I can't believe how insanely stupid the Writer's Guild strike is. Just pay those people their money. It's that simple. The same @$$hole execs that want to lock people up for downloading CD's ("that's stealing!!!") are the same guys that won't pay these people for the work they do creating the shows and movies we watch (and mostly like).
The Golden Globes are canceled? Oh no!!!
You mean to tell me they couldn't work out an agreement (like Letterman) and get a few jokes? They couldn't convince the SAG-people that letting actors present awards wasn't really "crossing the picket lines" (I don't think it is, but whatever). I know it seems like I care about this award show, but I don't. I think it's funny that the writer's aren't budging and either is Hollywood. Good for both of them. I do have one wish--I hope they end up canceling the Oscars, too. If there is one thing I can't stand...it's crappy/boring award shows.
Now--the other piece of entertainment news I want to blog about (no, not the latest Brittany meltdown) it's the next-gen DVD format war. For a while there, it looked like HD-DVD was going to be our next format. The scales were tipped by the Porn Industry, which chose the HD-DVD format (in the 80's the Porn Industry was supposed to have killed the Beta Max format by christening VHS). Whatever. Anyway, a few days ago Warner Brothers jumped ship and went over to "the blue side." Now everyone is saying that HD-DVD is dead and the Blu-ray format has finally won. For those of you who don't know, Blu-ray is the format developed by Sony. It's supposed to be better (higher resolution, discs can hold 4 times as much as a regular DVD).
I was really hoping HD-DVD would take, mainly because my XBOX 360 is an HD-DVD player. That, and the fact that unlike Blu-ray players--HD-DVD players PLAY REGULAR DVD'S. That's right, you're going to have to buy an all new player AND movies. I'm pretty sure this is why the "industry" likes Blu-ray so much. We get to re-buy everything.
Of course, if you believe what most "industry insiders" (whatever that means) are saying--this is a hollow victory for Sony as most people are going to be downloading all their media in a few years anyway (no more physical copies). I'm not sure how I feel about that. I think I hate it, but then again...my little office here is overflowing with CD's.