I'm not sure how but, somehow, it is once again Thursday, the day I present another edition of my brief comments on various subjects I like to call Look At My Briefs.
Kevin Smith pulled a clever stunt in which his producer auctioned off the distribution rights to his new film Red State only to sell the rights to himself for $20. His plan is to distribute the film himself the way producer William Castle used to do it in the 50s, taking it from town to town himself. His hope is that this would eliminate the need to spend millions of dollars on distribution and advertising costs. I don't see this working but man, it would be great if it did. If it doesn't work, I'll gladly pay 30 bucks for the movie and show it to my family to recoup the costs. My family will be mad when I charge them $10 for popcorn but they love me so they'll get over it.
Wait a minute, there's a third Olsen sister? And she's making quality movies and not stuff about twins who have to switch places in order to save a community center or whatever the hell the Olsen twins' movies are about? If we were closer to April 1, I wouldn't believe a word of this and I still don't fully believe that this girl didn't just purchase the rights to the Olsen name.
I like to think Gale-Anne Hurd was making a joke but I think most people who say stuff like, "A zombie invasion is less scary than a financial meltdown," actually mean what they say, at least until they think seriously about it. People doing that is literally worse than the Holocaust.
To those of you who think that the failure of the Academy to nominate Waiting For Superman in the Best Documentary category is prima facie evidence that the nominating committee all got hand jobs from the teacher's unions, you might want to read this.
I still think Hailee Steinfeld should have been nominated for Best Actress and not in the supporting role category. She was the lead character of the film and, if anything, Jeff Bridges was the one supporting her. Still, I hope she wins if for no other reason than that I can't think of who the hell else is nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
Despite an improved second episode, I still think American Skins is a pale imitation of its British original. Sadly, instead of its quality, people are freaking out over all of its non-existent child pornography. Some high profile advertisers have dropped out and, to my surprise, ratings dropped by half in the second episode. I'd like to think it's because everyone agreed with me that it wasn't that great but it's more likely that parents forbade their kids from watching it lest they see nipples and bare butts that weren't there. If it's the latter, it's a good thing they did that because it's not like the kids can just pull a phone out of their pockets and just watch it online. MTV is actually showing a bit of backbone, probably because the people complaining about it would eliminate MTV itself if they could but they will cancel it if the ratings don't improve. This puts me in the awkward position of defending a show for which I do not particularly care though, as I said, it did get better in episode 2.
Big Hollywood debating itself: Hollywood celebrities are self absorbed tightasses who should lighten up and take a joke vs. SARAH PALIN JOKES ARE MEAN AND CRUEL AND INEXCUSABLE SKREEEEEEEE!
Italian-Americans are complaining about Jersey Shore filming in Italy. I'll only complain if America lets them back in.