I’ve always thought that the word “chimerical” alludes to shamanry and hocus-pocus. Websters says it means “unreal, imaginary, visionary, wildly fanciful,” etc. Either way I can’t say I’ve used it with any regularity in daily conversation. Nonetheless, Slate‘s Kim Masters has used it to describe the Writers Guild’s alleged victory (i.e., “big win”) over the producers.
The just-about-concluded WGA strike was punishing but, in the words of Michael Clayton director-writer Tony Gilroy, “clearly necessary.” He tells N.Y. Times reporter David Carr (a.k.a. “the Bagger”) that writers and directors “have our nose in the tent for real for the first time” and that “we would never be in [this] position”without the strike. “Anybody who says the strike was a bad idea is dead wrong.√ɬ¢√¢‚Äö¬¨√Ǭù
Carr notes, however, that the strike “was bad for writers in the short term. The delays caused by the strike prompted the studios to ask themselves a fundamental question about the need to finance all manner of pilots for a traditional upfront extravaganza followed by a traditional introduction in the fall. That system, fairly unchanged through the years, has historically been lucrative for writers.
“Emboldened by the strike, the studios severed existing contracts with writers, successfully turned over more of their prime-time schedules to reality programming and vowed to hold the line on filming new shows for next season.”
L.A. Times “Big Picture” columnist Patrick Goldstein,meanwhile, has declared that one of the biggest losers o the strike was teh HFPA and the Golden Globes.
“Does anyone remember that Johnny Depp won a Globe a few weeks ago?,” Goldstein asks. “Strip away the red carpet, the movie stars and some reliably antic behavior at the ceremonies and what do you have? An award show that no one in Hollywood paid the slightest attention to. Reduced to a 35-minute press conference by the refusal of actors to cross WGA picket lines, the Globes were revealed to be what they’ve tried so hard to disguise, a collection of awards concocted by 83 obscure foreign journalists, not an actual Hollywood institution.”