Friday, June 29, 2018

Briefs for June 29-30, 2018

Famed science fiction writer Harlan Ellison died on Wednesday at the age of 84. He did some writing for TV, notably the classic Star Trek original series episode "The City on the Edge of Forever". But when I looked him up on IMDb, it turns out that he does have a movie credit: apparently he co-wrote the screenplay of The Oscar, of all things. If it had been something science fiction, that might make sense, but The Oscar?! Whatever puts food on the table, I suppose.

The Chinese Communist authorities are proposing a law to cap the wages of actors. At least, actors in movies and TV shows made in China. Such a law would never fly in the US, although I'm sure there are some Hollywood producers who would like the idea very much. Then again the same creative accounting they use to have every movie declare a loss could be used to get around the law.

Tonight's prime time lineup on TCM is "matriarchy movies", which gives them another chance to run the hilariously bad Queen of Outer Space at 1:15 AM (so still late Friday evening if you're on the west coast.

I've actually got more movies to blog about, although that's going to have to wait until tomorrow. Life has been a bit busy here.

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