SUNDAY CENTS: Zac attack

Posted by · 6:37 pm · April 19th, 2009

For the second weekend in a row, a product of the Disney Channel has headlined the top film at the box office. This week it’s Zac Efron in the Warner Bros. comedy “17 Again.” Sure, this plot has been done before multiple times (three in 1988 alone), but not with that distinct new millennium flavor. […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Whoa, Montana!

Posted by · 7:23 pm · April 12th, 2009

Miley Cyrus proved to be just as popular in two dimensions as she was in three as “Hannah Montana: The Movie” opened at the top of the Easter box office chart with $34 million.  Given that $17 million of that came from Friday alone, one could assume that this will be a one-week wonder.  However, […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Fast’ cash

Posted by · 2:29 pm · April 5th, 2009

I have recently unearthed an internal industry memo.  It reads: Dear Studios, If you’d like us to pay to see your franchises, you must bring back all the cast members that starred in the original.  Do not worry about changing the plot too much, we liked what we saw that first time.  You don’t even […]

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“Listen you f***ers you screwheads…”

Posted by · 9:42 am · March 21st, 2009

I was watching some special on “Eastbound & Down” recently where one of the producers (might have been Will Ferrell, or maybe it was David Green) was talking about how the show is a commentary on the state of the hero in pop culture.  Then I heard the talk out of SXSW about “Observe and […]

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The dawn of the journo Twitter apocalypse

Posted by · 12:41 pm · March 17th, 2009

I was having lunch with a publicist recently who seemed to be totally confused at how Twitter was going to affect her job.  You know, someone sees a film, Twitters something about it off the cuff and suddenly there’s a conversation to be contained. My point of view is that there is nothing I can […]

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David Gordon Green catches his stride in comedy

Posted by · 10:06 pm · March 8th, 2009

It has to be doubly sweet for my southern brethren to take in HBO’s “Eastbound & Down” every Sunday night, but even if this country detail or that passes below your radar, or heck, even if you don’t know a blatant Ric Flair gag when you see one, I can’t imagine anyone not laughing their […]

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I am human

Posted by · 6:26 pm · March 8th, 2009

I was amazed at the number of trailers I caught over the weekend for films I actually wanted to see.  I’m usually rolling my eyes or, better yet, taking a refreshment and/or bathroom break, but I lit up a little bit. The new “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” materials could really do no wrong for a guy […]

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