On The Charlie Rose Show last night, actor/filmmaker George Clooney and former Disney CEO Michael Eisner discussed their careers and shifts in the entertainment business. While Eisner waxed on about an overall healthy growth in the entertainment business due to new technologies and platforms after a rocky period of transition, Clooney brought out the tired old Francis Ford Coppola line about “kids with digital video cameras” coming along and revamping visual storytelling. (I wanted to say, what about Tarnation? It may have been revolutionary, but few people saw it.) Of course, the situations are both more complex than either of them let on, but the interview made for relatively intelligent/entertaining TV viewing.
Personally, I enjoyed the moment where Rose cornered Eisner on backing off Fahrenheit 9/11 (Eisner says he wanted to hold off after the election to avoid taking sides and declined it had anything to do with Disneyworld and Jeb Bush in Florida). I was also surprised to hear Clooney say that a new musical score on Todd Haynes’ Far From Heaven, a movie he produced along with Steven Soderbergh, saved that film from disastrously poor test-audience scores.
You can watch a big free chunk of the show on Google Video here.