Thursday, May 31, 2007

'On The Lot' Theory

Why is FOX's On The Lot tanking? Here's my theory...

Aside from the fact that it's summer and nobody cares, I think that the combination of YouTube (anyone can be a video star), DVD commentary tracks (filmmaking in a box!) and the web (instant access to every conceivable piece of industry news/box office return info/overnight ratings/etc.) has resulted in a resurgence of the "desktop publishing syndrome" we saw in the late 80s and early 90s. Once the publishing industry's tools and secrets became exposed and readily accessible, everyone and their brother figured that they were a print designer, and set out to make some kick-ass flyers and business cards. Millions of soul-crushingly horrendous creations later, people wised up and (for the most part) left things to professionals, but the landscape was never the same.

These days, the same "who needs pros?" attitude permeates the video/filmmaking industry. The creation tools are cheap and readily-available, and the industry is an open book. As a result, people don't want to watch a show that "draws back the curtain" on the moviemaking process. They feel they already know all about it. Unlike singing on American Idol (which is still perceived as a "you're born with it or you're not" legitimate talent situation), they feel that making videos is something they can totally do themselves. Whether they actually create any content doesn't matter (most don't), it's the general attitude.

People will realize soon enough that their Mini-DV cam isn't going to produce Spider-Man 4 and re-develop a respect for old-school big-budget entertainment and the intense process behind it, but for right now they couldn't care less.

Or it could just be because Brett Ratner's involved.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007


If you're a masochist and want to get all of my blogging (Blogger), bookmarking (, sharing (Google Reader) and Twittering (uh, Twitter) magic in one place, subscribe to my new "House of Kyle (Combined)" feed. I've excluded my Flickr and updates from it, as that'd be way too intense. In the future, I may add more services (like Digg) to the mix. Be warned.

UPDATE: Evidently the splicing service I used (which then passes the mix over to FeedBurner) is having issues, so I'll poke around and see what's going on.

Monday, May 28, 2007

In Memory of Charles Nelson Reilly

Charles Nelson Reilly Interview

Sad news today. Here's an interview that Robin and Sarah did at the X-Files "Green Carpet" series finale party. Circa April 2002.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

The Joker Hits the Links

Some pics from last weekend's LAPD/celebrity golf tournament in Los Angeles (with a mandatory Jack Nicholson showing).

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

"Why I'll Miss Veronica Mars" Reason #588

Dick Casablancas talking about how tight his surfing outfit is: "Man, this wetsuit's like a cheap ballroom."

Slow clap.

The Truth

When I worked on the X-Files site, I got to meet Dean a few times (he was friends with Robin who was the main producer). Super nice guy, and honest to God, the Chill Pak is easily the best laptop accessory I've ever had.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Brand Recognition

Brand Recognition