Saturday, July 01, 2006

Oh yeah, and the rest...

So what's the latest scoop? Well, I tell you what. I already know this You Me and Dupree is going to be a hit because this dude in my building who enters all the sweepstakes entered in the You Me and Dupree Sweepstakes. You can't BUY that kind of publicity! Oh sure, it's just another day at the office for the hunky star of Wedding Crashers and Bottle Rocket, Owen Wilson, but Kate Hudson, man! She's come out of retirement AGAIN to do this movie! That's saying something. As for the directors, I love those guys. Nice to see them go from The Matrix to more of a date movie.
In other new movie news, The Devil Wears Prada is about to hit, and big. For Meryl, it's a follow-up to She-Devil, or perhaps, more practically, a replacement; still, you can't beat that title sequence. For Anne Hathaway, it's The Princess Diaries 3: Dream Over. And hey, all you big time movie critics! New York Times, in particular. Where's all the complaints about product placement in the movies, huh? What if it were called The Devil Drinks Pepsi?
Oh wait, I got more. Yeah, that's right. You know, it wasn't so long ago that if a character were named Priestly, everyone would've made the instant connection to 90210 star Jason Priestl(e)y. Has that time passed so quickly? Is cameraman Tom Priestley more famous? Lord help us if we come to that. But I guess we at least know when the torch was passed... Then there's Alec Baldwin as Kudrow in Mercury Rising... Becker, am I the only one who remembers?
Meanwhile, on cable, I caught enough of the remake of Gloria with Sharon Vonne Stone to find distate with it. Why, even Henry Hill himself would find the setup more than a little implausible. It starts off where a low-level mobster, Mike Starr, who's usually a likable guy whatever role he plays, goes to a stoolie's house and kills him and his whole family. And I mean, his WHOLE FAMILY, one by one, except for his son who he sends out the back with a valuable 3 1/2" floppy disk. Ah, the good old days of data storage; must be a really efficient mob if it can be incriminated with just one floppy. The point being, even the most spineless stoolie is not going to just stand by and do nothing as each of his family members gets shot. To be fair, he was packing heat but forgot the bullets, or the gun jammed or something. I don't know. Maybe it's a dignity thing; it was directed by Sidney Lumet, after all.
In the meantime, while the whole world waits to see how much money the new Superman's going to lose, I did see a trailer for the next Nicolas Cage vehicle. It was a little strange because it said "On February 16..." which is like, 7 months away? I can't wait that long! Maybe they meant to release it 5 months ago but forgot. Anyway, he plays another walker between both worlds, only this time there's a motorcycle involved. Then there's a thing that looked like the Balrog with a similar fiery whip. And finally there was a sequence where he's driving the motorcycle up the side of a damn skyscraper, but alas I found it less than inspiring. Am I getting too used to this new CGI / Motion Capture visual ethic / ethos? Well, with Superman back in town, the DC Comics may finally be putting the kaibash on Marvel's heretofore successful reign of Box Office terror. That Stan Lee's been strutting around like he owns the place!

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