Honestly, beloveds, we’re glad that summer’s in its wane. We’ve had enough steamy sidewalks and afternoon showers that are essentially the sky sweating. Bring on fall! We had to practically sell one of our kidneys on eBay to buy our current favorite pair of boots, it’s time we got to wear them.
Anyway, IFC’s introducing three original series this month: "Greg the Bunny," puppet parodies of films, which started off as a NYC public access show, went to IFC, left us for (sniff) Fox (as a sitcom with Eugene Levy and Seth Green), got canceled, is now back on IFC; "Hopeless Pictures," an animated show about being an indie film studio that features the voices of many Christopher Guest alums, including Michael McKean, Jennifer Coolidge, and Bob Balaban (who also directs); and "The Festival," a…fuck, what are we calling it?…"vÃ©ritÃ© satire" about an idealistic filmmaker debuting his first feature at a small festival. We bring it up because today through the 17th we have the premiere episodes of "Greg" and "Hopeless" up in their entirety online in downloadable Quicktime â€” you can watch "Greg" here, "Hopeless" here, and see a sneak preview of "The Festival" (we weren’t allowed to put it all online) here.
David Poland at The Hot Button has a wise, business-oriented run down of the films of fall: September and October are here and November and December are here. Lots of interesting stuff out there, particularly in the early fall before the awards season really kicks off. And, speaking of…
Martin Grove at the Hollywood Reporter starts in on this year’s Golden Globes/Oscars timetable (the year’s been thankfully free of awards talk thus far, particularly compared to last year, when it seemed to span the calendar and never let up), and covers some of the films he thinks are contenders. But as a side note, what is this?
"I really liken the Globes to the primaries in an election and the Oscars is the finals," one awards marketer told me in an off-the-record conversation. "It does really narrow down the field because there are many instances where the Globes didn’t give any nominations (to a film) and that was followed by the Academy."
Isn’t that the journalistic equivalent of "she made me swear not to tell anyone this…okay, so she was at this party…"? Not that it’s anything particularly salacious, and it is anonymous. Whatev.
+ Greg the Bunny (IFC)
+ Hopeless Pictures (IFC)
+ The Festival (IFC)
+ FALL PREVIEW – SEP/OCT (The Hot Button)
+ FALL PREVIEW – NOV/DEC (The Hot Button)
+ New timetable boosts Globe influence on Oscars (HR)