Friday, September 20, 2013

Making the 80's cool again. Ready for the Emmys? Taking no Prisoners this weekend. Info for actors. Big Bucks for Showtime from LV.

Could the 1980s be cool again?
Advertising agency Deutsch LA thinks so and has created an '80s-themed commercial for Volkswagen. 
The spot, "Feeling Carefree," is a playful homage of the classic 1985 music video "Take on Me" by the Norwegian pop band A-ha.  The music video, which blended pencil-sketch animation with live action, was hugely popular on MTV.

The Volkswagen spot employed some of the same imagery and techniques as the original video: still shots, live action and a method of pencil-sketch animation called rotoscoping. The production crew filmed the actors and the cars, and then animated the results.
A-ha's "Take on Me" provides the musical track.
Coincidentally, some broadcast networks are also looking back to the 1980s for inspiration. Next week, ABC premiers its own version of '80s nostalgia with "The Goldbergs," a Tuesday night comedy from writer Adam F. Goldberg that delves into the dynamics of his family, and growing up during the Reagan administration. On the CW"The Carrie Diaries"(the "Sex and the City" prequel) also takes place in the '80s.
And on NBC, an '80s heartthrob -- Michael J. Fox -- is back with a family sitcom.
"There is a bit of cultural momentum with the '80s," Mike Sheldon, chief executive of Deutsch LA, said in an interview.  "We took a nearly 30-year-old idea and produced our spot in the same way. We stayed authentic to the production methods of the day, but then we grafted on Volkswagen's modern day message of living a more carefree life."
Today's common method of animation, CGI, was not used.
Instead, the rotoscoping animation was provided by Passion Pictures in London. The live action sequences were shot around Los Angeles.
The spot, which rolls out on broadcast television next week on such shows as ABC's "Castle" and CBS' "NCIS: LA," promotes Volkswagen's car maintenance program that covers the first two years or 24,000 miles.
"The idea was to take Volkswagen's message of 'carefree maintenance' and do it in a way that would make people stop and pay attention," Sheldon said.
What's next? Maybe poufy hair and shoulder pads.

After the coffee. Before getting ready for Emmy madness!

The Skinny: I'd like to squeeze a movie in this weekend and am debating between "Prisoners" and "Enough Said." Anyone want to go with me? Friday's headlines include producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney splitting up and the weekend box office preview. Also, NBC is planning a Johnny Carson miniseries.


Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore is executive producing the cooking challenge show "Knife Fight," which will air on Esquire Network.(Esquire Network / March 6, 2013)

Want to punch out a co-worker?
The Esquire Network, a new cable channel from NBCUniversal, will give you that chance.
Launching on Monday, Esquire Network is looking to woo upscale men with lifestyle programs about cooking, drinking and travel.
But the network also knows that even the most hoity-toity of men will on occasion dream of lacing up the gloves and slugging a colleague. Esquire Network is developing a show to fulfill that fantasy.
Called "White Collar Brawlers" and set to premiere in early 2014, Esquire Network General Manager Adam Stotsky said the show will "tap into something quite primal." The brawling co-workers won't just be thrown in the ring cold to duke it out. Each will train for six to eight weeks before the bout.
That's probably as down and dirty as Esquire Network will get. Its other original shows include a cooking challenge called "Knife Fight" that is executive produced by Drew Barrymore, and "Brew Dogs," which is a weekly look at craft breweries in the U.S.
Esquire Network also is taking advantage of its NBCUniversal ties. Not only has it acquired rights to repeats of NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and sitcom "Parks and Recreation," it also will carry old episodes of "Burn Notice" and Psych," two staples of sister network USA.
There is no shortage of networks that cater to men. Besides all the local and national sports networks, many general entertainment networks also appeal to men such as Spike, FX and G4 as well as newer niche channels including Velocity and Destination America, which are both owned by Discovery Communications.
Stotsky said he wants Esquire Network to be a "singular lifestyle destination" that can speak to "all the interests and passions of men today."
Although the channel is named after the magazine, neither Esquire nor its parent Hearst Corp. have a say or a stake in the network.
"They serve as trusted consultants," Stotsky said.
Esquire Network is launching in 75 million homes. It is taking the place of the NBCUniversal network Style.

Daily Dose: Once upon a time, broadcast and cable networks got out of the way of the Emmy Awards telecast. That is no longer the case. This Sunday, AMC will have the second-to-last episode ever of "Breaking Bad" on opposite the Emmys and Showtime will be airing the "Dexter" finale. Now we live in an era of the DVR so it's not like people can't record one thing while watching the other. But we also live in an era of social media spoilers so if you're saving "Breaking Bad" or the Emmys, you better plan on steering clear of Facebook and Twitter on Sunday night. 

Parting ways. Every week there is at least one story I link to where I say it's the end of an era. But producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Walt Disney Co. ending their first-look deal next year really is the end of an era. Bruckheimer has been at the helm of some of Disney's biggest hits over the last 20 years. But the disappointing box office for "The Lone Ranger" and a delay for the latest "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie coupled with what Disney said was Bruckheimer's desire to make more adult fare, likely led to a reassessment of the relationship. More from the Los Angeles TimesVariety and Hollywood Reporter.

The thriller 'Prisoners' is set to top the box office this weekend
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in "Prisoners," which is set to rule the box office this weekend. (Warner Bros.)

Take no prisoners. "Prisoners," a kidnapping drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal (whose last name is a typo waiting to happen) and Hugh Jackman, is expected to capture the top spot at the box office with a projected take of $20 million. The only other wide release is the dance movie "Battle of the Year," which looks like it will have two left feet. A box office preview from the Los Angeles Times.

James Keegan
James Keegan (Lionsgate)

Lionsgate CFO James Keegan to retire after 25 years with company.

Lionsgate's chief financial officer, James Keegan, a 25-year veteran of the company, is retiring and will be succeeded by James Barge, the former CFO of Viacom.
Keegan, 55, is will retire on Oct. 1 and will stay on as a consultant until Jan. 3 to help with the transition, the company said Friday. 
Barge, who will report to Lionsgate Chief Executive Jon Feltheimer, had already been working with Lionsgate as a consultant. He served as Viacom's CFO from 2010 to 2012 and earlier worked at Time Warner Inc. for 13 years.
Keegan "will be missed,” Feltheimer said in a statement. “When he decided to retire, we were fortunate that Jimmy Barge was already working with us on a number of financial initiatives and was available to hit the ground running as our new CFO." 
Shares of Lionsgate fell 4.7% to about $33.80 in midday trading Friday. The stock has more than doubled in the last year for the company behind recent hit films such as "The Hunger Games" and "The Twilight Saga." 

Weinstein Company/Associated Press
Lee Daniels' The Butler,' starring Robin Williams and Forest Whitaker, is one of Weinstein Co.'s highest-grossing movies in its eight-year history.

Playing around money. Independent movie producer the Weinstein Co. is nearing a deal for $370 million in financing, according to the Wall Street Journal. The money would not be used to make or acquire movies but rather for potential acquisitions. There has been speculation that Bob and Harvey Weinstein are eager to get their hands around their old production company Miramax.

Throwing a flag. Remember when the performer M.I.A. flipped the bird during her cameo inMadonna's Super Bowl halftime performance in 2012? The NFL does and has been quietly engaged in a legal battle about it with the performer. Although there were no fines from the Federal Communications Commission stemming from the gesture, the NFL wants a public apology and $1.5 million but the singer isn't playing ball, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Mark Burnett

Lost in space. Reality king Mark Burnett wants to send someone into space. The producer is developing a new show which, according to TV Guide, would put someone aboard a Virgin Galacticspace flight. Back in the mid-1980s, my father was trying out to be the first journalist in space. Then the Challenger blew up and that put the kibosh on NASA's plans to put a member of the Fourth Estate into space. 


Who'd you vote for? Since the Emmys are Sunday, it just wouldn't be right to send you off on your weekend without a piece predicting who will win and who deserved to win. Here are USA Today critic Robert Bianco's thoughts on who will get a trophy and who should.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Betsy Sharkey on "Prisoners." NBC is planning a miniseries about legendary "Tonight Show" host Johnny Carson. 

Mayweather vs. Alvarez
Showtime was a big winner in the fight between Floyd Mayweather, left, and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. (Eric Jamison / Associated Press)

Mayweather-Alvarez fight brings in $150 million.

The Floyd Mayweather-Saul "Canelo" Alvarez championship fight was a knock-out for Showtime.
The fight, which Mayweather won by decision, took in almost $150 million in pay-per-view revenue. That tops the $136 million that Mayweather's 2007 defeat of Oscar De La Hoyamade.

Showtime said early estimates from pay-TV distributors show that 2.2 million bought the fight. However, that number could grow and perhaps challenge the 2.48 million pay-per-view buys for Mayweather-De La Hoya. Showtime is a unit of CBS.
The fight will be rerun on Showtime starting Saturday.

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