Hello everyone, time to wipe some random drippings from my brain pan, and wipe them on your computer screen....
The folks at the LA Times are wondering if the Oscars have given up on wooing the young with the recruitment of Billy Crystal to be the host.
Now I think Crystal, who first hosted the Oscars in the Silent Era, probably got the job because he was actually willing to do it on relatively short notice more than any demographic consideration.
However, should the Oscars pursue the young whipper-snappers in their dungarees listening to their rock and roll boogie woogie music?
Probably not because it only succeeds in making the Oscars look even more old fashioned and square. It's the Awards Show equivalent of your grandfather dressing up like MC Hammer because they think it will make them a "hep-cat."
Let's look at Oscar's recent attempts to "connect" with the youngsters:
1. Jon Stewart came across as stale and smug.
2. Chris Rock didn't seem to know what to do, and I think he hurt Sean Penn's feelings when he made fun of Jude Law.
3. Anne Hathaway was actually burning calories when she co-hosted, but her co-host James Franco looked bored, disinterested, and possibly high. Their mismatched energy was further hobbled by limp writing.
I don't think the Academy shouldn't even bother angling for the youngsters, because youngsters don't give a shit about the Oscars.
The Academy Awards are for people who go to movies that are made for people who vote for the Academy Awards. It wasn't always this way, but times and Hollywood have changed, and unless they're going to start nominating Twilight movies, the Academy isn't going to get any younger.
|Don't accuse me of posting cheesecake, I Googled "Past Oscar Host" & got this picture instead of one of Billy Crystal, honest.|
2. SIGN OF HOPE SIGN OF DESPAIR!
I think this a sign of hope, Sony Pictures has ceased production of Roland Emmerich's next bombast fest Singularity, because they thought the script wasn't good enough for a $175 million production.
However, this sign of hope is hampered by the simple fact that Sony's Columbia Pictures division has spent $79 million on Adam Sandler's latest shit-sandwich Jack & Jill. Don't just take my word for it, Movieline has collected the most scathing critical responses to the movie, which stands, as of this writing at 4% "Rotten" at Rotten Tomatoes.
Seriously what possible reason other than the paychecks and perks written about yesterday can possibly explain how $79 million was spent on Adam Sandler running around in drag?
Taking a stand about Singularity's quality was a nice first step, but it's only a first step.
I think Sandler's become a parody of himself now, I really do.
4. ASHTON KUTCHER TAKES THE FIRST STEP....
....and admits that he's an idiot.
|The truest thing he's ever said.|
He's handing over control of his Twitter account to his management and publicity team after tweeting to the defense of Penn State Football Coach Joe Paterno who sorta, kinda, allegedly allowed child rape as a hobby for a member of his coaching staff.
I guess 140 characters just took up too much brain power.