When in doubt, lead with Disney, even if you’re not sure what the story actually means….

* Mark Zoradi, the Big D’s head of worldwide marketing and distribution for movies, is stepping down. This surely has something to do with the arrival of Rich Ross and the departure of Dick Cook some weeks back.

* As per Company Town, Lions Gate is doing better right now from TV than movies. Could “Mad Men” have been their biggest money maker the last quarter? I’d like to think so.

* Self-appointed protector of Catholicism from the scourge of Hollywood Bill Donoghue has found a new source of “anti-Catholic bigotry” (i.e., not conforming 100% to his highly particular and extremely reactionary view of how all things Catholic should be treated in the media): “2012.” Chris Kelly at the Huffington Post mocks accordingly and appropriately.

Here’s a fascinating quote from idiot boy Donoghue on his life’s work:

Every time I say Hollywood hates Christianity, especially Catholicism, my critics cringe. But they never offer evidence that I’m wrong.

I’m not cringing and I’ve got evidence. Skipping around the decades and off the top of the my head: “Going My Way,” “The Bells of Saint Mary’s,” “Cabin in the Sky,” “Chariots of Fire,” “Lilies of the Field,” “The Trouble with Angels,” “Dead Man Walking,” “The Sound of Music,” “Sister Act,” “Signs,” “Gran Torino,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “Brideshead Revisited,” “City of Angels,” “The Apostle,” “Tender Mercies,” “Ben Hur,” “Shadowlands,” “The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” “The Shoes of the Fishermen,” “The Bishop’s Wife,” “King of Kings,” “The Exorcist,” (who saves the day there?) and on and an on and on. In fact, it’s much easier to find a pro-Christian or Catholic Hollywood film than to find one that even features an openly Jewish, Islamic, or, heaven forfend, openly atheist or agnostic, character. Even the movies Donoghue attacks, like “Dogma” or “Saved” or most especially “The Last Temptation of Christ” are actually highly pro-Christian films, though espousing a more liberal version of the religion than he personally cares for. If there is a bigger idiot on this planet than Donoghue, I doubt he has the brain function enough to breathe. Every time the guy opens his mouth, he makes a new atheist.


So where was I? Yeah, I seriously dislike Donoghue. Anyhow….

* Anne Thompson‘s entire post from this morning makes for mighty good reading. Alongside some discussion of the budget for “Avatar,” she explores some recent bad publicity that Nikki Finke has been the subject of in regards to blogging ethics and altering her stories ex post facto, and also that there may be trouble in paradise regarding the business side of her million dollar blog.  I’ve promised myself to stop linking to it all the time, but it sure does seem to me that my praise for Ms. Thompson might well have been what triggered La Finke to go off on me in these very pages. Doesn’t look like that’s going to change. Meanwhile, Finke blogged in sick today.

* I’m a bit late on this, but David Fincher is going to take another wack at a pretty obscure, sexually charged supernatural potboiler of the seventies, “The Reincarnation of Peter Proud.” This item comes via David Hudson‘s post of this morning, which is also very much worth a read in its awesome totality.

* I have yet to see a really bad Roman Polanski movie — but Glenn Kenny reminds me that that doesn’t mean there aren’t any.

* Warren Beatty is fighting to hang on to the rights to Chester Gould’s classic comic strip, Dick Tracy. Beatty’s 1990 film based on the strip, meanwhile, remains an underrated, goodhearted, ground-breaking gem, even if his interpretation of the character was a bit less macho than Tracy fans might have liked. It was, maybe, a little violent for Disney, but in a very nice way.