Wednesday, August 25, 2004


Blogs are attracting more publicity from the mainstream media on a daily basis.

Ted Griffin had an idea for a screenplay that took him 3 years to write. He got fired as director after only 12 days of shooting. Rob Reiner has swooped in, fired the actors and is now the movie's director.

The issue of how blogs are increasing in visilibity does not garner much discussion in this space. However, the last couple of weeks have been a banner fortnight for blogs attracting attention. Recently, Captain's Quarters Blog was mentioned in both the Washington Times and the New York Post (and maybe by more newspapers that we're not aware of). Hugh Hewitt was on MSNBC'S "Scarborough Country" and not only mentioned his blog but mentioned other blogs like Power Line.

Now, the New York Times has credited a blog for a story involving a burgeoning Hollywood scandal involving egos, power plays and a young director who got fired by a studio.

On Aug. 6 Warner Brothers booted Ted Griffin as director of his original story inspired by the 1967 classic "The Graduate" and replaced him with Rob Reiner 12 days into shooting. The script, about a young woman from Pasadena who discovers that her grandmother was the inspiration for the Mrs. Robinson character in "The Graduate," was strong enough to lure a cast of top-notch actors, led by Jennifer Aniston.

Anne Thompson wrote this New York Times article for the paper's "Movies" section. She recounted the rare movies that had their directors getting fired. She listed the names of well known actors like Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner and Shirley MacLaine that are involved with Griffin's project. She goes into some detail about the gossip-driven facts of how Mr. Griffin was fired and Rob Reiner took over control of the film. Ms. Thompson does in fact credit a blog for the possibility that a major star was the catalyst for Griffin's firing from his own pet project.

One Internet blog called "A fly on the wall" detailed crew reports that Mr. Costner was leading a cast mutiny against the young director. But Steve Rabineau, Mr. Griffin's agent, said Mr. Costner had not yet started filming his scenes and was the first cast member who called to console Mr. Griffin. Mr. Costner also gave him the use of his Santa Barbara house, Mr. Rabineau said. "Ted's writing got this great cast," he added. "It's a shame he can't see it out. It was a traumatic thing for everyone."

While blogs have a long way to go to gain major acceptance (even respectability) among some quarters of the press, it is noteworthy to find them increasingly referenced in well known, internationally disseminated media sources.

Check out A Fly on the Wall's story, Screaming Kevin Costner Caused Director Firing on Jennifer Aniston Flick & NY Times and A Film Studio Fires a Director, Raising Eyebrows in Hollywood


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