As today’s blog reminiscence by Baltimore Sun movie critic Mike Sragow reconfirms, some things never change. Magazine editors place their bets on certain cover story allegiances, subsequent buzz be damned.
A week or two later, I discovered the editors’ underlying rationale. “There’s only room for one sci-fi smash per summer. This summer it’s going to be Tron.” And they had already locked up special cover art with Jeff Bridges in his Tron outfit.
Sragow also shares a misguided box office prophecy for the ages. After screening E.T. at his behest, someone at Rolling Stone predicted the following: “It [the movie] celebrates kids who still ride bicycles. Teenagers drive to the movies. They won’t go to see their younger brothers glorified.”