Cross Promotion: To get the word out about his new film Semi-ProWill Ferrell is shilling Old Spice deodorant. It doesn’t sound funny, but watch the clip. It’s good stuff.
Still Searching: More than 10 years after her death, Princess Diana continues to hold sway over Britain’s (and America’s) public. Particularly its conspiracy theorists. For the latest in the search for the smoking gun (or would it be poisoned apple?) read Thea Chard’sstory here.
What To Do With All Those Shiny Plastic Coasters? The LAT reports that 48% of teenagers didn’t buy a single CD in 2007. So which is going to die first, the CD or the OC Register?
The OC Weekly has long had the kind of relationship with the Orange County Register that you’d expect an irreverent weekly to have with the “establishment”paper in its coverage area. But something just awful has happened in the past few years: OCR has been sucking so profoundly, the weekly’s jokes stopped being … well, jokes.
To wit: OC Weekly began publishing a “Death Watch” for the paper of record, which would be a cute idea if the paper weren’t really, seriously dying. It’s the kind of feature that in another part of the country would be filled with sophomoric jokes about the decline in the newsroom staff’s pulchritude. Instead, it’s breaking news about content-sharing deals with Singleton.
Well, when the Reg finally does give up the ghost, at least OC readers will have the Weekly.
A Tipster tells us “That dude at the weekly isn’t breaking news, he’s printing conjecture about which he doesn’t really know all the facts. not that knowing all the facts is ever a reason for an alternative weekly or a blog not to run with a story, of course….”
In today’s LA Times, Patrick Goldstein, that brick-throwing radical, suggests that the Oscar producers are too old, too stuck in variety shows and that recruiting some fresh ideas from ESPN or FOX Sports might save the broadcast “event”.
We think forget sports, and look at reality shows.
Why not have the Best Song nominees warbled by the Best Actor nominees, ala American Idol?
Screenwriters can try their luck at acting out their scripts.
Editors should recut each other’s movies into very short YouTube films.
And new hosts? Why not Sarah Silverman and Margaret Cho with Gary Busey working the red carpet? Other than the whole good taste issue.
Cinematical’s Chris Campbell has some intriguing ideas as well, but his readers are livid:
these have to be some of the most stupid suggestions i have ever heard… and i am soooooo trying to take them as the joke i pray for them to be.
Whatever. The Movie Blog has some suggestions below, but boy, do they need an editor–this is slow.
Tick tock. In an announcement that is the cruelest kick to unemployed writers since the strike – starting at 5:30PM – Starbucks will close to re-train their baristas (Italian for ‘when slow gets screamed at’).
They call it ‘re-training’ – some writers call it ‘eviction’.
“We will have all new standards for how we create the drinks,” said spokeswoman Valerie O’Neil. “They will be trained in creating the perfect shot, steaming the milk and all the pieces that come together in a drink.”
Not that we’re smarty pants or know-it-alls – but Starbucks can’t train people after hours? Or before – hiring? Or after – hiring? But rush hour?! It would seem harsh if there wasn’t a Peet’s and Coffee Bean on every other corner.
Underscoring that heated rivalry, Dunkin’ Donuts said Monday that it will sell a small latte, espresso or cappuccino for 99 cents today from1 p.m. to 10 p.m. The offer is clearly aimed at wooing Starbucks customers left hanging during tonight’s three-hour shutdown.
“Dunkin’ Donuts wants to ensure that no coffee lover is denied a delicious espresso-based beverage,” the company said in a statement. (FYI: Dunkin’ Donuts does NOT operate in Southern California.)
Yes, Starbucks customers. We wonder if the Piggly Wiggly and Waffle House will try and woo them as well. Bet they don’t have WiFi.
Police are searching for a man suspected of stabbing two people who were watching a bloody horror movie in a Fullerton theater Sunday night, in what authorities describe as a random attack.
The male suspect stood over a lone moviegoer in the AMC theater in the 1000 block of South Lemon Street and stabbed him at about 7:30 p.m. after “The Signal” had begun. He then walked toward the rear exit of the theater, where he stabbed the second victim, police said.
Didn’t a tornado hit a drive-in during a screening of Twister?
The three-plus hour show plunged to a record-low average of 32 million total viewers, according to early figures from Nielsen Media Research.
Look people, if we don’t support this thing – they may not have it again next year. And then where will the tux clad seat fillers go? Where will they go?
But the worst news for academy officials may have come amid the results for young viewers, the demographic most eagerly sought by TV executives. Sunday’s show posted a 10.7 rating in the crucial demographic of adults ages 18 to 49, shedding fully one-quarter of that group compared with last year.
Really? They had Jessica Alba and Miley Cyrus. The only thing missing was Dane Cook hosting and a crunk battle for Best Picture.