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Hard News: Yet More Hobbit

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  • Hilary Stace,

    I actually think there's a real democratic benefit to having a PM who's as accessable.

    Key is actually very, very carefully managed by his media minders. Only goes to friendly, usually private, schools and pre-schools for his photo ops, and carefully staged walk-abouts. Has several minders and security people with him at all times. You used to see Helen Clark or even Don Brash walking through the airport or down Lambton Quay by themselves and buying their own coffee. Not this PM. So his reaction to Paul Henry is 'relaxed' until told otherwise.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Charlie Foxtrot Tango...

    Gerry must obviously see this as a gift horse chance to redeem his public image.

    Can Gerry Brownlee's appearance on
    Dancing with the Stars be far away?


    Dr Benway to Triage, please...
    Every time I see the acronym AE I think
    Accident and Emergency...
    ...and every time I see MEAA I think MEH!


    let Paul Henry haul penury...

    This blatant racism is something we are not 'relaxed about' and don't expect him (Key)
    to be either.

    Wouldn't it be grand if Paul Henry dragged
    John Key down with him...
    ...but I fear I am dreaming

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7630 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole,

    What particularly pissed me off was the implication from TVNZ that Henry speaks a) for me, and b) for a lot of the country. Do we want to be that country? It hardly fits with our "fair suck at the sav" self-image, that's for sure.

    To suggestions that Breakfast would go under if Henry left, well, sorry, but tough shit. If your survival hinges on a racist bigot who's given a long leash, you deserve to go down. Nothing against Pippa, who seems like a genuinely decent person from how she reacts to some of Paul's mouth-o's, but if you wallow with pigs you'll get stood on eventually.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4097 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    What particularly pissed me off was the implication from TVNZ that Henry speaks a) for me, and b) for a lot of the country. Do we want to be that country? It hardly fits with our "fair suck at the sav" self-image, that's for sure.

    As I've noted elsewhere, I'm sure there are plenty of Americans who agree with Rick Sanchez that the Jew York media elite is in the deathly-grip of a liberal Christ-killer circle jerk. Didn't prevent CNN deciding to sack the noxious arse-hat.

    Now, I always thought it was the evil Amerikkkan media conglomerates that would roll in any faecal matter for a rating point, while New Zealand's public broadcasters where a shining beacon of integrity and standards?

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12363 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    And in other vaguely on-thread news, it looks like several hundred jobs on Spartacus are safe, though under very sad circumstances.

    That this was inevitable doesn’t make it any less sad: Starz has officially started looking for an actor to replace Andy Whitfield on Spartacus.

    According to the just-released casting notice, producers are searching for a Caucasian male in his mid to late 30s to play the “smart, intense, passionate” title role. Interested parties must have an authentic British accent and be prepared to sign a three-year contract.

    Considering exec producer Steven S. DeKnight was saying last week shutting the show down was a serious option, this is the best of a bad lot for the local cast and crew.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12363 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Hi folks. I made you your very own Paul Henry thread, with additional musings from me:

    http://publicaddress.net/6877

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22403 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Timely, since my main toon just looted this last night.

    Hah, I bet that's not Tolkien's vision of a she-elf.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10522 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    I'm sure there are plenty of Americans who agree with Rick Sanchez that the Jew York media elite is in the deathly-grip of a liberal Christ-killer circle jerk.

    I presume the joke has been made a thousand times to make his middle name "Dirty".

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10522 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Well, I like how you can earn experience points...

    Very appropriate for the Hobbit. How that worked for Strictly Ballroom I'm less sure. Level 5 Waltz?

    Since Nov 2006 • 6242 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Ballroom is all about the leveling, dude. I only got to Bronze Medallion myself, and could see that the next 10 levels were a grind.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10522 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I never understood how it worked for The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. It wasn't even level up, it was 'glitter up', and the character sheets had all this stuff about cross dressing. Very confusing for a wee innocent lad such as myself.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6242 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan King,

    Is it just me, or have the mainstream media got the 'Hobbit rights issues almost resolved' and 'Hobbit actors issue nearly resolved (or not)' completely mixed up with each other? Which means they keep saying "progress", "resolution close" when there may be with one but in fact no movement on another.

    Since Sep 2010 • 183 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Bennett,

    AFAIK there have been no discussions between MEAA and SPADA yet - so I suspect the actors' issues are far from resolved.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 166 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan King,

    AFAIK there have been no discussions between MEAA and SPADA yet - so I suspect the actors' issues are far from resolved.

    Surely as each day goes by, with the ticking clock on The Hobbit growing louder, Peter Jackson et al seen to be doing something to resolve it, people flocking to add their names to this petition ... the actors must be losing ground with their intransigence.

    If nothing happens for a week and this thing goes pop -- the actors aren't walking away having won anything.

    Since Sep 2010 • 183 posts Report Reply

  • Jacqui Dunn,

    "but if you wallow with pigs you'll get stood on eventually."

    Oh, Oh! So unfair to pigs. Pigs are very intelligent animals! (Unlike me, who can't for the life of me figure out how to do a quote as outlined next to the post box! Duh!)

    Deepest, darkest Avondale… • Since Jul 2010 • 585 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Cox,

    Mate, it took me about 70 posts to figure that out.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 312 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    who can't for the life of me figure out how to do a quote as outlined next to the post box! Duh!)

    Okay, what I did there was this:

    (quote)who can't for the life of me figure out how to do a quote as outlined next to the post box! Duh!(/quote)

    Except instead of parentheses, I used pointy brackets like < this and this >

    Make sense?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22403 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Duignan,

    Australian politicians wading into this now:

    http://abetz.com.au/news/australian-union-should-abide-by-the-law-in-nz-film-row

    EDIT: interesting thing about the above article is that it doesn't even bother to refer to NZ actors equity. This is an Australian union calling an international boycott of a film shot in NZ. NZ actors are just along for the ride on this one I suspect.

    I think the only person who can call off the boycott is Simon Whipp, not Equity's Frances Walsh, or JWL...

    Does anyone know if anyone has talked to SPADA yet? Or are we still all getting the silent treatment?

    Since Oct 2010 • 18 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    or...

    Okay, what I did there was this:

    Step 1: highlight and copy the instructions after Quote: in grey to the left of the "Post a reply..." box
    Step 2: paste that into the "Post a reply..." box
    Step 3: copy the text you want to "quote" from wherever
    Step 4: highlight the word "text" from step 2
    and paste the copied "quote" over it...

    ...ditto all the other permutations
    then hit Preview all will be revealed prior to Posting

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7630 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Cox,

    I think the only person who can call off the boycott is Simon Whipp, not Equity's Frances Walsh, or JWL...

    It's not as simple as that unfortunately.

    Basically, the only way they could do this is for the MEAA to go back and tell the SAG and other member affiliates of the FIA that the initial stop work order was improperly created and void it as a result.

    Which I'm not sure the MEAA is that keen to charge out and do.

    I guess the suggestion some people are making is that's what should happen, and that the reason for voiding the stop work order would be something like 'due to unforseen complications with NZ legislation'??

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 312 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Duignan,

    Basically, the only way they could do this is for the MEAA to go back and tell the SAG and other member affiliates of the FIA that they might not have fully represented the complexity of the NZ legal system to them.

    Which I'm not sure the MEAA is that keen to charge out and do.

    I guess thats what I meant - you're just way more erudite and nuanced about it than me....

    Since Oct 2010 • 18 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    And
    Notice how Ian managed to use Bold words upthread.
    which is
    Step 1 Type in * followed by *
    Step 2 Type your text, or copy and paste whatever. (That lesson may follow later)
    Step 3 Type in * followed by *
    Easy peasy! (Italics lesson if needed)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    pah. We don' need no steenkeen' manuals, senor - we have ze cellphones!

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2830 posts Report Reply

  • Pat Hackett,

    The dispute now requires a skilled mediator who can find a way out for Simon Whipp and MEAA to call off the boycott without losing face. Neither seems likely. It will be very hot in a hobbit costume in Australia.

    Auckland • Since Oct 2010 • 95 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    pah. We don' need no steenkeen' manuals, senor - we have ze cellphones!

    You talkin' to me?

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

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