Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Hollywood Babble On & On #625: Purely Random Snark Attack!!!

Welcome to the show folks....

It's a bit slow for the sort of news stories that get me, and this blog seething with the white hot rage of a thousands suns, so here's some more of my random snark.


Zucker may be in the midst of his long goodbye but I don't think it's resurrection is going to be easy. It's just dropped its green-light on a sitcom based on the 20 something life of Chelsea Handler.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Ms. Handler, she has a talk-show on the Comcast owned E Channel, and is a stand-up comedian whose entire act can be summed up with:
"Got drunk, performed a sexual act with some guy, made fun of his genitals, got drunk again, and did it all over again with someone else."

To me, she's the female Russell Brand, all cleavage image and not much else. Oh, she has her fans, about half a million who watch her show and buy her books religiously, but she just leaves me and a lot of other people cold. Which makes me wonder why she's got yet another TV deal with a company that being taken over by Comcast, when she used to date a high ranking Comcast executive.

Maybe I should just drop this topic, it's making me sound like Perez Hilton.


The King's Speech is a movie about King George VI, his wife Queen Elizabeth (aka The Queen Mum), and the Australian speech therapist who helped cure his speech impediments so he could rally his nation to fight the Nazis in World War 2.

It sounds like the sort of sincere historical drama that gets Oscar nominations, critical praise, and a PG rating.

Goes to show what you know.

The King's Speech was recently rated "R" by the MPAA. That means that anyone under 17 can't see the film without being accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Which makes me want to ask the MPAA ratings
people: What the hell are you smoking?

The film has been judged the moral equal of
Saw 3D. Which makes you wonder if the film has graphic scenes of King George VI giving his Queen Consort the Royal Scepter, or a scene where the Speech Therapist takes a chainsaw to some unsuspecting victims, but no.

Apparently there's a scene where the King's speech therapy involves using a torrent of swear words.


The MPAA really has it's priorities mixed up.

The MPAA ratings system are supposed to give ticket-buyers an idea of what they're going to get.

PG: A little mature subject matter.

PG-13: Some strong language, some non-gory violence, and a little more mature subject matter.

R: Sex and/or gory violence, or to sum it up "Boobies &/Or Blood."

Now, folks are going to buy their ticket and see an Englishman unleash some Received Pronunciation F-Bombs.

That makes the whole system a case of blatant false advertising.

I suggest that the MPAA get its head out of its PG rated ass and use a little logic from now on.

Don't make me scold you even more!


Steven Spielberg's proposed TV series Terra Nova has laid off its writing staff. Now they're saying that they're doing that because they had to delay production, yadda-yadda-yadda, but I suspect that there are some deeper problems with this production.

The concept strikes me as being more befitting of a movie, or a mini-series, and not an open ended series. So I won't get my hopes up about it, because I don't want to be disappointed. Maybe it's because I can still remember
Seaquest DSV and remember that Spielberg doesn't have as much luck with TV as you think he would.


Kiefer Sutherland has been cast in a revival of the play That Championship Season. It's about former star high-school athletes dealing with their disappointing middle age during an emotional reunion with their bullying coach.

Let me tell you something. I caught a rehearsal, and the scene that Kiefer improvised where he savagely tortures his former coach to find the location of the bomb, is truly heart breaking.

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