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  1. Thursday, March 10, 2016

    i was driving home from work last night minding my own business 

    the poorly educatedlistening to the results of the elections coming in.

    and they cut to Donald Trump making a victory speech because he had just won some big speech.

    and he went on and on and on and there werent any commercials or interruptions

    it was just the GOP frontrunner talking.

    and talking.

    and it dawned on me that CNN, which I was listening to, is in the ratings business. and as long as people were tuned in they were happy.

    and things like debates and chat shows before and after the debates and candidates like Donald Trump are low-budget easy-to-produce television (and radio)

    which, as we are seeing, can bring in much bigger ratings than anything they’ve ever produced before.

    sorry, Anthony Bourdin.

    but then it occurred to me that maybe airing as much Donald Trump as possible for as many ratings as possible might not be the best thing for the country, nor is it the most balanced or responsible journalism. arent there others in this race? shouldnt the public know just as much as the other names on the ballot?

    or is this all about ratings, which means this is all about money, which means once again heres an organization who cares far more about the bottom line than

    silly things like the environment

    education

    alternative energies

    reproductive rights

    and all of the things that donald trump doesnt talk about because those things fly right over the heads of the people who are tuning into him insult the height and energy levels of his opponents?

    in a perfect world all of the politicians would get the same amount of air time. but sadly it seems like many of these cable news operations has no interest in that sort of perfect world.

    it seems their perfect world involves the yuuuugest ratings they could ever get no matter what.

    so i turned off the radio, pulled over, and bought 3 double doubles. because who cares. right?

  2. Friday, March 4, 2016

    Jeopardy accused of being sexist 

    Jeopardy one of my favorite movie bloggers is ms. marya gates who until today was at Rotten Tomatoes but now shes heading over to TCM (congratulations!)

    last year on her tumblr she focused some of her writing about films directed by women. i was definitely enlightened.

    marya must be a big Jeopardy watcher too because today she wrote something fascinating today that only a real fan would have noticed:

    I wrote to you guys about two weeks ago after tracking how often (and by often I mean how NOT OFTEN AT ALL) you mentioned women in your clues. I spent the last few weeks tallying it as well and it has remained horribly grim.

    Tonight (3-4) for example you had BOOK SONGS, and all five songs were written by men. You also had NON FICTION, and all five books were written by men.

    You did have an entire category on Scarlett Johansson Roles, but the last time you did Movie Roles literally the only woman you mentioned was also Scarlett Johansson. Thousands and thousands of actresses in the history of cinema and the only six questions you’ve done in the last three weeks about women movie roles are all about the same actress?!?!?!?!

    I’ve been live-tweeting (@oldfilmsflicker) about this blatant sexism as I watch and I will continue to do so. I hope you improve soon, or this is looking to be a really bleak season for me and for all women and for all men, really. No one is done justice when you ignore the achievements of women.

    Jeopardy, you of all shows should be doing better and the fact that you are not does not give me hope for the rest of our society.

    something tells me something good will come from this

    but i worry because this isn’t the first time the popular game show has been accused of sexism.

  3. Tuesday, February 16, 2016

    you know what i love: The Grammys 

    kendrick at the grammysyou know who almost always gets it wrong: the Grammys

    unlike almost every other tv show the Grammys has a chance every year to present the all time greatest performances of the past with the best of today

    and they hardly ever do it.

    i dont know, but it sure seems like to me they are so concerned about today that yesterday gets shoehorned in like it’s a Have-To instead of a Get-To.

    im sorry but you GET to have the Eagles with Jackson Browne on your stage. You get to have Stevie Wonder, you get to have Joe Perry. And no, you dont Have to have Pitbull or Pentatonix or Carrie Underwood.

    and for the love of Miles Davis, you don’t have to have Justin Bieber or Skrillex

    ever.

    with Kendrick and Adele and Taylor and Lady Gaga there is already a great parade of current stars delivering today’s sounds, you dont need Demi Lovato, but fine, she’s fine. But should the Grammys be about “fine”?

    If I was running the Grammys i’d have one litmus test for performances: the Holy Fuck test.

    the cast of Hamilton, Kendrick, Gaga and Adele made me say Holy Fuck and there were artists in the building (Beyonce, Ice Cube, Foo Fighters, Stevie Wonder) who could have delivered but either weren’t invited to rock the mic or were paired up with lesser thans.

    the goal of the Grammys shouldnt be about record sales, it should be about documenting amazing artistry in a controlled environment for a tv show. that, all by itself, will trigger sales.

    if you make that the standard, it will lift all boats, including Bieber’s, if you truly belieb he has talent.

  4. Monday, January 4, 2016
  5. my girlfriend kirsten dunst is fantastic in fargo 

    kirstin dunsti cant say i have seen her in very many great things lately. what has she even been in?

    from 2011-2014, heres what shes been up to:

    The Two Faces of January
    Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
    El Trousias Maiden of the Clouds
    Upside Down
    On the Road
    Bachelorette
    Random Acts of Violence
    Melancholia

    of those I saw Melancholia, which she was fantastic in but man was it weird and she really didnt get to show off a whole range.

    in fargo she got to play lots of different aspects of a woman going through a change in her life.

    in fact she is stretching so much, trying to become “fully realized” someone asks her if shes crazy.

    THATS WHAT WE WANT!

    is she crazy? no. has crazy stuff happened to her? hell yeah.

    kirsten gained about 25 pounds for the role because the character is pretty but not a bombshell. typical hoarder next door who wants to be more of an independent woman while being a good wife.

    i dont know who else they had in mind for this role, but she was perfect. and now my love for her has only intensified.

    very excited that she will star in season three, but what on earth could they have in store for her?

  6. Monday, December 21, 2015

    now is not the time to blame steve harvey 

    colombiaeven though i think Steve Harvey is a bit of a doofus clown, and not exactly my first pick as the host of the miss universe pageant, an event we used to cover here on the busblog extensively, i dont think the mess up was entirely his fault

    after working behind the scenes on a number of projects over the years, the blame has to be placed on the producers.

    the lights, the music, the crowd, the beautiful women, the excitement, vegas, can distract anyone.

    therefore the words need to be written clearly on the card.

    and simply.

    all that should have been on that card was:

    THE SECOND RUNNER UP IS MISS USA

    AND THE FIRST RUNNER UP IS MISS COLOMBIA

    MISS PHILIPPINES, YOU ARE THE NEW MISS UNIVERSE.

    i dont care that this is a last minute tabulation, you have a dozen producers getting paid for this show, you need to treat your talent as talent, their job is to read the words you give them.

    so give them clear clear clear words.

    im sorry this isnt clear

    card

    oh wait, yes it is.

    steve harvey is to blame.

    nobody pay him.

  7. Tuesday, October 20, 2015
  8. Saturday, October 3, 2015

    my man matt welch was on bill maher last night 

    matt welch with bill maher and the black astronomer

    i was doing shots on the roof of a DTLA hotel the other night and i was talking to a beautiful surgeon

    she was actually the girlfriend of the video guy

    and i asked her, have you ever seen anyone make a mistake in the operating room?

    she said sure

    i said what did you say?

    she said, well i know what i Didnt say. i Didn’t say oops.

    she said, that’s the only word you’re not allowed to say in the O.R.

    and then we cheersed to the Video Guy

  9. Tuesday, September 1, 2015

    how mtv can stop losing viewers during the vmas 

    whywhen i was in junior college selling televisions on commission they turned a hard job into a very hard job by making us sell extended warrantees on everything.

    it was tough enough to get people to give you their money for a big box of electronics, but then you had to shake them down for even more money for a big box of air.

    the best technique i learned was to make the warrantee part of the package. and you had to talk about it early and often as part of the pitch.

    the worst thing you could do is pitch the item, demonstrate, close AND THEN start talking about the warrantee.

    but thats exactly what MTV is doing when they pitch and sell reality tv and mindless candid camera shows

    and then all of a sudden once a year try to get everyone to buy the idea that Music Videos is something of importance to the channel.

    hell, pop culture isnt even of importance to the channel any more.

    they dont have a news program on that station any more. they dont have a talk show. when do they ever really truly talk about all the stupid things of the day (kardashians, trump, taylor swift’s squad, hover boards, emojis): NEVER

    but then every fall they coerce a handful of pop stars to show up at some stupid arena, round up some new talent, a couple of movie and tv stars, and pretend that MTV is still important?

    basically ALL they’re selling at the VMAs is the warrantee. its vaporware. its bread and circus.

    video of the year goes to who the fuck does it matter

    at least this year mtv kept it somewhat real and gave away a majority of the awards during the pre-show when no one was watching and left the real show for what people nowadays care about: performances and entertainment.

    if MTV wants the VMAs to be relevant again they’re going to have to make some serious changes.

    firstly theyre gonna have to start showing some damn videos. which will be tough because MTV seems to fucking hate videos.

    protect mesome people hate success, and MTV will do anything they can NOT to show the world images of Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Beyonce, Nikki Minaj, Selena Gomez and all the rest. which is insane because the kids love these people and are FORCED to go to youtube to watch them.

    you’re telling me kids seriously would rather see these videos on their stupid tablets than on $400 50″ tvs?

    how about this MTV: give away two tvs every day for a year if you want to start some hype. YOU CANT SPELL MTV WITHOUT TV, DUMMIES!

    the next thing they gotta do is get a tv show. i couldnt stand TRL but it served a purpose: it helped establish the channel as the center of pop culture. are you telling me theres no value in that?

    it doesnt need to cost a fortune. it doesnt need to be on the beach or in times square. just have cool kids talking to other cool kids about snapchat and minecraft and get out of your own way.

    go back to the programming that made you great. so what that things changed so many years ago. theres no way it was worse than today. today the station is an absolute joke. it’s like what would have happened if Tipper Gore had taken it over.

    Straight Outta Compton has been the #1 movie for the last three weeks. where is MTV jumping on that bandwagon? have they forgotten that the first time America ever saw Dre and Eazy and Ice Cube was on MTV? Express Yourself! Yo MTV Raps!

    and now they’re not going to reap some of those rewards? WTF MTV?

    the surprise musical guests of this years VMAs should have been N.W.A kicking off the whole damn thing. THEN people would have been talking about something more interesting than that fake beef between miley and nicki. shit, they could have done a live remote FROM compton if they gave a shit about ratings but they hate ratings

    and ratings hate them now which is why theyre in the gutter.

    start by playing kendrick lamar.

    also if nicki minaj wants to fight Anybody, pick her up, carry her to said person, and let them brawl.

  10. Sunday, August 30, 2015

    two years ago today robin thicke peaked and fell in the same night 

    thicke

    everybodygetup

    the singer’s “blurred lines” video and single were top of the charts

    it was produced by the red hot pharrell and his video featured the impossibly sexy emily ratajkowski,

    it was cool, it was fun, and perfectly coifed robin thicke stood there as

    the models strutted around him and pharrell counted the money.

    and there he was center stage at the mtv vmas as miley cyrus finished singing her tune

    all about she could do what ever she wanted

    we run things, things dont run we

    billy ray’s daughter then stripped off her clothes revealing a nude two piece number

    and the pair traded lines on blurred lines, namely

    i know you want it.

    robin thicke mileywhile miley touched the Beetle Juice dressed thicke’s nether regions

    with an oversized foam finger

    and then bent over in front of him for about one second

    and minds blew around the world.

    and when it was over he smiled all the way to the backstage,

    changed clothes

    and then posed with a young lady

    and just his luck there was a mirror behind them.

    reflecting her behind, which was being assisted by his giant paw

    sorry, giant married paw.

    and just his luck the young lady posted the photo on instagram, she says unaware of anything more than her face and his face, never noticing the wander hand.

    and then it all fell apart. just that quickly it was over. no one wanted to hear the overplayed song any more. everyone felt skeezy dancing to it. no one wanted to support a handsome pop singer doing what handsome pop singers do when they run across pretty girls backstage.

    thicke apologized so much to his wife he even wrote an apology album and named it after her but that didnt work because sometimes the game is over and it doesnt matter how many times you say Beetlejuice nothings gonna change.

    and then he got sued by Marvin Gaye’s estate for ripping off the late soul singer without crediting him and thicke lost millions.

    the end

    stay in school, dont do drugs

    dont drink and text and drive

    and keep your hands to yrself