Despite the assurances of the people who work in them, many professional fields don’t seem very creative at all. Hollywood and the entertainment industry in general doesn’t appear to favor this evaluation. This week in entertainment there are a few events that make us ask whether creative feats have any significance at all.
- Limbaugh demonstrates his standards
- Joss Whedon clarifies Marvel’s Liberal Creative Control Methodology
- The Weinstein’s and MPAA look for middle ground
Limbaugh Demonstrates his Standards
If you are a fan of the kind of American political entertainment that passes as journalism than you probably heard Limbaugh’s verbal assault on student Sandra fluke. Testifying about the value of having insurance companies defer some costs for contraceptives, fluke also commented on many of the non-medical advantages of contraceptive use. Dismayed by her candor, the political commentator exploded with a range of insults that included him calling her a “slut” and a “prostitute”.
Expressions of outrage were fast and furious. The general public was so outraged by these comments that many of Limbaugh’s advertisers like AOL dropped the show immediately.
An apology was eventually released allowing Limbaugh to (partially) retract many of his statements.
Reported by the Hollywood Reporter, last week recognizing a sleazy comrade in arms, marital affairs promoting web site AshleyMadison.com pursued the radio show to make up advertising that Limbaugh lost during the previous controversy. This allowed Limbaugh to publically declare he would never accept advertising from that business. The fact that Limbaugh is only willing to play nice if advertisers object, underscores how typically nasty his program’s rhetoric really is.
Joss Whedon clarifies Marvel’s Liberal Creative Control Methodology
While making the promotional rounds for his horror film, “Cabin in the Woods”, Whedon commented on Marvel’s attitude toward his directorial authority for the hugely anticipated summer release, “The Avengers.”
Speaking to the website Den Of Geek.com, Whedon gushed over his treatment by the highly successful studio, “They really did let me make my own film. They said, ‘here are the things we need; here is the villain, we want this to happen; we need the conflict here; here’s the third act, it will involve the following’. Which I’m fine with. That’s great, give me the parameters, because then I know where I’m going, and it does some of the legwork for me. And I know what their agenda is in terms of style, and what we’re delivering, in terms of thrills and the adherence to the Marvel universe, with which I’m very familiar.” In other articles from last week Whedon, has already started discussing the sequel and a different approach to the film. Though this is good news, it isn’t new news. The other directors for Marvel’s creative properties tend to say the same.
The Weinstein’s and MPAA look for middle ground
Reported by the Huffington Post, protested by many including teenager Katy Butler, it looks like a compromise reception of sorts is in store for the powerful documentary “Bully.” After launching a PR Offensive against the MPAA for their unwillingness to minimize their “R” down to a “PG-13” rating, the Weinstein group has agreed to a Washington D.C. sit down discussion of the film and rating.
As Deadline.com reports, now D.C. public schools chancellor, Kaya Henderson, Harvey Weinstein, and the MPAA’s Chris Dodd will discuss the film at a screening and panel discussion. Deadline was quick to mention this kind of attention for a supposedly “denied” film is unprecedented treatment even for the Weinstein’s. Clearly the filmakers felt further editing challenged the initial intention to make the film.