Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Hollywood: Where Creativity Flourishes

Universal is finally jumpstarting a movie version of "Magnum PI." (Genius!) Heck, I think Tom Selleck could still play the lead but they'll surely go young. (Jason Lee, perhaps? He's already got the moustache.) The only problem is that it's being written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, who helmed "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," one of the laziest, sloppiest comedies I've ever seen.

The other brainstorm in LA? After decades of flourishing on UK TV, they're finally getting ready to launch "Top of The Pops" on US TV. Brilliant! (That's the weekly countdown show of the top songs, with bands often performing live.) The only problem? They're about 25 years too late. Now they'll be competing with similar shows like "TRL" on MTV and "106th & Park" on BET -- plus the fact that fans can get the Top Ten online the second its announced, so watching a TV show "revealing" them is one reason the UK "Top of the Pops" has been moribund for years and was shunted off to a weak timeslot.

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