by Dave Thomas
Angelina Jolie in Wanted
It’s a race to see who can lower expectations the fastest this month, with M. Night, Mike Meyers, a post-Evan Almighty Steve Carell and a post-Hulk Hulk all offering their wares, often at the same time.
YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
You got your Apatow in my Sandler! You got your Sandler in my Apatow!
WILL IT SUCK?
Basically this is a contest between the general suckiness of most Adam Sandler movies (represented here by I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry helmer Dennis Dugan) and the general goodness of Judd Apatow’s writing efforts (Knocked Up, 40 Year Old Virgin).
With Robert “TV Funhouse” Smigel and Sandler (who rarely writes his suckfests) co-writing, I’d like to think that the odds are in Apatow’s favor, but given Sandler’s horrendous track record, I just can’t muster the faith.
HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
With Dewey Cox and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the box office honeymoon with all things Apatow may be waning, but Sandler’s had nary a revenue misstep when he’s stuck to comedy. $111mil.
KUNG FU PANDA
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Panda learns kung fu. The title’s pretty accurate.
WILL IT SUCK?
Early buzz is good. The kung fu itself is supposed to be pretty kick-ass. Seemed to get a better reception at Cannes than Indiana Jones.
Archive for May, 2008
by Dave Thomas
From a CNN transcript
When the lead-up to the war began, the press corps was under enormous pressure from corporate executives, frankly, to make sure that this was a war that was presented in a way that was consistent with the patriotic fever in the nation and the president’s high approval ratings…..
And my own experience at the White House was that, the higher the president’s approval ratings, the more pressure I had from news executives — and I was not at this network [she was working for ABC, not CNN] at the time — but the more pressure I had from news executives to put on positive stories about the president…. [ABC] would edit my pieces. They would push me in different directions. They would turn down stories that were more critical and try to put on pieces that were more positive
You can see the video here.
Our friends at andiamnotlying.com have a great post up about the Union Square Spartans. They’ve included a video of two emo kids with matching white belts fighting, so need we say more?
“They are destroying the Constitution”
“80% of Republicans are just Democrats who don’t know what’s going on”
JellyNYC just released the official schedule (with a few TBA surprises still to come.) More at Mccarrenpark.com.
Archie Bunker, Joe McCarthy, and the ghost of Strom Thurmond have apparently teamed up to pen a *completely idiotic* editorial about Obama’s supporters for the National Review. Wake up and smell the decade. [Hat tip Jezebel]
For a Boomer like me, following the threads of the Obama movement is like a flashback from a bad 60s drug trip — an old, unwelcome nightmare. Whether it’s Billy Ayers or Bernadine Dohrn, Tom Hayden or Jane Fonda, or any of the other lesser-knowns, 60s Marxist radicals are lining up behind Obama.
Obama’s young worshippers think they see something altogether new, a unique persona, seemingly magically transported to this moment in history to help them finally be the ones to net the elusive butterfly of socialism’s never-realized promise…. Sixties’ radicals see their as yet unfulfilled yearning for socialist utopia in a well-groomed, glittery, establishment-approved package… Obama is clean-cut. He talks unity, not subversion. He promises equal outcomes without resorting to violence to get them. He endorses marriage and fidelity for himself, without condeming other lifestyle choices. He speaks in highbrow English, rather than the 60s revolutionary slogans…
Obama’s followers make high-tech videos, mindlessly chanting, ‚”Yes, we can” instead of making bombs to blow up government buildings, or holding up armored trucks and killing police officers.
This new generation seems to have the opportunity to do now with mere votes what their predecessors tried and failed to do through violence. We can finally seal the deal on the real revolution — democratically. Obama, the Closer, is at hand.
Evidenced by his list of supporters, from Ayers Dohrn, Hayden and Fonda, to the New Black Panthers, the New SDS, the New Winter Soldiers, et al., the radical Left has anointed Obama as the One. Every aging, anti-war, anti-capitalist group and their new offshoots are flocking around Obama like moths to a flame…
To these rabid Marxist radicals, Obama is the One, because he’s probably their last chance to see socialism triumph on our own soil.
It’s appropriate that the article is actually penned by someone named “Shiver.”
Michael Goodwin of the Daily News sums up Hillary’s ghoulish gaffe nicely:
SICK. Disgusting. And yet revealing. Hillary Clinton is staying in the race in the event some nut kills Barack Obama. It could happen, but what definitely has happened is that Clinton has killed her own chances of being vice president. She doesn’t deserve to be elected dog catcher anywhere now. … We have seen an X-ray of a very dark soul. One consumed by raw ambition to where the possible assassination of an opponent is something to ponder in a strategic way. Otherwise, why is murder on her mind?
Go away Hillary. Go away.
Do we really want a potential president taking counsel from a lunatic like this? This kind of rhetoric further compromises the so-called “war on terror” and further alienates us from the very people with whom we should be trying to make peace.