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Posts Tagged ‘Jaime Weinman’

The Uneven Brilliance of Blake Edwards

Here’s an odd premise that Blake Edwards, who passed away in Santa Monica Wednesday at the age of 88, would have appreciated. The best first-wave remembrance comes not from Hollywood but rather Hollywood North.

Edwards would also have chuckled at the title of Macleans Magazine writer Jaime Weinman‘s piece, because it’s so true: “Blake Edwards: The Genius Without Quality Control.” No danger of an overly reverential obit here. While Weinman applauds Edwards’ Billy Wilder-like talents and flair for the visual, he also ponders one of the writer-director’s most prominent flaws:

The trouble is, along with the good scenes in bad movies, you get the bad scenes in good movies. And there are lots of them. I’m not a big fan of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but it’s sort of emblematic: one of the most popular and beloved movies of his career, and every so often it’s interrupted by Mickey Rooney as a Japanese guy. Who thought this was a good idea?

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WKRP DVD Release: “A Travesty” Say Fans

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The DVD release of WKRP in Cincinnati has caused much wailing and gnashing of teeth for lovers of the classic sitcom.

FOX swapped the music used in the shows for cheaper tunes that could be licensed in perpetuity, and when the original song couldn’t be licensed, the scene was cut.

Justin Levine went through this exercise the first time, when the show was sold into syndication. Working at MTM, Levine had to replace the popular rock songs with generic upbeat Muzak that could be used with a one-time, flat licensing fee. So scenes dependent on a musical joke were ruined, like Les Nessman trying on a toupee to the soundtrack of Foreigner’s Hot Blooded. The DVD release made even more cuts.

In 2005, Wired predicted the show would never make it to DVD.

Jaime Weinman explains more about the copyright issues and the costs involved.

So, what to be learned from this? Don’t set a sitcom in a radio station.