Sunday, August 26, 2007

Blotter: Mexico Quiero Taco Bell, Ebert's a Big Thumb, Bubba No-Tep, Venice in Macau, and Owen Wilson's Darjeeling Limitations

This is what I intended for this blog to be but it has turned personal and full of stupidity and music/ concert/movie reviews but here's some of the most interesting/humorous stories I read recently.

"There must be a million joints that sell tacos in Mexico. Soon, there will be one more: In late September, Taco Bell will open a restaurant in the northeastern city of Monterrey. De verdad...
American brands have cachet among Mexico's middle class, he says, adding that the chain's "Mexican-inspired" food is not attempting to pass itself off as local. "We're not trying to replicate the options consumers already have," he says." (Business Week)

Good idea Taco Bell. I think it should be illegal that the company that owns the food efforts of Taco Bell should not be allowed to use the word "Yum!" but preferably Yuch! They also own Pizza Crap, I mean Hut, and KFC (not Kentucky Fried Chicken).

"Film critic Roger Ebert said he never gave a “thumbs down” to the use of thumbs in reviews for “At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper” during contract negotiations. In a statement released Friday to The Associated Press, the TV show’s distributor, Disney-ABC Domestic Television, said Ebert had “exercised his right to withhold use of the ‘thumbs’ until a new contract is signed.” Ebert is a copyright holder on the signature “thumbs up-thumbs down” judgment that’s part of each film review." (MSNBC)

What is an offensively low offer for a guy who was on his deathbed and still can't appear on TV because he can't speak? And for g-d's sakes, don't withhold the thumb, how will people form Iowa know what to see this weekend?

Here's some sad news for fans of the new cult classic Bubba Ho-Tep starring Bruce Campbell. For those who don't who he is still, he can currently be seen singing "Hungry Like a Wolf" Liberace style during commercial breaks for Old Spice:

"There's been trouble in Bubba paradise for a while now. In June, Bruce Campbell knew nothing about the Bubba Ho-Tep sequel, Bubba Nosferatu. A few days ago, Paul Giamatti said that ol' Elvis was "waffling" on the idea. Now, it's time to put Bubba Campbell dreams to bed, because Bruce has out and out said he won't be involved. The actor recently appeared on Fangoria Radio, and said: '[Bubba Nosferatu] is dead to me. It sleeps with the fishes. Don Coscarelli is a very passionate filmmaker. We got to a few points [developing the screenplay] that we couldn't reconcile. I want to keep our friendship, so we parted ways. So, I'm not part of that project.' (Cinematical)

World's largest casino is in now in Macau. This thing is fucking enormous. Would anyone like to take a quick gambling trip?

"Las Vegas Sands claims the 10.5 million square feet (945,000 square meters) Venetian - twice the size of the Las Vegas original - is the largest building in Asia and the second largest in the world. Boeing Co. claims it has the world's largest building - a plant in the northwestern U.S. state of Washington. The Venetian boasts what it claims to be the world's largest gaming space of 550,000 square feet (50,000 square meters), housing 3,400 slot machines - with room to expand to 6,000 - and more than 800 gambling tables. It has 3,000 rooms, a 15,000-seat sports arena, retail space for 350 stores, 1.2 million square feet (108,000 square meters) of convention space, fine dining and a Cirque du Soleil-produced show. "(AOL News)

When I first heard about Owen Wilson's apparent suicide attempt, I was saddened and a bit shocked. That cocky, easygoing motherfucker from The Wedding Crashers and Zoolander. But the next thing that came to mind was the scene in The Royal Tenenbaums when his brother Luke playing an aged tennis prodigy has one of the most dramatic suicide scenes in recent memory. And you would think he'd try this after making movies like I Spy, The Big Bounce, and Shanghai Knights.

MTV has an interesting article talking about how this attempt might effect future roles. Although we are only about 2 months away from Wes Anderson's latest film The Darjeeling Limited starring Owen and the triumphant Anderson return of Jason Schwartman, along with Senor Schnozz and Oscar winner Adrien Brody. It's amazing that this might effect his ability to be properly seen by audiences in comedies. I think it's preposterous. There was always a little dark side and hurt/brooding in Wilson's eyes that made his characters seem that much more genuine and I don't think that will ever dissapate.

"In the few days since Owen Wilson was hospitalized for an apparent suicide attempt on Sunday, many have already been speculating what this means for the comedy star's career. As Wilson continues to recover in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, several of his upcoming projects have already been affected. According to Variety, Wilson has dropped out of a starring role in the Ben Stiller-directed comedy "Tropic Thunder," which he was scheduled to begin filming in Hawaii within the next few weeks. It is unknown if Wilson's role will be cut or recast for the movie, which also features Stiller, Jack Black and Nick Nolte, as well as a rumored cameo by Tom Cruise. The film's co-writer, Justin Theroux, recently described the plot to MTV News as "a bunch of actors going to make the biggest-budget war movie and getting lost in the jungle. And they end up fighting an unseen enemy and thinking they're fighting a real war." "Tropic Thunder" would have re-teamed Wilson with Stiller once again after such successes as "Night at the Museum," "Starsky & Hutch" and "Zoolander." Wilson will next be seen onscreen in "The Darjeeling Limited," directed by Wes Anderson. The film is set to debut at the Venice Film Festival next week and will screen at the New York Film Festival before its release on September 29. Wilson plays one of three brothers in the film (alongside Jason Schwartzman and Adrien Brody) who take a train trip through India after the death of their father. Wilson's close friendship with Anderson has been perhaps the most important creative partnership in his career. The two collaborated on "Bottle Rocket," the 1996 cult film that launched Anderson and spawned the first major interest in Wilson. The two went on to co-write "The Royal Tenenbaums," in which Wilson co-starred, as a drug addict, alongside his brother Luke. Their screenplay earned Wilson his sole Academy Award nomination. Wilson's hospitalization would seem to pose a marketing challenge for Fox Searchlight with "Darjeeling," a film that rests squarely on its biggest star's shoulders. However, Hollywood Elsewhere columnist Jeffrey Wells believes Wilson's part in the film actually mirrors his current situation. "This probably doesn't help 'Darjeeling,' but I don't think it will hurt either," Wells said. "Everyone is now thinking of Owen as a f---ed-up guy with issues to solve, and his Darjeeling character is a f---ed-up guy with issues to solve." Calls to Fox Searchlight inquiring about any plans to adjust the film's release strategy had not been returned at press time." (MTV)

Balls of Fury was released. The reviews are not too good, but what do you expect? 25% positive and none are really glowing positives. I'll get over there and see it.

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