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Thursday, June 25, 2021

is there a draft in here
I was hoping my offhand quip about who the New York Islanders should select No. 1 overall in tomorrow’s 2009 NHL Entry Draft would slip past the goalie. But since some other Puck Daddy readers seemed to like it, I’ll reproduce it here, in all it’s crackpot-conspiratorial glory:

The master plan on Long Island: They draft [Matt] Duchene, knowing that the Islander faithful will respond to this anti-[John] Tavares affront by promptly burning down Nassau Coliseum. That will force Town of Hempstead’s hand on the Lighthouse Project arena, and one way or another, the Isles get a new barn!

Probably the most brilliant draft-day maneuvering in the history of the National Hockey League, actually. High time a team fully synthesize its personnel and facility development efforts into one chaos-theory strategy!

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 06/25/2009 02:32:48 PM
Category: Comedy, Hockey, SportsBiz
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Flop No. 1: Meet Dave. Flop No. 2: Imagine That. Despite the back-to-back theatrical flameouts, Eddie Murphy is still enough of a name that studios are willing to bank millions in movie production costs behind him — to a point:

Mr. Murphy, 48, is one of a declining number of actors whose name alone can get a movie made. While studios are increasingly balking at paying top dollar for brand-name actors — and Mr. Murphy still asks for $20 million a picture and a cut of the gross — they still want to be in business with them because they believe it lessens their risk.

“The challenge with Eddie is that you have to put his brand on the right tin can,” said the consultant James Ulmer, who compiles the biannual report “The Ulmer Scale,” which rates the global bankability of actors. “His audiences are very straitjacketed in their expectations of him, and by that I mostly mean fat suit, fat suit, fat suit.”

In addition Mr. Murphy’s name is a marketing hook on a DVD, and he remains one of the few American comedians who can deliver results overseas.

This is probably just my bias, but I say that Murphy is worth watching only when he lets it rip with the adult material. The Disneyfication he underwent with Daddy Day Care and the like always seemed like odd fits (the Shrek voiceover work doesn’t really count). His last big hit was Norbit, and while it was pretty horrible (yes, I saw it) and gimmicky with the fat suits and multiple roles, it was an R-rated return to Murphy’s raunchy comedic roots. He needs to focus on more of that.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 06/25/2009 01:52:19 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Celebrity, Movies
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shaq-a-tweet
Only last month, I took note of Bill Simmons’ vision of the future of sports reporting:

…I see a day when the following sequence will be routine: Player demands trade on blog; team obliges and announces deal on Twitter; player thanks old fans, takes shots at old team and gushes about new team on Facebook. We will not need anyone to report this, just someone to recap it. Preferably with links.

No permalinked trade demand from Shaquille O’Neal, but apparently, he did find out about his just-completed trade from Phoenix to Cleveland via his Twitterstream:

That’s what it looks like after a fan Tweeted the NBA superstar to ask about the trade shortly after the news broke late Wednesday night. Within minutes, Shaq replied “I didn’t hear dat yet” to the fan.

The fact Shaq was apparently out of the loop prompted disbelief and e-laughter from his Twitter followers, and Shaq seemed to grasp the weirdness of the situation.

“I kno right,” he Tweeted back.

So I guess the future is now, at least in the NBA. Or, it’s more like a blast from the past: For years, it was pretty common for sports and show biz folks to first hear about trades, TV show cancellations, etc. involving them, not directly from their bosses or agents, but via news reports. The passive-aggressiveness remains, only the medium has changed.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 06/25/2009 11:16:20 AM
Category: Basketball, Celebrity, Media, Social Media Online
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