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Nov 12, 2007

Monday's Moods (11/12/07)

New feature time!

Monday’s Moods will be a sad attempt by me to tap into the zeitgeist of the pop culture landscape. As we all know, living in Arizona working as a data monkey keeps me in tune with all of the celebrity goings-on and biz news that Variety wishes they could keep up with.

The premise is simple – I’ll choose a few people, places and/or things and let you know how they’re feeling. We’ll all hope that none of them have “a case of the Mondays,” but that’s unlikely.

Robert Redford – pissed off
Judging from the tone of Lions for Lambs (which Mrs. Fletch and I saw this weekend; review to come), the squire of Sundance was already pretty peeved – but that was just at Bush, the war, and the apathy of Americans in this non-protest time of ours. Now he can add the moviegoing audience to that list, as Lambs took in just ~$7 million this past weekend, it’s first in wide release (also Tom Cruise’s first wide release in years not to open at #1).

Jerry Seinfeld – melancholic
The good news for Jerry: Bee Movie jumped to the number one spot at the box office, leapfrogging American Gangster, which bested it in it’s opening weekend last Friday. Finally, all those commercials and Dol-bee spots paid off. The sad news: the last of the Seinfeld season DVDs was recently released, meaning the streams of royalty dollars are likely to slow down in the coming months. I hope the guy doesn’t lose his house or anything.

TV/Film Studios – arrogant
No, I don’t know much (ok, any) of the details of the Writer’s Strike that is currently going on, but I do know that TV is going to turn to sh*t in about 3 months and movies will follow about a year or two later. I can’t wait to see reality shows such as Who Can Vomit More? or My Father’s Also My Brother! – they’re sure to be big hits! At theaters, get ready for a lot more indie films getting put into wide release, longer stays for films at theaters and maybe even some re-releases, in case you missed Gremlins 2 the first time around.

CMA producers/winners – sad
Because I don’t care about country music. The voicemails begging me to start doing so are getting annoying, by the way.

Kanye West – grieving
Via CNN.com: “The mother of hip-hop mogul Kanye West died following a "cosmetic procedure" in Los Angeles this weekend, her publicist told CNN Monday.” Bad enough to lose your mother, it’s gotta be worse when it’s from complications due to whatever cosmetic procedure she was having done. More: “Kanye West's writing partner Rhymefest lamented Donda West's death Sunday in an appearance on Chicago radio station WCGI, the AP reported. "She was everyone's mom," Rhymefest said. "A spirit never dies, a spirit lasts forever.” That’s right, folks – Rhymefest. I think that was just the encouragement I needed to finally go ahead with my proposed name change to “Moviepalooza.”


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Matt said...

I was going to watch Lions for Lambs but then I saw Bee movie instead. It was much better than I expected; definitely more on the kiddie side but enough it goes goes off on an such an unexpected tangent that you can't help but be engrossed. Plus, I'm probably one of the handful of people who thinks Renee Zellweger's voie is kind of sexy.

I've also been checking up on the writer's strike thing lately. I think you're not alone in being confused by the whole affair. Neither the writers nor the studios seem to really have a clue what they should be doing about their disagreements. (They're arguing over how much writers should get off new media profits - dvd sales, online advertising, internets related income on formats that haven't been invented yet, etc.)

WaywardJam said...

Great new feature! I especially love the CMA smack to the face. And to think I totally forgot to DVR that awards show!

Good luck on figuring out the Writer's Strike. I heard it was about royalties, or the lack there of..but I'm starting to wonder if it's not just a good excuse for an extended holiday too.