My Great Aunt Muriel's old excuse for holding onto her VCR -- and eschewing the purchase of such "new" technology as a DVD player -- was that there were more titles on video tape, and that there was no way she'd ever be able to replace all (eight) of the movies in her library to make the DVD player purchase worth it. If she hadn't died five years ago, I'd print out this article from the Hollywood Reporter and mail it to her with a Best Buy gift card. The number of films now available on DVD has passed 90,000. I didn't even know there were more than 90,000 films out there. Turns out by December 31st of this year, there will be 90,440 movies that you can take back to Blockbuster without having to rewind them.
A reminder to all Americans: Read the fine print. A judge in New York has just thrown out several more lawsuits against 20th Century Fox by some of the slow-on-the-uptake citizens who we all laughed at in Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. The judge in the case ruled that the three plaintiffs--the driver's ed teacher who gets behind the wheel with Borat, and the two etiquette coaches with whom he sat down to dinner -- all consented to appearing in a "documentary-style movie" by accepting money for their efforts and signing releases that freed the filmmakers from liability.
Perhaps spurred on by the recent drama of the world's financial markets, the Wall Street sequel that's been in pre-production since last year is finally getting put on the fast track, according to Variety . The original film starred Michael Douglas as the famously unscrupulous corporate raider Gordon Gekko, who was so slimy he might have oozed the very oil that slicked back his hair. 20th Century Fox reportedly wants Douglas back for Money Never Sleeps, which has his character being released from a stint in prison. Douglas may be tired of being associated with the character, though -- just a few weeks ago, he snapped at reporters who wanted him to answer financial questions as Gordon Gekko. [To be fair, I, too, have no tolerance for reporters who ask actors to role-play. - Zach]
Warner Bros. is not making friends in geekdom. Even as comic fans are slowly realizing that WB may very well be at fault in the Watchmen rights dispute, Harry Potter fans are casting Cruciatus curses at them for pushing back the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The studio is getting such huge backlash, in fact, that Warner Bros President and COO Alan Horn had to issue a public response to all the complaints.
After viewing the Watchmen trailer, this Watchmen purist said that Zack Snyder deserved a torch enema from the Columbia Pictures lady. Miss C. politely declined, but the folks at 20th Century Fox are more than happy to use their spotlights on the director. Fox is attempting to enforce their prior (and apparently current) "settlement and release" rights on the Watchmen property, which they acquired in 1991 from Larry Gordon's LARGO company, and the matter now resides in court. Adding fuel to the fiery panic of the fanboys, who drool over every aspect and detail of the film, is the judge who refused Warners' request for dismissal of Fox's lawsuit. This could get ugly, folks. Who watches this Watchmen? The answer could very well be nobody.