I don’t understand the world of fashion. This photo spread from Italian Vogue makes no sense to me. What do cops manhandling models have to do with fashion? Is riot gear and underwear the new fashion paradigm? If so, I need to go shopping because I’m dangerously low on one of the two… I’ll let you guess which…
Why would you kill a stingray in retaliation for the death of Steve Irwin? This has The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (yep, I’m the guy that saw it) written all over it.
Steve Zissou: I’m going to find it and I’m going to destroy it. Possibly with dynamite.
Festival Director: That’s an endangered species at best. What would be the scientific purpose of killing it?
Steve Zissou: Revenge… Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go on an overnight drunk, and in 10 days I’m going to set out to find the shark that ate my friend and destroy it. Anyone who wants to tag along is more than welcome…
Somehow I suspect the concept of a revenge killing is lost on stingrays. Chances are they don’t even know the ray that whacked Irwin, but even if they did, if you start killing their friends indiscriminately, then the bad guys have won.
Finally, what is the world coming to when Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and their Asian baby attending a football game qualifies as news?
It’s so sad to see a celebrity falling, but so much fun to watch. Now that Tom Cruise has been booted from Paramount, he can go one of two ways. Either he’ll make really good pictures with his rogue production company, or he’ll continue to lose his mind and turn off audiences.
For us, this is a win-win. We either get to watch some really good film, or we get to watch another one of Hollywood’s elite fall to pieces. Yay, us!
I’ve been beating the political horse pretty hard for a while now and the Net Neutrality thing is done to death. I guess it’s time to pay attention to the third leg of my blog tripod – the lunacy that is the entertainment industry.
Speaking of lunacy, Tom Cruise opened a new movie this weekend. It fell well short of projections. They must have known that was going to happen. Given all the ads that featured “soft, romantic Tom” and played up the romance angle, it was apparent they were losing female movie-goers. It’s also apparent, given the ads all featured the same five or six action sequences, that the third installment was going to be much like the first two, and all the good stuff is in the trailers.
Several reviews of “Mission: Impossible 3″ pointed out that Mr. Cruise’s public persona had become a distraction when watching him on the big screen. “It’s impossible to watch ‘M:I-3′ without asking: Do we still, you know, like Tom Cruise?” the critic Owen Gleiberman wrote in Entertainment Weekly, while Manohla Dargis wrote in The New York Times: “It would be a stretch to say that Tom Cruise needs a hit. What this guy needs is an intervention.”
Hollywood spends so much time trying to promote the actors and make America identify with them, that it becomes dangerous for the movies they are affiliated with when their public image is a cultural joke.