With the end of Howard Stern‘s five year contract approaching (December 2010), XM/Sirius Satellite Radio must decide if it is worth resigning the “shock jock” or risk loosing the 8-10 million subscribers (about half of the company’s total revenue).
Stern has hinted on air that he will likely explore alternative options, which probably won’t include a return to terrestrial radio. Speculation has it that Stern might go to the internet, offering a subscription service (likely $7-10 a month) which would include live streaming over internet devices (such as the iPhone or your computer) in addition to on demand options of new shows as well as Stern’s entire archives. Of course, this is all just speculation at this time, but a move by Stern into the Internet space could legitimatize and bring Podcasting into the mainstream. Content creators now have more power than ever to publish and broadcast direct to fans, bypassing the usual distribution network. If Stern gets five million of his listeners to subscribe, that could be 50 million a month in revenue.
You might be wondering what this has to do with movies. Kevin Smith has signed a new deal with Sirius XM Radio which will syndicate his Smodcast podcast on Satellite radio, and will include new monthly Smodcast broadcasts which will be exclusive to Sirius XM. The regular weekly episodes will still remain free online.
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Everyone I know is compiling a list of the best films of the aughts, and 2001’s Mulholland Drive seems to be a lock on most (and if it’s not, 2006’s Inland Empire is the more pretentious substitute). But as the decade closes out, I do wish we had seen more “Lynchian” films from David Lynch, who seems occupied with experimental video, his son’s ambitious documentary projects, the advent of Twitter, and exposing as many people/fans to Transcendental Meditation as possible. So, if it’s a tad disappointing that the chain smoking auteur’s next film won’t hinge on creepy dream logic, it doesn’t qualify as a surprise that it will instead be a doc on Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The founder and guru of TM died early last year, and true to form, Lynch adds that his doc on the man will “hold a lot of abstractions.”
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Howard Stern has hired Alex Winter, best known as Bill from Bill & Ted, to pen a remake of the 1979 cult film Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. The original Roger Corman-produced musical comedy told the story of a group of rebellious students take over a high school with the help of The Ramones. Winter has recently transitioned into a filmmaker, but it is unclear if he will helm the project, if greenlit. Winter made his feature directorial debut with the 1993 cult classic Freaked. Most recently, Winter directed the Ben 10: Race Against Time television movie.
The project is part of a set of remakes which Stern acquired in 2002, the other being a remake of the teen comedy Porky’s. Stern had said that he was leaning more towards using an established rock group for the upcoming remake, rather than inventing or choosing an unknown band for the film. I think this project will hinge on the musical talent, as the music was such a huge part of the original film. It might also be hard to incorporate a real rock band without it coming off as super cheesy.
Just a heads up, this is another non movie related post. I spend 70+ hours a week Blogging the Reel World, during which time I listen to 25+ hours of The Howard Stern Show on Siruis Satellite Radio. Like millions of others, it helps me get through the daily grind. I turned on the show this afternoon, and was shocked to hear a repeat from April 7th.
As it turns out, on today’s show, self-destructive Stern sidekick, comedian and actor Artie Lange (Dirty Work, Beer League) got into a physical confrontation with his personal assistant Teddy, who he claimed was stealing money from him. After the altercation, Lange resigned which Stern accepted. “I Love You,” Lange said to Howard as he left the studio.
Stern producer Gary Dell’Abate said that they managed to talk Artie down in the green room but the he was afraid while he was talking to him. Speculating about if Lange could return to the show, they might be putting future guests in jeopardy. The show usually replays throughout the day on channel Howard 100, but Stern himself decided to pull the replay from the rotation.
Artie Lange was seen getting onto a plane for show line-producer Jason Kaplan’s bachelor party in Amsterdam. His assistant Teddy, also a friend of Kaplan, was also on the plane, but traveling separately. No one knows the future of Lange on the Stern show.
Artie’s breakdown has turned up on YouTube:
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Discuss: Will Artie Lange return to The Howard Stern Show?
Howard Stern has been hard at work on a remake of the cult teen comedy film Porky’s. Last week Stern took a vacation from his daily Sirius Satellite Radio Show and worked on the film project which the Shock Jock now claims is “ready to go.”
“They say it’s all greenlit and everything, ready to go. They say they can even start shooting in October, but I don’t know if that’s true,” says Stern. “It seemed like a fun project, which it is.”
In 2002, it was announced that Howard Stern was going to launch a series of movies carrying the “Howard Stern Presents” logo, starting with two remakes of “comedy cult classics”: Porky’s and Rock ‘N’ Roll High School. Porky’s was originally supposed to film in the Summer of 2003, but the project fell into a seemingly unmoving development. I, like most people, actually believed that the project was long dead. But Stern says that is not the case.
“We got two scripts that were developed simultaneously kind of. One’s a rewrite of a rewrite of a script that we did – that I didn’t do, but I was sort of in on. It’s coming along pretty funny,” said Stern. “We’re going to combo them now because there’s funny jokes in both and you have to figure out which is better for the movie. And I obsess on shit too because you want it to be good.”
No word on who exactly is writing the script(s), although a 2005 Variety article claimed they were in the eighth draft. Producer Stern says a director has not yet been hired. I’m sure if SuperBad over-performs at the box office, that will put this project on a fast track. R-Rated teen comedies could be in a resurgence, and Porky’s was in some ways the original R-Rated teen comedy.
The original 1982 film directed by the late Bob Clark followed the escapades of a group of teenagers at the fictional Angel Beach high school in Florida in 1954. Porky’s spawned two sequels: Porky’s II: The Next Day (1983) and Porky’s Revenge (1985) and influenced many writers in the teen film genre.
Porky’s and A Christmas Story director Bob Clark and son Ariel were killed in an early morning car accident along a stretch of Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades.
LAPD investigators said Clark was driving a 1997 Infiniti Q-30 sedan southbound on PCH at about 2:20am when the 24 year old driver of a GMC Yukon swerved and hit Clark’s vehicle head-on.
Bob Clark is best known for making A Christmas Story and Porky’s, but he was also responsible for a series of horror/black comedies in the early 1970’s: Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things, Deathdream, and Dead of Night. For the last ten years the once great director has fallen into directing really bad kid movies: Baby Geniuses, The Karate Dog, SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2.
A remake of Porky’s is in development by radio shock jock Howard Stern. Clark was also attached to a dark comedy called There Goes the Neighborhood.
24 Hours of A Christmas Story has become a holiday tradition in most homes. I know it has in mine.
I never thought I’d see the day when they would have a college class to study Kevin Smith’s films. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, I’d take it — Hell, I could teach it: CA 520J – Films of Kevin Smith (1 credit hour) This course will examine the films of prolific Indy film director Kevin Smith. It will delve into Smith’s history, his entry into filmmaking, his development as a director and writer, and explore motifs and themes as seen in his films. The course will also examine Smith’s trademark “wordy” style in terms of storytelling and narrative flow. 22020171 M Tu W Th 03:30-06:50PM Moore 109 Smith, Jeffrey. Class meets MAY 21 – MAY 24
Camera Phones are banned from the Academy Awards: “…guests are not allowed to bring cameras, including phones with a camera feature…”
Remember: Polls for the 79th Academy Awards close today at 5:00pm PST.
Sirius and XM are merging! Great, now Howard Stern is going to be forced to play nice with Opie and Anthony, and Oprah Winfrey and Friends. It’s bad enough he’s had to smile it up around Martha Stewart.
Steve Zahn (Sahara) has been cast opposite Amy Adams (Junbug), Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) and Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) in Christine Jeffs’ (Sylvia) dark comedy Sunshine Cleaning. Zahn plays a married police officer having an affair with the co-owner (Adams) of a firm that cleans up messy crime scenes.
Did you hear that high pitched sound in The Messengers trailer? Me neither. I guess we’re too old.
Scarlett Johansson was named sexiest celebrity of the year by Playboy, taking the crown from Jessica Alba.
Spielberg vs. Paramount continues… Yawn.
Howard Stern Show member Richard Christy is filming a cameo this month for the upcoming Harold and Kumar goes to White Castle sequel.
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