The nominations for the 2013 Primetime Emmys came out last week. So, over the past week, I gathered some of my friends who know TV the best to share their thoughts on the nominations, category-by-category. So, for a full list of the nominees along with commentary from me and some friends, check out our latest roundtable. You’ll laugh. You’ll agree. You’ll disagree. Weigh in with a comment!
Strange to think how a simple comment in an interview can cause an entire online community to go unglued. When “The Amazing Spider-Man’s” Andrew Garfield suggested his character have a male love interest in a future outing, he opened up a firestorm of message board activity.
It was the same comments we’ve come to expect in these situations. “Spider-Man’s not gay! Garfield has some agenda! Quit tampering with my hero!” Regardless of what the wording was, the message was quite clear from the majority reading Garfield’s thoughts: don’t tamper with Spider-Man’s persona.
Daniel Craig ran into a similar roadblock back in 2008, when the election of President Barack Obama caused him to advise the time was right for a black James Bond. Once again, the typical reactions followed: “I’m not racist, but James Bond ISN’T black!”
Of course, these aren’t the only shifts in a character’s legacy that have been promoted in recent years, but they are perhaps the most prominent. The question lingering in so many fans’ minds is why does Hollywood seem so dead-set on messing with the status quo?
With the All-Star Game and NBA season over, the dog days of summer are upon us. It’s hot, there is a bit over a month until football, and there’s not a lot of great new TV on. So this week’s Roundtable will provide some suggestions for how you can entertain yourself while sipping on your sweet tea and trying to stay cool.
Feel free to answer any or all of these three questions for the roundtable.
- Which TV show would you recommend people should “binge-watch”? Whether it’s on Netflix or not, which show should people spend a week or few catching up on in a short period of time?
- What’s your guilty pleasure TV show? Which show are you kind of ashamed of watching, but you know if more people actually gave it a try, they’d be hooked too?
- What’s your favorite movie that no one has ever heard of? Which movie is that you love so much, but you’re shocked that most people have probably never heard of it?
Two things on this earth that I love with tremendous passion are music and the city of Memphis. My parents raised me on great music from the get go, and I’ve spent my entire life (mostly) in Memphis, so I still get very excited when the worlds of Memphis and music combine, which is very often.
When I was in fifth grade (estimate), my mom was in charge of the volunteers at a local arts festival. On the last night of the festival, while she was doing cleanup and making sure everything was in order, she told me to just hang out at the main concert stage where various musicians had played throughout the week. This festival never really drew any big names, mostly Memphis folks, but on this particular night the headliner was some old local dude named Alex Chilton. Honestly, I didn’t pay much attention to him or his music. I didn’t know anything about him and didn’t recognize anything he played, so I never thought much about it after it was over. Read more
About a year and a half ago, I got the wild idea to start a communal blog with a couple friends of mine. The idea essentially originated from the idea that, like everyone else who has ever started writing a blog, I had gotten frustrated and lazy with it and wanted some help having consistent content. I knew I had some brilliant friends who were good writers so I decided to reach out and I was really excited at how quick they were to hop on board. Pair that with a very talented web-designer roommate who was willing to give us some basic help on the cheap and boom, we had The Wise Guise.
From there we were blessed to have Warner Russell join us, who then led us to Alex Beene. We’ve added Jeremy Wilson and the very talented Liz Riggs who regularly crack us up with her Bachelor/Bachelorette commentary. In all, we’ve had over 25 different people write for the site and we are very, very grateful for all of the support we’ve received.
A year and a half and a few hundred thousand site hits later, we’re still full steam ahead. While this is something we all just do on the side for fun, it’s also something that requires way more work than most people realize. But when we see our friends and family comment on posts or share them with their circles via social media, it makes it all worthwhile for us. The whole premise behind the name “The Wise Guise” is that we don’t claim to be experts on anything per se; we just wanted a platform to share our thoughts and open things up to discussion. Therefore, to all of you who have been a part of the experience so far, we can’t thank you enough. And as we continue to grow and expand, we hope that you will continue to support us!
I want to also brag on one of our founders, Joseph Williams, and make sure everyone saw where he was featured in today’s print edition of USA Today and online here. While this isn’t the first time he has been featured in USA Today, it’s certainly the most meaningful. I want to encourage everyone to take a minute and read his column and pass it along to your friends and family. While we obviously write a bunch of silly, meaningless stuff about celebrity meltdowns and whatnot, we’re also trying to make a very concerted effort to also share our thoughts on some of the most meaningful issues facing society today.
So in conclusion, big props to Joseph for being published on the national level and a big thanks to everyone who has shown us so much love and support over the past year and a half!
I know it’s only July, but I think we can call this thing since it’s all politics anyway. The song of the year will be awarded to Macklemore’s Same Love. Aside from its obvious representation of a colossal shift in culture, the merits of this work are numerous. Its tone is not angry, but hopeful. He has taken the blame for hate toward homosexuals and spread it across the country, between many likely suspects: conservatives and Christians yes, but also rappers, anonymous Internet commenters, and even grade school children. He then affirms that hate is not a necessary byproduct of religion, but of a detached ignorance common in all of humanity. Macklemore reveals that his own activism is a result of his personal relationship with an uncle who is gay.
Squeezed in between all the major news stories of the last week, one tidbit of information caused my ears to perk up a few nights back. U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., and Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, are co-sponsoring “The Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act.”
What does the act exactly do? Well, its primary goal is to preserve artifacts on the moon from the famous 1969 U.S. voyage into space. The bill would award all of the privileges National Historic Parks within the country currently enjoy.