Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Catching up on the world of entertainment

- The 2012 Best Picture nominations for the Academy Awards are in place and The Help leads the field when considering domestic gross numbers. The Help is currently at $170M followed, distantly, by Moneyball at $76M and War Horse at $72M.

- While it's great that Red Tails has elevated the story of the Tuskegee airmen, the story deserved better. This is a movie which needed the understanding touch of a Steven Spielberg-Tom Hanks collaboration, a la Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers. The dialogue in this movie was painful and the sub-titling on the German flight scenes was downright laughable.

- Well, I'm flattered by the company I'm keeping. Readers of this blog know that I'm an unabashed fan of Homeland (Showtime.) And, others are now picking up on the quality of this drama--Showtime's public relations department is having a hard time keeping up with the demand for DVD sets of Season One. Yes, I know the first season has not yet been released to the general public but no less than ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer and a staffer for former President Bill Clinton have asked for the 12 episodes of this show.

- If you didn't tune in to the premiere of Smash, you need to check it out. NBC's much-hyped new show opened last night to solid numbers--11.5 million viewers and the biggest 9:00 p.m CT/10:00 p.m. ET drama ratings this year. However, industry observers expected bigger ratings given the lead-in of The Voice, which had 17.7 million viewers. Smash is very well done and stars ex-American Idol finalist Katherine McPhee along with Debra Messing.

- Finally, Saturday Night Live comedienne Kristen Wiig is in negotiations to star opposite Ben Stiller in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The film will center on a timid magazine photo manager who goes in search of a missing negative. Wiig plays Stiller's co-worker and girl of his fantasies. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

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