Entry standard for Walk of Fame is dropping

Queen Latifah now has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Can you name even half of a good film that she’s been in?

What author double-acts would you like to see in movies?

Following the news that WB is planning a movie in which Shakespeare and Cervantes become friends and bum around Europe together (or solve crimes. Who knows?), I wondered which other authorial double acts you’d all like to see in the movies. Let me know.

Here’s a few to get you started:

  1. Martin Amis and Harold Pinter: “when two authors clashed over their views on modern-day American Imperialism, it was murder”
  2. J D Salinger and F Scott Fitzgerald: “Their first names a secret, their attitude insouciant, they came to change nothing, but left having changed everything”
  3. Enid Blyton and Raymond Chandler: “Who you nodding at, kiddo? This ain’t toy town any more!”
  4. Daniel Defoe and Jonathan Swift: “It was a journey greater than any they’d written about, but they would be back by Friday”

Futurama may get a reprieve


We’ve talked before about Fox’s nasty habit of cancelling quality shows and how it seems finally to have developed a quality filter. Now, there’s nothing harder for a TV executive to do than to say they were wrong. But it seems Fox has learnt its lesson over Futurama and is contemplating bringing the show back after it scored success on DVD.

I’m not a big fan of Futurama but it was still a good show, killed before its prime. Off the top of my head, I can name quite a few shows that also bit the dust in the US before they should have as I’m sure you can. But the interesting aspect of this is that DVDs are now enabling networks to spot recent shows that were good but low-rated because of poor advertising or scheduling. Anyone want to run a sweepstake on what the next show they’ll bring back from the dead will be?

EMAP planning an FHM radio station

While I can see vaguely where Dee Ford, head of EMAP’s radio business, is coming from, the idea of an FHM radio station seems, erm, odd. How many people does she think buy FHM for the articles? And what’s the content going to be like?

FHM DJ: Hi Sarah Dunn from Hollyoaks! Sit down. Love the bikini, by the way. Let me describe it to the listeners at home…

I imagine that Dee Ford is thinking of something only loosely associated with ‘Junior Playboy’ – probably something along the lines of a radio station that plays the kind of music 17-year-old boys without girlfriends like. (You may think I’m stereotyping, but back in the 90s, the ad team at FHM used to pitch the mag to advertisers as “being read by teenage males without much experience of women”. I have no idea if they still do…).

And isn’t there a risk that a mediocre FHM radio station would risk tarnishing the print brand’s great image? Oh, what am I thinking…?

Disclaimer: I do some work for EMAP from time to time. Only for Broadcast though, not for FHM