Saturday, January 28, 2012

Jeff Goldblum's salary

My brother has been working  in the internet industry a long time, since before graphical interfaces became standard.  For example,  I remember him predicting 15 or 20 years ago that the newspaper industry was going to be  in trouble due to the internet, and while it took a fairly long time, he has been proven correct.  He was also an early cheerleader for the concept that the internet could be an encyclopedia that can tell you almost everything. It's certainly true today that you can get a answer to most queries  by searching the internet , though sometimes you have to take a little time searching for your answer, or you will find that what have you learned is inaccurate or not well sourced.

My little test for my brother back in the late 1990's was whether or not could you find Jeff Goldblum's salary for his various movies on the internet. Back then the internet  had very limited answers for this question.  How much can the internet tell you about something that is not public knowledge?  While it is often public knowledge what top drawing actors  are being paid for their movies, we usually not told what less publicized actors make (Movie and TV producers don't want their actors comparing salaries). A recent cursory check on the internet indicated that Jeff Goldblum got paid 1,000,000 dollars for his appearance in Independence Day, 500,000 per  episode for Law and Order, but got paid 100,000 per pop  for the 2007 show called Raines. There is still  not a movie by movie comparison of his salaries. So the internet is getting closer  to knowing everything, but it still can't tell you everything . That's probably a good thing.

I am not sure I care about Jeff Goldblum's salary, but I do find it fascinating to know how much actors get paid for their voice work on computer animated movies. For example, some of the principles in the Shrek movies are said to have received  as much as 10 million dollars per film which is an obscene amount of   money for a few days of voice work, and a  week or two of promotion or rehearsal.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Twisted by Stevie Nicks (featuring Lindsey Buckingham)

" Twisted" is a  relatively obscure song from 1996.  The song was written by Stevie Nicks for the Helen Hunt tornado disaster movie called Twister. As often is this case, in our era of "music inspired by" but not actually in the movie  soundtracks  you can barely find the song in the movie.  Stevie Nicks has often recorded stand alone songs for movies and movie soundtracks, and this one of the best of those songs.  Even  now, the song is  only available on the soundtrack album for the movie, although a solo acoustic version of the song was released on the  Stevie Nicks, box set, Enchanted.  What I  love about this  record  is the  rare chance to hear Stevie and Lindsey singing together on a excellent song. Stevie excels at backing vocals/ harmonies almost more so than at Lead Vocals and on this record I love the drama she imparts to "the sun goes down, crazy men, crazy women" parts at the end.  This song also features Mick Fleetwood on Drums making it almost a Fleetwood Mac Reunion, and this was  one of the sessions that led the group to decide to get back together in their classic lineup for 1996's "The Dance" Concert/TV special.