Am I the only one who almost cries when they read this? I always say the MTV Video Awards is the one major pop culture item that debuted, peaked and died in my lifetime, but I’ve got to add VHS tapes to that list. My VHS tape library was pretty big until a couple years ago when I sold a whole bunch of them in a pinch. I subscribed and unsubscribed and subscribed again about a trillion times to Columbia House, and one of the coolest days of my life was when McDonald’s Video in my hometown of Clarks Summit was going out of business and they let me buy as many tapes as I wanted for a buck each. I got about 50, including such classics as Cool Surface for Teri Hatcher’s nude scene and the Spike Lee trash Get on the Bus. When I sold Cool Surface someone paid like $32 for it on eBay. Profit, baby!
This is not good news for Watchmen fans. Not good news at all. I still say this gets worked out by March 6, whether it comes in the form of a settlement or double distribution. But it doesn’t help Fox or Warner Brothers if this thing doesn’t get released. It’s going to be too big a hit for it not to make enough money for everyone.
You can make a good case for Philip Seymour Hoffman as the best actor working right now because he’s still at the point where he’s not a big enough star that he only makes “safe” pictures. I’m trying to remember the last thing I didn’t like him in, and it’s just not happening. Even his early, small parts in big movies — Twister, Nobody’s Fool, Big Lebowski, etc. — are memorable.
So not only can Hank Baskett ruin the Eagles’ chances by not suiting up last weekend, but he can also figure out other ways to deprive us. Because I’m sure this was alllllllll Kendra’s decision.
Here’s my promise to you. When I’m up for an Oscar for one of the best performances of the year, I’m going to splurge on Christmas. Not like some people.
So eight of the nine principals are set for the Arrested Development movie. Anyone wanna take a guess on who the holdout is? It probably rhymes with Cycle Mera. If he (or she) takes a job remaking a crappy TV show when he could take the job reprising his role in one of the funniest shows of the last 10 years, then you have my permission to sling Canadian insults at him.
If you can’t wait for Jan. 18 to see the first episode of Season 2 of Flight of the Conchords, we have the antidote. It’s online right now for free.
I’m kinda surprised Disney is giving the finger to the next Narnia movie, though I’m not sure why it surprises me so much. The studio never seems to show faith in anyone after one bad project. Maybe it was right in axing M. Night Shyamalan — history has shown it was — but you don’t treat people who make you a billion dollars that way. The second Narnia looked like it made its money back, at the very least, but since it didn’t make as much as the first one, it’s gone. More reasons Disney is ruining the world.