterday the web got its first taste of the songs that will be featured in next week’s season finale of Glee. Among them was an all female acappella group performing Usher’s “Yeah!” The cover is a rousing, empowered track, especially when sung by a female group. All this would have been fine and…
Sadly, I think the statement that the a cappella community is a “not often heard subculture” hits the root of this injustice on the head. In my mind, I can see the people at Glee shrugging their shoulders and going “who cares?” when it comes to getting the permission of such a niche group for performance on such a mainstream outlet. Does that make it right? No, not at all. But the sad reality is, I’m not sure there’s much that can be done in this case. Still, I hope that Glee takes a hit from all this bad press… and I hope that all of you will help create awareness of what has been done here, even if you are not a part of the a cappella community.
Well said Nicole.
Warner Brothers and the MPAA have pulled The Hangover Part II trailer from theaters. /Film did some sleuthing, to which WB replied “no comment.” Given it comes from the MPAA as well as WB, I’d speculate that it has something to do with the mature nature of the content but who knows.
Is Hangover 2 having production problems or something?
I’d like to start by saying that these are solely my thoughts on the November issue of GQ and the controversy that has surrounded its release. I am not a representative of the three of us, the show, or Fox, only myself.
In the land of Madonna, Britney, Miley, Gossip Girl, other public figures and shows that have pushed the envelope and challenged the levels of comfort in their viewers and fans…we are not the first. Now, in perpetuating the type of images that evoke these kind of emotions, I am sorry. If you are hurt or these photos make you uncomfortable, it was never our intention. And if your eight-year-old has a copy of our GQ cover in hand, again I am sorry. But I would have to ask, how on earth did it get there?
I was a very sheltered child, and was not aware of anything provocative or risque in the media while I was navigating through my formative years. When I was finally allowed to watch a movie like Grease, I did not even understand what on earth Rizzo was talking about!? I understand that in today’s world of advanced technology, the internet, our kids can be subject to very adult material at the click of a button. But there are parental locks, and ways to get around this. I am twenty-four years old. I have been a pretty tame and easy-going girl my whole life. Nobody is perfect, and these photos do not represent who I am. I am also not the girl who rolls out of bed with flawless makeup and couture clothing. I am most comfortable with my hair thrown on top of my head, in sweats, laughing with my friends. Glee is a show that represents the underdogs, which is a feeling I have embraced much of my own life, and to those viewers, the photos in GQ don’t give them that same feeling. I understand completely.
For GQ, they asked us to play very heightened versions of our school characters. A ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ version. At the time, it wasn’t my favorite idea, but I did not walk away. I must say, I am trying to live my life with a sharpie marker approach. You can’t erase the strokes you’ve made, but each step is much bolder and more deliberate. I’m moving forward from this one, and after today, putting it to rest. I am only myself, I can only be me. These aren’t photos I am going to frame and put on my desk, but hey, nor are any of the photos I take for magazines. Those are all characters we’ve played for this crazy job, one that I love and am so fortunate to have, each and every day. If you asked me for my dream photo shoot, I’d be in a treehouse, in a wild costume, war-paint and I’d be playing with my pet dragon. Until then…..
Well said, also Dianna Agron HAS A FREAKING TUMBLR. (and no one told me).
Trey Parker & Matt Stone
The radical Islamic Web site Revolutionmuslim.com is going after the creators of the TV cartoon series “South Park” after an episode last week included an image of the Prophet Mohammed in disguise.
Revolutionmuslim.com, based in New York, was the subject of a CNN investigation last year for its radical rhetoric supporting “jihad” against the West and praising al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Its organizers insist they act within the law and seek to protect Islam.
On Sunday, Revolutionmuslim.com posted an entry that included a warning to South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone that they risk violent retribution – after the 200th episode last week included a satirical discussion about whether an image of the prophet could be shown. In the end, he is portrayed disguised in a bear suit.
The posting on Revolutionmuslim.com says: “We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show. This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.”
Eminem calls out Lance Bass, Clay Aiken, and Adam Lambert in his new song “Elevator.” (The title references how he has enough money to have an elevator in his glass house.) Anyway, the lyric is predictably homophobic making it sound like he’s called them the other F word even though he hasn’t.
This news is just so painfully predictable. The shtick is getting stale, Shady.