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A Little Nonsense... Is Sure To Be Missed

"So much time and so little to do.  Wait a minute.  Strike that.  Reverse it."  -  Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka

I find myself faced with writing another blog in remembrance of one of my favorite comedic icons.  First Robin Williams.. and now Gene Wilder.  His performances in "Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein," "Silver Streak," and "Stir Crazy" rank among my all time favorites.  His seemingly effortless comedic style was one to be both envied and emulated.  And, as the train wreck remake...

Do You REALLY Need The Money?

"A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart." -  Jonathan Swift

Stop me if you've heard me say this before: "Ben-Hur will be a colosSal flop!"  Well, guess what, I was right, yet again.  Hey, it's not hard to do when remake retreads keep flowing out of Hollywood faster than police chases on the 101.  But, in keeping with my promise to NOT bash the glut of remakes, I will instead chose to focus on those IN said remakes.  Have you Hur-ed Morgan Freeman was in this remake?...

Original Funny Kills 'Em Every Time

"Comedy is underrepresented in every actor's life, because it's so bloody difficult to write."  - Michael Caine

In what was (to me) the easiest thing to predict from this past weekend was the slide of Suicide Squad at the box office (in fact audiences dropped off by 67.3%).  Face it, the fanboys who wanted to see it (a time or two) did so on its opening weekend.  But was DID shock me a bit was the surge of Sausage Party.  Whoa... holy funny shit, Batman.  Then I got to thinking... that's...

If It's A Gender-Bending Twist, It Makes It New Right?

"You know you've been around when they start to remake your own movies when you're still alive." -  Sylvester Stallone

No, I'm not going back on my last blog about being pro-remake.  But THIS is different.  The Hollywood Reporter has word of not one, not two... but FOUR gender-bending projects. They are:

- Dirty Rotten Scoundrels -  Rebel Wilson takes one of the two leads originally held by Steven Martin and Michael Caine

- Splash - Channing Tatum to play a Merman instead of the Mermaid...

Just Look Pretty and Wait for the Highlights, Dear

"Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game." - Michael Jordan

Oh, M.J.  You maybe the NBA's G.O.A.T., but it seems you don't know much when it comes to watching the Summer Olympic games.  What's that you say?  His Airness wrong?  Well, yeah.  I mean, he is according to NBC Olympics Chief Marketing Officer John Miller.  Oh, you didn't hear?  Well.. allow me to enlighten you.  Mister Miller said:

"The people who watch the Olympics are not particularly sports fans.  More Women watch the Games than...

Waving The White Flag and Drinking The Kool-Aid

"In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest." - William McKinley

Or I could have chosen "If you can't be 'em, join 'em."  Congratulations Hollywood, you've done it.  Thanks to announcements this week that Rebel Wilson is remaking "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and Channing Tatum will play a mer-man in a redux of "Splash," I'm done.  Henceforth I will no longer be that one fish swimming against the crush of remakes flooding out of La-La land.  I'm all in.  I'm all for it.  I'm...

It's Funny How Bad Comedy Movies Have Become

"Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious." -  Peter Ustinov

Kudos to "Bad Moms" for, as some Hollywood sites say, surprising at the weekend Box with nearly $24 million.   BUT... others are using its solid opening weekend as a sounding board for just how bad most studio comedy films have performed in recent years.   Case in point, The Hollywood Report cites the poor performances of "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping," "Keanu" and "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" as examples of the struggles of...