Posted on June 27, 2006 | |
Again, assuming it's all not some elaborate bluff, thanks to the Radio Times (via Entertainmentwise), we learn why Billie Piper's leaving Doctor Who:
The longer I stayed, the more scared I’d be of leaving because it’s so comfortable and nice. I’m utterly grateful for the whole experience but you have to take care of yourself and do what you feel it right.
Okay. Not much of an explanation, but I suspect that's the best we'll get until her autobiography comes out. She's 23 and she's writing it now. At that age, my autobiography would have filled a couple of those notepads you find in hotel rooms.
Posted on June 26, 2006 | |
Here's a fun academic study for you. A bunch of “political scientists” stick two groups of people in front of TV sets. One group gets to watch Bush and Kerry's 2004 Presidential campaign; the other gets to watch CBS Evening News's coverage of the campaign. They both then get to watch The Daily Show. The result? They both end up more cynical about politics.
What's the conclusion? Well, The Washington Post swiftly derives the following idea from the slightly iffy study: “Jon Stewart and his hit Comedy Central cable show may be poisoning democracy.
Now I could dwell on geeky things about the study that make it pants anyway, like why there wasn't a control group, how they managed to find people who hadn't seen the 2004 Presidential campaign and so on. But here's another interpretation: if you're shown videos of people saying things that appear quite nice (particularly since they've been through focus groups to ensure they sound nice), you're likely to give them a high approval rating; show them that these people are lying to you or saying things that are blatantly contradicted by things they said earlier and you're likely to get cynical and less likely to believe them in future.
In other words, maybe it's not the Daily Show that's making people cynical - maybe it's the politicians and the Daily Show is just exposing them.
Posted on June 23, 2006 | |
Hustle is going to get turned into a movie now, according to the Hollywood Reporter (via Cinematical). Fox 2000 has grabbed the rights to the show, but Kudos, the production company behind Hustle, is still going to have a hand in it, with creator Bharat Nalluri producing and writer Tony Jordan penning the screenplay.
I can't say I'm thrilled - never watched it for one thing. What I can say is that anything that gets Robert Vaughn back onto cinema screens has to be good. The man is a legend.