Friday, April 29, 2005

100% Cotton Fleecing

So by "Limited Edition" they meant "Available exclusively at Wal-Mart and"?

If I'd shelled out $54. 95 for one of those, I might be a tad miffed. Of course, if I'd shelled out $54.95 for a T-Shirt, I'd deserve it.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

If you can't beat 'em, preempt 'em!

Um, doesn't he know it's the first night of Sweeps?

Unless this is all part of his War on Hollywood. If so, well played Mr. Bush. Well played.

Especially when you look at the start time for his little infomercial, er, uh, press conference: 8:30 p.m. Starting on the half hour, rather than the hour seems a little odd. Until you consider the regularly scheduled programming he'll be bumping. Again I say, well played.

But maybe his scheduling rationale is less nefarious than that. Maybe he's just a big Joey fan.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Issue 2: Electric Boogaloo

The going gets weird

The latest issue of SMRT-TV has hit the virtual stands. Check it out.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

It's Not TV, It's HBO.J.

Two questions:

1. Why have I never heard of this before?

2. Why do I have to wait until August to see it?

Battle of the Precocious British Children

Warner Bros. might want to seriously consider moving the release date of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Currently it's scheduled for July 15 - the day before the new Harry Potter book hits the shelves.

When the last Harry Potter book came out, it was the day after The Hulk was released in June of 2003. The Hulk's opening, while sizable, was smaller than most box-office prognosticators were anticipating. It's Friday gross of $24.3 million was on target to deliver the weekend numbers expected of it. Then came Saturday. It dropped 11% from Friday. Most movies that appeal to kids go up on Saturday (even if there's a big fanboy rush on Friday, the box office tends to level off on Saturday, not drop significantly). Spider-Man, X-Men 2, Shrek 2, the first two Harry Potter movies (ironically, the third film in the series had a bigger Friday to Saturday drop than The Hulk), The Mummy Returns, Finding Nemo, Jurassic Park all went up from Friday to Saturday.

The Hulk had the 11th biggest opening day of all time (at the time) and the seventh biggest opening Friday. Yet, it could only muster the 16th biggest opening weekend. While there are plenty of possible explanations for its Saturday decline (bad word of mouth, most schools being out for summer - though both of those could apply to Batman Returns which still managed a minor Saturday bump), Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix has to be considered a factor.

And it's not just a matter of kids (and a few grownups) staying home to devour the latest adventures of the boy wizard. As Box Office Prophets wisely pointed out back then, The Hulk also had to wrestle for the deficited attention of the media as well:

The new Harry Potter novel turned into the big pop culture attention-getter this weekend, and stole Hulk's frenzy. Don't get me wrong - book sales do not impact movie box office to a measurable degree. However, it certainly can be said that it cut into Hulk's media coverage (aka free marketing). Media hysteria on Friday was all about Potter, and Hulk coverage was limited to more-often-than-not-poor reviews and the odd special effects story. CNN was live at a bookstore on Friday night, not at the movie theatre measuring lineups. Entertainment sections of newspapers covered Potter more than Hulk; in my Saturday paper, there was a full-page review of Potter, and nothing on the summer blockbuster. Did Universal not realize they were putting their biggest film of the summer out against the Potter book until it was too late?

Warner Bros. still has time to change course. I'd say that Charlie's intended audience overlaps with Harry's even more than The Hulk's did. In the past book sales may not have impacted the movie box office to a measurable degree, but the Harry Potter books are a phenomenon unto themselves. With more than ten million copies in print, there are going to be a lot of people staying home on July 16.

Janice Pulls a Janet

After making such a big stink about the girls being aware of their light on last night's crazy installment of America's Next Top Model, you'd think that Janice Dickinson would be more... aware of her own exposure while being photographed.

But no.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Surviving Christmas: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

So I'm watching this week's Project Greenlight and at the very moment that director/psycho John Gulager says, "An officer comes and says, 'There's a suspicious green package. Call the bomb squad,'" this is the shot that appears onscreen:

Nobody wants their face associated with that movie!

Gotta love those irony-loving Project Greenlight editors. Unless you're Ben Affleck. Then you'll probably have them fired.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Yippee-ki-yay, Brotherlover!

Two years ago, it was reported (and later debunk'd) that Bruce Willis wanted Britney Spears to play his daughter in Die Hard 4: Die Hardest. Now, it's reported that Willis wants Spears' ex, Justin Timberlake to play his son in Die Hard 4.0.

What I wouldn't give to see Spears and Timberlake reunited onscreen... as siblings. It may seem implausible, but if anyone can make it happen, it's Willis. After all, he appeared in both his ex's comeback film and her red carpet arrival.

Monday, April 04, 2005

"It is so smart... S-M-R-T"

"Television: Teacher, mother... secret lover."

TV, that is. So check out SMRT-TV for all your intellectual TV-watching needs.