Saturday, February 19, 2005

With the Calvins posted, I finally have an opportunity to get back into the daily grind. I will do another entry about the various selections made, but for now, let's focus on site stuff. BOP Today will be launched in the next few days, and it will be a valuable resource for tracking the day to day behavior of movie projects. Historically, we have been a site that has celebrated ideas more than the minutiae of a project. With no movie Web site filling this void in the past year or so since the guy at Yahoo! Movies got sick (get well soon, GDS), we are going to gradually enhance our presence as the premiere place for daily movie updates. I hope. I am not going to lie about the fact that it's a massive undertaking, and it's not going to be an easy task to achieve.

As far as Academy Awards week goes, we are going to post Viewer Awards results on Monday. Wednesday or Thursday will have some of the staff's individual ballots posted. I would expect to see 8-10 of the 26 made live initially. I don't know if we will wind up doing more than that or not. We may or may not do an Academy Awards predictions contest. That one will depend upon whether some tech is put in place in time. If it is, we will have a very cool prize awarded to the winner, so cross your fingers. We also might do a BOP list, but I would say the odds of that are only about 50/50 since it's time dependent.

One note about this blog: since we are going to be highlighting these from now on, you can expect frequent updates from here on out.


Wednesday, February 09, 2005

I'm back in the saddle again after an unscheduled hiatus. I had a minor (ha!) bout with pneumonia that has kept me in bed a lot more often than any non-prostitute should ever be. Since Hyde is guilting me into scraping myself off the ground with his "the only blog that updates" schtick, I figured it was time to kick the dust off of this thing. I will wrap up the football season at a later date, but today is business first.

As you might have noticed, there is a lot going on with the site. Calvin Trager, the writer of our Viewer Mail columns, proposed that in addition to our own Calvins Awards, we give you readers a chance to chime in on your own. This liberates us from the normal batch of email saying, "How could you ignore Super Babies in your Best Picture vote?" Now, we just turn it back on you by pointing out you got a vote, too. Frequently, we are no happier with some of the votes than you are, but with such a large group contributing, majority will always rule. The Reader Awards give you an opportunity to experience firsthand the satisfaction as well as the aggravation of being a single vote out of a ton of people.

Since I can see the current voting stats and you can't, let me simply say that I am surprised by what a runaway this is. The same film appears likely to win the first three categories with Best Picture being a blowout of Patriots/Colts proportions. By the way, if you get posting errors, please keep trying to vote. The sheer volume of votes is creating a tremendous strain on our server. That's unavoidable, and it's a tribute to you kind folks as loyal readers.

As for the Calvins themselves, the votes have been tabulated, and the schedule is finalized. We will start with Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Music, and Best Trailer next Monday. All 17 categories will be posted by the end of the week. We will follow that up by publishing the results of the Reader Awards the following Monday. This gives you an opportunity to compare what the masses thought as opposed to the staff. We also plan to publish individual votes at some point down the line, but since that idea got blown out of the water last year, I make no guarantees.

Finally, we have a new section of the site ready for publication in the coming days. BOP Today will highlight all the daily updates which we have historically performed behind the scenes. These aspects of running a movie site never got mentioned on the front page due to our desire to keep a clean look above the fold while avoiding the "busy" nature of a lot of news content sites. I don't have an exact launch date for this yet, but it should be by the end of the month and possibly much sooner than that. The tech is actually done. We simply need to finish testing it to make sure it's ready for prime time.



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